Since graduating from Hertfordshire University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy Jonathan has gained a diverse knowledge of assessing and managing a wide variety of musculo-skeletal conditions whilst working in Essex, Suffolk and London.
Jonathans' work as a senior MSK Physio in the NHS includes the assessment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions throughout the body and treatment with manual therapy, electrotherapy and exercise. He is also involved in the pre/post operative treatment of common orthopaedic conditions. Jonathan has attended numerous post graduate courses including spinal manipulations, soft tissue techniques, kinesiology taping and acupuncture and is now studying towards his MSc in advanced Musculo-Skeletal research and practice at UEA, having completed the PG Cert last year.
Jonathan has also worked for London Swimming, Ipswich Town FC and for a large private clinic in London. His background is mainly sport based, having completed the marathon and numerous triathlon’s, he is currently training towards Ironman distance next year. His interest lies heavily in musculoskeletal disorders and in particular sports injuries and rehabilitation. These activities and Jonathans' own experience of being injured gives him a valuable understanding of what is required from a specific treatment and rehabilitation programme balancing the need to heal with the urgency to return to competition.
Brad initially gained a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University before following his interest in injury and rehabilitation and completing a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy. From here he completed his junior rotations at a large acute hospital working across intensive care, stroke and neurology and trauma and elective surgeries such as hip and knee surgery. However his passion lies with musculoskeletal physiotherapy and he soon moved into a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapy service where he became a Clinical Lead Physio, providing assessment and treatment for NHS patients. This passion took him to a role of First Team Physio and Head of Medical for Southend Football Club’s academy for a period before spending 5 years applying his trade in Basketball as Physiotherapist with Great Britain and England Basketball. He remains in Basketball to this day, working with the elite level Deng Camp. This enables him to stay up to date and abreast of current rehabilitation in professional sport, treating all clients as a world class athletes.
Brad has completed further study achieving a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment and is currently completing another degree in Ultrasound Scanning alongside qualifications in Strength and Conditioning. He is also qualified in sports massage, acupuncture and kinesio-taping and has developed a wide range of experiences from the NHS and working privately, in treating a mixture of age groups from those wanting to improve their walking to those looking to return to the highest level of sport.
In his spare time Brad will be marathon training and following his beloved Chelsea FC. He guest lectures at the University of Essex and has featured on many podcasts and regularly writes for blogs and newsletters. If he is not in clinic he is probably debating Physio stuff on Twitter.
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Chris Cook BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC
Chris obtained his BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy at the University of East Anglia. Working full time in a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapy setting treating NHS patients in Suffolk, Chris has developed clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. He is also involved in the treatment of pre and postoperative patients of common orthopaedic conditions.
Having worked within hospital, community and various outpatient services, this has led Chris to developing the experience of working with patients of all ages and medical conditions.
Due to his passion of sports, Chris has also had the opportunity to be able to work with and treat elite professional sportsman leading to his interest in treating musculoskeletal disorders, especially sports injuries and rehabilitation. This overall allows Chris to use a diverse range of treatment modalities including manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation to allow you the opportunity to return to higher levels of function.
Matt Murray-Downing BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC
Matt obtained his BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy at the University of East Anglia. Working full time in a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapy setting, treating NHS patients in Suffolk, Matt has developed clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. He enjoys treating a broad spectrum of injuries from common lower back pain, orthopaedic injuries both pre/post operatively but also sporting injuries. Matt has gained experience in a wide variety of setting from Hospitals, community working and also sport. He is also trained in Sports massage and Kinesis-Taping. He enjoys the mixture of patients his practice provides who have a variety of goals from improving there walking to elite athletes.
Due to his passion of sports both as a sportsman and Physio, Matt has also had the opportunity to be able to work with and treat elite professional sportsman and is still heavily involved in providing Physio to the Norwich City academy, helping him keep in line with professional football standards, but has also previous worked with Oxford boat race team leading to his interest in treating musculoskeletal disorders. These experiences haved allowed Matt to use a diverse range of treatment modalities including manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation to allow you the opportunity to return to higher levels of function,performance and reach rehabilitation goals.
Outside of work Matt is a keen Windsurfer/Sailor and enjoys the Gym. He has also competed for Essex county at squash and toured the uk circuit so understands the demand of high level sport and the frustration of injury. He can also often be found debating education and teaching amongst the physiotherapy profession on twitter and is involved with developing high quality Physiotherapy education and podcasts.
Stacie Ahern BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC
Stacie is a highly specialist paediatric physiotherapist experienced in working with children with acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions. She over has 7 years experience in working with children in a variety of acute and community settings.
Stacie takes a innovative approach to the treatment and management of children based around the specific needs of the child and their family. She has experience of working with children with complex health needs and neuro disability.
Key Areas of Expertise -detailed assessment and reports -postural assessments and prescription of postural management programmes and equipment -assessment and management of abnormal tone -formulating rehabilitation programmes based around the child's needs and participation -gait analysis and orthotics/ joint working with orthotists
Jen Lovelock MSc BSc (Hons) MCSP MHPC
Jennifer graduated with an MSc Physiotherapy in 2011 following an undergraduate degree in Sports Therapy. Since graduation she has worked as Head of Sports Medicine for Colchester United FC Academy, for the Army, and private practice with a wide range of clients from elite athletes to the general public.
She is also trained in Acupuncture, and has years of experience with musculoskeletal injuries, particularly in athletes and sporting adolescents and children.
A keen sportswoman herself, Jennifer competes regularly in running races for her club, and has completed multiple marathons, including the Virgin London Marathon and still competes at gymnastics. Being an athlete herself helps greatly with construction of rehabilitation programmes and guiding return to sport.
Jo Butler - Soft Tissue Therapist
Jo completed a Btech Sports Science Diploma in 2006 and has worked in the fitness industry ever since, developing years of experience in training, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation and soft tissue therapy. This has been supplemented by further qualifications which have included YMCA Level 3 in Personal Training and a LSSM BTEC Level 5 in Clinical Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy.
Jo has been treating clients in the realm of soft tissue therapy for the past two years, and feels it remains one of the most underrated forms of treatments which everyone can benefit from whether you are working in an office or an elite level athlete, and everyone in between. She has also worked with clients post surgery; arthroscopic and total or partial hip and knee replacements, and minor back surgeries assessing and planning their rehabilitation, combining the massage with exercise to achieve the most effective results. Jo is also qualified in kinesio-taping.
Jo is passionate about leading a fit and healthy lifestyle to keep both a healthy body and a healthy mind. Outside of working with her clients to achieve their goals, Jo will be strength training herself, or baking cakes.
James Clark - Soft Tissue Therapist
James qualified in soft tissue massage in 2016 and since then has been able to supplement his extensive personal training career to offer the full package. Being a keen sportsman himself, he knows the importance of staying pain free on a regular basis.
Unfortunately, James suffered a serious knee injury which left him unable to play sports from a young age, spending lots of time on the treatment table. That wasn’t going to beat him though and rather than dwelling on the injury, he took the positives and decided he should use all the knowledge he had learnt about his own injuries and start helping others recover from theirs.
He now focusses on both the strength and fitness of clients through their rehabilitation and beyond as they look to maintain healthy lifestyles, supplementing this with soft tissue work to help them stay pain free. At the same time he is a firm believer that soft tissue therapy is not just for those sportsmen and women out there but for everyone going through everyday life, where he also aims to keep people pain free and mobile.
In his spare time, you will find him mainly on the cricket pitch in the summer. Otherwise it’s in the gym or following his beloved Man United.
Chelmsford Physio was founded by Jonathan McComish in 2008 at Anglia Ruskin University. The clinic has rapidly grown since and now boasts two busy clinics in convenient locations across Chelmsford, with a team of five highly specialised chartered physiotherapists.