We are proud of the valued endorsement for Function Jigsaws services and therapist from England’s 2003 World Cup winning Captain, Martin Johnson CBE.
I owed Julie Hayton a lot after getting back on the pitch following a long-standing groin injury.
I have had things like shoulder injuries before where you know it will take between three and four months to get back on the pitch.
A groin injury is much more different though and it took me a long, long time to get better from that soon after I joined Leicester Tigers. There was no time limit to it and that is tough to deal with as a professional sportsman.
Julie kept telling me to try and hit tiny, tiny targets. I had setbacks too and tended to mope around a bit when they came. Julie was brilliant on that front. She knew exactly when to put her foot down and tell me to shut up, crack on and get on with it.
With injuries like this, you can really get down as a player because it is hard to mentally prepare yourself for a comeback. That can affect your drive and Julie was excellent at consoling me at the right time – but giving me a kick up the arse when I needed one too.
That mental side of a recovery is important and Julie really knows which buttons to press to get the best out of you. It’s hard to teach that.
From soft tissue to rehabbing, Julie knows what is best for your injury. Having helped me back from many injuries during my time as a professional rugby player, she can be totally trusted because her rehab knowledge is world class. I Will be popping into her new clinic to keep my knee rehab going now I have moved into coaching.
Doing this job has its pitfalls for your body and my poor back has taken a hammering over time.
There is little glamour on DIY SOS – just long hours and hard graft.
In fact, I had such a long-standing issue with my back that I doubted I would ever be able to get it fixed. It was one of those things that I had learned to put up with – with plenty of groans thrown in.
Then Jules came along and answered an SOS.
She quickly pointed out where the problem was and got to work on it.
Very quickly, I started feeling the benefits. She’s has been working with me, and some of the rest of the crew on the programme for about six months now and it is not overstretching the point to say that I feel like a new man.
With her care and attention over that time, I am now feeling a lot better and a lot happier too. I am moving really well which, as you can imagine in this job, is pretty crucial.
There are plenty of other strings to Jules’ bow and that all-round care and attention is what helps Function Jigsaw’s work ethos stand out.
She gives advice on how to stop the injuries and issues coming back and they may involve discussing your diet or your posture.
She is also a great laugh and doesn’t take any messing about. When she gets her hands, fingers and elbows stuck into you, let’s just say you know it is doing some good!
Although, as we have said on set, it’s actually better to be watching someone else suffer, than suffering yourself!
To have her come and visit us is a huge benefit too. She travels here, there and everywhere as part of Function Jigsaw’s mobile service and has been with us on location several times. She arrives with her bed, flips it out, and we get on with it. Any time, anywhere!
She’s become known as someone who can treat the country’s best sportsman – but treating the likes of me and my partner on DIY SOS, Julian Perryman (Jules), has proved that Julie, and Function Jigsaw, are a solution for any business in whatever walk of life and I can highly recommend her work.
Thanks Jules, I don’t know what I would have done without you.
Separating my collar bone while mountain biking was not the best thing I could have done with the 2013 World Superbikes season coming to the end and me sitting in a good position in the standings.
I didn’t want to have surgery because that would have ended my season there and then.
So I was lucky that Julie helped me out and worked with me on a regular basis so that I could make it through until the end of the season, where I eventually finished third in the standings.
When I first had the accident, I sought advice about what I could do and some people were telling me that I should not be racing in that condition.
Julie knew how much I wanted to keep racing if at all possible and so devised a way so that we could manage the injury to keep me racing and, importantly, do the right thing.
We did an awful lot of physio work to get the area around the injury strong and enable it to start to recover. When I was riding, there was no other way I could compete than to thrash my injury. It’s not a sport where you can take things easy!
I was racing just six days after I suffered the injury, which was pretty hard work and there were five or six races to go after that.
But Julie managed it superbly. We saw a lot of each other – every day at times – and she worked very hard on it.
The care she gave me to manage such a big injury was outstanding and she put me in a pace where I could give myself the best chance of doing the best I could.
She saved my season – I had my operation when it was finished – and I will always be grateful for that.