Mhairi graduated from Strathclyde University in 2004 with an honours degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics. She gained a good foundation of knowledge for body alignment from her experience working as a Prosthetist in Oxford, before changing to a career in Orthotics. She is experienced in all aspects of Orthotics and has treated a large variety of conditions, such as Spinal injuries, Neuromuscular, Diabetics, and Rheumatology and she has always held a keen interest in Sport Orthotics and Biomechanics.
Mhairi Friel’s recognised expertise have led her to hold clinics at the well renowned Hampden Sports Clinic and The Edinburgh Physiotherapy Centre. She holds the contract to provide the Biomechanics and Foot Orthotics Service to the Scottish Institute of Sport and works with some of the country’s top athletes, Olympic and Commonwealth competitors, The Scottish Football Association, Scottish Rugby Union and Premier Football Clubs. Mhairi is also very experienced in treating Military service men and women, and sportsmen and women from a large variety of sporting disciplines, such as sprinting, middle distance running, marathon and ultra marathon running, racket sports, hill walking, skiing, curling and even bobsleighing!
Mhairi Friel also helps patients suffering with daily aches such as knee pain, foot pain, heel pain, back pain or leg injuries, and patients struggling to maintain standing or walking balance as a result of a neuromuscular condition.
She continues to work on a consultancy basis for the NHS throughout the UK although primarily her time is spent at Stride Orthotic’s Glasgow and Edinburgh clinics.
Education, Education, Education
Mhairi Friel strives to maintain an up to date knowledge of modern biomechanical concepts, she has gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Biomechanics as well as MSc Biomechanics. She has an absolute passion to learn and has invested a significant amount of time and finances into further education by regularly attended biomechanics courses and conferences.
Her passion for Biomechanics and Foot Orthotics is obvious when presenting on the subject to her peers and her expertise were called on to discuss foot orthotics on BBC radio Scotland.
Mhairi has a good knowledge of biomechanics and understands that foot orthotics are NOT always the solution to back pain, knee pain, foot pain or leg pain. She is qualified in non-orthotic manual therapy for treating foot and lower leg injuries; this treatment can be carried out as a sole treatment.