About us

Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic is the flagship and founding clinic of the PhysioNeeds group which now consists of five practices across Nottinghamshire

Meet the team

Our clinic employs Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists with a wealth of knowledge and experience, all with a keen interest in wellbeing and the healing process.

Mrs. Helen Tomlinson MCSP

I am the founder of PhysioNeeds and after graduating from Nottingham University in 1979, with a MCSP Grad Dip in Physiotherapy, I specialised in spinal and sporting injuries.

Helen Tomlinson Physiotherapist

I have years of experience treating a wide variety of injuries and a wide range of patients including famous people like Stephie Graph, Stuart Pearce, Brian Ferry and Jane Torville. I opened my first private physiotherapy practice in 1982. Torville and Dean then opened the Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic in 1995. I am a family person and love my family with all my heart.

I have triplet boys called Mark, Peter and James and a daughter called Abigail. James and Abigail are now partners in PhysioNeeds. I love to horse ride in my spare time and take my springador called 'Willow' for a walk everyday. I also enjoy reading, listening to music as well as theatre and travel. I would say my specialty is backs and necks as I have graduated in osteopathic manipulative techniques. I also gain great satisfaction in seeing how core stability exercises/pilates help my patients and have established PhysioNeeds Equestrian which combines my interests and specialities. I believe that hands on physiotherapy is very important and I make sure all my staff are trained and deliver the best quality hands on treatment possible.

Brodie Howatson

I love all sports, but my number one sport is rugby. I have played locally since 2007 and previously for Saracens U20’s, Herts and Notts Counties and National 3 sides. Since becoming a father in 2016 and again in 2018 I have managed to continue playing albeit with slightly less energy.

Brodie Howatson Physiotherapist

I graduated from Nottingham University in 2007 in Physiotherapy (BSc Hons) and have since gained a Masters in Manual Therapy (MSc MMACP) in 2015 including an Advance Practice Module allowing me to deal with more complex cases.

I have practiced acupuncture since 2007 and I am AACP qualified. I am also able to perform shockwave therapy and have had great success with this. I have attended numerous training courses over the years ensuring my clinical knowledge is up to date and as informed as possible.

When it comes to physio, I specialise in differential diagnosis of complex cases and spinal rehabilitation and sports injuries. I used to work in community rehabilitation for the elderly specialising in mobility and have worked in hospital rotations as well as professional sport as a physio for West Ham United for both the senior and academy squads. I started in private practice in 2010 and have loved treating a wide spread of injuries over this time.

James Tomlinson

I have always known the value of physiotherapy, not only in the mechanical sense but also the psychological. Having studied Psychology to Degree level I understand the significant impact that reduced function and pain has on day to day lives and psychological wellbeing. This is why I feel good communication with patients is of vital importance. I feel my patient’s need to know what condition they have, why they have it, what they can do to prevent it and what I can do to help. It’s with this that body and mind can come together to achieve recovery.

James Tomlinson Physiotherapist

I have a strong emphasis on hands on techniques as I believe this is the best way to relieve secondary complications. At the same time, I will push my patients to self -manage and communicate clearly on their progression. This is the best way to derive a valid prognosis. I have always had a keen interest in complex musculoskeletal cases, I enjoy the problem-solving aspect and enjoy challenging myself and thinking laterally.

I enjoy new challenges and I’m always looking to improve existing treatment techniques or discovering new ones by going on regular courses. Since qualifying I am now fully trained in manipulation therapy, shockwave therapy and injection therapy. This allows me to treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. I have also developed injury risk screening software called the ‘Fit2go Body Screen’ which looks at your Health, Lifestyle and Body as a collective to truly reflect your wellbeing. My hope one day is to incorporate this screening as a standard service across the country as a means of education and injury prevention

In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, going swimming and running, but most of all I love playing the drums. I have been drumming since I was 15 years old and I’m now at Grade 8 level. I have a beautiful wife and little boy at home that greet me after a busy day at work. They make all my hard work worthwhile.

Abigail Tomlinson

I studied BSc Physiotherapy at Northumbria University and graduated with a First Class honours degree and I have worked in private practice ever since. I also work at the PhysioNeeds East Bridgford, which gives me a wide range of experience.

Abigail Tomlinson

My keen interest within physiotherapy is musculoskeletal and I enjoy treating people of all ages. I always like to focus on people's own goals whether that's returning to high level sport or simply being pain free doing the hoovering. I find my job very rewarding when I get patients back to the activities they enjoy and getting them better!

I have undertaken many postgraduate training courses to enable me to continually develop my manual skills. I am a fully qualified Sports Massage Therapist (ITEC) and I treated runners at the Great North Run for the NSPCC for 3 years when I was living and training in Newcastle. I am trained in Acupuncture which can have amazing results and it's always fascinating me. I also have a keen interest in Pilates, having undertaken APPI Pilates training to Intermediate Level and I run Pilates Classes at the Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic.

I enjoy riding and I represented England in 2006-2008, competing in Ireland for the British Young Riders dressage squad on my pony Billy. After university, and a spot of travelling, I have returned to competing but I now do British Eventing on my horse Hugo. With my knowledge of equestrianism I am part of PhysioNeeds Equestrian which looks at a riders posture/position and how this may be effecting your riding or your horses way of going. Please see the section on PhysioNeeds Equestrian for more information.

Ellie Howatson

I enjoy playing for my local hockey club in the midlands league and previously County. I am a member of Holme Pierrepoint Running club and enjoy social and competitive running anything from 5K to Half Marathon distances. I also play golf socially but have previously played at a county level.

Ellie Howatson Physiotherapist

My interest in physio lies within musculoskeletal with a particular interest in the rehabilitation of sports injuries back to a competitive level.

I graduated from Nottingham University with a Bsc in Physiotherapy in 2007 and shortly after I volunteered in Ugandan hospital shortly after graduation and then took a break from physiotherapy to undertake a post-graduate study in Human Resource Management and gain experience of managing a business.

Katie Gregory

I absolutely love what I do and I am very proud to be a physiotherapist! I love the problem-solving behind getting to the cause of the problem and the satisfaction of helping my patients get better and stay better.

Katie Gregory Physiotherapist

I am definitely a strong believer in a combined approach of both hands-on therapy and a progressive exercise/self-management programme to help reduce pain, restore movement, facilitate return to pre-injury activities and help prevent reoccurrence in the future. I always consider the expectations of my patients as a priority because for me rehabilitation is most effective when we work together towards a common goal; whether that is being pain free while doing the housework or gardening, getting back to your after work run, back to smashing your personal best at bench press in the gym or even just back to sleeping the whole night without waking due to pain.

In my spare time I am a huge fitness fan, I previously played a lot of team sports- netball being one of my favourites and competed in track events- sprints and long jump. Now my second home is the gym where I have found a new love for weight training- don't be fooled by small frame, my squat personal record is 115kg!

Nicole Butterfield

I have had an immense interest in sport for as long as I can remember. I achieved my 1st Dan black belt when I was 14 years old and competed in World Championships in Australia. I have also played football at county level, and continued playing football and Futsal throughout University for the women’s 1st team, in which my team achieved many successes.

Nicole Butterfield Physiotherapist

My passion for sport is what inspired my career choice. I studied Sports Rehabilitation and Exercise Science BSc Hons at the University of Nottingham and graduated with a 2:1. I also work for Nottingham Forest FC as a Sports Rehabilitator for the academy teams. My main interest are lower limb injuries, including hip, knee and ankle.

Through my academic career and post-graduate experience, I have learnt a vast range of treatment methods including soft tissue massage, kinesiology and sports taping, and neck and back spinal mobilisations. I am also first aid qualified after completing my Immediate Care in Sport (ICIS) Level 2 last year.


I graduated from the University of Sydney in 2015 with a Master of Physiotherapy degree, following a Bachelor of Health Science. I have had a keen interest working with athletes since graduating, in particular I gained experience working with a professional rugby league team in Sydney prior to relocating to Nottingham in 2020.

Anneliese Physiotherapist

To further develop my knowledge and skills in sports physiotherapy I have recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. I have been fortunate to commence further studies here in the UK and am working towards completing my Master of Specialist Physiotherapy Practice at Sheffield Hallam University.

I enjoy working with people to achieve their goals, and strongly believe in equipping people with the knowledge and skills to overcome or prevent injury.

I have over 6 years’ experience teaching mat-work Pilates, and my clients have included elite athletes, pre and post-natal women, or members of the community wanting to get move their bodies and get stronger!

My other great passion is travelling and now that I am living in the UK, I look forward to doing a bit more of visiting, eating and drinking my way through Europe!

Niall Stevens

Since achieving a first class honours both in an MSc Physiotherapy and BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy Degree, I have worked within senior professional football clubs at Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. Working within an elite environment has greatly enhanced my knowledge of sports injuries. The experience I have gained in injury rehabilitation and prevention has helped me to improve people's day to day life and performance.

Niall Stevens Physiotherapist

I am passionate about my career and find it very rewarding being able to help people achieve their goals. Being able to see the joy of a person’s face when they return to what they enjoy doing is one of my many motivating factors. To facilitate this, I believe that effective communication is key and therefore I will listen to you attentively so that I understand your needs. Appreciating that health is multifactorial, my aim is to not only help people regain their physical qualities but also improve their holistic health. Whether you require rehabilitation or advice on injury prevention, together we can work towards your goals so that you can continue to live a fulfilled life.

I am always keen to develop my own practice and have completed several courses to enrich my manual therapy, exercise prescription and electrotherapy skills. As a qualified pilates instructor I have been able to implement core stability, strengthening and postural techniques for all demographics as I believe it is fundamental to musculoskeletal health.

In my own time I enjoy going to the gym, walking in nature and socialising with friends and family. During this summer I will be completing the national three peaks challenge - here’s hoping the weather is kind to me!

In Pain?

Don't sit and suffer - give us a call on 0115 960 9553. Your call will be treated in confidence and we might even be able to fit you in today. Alternatively use our contact form.

Physiotherapy in Nottingham

Our Dedicated Clinics

PhysioNeeds Nottingham

PhysioNeeds Nottingham

Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic
736 Mansfield Road
Nottingham NG5 3FW


PhysioNeeds East Bridgford

PhysioNeeds East Bridgford

PhysioNeeds East Bridgford
1 Main Street
East Bridgford
Nottinghamshire NG13 8PA


PhysioNeeds Cotgrave

PhysioNeeds Cotgrave

PhysioNeeds Cotgrave
Suite H, Cotgrave Business Hub
Candleby Lane, Cotgrave
Nottingham NG12 3JQ


PhysioNeeds East Leake

PhysioNeeds East Leake

PhysioNeeds East Leake
71 Main Street
East Leake
Leicestershire LE12 6PF


Our dedicated and self-contained clinics are fully equipped and staffed with a highly experienced physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation team.

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Dear Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic patients

We hope you are all keeping safe and you and your families are managing okay in these very unprecedented times.

Our clinic is open for Face to Face treatment! We assure you that we have put enhanced measures in place to ensure the protection of both you the patient, our staff and the wider public. A full risk assessment of the working environment has been undertaken. We are following Public Health England COVID-19 infection prevention and control guidelines.

We are asking patients to wear a face mask at all times when inside the clinic.

Please see our PDF attached outlining our SCREENING-CLEANING-PROTECTING protocols

COVID-19 SCREENING QUESTIONS: When booking a Face to Face appointment you will be asked to confirm that you or any member of your household IS NOT presenting, or HAS NOT presented with the following symptoms in the last 14 days:

If you answer YES to any of the above then you will not be able to be seen Face-to-Face but we can still discuss and treat your injury via Telephone/Video Consultations. We can also offer Telephone/Video Consultations for those patients who are still shielding.

We have also been posting lots of videos on our Facebook page and YouTube channel (PhysioNeeds) so do check those out to try and stay as active as possible. We have also been putting top tips on our Facebook page to help with prevention/management of injuries. If you have any questions, please do contact the clinic.

Stay safe everyone!

From all the team at PhysioNeeds

Screening, Cleaning, Protecting