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- Who benefits from Sports Therapy?
- What Conditions can be treated?
- What can I expect when I receive treatment?
- How many treatments will I need?
- Will I be expected to do anything in between treatments?
- Is it correct that heat and ice can be used to treat injuries?
- Should I stop my sports activity if I have suffered an injury?
- Is there a waiting list for treatment?
- When are we available for appointments?
- How long are appointments?
- What should I wear?
- Should I bring medical notes and X-rays with me?
Who benefits from Sports Therapy?
Treatment helps all patients of all ages to relieve pain and improve movement, allowing the body to function more efficiently. Restoring normal posture and alignment to prevent recurrence and achieving a speedy recovery and happier work and social life.
What Conditions can be treated?
Sports Therapists can treat almost all conditions which have one of these symptoms; pain, weakness, stiffness, loss of movement, decreased sports performance and of course, sports injuries.
What can I expect when I receive treatment?
Via a thorough assessment, we aim to provide each patient with a diagnosis of their condition; individual treatment plans with approximate duration; and likely prognosis. We discuss every stage with you. The treatments effects will be monitored and, if necessary, adjusted, to ensure that agreed and realistic outcomes can be achieved.
How many treatments will I need?
We do not have a set number of treatments for any condition - every patient is an individual. However, following your first appointment the Sports Therapist will discuss the anticipated number of treatments. You will be reassessed on each visit and if progress plateaus out or if no improvement seems apparent then your treatment will be altered accordingly or you will be referred on to a specialist if necessary.
Will I be expected to do anything in between treatments?
We work in partnership with you to ensure your recovery is optimal and to minimise the chances of a recurrence. Therefore, you will be given lots of things to think about and do during the week. What you do between treatments is just as important as your treatment. This may include posture correction, sitting better at work/home, exercise at home or your local gym.
Is it correct that heat and ice can be used to treat injuries?
They are useful in the correct circumstances. Your Sports Therapist will advise you on when and how to use these for your condition.
Should I stop my sports activity if I have suffered an injury?
Get specialist advice from our team of Sports Therapists as to when you need to rest, work or play!
Is there a waiting list for treatment?
Whilst we are a busy clinic, we can usually see you within 24 - 48 hours. Sometimes same-day appointments are available.
When are we available for appointments?
We are available 7 days a week at each clinic at different times to be flexible to your requirements.
How long are appointments?
Your first appointment with either our Sports Therapist or Osteopath will take up to 1 hour. The length of your follow-up will depend on your individual circumstance.
What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothes and if possible bring a pair of shorts to chance into. As we are holistic therapists that look at you as a whole body as opposed to individual body parts, it is common to undress to underwear so please bring shorts if this would make you feel more comfortable and are welcome to bring a chaperone.
Should I have medical notes and X-rays at hand?
Any relevant information about your condition will help the Therapist make an informed assessment, so if possible please have x-rays and notes with you on your first appointment.
What are your payment terms?
Payment is made after each consultation either by cash, or credit/debit card.
If I have private medical insurance do I need to pay for treatment?
Each insurer is different in the way that they operate as far as payment is concerned. Some require you to pay for your own treatment and then claim the costs back whereas others allow us to invoice them directly. We strongly advise that you discuss this with your insurer prior to arranging a consultation.
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I didn't actually choose to see Nick - I was sent to him by my exasperated personal trainer, and now I can't thank her enough! Five weeks before the London Marathon I developed a pain in one of my glutes and did what any self-respecting idiot would do - ran on it until it was so bad it hurt just to walk, and the months of training seemed like they'd been for nothing.
Nick is wonderful. He's very professional and thorough and he has a naturally calming manner that will put you at ease. He also clearly knows his stuff - in our first session he quickly identified my problem (piriformis) explained it in terms I could understand (!) and gave me exercises to speed up recovery.
I had three more sessions and they were well worth it. As well as treating the injury he also assessed my running style for any underlying issues and correctly identified previous injury sites. With his help I was able to quickly get back into training and, by some miracle, a week before the marathon I was pain free.
I joked that, as well as fixing my injury, I expected Nick to make me run faster. Well, maybe... Just maybe... The man's a magician! I'm delighted to say I ran a pb, clocked my first sub-3 hour marathon and came 46th out of all the ladies. Thank you Nick! I cannot recommend him enough.- Ros P
A big thank you to Elaine (osteopath) at Nick Castle Osteopathy & Sports Medicine Clinics - after just 2 sessions she managed to work out some major aches and pains I'd been having daily, for over 6 months. I plan on seeing her on a regular basis to prevent any future problems. Thanks again!- Priti S
I have had 2 sports massages with Nick, one in Kensington and one in Amersham. Nick is a very approachable therapist, who spends time building a picture of the type of sports you do and the injuries you have. I have found Nick's techniques to really help improve my performance.- Jane B