Sports Performance Clinic

Cheshire Natural Health offer conventional & complementary therapies for all the family.

“For those who want to be at the top of their game″

Our specialist therapists provide first class treatments for optimum sports performance, including:


Christine Whiteley, Physiotherapist (HPC Reg.)

Our experienced Physiotherapist Christine Whiteley will diagnose the cause of your injury, determine the best treatment plan and provide advice on preventing recurrence of the problem.

Christine uses a variety of treatment techniques including: mobilization and manipulation of joints, soft tissue techniques, acupuncture, ultrasound, electrotherapy, exercise programs to aid recovery and rehabilitation.

Christine treats all muscular, joint, nerve and spinal conditions including:

  • sports injuries.
  • postural and spinal dysfunction and pain.
  • occupational over-use injuries.
  • post-operative rehabilitation.

Whether your problem is related to sports, work or lifestyle, Christine is here to guide you to a full recovery.

Christine has been affiliated to the English Ladies Golf Association since 1998, helping the young promising players with their physical preparation. She has worked with Golf professionals to enhance swing technique through flexibility and strengthening exercises prescribed for the individual.

Christine is registered with Health Insurance Companies such as BUPA, PPP, and will take referrals from Consultants, General Practitioners, Solicitors or self-referrals.


Hannah Hilton, Hannah gained a Master’s degree from The British School of Osteopathy

When you are in pain you need a fast and effective solution. Our principal Osteopath Hannah is qualified to Masters Degree level so you can be confident that she has the knowledge and experience to help you to overcome your problem.

Hannah will take the time to listen to you, examine and diagnose and talk through your treatment options and explain how osteopathy can help you. She also believes in preventing problems so she will give easy to follow advice on how to look after yourself in the future.

Osteopaths do not simply treat the presenting symptom but use a holistic approach, believing that the body will only function properly if it has good structural balance. A range of techniques are used including massage, cranial techniques and joint mobilisation. This allows the treatment to be tailored to each individual.

Osteopathy is well known for treating back problems, however many other conditions can be very successfully treated with osteopathy, including:

  • Spinal pain and disc problems
  • Joint pain
  • Trapped nerves
  • Headaches
  • Postural Problems
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Sports Injuries

Hannah gained a Master’s degree from The British School of Osteopathy – Europe’s largest Osteopathic school, and is also qualified in dry needling. She also has a keen interest in women’s health, and is studying the postgraduate diploma in Women’s Health at the prestigious Molinari Institute.

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Bowen Technique

Joan George BTPA, MICHT, CNHC. Bowen Therapist

The Bowen technique is a treatment that sets the body up to heal itself. The rolling Bowen moves over soft tissue, tendons and muscle, encourages re-balancing and re-alignment of the body. Apart from the initial improvement achieved during the therapy session, improved working of the circulation, lymphatics and muscle condition allows the self healing process to continue for several days following the treatment.

Bowen technique is particularly effective in treating the following conditions:

Frozen shoulder; Shoulder pain; Tennis Elbow; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; RSI; wrist & hand problems; TMJ Syndrome (jaw misalignment); Postural problems; Neck/whiplash injuries; Knee and hip restrictions; Foot & ankle problems; Back, pelvic & hip problems; knee, ankle, and shin splints; Sciatica; sporting injuries; improved sporting performance; Muscle pain/ sensitivity/ numbness.

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Sports Massage

Kate Tosney, Sports Massage Therapist

Kate Tosney has over 4 years experience in various clinical and sports settings. She qualified in Swedish massage in 2004, and then went on to gain her level 3 in Sports Massage Therapy in 2009. In 2011 Kate achieved her VTCT Level 4 in Sports Massage Therapy. Since then she has gone on to develop her skills and interest in this field, as well as achieving qualifications in Advanced Clinical Massage, Myofascia Release and Trigger Point Therapy in 2014.

Since qualifying Kate has worked at Saint Helens and Caldy Rugby Clubs, as well as regularly attending running and biking events providing massage.

Kate offers different levels of massage depending on your needs. It can be relaxing to assist with general tension and stress and deeper to deal with sports injuries, training issues or long term tension.

Kate is also a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.

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Sports Massage and Rehabilitation

Kelly Clinton, Sports Massage Therapist

Kelly has a BSc Honours Degree in Sport Rehabilitation from the University of Salford. (2011) and a Diploma in Sports Therapy from the University of Huddersfield. (2008) She has gained additional qualifications in Acupuncture and Shiatsu and is also trained in the application of Kinesiology tape.

Kelly is a graduate member of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) and the Sports Massage Association (SMA)

Kelly’s additional qualifications in Acupuncture and Shiatsu for Sports injuries and Conditions allow her to combine her rehabilitation experience to help patients with Pain Management, Injuries, Muscular tension and Headaches. Being trained in the application of K- tape also allows Kelly to tape to reduce patient’s symptoms, increase movement and improve postural dysfunction.

Her experience has enabled her to work with patients ranging from the elderly to elite athletes. Kelly’s passion is to not only treat but get to the root of the problem and try to avoid a reoccurrence of injury

Kelly uses all her knowledge and expertise to help resolve patients symptoms in a relaxed and comfortable manner, enabling her to deliver high quality rehabilitation and soft tissue techniques to treat a variety of injuries from everyday aches and pains, right through to painful and problematic sports injuries.

Specialising in soft tissue therapy and functional movement, Kelly feels that a combination of a ‘hands on’ approach and functional exercises can empower and motivate individuals to improve their own symptoms and health and wellbeing in the long term.

Kelly has gained experience through working within a variety of clinical and sport settings which include Salford University Sports Injury Clinic, Manchester City Ladies FC, Sale Sharks RUFC, The Northern Ballet, shadowing Ian Horsley at Back in Action physiotherapy clinic, and following a leading orthopaedic knee surgeon and his medical team at Warrington Hospital. She has also provided massage at the Wilmslow half marathon and the Manchester 10k. She travelled to America on an internship for three months in 2010 and was based at South Dakota State University; here she worked with collegiate athletes across Soccer, American Football, Volleyball and Basketball.

Kelly has worked in a combination of clinical and sports settings since 2011 which have enabled her to develop her clinical skills as a Sports Rehabilitator. Kelly has previously worked with Orrell RUFC, Caldy RUFC, Bury RUFC & Bury cricket club providing assessments, treatment, acupuncture, rehabilitation, and pitch side first aid for games.

Kelly currently works for Bowdon Rugby club, Hyde FC & Hyde academy, Catalan Dragons RFL and also with Super League Match Officials assisting them in their preparation for games.

Other teams who have benefited from her services include: Oldham Athletic FC, Huddersfield Giants, Bradford Bulls, Exiles RLFC, Salford City Reds, South African Rugby Union Team (Springboks), Australian Rugby League squad, St George Illawara, and Brisbane Broncos.

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Sports Nutrition

Natalia Kerkham MNIMH, Nutritionist and Medical Herbalist

Good nutrition is vital to every athlete, to get the most from your training, maximise recovery and give your best performance when it comes to race day. Our Performance Nutrition Package will help you to

  • ensure that your diet has the optimal balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins for your individual needs
  • get the right levels of vitamins, minerals and fibre
  • develop an appropriate hydration strategy, to avoid the pitfalls of both dehydration and water intoxication
  • strengthen your immune system to increase resistance to colds and other infections
  • maintain your overall health for peak performance.

Performance Nutrition Package includes:

  • A 90 minute consultation
  • A full analysis of your current diet: total calories, carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, fibre and fluid intake, based on a three day diet diary completed before your consultation
  • Body composition measurement using Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis
  • A personalised nutrition plan, taking into account your training programme, goals, and food preferences, including meal and snack and hydration ideas
  • Recommendations for optimising your nutrition for total health, including digestive function, immunity and musculoskeletal resilience
  • Strategies for fuelling and recovery, and advice on nutritional supplements

Before your consultation you will need to complete a detailed questionnaire, including a three day diet diary, medical history and brief outline of your training programme and goals.

Cost £125. Follow-up consultations are available at £40 for 45 minutes


Carl Reynolds, Lic. Ac. MBAcc. Acupuncturist

Acupuncture is an ancient therapy which is now recognized by modern western medicine. Whilst the overall aim of acupuncture is to restore the body’s equilibrium or balance, it is particularly suited to helping pain and inflammation caused by sports injures, including plantar fasciitis, soft tissue damage, shin splints and lower back pain.

Carl has a great deal of experience with sports injury treatment. In addition to treating at Chester Rugby Club he has treated a wide range of sports injuries in many sports including triathlon, golf and martial arts.

Podiatry and Bio-mechanical Assessment

Marcia C. Cousins, BSc., HPC Registered.

Our specialist podiatrist will undertake a comprehensive assessment of the lower limbs to determine if how you are walking is contributing to injuries or likely to cause problems in the future.

Marcia is experienced in treating the following conditions:

  • Pain in knees; arches; toes; shin.
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Leg length differences
  • Verrucae
  • Corns
  • Ingrowing toenails

Performance Hypnotherapy

Paula Cornes DHP (ACCPH),Dip (Counselling), MBACP

“In terms of playing ability there is nothing to choose between number one and 100. it’s a question of who believes and who wants it more? Which player is mentally stronger? These are the things that determine who is the champion” Novak Djokovic

How can you achieve that extra 1% that makes all the difference, that “edge” over your opponents?

Ensuring they do all they can to maximise performance, ambitious sportsmen and women access the help and support they need to make the most of their ability. In recent decades mental preparation and strengthening has been increasingly used to supplement physical training with motivational coaches, sports and exercise psychologists working more and more at the elite sports level.

Sports hypnosis combines some of the key aspects of the sports psychology approach and combines it with the power of hypnosis to achieve powerful results. First used by the Russian Olympic team in 1956, it is used under many guises, ‘autogenic training’, ‘mind conditioning’, ‘getting in to “the zone”‘ and the widespread use of ‘guided imagery’ to drive for peak performance.

The unconscious controls our underlying fears, responses, attitudes and beliefs as well as the functioning of our motor skills. These are all areas that are of critical importance in achieving our performance targets. Hypnosis allows us to work with and alter the patterns within the unconscious that perform these functions for us. Recent research has blown away the long-held myths about hypnosis and shown that the changes in brain pattern make crucial differences to the way we process information. Sports Hypnosis allows you to:

  • Overcome mental blocks and barriers
  • Use guided imagery – rehearsing & modelling success
  • Reinforce your self-belief, motivation and positive thinking
  • Develop and focus on success strategies to maximise your motivation
  • Develop auto-responses that maximise your performance
  • Control anxiety & stress & relax appropriately before an event
  • Speed recovery from injury & control pain

Sports hypnosis is designed to do for your mind what physical training does for your body.

Movement and Lifestyle Coaching

Colin Ayliffe, BSc. C.H.E.K Practitioner

C.H.E.K Practitioners are specialists in corrective exercise, high performance conditioning and lifestyle coaching. The prestigious C.H.E.K Institute based in the USA, is an elite training school for the top 5% of practitioners in the fitness industry.

What is unique about a C.H.E.K trained practitioner, compared to other fitness professionals, is that they teach holistic health and design highly specific exercise programmes. Colin solves problems by looking at each individual as a physical, mental and spiritual reality, not somebody who follows a recipe or cookie-cutter approach.

If you suffer from chronic pain, reoccurring injuries, poor posture or unwanted body fat, then through a series of precise structural and movement assessments, Colin will look at your specific goals and any challenges you may be facing. He will work with you by taking this information to construct a very carefully designed programme, that will include everything from diet and lifestyle factors to exercise and specific nutrition modifications.

Holistic lifestyle coaching will teach you how disease and stress are preventable through eating healthy habits, lifestyle management and appropriate types of exercise to help you achieve your overarching dream.

This unique approach allows Colin to specifically customise your program to your needs, so you can experience true health and vitality.

Colin is also a C.H.E.K Golf Performance Specialist focusing on creating functional and personalised conditioning programmes for the avid golfer.

Whether you’re interested in corrective exercise, sports-specific training, post-rehabilitation, injury prevention, core and back conditioning, lifestyle modification, stress management or holistic nutrition, Colin has a program for you!

Colin is a Movement and Lifestyle Coach with over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry. He graduated from the University of Surrey with a Sports Science degree and has worked in London, Dubai and Bermuda training a diverse range of clients, before relocating to Cheshire.

Colin is now the health and wellness columnist for Cheshire Life.

2 easy ways to book an appointment.

1. Call us on 01925 730123
2. Use our 24 hour online appointment booking system.
Easy to use and you can specify a time and date to suit your requirements, even request a particular therapist!

Our sports performance clinic is ideally located in South Warrington, Cheshire, just 1 minute from J10 on the M56 (View Map) Cheshire Natural Health’s fully trained clinical sports performance practitioners treat clients who travel from various locations to use our services, not just the local Warrington & Cheshire areas, including Chester | Manchester | Liverpool | Wirral | Bolton | Northwich | Winsford | Stockport | Wilmslow | Hale | Altrincham | Sale | Macclesfield | Buxton | Wigan | Southport & across the Cheshire & North West region.



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