Radcliffe and Stoneclough osteopath physiotherapist for backpain and injuries

About Francis Connor

osteopath & Physiotherapist

Hi I’m Francis Connor
I specialise in managing and treating conditions that have previously not responded to surgery, physiotherapy or osteopathy. Often called upon for my expert opinion and skills in helping solve some of the more complex injuries we see here at the clinic.

I have been in practise for quite some time,  I am one of the Northwest’s most experienced and successful Osteopaths and Physiotherapist with 30 years in the industry.

Registered with:

GOsC (General Osteopathic Council)
BOA (British Osteopathic Association)
HPC (Health professional Council)
CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists)
With a MSc in Sports Rehabilitation along with qualifications in Nutritional Therapy, Sports and Natural Nutrition.

Recognised by all insurance companies as an Registered Osteopath & Chartered Physiotherapist.

Whilst having a reputation for being spinal experts, I see a variety of injuries and ailments in the clinic, such as: 

  • Back pain – lower back pain, sciatica, disc problems and more
  • Foot and ankle issues such as Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pains and sprains in ankles, knees, shoulder groin, hip etc
  • Post-operative rehabilitation – (spinal, shoulder and knee surgery, joint replacements)
  • Total knee replacement rehabilitation
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Cruciate ligament rehabilitation
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Injuries with an uncertain diagnosis
  • Post spinal surgery
  • Post trauma, including fractures
  • Chronic pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Arthritis

My Philosophy

Harnessing Your Healing Potential

Osteopathy uses the phrase “structure governs function” and one I work with and constantly refer to in my practise, how we use and treat the body will determine how it performs in our everyday sports and activities.

When we leave our youthful stage of life, your body is down to you, the fitter, stronger, more mobile you are, then the better you function. If we consider a boxer, his intensive training wouldn’t make him a good swimmer or footballer, we get good at what we do.

So we need to ask “what do we want from our body and is our training and activities fit for purpose”. If an office based working mother with a sedentary lifestyle attends the clinic having back issues, that may have developed since having a baby, we would have to consider many factors such as; lifting- a child is like carrying weights that move, however most children haven’t read and certainly don’t follow manual handling practises, they get heavier quickly, but, with the right intervention you can adapt quickly increasing strength, core stability with flexibility so the task of carrying a child becomes a lesser challenge and overall pressure on the body.

In my practice I implement a short term plan to help reduce your pain.  I assess, treat and rehabilitate then, discuss a long term plan for you to maintain your body and health.

Manual Handling expert Manchester Bolton, Radcliffe Bury Whitefield

Consultant Osteopath

Manual Handling:

I have an interest in postural issues and work related injury and provide 

Francis Connor is a consulting osteopath to expert providers “Osteopathic Solutions Ltd” a Manual Handling Training and Risk Management specialist with a national Training and Consultancy Team of Occupational Osteopaths. 

As expert consultant osteopaths we  specialise in the delivery of onsite (bespoke) and public Manual Handling Instructor (‘Train the Trainer’) Assessor Courses. Onsite (bespoke) Practical Skills Courses in your employees’ working environments teaching ‘BackSafe’ manual handling techniques and practices with the specific inanimate loads that your workforce lift, carry, lower, push, pull and team handle.

Based on 67 reviews
Mandy Worsley
Mandy Worsley
Knowledgeable practitioner who was able to look at what was the underlying issues related to my back pain, rather than just treating the acute incident. Easy to book and pay online
Anne Barrett
Anne Barrett
What an absolutely fantastic practice for both physio and sports massage. Would highly recommend. Would not go anywhere else.
I turned up quite desperate and in a lot of pain, Francis was able to improve my situation from the first visit. 2 trapped nerves in my back and hip I was definitely at my worst but was treated with care, dignity and patience. I wasn’t fobbed off with poxy exercises to do, my treatment was hands on, my body manipulated to ease pressure on the nerves which had me pretty much pain free after a few visits. I still see Francis but my appointments arnt as regular now, my appointments are more preventative. Would recommend highly 👍
Marcus Pollard
Marcus Pollard
Never really been to of these before. Really friendly nice people who are very professional. Which is what you want when you sitting in your underwear things what's this about. Anyway my back was ridiculously painful. I was unable to walk even a mile without having to sit down. Now it's fine I feel better, sleep better move better. Well worth going well worth the money.
Len Kershaw
Len Kershaw
Very happy with Francis and Tracy. Long term problem with my feet, was sorted very quickly. Excellent treatment from very nice people.
Ste Hinchley
Ste Hinchley
After years of sciatica, 9 months of paralysis and 16months waiting on the hospital Francis mostly fixed me within 5 sessions. Cannot fault the gentleman, caring, knowledgeable and professional. Huge thanks,
Roy Dennett
Roy Dennett
When my wife saw Francis for the first time she could barely walk up the stairs to his practice. She left walking normally and was pain free within three visits. We cannot thank him enough. Highly recommended.
Natalie Gaskell
Natalie Gaskell
I visited Francis a couple of times to treat a hip problem, I ended up having a 3d gait analysis on another visit, it proved to be really helpful and informative. He was really friendly and extremely knowledgeable at what he does. I would definitely visit again and would recommend him to everyone.

With a keen interest in sports injuries I currently offer service to Swinton judo club, Salford, along with part-time role supporting Bolton Wanderers Football Club (BWFC)  academy, and previously the osteopath for the BJC (British Judo Council), though my expertise in sports injury and spinal rehabilitation. 

During my time in practise I have helped many people in fact if you name a job I’ve probably treated someone in it, police officers, electricians, joiners roofers, dentists, osteopaths/physiotherapists (yes they get sore backs to), sports people from every level such as Common Wealth Games and British champions in judo, world ranked athletes, tri-athletes, cyclists and many local football teams.

I often get asked if I have treated anyone famous, the answer is yes ranging from northern soap actors to Hollywood stars like Jude Law…

 Clinic attendance is from varied industry sectors, ranging from self employed individuals to employees from large companies and corporations such as the BBC, Granada TV with actors from coronation street, Emerdale, Holby city,  Lowry, The Palace, The Opera, Some of the larger companies such as  KPMG, Marks & Spencer’s, Croma, Esure, Royal Bank of Scotland, The CO-OP, BUPA , British Airways, Vidal Sassoon, MMU, Manchester City Council, EON, Kellogs and many many more…my youngest patient is six years old and the oldest 97 years old.

A little bit on me Francis Connor personally:

Q:How did you get started in Osteopathy
A:I have been interested in sport, fitness and health right from my early days but it was a knee injury at judo which pushed me into the area.

Q:What do you love about your job?
A:There are many things to love about this job, its interesting, challenging and very rewarding, you can see the difference you can make.

Q:When you were little, what did you want to be?
A:I wanted to be a vet, just work on different bodies now

Q:How would you describe yourself?
A:Competitive, adventurous, lively, caring and energetic.

Q:Favourite food / drink
A:Pepperonni Pizza or fish, a pint of Joseph Holts Bitter closely followed by champagne
Generally don’t have them often but really enjoy them when I do.

Q:Pet hates / what would you like to live without?
A:Bad manners, they don’t cost anything but they do mean a lot (it is completely unnecessary), would love to live without a diary and mobile phone.

Q:What makes time fly for you?
A:Fell walking, playing with my son’s

Q:What do you do to really relax?
A:If I’ve had a really stressful day or week I try to head out to the seaside,  normally Ainsdale beach or the country for a nice long walk. Caving also helps me switch of too and doing Judo makes me feel more relaxed.

Q:What or who makes you happiest in your life right now?
A:My family, love family gatherings and particularly time with my boy’s.

Q:What pearls of wisdom can you offer to others that you hope will make a difference?
A:Write your goals down, if you don’t know what you want its hard to plan and achieve  them, start with one step and keep focused  and remember Action = Results

Radcliffe and Stoneclough osteopath physiotherapist for backpain and injuries

Francis Connor

Osteopath & Physiotherapist

Radcliffe, Bury, Whitefield, Bolton

01204 522133


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