Musculoskeletal Specialist Physiotherapist

Barry graduated in 2010 with a Masters in Physiotherapy which he gained following completion of a BSc Sports therapy degree and football scholarship in the USA.Barry started his career upon leaving university working within the NHS where he completed key rotations covering musculoskeletal, neurological and respiratory physiotherapy. Upon completion of his rotations Barry moved on to work in a more specialised musculoskeletal GP clinic physiotherapy service within the north east area,with the purpose of further enhancing his skills and knowledge.

Alongside his early job roles Barry worked closely with a number of local semiprofessional football clubs providing pitchside cover and physiotherapy. Among those he worked with were Bedlington Terriers, Newcastle Benfield and Blyth Spartans AFC where he was part of their fantastic FA cup run.

Barry’s passion and interest in both musculoskeletal physiotherapy and sport led him in more recent times to employment with Sunderland AFC,where he worked specifically with their academy under 7-21 squads on a full time basis. Here he worked on injury prevention, management and rehabilitation alongside providing advanced pitchside medical cover.

His interest in in musculoskeletal &sports physiotherapy has been complemented by completion of a number of relevant courses including specialist knee and hip courses, soft tissue massage, acupuncture, Pilates and taping.

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Client Testimonials

SJ's wealth of experience and genuine passion for his job is his biggest asset, coupled with his ability to forge a relationship with a client on a professional and a personal level. He found a solution to my long-term lower back problems, not only by treating the symptoms but finding the root cause of the issue. It allowed me to continue my career as a professional rugby player with the Newcastle Falcons and I will always be grateful that our paths crossed.

Carlo Del Fava

BBC Sport, Former Italian International

After becoming injured earlier in the year I came to Activate Physio for help. SJ quickly isolated the issues and provided a programme of exercises to correct imbalances that had caused the problems. This enabled me to resume training quicker than expected with stronger and more efficient form. I would highly recommend Activate Physiotherapy to anyone in need of professional sports treatment.

Lucas Longman

Heaton Harriers

Having both coached Andy as an athlete & then worked alongside him as a colleague, I can't recommend his services and knowledge enough! He is a true professional and gentlemen to work with and always makes sure his service is of the highest standard. Having a team of international and Olympic athletes to cater for, I only use the best in the business and that is what you get with Andy!

John Trembley

USA Olympic Gold Medalist Coach

As an international and Olympic athlete I set my expectations very high when working with coaching and medical staff. I thoroughly recommend Andy Thirlwell to anyone looking to gain and edge in their sporting performance!

Barry Murphy

2012 Olympian, European Silver Medalist

I highly recommend Andy Thirlwell. His knowledge & expertise are world class. Working with Andy will take your sporting performance to the next level along with improving your over all health!

Ryk Neethling

2004 Olympic Gold Medalist & World Record Holder

SJ is a great Physio. I've known him for years, and can highly recommend him. Obviously passionate about his profession, he is hard working, conscientious, encouraging, and positive. If you want first-class treatment with a smile, SJ is your man.

Euan Murray

Former Scotland International