Robin Hood Half

Impact Physiotherapy have been event partners with the Robin Hood event since 2007.

We were delighted to support the event again this year, our 12th year! The physio & massage support has grown to include 3 tents and over 50 volunteers. The team at Impact continue to prioritise this as a fund raising event for the official charities and were delighted this year to invite our colleagues at The University of Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic to join us.

The new team enabled us to offer an even bigger service to the runners, alongside of course the student Physiotherapists and Sports Rehabilitation students from University of Nottingham and Sheffield Hallam University and the Sports Therapy students from The University of Derby who were keen to practice their skills under the supervision of the qualified physios.

The Physiotherapy team were available to help on race day with any pre-race injury advice, or race preparations to a relaxing post-race recovery massage and any injury assessments that were required.



Our Pride Park clinic has moved into the Derby Arena

We have just closed the door at our Melbourne Court clinic ready for the move across the road into the iconic Derby Arena.

Melbourne Court was a great place to establish our now busy clinic, and we’re taking the opportunity to move into the arena enabling clients to benefit from the gym and better facilities.  We are moving between Christmas and New Year and open on Jan 2nd 2018.

Please contact us in the usual way, through email / contact form on our website / call our hub at Long Eaton where the awesome admin team coordinate our 4 clinics.

We hope you’ll enjoy the new facilities as much as we think you will. Maybe make a bit of time before / after your appointment to enjoy a coffee in reception and decide when to book a trial on the track – if you haven’t already had a spin! Free parking for up to 3 hours so if you’re not in a rush you can make the most of the facilities.

Healthy happy lifestyles

We’re all getting ready for Christmas and hopefully looking forward to some time off to spend some quality time away from our daily routines. It’s at this time of year too that we often look to consider what 2018 might bring us and what we might like to change.

We all want to try and live a happy healthy life and the role of exercise is key. However, with busy lifestyles work can often get in the way and if we are involved in repetitive or sedentary job roles this may be detrimental both physically or mentally.

Many people spend a large proportion of their time at work. It’s common to feel too busy doing your job to take the time to consider how it impacts on your health.

Office workers particularly spend hours sitting still and carrying out repetitive tasks. The human body isn’t designed for this; we’re supposed to be moving around, so all this time spent at a desk needs to be well managed and regular breaks to maintain activity are advised. Often long periods of inactivity can lead to general back ache and/or neck and shoulder pain.

Other problems include feeling pressurised, anxious and low in mood. These types of conditions are experienced by most adults from time to time. If identified early and managed well, they should not result in time off from work.

There are several steps you can take to ensure you incorporate enough physical activity into your day to help you stay fit and healthy for work. These include:

  • Getting some fresh air every day
  • Doing easy exercises every couple of hours
  • Taking micro breaks
  • Simple stretches to keep mobile
  • Ensuring your work station is comfortable


We hope you have a wonderful Christmas time, a special thanks goes out to all those who will be working continuing to look after us either through health services or safety. The whole Impact Team wishes you a Happy 2018!

Pain….. why does it hurt so much?


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What did I do?  IMO – not very much…. I just asked some questions and then explained what I thought might be going on and what I thought might be a good idea to try.

To put things into context – I received a call from someone we have worked with in the past. They described back pain which came on after doing a lot of something they don’t normally do, we chatted for a bit, I made a few suggestions and said goodbye.  12 hours later, here’s a small cut and paste from their email…

Thanks so much for the chat this morning.  You are a wonder worker.  Already your advice has made a big improvement for me.  Thank you. 

Why? Well that’s the thing – the pain that was being experienced is a combination of lots of things. In this case, my impression is that doing something that they hadn’t done before, quite a lot of it, meant that they were feeling places that they hadn’t felt for a while. The resultant sensation wasn’t nice, which was then made a huge amount worse by worry, anxiety and fear. Worry about why it was so painful, anxiety that they won’t be able to do something special in a few weeks time and fear that there is something seriously wrong. This had been going on for about a week and things weren’t getting better.

Pain is complicated. Hopefully this story illustrates that for such a quick turn around of the severity of pain and improvement in symptoms that this was brought around by how the problem was interpreted and dealt with. In this case having the confidence that it was OK to keep moving and try some very simple exercises combined with reasoning that nothing was seriously wrong meant that the problem had reduced significantly.  Sometimes it helps to reason what might have caused the problem, what was aggravating and easing it and what might help to improve things.

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Understanding pain

Here’s a few video’s from experts in the field explains the complexity of pain.

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Why do we hurt? 

Do we actually experience pain, or is it merely illusion?

In this TEDx talk, Lorimer Moseley explores these questions, and position the pain that we feel as our bodies’ way of protecting us from damaging tissues further.

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Understanding Pain: Brainman chooses

An animated video on managing pain.

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Our fears and beliefs about pain 

Jack describes to Prof Peter O’Sullivan about how he had chronic back pain.

He was told he had a back of a 70 year old, he needed fusion surgery and couldn’t play sport .

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If you’re worried about pain or a problem that’s stopping you getting on with what you want / need to do then get in touch. Book an assessment and we’ll thoroughly assess you to determine what you can do about it.


Please get in contact if you have any questions.
0115 9721319 /


Surfing 2016

Another fabulous time spent in Croyde – a huge thanks to Lyndon and his team, what a challenge teaching a bunch of folk to surf the waves……

We all enjoyed a weekend of good food, wine, waves and company. Already looking forward to next year!

Thanks Sara – who currently rehabbing an ACL repair decided to do some action photography and risk being a target!




Winners @RobinHoodHalf

setting upqueuesgetting busymedalslast men standing!busy

Once again – we are putting our feet up after a fantastic and busy day.

Well done to every one who took part in this years event. Thanks for sharing your medals and stories – 510 runners had a massage / treatment after their race. Well done to our twitter buddies who won a post race day massage and rolls of rock tape. A huge thank-you goes to the students from The University of Nottingham and Sheffield Hallam University who put in a long days shift, gaining valuable experience and developing their skills. Also to Tanya and her team of students from Active Therapy based in Loughborough, and several independent therapists who joined our team too. Thanks too goes to RockTape for donating huge rolls of tape and Patterson Medical for loaning a van full of couches.

See you again next year!

Lower Limb Tendinopathy Course: Dr Peter Malliaras

Impact Physio are proud to host Dr Peter Malliaras who will be coming to The University Of Derby on November 1st to share his Lower Limb Tendinopathy Course.


Peter Malliaras is a physiotherapist specialising in tendinopathy management and rehabilitation, consulting at Complete Sports Care (Hawthorn, Melbourne) and a research fellow at La Trobe University (Australia) and Queen Mary, University of London (UK). He completed his PhD in 2006, identifying novel risk factors for tendinopathy among athletes, and has since co-authored over 45 peer review tendinopathy publications. Peter spent five years in the UK undertaking post-doctoral research focusing on tendinopathy imaging and rehabilitation, and consulting to the general public and elite athletes with difficult and non-responsive lower limb tendinopathy. Peter has been consulted in the rehabilitation of elite football, rugby, netball, volleyball, basketball, track and field, skating and cricket athletes, as well as the Royal Ballet (London).Prior to consultant work, Peter worked at the Victorian Institute of Sport, toured nationally and internationally with football, track and field, volleyball, basketball and weight lifting, and has been an official team physiotherapist at a Commonwealth Games meet.

Peter writes a fantastic blog..

CPD 10h = 2.5h pre-course reading/ watching videos + 7.5h practical course.  For Further details and book your place


We have received some lovely comments recently #feeling proud – so thought I’d share a few…

“After weeks of an increasingly painful and debilitating left knee, I was at the stage of convincing myself that a total knee replacement was the only solution! An assessment at Impact Physio prescribed a very well explained and visually clear exercise regime, which I followed religiously every day. Six weeks later I am walking pain free and ‘normally’. Impact Physio provided the professional expertise and encouragement I needed. Thank-you.” Mary Williams

I really like this one! One of the most rewarding parts of our job is making a difference – its not magic – sometimes its something simple – and not making it out to be anything it isn’t – this was a simple case of strengthening making a huge difference – all we did here was assess what the problem was and then address it.  Simple. With great results.

Another lovely thank-you – again, we didn’t have to do much here – but the specific small changes have made a huge difference;

I have suffered with a niggling and sometimes exceptionally painful lower back and neck for years but just thought it was ‘one of those things’ I had to endure. On speaking with Rachel Royer I decided to request an appointment. After just 2 sessions and armed with simple exercises it has made a world of difference already! Why didn’t I go earlier? My lower back is stronger with a less pronounced curve and I can use my neck without suffering excruciating stabbing pains. Amazing! At IP they have excellent expertise, professionalism and courtesy, plus their plain speaking makes it clear instantly what the issue is and how to address it – ideal.
I have also had Craniosacral sessions with Chris and I come away feeling peaceful, empowered, with improved movement and increased self-esteem. My headaches have gone and I am positive it is having a beneficial effect on my digestion.
I can’t recommend the team enough. Many thanks all.” Viv Smith


World Deaf Tennis Championships 2015


This week we are at the Nottingham Tennis centre for the inaugural World Deaf Tennis Championships with the Tennis Foundation. Chris and Rachel are the event physio’s.

Luckily we have got time to enjoy some of the tennis too, meeting players from many different countries, Ecuador, Australia and Russia to name a few – lots of fun working with interpreters and athletes.

Semi-finals and finals this weekend, come down and watch to the action, forecast is looking good!







Back pain

There is always lots of stuff in the news, social media etc. about the myths and methods of treating low back pain – here’s a link to something that is well received in the physio community and not only dishes out some top tips, a lot is good old fashioned common sense.

Click here to read the pdf 

“How we feel can influence the amount of pain we feel. Back pain can be triggered following changes in life stress, mood or anxiety levels”

Mary O’Keeffe (University of Limerick), Dr Kieran O’Sullivan (University of Limerick), Derek Griffin (Tralee Physiotherapy Clinic)

Three cheers to our Irish colleagues!