About me

zacssmMuscle & Joint Pain Specialist

Registered Osteopath 7141

Soft Tissue Therapist LSSM (Dip.) MISRM

Director of The Wales Institute of Soft Tissue Therapy

 B.Sc (Hons) Osteopathic Medicine (University of Brighton)

B.A. (Hons) Sport, Health and Physical Education (University of Wales, Bangor)

Clinical Sport & Remedial Massage, LSSM (Dip.)(London School of Sports Massage)

  • Member of the Institute of Soft Tissue Therapists
  • Titleist Golf Fitness Instructor Level 1
  • Pilates APPI Matwork Level 1
  • Member of the European Association of Surfing Doctors
  • Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture)
  • Kinesio Taping

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I am a muscle and joint pain specialist who specialises is sports injury, but I also treat all muscle and joint pain. I am the Principal of The Wales Institute of Soft Tissue Therapy http://www.twistt.uk

I am also a freelance lecturer who has taught at A level, HND and degree levels in sports science, research methods and statistics, sports massage, physiotherapy and anatomy.

I am the founder and Director of TWISTT.UK Limited (The Wales Institute of Soft Tissue Therapy) delivering BTEC Level 5 Vocational Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy from Anglesey.  For 14 years I was a lead tutor at the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM) in Regents College, London, and also ran a satellite school for LSSM for 3 years in North Wales. I devised and taught a module on Human Anatomy at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University.  I have written articles on sports injury for Climber Magazine, 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jim Kelly’s Fell running guides and Olly Sander’s DVD on Expedition Skills in Sea Kayaking.

Before my change of career, I worked as a cycle messenger in London for 6 years. Consequently, this sparked my interest in cycling sport and I have since been the soigneur for Wales, and the Great Britain road cycling squads in Europe. I continue to treat injuries related to cycling and cycle set-up, as well as with working with Gareth Jones of Evolution cycles in Bangor to help resolve cycling related injury.

I have treated people within the UK, France, Monaco, India, Thailand and Singapore.  I have worked with sports physicians, osteopaths, general practitioners, orthopedic and emergency medicine  consultants, dentists, prothodontists, chiropractors, podiatrists, yoga and Pilates teachers, physiotherapists, psychologists and psychotherapists. I have a particular interest in Joint Hypermobility Syndrome.

I have presented on various topics to interested groups;

  • Posture to the Radiographers at Breast Test Wales in Llandudno and Cardiff
  • North Wales NHS Trust Vocational Training Scheme for young General Practitioners
  • Biomechanics of Karate and Injury prevention to the Welsh Traditional Karate Federation
  • Sports Science students at Bangor University on ‘Anterior Knee Pain and on the role of Osteopathy in Sports Medicine’
  • Accident and Emergency doctors at Bangor Hospital for a guest lecture on ‘Sports Massage and Osteopathy – techniques in acute and chronic problems’. 
  • Climbing Injury and Prevention at the Llanberis Mountain Film Festival
  • The Functional Squat for UWCSEA pupils and teachers, Singapore

My own sporting interests have included Track and Field (county 100m and club level Hammer), open water swimming, climbing, road cycling, Crossfit and MMA.  At Bangor university I  was  the club captain of Bangor University Rowing Club. I continue to, as we all do, try to keep to a healthy lifestyle.