Derby Cottage Clinic is on the Fordham Road just outside Newmarket - CB8 7LG

Derby Cottage

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Our Services, Products & Fees

Osteopathy is a medically approved system of diagnosis and treatment. This holistic method considers the interrelationships of the body's systems, and by using a variety of treatment modalities can reduce pain and speed recovery from injury and restore normal function in a huge variety of complaints.

60% of our work is the diagnosis and treatment of back and neck injuries. The remaining 40% is everything else: ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist and every tendon, muscle and fibre linking the human body.

It doesn't stop there; we also consider a visceral function in its role as a nutrient absorber and a primary cause of what might seem to be a regular musculoskeletal back pain.

Your injury or complaint will be diagnosed, the diagnosis explained to you and you will be treated efficiently and thoroughly by one of our Osteopaths. See Our Team

Physiotherapy is a health care profession providing treatment for human function and movement. It is the treatment of physical conditions aimed at promoting, maintaining and restoring physical well-being. Physiotherapy is based on sound scientific knowledge and our physiotherapists are committed to evaluating and reviewing the evidence underlying the practice and delivery of the treatment.

Our goal is to increase the functional ability of our patients and prevent the recurrence of injury. The clinic specialises in sports medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, post operative and injury rehabilitation, back and neck injuries, manipulation and manual therapy techniques, muscle balancing and hands on Physiotherapy treatment. We provide a high standard of service and each patient is thoroughly assessed and advised of an individual treatment plan according to their particular problem.

Conditions treated by our Physiotherapists include:

The clinic provides sports rehabilitation and treatment for all sports injuries. We have specialists in Physiotherapy, Dry Needling and Sports Massage who have extensive experience in the sporting field.

Treatment and exercise programmes will be individual to each patient for their sporting requirements and their rehabilitation and recovery. We work alongside Orthopaedic specialists with follow up post surgery and other procedures.

The clinic has many years of experience with sporting events with International and Super league Ice Hockey team London Knights, Cambridge United Football Club, World Champion cyclists, Dubai Rugby 7's, Tennis and Golf.

Most of our Clinic staff compete in a wide range of Triathlons, Running, Cycling, Swimming, Volleyball, Golf, Tennis, Sailing and Mountaineering. See Our Team

This style of massage is typically a deep tissue massage that focuses on the soft tissue. It goes beyond the standard Swedish or holistic massage which are normally non-specific yet relaxing at the time of treatment.

Sports and Remedial massage treats localised problem structures as well as the body as a whole working system, therefore a lasting solution to many problems can be achieved.

The treatment works on many levels: increasing circulation in vascular and lymphatic systems to encourage faster healing, relaxing tension within muscle groups which helps to prevent injury. This method suits young and old, sporting and non sporty people alike. Should you require further diagnosis or intervention, one of our Osteopaths or Physiotherapists is on hand to help out.

Medical ultrasound (ultrasonography) is a diagnostic imaging technique using sound waves to look at internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels and internal organs. It is fast becoming the method of choice for examination of many musculoskeletal conditions. It has several advantages over MRI scanning for the examination of joints, muscles and tendons in that it provides moving images in real-time, is portable and can be brought to the bedside. It is substantially lower in cost and does not use harmful radiation. Research has shown that when used correctly there are no known harmful side effects and therefore there are no contraindications to its use.

Joe Pilates
Dr Clodagh Dugdale - the ultrasound expert at Derby Cottage

A detailed description is here

Using the same needles as a traditional Chinese Acupuncturist, Dry Needling is a technique based upon western anatomy.

A single use sterile needle is used to penetrate the skin and stimulates underlying trigger points, tendonitis, fibrotic tissues and connective tissue shortening. Needling reduces pain by relieving muscle tension.

TENS is a therapy which uses low electric voltage for pain relief.

Two pads are attached to the skin in the region of pain (usually placed across a spinal segment). The small electrical current passes along nerve fibres which scramble existing pain signals. This in turn stimulates the release of endorphins (painkillers) which are believed to block the perception of pain.

We have found that recovery from back and neck pain is radically improved when using TENS with a combination of other modalities. Our experienced therapists will gauge your treatment programme and adjust your treatment to facilitate a speedy return to normal life.

Portable TENS machines are on sale here.

Ultrasound has a strong evidence base that proves its therapeutic benefits and we use it for acute and chronic injury repair. Depending on the site and nature of the injury, a specific dose of ultrasound is administered to the injury.

A detailed description is here

We will be opeing a new Ultrasound department very soon.


The Body Control Pilates Method is based on the work of Joseph Pilates who began to develop his Method around the time of the First World War before opening a studio in New York. His studio soon attracted the city's elite with actors, dancers and athletes finding that his exercises complemented and enhanced their traditional programme and catered for their individual needs - building strength without adding bulk, balancing that strength with flexibility, and achieving the perfect harmony between mind and body.


What makes Pilates different?

"it is the mind itself which builds the body" - Joseph Pilates, from Schiller.

Pilates is a body-conditioning method that works in a different way to other fitness techniques. Targeting the deep postural muscles, it works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. It helps to reshape the body which will become longer, leaner and more toned. It will also improve posture, achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility, and is a great way to relieve unwanted stress and tension. Ideal for athletes looking to enhance their performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is equally suitable for first-time exercisers. Its slow, controlled approach means that it gives longer-term results - and it is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems.

Pilates offers both mental and physical training, literally teaching you to be in control of your body. By improving body awareness and focus, tension is released from the body and correct postural alignment is taught.


One is encouraged to breathe more efficiently by breathing laterally into the lower rib cage. The creation of a 'girdle of strength' is one of the primary aims of the Method and is achieved by strengthening the core postural muscles that stabilise the torso. By correcting imbalances, sound muscle recruitment patterns are encouraged and the body realigned. Precise, controlled, flowing movements mean that the muscle and ligament damage, sometimes associated with other fitness regimes, is avoided. Pilates, in fact, plays a key role in many injury rehabilitation programmes in dance, sport and general practice.

The core of the Method is 'awareness of your own body' and each exercise is built around its eight key principles:

  1. Relaxation
  2. Breathing
  3. Concentration
  4. Flowing Movements
  5. Alignment
  6. Co-ordination
  7. Centring
  8. Stamina

Pilates can be found in one-to-one private sessions, group matwork classes (typically 12 people as a maximum), by working on machines in Pilates studios, at home from books or videos or through specially designed home equipment.


Client assessment

Before joining a class, your Body Control Pilates Association teacher will ask you to complete an enrolment form giving details of any injuries or conditions. Where appropriate and with your permission, they will liaise with your practitioner.

Who was Pilates?

Joe Pilates
Joe Pilates seen here at the age of 67

Pilates was born near Düsseldorf, Germany in 1880. Very little is known about his early life, but according to various biographies, he appears to have been a frail child, suffering from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. His drive and determination to overcome these ailments led him to become a competent gymnast, diver and skier.

In 1912 Pilates lived in England working as a circus performer, boxer and self-defence instructor. During World War I, he was interned with other German nationals and it was during this time that he further developed his technique of physical fitness, designed for a confined space, by teaching his fellow internees. During the latter part of the War, he served as an orderly in a hospital on the Isle of Man where he began working patients who where unable to walk. It was here that the inspiration for his famous piece of equipment the Cadillac was born, as he attached springs to the hospital beds to help support the patients' limbs while working with them.

After the War, he returned to Germany where he trained the police in Hamburg and worked with others such as Rudolph von Laban, the innovative modern dance pioneer.

We use local approved (by us!) Personal Trainers to rehab our patients. After a period of treatment and recovery our patients wish to return to full functioning.

What we have actually found is that once they are introduced to a graduated strength and conditioning programme they are much stronger than before their injury. Added benefits of weight loss and healthier lifestyle commonly follow on from treatment at Derby Cottage Clinic.

Marcus Humphries - Personal Trainer

How can Therapy help?

During times of stress, we can all think differently about ourselves and what happens to us. Our thinking can become extreme and unhelpful, which can worsen how we feel. We may then behave in certain ways that can prolong our distress. We can become very critical of ourselves, we can look around at others close to us and misinterpret their behaviour or compare ourselves negatively, and we may even look at our future and be unable to factor in the possibility of things improving.

CBT practitioners help each person identify and change their extreme thinking and unhelpful behaviour. In doing this, the result is often a major improvement in how a person feels and lives.

Please see Richard Holborn's web site for full details

Areas of expertise:

In counselling you will be:

You will not be:

07703 529959

Please see Sarah Parkin's web site for full details

Shock wave, great for any chronic overuse injury.


Now available at Derby Cottage Clinic.

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle yet powerful hands-on therapy that supports the body's natural tendency to find health and optimum balance. It is based on a number of findings that were highlighted by osteopaths more than 100 years ago. These findings show that, in health, all living tissues express a subtle rhythmic motion which has been called 'Primary Respiration'. This motion is palpable to the hands of a trained therapist.

The full and balanced expression of Primary Respiration is fundamental to good health. However, factors such as accidents, injuries, stresses, toxicity or emotional problems may affect the expression of Primary Respiration in the body. When this subtle motion gets compromised it can lead to a wide range of health problems. In treatment, the therapist identifies any areas of stress or strain and encourages a restoration of subtle motion, resulting in a return to heath. Treatment may involve step-by-step process in which layers of stress or trauma are resolved, so allowing more of our natural health to shine through.

During a treatment session, usually you will lie fully clothed on a treatment table and experience the light touch of the therapists hands, you may feel a deep sense of relaxation and possibly become aware of heat, tingling, pulsations or other sensations. Treatments last up to 50 minutes. An initial consultation where your case history is taken may include a sensitive discussion about your condition and subsequent treatment approach


The XPT-11R T Shirt is designed to enhance posture by holding and carefully supporting the upper body. This enhances muscle memory while allowing correct function.

Advanced detailing built into the T shirt causes a push-pull technology promoting improvements in posture. The lightweight base layer material is ideal for wearing under everyday clothing and sports gear.

When used in conjunction with treatments and exercise advice the Body Partner T Shirt reduces fatigue and pain caused by forward head posture and slumping.

Our selection of back supports is chosen to suit a variety of body types. The supports are made from premium materials and offer great supporting properties

Typically, we use lumbar supports to protect injured tissues of the spine (facet joint pain, ligament and/or nerve compression). During the recovery phase this re-educates muscle memory and resets the brain to adopt a more natural position. Your practitioner will guide you in the use of a lumbar support, followed by a rehab programme which usually includes working on the core and movement.

We stock a range of knee supports and can also prescribe specialised precision units for more complex injuries. As with lumbar supports, our knee braces are used to protect injured structures while they recover on the move. Typical conditions that require a brace: MCL, ACL, PCL and LCL ligament trains, Subluxation and swelling, post operative recovery and pre operative protection.

Your practitioner will prescribe the most suitable brace for your injury status.

When used sensibly, and not over baked, a wheat pack provides a long lasting and relaxing method of soothing tired muscles. Heat increases elasticity and stimulates sensory receptors which partly block pain transmission to the brain. Typically used around the neck and shoulders at the day’s end.

Good for acute injury and soreness, cold packs work by reducing the temperature of the injured site. This slows metabolic processes and reduces oxygen consumption, causes vasoconstriction which slows the fluid flow to the area and reduces swelling. Nerves are desensitised and pain is reduced.

When applied to painful tissue, heat cream warms the affected area and helps to block the sensory receptors, reducing the brain's pain recognition.

Aloe Heat Cream

Biofreeze is one of the best cold gel or roll-on therapies available. It is essentially a natural product and has a pain reducing effect. We use it to relieve back and neck pain, overuse (RSI) symptoms, injuries and arthritic pain relief.


Full details here:

TENS is a therapy which uses low electric voltage for pain relief.

Two pads are attached to the skin in the region of pain (usually placed across a spinal segment). The small electrical current passes along nerve fibres which scramble existing pain signals. This in turn stimulates the release of endorphins, (the body’s natural painkillers), which are believed to block the perception of pain.

We have found that recovery from back and neck pain is radically improved when using TENS with a combination of other modalities. Our experienced therapists will gauge your treatment programme and adjust your treatment to facilitate a speedy return to normal life.

Portable TENS machines are on sale here.

Voltaren is a Diclofenac cream and is used topically to ease the pain of inflammation, typically of Osteoarthritis or injury. A topical cream(one that is applied to the skin), avoids the ingestion of oral anti-inflammatory drugs and so avoiding the potential of damaging stomach lining. Generally, the more superficial the joint is, the greater the effect a topical cream has, so it is most effective on knees and elbows.

Other ailments which can be helped with the use of a topical anti -nflammatory cream include Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints (medial shin pain syndrome) Tennis and Golf Elbow (medial and lateral epicondylitis) ITS Syndrome (combined with myofacial treatment).

"I'm very sceptical. This new 'K' tape, it's just a coloured lightweight tape that looks a bit trendy and can be seen on top tennis and football pros these days, isn't it????"

Actually, not at all. By 1988 the Japanese Olympic athletes had adopted Kinesiology tape and were already using it to achieve a quicker return to sport following injury. This thin and very flexible cotton based tape has properties similar to the connective tissues of the body and by gently lifting the skin allows:

Kinesiology tape is used as a standard part of our treatments and it is covered in the cost of your treatment.

K taping in patellar tendinitis rehab

K Tape

K Tape

For relief from pain caused by Arthritis. Flexicose ® is a certified organic liquid form of Glucosomine, Chrondotin and MSM and also contains vitamins A, C, E, Manganese and Niacin. It is reported to have a 95% absorbency rate compared to 30% when taken in pill form. Flexicose ® is also gluten, salt and starch free.


Zinc Tape
Zinc tape

Zinc Taping
Zinc taping

Zinc Oxide tape is a versatile cohesive tape. Commonly used to support joints, ligaments and tendons in rehab and protection after sprains and tears.  When applied correctly, this tape can totally isolate a join to allow mobility, much like a plaster cast but much thinner, so shoes and clothing can still be worn.

It can also be used to eliminate specific movements whilst allowing others. A good example is a sprained ankle; inversion can be blocked whilst allowing flexion and extension, so the patient can walk around without worrying about a repeat injury. In turn, strength and mobility are maintained.


Osteopathy Returning Patient New Patient
Principle Osteopath £45/£90 (1) £55 (2)
Associate Osteopath £45/£90 (1) £55 (2)
  1. 30mins/60mins
  2. 60mins
Physiotherapy Returning Patient New Patient
Associate Physiotherapist £45/£90 (1) £55 (2)
  1. 30mins/60mins
  2. 60mins
Sports Therapy Returning Patient New Patient
Associate Physiotherapist £45/£90 (1) £55 (2)
  1. 30mins/60mins
  2. 60mins
Remedial Sports Massage Returning Patient New Patient
Associate Masseur £34/£60 (1) £55 (2)
  1. 30mins/60mins
  2. 60mins
Orthotic Prescription Returning Patient
Bespoke (Everflex) £170
Off the shelf with consultation £70
Off the shelf without consultation £45
Ultrasound diagnostics with report £120

Contact Us

Derby Cottage Clinic
Fordham Road
Appointments: 01638 577121
Administration office: 01638 577111
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 8:30 to 18:30
Saturday 8:30 to 15:30
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