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Belfast Sportd and Spinal

Chartered Physiotherapist Clinic specialising in sports and spinal injuries.

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Belfast Sports and Spinal
346 Ormeau Road

Tel +44 (0)28 9069 3898
Mob +44 (0)74 8450 8826
Twitter @NIPhysio
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Welcome to Belfast Sports and Spinal, Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic specialising in expert treatment of all musculoskeletal based problems from back and neck pain to twisted ankles and frozen shoulders. We aim to offer you the best treatment available for your problems by using up to date research driven practice as well as tried and tested methods to get you pain free again as soon as possible and keep it that way.

About Us

Peter Morrison is currently the practice manager and head Physio at Belfast Sports and Spinal. He is both Chartered and state registered with the Health and Care Professional Council.

After completing his undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Peter moved into private practice working in a physiotherapy and sports injuries clinic in Cork. He remained in Cork for a year, treating various conditions and injuries resulting from sports, trauma, repetitive strain, as well as common back and neck problems.

After returning from Cork he worked in “The Clinic” physiotherapy practice in Belfast for 6 years gaining further experience. During this period he was also head team physiotherapist for the County Antrim Senior hurlers and County Down Senior hurlers and also provided physiotherapy services to Shorts Bombardier.

In April 2009, Peter decided to make the jump to establish and open his own clinic, Belfast Sports and Spinal, where he now practices full time. In August 2011 and December 2014 Peter was able to expand his clinic to bring on Barney Kennedy and Megan Gillbard and in July 2016 Belfast Sports and Spinal underwent a major ungrade moving to significantly larger premises on the Ormeau road bringing Nuala McQuillan on to the team. Barney, Megan and Nuala are now integral members of the team and all practice with the same attention to detail that Peter has worked with since 2002.

Services Provided

At Belfast Sports and Spinal you will be able to avail of expert and competent treatment for a wide range of various conditions and injuries ranging from acute back and neck pain to tackling those obscure problems that you’ve had for as long as you can remember. You will under go a comprehensive assessment to establish an accurate diagnosis of your condition, sometimes looking beyond the location of the symptoms to find the source of the problem. We offer a very hands on approach to all of our treatments backed up with very specific and individualised rehabilitation programmes. 

Back and Neck Pain

Localised neck and back pain as well as sciatica and referred pain into the arms or headaches. There are multiple sources of pain in the spine and treatment will be tailored to be effective on the source, be it muscle, joint, disc or nerve.

Sports Injuries

Muscle strains/tears such as hamstring, groin and calf. Ligament sprains such as ankle and knee. Tendon problems such as rotator cuff and Achilles. Cartilage problems within the knee, shoulder and hip. 

Joint Problems

Arthritic problems such as joint pain, swelling or stiffness and capsular problems such as frozen shoulders. 

Overuse Problem

Injuries such as foot and heel pain as well as tennis and golfers elbow. 

Post Surgery/Fracture Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation after any surgery such as joint replacements, reconstructions, repairs or after breaking a bone.


Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the use of sharp, thin needles that are inserted in the body at very specific points. This process is believed to adjust and alter the body's energy flow into healthier patterns to help to alleviate pain.

Chronic Pain

A systematic approach looking at the patient holistically to establish why people are suffering from daily pain and establish a regime to help the patient gain control off and alleviate their symptoms.

Body Analysis/Musculoskeletal Screening

Postural, range of movement, strength and muscle imbalance assessment to establish areas of weakness. Essential in reducing potential for injury and increasing performance.


David Tremers

I have attended Belfast Sports and Spinal twice for two separate sports injuries.

Tib Post tendon injury during a heavy ground 10k.  I arrived on day one struggling to walk, by week 2 the pain had gone and I was cross training, by week 6 I was jogging and I was fully fit by week 8.

Groin and hip flexor acute injury that inhibited me running. After treatment I was running again after a few weeks and was fully fit by 6.

The therapy provided by Barney was excellent.  He possesses detailed anatomical knowledge allied with years of experience with sports injuries.  He also is very aware of balancing the impatience of an athlete pushing for full fitness with giving the body time to heal and imparting the methods of achieving that balance.

I have played football at a professional level for many years and was looked after by various physios within those clubs and I would back Barney against any of them, he is now tried and trusted.

Vincent Harkin

For a over a year I have been seeking help for cervical radiculopathy both from a number of physiotherapists, and in the areas of rheumatology, neurology, acupuncture and chiropractics. Amidst all this advice, I find I return to Barney's informed, professional and clear communication. I continue to attend appointments at Belfast Sports and Spinal when required and always find the service to be of the same high standard. I can think of no higher praise.

Gareth McKeown

I have been receiving physio from Peter now for a number of years for various differing conditions. In doing so, Peter has developed an excellent understanding of my own physicality and issues therein. I’ve found that Peter keeps excellent case notes from each session, which helps in his diagnosis and assists in determining the best way forward.

Peter is extremely knowledgeable and has assisted me much more than any other physio. As someone who partakes in contact sport and wants to continue to do so, Peter has worked with me on exercise programs in order to resolve current issues and minimise risk of further ailments.

Recently Peter has added acupuncture to my physio sessions and i’ve found great pain relief from this, my shoulder feels brand new!

Above all, I have found Peter to be friendly, reliable, professional, competent and goes the extra mile in order to help me.

David McKenna

I was referred to Peter Morrison at Belfast Sports and Spinal following a recurring calf injury. As an endurance race competitor I needed to be confident that the cause of the injury was identified and dealt with sufficiently to prevent further breakdowns. The treatment and flexibility of the service I received was first class. I have now made a full recovery and my understanding of preventing further injuries is greater thanks to the rehabilitation programme that was specifically designed for me. I would highly recommend Belfast Sports and Spinal for anyone not just those suffering from sports injuries.

Adrian Caldwell

I cannot recommend Belfast Sports and Spinal highly enough! The treatment I received when I fractured my shoulder was first class. Peter Morrison is a highly talented physio, well versed in the science and applying the most up to date treatments - not only did he get my shoulder functioning again, he even improved my golf swing!

Clare Kelly

I would recommend Belfast Sports and Spinal to anyone! My back is so much better after just a few treatments. The staff are very welcoming and I'm glad to say I don't need to come back but I wouldn't mind if I did.


Vichy Ironman, France

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After completing the Dublin Ironman 70.3 in August last year, the next challenge was to attempt a full Ironman, so with 1 years training under his belt Peter completed the Vichy Ironman on the 27.08.2017. The 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile run being as challaneging as it was amazing...Not for the faint hearted (or sane of mind)

Grand Fondo

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In training for the France Ironman Peter undertook and completed the Grand Fondo Mourne Course. 174km with approx 8000ft of elevation climbed. A hard enough day in the saddle to be honest!

Sporting Low Back Pain Course

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2 Day course led by Dr Phil Glasgow, World reknowned Physiotherapist. Dealing with assessment and treatment of Lower back pain with an emphais on the sports person

Dublin Ironman 70.3

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After 13 months of hard training Peter finally suited up for his hardest challenge to date and completed the Dublin "Ironman 70.3" in 5 hours and 34 minutes.

The 1.2 mile sea swim, 56 mile cycle and 13.1 mile run proving to be every bit the challenge it sounds but definitely a day to remember and not forget.


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Like all good things in life every once in a while, it deserves an upgrade and Belfast Sports and Spinal is no different.

We have now moved to new premises on the Ormeau Road giving us 4 large stand-alone treatment rooms and a large rehabilitation space where we will be running Pilates and Yoga from in the near future. It also benefits from significant parking on site and in the near vacity and has full disabled access throughout the building. For some pictures please clck on our "Instagram" page.

Needless to say, we will still be providing the same expert level of care just now in much larger and better facility.

Many thanks for your continued support and we hope we don't need to see you but if we do, we hope you will feel at home in our new premises.

Belfast Marathon

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Peter completes the second of the 2 marthons in 8 days in 3:26. The wind blew him about a bit but at least the great people of Belfast were out in force providing their usual fantastic support to all those taking part.

London Marathon

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Peter compeletes his first of 2 marathons, 1 week apart in the epic event that is the London Marathon. He also undertook raising over £2000 for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice in doing so.

ACL Rehabilitation Course

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Course providing new innovations in the rehabiliation of ACL reconstrucion surgery and how to best faciliate return to sport and full function

Dublin Marathon

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Both Peter and Barney complete the Dublin Marathon. Barney completing his first full in just over 4 hours and Peter taking 10 mninutes of his PB in a time of 3:23.

MRI Course

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Course provided by our friends at Northern MRI on advice on how to read and interpret an MRI result

Belfast 1/2 Marathon

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Both Peter and Barney take to the streets again for the Belfast 1/2 Marathon in prep for the Dublin full marathon next month

UKSCA course

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In order to get a fuller understanding of plyometric, resistance training and weight lifting principles and technique, Peter undertook the foundation UK Strength and Conditioning course in SINI.

Belfast Sports and Spinal "YouTube" Channel

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The Belfast Sports and Spinal "YouTube" channel goes live to show you in live action the exercises prescribed to you in the clinic

Check out the "links" section for the direct link

Belfast Sports and Spinal Welcomes Megan Gillbard

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Belfast Sports and Spinal would like to introduce and welcome Megan Gillbard as it's new additional member.

Megan is a Chartered and State Registered physiotherapist who is well experienced in working in the musculoskeletal and sports medicine field of physiotherapy and helps bring a balance to the practice. She is currently available through the week including evening appointments.

Belfast and London Marthons 2015

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In 2015 I am planning to run both the London and Belfast marathons which are 8 days apart to help raise much needed funds for the NI Children's Hospice based in Horizon House.

The "Just Giving" link is as below for any donations which will be greatfully received.

Barney runs Belfast 1/2 Marathon

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Barney tackles and succeeds in running his first road 1/2 Marathon, under no pressure from Peter to do it we might add.

"Robustness in Running"

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Peter attends a course entitled "Robustness in Running" by world renowned runnig and sprint couch Frans Bosch. Looking at running technique and biomechanics to assess for areas of weakness and how to establish a better running gait

Paris Marathon

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Bitten by the Marathon Bug Peter starts this year off with running the Paris Marathon. A fantastic marathon for any of those looking a great European run! Great route, great support, fantastically well organised, all round crackin marathon!!!

First Aid/Manual handling update

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In order to keep up his first skills Peter attended a CP nad munual handling up date.

Peter runs the Causeway Coast Marathon

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On the sunniest day in September we took part in the hardest but most stunning run you could imagine, The Causeway Coast Marathon running from Portballintrae to Ballintoy and back over some of the most angulating and arduous terrain Ireland has to offer. Fantastically organised by 26 Extreme.

Peter runs Belfast 1/2 marathon

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Peter takes part in the first Belfast 1/2 Marathon and records a PB of 1:35

Peter Runs Belfast Marathon

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For some reason Peter thought that it would be a good idea to run 2 marathons is quick succession. So back on the roads again after taking a week off post Barcelona, he built his training back up again and completed Belfast marathon 6 weeks later in a PB of 3:33. In doing so he managed to raise nearly £1500 for the Belfast Royal Victoria Neonatal Unit.

Peter Runs Barcelona Marathon

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After missing out on Dublin marathon in 2012 Peter decided to run 2 marathons in 7 weeks in 2013 to catch up. He completed his first in Barcelona on the 17th of March.

Peter Runs the Dublin Marathon

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After years of thinking about it Peter finally got himself organised and managed to run his first Dublin marathon over Halloween, a scary thought! In doing so he also managed to raise £1066 for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice and would like to thank everybody who generously supported him.

Welcome Barney!

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Belfast Sports and Spinal would like to introduce and welcome Barney Kennedy as it's new member.

Barney is a Chartered and State Registered physiotherapist who is well experienced in working in the musculoskeletal and sports medicine field of physiotherapy. He is currently available through the week Monday to Friday including evening appointments.

First Aid/Manual handling update

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July 2011

First aid training and manual handling update undertaken with "Revive Healthcare Training".

AOCP National Conference

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The Association of Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists (AOCP) national conference.

Update on new developments in the care and treatment techniques of orthopaedics and fractures to give the staff at Belfast Sports and Spinal accurate, up to date knowledge of what is happeneing at NHS and Private Practice level regading fracture care and first line fracture treatment.

First Aid/Manual handling update

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First aid training and manual handling update undertaken with "Revive Healthcare Training".

"The Golf Athlete" course

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Peter has just attended and completed a 2 day course intensive course on assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of the golfing athlete.

A course designed to fully assess anybody at any level of golf to establish areas of existing or potential weakness and therefore establish a treatment programme to address current problems and prevent new ones from occurring. Essential in improving your golf swing and technique and keep you playing for longer injury free.

Further details can be found at :

New website goes live

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Thanks to Green 17 Creative, Belfast Sports and Spinal's new website goes live. You can find them at:

Belfast Sports and Spinal opens....

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After 3 years of planning, Belfast Sports and Spinal opens its doors on the 6th of April, 2009


Belfast Sports and Spinal "YouTube" Channel

The Belfast Sports and Spinal YouTube channel is now up and running, showing you in live action the rehab exercises prescribed to you in the clinic

Belfast Sports and Spinal "YouTube" Channel

Belfast Sports and Spinal on Twitter

We are now on Twitter posting current research and information on anything sports and medical, as well as updates on the practice. This is where you can catch up on what 's going on


Belfast Sports and Spinal Photo Gallery

Picture gallery of Belfast Sports and Spinal, inside the physio practice

The Ulster Independent Clinic

For any patients that require onward referral, the Ulster Independent Clinic is where most of the consultants will reside.

Belfast Knee Clinic

For those patients suffering from knee complaints and who require onward referral Mr Chris Connolly, Mr Ian Corry and Mr Richard Nicholas will consult from here.

Malone Medical Chambers

For those patients suffering from shoulder complaints and who require onward referral Mr Neil Thompson will consult from here.

Run Fit

RunFit1 to 1 personalised running training. Personal running coaching for fitness & distance running within the Belfast area. Covering all distances including running for fitness to 1/2 and full marathon training.

Patrick Moore 07918 158223 Diane Moore 07979 903810 or email