About Us

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractors are regulated by the General Chiropractic Council. They use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.

Chiropractic treatment involves safe, often gentle, manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, massage techniques, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council. It is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

What is Sports Therapy?

Sports Therapy is a medical profession that focusses upon injury prevention and patient rehabilitation to their optimal level of function whether occupational, sporting or day to day ability. There is no discrimination against age, gender or ability, and you do not need to be an athlete to benefit from their expertise.

Sports therapists use a multi-disciplinary approach to assess and diagnose your problem then implement the best treatment programme to return you to full function in the shortest, safest time possible.

What is a Sports Massage?

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Meet Our Therapists

Sue Simpson - Principal Chiropractor

BSc (Hons) Chiro

Sue graduated as a chiropractor in 2004 and opened the clinic a few months later. As a firm believer in taking a whole body (holistic) approach to patient care, she ensured that the clinic was multi-disciplinary and sought practitioners who were qualified in a range of techniques. Patient education is important to her and she encourages her patients to ask questions during their session. Sue uses various techniques during her treatment sessions including:

  • McTimoney Chiropractic
  • Physical Therapy
  • Emmett Technique
  • Neuro Muscular Re-education
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Release

Sue's first degree was in Maths and Computer Science and she initially worked as a software engineer in the defence and aerospace industry. Her communication skills were honed whilst working as a business consultant in the government and banking sectors. She was encouraged to retrain as a chiropractor by her own chiropractor and has never looked back! She is registered with the General Chiropractic Council and is member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association.

Cat Fagg - Sports Therapist

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Cat has always had a passion for sport which had led to an understanding of the impact an injury can have upon your regular training, fitness and mental health. Following the completion of her degree in Sports Therapy in 2009 she has gained a wealth of experience from settings including rugby clubs, clinic work, independent schools and pitch side support for events and tournaments.

Initially joining the Fir Tree Clinic team in 2010 she has returned in 2022 following her maternity leave. Cat has a passion for not only treating new injuries, but also working with her clients on a regular basis to help them maximise their full potential within their desired goals.

Since qualifying, Cat has added to her knowledge base and is always keen to learn new techniques and information that will support her clients’ treatment journey. Some examples include k-taping, sports nutrition, stick mobility and acupuncture for sports injuries.

Cat has made a return to running following the birth of her son, enjoys daily walks with her dog Pepper and loves to crochet in any spare time is left!

Louise Baines

MSc MChiro

Having routinely had her horse seen by a Chiropractor Louise realised the benefits to her own health after suffering a short spell of back pain herself. Louise has a young son and found continuing Chiropractic care helped her enormously through pregnancy and postnatally.

Having had a 14-year career in the Logistics industry, Louise completed her Masters Degree in Chiropractic in 2015 and is registered with the General Chiropractic Council and a member of the British Chiropractic Association.

She uses a combination of manual therapy, movement and patient education in the treatment sessions and has a special interest in chronic pain and manging musculoskeletal pain involved with long term health conditions.

Having initially trained in remedial and holistic massage in 2010, since qualifying as a chiropractor she added Western Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling), Neuromuscular soft tissue manipulation and Diversified Chiropractic techniques to her range of skills.

Louise lives locally and enjoys walking and running.

Louise offers;

  • McTimoney and Diversified chiropractic techniques
  • Remedial massage
  • Medical acupuncture
  • Pain education

Suzanne Crockford

Sports Massage Therapy

Suzanne’s interest in massage arose due to her involvement in netball, running and horse riding. Keen to understand how to maintain peak performance and reduce the risk of injury in high impact competitive team and individual sports she undertook a number of qualifications and relevant work experience.

In the past she has worked alongside the Hampshire North County Netball Association physiotherapist; providing first aid, sports massage and injury management at training, matches and tournaments across the country.

As well as being part of the team at Fir Tree she regularly attends events providing onsite pre/post massage; Bramley 10/20mile road race, Reading Half Marathon, Fleet Half Marathon, local and national Netball competitions, horse and rider massage at Area & Regional Festivals, Mid Way & National Dressage Championships.She has clinical experience across a range of sporting disciplines as well as occupational/postural musculoskeletal pain.

Suzanne is a member of the Institute of Sport & Remedial Massage and The Complementary Therapists Association.

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