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Our clinic is conveniently located just off Gosforth high street, next to Trinity church and opposite Sainsbury’s, where you can park for 20p per hour. Alternatively, there are a choice of low-cost car parks and a number of local bus routes within easy walking distance.


2 Ivy Road



0191 653 1073

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2 Ivy Road, Gosforth, Newcastle, , NE3 1DB


Our Gosforth clinic offers a wide range of specialist physiotherapy services and sports therapies that aim to improve your quality of life, relieve pain, manage an existing condition, or simply restore your freedom of movement.

Whether you’re suffering from a work-related or postural problem, a sports injury, muscular or joint pain; our team of chartered physiotherapists, clinical specialists, massage therapists and our podiatrist are here to help.

Sports therapy

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy uses physical techniques such as exercise, massage, manipulation, mobilisation and soft tissue release to restore movement, strength and mobility and reduce pain. It focuses on conditions that affect your muscles, nerves and bones, your heart and lungs and can help you recover after an injury or surgery.

What can physiotherapy treat?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy can help improve the symptoms of a number of problems including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Joint, muscle and tendon injuries
  • Work-related problems 

What can I expect?

Physiotherapists are the experts in managing musculoskeletal problems. At an initial assessment, your physiotherapist will ask about your symptoms and examine you. They will then advise on the diagnosis and either offer a programme of treatment for you or advice on how you can improve the problem yourself.

A full explanation of your problem will be given to you and you will be advised on the best course of action. There are a number of different treatment techniques your physiotherapist may use and these will be individually tailored to you and your condition. If necessary, they may refer you to your GP for further investigations. 

The benefits of physiotherapy

A musculoskeletal physiotherapist has an in-depth understanding of how your body moves and works, and will work closely with you to assess and treat your condition, then develop an effective, personalised plan to get you moving again. As well as treating a wide range of conditions, they can also give you advice on how to reduce pain and inflammation, prevent further injury, improve mobility, strength and flexibility, posture and physical wellbeing.

What is chiropody and podiatry?

Chiropodists or podiatrists are foot care specialists that can diagnose and treat abnormalities of the lower limb. Connect chiropodists and podiatrists are trained to treat the majority of problems that occur in the feet, and offer professional advice on taking good care of your feet, foot products and ways to prevent problems occurring. We can also recommend the most appropriate footwear for work, home or sports.

What can chiropody and podiatry treat?

A wide range of conditions can be treated with chiropody and podiatry including:

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Verrucae
  • Bunions and blisters
  • Nail and toe deformities, including ingrown toenails
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Foot pain - plantar fasciitis (heel) and Metatarsalgia (ball)
  • Tendinopathy and foot muscle strains

Your chiropodist or podiatrist can also give you advice on custom-built or off-the-shelf insoles.

What can I expect?

On your first visit to Connect an initial assessment will be carried out. You will be asked a number of brief questions about your medical history and lifestyle, so we can build up an accurate picture and identify any contributing factors. Depending on your condition, you will have a physical examination and your chiropodist or podiatrist will then discuss the treatment options available to you. You can ask questions at any time, and only when you’re satisfied, will we proceed with the treatment.

The benefits of chiropody and podiatry

Your feet are good gauge of your body’s general health. Around 75-80% of adults have some form of foot problem. And problems in the feet and ankles can sometimes affect other parts of the body, particularly your knees and hips. Our chiropodists and podiatrists aims to keep your feet as comfortable and pain-free as possible, and can advise you on how to manage foot problems effectively. Chiropody and podiatry can benefit people of all ages, and plays an important role in helping older people stay mobile and independent.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine where very fine needles are inserted into certain points on the body. Physiotherapists use acupuncture to enhance pain modulation by stimulating the brain to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins. These help the body’s healing process and can relieve pain.

What can acupuncture treat?

A wide range of conditions can be treated with acupuncture:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains)
  • Osteo-arthritis and joint pain

Acupuncture can also be used safely in pregnancy to help treat:

  • Heartburn
  • Rib pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Pelvic joint pain
  • Pubic pain
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica

What can I expect?

A slight scratch sensation may be felt as the needle is inserted, although many patients are not even aware of this. You may then experience a sensation known to the Chinese as de-qi (pronounced de chee). This sensation can be felt as warmth, heaviness or a dull ache. Although common, this sensation is not necessary for an effective treatment. All needles are pre-sterilised, disposable and single-use only.

The benefits of acupuncture

Research has shown that many people, but not everyone, can gain relief from pain with acupuncture. Strong reactors may show changes in pain immediately after the first treatment, whereas the majority of patients experience a gradual change in symptoms. Occasionally, the symptoms may feel slightly worse at first and this is usually a good indication that a condition will respond.

What are corticosteroid injections?

Corticosteroids are lipid like (fat-like) hormones that your body produces naturally. They are responsible for a number of things such as helping reduce swelling. Injection therapy is very safe and uses sterile, single-use disposable needles. Serious side effects are very rare; less than one in 20,000 treatments. Local anaesthetic can be used to make the injection more comfortable.

What can corticosteroid injections treat?

Corticosteroid injections can be used to treat a variety of conditions including:

  • Joint and soft tissue problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Frozen shoulders
  • Tennis elbow
  • Heel pain

What can I expect?

Your clinician will discuss with you the treatment before gaining your consent. The area to be treated will be exposed and cleaned before the injection is administered.  After the injection you will be asked to wait in the reception area for up to 30 minutes. You will then be asked to rest the injured are for two days and up two weeks, in certain cases.

The benefits of corticosteroid injections

The main benefit of corticosteroid injections is the effective pain relief they should give you. They are often used as a way of reducing pain before beginning physiotherapy exercise programs. The benefits of the injection may come within minutes if local anaesthetic is used and the corticosteroid should start to take effect within two to three days.


What are Ostenil injections?

Ostenil is an injection treatment for the symptoms of osteoarthritis. It increases the viscosity of what’s known as synovial fluid found in your joints such as the shoulders, knees, ankles and thumbs. The treatment helps to restore your body’s synovial fluid’s lubricating and shock-absorbing properties. This can reduce the pain, swelling and stiffness, and improve the other symptoms of osteoarthritis. Despite supporting scientific evidence, this treatment is not currently available on the NHS.

What can Ostenil injections treat?

It can be used in the knee, or in any of the other joints that are classed as synovial such as the shoulders, ankles and thumbs. 

What can I expect?

If you decide to have Ostenil treatment, it will be injected directly into the joint affected by osteoarthritis. This is done once a week for three weeks until you have had three injections. 

The benefits of Ostenil injections

It is unlikely that you will notice any benefits after the first injection however, you should gradually start to feel less pain and stiffness over subsequent weeks. The benefits of three Ostenil injections can last up to nine months. Once the effects of the first course of injections wear off you can, if you choose, have another course.

What is craniosacral therapy?

It is a gentle, hands-on treatment that works directly with the body's natural capacity for self-repair. The name comes from the bones that make up the system; the cranium (skull bones including the face) and sacrum, which is at the base of the spinal column. Just as the more well known cardio-vascular system and respiratory system influence many body functions, so too does the craniosacral system.

What can craniosacral therapy treat?

Craniosacral therapy or CST can treat a wide variety of conditions including:

  • Longstanding or chronic pain
  • Headaches and migraines,
  • Jaw problems such as TMJ
  • Stress, anxiety and neuralgias

Babies and children:

  • Colic
  • Sleeping problems
  • Feeding problems
  • Difficulties following traumatic birth (for Mum and/or baby)
  • Hyperactivity

What can I expect?

Your initial appointment will include taking a detailed history of your problem, asking questions and giving you the time to explain your condition or ailments. We also aim to include some treatment on your first visit. CST is done through your clothes, usually while you’re lying on your back. This can be different for babies and children, but your physiotherapist will be happy to discuss this with you. Most people finding CST very relaxing, as it uses the lightest and gentlest of pressure to achieve effective and lasting results. Subsequent treatments may follow a similar pattern, depending on the response to treatment and the findings of any reassessment.

The benefits of craniosacral therapy

CST has an extremely high success rate with most people noticing a difference quite quickly, and some, even after only a few treatments. As well as improving your original symptoms or ailments, the therapy often has other additional benefits; an increased sense of relaxation, a reduction in the effects of past trauma, a greater capacity to manage life in general, and an unintentional improvement of 'other symptoms' you may have had. For example, you may have had CST to treat a back pain, and you notice that your migraines have also improved.

This gentle, non-invasive therapy can treat a wide range of problems, including headaches, migraines, chronic pain and jaw problems. It can also be applied to babies and children to help with colic, sleeping or feeding, hyperactivity or behavioural issues.

What are core stability classes?

Core stability is the term used to describe how the muscles of your trunk help keep your spine and body stable. When you perform any movement - lifting or just moving from one position to another – it’s your core muscles that are the first to tense up. Your core muscles actually controls your ability to operate. If they are strong and activate at the right time, your posture can be improved, your movement is more efficient and you are less likely to get injured. Improving core stability can also help in post-injury rehabilitation.

Please note classes are only available at our Newcastle Clinic.

How can core stability help?

Core stability sessions can help many conditions, but is particularly effective for:

  • Lower back pain
  • Injury prevention
  • Improving posture
  • Spinal stability
  • Muscle strength
  • Muscle control
  • Proprioception

What can I expect?

Initially you will be given a one-to-one 40-minute assessment, which is then followed by a small group session. Each session has no more than seven people, and is led by a qualified and experienced senior physiotherapist and sports therapist. The sessions are informal and personal. A typical class lasts an hour and includes primarily floor-based and bodyweight only exercises.

The benefits of core stability classes

The classes can help increase stability, reduce the risk of injury or recurring lower back pain, and increase your general physical fitness. Also proprioception, which is your body’s ability to sense movement within joints and joint position can be improved. You will also benefit from an improvement in movement efficiency, increasing your confidence and gaining a better understanding of how your body moves.

Our physiotherapy and sports exercise experts run five core stability classes a week and cost just £5 per session.

Mondays 12pm – 1pm, Tuesdays 7pm – 8pm, Wednesdays 11am – 12pm and Thursdays 7pm – 8pm.

What is kinesio taping?

Kinesio tape is a therapeutic tape that when applied using specialist techniques will support joints and muscles, without restricting range of motion. It was developed Dr Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor, in the 1970s. It’s multi-coloured applications can be seen being used by many professional sportsmen and women today. The tape supports the injured region without restricting your movement, so you can keep active.


What can kinesio tape treat?

Kinesio tape has been used effectively for a wide range of conditions including lower back, neck, knee pain and muscle injury. In fact, almost any injury can be treated with kinesio taping.


What can I expect?

Your physiotherapist will apply the tape to your injured body part directly onto your skin. The tape is waterproof and can be worn when bathing. The tape usually stays in position for about three to five days and is often seen as a treatment in between treatments. Where appropriate, your physiotherapist can show you how to apply the tape yourself.


The benefits of kinesio taping

Kinesio taping can be offered as part of a treatment package that may include other physiotherapeutic treatments such as massage, manipulation and rehabilitation exercises. It is proposed that Kinesio taping can correct mechanical joint problems, facilitate weak muscles, inhibit overactive muscles and aid in the resolution of swelling.


What is massage therapy?

There's no denying the power of massage – it can do you the world of good. No matter how you describe it; pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic, massage therapy has many benefits. Whether you have it as a luxurious treat, to relieve stress or manage pain it can reduce anxiety, improve your quality of sleep, give you more energy, improve your concentration, increase circulation and reduce fatigue.

Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense than other types of massage, but the benefits are equally impressive. It can reduce the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. It can also treat and help prevent recurring injuries. Whether you’re an athlete, a fitness enthusiast, a once-a-week jogger, or simply have a physically demanding job, you could benefit from sports massage.

What can massage therapy treat?

Massage is proven to treat a wide variety of psychological and physiological conditions including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Weak, tight or atrophied muscles
  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Post-surgery adhesions and swelling
  • Spasms and cramping
  • Injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Migraine pain 

What can I expect?

Sports massage is based on the elements of Swedish massage and incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to acupressure and shiatsu. Your experienced therapist will use a blend of techniques, during treatment, to help alleviate pain, improve performance and keep you injury-free.

The benefits of massage

Whether it's an intense sports massage focusing on an injury, or a relaxing, stress-relieving massage, the benefits of this therapy are numerous:

  • Improves the condition of the body's largest organ, your skin
  • Enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow
  • Prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
  • Release endorphins - amino acids that work as natural painkiller

Research shows that massage can cause physiological and chemical changes with profound effects:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow
  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping
  • Preterm infants have improved weight gain.

What is sports therapy?

In general, anyone can benefit from sports therapy, whether they play sports or not. Sports therapy is a specialised aspect of healthcare that focuses on the prevention, management and rehabilitation following an injury. Regardless of age, ability or level of fitness it uses the principles of sport and exercise sciences to get to back to full fitness. For sportsmen and women that could mean getting back to training and preparing for competition. And for others, it could simply mean getting back to work or resuming day-to-day activities. Sports therapy uses a combination of manual techniques including massage, stretching, muscle activation, mobilisation and movement, and strengthening.

What can sports therapy treat?

Massage is a fundamental component of sports therapy. This means that most, if not all conditions, can be treated with sports therapy. Whether you’re an athlete, a fitness enthusiast, a once-a-week jogger, or simply have a physically demanding job, you could benefit from sports massage - just because the word ‘sport’ is involved, does not mean you have to be involved in sport to benefit from this treatment.

What can I expect?

Your sports therapist will ask you a few simple questions about your injury or condition. They may also ask about your general health and lifestyle to ensure they build up a complete picture and recommend the most effective treatment for you.

The first appointment is one-to-one and usually last about 40 minutes and may involve a physical examination. After assessment and diagnosis, your therapist will then discuss treatment options and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Depending on the nature of your condition or injury, a combination of hands-on therapy and exercises may be carried out in this first session. Your sports therapist will, if necessary, then implement a detailed written exercise plan and offer expert guidance and advice.

The benefits of sports therapy

Irrespective of your fitness levels or the nature of your condition or injury, sports therapy can help:

  • Reduce and manage pain
  • Improve posture and flexibility
  • Increase your range of movement and function
  • Reduce the likelihood of an injury recurring
  • Reduce scar tissue
  • Improve endurance
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Improve your recovery time

Meet our Team

  • Bronwyn Walton
  • Dr Graeme Wilkes
  • Kathryn Henderson
  • Nick Livadas
  • Sue Campbell
  • Vicky Percy
  • Vicky Smith

Bronwyn Walton MSCP (Dip.PT) - Clinical Specialist

Bronwyn is one of our longest-serving physiotherapists and part of the team that set up Connect Gosforth in 1995. She has experience in treating all types of musculoskeletal conditions, but specialises in the treatment of lower back conditions, pelvic problems and lower limb rehabilitation. Bronwyn works with a number of local rugby clubs, including both amateur and professional athletes.

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Dr Graeme Wilkes BS MRCP MRCGP MSc FFSEM - Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant

Dr Graeme Wilkes is one of few sport and exercise medicine consultants based in the North East. He has worked with professional and elite athletes, including the Newcastle Falcons, Team GB Hockey, and is currently working with British athletes competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. We’re delighted to be able to offer Dr Wilkes specialist knowledge, wealth of experience and expertise.

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Kathryn Henderson MHFST - Massage Therapist

Kathryn qualified in sports massage from Gateshead College in June 2005, and in Reflexology in June 2008 from Newcastle College. Since qualifying she has worked with Blaydon RUFC, Durham County RFC, Northumberland County RFC, Durham University RFC, Winlation RFC and currently Ryton RFC , Nike and the Great North Run.

Kathryn joined Connect in August 2009 and works at all 3 of our clinics, Low Fell , Durham and Gosforth. She has quickly established herself as a knowledgeable and extremely hands on therapist and she works closely with our physiotherapists and podiatrist to ensure optimal results for her patients.

She is currently studying Equine Remedial and Sports Therapy and looking forward to linking horse and rider treatments for optimal results. In addition to the treatments Kathryn provides ,she is a retired rugby player herself. She now enjoys obstacle races, horse riding and (attempting ) to fell run.

Nick Livadas BCs (Hons) MCSP AACP - Clinic Manager and Senior Physiotherapist

Since joining Connect in 2006, Nick has gained a wealth of experience through his work in the community and treating employees with work-related disorders. Nick’s special interest is sports injuries and he is currently studying for his Masters in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. He is also a key contributor to the training and development programmes at Connect.

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Sue Campbell MCSP MAACP MBA DMS - Senior Physiotherapist

Sue joined Connect in 2008 following a number of years working for the North East Strategic Health Authority focusing on clinical governance. Sue has extensive experience across a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and endeavours to use her expertise and knowledge to help her patients reach their treatment goals.

Vicky Percy BSc (Hons) MCSP - Senior Physiotherapist

Vicky is the newest member of the team at Connect Gosforth, but joins us with a wealth of experience in the NHS and private clinics. Vicky also works at Connect Durham and with the English Institute of Sport, where she treats private patients, and works with both semi-professional and elite athletes on a weekly basis.

Vicky Smith BSc (Hons) MCSP MMACP - Clinical Specialist

Vicky is one of our longest-serving physiotherapists having also worked in the community and with patients in our corporate contracts. Vicky successfully became a member of the Manual Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MMACP).

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