Director and Clinical Lead Physiotherapist
SJ returned to private practice in 2013 during his 4th season with Newcastle Falcons as full time 1st team Physiotherapist. SJ’s passion for rugby began as a young player where he had the honour of captaining the Hong Kong National Rugby Football Union Youth team.
His other sports physiotherapy history also includes Blaydon RFC, Northumberland County Rugby, Durham County Rugby whilst also gaining experience with the RFU and SRU during their 6 nations campaigns. Annually, he also volunteers to provide a Physiotherapy service on behalf of Shift MS (a charity supporting those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis)at the BUPA Great North Run.
As well as succeeding in private practice, SJ consolidated and progressed his professional knowledge and skills working in the NHS initially as a Physiotherapist eventually to be promoted to Clinical Lead. SJ is one of a very few clinicians in the north who practices Dry Needling having been personally trained by Dr. Claire Waumsely from The Dry Needling Institute of South Africa. Other post graduate certificates include qualifications from the McKenzie Institute which specialise in diagnosing and treating mechanical neck and back pain. His other certificates include qualifications in a wide range of clinical specialties in manual therapy, acupuncture and exercise therapy.
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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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Former Scotland International