Following an initial career as a professional footballer I qualified from Salford University in 1998 with a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy. After 3 years postgraduate employment at Royal Preston Hospital I returned to football and became the Head Physiotherapist at Blackpool Football Club, which is a position I continue to hold.
For the last 10 years, in addition to working within professional sport, I have worked part time in a busy local GP group practice providing an 'in house' physiotherapy service.
I aim to make treatment and rehabilitation relevant and realistic for each individual's circumstances and needs. My slogan 'Helping you Help Yourself' comes from my sincere belief that the best way to help people overcome their problems long term is to educate them about the condition and make sure they can understand the rationale behind any treatment interventions and rehabilitation exercises. Engaging people in their own treatment promotes better outcome and less frequent recurrence of injury.
Due to my work in professional football I have been fortunate to have built up contacts with a large network of experts in musculoskeletal rehabilitation including other Physiotherapists, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Consultant Radiologists, Rheumatologists, Podiatrists, Sports Medicine Practitioners and Massage Therapists. If you should need any alternative treatment or further investigations I will be able to advise you and help you on the correct care pathway.
Muscle energy technique (MET) is another form of manual (hands on) therapy that is used by the therapist to restore function in the musculoskeletal system.
Therapists often use another form of manual therapy called myofascial release to relieve muscle dysfunction and pain.
Electrotherapy is often used by a therapist as an adjunct to manual therapy in the treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction & pain.
Most people are aware that poor posture can have a direct effect on the risk of developing musculoskeletal problems.