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We employ a hands on approach to relax tense muscles, restore normal movement and reduce or eliminate pain. The selection of techniques used depends on the findings of a thorough assessment. Manual therapy can be used for numerous injuries and conditions. These techniques may include the following: mobilisations, muscle energy techniques, soft tissue mobilisation, stretching and myofascial release.

We provide deep tissue and sports massage services. Massage is a very effective hands on treatment for releasing tight trigger points (knots), preventing injury and helping the body recover post training or competition. Due to day to day postures we establish tightness and muscle imbalances. Massage is an excellent option to address these issues. It is also very beneficial for chronic problems.


Dara Clifford performing a muscle energy technique.

Dry needling is a fantastic medical treatment (based on Western medicine and research) for muscular pain and dysfunction. Over a life time we will all develop muscular aches and pains. These taut bands (trigger points) can be treated by inserting a small needle into them. This causes the muscle to release with the effect of reducing pain and restoring normal muscle function. On insertion the muscle may 'twitch'. However, don't fret. This is a normal response that has an instantaneous effect. 


Similar to dry needling, acupuncture involves the insertion of a very fine stainless steel needle into the skin. Acupuncture may be used to treat a wide range of common health problems and reduce pain. For example, NICE guidelines indicates acupuncture's benefit for low back pain and migraines. Acupuncture can be particularly effective when combined with other physiotherapy treatments. Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce endorphins, oxytocin and its own pain and stress relieving chemicals. It may promote sleep by stimulating melatonin and encourage a sense of well-being due to serotonin. It also stimulates nerve fibres to block out pain signals and helps to reduce the sensitivity of tender points in the body.


We offer electrotherapy treatment in the form of ultrasound and interferential. Electrotherapy is beneficial for pain relief, stimulating soft tissue healing and repair. It can be a particularly beneficial treatment for individuals with acute pain with the aim of getting people moving and functioning 'normally' as soon as possible. Not all patients will need to get electrotherapy and this will be advised by the physiotherapist during the initial consultation.


The role of pitch-side physiotherapy can include minimising the consequences of an acute injury or illness, promoting recovery and preventing any deterioration in an athlete's condition. We provide training and match day cover. 

  • Rehab
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Myofascial release
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Taping (including Kinesio-taping)
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Dara Clifford treating a client with massage.
Dara Clifford treating a client with dry needling.
Dara Clifford treating a client with electrotherapy. Speficially interferential in this photo.
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