Nikola Thomson B.Ed Hons PE, ISRM, CNHC
Nikola uses a combination of remedial massage, myofascial release and postural assessment to attempt to treat injuries at their source, not just the symptoms.
Pain can be relentless and debilitating and commonly stems from a combination of lack of mobility, stiffness, injury, tiredness and emotional upset.
People often experience intermittent pain for many months or years which, despite treatment and specialist assessments, no cause or diagnosis are found. Skilled soft tissue therapists use a unique hands on approach to feel what is going on in your body and identify tight and tender areas that do not always show up on X ray, MRI or other scans.
Using specific Myofascial Release (MFR) techniques, treatment can release stiffness and restore the body's balance and function, allowing the exhausted overworked tissue creating the pain to relax and repair naturally. This is done when a gentle, sustained pressure is applied to the fascial system with Myofascial Release techniques allowing the body to unwind and the fascial system to release.
Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue to produce therapeutic or remedial effects. Therapeutic massage is slow and rhythmic, using a steady even pressure and is used for relaxation and well-being.
Remedial massage involves deep tissue work, stretching and passive mobilisation of joints to give more movement and assist with the healing of strains and injuries.
Nikola graduated with an Honours Degree in P.E. in 1990. She started studying massage in 1994 and in 1999 completed a 2-year Advanced Remedial Massage course, gaining SQA recognition and a Diploma with the Scottish School of Professional Massage. She is a member of the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage (ISRM) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). She also practices Integrated Myofascial Techniques.
Nikola spent 3 years working with Strathendrick Rugby Club, seeing them promoted from Glasgow Division to National Division 4 and for the last 6 years has been involved with the West of Scotland mini and midi rugby teams.
She has now worked with the staff at The High School of Glasgow for 11 years, as well as running a very successful private practice.
Nikola has a well-founded knowledge of both human anatomy and body mechanics, and as an F.P. she is also able to understand the psychological pressures involved in competitive sport and high academic attainment.
Treatment takes place in the Medical room of the Jimmie Ireland Stand, on Wednesdays during term time.
Pupils may come in their free periods, during lunch or break times.
Treatment sessions last ½ an hour at a cost of £30.
Nikola Thomson can be contacted on 07793542854, or call Jane Sim (School Nurse) for an appointment.
Sports Injury, Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Clinic
Brenda Crawford BSc, MSc, MCSP, Chartered Physiotherapist.
Brenda can provide expertise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and sports injury rehabilitation. The combination of 15 years working in NHS outpatients, her own private sports injury clinic at Esporta, West of Scotland Rugby club and with Scottish Rugby Union physiotherapists during the attainment of her recent Strength and Conditioning Masters (Edinburgh University), ensures that your child will receive highly effective, evidence based treatment.
Benefits of attending the clinic:
As a parent of two girls at the High School, Brenda understands the desire of the children to participate fully in all activities. Injury can curtail them reaching their full potential.
Prompt intervention is key.
How to make an appointment
Monday and Thursday, 8-5pm.