Ask the Physio

By Glossy Magazine

Harris & Ross

Ask the Physio

Harris & Ross

Harris & Ross was formed 20 years ago by Jeff Ross (and former partner Rob Harris), with the desire to bring the same level of care which is provided to elite athletes to the general public. The aim was to bridge the gap between how professional sportspeople are treated and what is available to everyone else – an ethos that continues today.

Many of the team hail from the elite sports world and bring their experience and skillset to the table, welcoming all who come through the clinic’s doors. The company has grown and flourished and now has clinics in four locations around Greater Manchester and Cheshire: Wilmslow, Altrincham, Manchester city centre and Wigan. With a team of experienced practitioners with world-class credentials, Harris & Ross is recognised as one of the country’s leading physiotherapists.

How long does the process take?

We use a sports model of rehabilitation, where we aim to get you back to full fitness in the shortest, most appropriate time frame. With our experienced staff, access to state-of-the-art facilities and our close relationships with some of the UK’s leading surgeons and radiologists, we create a complete, bespoke care package for our patients.

Do you only help with sports injuries?

No, whether you’re a professional athlete, an office worker or a labourer, we want to work with you to relieve any pain, fix the root cause of your problem and help you achieve your goals.

Should I stop exercising/movement when it hurts?

The answer to this is, not always! It will depend on the problem and situation, but pain doesn’t always relate to damage or harm, particularly with lower back pain. We know that in lower back pain, for example, persisting activities with low levels of pain can resolve the problem quicker and speed the patient’s return to work.

In rehabilitation of tendinopathies – swelling and pain of the tendon – exercising in pain rated less than a four out of 10 is completely acceptable and will speed up recovery compared to those who avoid pain.

However, if you have an acute injury (for instance if you’re sprinting and get a sudden onset of pain at the back of the thigh), this would be an occasion to stop and ice the area, and allow it to settle, since continued exposure is likely to further damage the muscle.

Similarly, if you’ve had surgery and have pain associated with swelling, it’s important you don’t just push on regardless, as swelling is an indicator that the related injury is not ‘happy’ with what it is being exposed to.

“Amazing facility and amazing staff. I have come out feeling more positive and knowledgeable about what I need to do to get back on a pitch. Thank you!” 


Harris & Ross

Manchester | Altrincham | Wilmslow | Wigan

Tel: 0161 832 9000