Winter Sports and Chiropractic

Passionate about skiing


We’re mad on skiing and snowboarding at Putney Chiropractic. Dr Craig has been heavily involved in the ski industry since 1999 and he understands the particular demands skiing places on the body, especially the spine. Craig recently featured in the travel section of the Telegraph as an expert in the article “How to get fit for the slopes” and the Guardian in the article “Ready Steady Snow” and you’ll find reference to him on the ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) website.

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Benefits for everyone


Internationally renowned skiers regularly visit our practice when in London to ensure their bodies are up to the demands high performance skiing places on them. We help Warren Smith, current Volkl International Freeride Team, maintain a high level of strength and flexibility. Graham Bell was due a further shoulder operation which has now been postponed and we have enabled him to keep on with his downhill runs when filming for the BBC’s Ski Sunday program. Konrad Bartelski, ex world cup downhill racer, had his troublesome neck injury resolved at PCC.


Since 2002 we have been working closely alongside the Warren Smith Ski Academy, based in Verbier. Dr Craig is a member of Warren’s bio-mechanics and physiology experts. The relationship began after Warren noted that some of his academy clients were unable to perform various movements that are vital to ski technique progression. He found the use of specific chiropractic techniques combined with expert coaching advice helped to remove biomechanical blockages to hips, ankles and low back, allowing the individual to achieve far greater results on the mountain. Warren has been a valued client of Putney Chiropractic for many years.

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Key Ski Information

We work with the Ski Club of Great Britain who feature our strengthening exercises.

We are the official chiropractors to the Ski Show at Olympia.

We are official chiropractors to the City Ski Championships

Telegraph article in travel section recommending Putney Chiropractic.

Craig McLean article onrestriction of movement affecting ski performance.

Craig McLean expert on Warren Smith team for bio-mechanics and physiology

Strong links with local boot-fitters Profeet who can help you find the perfect boot for your new aligned high-performance body!

Strong links with Mr Jonathan Bell and his team of orthopaedic consultants at the the Wimbledon Clinics winter sports injury clinics

Prepare your body for the piste


Working with many skiers, from very experienced to total novices, we have noticed that most found that they were compromised to some extent with their movement and flexibility on the slopes. We can work in association with specialized ski boot fitters and ski coaches so all three areas are covered with regards to correct equipment, coaching and body performance.


If imbalances are found in either the biomechanics or the neurology then a course of treatment is set to attempt to resolve these blockages. Benefits can include improvement in:


  • Significant turn preference (often a physiological reason behind this and can be addressed)
  • Poor fore/aft control (back seat skiing – can be helped with chiropractic, fitness and a great pair of boots)
  • Early leg burn (often poor positioning)
  • Back, leg, knee or foot pain (skiing should not cause you undue pain)
  • Slow technical development (hitting that dreaded plateau)
  • Office to piste transition (51 weeks at the desk, on throwing yourself down a mountain)

Bespoke program of care


Clients are presented with a report and a unique tailored program using a bespoke combination of chiropractic treatment, ski specific exercises, and alignment correction. We promote the importance of core strength and training before heading off to the piste. Our exercises are designed to improve optimal range of motion and strength across the key joints used while skiing to increase performance and reduce the chance of injury.

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