B-Active Clinic

Welcome to Bactive Clinic

Sports injury rehabilitation specialists

Based in Cwmbran, South Wales, Bactive Clinic offers Sport Injury Rehabilitation, Sport Massage Therapies and Preventive Treatments to amateur and professional athletes alike.

Sports Injury Therapy 

The clinic aims to provide the highest standards of client care in a friendly and professional environment.

We take great care to establish each patient's individual needs are met in order to treat you accordingly and promote a fast recovery.

In addition to Sports injuries we also offer the same high standard therapies and massage treatments to non sports clients.

Sports Massage and Therapy 

Our Clients

  • Current Great Britain Track and Field Athletes
  • Current Welsh Track and Field Athletes
  • Iswlyn Running Club
  • Cricketers from Glamorgan County Cricket Club
  • Current Welsh Rugby Union International
  • Many local Rugby and Football Clubs Newport Speedway
  • Great Britain Triathletes
  • Pontypool Dolphins Swimming Club
  • Borough of Torfaen Swimming Squad
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Injuries and Treatments

Sports injuries need to be diagnosed and treated effectively without undue delay and ideally within 24 hours. Initial treatment usually includes rest, ice applications and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. Your initial appointment will involve an assessment and diagnosis with the treatment and home care advice.

Treatment Room

Common Injuries that we treat include:

  • Stress and tension of everyday life 
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain 
  • Arthritic pain 
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) 
  • Sciatic nerve pain

Common Sports injuries that we treat include:

  • Hamstring tears 
  • Quadriceps pulls
  • Knee pain
  • Ankle pain 
  • Shin splints
  • Calf Injuries
  • Golfers & Tennis Elbow
  • Impact injuries to the shoulder
  • Groin strain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Back/Neck Strains 
  • Triceps/biceps pulls

Identifying Injuries

Bruising, swelling and redness are all signs of injuries. The area may also feel tender to touch. Injuries come in many forms but the two most common are sprains and strains.

Treatment methods

  • Hands on therapy (massage mobilisation)
  • Electrotherapy (ultrasound interferential)
  • Exercise therapy (including personal home exercise) programmes relative to your activities.
  • Rehabilitation/Gym Work
  • Specific sports stretching.


Read on: - Sports Massage

Sports Massage

What is sports massage?

Sports Massage is the term applied to the use of massage for the specific benefit of participating in sports or exercise. It covers the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissues of the body eg muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Massage Room

Sports massage should be tailored to each individual's needs to positively enhance ones ability to perform. Sports massage is also recognized as being one of the most effective treatment for an injury.

Benefits of sports massage

There are numerous benefits attached to a Sports / Deep Tissue Massage: 

  • Improves lymph and blood circulation thereby improving bone nutrition and repairs 
  • Aids joint mobility 
  • Helps posture 
  • Mechanically stretches muscles, tendons and ligaments which can not be achieved through active stretching alone 
  • Encourages better flexibility
  • Discourages the formation of scar tissue 
  • Encourages relaxation allowing the body to function more efficiently 
  • Helps remove metabolic waste from the body 
  • Increases muscle tone

Sports massage can be beneficial at various stages of participation. For example:

  • The conditioning/training phase 
  • Pre competition 
  • Inter competition 
  • Post competition 
  • Post travel 
  • Injury prevention 
  • Injury recovery

Regardless of whether you exercise or play sport to keep fit, or compete from club to international level, then sports massage may be of benefit to you.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a technique of massage that focuses on the deeper layer of muscle tissue in your body. It aims to release the chronic patterns of physical and emotional tension that may have been stored for many years and restore correct structural alignment and balance. Deep tissue tension inhibits your postural ease and movement and may be the result of injury, continued bad-posture, or stress.

This therapy can be used for a full body session, or for muscle-specific work.

When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A Deep Tissue Massage will help to loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from the muscles, and get blood and oxygen circulating. A Deep Tissue Massage helps to break up scar tissue, adhesions and loosens connective tissue.

During a Deep Tissue Massage it is not uncommon to experience a mild and transitory discomfort as the deeper layers of tissue are worked and your long stored tension is released. There may also be a slight soreness, like after a good exercise workout, which is normal. Soon after though, when better than ever.

The aim of each treatment is to:

  • Reduce pain to the injured area
  • Reduce swelling to the injured area
  • Restore range of movement of joints and soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves)
  • Rehabilitate to full function
  • Promote a feaster recovery from training and injury

Preventative Massage

Anybody competing in top-level sport constantly puts his or her body under stress, both in training to achieve peak performance and during competition.

Preventative massage will: 

  • Aid recovery between training sessions 
  • Monitor the stresses which may be building up in the body, therefore warning against potential injury

Opening Times

The clinic is open at the following times.

Monday 8:30 - 6:00 
Tuesday 8:30 - 6:00 
Wednesday 8:30 - 6:00 
Thursday 8:30 - 6:00 
Friday 8:30 - 6:00 
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Price Guide

Please find below a listing our current Treatment prices:

Current Treatments and Pricings (accurate to 1st January 2014)

Treatment Price Duration
Initial Assessment and Treatment £25 up to 1Hour
Follow-up Treatment £40 1 Hour
Follow-up Treatment £30 45 Min
Follow-up Treatment £20 30 Min
**Payment accepted by Cash or Cheque please.**
**We DO NOT accept card payments.**

How to Find us

B Active Clinic
Turnpike Road
NP44 2AG


Steve Davies, 23, International 1500m runner said:
"I have my weekly sports massage with Andrew at B Active as it helps reduce the risk of injury and aids my recovery from hard training sessions".

Alastair Dickson, from Bristol said:
"I visited B Active with a frozen shoulder after being recommended by a friend. I had tried three other physiotherapists who had failed in their attempts to improve my injury. I am very grateful to Andrew for his expertise in restoring me back to full fitness".

Annaliese Heard, 25, International Triathlete said:
"I have experienced sports massage all over the world but rate the therapists at B Active as being right up there with the best that I have received".

Judith Edwards, 57, from Newport said:
"I would definitely recommend B Active to anyone who is need of treatment. I used the clinic as part of my rehabilitation from having a new knee and was very happy with the treatment I received".

David Harrison, 26, Professional Cricketer said:
"I have been a regular at B Active for the past 7 or 8 years now. As a professional cricketer I regularly suffer minor injuries and niggles and I find the deep tissue massage very effective".

Nicola Rocke, 31 from Cardiff said:
"I first went to B Active with a neck injury caused by RSI. Before my treatment I was unable to move my neck and was in a great deal of pain. After one painful treatment my neck improved remarkably!""

James Nazrat, 26, International 800m runner said:
"Regular sports massage helps remove the lactic acid that builds up through hard training and completing, therefore leading to a better performance on the track".

Jeff Tozer, 35, from New Inn Football Club said:
"I always go to B Active with any injuries suffered from football. I find them very knowledgeable and very professional".

Ron Matthews, 65, Plasterer from Pontypool said:
"I have had a bad back for years due to the demands of my job, but I am glad I have found B Active so I know where to go when my back flares up". 

About the Clinic

Bactive clinic was established in 1997 to meet the needs of local athletes and has grown steadily, gaining high regard as a specialist Sports Injury centre.

Sports Injury Therapy

B Active Clinic
Turnpike Road
NP44 2AG

Staff Profiles

Andrew Parker BSc (Hons)

Sports Injury Therapist

Andrew has worked at B Active Sports Injuries Clinic since August 2003. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, he moved to London and worked as a Personal Trainer and Swimming Instructor.

He currently works with many of the elite Great Britain athletes, runners from many local athletics clubs, rugby and football players, county cricketers, and many other recreational sportsmen and women. He fully understands how it feels to be an injured athlete after experiencing many injuries throughout his own sporting career.

Andrew has been involved in competitive sport from a young age and still competes today. He represented Wales in swimming at the age of 14 and still regularly competes for Pontypool Dolphins. He also ran for Wales at U20 level and British Universities over 100m and 200m. 

His other hobbies include frequently traveling up to Liverpool to watch the most successful British football club in history as well as being a big rugby fan.