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?

Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and ensheathes the other soft tissues). Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.

Meet the Team

Sue Simpson - Clinic Manager

BSc (Hons) Chiro

Sue was the Principal Chiropractor at the clinic until her retirement at the end of 2023, when she requested to be removed from the Register of Chiropractors. She formed the clinic in 2004 and for the following 20 years enjoyed helping patients to get out of pain and regain their health.  She has retired due to caring for her mother, but is still determined that the clinic maintains its excellent reputation and will now be carrying out the role of clinic manager.  She believes in taking a holistic approach to patient care and tailoring the treatment to the individual, and will ensure that any practitioners working at the clinic also work in this way.

Cat Fagg - Sports Therapy/Sports Massage

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 she has left!

Daniel Cullen - Osteopath

PhD, BSc (Hons) Ost

Daniel studied at the College of Osteopaths in London. He gained valuable experience working as a sports massage therapist during his osteopathy training. Daniel has also qualified in dry needling (medical acupuncture). He takes a holistic approach to osteopathy and considers each person as body, mind and spirit. His treatments use massage, stretching, joint mobilisation, and spinal manipulation techniques, tailoring the treatment to the individual. Daniel feels passionate about getting his patients back to doing what they love.  

Daniel was a competitive gymnast and represented the south west of England at national competition. In his spare time he likes to stay fit and healthy and loves to surf in Cornwall. He lives with his wife in Basingstoke.

Joanna Wallace - McTimoney Chiropractor

BSc (Hons) Chiro

Joanna trained in the same year as Sue at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and then went on to do a further degree in Physiotherapy. She now has over 20 years' experience as a chiropractor. 

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