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Thirsk Chiropractic ClinicThirsk Chiropractic Clinic, North Yorkshrie, UK

Chiropractor: Richard Skippings

Richard Skippings Richard Skippings graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in 1985 and moved back to Yorkshire the same year to take up a position in the Roundhay Chiropractic Clinic in Leeds, where he worked for three years. He opened the clinic in Thirsk in 1988 when he was ready to branch out on his own and bring chiropractic to a new area. He has always been active in the work of the profession, both on the Council of the British Chiropractic Association and in the Royal College of Chiropractors where he was invested as a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors in 1999, and in 2004 he attained a Specialist Fellowship from the Sports Faculty. In 2014 he was invested as a Fellow of the BCA for his services to sports chiropractic.

As you can see Richard has a particular interest in Sports Medicine. He is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, has been awarded the International Chiropractic Sports Science Diploma and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine from Sheffield University. This enables him to utilise different therapies and techniques as well as his chiropractic expertise, so as to provide the athlete with optimum care. He is a Team Chiropractor for the British Masters Athletic Federation having been in attendance at British and European Outdoor and Indoor Championships and at seven World Championships. He was also in attendance at the 2000 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Sheffield and at the London 2012 Olympic Games Richard was selected to be one of the chiropractors to work in the Polyclinic as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing medical support for the athletes and officials. This was a tremendous honour as it was the first time that chiropractors have been part of the official medical teams at a Summer Olympic Games. He was based at the Olympic Sailing Village in Weymouth working alongside Sports Doctors, GPs, Physiotherapists, Dentists, Massage Therapists, Pharmacists and Osteopaths - in short anything that an athlete could wish for was there available for them. Richard continued this work when he was selected as part of the medical team at the World Para Athletics Championships in London in July 2017.

In his spare time Richard is a Hockey Umpire, officiating in the North Womens Hockey League. He is a registered England Hockey Umpire Tutor and also a Level 1 Umpire coach. He is the Chairman of the Yorkshire Hockey Umpiring Associotion.

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors
  • Specialist Fellow of the Sports Faculty of the Royal College of Chiropractors
  • Fellow of the British Chiropractic Association
  • Member of the Federation Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS)
  • Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Member of the NHS register of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners

During the Covid-19 crisis Richard has undergone the necessary training and accreditation to become a vaccinator within the National Vaccination Programme and has started work at the Askham Bar Vaccination Centre in York.



General Chiropractic Council
Registration No. 00136

Thirsk Chiropractic Clinic
Carlton Road, Carlton Miniott, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 4NJ
Tel: 01845 522242  Fax: 01845 522189