Craig Barker has joined Physio Matters as a Neuro Rehab Coach, as part of a new Neuro Rehab Team working alongside our Physiotherapy Assistant Jack Collins.
Craig is experienced in neurological rehabilitation and is a fully-qualified Personal Trainer. He has worked with a range of clients with neurological conditions and provided high-quality rehab support.
He joins the PM team to develop our rehabilitation service to clients, and ensure continuous rehab for them while Physio Assistant Jack Collins is away studying for his Apprenticeship Degree in Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University (link that story here).
New Neuro Rehab Team
Craig and Jack will work together as part of our new Neuro Rehab Team to provide a specialist rehabilitation coaching service for all our clients. This will ensure clients have a consistent approach to their rehab journey and benefit from having two experienced rehab professionals working closely with them.
Craig will initially work with Physio Matters for 2 days a week, while maintaining his own clients as a self-employed personal trainer.
He is enjoying his new role with Physio Matters and said: “I’m really eager to get more involved with our clients’ rehab and help them make further progress. I’m also looking forward to engaging more people in many of the Physio Active activities we offer, especially football.”
He added: “And I’m enjoying being part of a team. It can get lonely when you’re self-employed so working as part of a team with Jack and the physios in the Clinical Team is a really nice change!”
Swapping careers from finance to fitness
Craig has a BA Honours in Business and Accounting from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and a Higher National Diploma in Business from Wigan and Leigh College. On graduating, he worked in the finance industry, including several years as a Commercial Manager at HSBC Bank.
However, his underlying passion has always been health and fitness, and he decided to swap the corporate world of numbers and accounts for a lifestyle of helping others achieve their goals within fitness. Craig re-trained and now has a Level 2 in Fitness Instruction and Level 3 in Personal Training.
When Craig isn’t working, he enjoys football, recreational Thai boxing, and being a dad to his two little girls, Isobel and Sophia, as well as looking after their pet guinea pig, George.