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Sports and Spinal Specialists

Our Physiotherapists

Our very experienced and highly motivated Physiotherapists are our greatest asset. Howard and Joanne have done extensive post-graduate training and actively keep up with the latest research and trends in the profession. The clinic is committed to clinical excellence and our Physiotherapists regularly undertake specialist training courses, attend national and international scientific conferences and in-house we have an extensive in-service training programme with our colleagues at Wilmslow Physio.

Howard Turner BSc BAppSc MCSP Member of HPC

  • Practice Principal and Clinical Lead, Hale Physio
  • Physiotherapy Consultant, English Institute of Sport
  • External Lecturer, University College London
  • External Lecturer, University of East London
  • External Lecturer, University of Birmingham
  • Postgraduate Lecturer in Manual Therapy

Howard Turner has almost 20 years experience as a Physiotherapist working in musculoskeletal health. He is well known within the physiotherapy profession through postgraduate training and lecturing. He teaches a spinal module on the University College London and University of Birmingham Masters in Physiotherapy, and a Hip and Groin Injuries module on the University of East London Masters in Sports Medicine. In addition to these formal teaching roles he runs training programmes for Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths on the treatment of low-back and pelvic pain and has taught knee and shoulder courses.

He has lectured at national and international conferences for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM), the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP), the Irish Manipulative Physiotherapists Association and various other organisations and is published on the Shoulder and the Sacroiliac Joint. He has consulted for numerous sporting bodies such as England Hockey, England Netball, UK Athletics, the Paralympic Association, the British Olympic Association, Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City Football Clubs and London Irish. He attended the 1996 Paralympic games in Atlanta as Physiotherapist to the GB squad.

His current work at the English Institute of Sports brings him into contact with the Northwest’s elite, lottery-funded sports people from all disciplines, but particularly Cycling, Swimming, Waterpolo, Wrestling and Squash.

Howard trained in Melbourne, Australia. After completing a physics degree at Melbourne University, he studied physiotherapy at Latrobe University. Graduating in 1988, he worked for seven years in public health, in Melbourne, Montreal and London, concentrating on inpatient orthopaedic care and outpatient services. This included provision of care at a number of GP surgeries. Moving into private practice in 1995, Howard worked at a number of prominent London practices and for two years provided occupational health services to the London Fire Brigade.

Howard Turner
Howard Turner

Joanne Worthington BSc (HONS) MCSP Member of HPC

Jo is co-founder of Physio Hale. She studied physiotherapy at the Royal London Hospital, graduating with honours in 1988. She then worked in the London NHS for 7 years, specializing in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, her final position a senior post in outpatients, orthopaedics and hydrotherapy at a major London district teaching hospital.

Before moving back to the Manchester of her birth Jo worked in the private sector at various practices in and around London. This included 2 years as the occupational health consultant for the Civil Service in London and British Telecom for London and the southeast counties. She has pursued her interest in musculoskeletal medicine through intensive post-graduate education in the UK and Australia.


Joanne Worthington
Joanne Worthington