Who We Are
Redefining treatment for back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. Our ethos is reflected within at all of our clinics, with therapists who are able to offer expert multi-disciplinary physical therapy for spinal disorders, “plus” other musculoskeletal conditions.
Using cutting-edge technology, we have quickly gained a reputation as the UK’s pre-eminent back care specialists, and are widely respected within both the NHS and private sector for our results with neck/spinal injuries and chronic ailments.
What We Treat
We have specialist training and equipment for the Spine “Plus” other muscle & joint problems, including a range sports injuries.
Osteopath & Clinic Director
As Co-founder and director Robert is part of the driving force behind our multidisciplinary approach. Robert has been strongly influenced by his mother, a chartered physiotherapist with 40 years’ experience. Robert graduated as an Osteopath in 2000 and subsequently furthered his education with postgraduate courses in medical acupuncture, electrotherapy and clinical Pilates (the latter with the renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute).Robert’s other main area of special interest is the management of patients with chronic low back pain and neck pain associated with disc problems prompting him to have published his book BACK PAIN DECODED, available in print (and on Kindle) from Amazon and as a PDF from injuryfitpro.com.
Director & Clinic Principal
Darren teamed up with Robert in 2006 and together they established Spine Plus’s London based chain of clinics. Prior to forming Spine Plus, Darren had been a national level badminton player and personal trainer, training many celebrities in London’s West End. Darren studied at the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) where he was awarded the coverted student of year award in 2002. This was followed by training with the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) and courses in electrotherapy. Darren has a keen interest in clinical diagnostics and specialises in spinal, sports and work related injuries.
Ben is one of our most senior osteopaths, having worked at our Chigwell clinic for over 7 years. Ben is recognised by all (major) medical insurance companies including BUPA. Having supplemented his osteopathic training with post graduate courses in medical acupuncture and electrotherapy, Ben is able to offer treatment for a wide range of conditions using a combination of various approaches. His special interests lie in classical osteopathy and treatment of the elderly.
Physiotherapist & Clinic Manager
Ann is our head physio and the clinic manager at Chigwell. Ann used to work for the prestigious and world renowned “Bobath Centre”, she has many years experience as both a physiotherapist and a physiotherapy manager in the NHS and private sectors. Ann, who is Robert’s mother, works closely with our osteopaths and they with her, she helps coordinate the smooth running and patient management at all our clinics.
Noel is a former Ireland martial arts champion in Tae Kwon Do. He now works as one of our osteopaths; his special interests include treating frozen shoulders, cranial osteopathy and “kineisio taping”. As with all our osteopaths, Noel has completed postgraduate training in acupuncture for which he has an interest in both traditional Chinese and western medical approaches. Noel is available at our Chigwell Clinic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Terry who works at the Bow clinic is renowned for his “magic hands” – he is a naturally gifted sports massage and deep tissue massage therapist. Terry has a reputation for no-nonsense, firm, effective sports massage. Terry has helped several national level athletes and sports people achieve their goals.
Juan is a highly skilled osteopath, massage therapist and personal trainer. He is currently our head trainer for clients requiring one to one corrective exercise sessions in order to build their core strength and spinal stability.
Dr Sajid Butt
Dr. Sajid Butt MB BS, FCPS, FRCR. is one of the most experienced and well respected interventional radiologists in the UK specialising in musculoskeletal disorders, as well as working for the The Harley Street Spine Clinic he has lead role working for the NHS at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hosptial (RNOH), Stanmore. Dr Butt works in an advisary capacity to the therapists and clinicians at the clinic, he reports on all our MRI scans and other imaging and performs on-site image guided injections for our patients if and when this is required.
Gloria has extensive experience having worked alongside many Consultants and GP’s in private practice (Musculoskeletal, Out Patient and In-patient) and is thereby able to deliver the highest commitment to quality and best clinical practice.
Gloria has a Master’s Degree in physiotherapy, with extensive learning and knowledge at Post Graduate level of Musculoskeletal dysfunctions – Sports and Injuries. Gloria is a member of the several professional bodies such as the HPC (Health Professionals Council), the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists in the UK) and is also currently pursuing a part time Doctorate Degree in Physiotherapy.
Osteopath & Massage Therapist
Akin originates from Turkey and in 2018 graduated from the University College of Osteopathy with a Masters in Osteopathy. From a young age, he knew he wanted to be an osteopath having been treated by one following several injuries after a horse riding incident.
Additionally, he has many years experience in sports massage, medical acupuncture/dry needling, Kinesio and active taping which he can use to enhance his osteopathic treatments. Akin always aims to provide therapy with both enthusiasm and professionalism in an effort to encourage wellness in all his patients.
Osteopath & Massage Therapist
Dita recently gained a master degree from the University College of Osteopathy having previously worked as Sports Massage therapist for over 8 years. Dita is a keen sports woman and has competed in athletics, volleyball, swimming and cycling at professional levels. One of the greatest achievements has been to be a part of the physio team on the Ladies European Golf Tour for almost 3 years. Further to this she has been looking after ladies at Lee Valley Rowing Club including during the year they won a Henley Cup (2016). Dita is passionate about tailoring treatments to each client individually whilst incorporating beneficial exercise routines and lifestyle choices. Dita’s focus is on general structural and functional approach using remedial massage & stretching, traditional osteopathic techniques and medical acupuncture. She also has experience using subtler techniques such as Cranial or Fascial work which can be used on all clients, including babies. She is currently in the process of extending her knowledge and skills in Paediatric Osteopathy.
As a highly experienced and qualified Postural Alignment and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Veena’s work involves identifying muscular imbalances in the body and then designing personalised corrective exercise programs. Veena is highly passionate about her work and is a valuable source of feedback and advice to the rest of our clinical team.