Corporate Wellness and Musculoskeletal (MSK) Professionals

TotalMSK Corporate Wellness and Musculoskeletal (MSK)

The concept and foundation of TotalMSK were born out of the founder’s unusual combination of interests, training, experience and knowledge. Cumulatively, these skills all have one thing in common and relate to human performance, be it physiological or psychological.

Health and wellbeing have a significant effect on human performance, as has been demonstrated throughout history. There is now an ever-growing evidence base, which shows strong links between health, wellness and performance. Terry, the founder of TotalMSK has understood such relationships for over two decades. He started his first degree in Business Management Studies in the early 90’s and chose to specialise in Business Psychology. One particular area of interest became Mental Illness in the workplace, which in effect can lead to a workplace injury. Mental illness in the workplace is only now, in 2017 gaining recognition it deserves as a serious health issue. The issue not only has human costs but costs to business and the UK’s GDP. Hence, it is no surprise that the UK government and all political parties are now looking to address the ever-increasing problem of mental illness in the workplace. Stress, which can take many forms in today's modern life can have both a positive or negative impact on an individual's productivity and physical and mental health or well-being in general. Understanding, the Human Stress response does help explain some of the effects mentioned above concerning human performance and health. Terry's natural interests, have enabled him to gain expertise in many interrelated areas, which not only relate to physical and mental health but the knock-on effect on human performance.

Besides interests and training in Business Psychology, Terry has always been extremely physically active and still is to this day. After leaving University, he spent eight years in Britain’s Elite Military forces. During this time he was required to push his body and mind to the limits of physical and mental endurance. The experience gave him a full appreciation of what it takes to operate as an integral member of genuinely high-performance teams, where decisions can make the difference between life or death. Whilst in the military he gained training in multiple areas including, medicine and health and safety. His experiences in the military demonstrated that there is an enormous amount to be said for “healthy body & healthy mind”. The skills and knowledge gained through his time in the military were further enhanced while working in the commercial sector and senior-level managerial positions.

In 2006, Terry decided to build on his interests and medical training and started studying for an Integrated Masters in Chiropractic. Before the course he was required to complete a foundation year, which included a grounding in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and a course in holistic massage. Based on his own experiences of pushing his body and mind to the limits he could see the enormous benefits of massage and soft tissue work. As a result, he completed further advanced training and qualifications in many advanced soft tissue techniques.

Terry has run and owned successful Musculoskeletal (MSK) practices in both the UK and Australia. Whilst in Australia he also taught students up to and including the Advanced Diploma level Myotherapy (Musculoskeletal (MSK) Therapy). He also completed formal certification in Work, Health and Safety. The additional training formalised the knowledge and experience gained in the military. The extra Work, Health and Safety training has proved invaluable concerning the legislative requirements governing physical and mental health in the workplace. Terry has also split his time between consultancy in the field of human performance and his clinical work and training for the past decade. He still regularly consultants on corporate courses concerning human performance. The culmination of his experience, knowledge and training, naturally lead to the formation of TotalMSK in early 2017.

Terry has run his own successful Musculoskeletal (MSK) practices in both the UK and Australia. Whilst in Australia he also taught students up to and including the Advanced Diploma level Myotherapy (Musculoskeletal (MSK) Therapy). He also completed formal certification in Work, Health and Safety. The additional training formalised the knowledge and experience gained in the military. The additional Work, Health and Safety knowledge has proved invaluable in relation to the legislative requirements governing physical and mental health in the workplace. Terry has also split his time between consultancy in the field of human performance and his clinical work and training for the past decade. He still regularly consultants on corporate courses in the field of human performance. The culmination of his experience, knowledge and training, naturally lead to the formation of TotalMSK in early 2017.

In his spare time, Terry enjoys running, cycling, kayaking, endurance type events, and the outdoors. He has previously walked the 275 mile Pennine Way, solo and carrying everything he needed on his back, twice. He has completed this challenge in 14 days and then ten days. Terry is also looking to complete the 630 miles South West Coast Path in under 15 days at some point. He also volunteers his time, where possible to support local and national charities at sporting related events.


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