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Oxygen therapy helps Gillingham FC star reduce recovery time by half and get back on the pitch

Gillingham FC’s Scott Wagstaff was referred to The Oxygen Clinic for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) by the club’s physiotherapist, Adam Roche, after rupturing his right Achilles tendon.

The 26 year old midfielder joined Gillingham on a two year deal on 7th July 2016, and was devastated to suffer an injury only 13 days later, seven minutes into a pre-season friendly against Billericay. Wagstaff felt his right Achilles ‘pop’ as he tried to push off. He was told he would be out of action until the injury had healed, which his physiotherapist and specialists agreed could take up to 12 weeks.

When Adam Roche suggested he might try HBOT to speed up the recovery time, Wagstaff was more than happy to take part, particularly as he’d previously heard about big name players such as David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo using it to speed their recovery from injury.

Wagstaff was booked in for six HBOT sessions per week and also received Smartwave laser therapy at The Oxygen Clinic, with the view to speeding up the recovery of his injury. After just four HBOT appointments, the pain in his heel started to ease and the power in his Achilles began to return.

Commenting on his time at the clinic, Wagstaff said: “Damaging the Achilles is something that many footballers dread, as it has a huge impact on your ability to push off and limits the strength you have to kick a ball to a professional standard. I was devastated to suffer this injury before the season even started.

“I was so shocked with the speed of the recovery, particularly as I was told that it could take up to 12 long weeks of sitting on the bench before I would be able to play again. My specialist was totally surprised at my recovery as well! Undergoing HBOT and Smartwave Therapy alongside my physio has enabled me to come on leaps and bounds.

“I hope to get back on the pitch and play another 40 games, scoring as many goals as possible for my team. If I do well in this season, who knows what could be in store for me next?”

Commenting on Wagstaff’s treatment, The Oxygen Clinic said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the progress that Scott has made since beginning his treatment at the clinic. The strength in his Achilles is very encouraging after such a short period of time, and we were delighted that he was able to start jogging and return to training just five weeks after suffering the injury.

Having seen the remarkable reduction in Scott’s recovery time following treatment at The Oxygen Clinic, Gillingham FC has now formed a partnership with the clinic and is offering its players the chance to undergo HBOT to boost performance and speed up recovery time after matches or suffering injury.

The Oxygen Clinic gives players access to chambers that are filled with pure oxygen at high pressures, helping to repair muscle tears, tendon damage and even bone fractures.

The Oxygen Clinic is located in Paddock Wood, Kent, easily accessible from the M20, but in a private location so discretion is assured. If you are interested in learning more about what oxygen therapy can do for footballers, or would like more information please call 0330 016 1000, or email info@theoxygenclinic.co.uk

HBOT has reduced Scott’s recovery time by 60%, which has made a huge difference for a professional player. Scott will not have to undergo any surgery and there is no scarring on his leg – the team and I are glad that he is healing well and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch soon.


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Thankfully, the team at The Oxygen Clinic have done wonders and helped me to regain the strength in the tendon much more quickly than first predicted. The staff at the clinic are all very friendly and accommodating, and it’s been lovely to see how hard they are working to get me back in shape.

Scott Wagstaff - Gillingham FC

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