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Rehabilitation designed with you in mind to get the best for your recovery, to help you become pain free and mobile



“A passion for supporting people to move more and reduce pain, giving them a full and active life.  I am here to make you feel better”.

 Why did you decide to train as a Sports Rehabilitator?

After 20+ years of working in the Health and Fitness industries, I began to look at new and exciting opportunities. I wanted to build on my wealth of experience and further develop my knowledge, so I decided I’d like to specialise in musculoskeletal conditions which is exactly what a Sports Rehabilitator is all about. 
Where did you do your training and what did it entail?

I originally trained at St Martin’s College Lancaster, many moons ago.  It was a 3 year Sports Science Degree course which covered things like coaching, biomechanics, psychology of sport and fitness training.  Everyone thought I just spent my time playing sport but it wasn’t like that at all.  The course was actually quite scientific and through work experience I realised I loved the health and fitness element working with those who are either sedentary or who have long term health conditions.

Sports Rehabilitation with Melissa Taylor Bolton

Melissa Taylor (BSc, MSc, GSR)
BSc Sports Science
MSc Sports Rehabilitation
Physical Activity Specialist


I then trained at Bolton University which was a totally different experience to my young student days in Lancaster.  Living at home, with a family, a mortgage and a part time job, my 2 year MSc in Sports Rehabilitation was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but I loved every minute and I’m proud to say I graduated with Distinction.  The course had a real focus on anatomy and physiology, building on my previous degree but in much more depth.  I find anatomy and physiology of the human body fascinating and I love how it all connects, so to be able to apply this to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal issues was perfect for me.  The course also included lots of hands on, in a clinical setting, mastering numerous assessment, treatment and management techniques used in manual therapy.

What has your career been like so far?
My focus has always been on public health, managing community physical activity initiatives or being hands on as a specialist trainer & instructor – supporting patients through a variety of exercise referral schemes and rehabilitation programmes.   I always take a holistic approach when working with clients / patients looking at a person’s lifestyle as a whole.

I have always loved working with those who are sedentary, taking their first tentative steps to becoming more active and I have also developed a special interest in working with patients with long term health conditions or a disability. 

My remit has included supporting stroke, cancer and cardiac patients as well as sessions for neurological disorders such as Parkinsons Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

My clinical work has included pitch side therapy for rugby, private clinical practice and work with the England Amputee Football Team.  I am currently a team therapist for Bolton RUFC which includes pre-season training and injury prevention as well as treatment and rehabilitation to get players fit for play. 

What do you do when you’re not working?
I love the outdoors and feel very lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world with countryside on our doorstep.  I’m always up for exploring new paths either walking or running and I have been known to take on the odd running challenge in the name of charity.  Family time is special to me and I feel very fortunate to share a love of music with my folks at home.  Music is great as it helps me switch off.  All my family play in a brass band so if I’m not working or walking you’ll probably find me rehearsing, performing or enjoying the odd well-earned drink with my brass band buddies.

How would you describe yourself?
I’m a caring, compassionate and empathetic individual who is dedicated to all that I do.  Well that’s what my friends say.  I’m not very good at blowing my own trumpet (even though I play in a brass band!!).  I always adopt my Grandad’s motto ‘nothing but your best is good enough’. So far that has stood me in good stead throughout life.

We aim to find the root cause of your problem and use exercise, movement and manual based therapeutic interventions to relieve you from pain and discomfort in the short term.  We also support you to maintain health and fitness to improve your overall quality of life in the long term.  We ensure your treatment and rehabilitation is individualised and patient centred, meaning you are always in the driving seat and being treated by a registered BASRaT practitioner, you can be rest assured you will be cared for at the highest standards.

“My specialist intrests are running and spinal rehabilitation, my masters thesis was based around evidenced based post operative spinal rehabilitation.”

Melissa Taylor

Spinal rehabilitation with Melissa Taylor
Hamstring Rehabilitation

common injuries

Back Pain

Pre/Post Knee Surgery

Shoulder Rehab


Hamstring Injuries

Time For Change



helping with people suffering from pain, injury or illness involving the musculoskeletal system.  We provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a wide range of injuries and musculoskeletal issues


Initially a full assessment to help us understand your injury, determine the source of pain and its impact on your body mechanics.  This assessment may include a postural analysis, gait analysis, functional movement patterns, palpation of the injured area and lifestyle factors.  This will provide us with a working diagnosis enabling us to plan your course of treatment.



Hands on manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue work, active release, mobilisation, manipulation, manual stretching and massage.  All treatments are evidence based and will be customised to your individual needs in order to aid and optimise your recovery.



Movement and exercise based programmes to help you become pain free and mobile.  Rehabilitation also includes education on how to self-manage you injury with a plan to rehabilitate or prevent recurring injuries.

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Bolton Rehabilitation Therapists Melissa Taylor



Deansgate Osteopathic Clinic
152 deansgate
bolton bl1 1bb
T:01204 522133

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