Alison Rushton, EdD

Alison Rushton

Professor and Director

Elborn College


  • EdD (Warwick University, UK)
  • MSc, Manipulative Physiotherapy (Coventry University, UK)
  • Graduate Diploma Physiotherapy (Middlesex Hospital School of Physiotherapy, UK)
  • Diploma in Teaching Physiotherapy (UK)
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (UK)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Spinal pain
  • Precision musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Evidence syntheses
  • Pilot, feasibility and definitive randomised controlled trials
  • Observational studies
  • Mixed methods

Additional Information

Recent Publications

A comprehensive list of publications is available on Google Scholar and PubMed.

Research Affiliations

  • Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic
  • The Bone and Joint Institute
  • London Health Sciences Centre
  • Honorary Reader School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK

Teaching Areas

  • Spinal rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Manual therapy
  • Sports medicine 


  • Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Examiner and Teacher UK Musculoskeletal Association of Physiotherapists
  • Fellowship Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in recognition of an outstanding contribution to advancing the standards of manual therapy and manual therapy research nationally and internationally
  • Honorary membership OMT Espana Terapia Manual Ortopedica, for outstanding contribution to the development of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Spain
  • Honorary fellowship Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, for outstanding contribution to musculoskeletal physiotherapy in the UK
  • Life membership International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapy for outstanding international contribution to Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy

Professional Activities

  • Previous Chair Standards Committee, International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT, 2004-2020)
  • Honorary Member of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy
  • Fellow Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (UK)
  • Fellow Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK)
  • Associate Editor Plos One
  • Editorial Board Musculoskeletal Science and Practice