Sports Injury Clinic Killingworth

Here at Sick Sports Injury Clinic Killingworth we have a multifunctional team of therapists all under one roof delivering the highest standard of treatments designed to aid recovery, prevent and treat injury, rehabilitate from injury and assist with general wellbeing.

Welcome to Killingworth's Premier Sports Injury Clinic

Our emphasis is on ensuring that you return to training as soon as possible when recovering from injury with greater than pre-injury strength and ensuring that aerobic and endurance fitness is maintained during both the treatment and rehabilitation.

Whether you're looking for support recovering from an injury or simply want to unwind, we offer a range of treatments that can help.

If you're looking for advice as to what might be the right treatment for you or indeed you require any other information, please give us a call on 07876687710, fill in our contact form at the bottom of this page, or drop us an email and let us know how we can help.

It is advisable that you bring a pair of shorts to your initial assessment, particularly if you have a lower back or leg complaint.


Treatments - £35 for 45 minutes.

Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) - £45

Sports Massage

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is the scientific manipulation and assessment of soft tissues & it can combine advanced massage techniques, stretching and joint articulations to help enhance quality of movement and wellbeing. Regardless if you are an athlete or if you sit at desk all day, sports massage can help.

It’s an invigorating massage which manages, manipulates and rehabilitates soft body tissue using additional deeper massage methods including Neuro-Muscular Technique, Trigger Point and Active Release Therapies. When regularly used, it can help to prevent and rehabilitate various problems, including sports related injuries, improving posture and relieving back pain by increasing flexibility and improving the suppleness of muscles and joints.


  • Alleviates stress and tension
  • Restores range of motion to stiff joints
  • Aids muscle recovery
  • Improves posture
  • Prevents injury
  • Increases flexibility and elasticity
  • Remodels scar tissue
  • Boosts performance
  • Improves circulation
  • Reduces pain


Reflexology is an alternative medicine suitable for all ages and involves application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques.

It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas on the foot or hand that match areas of the body. Manipulating these areas promotes self-healing and brings balance to the body.


Reflexology can help to bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions including:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Menopause
  • Back pain
  • Migraines, headaches
  • Sleep disorders
  • Digestive problems
  • Circulatory problems
  • Stress related disorders
  • Arthritis

Helping to strengthen the immune system it is a wonderfully relaxing treatment which also detoxifies and cleanses the body whilst relaxing muscles and relieving stress and tension.

A treatment ensures every part of the foot or hand is worked on and a relaxing and soothing foot or hand massage concludes the treatment.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release Techniques are specialised therapy techniques used to treat and release restrictions within the fascial network.
Fascia is a fibrous network of collagen and elastin fibres which surrounds, infuses and protects every other tissue, tendon, muscle, bone, ligament and organ of the body. In a healthy state fascia is relaxed, however, like muscle fascia has the ability to contract which plays a major role in the mobility and stability of joints.
If the body experiences a kind of trauma, whether through an accident or injury, poor posture, a fall or surgery the fascia in the body can lose its pliability and as a result may cause reduced or limited mobility in the affected tissues.

Myofascial release is a hands on therapy concentrating on the soft tissue of the body. Some techniques are light and gentle, focusing on sustaining a pressure to the damaged tissue in attempt to ‘release’ the tension through stretching the fascia. Other techniques may be felt more by the patient and are designed to separate the restrictions in the soft tissue fibres, again to ‘release’ and create more pliability in the fascia. The patient should feel relaxed, freer and lighter after treatment.
Myofascial release techniques are used in conjunction with other soft tissue techniques in a treatment session depending on the patient’s symptoms and desired outcomes. These are chosen by the Sports Therapist following assessment and discussion with the patient.



Ultrasound is an electrotherapy that creates a mechanical energy through high frequency sound waves that is transmitted through the soft tissue to increase localised tissue temperature and cell permeability. The aim of ultrasound is to enhance the healing process through increased extensibility in tendons, ligaments and joint capsules, decreased joint stiffness, reduction in pain, reduction in muscle spasm, and a production of a mild inflammatory reaction including an increase in blood flow.

Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (TENS) is a therapy that is widely available for the management of chronic pain. It aims to block the normal pain signals that transmit to the spinal cord through increased stimulation of other peripheral sensory nerves. We are able to loan this equipment as part of an overall treatment plan and provide appropriate guidance on its use.

Spinal Mobilisation

Spinal Mobilisation

What is mobilisation?

Mobilisation is a hands-on manual therapy designed to restore joint movement, power, and range of motion. The therapist gently coaxes joint motion by passive movement within or to the limit of a joint’s normal range of motion. The therapist’s movement of the joint is very precise and is limited by the amount of joint play, which may be less than 1/8th of an inch.

What is spinal manipulation (HVT)?

The most frequently used technique, spinal manipulation, is the traditional high-velocity thrust (HVT). The manipulation often results in an audible "pop," as therapists use their hands to apply a controlled sudden force to a joint while the body is positioned in a specific way.

The overall goal of mobilisation and manipulation is to restore normal joint function including the surrounding soft tissue (e.g. muscle, ligaments, fascia).

Peripheral Mobilisations can be performed at the majority of joints to improve the normal physiological range of movement through direct techniques and indirect techniques that target the accessory movement that is often lost when injury occurs but is essential for normal healthy ranges of movement.

What part of the spine is treated?

As any of the facet joints if the spine may cause joint dysfunction they can all be treated including thoracic through to lumbar spine (T1-L5) costovertebral articulations (thoracic spine and ribs) and sacroiliac joint. When a joint is unable to move freely, a cycle of muscle spasm, pain, and fatigue may begin.

Medical Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine, having been practised for over 3000 years. Traditional Acupuncture originated in China several thousand years ago. Today it is widely used both in Asia and in western countries for a wide range of conditions. Currently there are two main types being practised within western clinics, that of TCM and Medical Acupuncture and although both involve the insertion of a dry needle the clinical reasoning for application differs.

The medical acupuncture course I studied was delivered by Osteon manual training. The course covered Western acupuncture (dry needling). Dry Needling focuses on the scientifically proven release of myofascial trigger points and involves inserting fine needles into specific locations on the body related to the symptoms the patient presents with. It helps with a variety of musculoskeletal injuries it is widely used to help reduce pain, improve ROM, treat tight muscles and trigger points, as well as improve circulation and help with back pain. Furthermore, it can help reduce anxiety and promote well-being. I have recently conducted a secondary research project into acupuncture and its benefits and the findings were astounding.



Cupping is an age-old technique traditionally used in Chinese medicine. Cupping is sometimes used alongside acupuncture but can also be used as a standalone treatment.

Cups are rounded and are usually constructed of glass or plastic. In cupping, the therapist creates a vacuum inside the cup and places it onto the skin where treatment is needed. The cups can then be left in place for anything up to 20 minutes.

Varying techniques including 'sliding cups' can be used on larger areas. A thin layer of massage oil is spread over the skin, the cups are then placed onto the body in the usual way and slid along the muscles being treated. This sliding method helps the blood and 'qi' to flow more easily in areas of stagnation.

All of the Above information is from the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).


  • Local pain relief and muscle relaxation.
  • Cupping improves overall health by removing the energy blockages that TCM practitioners identify as barriers to the flow of healthy energy or qi.
  • For athletes, cupping may help increase blood flow to a particular muscle region or help reduce pain. Numerous athletes from the Olympics in Rio 2016 used cupping. This was easily seen by circular markings on some of the U.S. swim team members.
Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Tape can be a valuable addition to all clinical environments. It has become popular over the years due to its definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting.

Its Latex-free and is safe for populations ranging from paediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopaedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. It targets various receptors within the somatosensory system, which alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. It has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimize performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.


  • Supports muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Facilitates Movement
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Pain Relief
  • Prevents Injury
  • Promote circulation
Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) more commonly known as Shockwave, is a treatment used to manage pain and promote recovery in both Acute & Chronic musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries. Most commonly prescribed to patients that have failed to respond to standard rehabilitation exercises and treatments. Shockwave is fast gaining empirical support to transform how non-surgical treatments are used within physiotherapist practises.

Current Guidelines published by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend ESWT as an effective treatment pathway for a number of musculoskeletal conditions, when incorporated with a rehabilitation plan (Combination treatment plan).

Commonly used for the treatment of

  • Achilles Tendon
  • Plantar Fascia
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Golfers & Tennis Elbow
  • Patella Tendon ( Runners / jumpers knee)
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome ( Hip Pain)

Shockwave works by applying impulses of energy to the targeted area where the tissues are damaged. Radial shockwaves spread inside the damaged tissue and provoke the bodies inflammation response, enhancing blood flow to the area. The improvement in circulation & increase in local metabolism stimulates cell regeneration and decreases oxidative stress. The shockwaves are also effective by reducing nerve sensitivity in the affected area. This results in faster recovery from injury and short term pain relief from a number of musculoskeletal conditions.


Callum Chic (Newcastle Falcons)

"I’ve been visiting the Sports injury Clinic for a few years after being told about them by my father who highly recommends their services. I especially use the clinic during the off to help keep on top of all those little niggles. The clinic and all the treatments and advice is of a very high standard to which i would highly reccomend."

Katie Anne

"Just had an amazing sports massage and acupuncture with Darren. Will definitely be going back!"


Paula Wilson

"Visited Darren as i had a long lasting problem with my groin. He made me completely at ease immediately and made a thorough examination to give a diagnosis. Fantastic treatment that included massage, acupuncture and electro acupuncture which was amazing. Rehab exercises were provided to do at home, with a 'contact me anytime' service which really put my mind at ease! Value for money and does not encourage more treatment if not needed. I would, and have reccomended Sports Injury Clinic Killingworth to everyone!! 5 stars!!"


Laura Carrick

"Had a cracking sports massage with Darren. Went to him with a problem I was having with my knee, which he diagnosed straight away and sorted it out with acupuncture and massage. Thanks again!"


Kris Whitelaw

"SICK is A clean, well-established clinic set in a friendly and professional environment. It's Brilliant, integrated practice where they offer physio, sports massage and alternative therapies treatments. Really nice, modern space with excellent equipment. I have used darren for a while now nearly 3years and seen the business go from mobile to home to business premises. The sessions are really good and darren tailors the work to relevant muscle groups even thou painful but because of some humour as well which makes it all very relaxed. Darren knows his stuff and I would definitely recommend Him!"



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