Happy New Year & Clinics W/C 07/01/2019

Happy New Year to you all, we are looking forward to 2019 and all it may bring!

Next week I am at Leeds Beckett University examining the BSc Sports & Exercise Therapy students. Therefore I have had to change some of the clinics. I will still be in on the Saturday morning, but Amelia will holding the fort with clinics on Wednesday & Thursday in Bedale and Friday in Northallerton. Booking appointments with Amelia could not be easier via the online booking button on this page or via the Facebook page. Simply select Amelia from the “team” drop down box and her availability will come up (see below).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We’re all wrapped up for Christmas now at Ed Pratt Sports Therapy! Ed and Amelia had a great planning session yesterday for some presentations and more videos coming in early 2019 (at least one of got in the Christmas spirit!).

We would just like to say a massive thanks to all the staff at Northallerton and Bedale Leisure and HElen at The Pilates Studio Yarm for all your help and support this year.

Most of all – thank you to all the people who have used Ed Pratt Sports Therapy! Over the last year we have continued to develop our links with local clubs including rugby, hockey, football and running. We have seen and treated people from elite sport, to gym users; rugby players to ballet dancers; acute injuries to long term chronic pain and it has been our pleasure.

Merry Christmas and a happy and active New Year!

Ed & Amelia X

The Yarm Clinic is Open for Business!

We are open for business from next week! As I mentioned in an earlier post, the clinic is located at The Pilates Studio, where there are great Pilates instructors and a lovely refurbished studio. You’ll find the clinic above Cafe Nero, 117 Yarm High Street (just look for the blue door) and parking is free for the first hour so it’s ideal for your appointments.

The Pilates Studio Yarm logo

I will be in Yarm on a Thursday between 15:00 and 21:00 and Josie will be there on a Tuesday from 12:00 until 19:00. If you would like to book an appointment or just have a chat about an injury or training advice feel free to get in touch (our details are below).


New sports therapy clinic, Yarm.

I popped into the clinic to deliver the couch this morning (even managed not to scuff the paint work!) and it’s looking great, we can’t wait to get started. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the Pilates regulars in between their classes and I hope to meet a few more in the coming weeks.

Remember: You don’t have to be an athlete or injured to come into the clinic, we regularly treat occupational injuries and provide sports massage too. Why not give us a follow on Twitter and like our Facebook Page to keep up to date with what we’re up to?

Contact Details:

Ed – 07837276444, ed@edprattsportstherapy.com

Josie – 07496359697, josie.grieve@outlook.com

New Clinic and Therapist Coming to Yarm!

The Pilates Studio Yarm logoSo I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be opening a new clinic in January. It will be located at The Pilates Studio Yarm and it will be great to be working with owner, Helen Smith and the other Pilates instructors. We are still finalising days and times, but these will be updated on the website and Facebook etc once they are sorted. Below are links to the Google Maps page and The Pilates Studio Yarm website can be found here. The new clinic does mean that I will unfortunately have to close the Thirsk clinic and I would like to thank all the patients that I have seen there over the last few years. You are of course more than welcome at any of the other clinics, but there will be no Thirsk clinic from the New Year.

Google Maps

Mugshot Josie

Josie Grieve (MSST)

New Therapist –Josie Grieve (MSST) will be working with me at Yarm and it’s great that she is going to be able to help out. I first met Josie when she came to do her work placement with me at Northallerton Rugby Club and was really impressed and Josie has since helped me out with some event massage. Josie is a qualified acupuncturist as well as a Sports Therapist. Take a look at her profile here.

We will post some more info soon!

Changes to the cost of services from April 2015

Firstly apologies for not getting this post out sooner.  Just to let you know of the changes to the cost of the different services offered at Ed Pratt Sports therapy. For full details click here.

But it’s not all bad news!  If you are a member of one of the clubs/organisations below, let me know at the time of booking and discounts are available (you may need proof of membership).

  • Northallerton Rugby Club
  • Bedale and Aiskew Runners
  • Northallerton Swimming Club
  • Bedale Football Club
  • Northallerton Hockey Club
  • Hambleton, Bedale and Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre Staff

I am fully qualified to assess and treat sporting and occupational injuries, you do not have to me a sports person to visit the clinics. I am a member of The Society of Sports Therapists.

Society Member CMYK Logo

2012 the year of Le Tour, the Olympics and Kinesio Tape

Kinesio tape has seen a massive increase in use over the last few years, but that increase was seemingly exponential during the summer with the Tour de France and Olympics. But is the tape really that good?

This for me is a contentious issue. I use kinesio tape in the clinic quite regularly because, in my opinion, it has several benefits:
– It can be worn over several days (3-5),
– It gives support (whether by placebo effect or mechanical support?) and
– Can provide a short term reduction in severity and irritability in painful injuries (shoulders and knees are a good example of where applications have been effective). Thus allowing the client to relax and the injured area to become less sensitive.

However, what worries me is the seeming blanket application of taping to “hold people together”. If kinesio tape is holding you together, should you be going for that run / taking part in that training session in the first place? This is a problem that, I believe, arises from both self application (without the required knowledge), but also very aggressive and successful marketing by the the providers of kinesio tape, you’re “not cool” if you don’t use it!

Currently the research is very mixed, which may be due to the large number of applications for the tape. A recent study (Briem et al, 2011) compared the effect of kinesio tape, sports tape (non-elastic) and no tape on sudden ankle inversion. The results showed that sports tape gave better results than kinesio tape, which had no effect on muscle activation. Another study (Thelen et al, 2008) found immediate relief from kinesio tape application to the shoulders of young athletes, but no long term improvements in terms of disability and pain. The immediate improvements found in this study should not be discounted and mirror those seen in my clinics.

The above is a summary of just two of the research articles available and the next couple of years should hopefully bring more quality research to help inform therapists and athletes decisions. So is it that good? It definitely has its benefits, you need to not only think why you’re applying it, but also use kinesio tape in conjunction with a suitable rehabilitation programme.

Ed Pratt

Briem, K; Eythörsdöttir, H, Magnúsdöttir, RG; Pálmarsson, R; Rúnarsdöttir, T and Sveinsson, T (2011). Effects of Kinesio Tape Compared With Nonelastic Sports Tape and the Untaped Ankle During a Sudden Inversion Perturbation in Male Athletes. J. of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 41 (5) 328-335.

Thelen, MD; Dauber, JA and Stoneman, PD (2008). The Clinical Efficacy of Kinesio Tape for Shoulder Pain: A Randomized, Double-Blinded, Clinical Trial. J. of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 38 (7) 389-395.