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 The North West’s Premier Sports Rehabilitation Venue

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At Refitt we specialise in rehabilitation for musculoskeletal and movement dysfunctional problems. We have a team of dedicated, experienced and qualified staff who are committed to each clients well-being, fitness and health. The welfare of our clients is crucial that is why we provide only the highest level of treatments as well as the most effective rehabilitation that will hopefully exceed our clients exceptions in supporting them to a speedy recovery. Located within easy reach of the motorway in Bolton the clinic offers high standards of excellence and care, delivered in either the well-equipped gym or the private treatment rooms, both will ultimately aid people in their recovery. As every client is individual and has their own unique needs we offer them a one to one service which includes continuous monitoring of observations on the body movement and muscular activation during assessment, treatment and exercise. Part of our dedication to aiding a healthy and functional adaptation, is to improve the quality of your life by providing individualised personal training and injury rehabilitation.The clinic is a full member of  the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) and the Sports Massage Association (SMA), meaning we are not only committed to upholding high standards, professionalism and quality but we are regulated by an external medical professional governing body. Within our reputation as a sports injury clinic, our main priority is the primary concern to promote mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential. Appointments are available to suit your busy working week including early mornings, late afternoons and evenings, Monday to Friday and early morning to noon on Saturday. Refitt are committed to helping you regain control of your life, whether you have recently undergone surgery, have a long standing injury, condition or other movement problems.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue are parts of the human body that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury. regular sports massage will reduce the muscular tightness which can increase natural movements allowing the body to function more effectively and efficient. sports massage has now become popular with people who train just for health and well being.

Exercise Rehabilitation
Exercise Rehabilitation is a form of rehabilitation which involves regaining full function of the body following injury. Exercise rehabilitation is also used effectively in helping injured workers return to the workforce, people suffering from arthritis and people recovering from orthopaedic and even general surgery. there are various exercises involved in rehabilitation including power, endurance, flexibility and restoring strength, It is just as important as treatment following the injury as it is achieved through various exercises and drills. Correction of muscle imbalance problems around the shoulder, hip or knee are addressed effectively with exercise rehabilitation and all our team are skilled at determining the appropriate exercises for these problems

Acupuncture is an approach to healthcare that is under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The benefits of using acupuncture during a treatment session can include easing of both acute and chronic pain, nerve stimulation which overrides the perception of pain on the brain, decreases muscle spasm which reduces tension on the joints and ultimately aiding with pain reduction. Acupuncture needles are sterilised single use and hair thin, they are inserted into the skin around the area of pain.

Ante/Post Natal Care

Ante Natal exercises is just as important for the mother as it is for the child. Hormones in pregnancy increase the flexibility of the muscles, without adequate strength to hold the joints in place, women end up with pain. Pregnancy should be an enjoyable time in any woman’s life and when pain is present it often becomes not pleasant Here at Head2Toe we offer techniques to reduce the chance of pain or treat the pain when it occurs. Antenatal Pilates can be used to aid in the strengthening of the abdominal muscles which will allow your body to support itself, stabilising the core and reducing back or pelvic pain. Regular exercise toward the end of the pregnancy may aid your baby to move into the correct position ready for birth. As pilates generally is about control and relaxation, breathing techniques may aid you in labour.

Post natal Pilates once your baby is 6 weeks old can be used to aid in both recovery of you and baby. Pilates as does exercise release endorphins into your bloodstream which can reduce the chances of getting post natal depression, obviously any exercise will help you to lose any weight you gained during your pregnancy. As with the antenatal pilates post natal pilates can help to stabilise your core and reduce your chances for injury. The classes also boost your energy levels and can improve your strength and stamina allowing you to look after your baby with more confidence and energy.  Post Natal care includes designing exercise based therapies to aid weight reduction and core stability keeping the new mums healthy and active to enjoy their arrivals.


Pilates is a form of exercise which is aimed at strengthening the body as a whole. There is a particular emphasis placed on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Pilates exercises can be performed using a mat or specialist equipment. Developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected pilates has become a popular form of exercise and can be used for treat a wide range of medical and musculoskeletal injuries including lower back pain. Regular pilates practise or class can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension and combined with regular strength training can help to reduce the risk of injury.

Personal Training

Personal training is a form of training that encompasses a wide variety of training methods including strength and conditioning, flexibility, endurance, power, and plyometrics. Personal training is a very personalised 1:1 training programme encompassing every element of health and well being from exercise repetitions and sets to nutrition. The trainers are able to motivate their clients by setting goals and providing feed back and accountability to you as the client to aid you achieve your goals.
Your goals can be specific like weight loss or more general like improving your over well being but combined with our extensive knowledge of human anatomy and the concepts of functional exercise, basic nutrition and basic exercise science we can design an individual and or group exercise based programs tailored to the needs and attainable goals. Executing individual fitness program design in a safe and effective way. The desire to help clients reach their health and fitness goals through appropriate cardiovascular, flexibility and resistance exercise. Motivating others to improve their overall fitness and health.

Massage and Joint Mobilisation

Manual Therapy involves a wide range of different techniques aimed at alleviating pain and joint stiffness. a few of the techniques we use at the clinic include joint mobilisations and muscle energy techniques.
Joint mobilisations are techniques which involve grading the movement performed into either a small or large joint motion to reduce the pain and overall joint integrity with the aim of returning the client to full joint range of motion and daily function. This involves moving the joint through its natural range of motion and applying forces through any resistance found.
Muscle energy techniques are used to aid in the restoration and reduction of function and pain. When injury occurs a restriction in joint movement and an excess of dysfunctional movement. Muscle energy techniques aid in decreasing the muscle tone caused by restricted joint movement. The technique involves specific muscle contraction and relaxation to position the joint in the anatomical place and mobilise the affected joints. Muscle energy techniques are supported by specific stretching and exercise to ensure effective long term results.

Injury Assessment and Diagnosis

As part of the initial assessment we require information regarding the issues the client has come to see us with. A thorough orthopaedic assessment and conversation about your signs and symptoms will be carried out to determine the correct diagnosis and treatment plan in order to help you regain normal functional movement patterns and reduce symptoms within the appropriate time scales. The treatments that Refitt offer include manual therapy, joint mobilisations and manipulations. Manual therapy involves hands on techniques such as massage, myofascial release, trigger points. Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy that aims to relax tense muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles. Another technique used in treatment includes trigger points. These are areas of muscle fibres that are hyperirritable to change and tension in skeletal muscles. Joint mobilisations are used to reduce the stiffness within the joint by reducing muscle tension or guarding, stimulates synovial fluid which increases range of motion.

K Tape Application

K or Kinesiology tape is a method of supporting the joint and body from injury or protecting the injured area from further damage. it is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. It is a 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. K tape is safe to apply on the vast majority of people as it is latex-free and because the client will wear it for days at a time, K Tape has become popular with treating a wide range of patients from pediatric to geriatric with particular succession in treating a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The tape works by targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, this alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas. Kinesiology tape is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows kinesio tape to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of your movement.

Nutritional Assessment
A nutrition assessment is an in-depth evaluation of both objective and subjective data related to an individual’s food and nutrient intake, lifestyle, and medical history. Once the data on an individual is collected and organized, the practitioner can assess and evaluate the nutritional status of that person. The assessment leads to a plan of care, or intervention, designed to help the individual either maintain the assessed status or attain a healthier status. The assessment will include objective measurements of body muscle and fat, weight and height and skinfold measurements of several areas of the body are also taken. As part of the assessment questions will be asked about the individual’s lifestyle—including the number of meals eaten daily, where they are eaten, and who prepared the meals. Information about allergies, food intolerances, and food avoidances, as well as caffeine and alcohol use, should be collected. Exercise frequency and occupation help to identify the need for increased calories. Asking about the economics of the individual or family, and about the use and type of kitchen equipment, can assist in the development of a plan of care. Dental and oral health also impact the nutritional assessment, as well as information about gastrointestinal health, such as problems with constipation, gas or diarrhea, vomiting, or frequent heartburn.

Combining all this together and with the use of optional laboratory tests we can produce an individualised nutritional report and meal plan.

Angela Sale

Angela Sale

Clinical Director

As the Clinical Director Angela established Refitt in 2010 after graduating from Salford University with  degree in Sports Rehabilitation. Throughout her degree Angela worked with amateur, semi professional and professional athletes from a range of sports,  including football, rugby and numerous professional dance studios within the North West + read more

Laura Hodgson

Laura Hodgson

Managing Director and Sports Rehabilitator

Laura Hodgson is a Graduate Sports Rehabilitator since 2011 with a Masters in Football Rehabilitation. She has worked in both clinics and sporting environments since graduation. These sporting environments include working with Masters Hockey Wales for their summer tournaments, including the World Cup in Oxford 2012. + read more

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