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Joe Brocklehurst

Joe Brocklehurst

Sports Therapist

Joe has been working in the sports therapy field since 2008, after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Therapy, primarily focusing his attention in the areas of soft tissue therapy, manipulations, acupuncture and taping techniques. Never one to rest on his laurels, Joe is constantly striving to improve his service through learning the latest research and incorporating this into his treatment plans. Taking a very individualised approach whilst utilising his knowledge on movement patterns of the human body, Joe will find the most effective way to treat the majority of musculoskeletal conditions.  

Specialties

Sports Injuries, Sports Massage Therapy, Kinesiology Taping, Acupuncture, Spinal Manipulations, Endurance Coaching

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Sports Therapy — Birmingham University
  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma Sports Massage Therapy — Warwick College
  • Kinesiology Taping Techniques Diploma
  • Hip & Groin Masterclass Diploma
  • Spinal Manipulation Qualification
  • Instrumental Soft Tissue Massage Qualification
  • Neurokinetic Therapy Level 1
  • Leadership in Running Fitness
Katie Bradley

Katie Bradley

Physiotherapist

Katie graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a First Class BSc (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy. Upon leaving University she worked in the NHS completing a wide variety of band 5 rotations from musculoskeletal (MSK) outpatients to post-surgical inpatients.

She has always had a particular interest in MSK physiotherapy which led her to working with her local rugby club, do two ski seasons in France and work with the Ministry of Defence. As such, she has a lot of experience with treating a range of acute and training injuries.

Katie is not only a physiotherapist, but a trained sports masseuse and can teach APPI pilates. She has a passion for many sports including skiing, yoga and is starting to become an avid cyclist.

Specialties

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Sports Massage, Clinical Pilates, Sporting and training injuries

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy – Oxford Brookes University
  • Sports massage Level 3
  • APPI Matwork Level 1
  • React First Pitchside First Aid with AED Training
  • HCPC Registered
  • Member of CSP
Gemma Botley

Gemma Botley

Sports Therapist

Gemma graduated from Edge Hill University in 2013 with a BSc Hons in Sports Therapy. Here, she gained a lot of experience working in the university clinic, a dance clinic, with Liverpool and Sefton Harriers Athletics and with St Helens Rugby Club. Since graduating Gemma has focused her attention on private clinic work, injury assessments within schools and in semi professional football. She has a keen interest in biomechanics.

Gemma has had a huge interest in all sports for the majority of her life, but her time is now taken up mainly by mountain biking and running. Her vast knowledge of sport helps her when assessing injuries. She has a strong passion for helping people achieve their sporting goals through injury prevention and prehabilitation work.

Specialties

Sports injuries, Sports Massage, Kinesio Taping

Qualifications

  • BSc Hons Sports Therapy- Edge Hill University
  • Member of SST
  • Level 4 Sports Massage
  • First Aid at Work

 

Oli Blake

Oli Blake

Therapist

Oli has been working within the sports industry since 2010, after graduating from Loughborough University with a First Class BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. During his time at Loughborough, Oli became a qualified Sports Massage Therapist and was soon the personal massage therapist to multiple international and Olympic athletes. Whilst on an athletics scholarship at the University of Alabama, training alongside some of the best athletes in the world, Oli completed his Master’s degree and subsequently went on to complete qualifications in Personal Training and Exercise Referrals. Oli specialises in progressing clients beyond an injury setback and does this through utilising his knowledge of physiology, anatomy and biomechanics.  

Specialties

Sports Science, Exercise Physiology, Sports Massage Therapy, Gym Instructing, Personal Training, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Sports Science — Loughborough University
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Sports Marketing — University of Alabama
  • International Member – American Society of Exercise Physiology
  • Associate Member – Clinical Exercise Physiology Association 
  • Myofascial Cupping Diploma
  • Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy — Loughborough College
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
Steve Hadlum-Emburey

Steve Hadlum-Emburey

Osteopath

Steve qualified with a Masters degree in Osteopathy and a Diploma in Naturopathy from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (2010) and is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

Post graduate studies have led Steve into a very holistic and functional approach to injury and health. Steve recognises that there is a lot more to health than generally seen, his interests deepens to understand that functional neurology, environmental factors, circadian rhythm, the types of nutrition, the types of exercise, sleep and stress all play parts of the complex puzzle that is the human body.

Having learnt some specialised functional neurology that is PDTR, Steve offers an opportunity to deliver some of the latest and possibly most advanced compliments to treatment, allowing the clients to benefit and discover a new connection with their body, which helps them out of pain, feeling stronger and moving better.

Qualifications

  • Masters in Osteopathy
  • Diploma in Naturopathy
  • Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex, PDTR
  • Neurokinetic Therapy, NKT
  • Classical Osteopathy
  • Dry Needling / Medical Acupuncture
  • Sports Taping and Kinesiology Taping
Charlotte Curry

Charlotte Curry

Physiotherapist

Graduating from Kings College London in 2006 Charlotte initially worked for the NHS in both Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Respiratory Rehab.

With an interest in sports and rehabilitation, Charlotte specialised early on in acute and chronic MSK injury, trauma, and pre and post operative orthopaedics.

For almost five years she worked for the Ministry of Defence, enabling her to focus on lower limb injuries, rehabilitation, and returning individuals to full fitness.

Following a foreign posting with her family Charlotte returned to the UK where she joined a private hospital working closely with surgeons in pre and post operative orthopaedics. She is currently studying shoulder dysfunction.

Charlotte is interested in many sports from Ski Cross to Eventing, and spends her own time running around Wales or trying to improve her handstand.

Specialties

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, ankle and knee rehabilitation, pre and post op joint replacements rehab, dry needling

Qualifications

  • Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) Kings College London
  • Dry Needling
  • Kinesiology Taping
  • Strength and Conditioning Fundamentals Coach
  • PTSD Diploma
  • HCPC Registered
  • Member of the CSP
Samuel Hobson

Samuel Hobson

Physiotherapist

Samuel graduated from Keele University with a BSc in Physiotherapy in 2015. Initially starting in the NHS, Samuel soon found his passion for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and has been working in this field for 3 years, in both the public and private sector. Having worked at a private Physiotherapy practice in Nottingham for the past 3 years, he is known for his strong communicative skills and rapport with his patients. During this time he developed particular skills with lower body injuries and spinal mobilisations.

Samuel has been a keen sportsman for much of his life and is experienced in treating clients with specific sporting injuiries. He has skied since the age of 3 and has mirrored this passion with spending two winters in the French Alps where he worked as an active Physiotherapist. He has also worked closely with rugby teams and is an avid rugby player.

Specialties

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Sports Massage, Chronic Pain Management, Sporting Injuries, Osteoarthritis Management, Lower Limb Biomechanics

Qualifications

  • BSc Physiotherapy – Keele University
  • Sports Massage Level 3
  • Bobath – Concept of Movement Level 3
  • HCPC Registered
  • Member of CSP

Our Story

Joe and Oli joined together as training partners in 2007, Joe coming from Stratford-upon-Avon and Oli from Oswestry. Whilst under the guidance of their coach, Mo Hill, at Up and Running Shrewsbury, both Oli and Joe competed around the UK and Europe in middle distance events.

Between 2008 and 2010, Joe became Midland Champion over 800 metres in successive years and qualified for multiple International Qualifiers. Oli meanwhile ran 1min48s for 800 metres and finished 3rd in the National 800 metre final as an under 23, enabling him to compete in International races such as the Amsterdam Open and Danish Games.

Whilst Oli was at Loughborough (followed by Alabama) training among some of the fastest runners in the world, Joe gradually changed focus to concentrate on longer distance races. In 2012 he ran a 30min36s for 10k then followed this up with a 70min and 2nd place finish at the Shrewsbury Half Marathon in 2013. Oli went on to spend a period of years competing at a high level in Triathlons, in 2015 winning the Vitality World Triathlon in London among others.

Like the majority of athletes, Joe and Oli have spent a large amount of time dealing with injuries and persistent niggles whilst trying to maintain a high level of performance. Studying sports injuries and therapeutic techniques enabled them both to stay healthy and enjoy their sport whilst putting down some top performances.

Joe and Oli were regularly seeing each other for treatment and guidance on staying injury-free whilst improving their performances (two heads are better than one!) and it was from fairly early on when they both concluded that they would form a partnership to help assist the residents of Shrewsbury and the surrounding area in their sporting performances and everyday physical activities.

 

Therapy

It is far too easy to group people together (runners, cyclists, office workers etc.) and prematurely conclude that they all have similar issues and will all respond well to the same treatment. This is simply not the case. Optimal Movement take an individualised approach to every person, trying to uncover the reason for a particular muscular-skeletal problem and putting in the framework that will eliminate the problem and also prevent it from reappearing in the future. It is for this reason that Joe and Oli are constantly striving to enhance their knowledge and be able to provide a huge range of treatment techniques (soft tissue massage, acupuncture, strength and conditioning, nutritional advice etc.)

 

Coaching

Encountering different training philosophies and learning first-hand about the approaches of some of the world’s best athletes led to the conclusion that there was no single successful way to train for an endurance event. Joe and Oli both believe that individualisation is crucial when composing a training plan, and have followed this approach in recent years in regards to their own training. This is something that is clearly demonstrated in the Optimal Movement coaching service for Endurance sports. Although two runners, cyclists or swimmers may be at the same level of performance, they may not necessarily adapt to the same training methods in the same way.

The constant “noise” within the sporting and physical activity communities (magazines, blogs, health enthusiasts etc.) has resulted in a lot of mistakes being made by individuals believing that what works for one person will also work for them. It is Optimal Movement’s aim is to eliminate these mistakes and ensure the local community excel in their sports as well as enjoying them to their full potential.

Learn more about the services provided by our team.

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