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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.
Sports Injuries, Sports Massage Therapy, Kinesiology Taping, Acupuncture, Spinal Manipulations, Endurance Coaching
- 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 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.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Sports Massage, Clinical Pilates, Sporting and training injuries
- 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 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.
Sports injuries, Sports Massage, Kinesio Taping
- BSc Hons Sports Therapy- Edge Hill University
- Member of SST
- Level 4 Sports Massage
- First Aid at Work
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.
Sports Science, Exercise Physiology, Sports Massage Therapy, Gym Instructing, Personal Training, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology
- 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
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.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Sports Massage, Chronic Pain Management, Sporting Injuries, Osteoarthritis Management, Lower Limb Biomechanics
- BSc Physiotherapy – Keele University
- Sports Massage Level 3
- Bobath – Concept of Movement Level 3
- HCPC Registered
- Member of CSP
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.
- 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
Optimal Movement are pleased to be able to offer services and advice from professionals who share our passion for health and fitness. Our Experts are on hand to assist you in areas such as nutrition, strength and conditioning, returning to sport after illness and motivation. For more information on how our experts can help you in your sport and fitness goals, please read their blog posts, check out their websites or get in touch!
Dr Jenna Middleton
Jenna is a General Practitioner who trained in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Edinburgh before moving down to Shropshire in 2008. She has worked in practices across Telford and Shropshire and is now based at The Beeches Medical Practice in Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury. During her undergraduate training she had a rare opportunity to work with in a Sports Injury Clinic in Edinburgh and was linked with both the Scotland Rugby Team and the Hibernian football team for a short time. Over the past 10 years her priorities have been becoming established as a GP as well as becoming a mum to 3 daughters. After having her third daughter she took up running. She enjoys road running as an escape from the chaos of home life and has completed 5 half marathons and 4 10K races. She hopes one day to complete a marathon faster than her husband managed his first one!
- Bachelor of Medicine (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne 2004)
- Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2007)
- Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (2008)
- Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (2008)
Strength and Conditioning Coach
James began his strength and conditioning career at Saracens Rugby Club before subsequently working with the English Institute of Sport, Archery Great Britain, British Fencing and UKAthletics athletes.
Athletic development is James’s passion and he has spent time researching running economy and training adaptations among elite level and amateur athletes. A former elite level middle-distance runner himself, he is able to offer his own perspective alongside the latest scientific research to help develop sporting performance.
Qualifications & Experience
- Strength and Conditioning Coach – British Fencing
- Strength and Conditioning Coach – Saracens Rugby Club
- Master of Science (MSc) in Strength and Conditioning – Middlesex University
- Bachelor of Science (BSc) Sports Science and Mathematics – Loughborough University
Sarah is a UK qualified dietitian, and has been working full time in London since graduating with a First Class MSc in Dietetics from Kings College London. As a full time clinical dietitian Sarah has developed her dietetic skills in many areas including renal, weight management, nutritional support and maternal health – to name a few. She is currently working as a critical care specialist dietitian.
As someone who enjoys to be fit and active Sarah completed her first marathon last year. Sports nutrition is an area of interest for her, and she is actively striving to increase her knowledge in this diverse area. Diets can have a major impact on how we all feel, and can even be used in the treatment of clinical conditions. Sarah believes strongly in ‘Food First’ – most people can get the nutrition the body needs from natural food sources and a varied diet. She will always listen to your individual story and develop a realistic plan to help you achieve your goals, whatever they may be.
- MSc Dietetics First Class – Kings College London
- BSc Nutritional Sciences First Class Honours – University College Cork
- Registered with Health and Care Professions Council
- Behaviour Change Skills training part 1 with Dympna Pearson
- Diploma in “Food as Medicine: Food, Exercise and the Gut” – Monash University
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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