Welcome to the Derby Sports Injuries Clinic

Discover how you can recover from injuries faster, relieve your pain and aid your body’s recovery from injuries. We specialise in applying sports massage, facilitated stretching, harmonic articulation, inhibition, therapeutic ultra sound and long and short lever joint-release techniques to ease your aches and sprains, so that you can return to your normal life quickly.

Getting you back to your normal way of living is our goal. Whether you are an active sports person or a busy parent, we use powerful massage and physical therapy to recapture your health, sustain your strength and address your pain.

We offer you a central Derby location, with off-road car-parking, a fully-equiped clinic room and a professional service.


Registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and therefore entitled to practice as an osteopath in the UK, Alex aims to pin-point the reason for your body’s aches and pains. Once identified, he applies suitable treatment methods to assist muscle repair and the easing your symptoms. Treatment typically includes massage, stretching, mobilisations and HVLA thrusts.

Essential to your treatment is the recognition of the type of pain that you are experiencing as pain feels unique to all individuals. Each type of tissue exhibits its own distinctive type of discomfort, for example, irritated and compressed spinal nerve roots give sharp stabbing pain. Understanding your pain assists us in choosing an appropriate treatment method.


Alex originally qualified as a sports massage therapist by studying on the intensive seven day course with Proactive-Training. He is now one of a small group of osteopaths and physiotherapists who teach hands-on sports massage on Proactive-Training’s courses!

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Alex Spray

State Registered Osteopath in Derby

Alex Spray 7927

RYT 200 Hours Yoga Teacher

About Alex:


Before discovering the benefits of Osteopathy, he was a keen martial artist and was fascinated by the role that exercise and stretching played in injury prevention and rehabilitation. He trained as a Sports Injuries and Spinal Manipulation Therapist prior to the completion of the five-year degree in Osteopathy. Alex has practiced yoga for twelve years, and now practises Hatha Yoga daily. Alex is  a busy yoga teacher having trained with Bahia Yoga of Nottingham a registered yoga school RYT.

Satyam yoga studio, 24a Great Northern Road, DE1 1LR.

Alex teaches Hatha yoga three times per week, at Satyam Yoga Studio 24a Great Northern Road, DE1 1LR, twice per week Nuffield Health Gym and volunteers instruction at Women’s Work each Monday evening. Many types of yoga exist, Alex teaches Hatha yoga which emphasises the postures and the coordinated yoga breath.

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During his studies at the College of Osteopaths, Alex built up his own Derby Physical Therapy Practice that continues to grow, with a full-time dedicated city centre clinic. Alex uses active resisted muscle testing, bio-mechanical postural assessment, Orthopaedic provocation tests and gentle tissue palpation as his diagnostic screen. Alex works with patients from all backgrounds and addresses many different pain presentations although he has a particular interest in helping people with chronic pain.

All osteopaths must maintain their yearly registration which means recording all training and continuing professional development (CPD).

Alex is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the British Osteopathic Association.

How can Osteopathy help you?

Osteopathy uses hands-on treatments including: massage, mobilisation, stretching, soft tissue release and joint manipulations.

Massage is the manipulation of your body’s surface and deep layers of soft tissues. Effective massage treats firstly areas that are causing you discomfort and secondly supports your whole body. In this way massage can have different goals, for example enhancing circulation, reducing pain, relaxation or sports preparation.

Massage has powerful affects upon on all of your body’s tissues, but most important is the way massage enhances circulation and the movement of fluid in and around your bodily tissues.

Mobilisation is a movement ideally in a harmonic rocking motion where your body’s tissues and joints receive a very gentle rhythmic passive movement that can help elongate shortened tissues, encourage the imbibition of synovial fluid into joint and create a passive fluid pump. Mobilisations also have a moderating affect upon your body’s sympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic nerves gear your body up for fight or flight and prepare certain glands, organs and smooth muscles for this action. Mobilisations can reduce the firing of these nerves allowing the parasympathetic nerves to predominate. Parasympathetic nerves moderate the body’s rest and digest functions.

Soft Tissue Release (STR) The technique involves applying precise force during a specific stretch performed in multiple planes of movement. The aim is to appeal to the autonomic nervous system in a way that leads to spontaneous release of the injured muscle, thus regaining the original resting length of that muscle. The result: fast and permanent reorganization of scar tissue, the targeted muscle(s) return to the proper resting length, muscle imbalances are corrected, associated pain is decreased or eliminated altogether, and muscle performance is improved.

Contract Relax stretching activates the target muscle fibres when we ask you to contract the muscle, and then we ask you to relax and exhale. As you change from contracting to relaxing neurologically an opportunity occurs where passively the contracted muscle fibres can be drawn apart.

Joint Manipulations are particularly useful at neurologically relaxing joints that feel achy or in-bind. Your joint is placed in a position where it is nearly locked up, and a short thrust of energy placed through it. Often a popping or cracking can be heard. This technique activates a receptor in the muscle’s tendon which then creates a reflex arc to the spinal cord, and back down the motor nerve to re-set the muscle’s tone.