MSc. Physiotherapy | BA. (Hons.) Sport | PGc. MSK Physiotherapy | HCPC | MCSP
Richard has a true passion for sport and is highly involved in local sports clubs having played rugby at Stewart’s Melville FP RFC, as well as cricket and squash at Grange sports club. In addition to this, he is a keen runner and continues to explore Scotland by completing the numerous marathons and half marathons the country has to offer. He welcomes any recommendations so please let him know!
Clinics in the West End + Comely Bank
Richard established Edinburgh Sports + Spinal Physiotherapy within the West End of Edinburgh in 2015. Providing the local working and residential population with specialist advice and treatment for a number of musculoskeletal problems. We recently moved this premises to Earl Grey Street which offers an extensive strength and performance facility open to our patients. We also collaborate with G2G strength coaches to allow a smooth transition for our patients to go from injury, to rehabilitation and then to enhance their performance.
Richard has also been working alongside Malcolm Colquhoun at The Treatment Room for a number of years. In light of Malcolm’s retirement Richard has taken over ownership and is delighted to introduce Edinburgh Sports + Spinal Physiotherapy to Comely Bank. The Learmonth Grove clinic offers a multidisciplinary team providing physiotherapy, massage therapy , podiatry and nutritional therapy.
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During his early years as a physiotherapist Richard had the opportunity to gain invaluable experience at professional sports clubs including Rangers FC and Newcastle Falcons RFC. He currently works with Stewart’s Melville Rugby Club and its junior rugby Academy providing sports physiotherapy to the players involved. In addition, he completes occasional work with the Scottish Rugby Union and has completed the medical cardiac and pitch side skills course (SCRUMCAPS), endorsed by the faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.
Back + Neck Conditions
He became the lead physiotherapist at the prestigious Buckingham Clinic in Glasgow, where he specialised in spinal and disc conditions. Richard worked with a team of physiotherapists, osteopaths and sports therapists developing proficient skills in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of complex back and neck problems. In 2014 Richard was invited as a guest to speak at the IDD spinal decompression conference in London.
Temporomandibular (TMJ) Pain
Richard also provides specialist physiotherapy for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and became a guest practitioner at Edinburgh Dental Specialists on Rose Street. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Temporomandibular Disorder (ACPTMD) and provides specialist techniques which include: massage, joint manipulation and exercise to help reduce TMJ pain and restore function. Richard has also devleoped close links and receives referrals from TMD specialist Ziad Al-Ani who is based at the Sunrise Dental Clinic in Corstophine Edinburgh.
Richard completed his first masters degree at Northumbria University, and produced a research study into the provision of injury support in professional rugby union clubs.
He also recently finished his post graduate certificate specialising in neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University, and is looking forward to graduating with a second masters degree and full eligibility to the Manipulative Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in the next year.
In addition, having completed a sports science degree at Durham University, he has a keen interest in strength and conditioning, and the development of athletes of all ages. As well as being a pilates instructor, Richard is also a qualified sports massage therapist and also provides acupuncture and dry needling techniques.
BA (Hons.) Sport Science – Durham University
MSc. Physiotherapy – Northumbria University
PGc. Neuro Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy– Glasgow Caledonian University
Diploma Sports Massage Therapy – Level 4
MCSP – Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
HCPC – Member of the Health and Care Professions Council
Certificate in Acupuncture – ALIED
Level 3 APPI Pilates instructor
TRX Group & Personal Trainer
Scrum Caps Medical Care & Pitch Side Skills – Level 3 IRB pre-hospital immediate care course
Spinal Manual Therapy Certificate – Post Graduate manual therapy courses
I had an appointment with Richard and the advice he gave me was fantastic. He also showed me how to massage certain areas which has been very beneficial for my jaw pain. I would highly recommend this practice. Mary
As a dentist I frequently have sore shoulders and worry about my back. The treatment I have received from Richard at Edinburgh Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy has been excellent. Very thorough and comprehensive. I would definitely recommend this clinic and Richard.Anna
I sustained a football injury concerning my knee and underwent an operation but I had quite a bit of muscle wastage following the operation. Richard organised a bespoke regime to build up the strength in the muscles surrounding this. I am no longer having the troubles as I know have the stability in my knee which I was lacking previously. Great manner, would definitely recommend.Craig
Richard is a top physio and knows exactly what he is speaking about! He was specific with information and able to identify my injury and gave me rest time and appropriate recovery exercises to get me playing rugby again asap! Would highly recommend him to anyone having problems! Mark
Excellent treatment and advice from a knowledgeable and professional physiotherapist. Adept at answering questions and addressing any concerns I had. I felt very involved with my treatment as my goals were taken into account and treatment was tailored to these. Would recommend to anyone in need of an excellent physiotherapist. Angus
“I worked with Richard at Edinburgh Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy when I was recovery from an ACL reconstruction. His knowledge and understanding is excellent. We worked together to put a detailed return to running plan specific to the hamstring graft that was taken during surgery. I would definitely recommend this clinic and Richard”.
“I have used other NHS and private physio services as well as chiropractors in the past without success and so came to Richard. Richard is a Physio who listens and understands your situation. After an initial assessment he will then organise a detailed treatment plan. I would highly recommend anyone with back pain to see him”.
“Richard was very welcoming and provided an excellent service. After only 2 visits he had managed to eliminate all discomfort and pain in my neck. He explained what was going on and used different techniques to get speedy results. I would definitely recommend Richard to anyone and everyone who is looking for a physiotherapist in Edinburgh!”