A Harrogate physiotherapist is celebrating playing a small but significant role in the current World Cup.
But Chris Aldred is breathing a sigh of relief after Australia went out of the tournament in Russia last week.
The dedicated England football fan’s loyalties were being tested during the group stages of the competition because he was also rooting for the Australian team after receiving some exciting news from them.
Alongside running the MyPhysio clinic on Station Parade, Chris also researches and develops treatments for lower back pain and to strengthen muscles and warm up for sport.
One of these, a device called Pelvipro, proved so successful it led to a football club in the Championship introducing the device during gym work and before training sessions.
As a result of this, It then came to the attention of the Australian football squad – known as The Socceroos – who liked it so much they packed it in their World Cup kit bag!
Chris said: “I was delighted that The Socceroos recognised Pelvipro’s benefits and saw it as a useful tool to keep them in top shape at the World Cup.
"I was cheering them on in the group stages so I’m sad to see them go out – but at the same time I’m relieved because now I can concentrate on supporting England!”
But it wasn’t just the Aussie team who took Pelvipro to the World Cup: BBC football commentator Guy Mowbray, who’s been covering England’s games, is also a big fan and has taken it with him to Russia.
Guy, 46, who lives in York, said: “I’ve been using it for just over a year to relieve my lower back pain which stems from the wear and tear of playing amateur cricket."
Pelvipro is a portable ball and lever device that works by realigning the pelvis, which puts the individual in the correct left/right balance and, in turn, puts the spine and hips in their optimal position.
It can be used both as a recuperative measure for anyone who already suffers from lower back pain, and as a preventative measure to build up muscle strength and halt the onset of back pain during activity.