Wednesday, 29 September 2021

chiropractor prepares for Wembley

FORMULA 1 drivers, Olympic rowers and football stars have all sought treatment from Stefan Nilsson.

FORMULA 1 drivers, Olympic rowers and football stars have all sought treatment from Stefan Nilsson.

The Henley chiropractor has been building a name for himself in sports medicine since moving to the UK from his native Sweden in 1995.

He has been employed at a number of practices, combining his day–to–day work with helping some of the country’s top sports teams.

For the last 12 years he has been based at the Henley Chiropractic Centre in West Lane, combining this with roles at the Marussia Virgin Racing F1 team, London 2012 and, most recently, Reading Football Club.

He says that tending to the joints of elite athletes has made him better able to treat the aches and pains of ordinary patients who attend his clinic.



“Chiropracty as a profession is much more recognised and widely used now and we have hundreds of clients,” he says.

Mr Nilsson, 42, lives in King’s Road, Henley, with his wife Melanie and children Erin, four, and one–year–old Matthew.

He was a medical officer in the Swedish Royal Marines before moving to the UK from Stockholm to study at the Anglo–European College of Chiropractic in Dorset.

After qualifying in 2000, he worked in the West Midlands and Cheshire before relocating to Henley. He joined the House of Good Health, which merged with Henley Chiropractic Clinic in 2012 to create the Henley Chiropractic Centre.

Along with fellow chiropractor Jorgen Rasmussen, he offers treatments including joint manipulation, muscular–skeletal work and soft–tissue manipulation.

Mr Nilsson said: “This clinic started in 1992 and since I joined it has grown so much. We now have two chiropractors and nine therapists, who come in and do things like massage and counselling, and four other staff.

“There are lots of actors and pop stars round here and I think they like the privacy of the clinic but we cater for all ages and types. People travel long distances to see us and word of mouth is very important. ”In 2011, he joined the medical team at Marussia Virgin Racing where he worked exclusively with the Belgian driver Jerome d’Ambrosio in his debut season.

He was then chosen by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games to offer medical care to athletes. He was assigned to a team and based at the rowing village in Egham.

Mr Nilsson recalls: “All the athletes had 24/7 access to this team, which included GPs, nurses, physical therapists and masseurs and, for the first time in Olympic history, chiropractors were involved. We were put in a team and did 10–day stints throughout the Olympics and Paralympics. The Rio Games organisers will try to replicate it in 2016. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see any of the action, it was just work.”

As a result of this work, he then spent two seasons at Leander Club in Henley, where he treated rowers including GB gold medallists from London 2012.

This work helped him when Reading FC were looking for a club chiropractor.

Mr Nilsson recalls: “When I got the call from Reading I had that experience. The world of sports medicine is quite small so being involved in the F1 and the Olympics played a part in why I was considered.

“I was approached by the club because they were interested in bringing chiropracty into their medical team. It is becoming increasingly popular and all the big clubs are doing it. I predominantly attend training sessions at Hogwood Park and the odd match day at the Madejski Stadium. I probably go there every two weeks on average.

“I do a regular session with the players and also tend to injuries. I’m very much hands–on – the players go in the gym and then see us and that collaboration is very effective.

“What’s more, the experience I gain can be brought back to the clinic, so our patients benefit.”

Dr Nilsson worked with former strike Jason Roberts before he retired in March last year.

Roberts, who now works as a pundit, had a long–standing hip injury during his time at Reading.

Dr Nilsson says: “Jason was probably the most famous player to play for the club. It was a pleasure working with someone with that wealth of knowledge and he was a brilliant character.”

He has been working with the team that will play Arsenal in the FA Cup semi–final at Wembley tomorrow (Saturday).

“I want to get everybody available for the game,” he says. They are all working very hard and raring to go.”

“There are a lot of characters in the squad this year, which makes for some interesting banter between the players in the treatment room.

“But the players are commodities and getting them back to fitness as quickly as possible is the overriding challenge.”



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