Jeff Ross tells us why he wanted to become a Physiotherapist, how he came to swap sports fields of New Zealand for a clinic in Wilmslow, and what drives him……
“When I was a child I dreamt of being a professional sailor or a rugby player! But I was just too small! Throughout school I had a few injuries – all the running and rugby matches – and I was lucky enough to have a great physio. It looked like a really good way to remain close to sport, and be involved in a sports team. When it came to the final year of School, I applied to a couple of Degree courses – Physiotherapy, but also Law and commerce, and even had a back up application for a BA in History. When I got accepted into all of them – I had some choices to make! Despite an interest in Law and History – both teaching and the corporate world couldn’t compete with the lure of the sports field! Running on and off a sports field, being part of a sports team and working full time in sports really did it for me. I couldn’t imagine myself in a corporate office somewhere being a lawyer, although many of my friends ended up wanting and doing just that.
So, I ended up at Auckland University for 4 years doing my Physiotherapy degree, and then 3 years later I did a Masters in Sports and Manipulation Physiotherapy. The first year of the Masters was full time, and looking back I maybe took on a bit much. I was already working part time in a Sports Medicine clinic, and had started working for the New Zealand Warriors Rugby League team. I then agreed to take on the Football physio role too and drove myself into the ground! The second year, when I was only studying part time, felt easy! I was still working with the NZ Warriors and travelling to Australia every other weekend during the winter season. Then during the summer season, I was Head Physio for the NZ Football squad ‘Football Kingz’ playing in the Australia ‘A league’ – the equivalent of our Premier League.
In amongst that, I was also Head Physio for New Zealand’s National Football team.
In 2001 I travelled to the UK to reform the medical department at Manchester City’s Academy. From there I won a Premiership title as Head Physio to Sale Sharks, later becoming a consultant coordinating the care of the entire medical department. It was at this time that I set up Harris and Ross, with my partner Rob Harris – who has since moved to Australia.
I now enjoy running my own Practice, working with a wide variety of people from all walks of life. We have elite athletes from a multitude of sports, young budding athletes, older people who want to carry on with their sports and hobbies despite aches and pains and everything in between. They all present with complex injuries and conditions. I genuinely get a kick from helping people get back to doing what they want to do.
I obviously have experience in all aspects of physiotherapy, but I do have a special interest in complex shoulder and spinal conditions in non-athletes. I relish ‘secondary referrals’ – cases the patient has been through numerous previous treatment cycles but still remains in pain.
The worst thing about lockdown, without a doubt was having to close the business – and everything that brought with it. The best thing was being at home more.”
Jeff’s knowledge of complex conditions is unparalleled and combining this with his extremely meticulous and logical approach to physiotherapy, he has been able to help thousands of everyday patients overcome the very hardest of injuries, rehabilitating them back to full health.
Through both his vast experience and enjoying the accountability and responsibility of being one of the country’s top practitioners, he is able to effectively manage their patient journey from start to finish, getting them back to full health even in the very hardest of cases.
You can find Jeff at our Wilmslow clinic, to arrange an appointment call 0161 832 9000 or you can click on the Book Online Now tab.