I came to David in a moment of deep crisis after a near 12-month ordeal of trying to fix a slipped-disc induced back injury. I had seen various physios and therapists the year before, and multiple doctors, all of whom I could say helped somewhat, but none of whom seemed focussed on getting me to a full recovery. (As a 26-year-old I was often told things should just improve themselves over time.) David’s assessment in the first session was the first time a therapist had really helped me understand the underlying muscular causes of my chronic pain symptoms, and the subsequent exercises I was given were the first I’d ever done that started to actually relieve that pain, within just the early weeks. While it took nearly a year of following his progressive exercise regime to fully recover from my injury and safely return to playing tennis and running; my knowledge of my own body’s strengths and weaknesses grew immeasurably, and I go forward knowing how to understand and prevent future injury, aches and pains far better. I have already recommended David to my closest friends and family (and he has already helped them too!) so I do not hesitate in endorsing his wonderful work more here!
I am very happy to recommend Matt. I was referred to him by a friend whose daughter, like me has suffered from chronic back pain. With several prolapsed discs I had been managing my back with regular Pilates for years but with degeneration, it wasn’t enough. I saw Matt over several months. He developed an exercise routine tailored to my middle-aged body that has been amazingly effective and within a few weeks, I was already feeling less pain. We then worked together to stabilize and strengthen my core which helped reduce the pain further. As long as I keep to the routine, I feel great. All down to me now, but without Matt, I could not have managed.
Over the last year I have had terrible thoracic (mid) back and shoulder pain, which deteriorated further during the pandemic lockdown. Each morning I woke in serious discomfort and I stopped all physical activity and sport. David’s initial assessment went way beyond my expectations – it was incredibly thorough and informative – I left the session feeling like I had a clear corrective plan and this is something we can fix! Over the course of a handful of sessions, we worked on massage techniques to alleviate immediate pain and a stretch and strength training programme as a long-term preventative action. David very simply explained the root cause of the problem, the overall mechanics of the body and how the prescribed exercises would help to prevent future problems… The results have been excellent and I am now able to exercise again. I have a much better awareness of my posture and know which exercises I should do after prolonged periods sitting at a desk. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend David and Bodyrefine.
3 years ago, I suffered a back injury, the result of which was consistent back pain and sciatica. I suffered from numerous annular tears from S1-L5. The pain was chronic and was affecting my mood, sleep and ability to undertake day to day tasks, especially exercise. My job involves a lot of driving and sitting in meetings and this further compounded my pain and lack of flexibility. Over the last 5 months, David has been working with me to help me to understand what caused my back to get to the position it was in from a holistic perspective. This has helped me to better understand not just how to strengthen and support my back, but how to improve my posture and use the appropriate muscle groups when undertaking any activity. His support, exercise regime and sports massage has changed my day to day life. It has enabled me to begin to start exercising again, and for the first time in over three years, have completely pain-free days. Before working with David I had worked with physiotherapists and chiropractors who had only focused on the specific back injury rather than looking at the whole body and how other aspects such as my posture were negatively affecting my back. David’s approach has made a dramatic difference to my recovery. For anyone who has had injuries but has tried therapies that have not worked, I cannot recommend David and his holistic approach enough. I look forward to continuing to work with David as to work towards getting back to true fitness and pain-free days becoming a daily occurrence.
Following my hip surgery, aged 54, I have been working with Matt to regain both my posture and strength. The exercise programme that he creates with and for me has helped me to regain confidence in my physical abilities, gradually increasing my muscle strength and flexibility. He had a very good awareness of my initial limitations post-surgery then gradually his plans have encouraged me to regain my muscle, tone, strength and posture both with him and at home. I would not have been able to return post-surgery to many of the physical activities I enjoyed pre-surgery without Matt’s personal input during his sessions.
As an Osteopath, it is important to know other local health care professionals who have a high standard of knowledge and expertise. This allows me to confidently refer my patients to them, knowing they are under the best of care. David McGill fills all these requirements and delivers his professional advice with enthusiasm, sincerity and empathy. His depth of understanding and ethos that exercise does not have to be excessive in order to be effective means the body can become balanced and efficient, leading to an improvement in his clients’ health, well-being, energy and performance. I will continue to refer patients to David who need specific, individualised corrective exercise programmes, opposed to a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I’ve received positive feedback from my patients whom I’ve referred to David and can see their results including improved mobility, posture and a substantial reduction in pain. I can highly recommend David.
I was struggling post-pregnancy with severe shoulder and neck pain. This was affecting my sleep and subsequently my mood. I had also given up running after having my first child, due to a recurring knee problem. I was a wreck physically and had started to think that I would never feel strong again, let alone run. Right from the beginning, David listened, sympathized and helped me to understand what I needed to do to fix these problems for good. He designed a gradual and realistic exercise programme that never left me aching. My neck pain was soon a thing of the past. Over six months, I have gradually built up a general fitness that has hugely improved my everyday life. I can carry the kids, the shopping and even chuck the double-buggy in the back of the car! The best part is that I have now successfully resumed running, free of pain. I cannot recommend David highly enough, especially for those feeling that their bodies have been wrecked long-term by having babies.
Dr Emily Spry
Matt has achieved what no other practitioner has – a big reduction in my long-term bursitis pain. His understanding of the problem, the contributing issues and how to tackle them has made this possible. I am so grateful.
I’m a regular gym-goer and have been active for most of my life. Over the last 5 to 10 years I’ve been dealing with ever-increasing shoulder and knee pain, to the point that I’ve had to completely change my fitness routine and lay off sports that put my shoulders in a compromised position. I tried to resolve it by seeing different specialists, physios, doctors, therapists, etc. but nothing gave me any permanent relief. Unlike most specialists, David doesn’t deal with the symptom, so he didn’t look to fix my knee pain by working with the knee only. David provided an initial assessment which went into a GREAT deal of depth to identify what was causing my pain and then followed up with a comprehensive program that I can do myself to help correct the root cause of it. It hasn’t been very long at all but I have already gotten significantly more mobility in both my shoulders and I now experience much less pain in my knee. My shoulders are also more stable now, so soon enough I’ll be able to resume my previous training program and the sports that I used to do 5 to 10 years ago before this all started happening. David is very knowledgeable in his field, has been incredibly patient to help me understand my own injuries, and then provided me with a solid plan of action to fix it. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
I have been using Matt for sports / deep tissue massage for a number of years now. My needs have been largely spinal, both lumbar and cervical due to bulging disc problems which have caused nerve compression and a lot of pain. As an active climber and cyclist, I have also used Matt’s service for ongoing maintenance to enable me to maintain and enhance my performance in these sports. I recently had an issue where a cervical disc prolapsed, compressed a nerve and rested against my spinal cord. This was the result of many years of vigorous sport, including rugby. This was agony and I needed hospital attention. Matt’s services were respected by the hospital staff and he tailored his massage and advice to fit in with the work the hospital staff were doing. I am now pain-free from this injury and cycling again at the level I was prior to the injury. I have used different sports therapy specialists in the past and have never found anyone who gets the results that Matt gets. I feel Matt gets to the root of the problem and also explains what is causing the issue and advises how to limit re-occurrence and provides exercises to assist with this. I now see Matt on a monthly basis to ensure a low muscle injury level. I frequently contact him when I have a “niggle” and he is only too happy to provide advice. I can’t recommend Matt highly enough.
When I initially consulted David, I had injured my knee and could hardly walk across a room due to the pain. Due to my immobility, I had a blue badge. I’d had ineffective physiotherapy, injections and surgery to try and address this. The consultant told me to just accept my age, get a stick and use the lift! I otherwise used to dance, walk and play tennis. Within half an hour of initially meeting and being assessed by David he was able to pinpoint which of my muscles were not functioning at all and the cause of the ultimate pain felt. Having now worked and progressed with David every week over the last few years, he has performed a miracle! I was hoping to walk again without sticks nor the need for a wheelchair. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be here …trekking, golfing (which I didn’t even play before!) playing tennis and, my favourite, dancing!!! Despite the original, irreparable physical damage to my knee stemming from the prolonged problem had before, this is countered by the surrounding muscle strength in my legs, correct alignment and body function. David is the most incredible personal trainer, not like any other I know. He has completely changed the quality of my life.
Getting older, over 50? Looking for something to improve your ease of movement and maintain your figure? I looked around at gyms and exercise classes, but nothing made much difference and was ultimately tedious. Since May 2018, I’ve being seeing Matt and it’s been the best decision I’ve made in years. A focussed, personal programme just for you from the absolute beginning is a wonderful treat and you’d be amazed at the change in your figure and sense of wellbeing. It creeps upon you, but movement becomes freer, your waistline reappears and the support to celebrate each step and move forward is second to none. Everything is covered, from the adherence to the required repetition of the correct form of exercise to cardiovascular work and attention to good eating. Wonderful, what a difference in my life in nine months of weekly sessions, I couldn’t recommend Matt to you more strongly.
My wife and I are active seniors and were looking for a gym-based component to our physical activity. Cheryl also had serious knee problems, unresolved by arthroscopic surgery. We wanted something that would help our general fitness and improve our strength and flexibility; and increase Cheryl’s mobility. We tried many different gyms offering group P.T and 1:1 training and although all our instructors were positive and supportive we felt that there was not much appreciation for the impact of ageing. Consequently, we were being asked to do things that prompted pain and felt like they might lead to injury. We started work with David over a year ago and the cumulative impact of David’s work has been transformational. His carefully graduated, individualised, science-based approach has got us doing things we never thought we would do, without triggering any fears of injury. We have achieved our primary goals in terms of fitness, strength, flexibility and Cheryl’s mobility. Our posture is much better than it was, and the bonus has been improvements in our tennis and golf. What’s not to love!
My wife and I have been helped by Matt for a year now. Initially Emily had runner’s knee and was not able to run; after a personalised exercise plan, she is now comfortably running for an hour or more several times a week. I started seeing Matt more for motivation than to recover from a specific injury and I am in much better shape than I have been for years.
Over the last nine years, I have been working with David. Initially to rehabilitate a bad back (disk prolapsed), but increasingly to help my sporting activities. The work on my core muscles, posture and strength has made a huge difference to my golf swing. My consistency and quality of ball striking has improved immensely; in no small part to the increased stability and flexibility developed with David that allows me to turn and stay over the ball, rather than sway. The work with David, mixing training with stretching and massage, has ensured I keep active and healthy. I recommend him highly.
David is not only incredibly knowledgeable about the human body in terms of structure, but he is an excellent motivator too. He will not throw people in “at the deep end” as others might; he will ensure that all treatment/exercise starts from the correct level to ensure that one is challenged but within one’s ability. The improvement follows if people follow David’s advice and words of encouragement.
David is extremely professional and knowledgeable. He offers plenty of encouragement and carefully customises exercise programmes to meet specific and changing needs. The body is treated holistically. Exercises are carefully explained so that their purpose and benefit is thoroughly understood. I can highly recommend David and his team. I have gained strength and for the first time ever feel motivated to exercise and continue to improve physically.
David has been my personal trainer for the past eight years. He was initially recommended to me as I had been suffering from both a bad back and a sore knee. David devised a programme of exercises to improve my core strength and to correct the issues I had with my back and knee. During the time I have been training with David, my general strength and well-being have improved considerably and I am now able to tackle physical tasks such as lifting heavy objects with a lot more confidence. The exercises David has devised have improved my overall flexibility and I now find I am able to play golf without feeling back pain the next day. David is a very encouraging personal trainer and his diligent planning of the exercise programme has certainly helped me to improve my fitness enormously. I can highly recommend David as a trainer for corrective exercise therapy and for general fitness training.
As a 1 handicap golfer, I have been working with David for 12 months now. Initially, he used corrective strength and flexibility exercises which stopped my back pain. Since then, his programme has significantly increased my power and flexibility, adding distance and consistency to my game. If you are serious about improving your golf, I would recommend working with David.
I have been working with David for the past 5 years and can honestly say I have looked forward to and felt the benefit from every session had with him. Initially, I contacted him with a view to finding a solution to recurring back, knee and foot pain during exercise. He quickly identified the cause of the pain and designed a bespoke corrective exercise programme to resolve the issues. After a relatively short time, I was able to run pain-free again for the first time in several years, as well as feeling a significant improvement in both my physical and mental well-being. Subsequently, I continued training with David through my second pregnancy until almost full term. During this time, David helped me enormously, paying close attention to my condition and using massage and specific exercises to ease my discomfort and keep me conditioned. Post-natally he has shown the same commitment, care and professionalism to get me safely back to a healthy exercise regime, as well as losing 2 stone.
David has been my personal trainer during the past year following a recommendation from my Physiotherapist. I had been suffering from frequent headache/migraine caused mainly by bad posture from being desk-bound in my job for many years. David has totally transformed my life and enabled me to lead a much more active lifestyle; most importantly I am now pain/ headache free and enjoy exercise. His corrective exercise prescription, patience, continual encouragement and methodical approach have increased my confidence, overall strength and fitness enormously. His attention to detail is outstanding, always clearly explaining the purpose and benefits of the prescribed exercises. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone suffering from any muscular pain/injury. He has opened my eyes to the importance of staying fit, preventing injury, so that I don’t have to live with pain.
I first came to see David after experiencing a severe muscle spasm in my back after participating in a boot camp style training session elsewhere. With his skill and expertise in the initial assessment, he was able to quickly pinpoint the underlying cause of the problem which existed elsewhere in my body. David’s approach to treatment was very different to other therapists/trainers. His selective massage techniques, corrective exercise and education has been absolutely amazing. The corrective exercise regime was empowering, I really felt like I was in charge of moving forward, I was positive and ready to tackle this injury. David educated me along the way, not only with the corrective exercises but teaching me many very effective self-massage techniques and self-help tips to do at home, helping me stay pain and injury-free. Thanks to David’s encouragement, empowerment and corrective exercises, I quickly moved forward with my fitness and running more than I ever thought possible. David is an excellent listener, he is empathetic, calm, professional, he has great knowledge of the body and its mechanics, and most importantly, he knows how to help. I recommend him 110%, he is absolutely fantastic.
David’s expertise and motivational approach are enough to spur me on. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone who wants to achieve realistic results from their exercise routine, especially to anyone affected by muscle or joint pain during exercise. I approached him as I was unhappy with the lack of results I was seeing in my body shape and muscle tone despite exercising regularly. I was initially apprehensive as my previous experience of the personal trainers was unsatisfactory, due to the ‘one programme fits all’ approach most of them use. David is so much more than this! In a helpful, professional manner he created a tailor-made regime to suit my fitness objectives and worked with me on treating previously recurring joint and muscular injuries using massage and corrective exercise. This totally transformed my ability to exercise and my confidence to do so. My figure has improved dramatically and I’ve received such positive feedback.