Physiotherapy For Children

Activate Physiotherapy offers physiotherapy treatment for children aged 0 – 18 years old by a fully qualified and registered Chartered Paediatric Physiotherapist.  We have direct links with consultants and services at the Great North Children’s Hospital including Orthopaedic Surgeons.

We have a passion for inclusion and inclusive activity and believe that therapy should be an integral part of a child’s daily routine and not a chore! We strongly believe that the child, and their family, should be central to goal setting and treatment planning in order to achieve optimal results.

What to expect

Working In Partnership

We at Activate believe that parents and family are an integral part of the rehabilitation process, and we encourage parents and carers to take an active role in their child’s rehabilitation at each stage to enable them to support and implement programmes, and enable rehabilitation to become an activity that can be reinforced on a daily basis. We will strive to work in partnership with you, and other professionals to facilitate the Physiotherapy input and support.

What we treat

Treatment is provided for clients aged 0 – 18 years, including:

Sports Injuries

Adolescent Back Pain

Development Delay

Flat Feet

Growing Pains


Flat Head Syndrome

Orthopeadic Rehab

Hypermobility Syndrome

Anterior Knee Pain

Post Surgery Rehab

Gait Abnormailities

Juvenile Arthritis

Baby massage

don't just take our word...

Client Testimonials

SJ's wealth of experience and genuine passion for his job is his biggest asset, coupled with his ability to forge a relationship with a client on a professional and a personal level. He found a solution to my long-term lower back problems, not only by treating the symptoms but finding the root cause of the issue. It allowed me to continue my career as a professional rugby player with the Newcastle Falcons and I will always be grateful that our paths crossed.

Carlo Del Fava

BBC Sport, Former Italian International

After becoming injured earlier in the year I came to Activate Physio for help. SJ quickly isolated the issues and provided a programme of exercises to correct imbalances that had caused the problems. This enabled me to resume training quicker than expected with stronger and more efficient form. I would highly recommend Activate Physiotherapy to anyone in need of professional sports treatment.

Lucas Longman

Heaton Harriers

Having both coached Andy as an athlete & then worked alongside him as a colleague, I can't recommend his services and knowledge enough! He is a true professional and gentlemen to work with and always makes sure his service is of the highest standard. Having a team of international and Olympic athletes to cater for, I only use the best in the business and that is what you get with Andy!

John Trembley

USA Olympic Gold Medalist Coach

As an international and Olympic athlete I set my expectations very high when working with coaching and medical staff. I thoroughly recommend Andy Thirlwell to anyone looking to gain and edge in their sporting performance!

Barry Murphy

2012 Olympian, European Silver Medalist

I highly recommend Andy Thirlwell. His knowledge & expertise are world class. Working with Andy will take your sporting performance to the next level along with improving your over all health!

Ryk Neethling

2004 Olympic Gold Medalist & World Record Holder

SJ is a great Physio. I've known him for years, and can highly recommend him. Obviously passionate about his profession, he is hard working, conscientious, encouraging, and positive. If you want first-class treatment with a smile, SJ is your man.

Euan Murray

Former Scotland International