Mark Archer

Mark Archer

Mark started his career in the NHS, quickly specialising in outpatient care and finding his long term focus in helping patients suffering from persistent forms of pain. 

Within his role in the NHS he became involved in research, co-authoring a publication into the management of persistent lower back pain. This experience put him in close contact with his psychologist colleagues whose insights and interventions still inform Marks treatment methodology today. He also supervised Junior staff and student Physiotherapists. 

Mark has also worked in sporting and performance settings; team physio for London and South East Divisional rugby squads, pitch-side for the England women's (RFU) high performance academies, personal physio for national and international sports men and women including track and field athletes, martial artists and gymnasts.

He has worked back stage at rock concerts, on film sets, as well as a recently assisting back stage with the touring Alvin Ailey dance theatre company.

Mark has been highly involved in dance injury. Having worked at Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; screening, treating the students as well as developing strength and conditioning protocols. He also participated in their Dance Science Masters programme and taught on the Summer school. Mark wrote a dance science module (psychology and injury management within the dance population) for an undergraduate degree course which still runs today, as well as participating in smaller projects, such as breakalign, an injury prevention programme for breakdancers. He travels yearly to Italy as a teacher and therapist for Dance Italia an international summer school for contemporary dance.

Mark has an integrative treatment approach blending movement, exercise, and hands on therapy with relaxation, imagery and mindfulness techniques. 

Mark loves to run, jump, roll, climb, dance and play with any and all movement practices... he has a long history of training in martial arts, trained to a high level as a sprinter and then rugby player before injury convinced him to become a Physiotherapist!