Episode 243: Matt Wallden - Osteopathy, the Chek Institute, working in pro sport, and Vibram Five-fingers

This episodes guest is Matt Wallden.

Matt trained as an Osteopath & Naturopath in the 1990’s completing a BSc (Hons) and, later a Masters in Osteopathic Medicine, then going on to train in the CHEK System between 2001-2005.  His ambition was to work in professional sports; a goal he achieved by 2003.  Since then he has contributed several chapters to various medical texts and has been the Editor of the Rehabilitation Section  for Elsevier’s Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies since 2009.  

In 2006, Matt bought an early version of the Vibram Fivefingers and was the person who explained to Vibram that their “sailing shoe” had applications in rehabilitation and conditioning.  Matt presents here and abroad to post-graduate, undergraduate and various medical groups and has been part of the CHEK Faculty since 2006.  Matt lives in Surrey with his wife and 2 children.

On this episode Matt and I discuss:

  • Matt's background
  • Why Matt became an osteopath?
  • Matt shares his story of how he became involved with Vibram Fivefingers
  • I ask Matt about research surrounding the efficacy of barefoot running
  • I ask Matt how did he deals with a very stressful periods in his life 
  • I ask Matt for his current and top reading recommendations
  • I ask Matt if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why? 

This was a great discussion with Matt and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Website mattwallden.com

Facebook - Matthew Wallden

Twitter - @MattWallden


Books Mentioned:

Born to Run

Win or Learn

The Invisible Rainbow

Living your Dying

Myth and the Body


People and Resources Mentioned:

Paul Chek

Phillip Beach

Joseph Chilton Pearce

Vibram five fingers

Michael Owen

Chek Institute 

Moshe Feldenkrais

Charles Poliquin

William Kraemer 

Tudor Bompa

Richard Schmidt

Chelsea Football Club

Surrey Cricket Club

Leon Chaitow

Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies

Chris Murphy 

Diane Lee

Lynn McTaggart

Joe Warne

Conor McGregor

John Kavanagh 

Carol Dweck

Joseph Campbell

Albert Einstein 

George Michael

Mark Manson

David Beckham

Gary Neville

Phil Neville

Nicky Butt

Paul Scholes 

Ryan Giggs



Catherine the Great

Gautama Buddha

Jesus Christ

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