About us

The Oving Clinic is a Centre for Musculoskeletal and Sports Injuries.
Originally established in 1984, the Oving Clinic has been run by Dr John Tanner and his wife Petra as
Co Directors since 1991.

The clinic

The Clinic offers specialist diagnosis, with some investigations on site, and treatment which varies from manual therapy, manipulation, massage and personalised exercise therapy to minimally invasive interventions for spinal disorders.

The Oving Clinic sits in a prime rural location in the village of Oving, just East of Chichester, with a relaxing atmosphere and easy parking opposite.

Our qualified and caring team of Practitioners work together to treat injuries and manage pain in all age groups arising from sports, work, leisure pursuits and simply getting old. These include back and neck pain, sciatica, and whiplash together with other musculoskeletal conditions such as disc prolapse, joint pain, tendon problems, scoliosis, ankylosing spondylitis and arthritis.

The Clinic has been registered as a Day Case Facility by the Care Quality Commission since 1992. We are regularly assessed by the CQC. At our last inspection we met all standards.
Our clinical governance is provided by Prof. N Webborn, Sports

Philosophy of care

Our aim is to help people of all ages to recover as fully as possible from pain, discomfort and disability associated with problems of their musculoskeletal system (spine, muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, fascia and joints), and to prevent their recurrence wherever possible.

We will provide a personal and professional service to all our patients in a friendly and welcoming environment. We will respect our patients’ privacy, dignity and confidentiality at all times.

Our practitioners will treat patients by safely applying tried and tested techniques to restore the optimal functioning of the body and so enhance its ability to heal.

All practitioners at the Oving Clinic keep abreast of developments in their areas of expertise so we are able to offer the latest technology and treatments available.

Our practitioners will take a holistic approach to patients’ wellbeing by listening to their needs and concerns and giving advice on exercise and lifestyle, stress management and nutrition. Our team of practitioners will work together in cases where it is considered the patient would benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment.

All patients can expect prompt appointments, friendly and caring staff, and comfortable surroundings. Our excellent on-site facilities ensure we are able to offer fast and accurate diagnosis and treatment to get patients back to optimal health in the quickest possible time.

we offer


Is the diagnosis and treatment of spine, joint and soft tissue disorders which can be managed without surgery. It embraces the whole field of locomotor disorders and dysfunctions covering nerve disorders, rheumatological problems, chronic pain and arthritis.

Sports and Exercise Medicine

Is a relatively new specialty which covers injuries and overuse problems sustained in sport, team medicine, public health problems such as obesity and exercise medicine for chronic disease and the general population. Physical activity is now recognised as one of the most important issues in lifestyle medicine.


Physiotherapists are trained to do a full assessment of musculoskeletal dysfunction. This includes elements that might influence any predisposition to injury and effect speed of recovery such as degeneration, age, balance, coordination, psychological and occupational factors, sports and exercise issues.

Treatment will often be a combination of manipulation and other manual techniques to influence the body’s biomechanics and so optimise recovery. Acupuncture may sometimes be included. Together with this, a graded programme of specific exercise will be instituted to regain the ability of the injured tissues to resist strain and prevent


Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

Active Release Technique

Petra has trained in Active Release Technique under Dr. Mike Leahy for the last 10 years. ART is currently the preferred treatment at the ironman triathlon events in the USA. Petra is full body and biomechanics qualified and spends some time every year with Dr.Leahy updating her


Is the assessment of the lower limb mechanics, particularly with regard to the workings of the foot and ankle in stance, gait and running mode to optimise weight bearing and reduce strain and painful conditions resulting from dysfunction, disease and deformity. Orthotics may be used to accommodate or alter foot motion as appropriate and in some cases bespoke foot wear is required.

Hand and Wrist surgery

May be required for common problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s contracture and osteoarthritis of the base of the thumb. More complex problems resulting from trauma or deformity may require surgery to optimise upper limb function.


Dr Ese Stacey

During my musculoskeletal clinics I have been struck by how patients with ‘hard to treat’ joint and muscle problems tend to have other (inflammatory symptoms), which at first may not seem to be related to their joints – such as heart burn, IBS, eczema, acne, recurrent thrush, athlete’s foot, high blood pressure, cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, kidney stones. It was when I started concentrating more on these ‘metabolic’ symptoms that I began to have a much higher success rate in treating my patients. I also consider the effect of environmental toxins on soft tissue, bone and joint conditions. For example, it is not uncommon for me to find high levels of mould toxins related to chronic tendon pains or raised mercury levels in fish eaters. For chronic joint problems a holistic approach is essential for a good outcome. Patients seem to like it. I also realize that it’s not just joint problems that get better but the whole person.


Dr. John Tanner

Musculoskeletal and Sports Physician

MBBS BSc FFSEM DM-SM DSMSA and registered osteopath.

After medical training at the Royal London Hospital, Dr Tanner began his career as a GP. His interest in sports medicine and musculoskeletal disorders led him to qualify further and he is now an authority in these areas. He has been awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine in the UK and Ireland.

Dr Tanner teaches and lectures both nationally and internationally and is a member of the International Academy of Manual and Musculoskeletal Medicine. He is also an instructor for the Spine Intervention Society which instructs other specialists in minimal intervention techniques for the spine. He is Past President of the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine for whom he was course organiser and tutor for postgraduate education for 10 years. He teaches diagnostic ultrasound at AECC Bournemouth University MSc programme.

He has written three books on back pain; ‘Better Back’, published by Dorling Kindersley, ‘Your guide to Back Pain by Hodder Arnold, the BMA guide to Back Care by DK. He also writes for textbooks in Musculoskeletal medicine and training manuals. He is an adviser to the Education committee of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine.

He is currently engaged in a clinical research study on prolotherapy for sacroiliac dysfunction in the NHS.

Dr Tanner’s memberships include the British Pain Society, BMA, SIS, Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine.


Senior Physiotherapist

Petra Tanner graduated from the Academy of Physiotherapy in Amsterdam in 1984.

After coming to this country to experience the workings of the NHS for herself she developed two sides to her career: paediatrics and sports/manual therapy. Petra has run private musculoskeletal clinics in the UK and Bermuda since 1988.

Currently, Petra is the principle physiotherapist of the Oving Clinic, as well as overseeing the management of the Clinic at all levels.

Petra has written a number of papers on pain and the restoration of central nervous tissue, and lectured on connective tissue massage, sports specific treatment and various manual therapy treatment methods.

Petra, being an able sportswoman herself, has a keen interest in the treatment of sports injuries. She has been involved in sports medicine since her student days when she started with the Dutch women’s first basketball team. She has been involved in a wide range of sports: climbing, cycling, fell- and road-running, tennis, sailing, martial arts, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, dance, horse riding to name but a few. Petra also has detailed knowledge of a variety of musical skills which enables her to treat her patients with more specificity.

She has trained in Active Release Technique under Dr. Mike Leahy. ART is currently the preferred treatment at the ironman triathlon events in the USA. Petra is full body and biomechanics qualified and spends some time every year with Dr.Leahy updating her skills.


Registered Osteopath

Anna is an experienced osteopath who completed a 4 year Masters Degree from the world famous British School of Osteopathy at London Bridge, in 2011. She is a great communicator who will guide you through the process in a way that will put you at your ease and make clear what will be involved in your treatment.

During your appointment she may use a variety of structural techniques including massage, deep soft tissue massage, fascial release, functional active release, functional technique, articulation, manipulation and traction. Ongoing general wellbeing is important in avoiding future problems so your appointment will likely also include advice on how to keep your body healthy while navigating the trials that life brings.

Anna is passionate about your health and will work hard to help you achieve your goals. She is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and a member of the Osteopathic Institute (Oi) and will communicate with your GP when necessary and refer you when appropriate.




James Drew is an HCPC Registered Podiatrist.  He holds both a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry and an MSc Masters Degree in Lower Limb Musculoskeletal Disorders from Cardiff Metropolitan University.   James uses video gait analysis software and in-shoe pressure mapping to combine new  technology with established musculoskeletal assessment techniques in his clinical practice.  He also provides general foot care, treating problems such as in-growing nails and callus. James’ other professional interests lie in lower limb off loading orthotics for diabetic and the at-risk foot in the treatment of plantar wounds.


Qualified as a staff Nurse in 2004 From the University of Southampton Registered with NMC. Since qualifying she has had experience in elderly medicine and the Emergency Department within the NHS followed by working in the private sector for many different organisations.

She has been working at the Oving Clinic for the last 7 years ensuring we meet all CQC standards, assisting in the fluoroscopy procedures and all nursing care. She is also involved in Patient and Public involvement in clinical research at Southampton University, assisting Dr Tanner in his research. She has a keen interest in sports injuries and pain management. She is seeking to further that knowledge in every way possible.


Orthopaedic Consultant

BA (Hons), BM BCh, MRCS (Eng), FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Miguel Oliveira trained in Cambridge and completed his postgraduate medical degree in Oxford. He was an Orthopaedic Registrar in the South West Thames region, working in many of the hospitals in the Surrey and Sussex area.

He has a specialist interest in Hand and Wrist Surgery. In addition to the experience that he gained as a Registrar, working with other Consultants in the region, he has also had specialist training on 3 separate Fellowships, in Windsor, Cape Town and Barcelona. His training has therefore covered all aspects of Hand and Wrist Surgery, an interesting but often challenging subspecialty of Orthopaedics.

He worked as a Consultant in London before being appointed as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to St. Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, in 2010, where he maintains a very active clinical and teaching role.

He has extensive experience in all aspects of Orthopaedic Surgery in the hand and wrist, but also developed, as a trainee, an interest in Sports Medicine and Sports Injuries. He has been a keen sportsman in the past and maintains this interest, more broadly now, in his practice.

Although he has developed an expertise in the surgical treatment of these conditions, he also has an interest in alternative treatment methods, based upon the individual, and is passionate about involving his patients in understanding their symptoms and the available treatment options, which many times may not require surgery at all. He remains committed to education, and this forms a fundamental part of his practice.

He is able to offer many treatments at the Oving Clinic as well as more complex surgery where necessary.

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