How can I relieve neck pain? The first thing to understand is how this happened, neck pain can be caused by other conditions such as muscle weakness in the shoulders, perhaps lifestyles such as workplace seating or even sports. Take a moment to consider what could be causing yours. While doing this, think about the type of pain you have. Is it a strain or a trapped nerve?

What does a trapped nerve in neck feel like?

neck pain

A trapped never typically feels more painful in certain positions, and the pain again can be shooting, described as electric or pulsing. A trapped nerve can throb and jolt when you are moving. A strain usually feels more like a burn or a tear; these sensations can be confusing, so please do not worry if you struggle to distinguish between the two - Our team can help you understand this better and decide the best ways to help you.

How long does neck strain take to heal?

A strain can take between 24-hours and a week to recover. If you are concerned Nicky Snazell can help you with pain relief, it is still worth considering what caused this. The underlying source is always the best way to provide you with long-term pain relief, and maintenance can reduce reoccurrence. 

What is the fastest way to fix a stiff neck?

If you are not ready to consider treatment, we recommend gentle stretches and a gentle massage in-between cooling and warming treatments like an ice-pack and a hot water bottle/wheat/rice bag. Be careful when doing this yourself. If you are unsure how to manage this effectively, contact us.  

Which massage is best for neck pain?

This depends on how you got the neck pain; if it was doing sports, then as you might expect, sports massage could be the proper treatment. Typically, massage is the right treatment for neck pain; manipulating the soft tissue can relax the problem and promote blood flow and healing. 

Where can you go for help with neck pain?

Nicky Snazell pain relief clinic in Stafford can help with neck pain. Please view this page for more information on neck pain, or contact us. Our experienced team of physiotherapists will help you navigate your pain and provide the most effective advice to help you long term. 


Like a traditional massage, sports massage more intensely manipulates the soft tissues and tendons. In addition, the masseuse uses more strength to purge the muscles, which helps to loosen and condition the essential structural integrity. As a result, you are less likely to become injured during sports or physical activity.  

Sports massage also helps to promote blood flow, which can aid healing and recovery after intensive exercise, which is why you will often find sports massage administered before and after races at running clubs.  

What are the common areas for sports massage? 

  • Typical sports massages include legs used by runners, athletes, hockey, cricket, and rugby players.
  • As well as the common sports previously mentioned, Netball and Tennis are also popular with shoulder and lower back sports massage therapies. 
  • The lower back is also a widespread complaint from horse riders, and we have seen jockeys from all over the world. 

What is a sports massage therapist?

A sports massage therapist administers the massage, 'a masseuse', and is often referred to as a therapist as this serves a purpose and not just for pleasure. Sports massage has more medical benefits than other massages which are for relaxation and wellbeing.

What is a sports massage like?

A sports massage is slightly more aggressive than a typical massage, so it can be somewhat uncomfortable initially; however, your therapist will discuss this with you throughout so that it is tolerable. The fact it is more aggressive should not put you off because the effectiveness of the sports massage is driven by the pressure placed on the soft tissues.  

There are many reasons that sports massage is so good for you and keeps you injury-free. This article covers some of the reasons sports massage is good for you. 

What is sports massage good for?

  • It is good for legs, shoulders, lower back, knees, calves, and neck. 
  • It is good for keeping your joints stable and loose, reducing the risk of sports injuries.
  • It is ideal for those who are physically active, runners and hikers. 
  • It is good for people who have previous injuries to stave off issues resurfacing. 

How can Nicky Snazell Pain Relief Clinic help?

Pain relief clinic is here to help; you will see one of our very experienced team. From there, we will discuss your specific needs and then complete your wellness programme. Nicky and the Pain Relief Clinic look forward to welcoming you aboard. If you are a first-time client, then please use the contact form; if you are an existing patient, you can use the online booking form. 

Rotator Cuff Physiotherapy

Many have heard of the rotator cuff in the shoulder and, not surprisingly, believe it to be a single part of the shoulder. The rotator cuff is, in fact, a group of four muscles that work together to provide dynamic stability of the shoulder joint, helping to control the joint during rotation:

  • Supraspinatus
  • Infraspinatus
  • Subscapularis
  • Teres Minor

The Supraspinatus is a small muscle which you can feel above the bony ridge on the back of your shoulder blade (scapula). It attaches to the top of the arm bone (humerus), just below the shoulder joint. The task of this muscle is to move the arm sideways away from the body for the first 15 degrees. After that other muscles take over most of the load, it is an area of the should that can be torn and is popular for 'Rotator Cuff Physiotherapy'

The Infraspinatus is a thick triangular muscle, which occupies the main part of the sculptured dent in the back of the shoulder blade, below the bony ridge. As one of the four muscles of the rotator cuff, the main function of the infraspinatus is to turn the arm out as in the backhand in tennis and stabilise the shoulder joint.

The Subscapularis is a large triangular muscle at the front of the shoulder blade, between the shoulder blade and the rib cage. It attaches to the top of the arm bone (humerus) and into the front of the shoulder capsule. Its role is to turn the arm in.

The Teres Minor muscle sits below the Infraspinatus. It is quite a small rounded muscle and its primary task is to stop the arm moving up when it is moved out sideways (abducted). It also helps the Infraspinatus turn the arm out.


Rotator cuff tendinitis describes the inflammatory response of one or more of the four rotator cuff tendons, due to impingement or overuse, and leading to more and more micro-trauma that can then lead to a tendon rupture and will require Rotator Cuff Physiotherapy.

The inflamed thickening of the tendons often causes the rotator cuff tendons to become trapped under the acromion (the bony projection of the shoulder blade over the shoulder joint) – like a carpet stuck under a door – causing sub-acromial impingement. Failure to heal then leads to further damage. Early treatment of tendinitis, therefore, is necessary in order to prevent the development of more chronic and serious conditions.
Treatment can include: first and foremost scapula re-education exercises, postural exercises to lessen the impingement, gentle shoulder mobilisations and massage, aided by local electrotherapies, such as laser, pulsed shortwave, shockwave and deep oscillation. Specific rehab exercises can help guide you back to full fitness.

happy holidays

2021 was so much better than 2020 and it will soon be over. For most of us it was a year in which much of the stress of 2020 had ebbed away and we could all be more confident to get out and enjoy life more.

With Christmas rapidly approaching, the holidays are going to give us a chance to relax, unwind and think of a brighter future. When we go out now, we already see more smiling faces and more people happy to say hello again and it’s only going to get better.

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This Christmas holiday take the time to think of a brighter, sunnier future and as the saying ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ goes, reflect upon what we need to learn and change as we approach the exit of the pandemic tunnel.

And even massive changes can happen fast. Do you remember last year seeing the rapid and significant improvements in the air and rivers that took just a few weeks to occur? What a wonderful thing to see.  A lesson learnt. You can achieve almost anything if you put your mind to it. So think big, don’t limit your imagination. And make sure you are as healthy and able as you can be. Don’t let your own body hold you back!

If you are in pain, we can help.

Christmas Opening Hours

This year we will be closing on Christmas eve and then reopening on Tuesday 4th January.  Make sure you don’t leave it too late to book any treatment needed before Christmas. It’s only 4 weeks away!


Get the treatment you need.

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Erica, Jean and Charlotte will be happy to help


Physiotherapy Treatment For Vertigo Caused By BPPV

Vertigo is a problem that affects around half the population at some point in their lives and is more common as we get older. Fortunately, the symptoms usually only last for a few seconds to a minute or so, but the symptoms are very unpleasant including:
• Nausea and vomiting
• Dizziness
• Fainting
• A sense of rotating
• Inability to stand or walk

What Causes Vertigo

It is widely accepted as the most common cause of vertigo is BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) and this is linked to the 3 semi-circular canals in the inner ear. The role of these canals is to sense the position of the head in the 3 axes of up /down, right / left, forward/ backwards. If any incorrect signals occur, the brain doesn’t know where your head is and gets confused.

Faulty signals are caused by very small chalk crystals becoming loose and getting into the semi-circular canals. These loose crystals then move in the canals, stimulating faulty signals.

The types of movement which most frequently initiate a vertigo attack are rolling over in bed, getting out of bed, sitting up after lying flat or looking up or down.

Vertigo Treatment

Left untreated, vertigo will usually resolve itself but may take several months. Fortunately, treatment is fairly simple and painless and typically no more than 3 specialised Physiotherapy treatments are needed over a couple of weeks.

David Paling, a senior physiotherapist and our clinical lead can diagnose and treat BPPV.

If you or someone you know is suffering from vertigo, then physiotherapy treatment with us should seriously be considered.

Call the clinic now on 01889 881488 and ask for an assessment with David.

You can now book your next appointments online via our website

You will see an orange box at the top left of each page. Click on that and it will take you to the launch page.

Online booking is only suitable for existing clients:

  1. You are an existing client AND
  2. You are being treated for an existing episode SO
  3. You know which therapist to book

New clients and existing clients with a new problem should either fill in a webform or preferably call the clinic on 01889 881488.

Existing clients with a current treatment episode can click the link to take them to online booking.  You will need to enter your first name, surname, date of birth, email and mobile number.  Please make sure you enter your name as you provided to us when we first registered you or we will not be able to identify you on our system (Your browser should save the above details except your date of birth)

Then choose:

  1. the type of appointment
  2. the practitioner (even if there is only 1 option, you still have to choose)
  3. the time of day you would like an appointment
  4. the date that best suits you
  5. the time that best suits you (even if there is only 1 option, you still have to choose)

You will then get a confirmation screen to check all the details and click the Opayo (formerly Sagepay) button to enter payment details below.

Opayo will require your first name, surname and address. (apologies for some repetition here. We are waiting for our management software developers to update their software)

Please note that your appointment booking will not complete until payment is made.

At Nicky Snazell’s Wellness & Physiotherapy Clinic, we get to treat quite a lot of sports injuries and by far the number one sport for injuries we see is for horse riding, perhaps not surprising given how popular this pastime is in the area

horse riding

A recent large scale study in the USA supported our observations, while focussing on the previously unrecognised scale of the problem and its potentially high rehabilitation costs.

The 10 year study of nearly 25,000 patients who had suffered horse riding injuries, uncovered some concerning facts about the level of injury and although not yet determined, it suggested the real cost of rehab could be high.

To put into perspective, the risk of hospital admission was higher than football, car racing, motorbike racing and skiing.

The most common sites of injury were:

Most injuries were classified as either mild, which was 33%, or moderate at 43.5%, but of these 88% required hospital admission for an average of 4.5 days, 28% needed intensive care and 10% required surgery. Fortunately, most (57%) were discharged from hospital and required no ongoing rehab but 7% had to transferred to a rehab centre for ongoing care.

The death rate was 1.3%, of which by far the majority at 75%, were due to head or neck injuries.

Surprisingly a large fraction of the riders involved in injury were not wearing helmets at the time of their accident.  This emphasises the need for awareness of the importance of wearing adequate protective clothing, in particular wearing a helmet to protect against head injury and death.


For those who would like to read the full paper: Hearing Hoofbeats?  Think head and neck trauma: a 10 year NTDB analysis of equestrian related trauma in the USA, visit

You have first hand experience and knowledge of what it’s like on the receiving end of treatment at our clinic and we hope that it was a very positive experience that improved your pain and quality of life.

Your Knowledge Could Transform Someone Else’s Life For The Better


That knowledge is precious and for others could mean the difference between ongoing and unnecessary suffering or living a much better life. The fact is there are thousands of people out there who might never have even considered private healthcare, simply because they don’t know what private practices can provide. But even if they do know, they have the almost impossible task of working out who the good, bad and ugly are. No wonder then, that many will do nothing, rather than make a bad decision.  And go on needlessly suffering, day in, day out.

The chances are you personally have friends or family who are suffering right now and YOU can help them. All gifts are nice to get, but what better gift is there than getting out of pain and being more confident to enjoy your life. You can provide this gift.

Read On To Find Out How Much We Value Your Efforts

We want to make sure we make the very best use of the resources we have. That way we can meaningfully help as many people as possible and make a real difference to their lives. Thus, we would prefer those you refer to us to be of a mindset that they really want to get better and have realistic expectations of how much treatment might be needed.   Your help in this will be much appreciated.

We don’t underestimate the effort and responsibility you are taking on to refer somebody to us. After all, you are putting your trust in us that we will look after whoever you refer and give them the best treatment possible.

As a very big thankyou to you for doing this, your next 30 minute treatment will be FREE. Not only that, there is no limit on this, we will give you a free 30 minute treatment for every referral you make.

It Gets Better Yet

We will run a referral competition every 3 months and the person who refers the most in that period will win 3 extra free treatments

knock out

Why Stop There?

We will run an ongoing Champion Referrer Log. What that means is that if you were to land a knock out punch to the existing top referrer, you would become the new champion and  although we haven’t got around to making cups or belts yet, you will win 10 free treatments.


Make no mistake, we are being serious about properly rewarding you for referring dedicated clients to us. But without doubt, there is a much more valuable gift you can give, over and over, and that is a better quality of life to those around you.


Don’t Forget You

Helping others is a wonderful thing to do but don’t forget yourself in all this. If you are in pain, then call us, we can help.


Call NOW 01889 881488. Erica, Jean and Charlotte will be happy to help

You Spoke


Recently we asked for feedback on your thoughts on our clinic and most importantly, how you would like us to improve. I’m really pleased to say that we had some great responses which have given us plenty to think about. We have given all who responded a free massage and of course we held a draw as promised and the winner now has £250 credit in his account. A big thank you to all who took the time to help us.

We Listened

Of course, there were a number of issues raised and we listened. We have already started an action plan to deal with the ideas and concerns raised in order of frequency raised.  The number one issue by far was a request for more information. Overwhelmingly, you wanted to see more use of social media, specifically Instagram and Facebook.

You Want More Information & More Social Media

I’m delighted to tell you we already have a new capability up and running and from now on you are going to see a lot more presence on both Instagram and Facebook.  Nicky has already created over 50 video’s which will over time be recut and added to these social media platforms. Not only that, Nicky has recently been on USA radio again, being asked for her expert opinion on alternatives to opiates for treating chronic pain. This also provides more content.

You requested more information before your first visit, what to expect when you arrive, more information on what we treat and how we treat and also on the capabilities of the therapists so you understand better who you should see for a particular problem.  All of this will gradually be added and one by one we will provide you with the information you requested.

Please Share

We are passionate about preventative health and about the unquestionable merits of face to face, hands on treatment. Sadly, these are services which seem to be disappearing. Could you help spread the message by sharing our posts with your circle of friends. One day, one of those friends may be desperate for real, preventative health care.

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This may be difficult to grasp at first, but if you were to be able to look inside your body, down to the tiniest detail, you would see you are a community of cells, trillions of cells.

Development of humans started from a single cell structure. For growth, the only opportunity was to get bigger, but just like a balloon, the cell could only get so big before the cell membrane would rupture. The only other option to grow was to start working together in communities.

All cells have the basic functional capability that we as humans have. They can process food for energy, dispose of waste, detect energy signals etc. They could also get eaten by predators, so survival required working together as a community. As these communities grew, it was clear that it made sense for one cell to specialise in one area and another cell to specialise in another. Thus, some cells specialised in excretion, others fighting infection, energy absorption, or movement.

We do the exactly the same in our human communities, some working in food production, some in health, some in transport, some in communication, some in energy production. The list goes on.

In your body, you can think in terms of speciality cells for muscles, bones, nerves and so on.

cell structure

Cells, just like humans, can get unhealthy and die. To protect the community as a whole and to avoid one unhealthy cell taking down the whole community, cells developed a suicide capability. Every day, millions of your cells die and are replaced by new healthy ones.

All cells require energy to exist and this energy is produced in what can be considered the cells engine, called the mitochondria. The main task of the mitochondria is to convert glucose into energy. It is also the mitochondria which is equipped with the suicide capability, to destroy the cell if it gets diseased or malignant.

Some diseases, like cancer, have worked out a way around the self destruct. But that’s a whole subject on it’s own and there is a lot of well qualified material available to read on the internet.

What all this tells us is that our cells have worked out a complex and healthy way of surviving as communities and that you have the ultimate responsibility to make sure you play your part to keep those cells as healthy as possible. A good starting point is to eat healthy food and avoid unhealthy food. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to realise that the latter is going to give all your cells a hard time. Do that for long enough and common sense will tell you there will be problems.

At Nicky Snazell Clinic we have a simple, easily understandable wellness program, taken from Nicky’s published book ‘The 4 Keys To Health’. If you need help to make sure you do the right things to keep your cells healthy, then call us. We can help.

Call Now 01889 881488. Erica & Jean will be happy to help