About Andy

Andrew Knowles - Physiotherapist in Painswick, near Gloucester & CheltenhamAndy graduated from the University of the West of England as a physiotherapist in 2005. He began a career working with the musculoskeletal problems of mental health patients. Since 2005 Andy has worked only with patients who have the most complicated of physical problems. Solving the problems posed by patients who have not been able to find a solution to their physical problems through the standard process of physiotherapists, pain clinics and surgeons.

Shortly after graduating in 2005 Andy retrained in movement impairment physiotherapy through Shirley Sahrmann and Diane Lee. It has been this method which has proved so effective.

Andy Specialises in the sort of pain called insidious onset pain. Pain which did not begin from a particular incident but it slowly built up over time. This sort of pain is best treated by addressing the subtleties of the way in which a person is mechanically functioning.

Since 2009 Andy has worked as the physiotherapist for Painswick rugby club. Treating the acute sporting injuries presented by rugby players.

Andy has a particular interest in low back pain and neurological symptoms, foot mechanics, and neck pain and migraines.


Andy has an extensive history of both competing and working within sport. Competing as an elite cyclist and working with athletes from a wide range of sports. Andy is fully aware of the problems presented by the constraints of competition and the needs to achieve often despite injuries.

Andy has a degree from Leeds University in sports science and physiology and while there won the Leeds University Griffin awarded for outstanding achievement in sport. Andy is a British cycling coach and a British weight lifting association instructor. Andy has also passed the ACPSM emergency first aid in sport course, the highest level course in the UK and the course needed to work in Premiership football.


  • BSC hons physiotherapy UWE 2002 – 2005
  • BSC hons Sports Science and Physiology Leeds University 1998 – 2001
  • Diane Lee lumbo-pelvic stability and The thorax 2007
  • Shirley Sahrmann Movement impairment syndromes of the upper and lower quadrants 2007
  • Kinesio taping, fundamental, advanced and Kinesio taping for sports 2007
  • Graston Technique 2006
  • ACPSM Emergency First Aid for Sport 2008
  • Sarah Key 2007
  • Talarmade foot posture, biomechanics and orthotic selection 2007