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As we’re sure you’ll be aware, there are more and more reports of Coronavirus being reporting around the world now, especially from China and Italy.

As a clinic that often has very young, elderly and immunosuppressed patients visiting us, we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus in our clinic.

In the clinic we’re:

  • washing hands between each patient (as we have always done)
  • using fresh towels and pillowcases every day
  • no longer using the fabric couch covers
  • wiping down couches with anti-bacterial solution after every patient
  • wiping down communal areas throughout the day.

To help us keep the clinic clean, please:

  • ensure your hands are thoroughly and regularly washed
  • make us aware of any recent travel and if you’ve recently visited an area deemed as high or moderate risk please stay away from the clinic for two weeks. The current list of at-risk destinations can be found here.
  • keep tabs on your own health and act on any symptoms such as a fever/raised temperature, dry cough or mild flu-like symptoms

If you’re unsure whether you should stay away or have any other questions, please give us a call on 0115 981 5134 or email us

Thank you for your understanding.

Latest research into kinesiology taping

We use kinesiology taping quite a bit in our clinic and I personally work with SportTape to deliver fundamentals and specialist taping courses all around the UK. We’re always asked about the evidence for k-taping and as such, I keep an eye on the research that’s coming out… and there’s a LOT. Almost every month there are new papers being published and here are a new batch that were published recently.

Kinesio Taping for temporomandibular disorders: Single-blind, randomized, controlled trial of effectiveness.
Coskun Benlidayi et al (2016)

Patients with TMDs were randomized into experimental and control groups. The experimental group (n= 14) received KT in combination with counseling and jaw exercise, whilst controls (n= 14) were given the regimen of counseling and exercise alone.

Active mouth opening improved more in the experimental group than controls. In the experimental group, VAS for temporomandibular joint, masticatory efficiency and functional limitation improved significantly at the sixth week when compared to baseline, but not in controls. Pain, depression and disability scores reduced significantly in the experimental group but not in controls.

KT in combination with counseling and exercise is more effective than counseling and exercise alone in TMDs.


Kinesio taping as a treatment method in the acute phase of ACL reconstruction: A double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
Balki et al (2016)

30 male patients with ACL reconstruction were randomly assigned to two groups: (1) an experimental group to receive a KT treatment through the muscle and lymphatic correction techniques; or (2) a control group for sham KT. The groups were compared according to range of motion (ROM), pain, swelling and muscle strength before treatment and on the fifth and tenth treatment days.

Comparisons showed significant improvements in both groups. In comparison to the control group, the experimental group showed significant improvements in swelling around the patella, all pain measurements and hamstring muscle strength on the fifth KT day and knee flexion range of motion, night pain, all swelling measurements and hamstring muscle strength on the tenth KT day.

Results revealed that KT techniques applied in addition to the acute rehabilitation program of ACL reconstruction are beneficial in treatment of pain, swelling, knee flexion ROM, and hamstring muscle strength.


The comparative efficacy of kinesio taping and local injection therapy in patients with subacromial impingement syndrome.
Goksu et al (2016)

61 patients were randomized into two treatment groups receiving either a single corticosteroid and local anesthetic (LA) injection, or kinesio taping performed three times by intervals of 3 days. A exercise program was prescribed for both groups including pendulum, active range of motion (ROM) and strengthening exercises.

Pain and functional outcome measures improved significantly in both groups, but were more significant in the injection group than in kinesio taping group. The improvements in pain at rest, shoulder abduction degrees, and SPADI scores were statistically higher in injection group than in kinesio taping group.

Although the improvement in pain intensity at rest, ROM and disability were better with local injection, KT may be an alternative noninvasive method to local subacromial injection for patients suffering from subacromial impingement syndrome.


Short term effects of kinesio taping on pain and functional disability in young females with menstrual low back pain: A randomised control trial study.
Forozeshfard et al (2016)

32 young females with menstrual LBP participated in this crossover study and were assigned randomly in two separate groups. The first group received KT during their first menstrual cycle and No-KT in their next menstrual, while the other group had no KT during the first mentrual cycle and received KT during the next menstrual cycle.

Comparing pain and disability between two conditions, of menstrual cycle with KT and menstrual cycle without KT, revealed significant reduction in pain and functional disability by using KT during menstrual cycle.

Results showed that KT may effectively reduce pain and disability. The findings may support the clinical application of kinesiotaping in young females with menstrual LBP.


So some interesting results there, across a really diverse range of problems. They’re still small numbers of patients involved in each trial but it certainly adds to the growing evidence base for this non-invasive treatment approach.


Welcome to the team Sara

sara-headshotJoining our team from Tuesday 15th September is Sara Collingwood, who expands our sports massage team.

Sara is a qualified in sports, Swedish and aromatherapy massage and is particularly passionate about how soft tissue massage can help improve mobility and general wellbeing.

“I believe that a number of conditions can be successfully treated with manual therapy which supports a reduction in tension, discomfort and pain. There is no better feeling for me than helping someone to feel better and have an improved quality of life because of treatment that I have provided.”

Sara is also a third student of Osteopathy so brings that knowledge and experience to her massage treatments.

To book in with Sara, give us a call on 0115 981 5134 or check her online diary.

Christmas & New Hour Opening Times 2014

Monday 22nd December
10am to 7pm – osteopathy

Tuesday 23rd December
9am to 7pm – osteopathy & sports massage

Wednesday 24th – Sunday 28th December

Monday 29th December
Osteopathy appointments by request – please call to book

Tuesday 30th – Thursday 1st January

Friday 2nd January
9am to 7pm – osteopathy & sports massage

Saturday 3rd January
9am to 2pm – osteopathy & sports massage

Monday 5th January onwards
Business as usual :)

Are you drinking enough water?

When looking at ways to “get healthy” people often look at the more complex, difficult options focussing on extremes of diet and/or exercise. But one of the easiest ways to improve your skin, gut, memory and energy is to drink enough water. Have a look at this fabulous infographic that Sarah recently came across… and have a glass of water 😉

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A great way to share an important health message

Sometimes, it’s difficult to successfully convey a message when it comes to health advice. Have a look at this very well made, tongue-in-cheek video from an American breast cancer charity, explaining the importance of self-examination. Very clever!

What is the evidence for Kinesio Tape?

I’m very proud to say that I had an article published in the well-regarded journal SportEX Dynamics looking at the evidence for the use of kinesio tape in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

The paper looked at 10 existing trials where the tape was used in the treatment of low back pain, shoulder impingement, whiplash, plantar fasciitis and patello-femoral (knee) pain and assessed whether the tape had any proven positive effects when compared to placebo or alternative treatments.

The evidence for kinesio tape 1

The evidence for kinesio tape 2

The study concluded that each of these trails showed some positive effects of KT on soft tissue flexibility, fascia thickness, pain and/or disability. In particular KT appears to offer similar results to traditional treatments such as soft tissue massage, ultrasound, TENS or home exercise but achieves results faster and with fewer applications, although ultimately final outcomes are often the same.

If you’d like to download the full text, you can do so here: what is the evidence for kinesio tape (2.3mb PDF)

Nottingham Kinesio Taping Course A Success

Last weekend we held our first full-day kinesio taping course at the Midlands School of Massage and Manipulative Therapy in Ruddington, Nottingham. As part of the Sports Massage Diploma, the students were introduced to the concept of kinesio taping and learnt some effective techniques for common conditions including lower back pain, achilles tendinopathy, cervicogenic headaches and acute muscle spasm. We also looked at how the tape could be used to influence full-body movement by taping along fascial and functional body lines.

We also looked at the evidence for the effectiveness of kinesio tape as featured in my SportEx article, published in October: What is the evidence for kinesio tape?

The students were fantastic and really picked up the principles and techniques very quickly. We had some great feedback too:

Really enjoyed the course both Informative & practical. Well delivered and thought out. I will be using it in my clinic. Tom L

Obviously learnt from the best :) Sam D

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New Testimonial – Isobel Pooley

It’s always nice to get positive feedback from a happy patient. I’ve treated Isobel a few times now and am really happy with how it’s going:

I found Richard on Twitter while looking for local sports massage therapists in Nottingham, having recently moved to the area for University study. On our first meeting it was clear that he was a highly knowledgeable and ambitious therapist who was passionate about his work and about helping people to find optimum comfort and performance. He has been treating me regularly ever since and I feel the enormous benefit of his work every time! As an elite level High Jumper, I place a lot of strain on my muscles and joints so I’m very grateful to have Richard on my side to help me find perfect form for big events. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants an intelligent, professional and highly effective treatment experience.
Isobel Pooley, International High Jump Athlete – Great Britain

Keep your eyes and ears open as you’ll be hearing a lot more from Isobel as she progresses through her athletic career.

Isobel Pooley

Isobel Pooley

Congratulations again Mr Hardy

I’m very pleased to report that local lad and long-term client Dan Hardy has won his latest UFC fight against the durable Amir Sadollah by unanimous decision at the Capital FM Arena on Saturday night. It was a great performance from Dan featuring super-crisp stand-up work and some strong takedowns.

I first started treating Dan back in 2007 and have worked with him numerous times since.

With all of the training I do, my body is always tired and beaten up. Rich is the first person I go to when I need my body working to its full potential. I have had several sessions with Rich and always make sure I see him before a fight. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

Well done Dan, look forward to your next fight.