Providing treatment and rehabilitation for sports and general injuries.

tfd therapy is our in-house sports injury clinic, offering sports massage and a range of sports therapies including shockwave therapy, dry needling, dry cupping and kinesiology taping. Whether you are looking for injury rehabilitation support, or to enhance your performance – our qualified therapists can advise the best course of treatment for your needs.

Soft tissue therapy involves the assessment and treatment of any soft tissue which includes ligaments, tendons, muscles and fascia.

This treatment promotes recovery from soft tissue injuries but also has a remarkable effect on posture, energy and sleep.

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This treatment promotes recovery from soft tissue injuries but also has a remarkable effect on posture, energy and sleep.

Sports massage is a deep form of soft tissue mobilisation. Often used to treat tight, aching muscles that have been challenged during exercise or for maintenance to prevent injury.

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When muscles are stiff, this type of massage along with some rehabilitation exercised has a positive effect in helping people become more flexible and mobile.

Sports massage prior to and after exercise can enhance performance & general wellbeing.

Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues.

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Shockwaves are characterised by jump change in pressure, high amplitude and non-periodicity.

Shockwave therapy is highly recommended by healthcare specialists, private health insurers and leading orthopaedic hospitals in the UK. It has become the go to treatment for injuries including Planta Fasciitis, Patella Tendinopathy, Tennis Elbow, Shoulder Pain, Heel spur, Shin Splints, Hip pain & Calcifications (Rotator cuff).

Dry needling treats muscle tissue, and its goal is to reduce pain, inactivate trigger points and restore function. It rarely is a standalone procedure and is frequently used as part of a broader physical therapy approach for injury treatment.

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Dry needling can be used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues, such as:

  • Acute and chronic injuries
  • Headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sciatica
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Elbow pain
  • PFPS (Runner’s Knee)
  • Overuse injuries

As a tool for physical therapists, the use of dry needling allows for the precise targeting of deep tissues that cannot be reached by surface touch. By using the filoform needles to release or inactivate trigger points, therapists have a powerful tool to relieve pain and improve range of motion.

Dry cupping is a form of manual therapy whereby the cups are placed over several areas of soft tissue to create a vacuum (negative pressure) which lifts the tissue and creates an upward stretch within the muscle and associated fascia.

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The vacuum lift helps to increase blood flow and generates a stretch effect, which results in a reduction in muscle tension and associated pain.

During Dry Cupping therapy, cups can be used in different ways. They can be placed and left in a static position, or they can be used dynamically to provide a deep tissue massage effect. Both methods of cupping therapy complement other therapy techniques such as Sports and Deep Tissue Massage, Soft Tissue Therapy and Dry Needling.

Benefits of dry cupping include:

  • Cupping helps to increase the blood flow to sore areas in muscles.
  • It provides necessary nutrients to the area being treated and promotes healing.
  • Cupping can provide pain relief and help ease symptoms of many common disorders of the bones and muscles. It does this by exciting small nerves inside muscles so that they release pain-killing chemicals.
  • Cupping Therapy helps to reduce muscular restrictions, scars and adhesions, to decrease swelling and increase range of motion.

Taping can be used alongside other treatments in the rehabilitation of injury, but can also be used on muscles or near joints as a protective measure to prevent injury during exercise and sports.

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The main functions of this tape are to support your muscles, improve circulation, enabling the internal injury to heal but while still allowing motion and preventing any further damage.

Pregnancy massage aims to reduce stress and tension during pregnancy to help make you feel good! The smooth and relaxing massage strokes promote increased blood flow and mobility as well as easing any specific tension areas you may have. 

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These can also be done postpartum to help you relax and to reduce any swelling.

Exercise rehab appointments are available with tfd therapy staff to aid your recovery in the gym with rehabilitation exercises that are specific to you, to help you on the way to recovery.

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Bridge the gap between soft tissue therapy or sports massage treatments and have guidance with rehab exercises on the gym floor, whilst checking correct technique and posture.

A postural assessment is a visual observation method that allows you to look at a person’s overall alignment.

It can determine whether a person has any postural deviations, muscle imbalances, muscle weaknesses, or any other faults in their movement patterns which could be causing musculoskeletal pain or discomfort.

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During this assessment we may assess, for example, symmetry/asymmetry and imbalances between the neck, shoulders, hips, spinal curvatures, ankle, plumb line (head to toe) as well as assessing movement patterns that mirror day to day activities, particularly if they are provocative to your symptoms.

How to book

Pop by reception to book your appointment. Otherwise, call us on 01235 772995 or email

Your appointment will be confirmed once full payment has been made.  Payment can be done easily over the phone or on the FitSense app if you are not here in person when booking. 

Should you need to move or cancel your appointment, we are happy to do this if you give us more than 24 hours notice. Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds or credits for missed appointments, or appointments which are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.       

Meet the team at tfd therapy...

Josh Hatton

Josh has been working at TFD since March 2022. Throughout his career Josh spent nearly a decade in the emergency services as well as working as a student within the NHS. 

Josh currently works as a Level 5 Sports and Soft Tissue Therapist where he treats a variety of sports and every day related injuries. Examples include lower back pain, shoulder injuries, sports related trauma, and many more. He uses a range of treatments including soft tissue, massage, dry needling, dry cupping and shockwave therapy to achieve this.

Alongside his clinical work, Josh is also a student Osteopath studying at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. Josh is a keen rugby player as well as a runner, where he volunteers as a UK Athletics run leader for the Faringdon Far Runners Group. 

Jo Davies

Jo has been part of the tfd gym team since November 2018 as a Personal Trainer, Class Instructor and Exercise Referral Instructor and qualified as a Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist in October 2020.

She is passionate about using Sports Massage to help people with injuries, stiffness and general aches and pains and is having excellent feedback from her clients. 

Jo enjoys a variety of gym training and challenges from tough mudder and a half marathon, to trailwalker’s 100km in 24hours, and of course exploring with her cockapoo, Lily! In her spare time, she can be found watching her favourite sport speedway, either locally or on trips around the world. Jo is currently studying her Level 5 Soft Tissue Therapy course with OSSM. 

Calum Pryce

Calum has been working with the tfd gym team as a Personal Trainer and Class Instructor since 2021. He has since joined the tfd therapy team where he is available for Sports Massage Therapy, Exercise Rehab programming and Sports Injury Rehabilitation.

Calum did his BSc Strength & Conditioning degree at the University of South Wales where he specialised in functional screening and the assessment of movement patterns and posture, functional training and the technical exercises to develop fundamental movement patterns, and sports injury and rehabilitation.

Although Calum spends a lot of time in the gym, when he isn’t here, he can be found playing football for a local team and enjoys a spot of travelling when he can.

Alex Boardman

Alex joined the tfd gym team as a gym assistant in 2021 and has progressed on to complete his Level 2 Fitness Instructor & Level 3 Personal Trainer courses alongside the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports & Exercise Science at the City of Oxford College. He also studied his Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy qualification during this time.

He is keen to help treat tight, aching muscles to enhance performance in the gym environment and improve general wellbeing for his clients.

Alex’s love for training and his personal nutrition, has put him in good stead for his career as a fitness professional and this has expanded his understanding of body movement and mechanics.

Our mission at tfd therapy

To find the root cause of the issue, treat using the best treatment for the problem, provide you with exercises to promote faster recovery and support you through to full recovery.  

Our team of trainers at tfd gym work with Josh & Jo to give support with gym programmes and exercises to continue to build strength and mobility.  With Jo being a senior member of the tfd gym team too, we have it all covered!

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