Dave Middleton – Sports Massage and Sports Injuries Therapist

With over 30 years’ experience I have the knowledge to help anyone whether that be someone experiencing aches and pains in muscles or joints, to a competitive sports person who wants to improve their performance and prevent injuries.


VTCT Level 3 Sports Massage
VTCT Level 4 Sports Massage
VTCT Level 5 Sports Massage
John Gibbons Body Master Method Practitioner
Acupuncture for Sports Injuries
UKOC Diploma in Cupping Therapies
NQF SAC Diploma in Sports Injuries
NQF SAC Diploma in Electro Therapies
NQF SAC Diploma in Sports Therapies

Sports Therapy

Services that I offer

This is for anyone with aches and pains, not just sports people! Massage targets the problem areas within the muscle and focuses on the muscle and connective tissues. It is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system. Received regularly, massage can help active people and athletes prevent injuries, which might otherwise be caused by overuse. It focuses on muscular connective tissue pain and dysfunction, aiming to restore the body to a pain free and balanced state using a variety of massage and stretching techniques. Some common issues include lower back pain and tension in shoulders resulting from daily work and life commitments. It can also help neck stiffness, carpal tunnel symptoms, tennis elbow, bursitis frozen shoulder, back pain, low back stiffness, sciatica and shin splints, to name a few conditions.

Sports people who are looking to improve performance and increase their competitive edge do so by adopting a training schedule to enhance their skill, strength, stamina and suppleness and speed. It is this potential for overuse that may create pain and imbalances in the soft tissues. Sports massage can help to reduce this pain and keep them performing at their very best.

Neurological testing can also be used to help identify restrictions in range of movement and muscular weakness. For more information on this please contact me.

Research shows that this ancient therapy can be an effective treatment for a wide variety of ailments, from back pain to sciatica. Experts and recent studies show what conditions seem to benefit most from acupuncture.

If you’re struggling with one of the following ailments, you might consider going under the needle:

Wrist and Ankle Sprains

General Muscle Soreness

Tennis & Golfers Elbow

All Tendinitis

Strains and Pulls of any muscle or tendon

Back Pain


Elbow / Hip Bursitis

Rotator Cuff Tears / Strains

Knee ligament and meniscus injuries

Vertebral disc inflammation in the neck or back

To name just a few! You may be surprised by the number of ailments that acupuncture can help.

Throughout history, there have been many eastern and western forms of medicine that have come and gone. Some have survived the test of time. Others have been considered to be more ‘trendy’ while other techniques are meant to repeat themselves over time. Today, myofascial decompression, better known as cupping, has made a return to western society, especially in the physical therapy room.

If you require more information, please contact me.

I am qualified in applying Kinesiology Tape and I use commercial grade ‘Tiger Tape’. Correct taping and strapping can be used to prevent injury as well as stabilise injured joints or muscles for clients who wish to continue participating in activities. Taping and strapping is an important part of treatment and rehabilitation and its correct application is essential.

A Postural and Gait Analysis is the systematic study of walking or running. Using slow motion film, it is possible to view joints in each phase of movement to assess if function and alignment is normal. Gait analysis is used to assess, plan, and treat individuals with conditions affecting their ability to walk. It is also commonly used in sport to help athletes run more efficiently and to identify posture-related or movement-related problems in people with injuries.

It includes many factors, including how your weight moves from side to side and front to back, the way your legs move at the ankle, knee and hip, the way your foot flexes and twists and how your feet strike the ground and lift you off it. As you walk and run with a normal gait all of these factors act in a regular cycle, repeating smoothly and evenly with each step you take.

Manipulations and Mobilisations can increase motion to the joints and decrease pain. Joint manipulation, which is normally but not always applied to the spine, utilizes a quick but gentle manoeuvre, to enable movement in joints with decreased range of motion, thereby decreasing pain. Joint mobilisation is similar to manipulation, but it is not as quick as a manipulation. It is still very effective at increasing motion in joints with limited range of motion.

Pre-Hab treatments include injury prevention to keep you moving and performing at your best. However, they may also include certain treatments to ready your body for surgery to correct an injury. By preparing your body prior to receiving a surgical procedure you are preventing further injury and are strengthening the muscles around your joints before the procedure.

Re-Hab treatments help anyone who is recovering from an injury involving the musculoskeletal system. They help people of all ages to maintain their health and fitness, recover from and prevent injury and reduce pain using exercise, movement and manual based therapeutic interventions.



At your first consultation we will discuss your background, activity levels, and reason for treatment. You will also be required to fill in a patient information form as well as a health questionnaire so that I can fully understand your reason for seeking treatment.

You will need to allow 60 minutes per treatment.

All treatments are carried out at my dedicated Treatment Room at Breedon Priory Health Club, Green Lane, Wilson, Derbyshire, DE73 8LG.

For an appointment, information, prices or availability please call me on 07766 713656, email me at davidmidds@gmail.com or visit my Facebook page Dave Middleton Sports Massage, Injuries & Personal Training.


For an appointment, information, prices or availability please call me on 07766 713656, email me at davidmidds@gmail.com or fill in the contact form below.

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