Alex has been an HCPC registered and Chartered physiotherapist since 2003, working primarily in football. Alex has spent most of his career in the Scottish Premier League, as Head of Medical & Science with Kilmarnock FC, before being asked to join Glasgow Rangers as 1st team Physiotherapist, he has held similar positions at Falkirk FC and East Fife FC. Alex is currently Lead Physiotherapist at St Mirren FC. He holds a master of science (MSc) in Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University and a BSc (Hons) focused in Sports Rehabilitation from The University of Salford. He has a post grad diploma in Manual Therapy, as well as diplomas in Acupuncture, FIFA Diploma in Football medicine, F.A. treatment and management of sports injuries, and sports and remedial massage. Alex enjoys treating a variety of conditions and patients from all backgrounds. After a thorough examination and explanation he will determine the most appropriate treatment to get you back to doing whatever it is you love to do.Physiotherapy: treatment consists of hands on manual therapy to loosen the stiff muscles\joints and functional rehabilitation to direct and educate you to move better. Spinal manipulations can relieve back pain by taking pressure off sensitive nerves or tissue, increase range of motion, restoring blood flow, reducing muscle tension, and, like more active exercise, promote the release of endorphins within the body to act as natural painkillers
Sports massage: the prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, Yogi, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger. This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries) Acupuncture: The goal of acupuncture is to correct imbalances of flow and restore health through stimulation, generally by inserting needles through the skin at points along the meridians of the body. Acupuncture may also be effective because it targets painful tender points, sometimes called trigger points. Acupuncture may decrease pain-causing inflammation by stimulating the body’s pituitary gland to release cortisol, a hormone that is known to reduce inflammation. Although the exact manner in which acupuncture works is unknown, the treatment appears helpful for certain medical illnesses in certain people at certain times. Sports Rehabilitation: This will help people suffering from pain, injury or illness involving the musculoskeletal system. It can help people of all ages to maintain their health and fitness, recover from and prevent injury and reduce pain using exercise, movement and manual based therapeutic interventions Back Pain. Back pain is a common condition and in the UK, it is the largest cause of work-related absence. Back pain can be very uncomfortable, but it is not usually serious. Approx 9% of adults visit their GP with Non specific low back pain. It typically improves over 2-3 months but 79% of people are still symptomatic at 3 months and 75% at 1 year. If you are one that suffers from back pain, then we can provide a wide range of treatments to relieve pain, promote relaxation and restore movement. Treatment could include manipulation, mobilisation and massage. Exercise may also be used to increase general fitness or to strengthen muscles that support the spine.
Alex MacQueen MSc BSc(Hons) MCSP Chartered Physiotherapist & Sports Rehabilitation