A young man with a passion for healing has achieved his ambition of opening a new treatment room in Blackburn offering sport rehabilitation and massage. Fenton Relax, Repair and Rehabilitate is the latest fledgling business to open at Heatleys Arcade, No. 47 Darwen Street which is a business complex supported by entrepreneur, Mark Smith of the Exchange Coffee empire.
Dominic Fenton from Blackburn said, ‘I could see that people are walking around now in pain and don’t know how to fix it or even where the pain is coming from. I believe that I can help people if given the chance and help relieve them of their pain and live a healthy and active life.’
Dominic is a Graduate Sport Rehabilitation Clinic and Bachelor of Science who become interested in sport and fitness after taking classes in kickboxing and boxing.
He explains, ‘After boxing for a while I picked up an injury to my lower back while sparring, so I went to the doctor and he gave me painkillers and told me to do “core exercises” without giving anything specific. I took the painkillers, which helped in the short term but I still had the injury and it was still affecting me. I went to the doctor back then, because I didn’t know of anyone locally that could help me that specialised in sports injuries. So, I started researching my injury and exercises online which is how I became interested in that field. I did Sport along with psychology and biology at College before achieving an honours degree in Sport Rehabilitation at the University of Salford.
In my second year at university I spent time working in the onsite clinic and treated patients there, this was my first exposure to interacting with patients as a therapist. In my third year of university my class was sent out on placement. During this, I spent time working with the Preston North End academy team, observing a doctors practice at Ormskirk hospital and working with the physios of the Widnes Vikings rugby team. The placements showed me what it was like dealing with patients in different professional settings which I enjoyed.
Mid way through my second year of university I was starting to think of what I wanted to do with my degree after graduating and ultimately decided that I wanted to open my own clinic in my hometown of Blackburn.’
Heatleys Arcade is developing a range of health and wellbeing, hair and beauty businesses including Jessie’s hair studio, Smartee Babez, De Luxe nails and makeup studio and NK beauty.