Move Freely | Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic | Edinburgh

Meet The Team

Daniel Cassells

Director and BSc Sports Therapist

Daniel is director and Sports Therapist at Move Freely Sports Therapy + Performance. He graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a BSC in sports Therapy in 2008.

After graduating I was employed as a Sports Therapist at 21st Century Back Care (Move Freely’s previous business name). I worked here for 6 years before taking over the clinic and rebranding it as Move Freely Sports Therapy + Performance.

I have a specialist interest in back injuries, sports injuries and therapy performance. I am a certified provider of Kinetisense functional movement screens, concussion analysis, light force deep tissue laser therapy, IASTM (rock blades), TAMARS spinal mobilisation and reflex stimulation.

It is my belief that the best treatment is multi-faceted. It should include a combination of individualised assessment, manual therapy, exercise rehabilitation, and education on current concepts relating to injury management.

My interest in sports and fitness began at a young age. I enjoy competitive football and played up until last year. I also worked as a personal trainer before completing my BSC sports therapy and this is something I still enjoy.

Qualifications:

BSc Hons Sports Therapy
HND Sports Therapy
Member of Society of Sports Therapists

Sports therapist Daniel Cassells standing in the Move Freely gym in Edinburgh, ready to assist with back pain therapy.

John McGonagle

Physiotherapist

John is a physiotherapist with a keen interest in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, he graduated from Queen Margaret University here in Edinburgh, before gaining experience working alongside football clubs in Fife.
Following this, he moved into private physiotherapy where he gained a special interest in nerve pain, shoulder injuries and whiplash.
Through this experience, John is very passionate about listening to what is most important to every person that he works with and uses all his skills and knowledge to help them return to the activities that they need and want to get back to.
Like everyone at Move Freely, John shapes your treatment by binding your individual needs with a thorough clinical investigation to compose an efficient pathway right back to your best.
John, a professional physiotherapist at Move Freely Edinburgh, smiling in the gym

ZARA KARA

Physiotherapist

Zara graduated from the University of Leicester and has worked in different settings, including with Rusthall Football Club in the Kent FA League, where she helped manage player injuries and rehabilitation throughout the season. She also has experience working in various NHS settings, dealing with musculoskeletal outpatients, surgical, respiratory care, and adult mental health. 

Her passion for physiotherapy shines through in her focus on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and specifically the management of low back pain and biomechanical analysis. Zara believes in a patient-centred approach to care, emphasizing cutomised rehabilitation plans that aim for the best outcomes for each patient. She’s all about treating the person, not just the condition. 

Outside of work, Zara is a huge football fan, with a particular love for Manchester United – though we’re hoping to introduce her to the joys of Scottish football too! 

Zara Kara, confident physiotherapist at Move Freely Edinburgh, posing with folded arms