Chigwell Osteopathy & Physiotherapy Clinic

Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Massage, Medical Acupuncture, Shock Wave, Laser, TECAR & IDD Therapy Clinic in Chigwell, Essex, Established Since 2000

BOOK NOW call 0208 501 0937 to reserve an appointment.

Our Osteopaths and Physios within our family run clinic offer you specialist, affordable treatment in all areas of Osteopathy and Physiotherapy, including Back Pain Treatment, Neck Pain Treatment, Sciatica Treatment, Shoulder Pains, Sports Injuries, Tendinitis, Tennis Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis & more.
We are extremly proud of our reputation in the local area of Chigwell, Hainault, Woodford, South Woodford, Loughton, Buckurst Hill & beyond for offering 1st class treatment in a caring environment. At the end of 2023 we were the winner of a progressive practice award (click the badge below for more details).
Amongst our specialist treatments we offer IDD Therapy, the latest highly successful & trusted non-surgical treatment for chronic back pain, sciatica and neck pain due to slipped or bulging discs. And we recently became the first UK clinic able to offer Swiss Doloclast’s full GDT protocol for chronic tendon injuries.

Watch the video below and discover in just 3 mins, how WE CAN HELP YOU you get back to doing the things you love, pain free:

For more information on our other sister clinics in Essex, please visit our Essex webpage.

Call us if you would like an appointment or book on-line.
Consultations are also available in Spanish, Italian and Turkish.
IDD Disc Therapy

Computerised, Intervertebral Disc Decompression (IDD) Therapy is an advanced, non-invasive, spinal decompression therapy treatment and ALTERNATIVE TO INJECTIONS & SURGERY for spinal disc problems – Contact us via email TODAY ([email protected]) for your FREE copy of our IDD Therapy info pack or fill out the form below.

Back Pain Treatment
Neck Pain Treatment
Knee Pain Treatment
Hip Pain Treatment
Elbow Pain Treatment
Treatment for Tension Headaches
Shoulder Pain Treatment
Foot & Ankle Pain Treatment
Sciatica & Bulging Discs
Scoliosis & Postural Therapy


60 min New Patient / Review Appointment will include the following:

  • Case history
  • Orthopaedic & neurological examination
  • Postural and Functional Movement Assessment
  • Working Diagnosis
  • Recommendations for tests to confirm diagnosis, if required (e.g. X-ray, MRI or ultrasound scan)
  • Treatment planning & bespoke rehabilitation advice
  • Commencement of Manual Therapy / Electrotherapy Treatment (as appropriate), see below for more details*

Cost: £80**

30 min New Patient Appointment: Assessment & Examination + Discussion of Treatment Options. (NB: May not allow enough time to start treatment). Cost £60

*+£10 supplement if Electro-Acupuncture Included

**+£25 supplement if TECAR, Shockwave and or Laser Therapy Included

30 mins Follow Up “Manual Therapy +/- Electrotherapy Appointment”, will include one or more of the following:

  • Mini Re-Assessment
  • Spinal Adjustment (Manipulation)
  • Medial Acupuncture / Dry Needling (Intramuscular Stimulation)*
  • Soft Tissue Release (Advanced Massage) Techniques with Osteopath or Physio +/- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Release (e.g. “Graston Technique” & Others)
  • Bespoke rehabilitation
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound Therapy
  • Laser Acupuncture

Cost: £60 (*+£5 supplement if Electro-Acupuncture included)

+ Advanced Electrotherapy including one or more of the following:

Cost: £25 Supplement


(Optional) 15 min Telephone Consultation
– Discussion of symptoms and suitability to IDD Therapy

60 Minute Initial Consultation +/- MRI Analysis
– Case history
– Orthopaedic & neurological examination
– Postural and Functional Movement Assessment
– Recommendation for any relevant tests if required (usually MRI, regular upright or dynamic)
– (Post) MRI Analysis to confirm diagnosis and establish precise IDD treatment plan*
– Treatment planning & bespoke rehabilitation advice (do’s & don’ts)*
* Can be done as split session (after arranging any relevant MRI) – at no extra cost (i.e. 30 min assessment – MRI – 30 min MRI analysis report of findings and treatment planning)

Cost: £85

30min – 45 min IDD Therapy Session
– Infrared Heat Belt
– IDD Therapy Treatment
– Cryotherapy after IDD

Cost: from £85
+/- £30 for Bolt TECAR, LASER, Shock Wave Therapy.

For Chronic Tendon Injuries: Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis), Ankle Pain (Achilles Tendonitis), Knee Pain (Patella Tendonitis & Arthritic pain), Hip Pain (Trochanteric Bursiti), Lower Back and Sacro-iliac pain, Wrist & Elbow tendon Pain (Tennis / Golfers Elbow, Epicondylitis), Shoulder Pain (Calcific) Tendonitis of the Rotator Cuff.

30 min Treatment Time

  • Many times more powerful but less painful than Radial Shockwave Therapy
  • Penetrate twice the depth of Radial Shockwave Therapy
  • Supplementary Laser Therapy available at no extra cost
  • Can be used to treat (vascular) Erectile Dysfunction (separate protocol & fee structure)

Cost: £150 per session or course of 4 for the price of 3 (£450 for 4 treatment)



Sports / Lifestyle Massage with Massage Therapist (Saturday Mornings Only)

60 min: £80 £64 (Special Offer)

30 min: £45

  • Brief case history to assess suitability to massage but no detailed assessment
  • Relaxing or deep massage tailored to your needs and wishes to ease stress and tension or to help with minor aches and pains and recovery from surgery
  • Offered by Panli Toure

Sports Massage with an Osteopath

60 min: £120

30 min: £60

  • Expert deep tissue / remedial massage to REALLY work those knots out? Our Osteopaths have spent 4 years as under graduates learning expert massage, trigger point and soft tissue release techniques PLUS been through our own in-house postgraduate training program to learn even more advanced techniques (such as instrument assisted massage). These sessions can also be combined with therapeutic ultrasound, medical & Laser acupuncture at no extra cost.
  • Offered by Tom Walters at this clinic



  • 1:1 Pilates / Postural Therapy: £47 (45 mins) – Chigwell Clinic only.
  • Advance Liquid Joint Support | Collagen | Multivitamin with Ginger Supplement: £21
  • GP / Consultant Letter: £45
  • Ice Packs: £7.50
  • Back Pain Decoded (Book Written by Spine Plus Director, Robert Shanks): £25
  • Core Zero to Core Hero (Six Week video exercise program designed by Robert Shanks: £25
  • MRI Referral – For Gold Standard MRI Scan, including report from leading UK radiologist: £350
  • Company Director (Robert Shanks) Fees: Initial Appointment (approx 60 mins) £150 | Follow Up Appointments (30 to 45 mins) £85. (Please note Robert is currently still recovering from some recent orthopaedic surgery and pursuing some of his mentoring roles with other clinics, so is only seeing a very limited no of clients during 2023.


Robert Shanks - Osteopath & Clinic Director

Robert ShanksAs company director and co-founder 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 several postgraduate courses, notably in medical acupuncture, electrotherapy and clinical Pilates (the latter with the renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute). As well as treating sports injuries and tension headaches, 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.

Ann Shanks - Physiotherapist & Clinic Manager

Ann Shanks - Physiotherapist & Clinic ManagerAnn 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.

Ben Medniuk - Osteopath

Ben Medniuk OsteopathBen 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.

Akin Celik - Osteopath & Massage Therapist

Akin Celik - OsteopathAkin 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.

Matthew Irvine - Osteopath

Akin Celik - Osteopath

Matthew is a highly skilled Osteopath who uses his attention to detail to help with each and every one of his patients who come to see him here at spine plus. Matthew is very passionate about his approach to Osteopathy and how it can help all patients with their symptoms. Matthew’s passion and drive to promote Osteopathy was highlighted when he was selected to be joined by a  few other elite students to study and train in Melbourne’s prestigious Victoria university. It was here in Melbourne that Matthew first learnt  about the wonders of how shockwave therapy , acupuncture, dry cupping, intervertebral disc distraction (IDD) and ultrasound therapy could help him with his patients presenting symptoms.

Veena Kudhail - Postural Therapist

Veena Kudhail - Postural TherapistAs 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.

Denise Thurgood - Receptionist

Denise Thurgood - Spine Plus Receptionist

Louise Hodge

Louise’s treatment approach is patient-centered and aims to integrate your goals and priorities into a taliored treatment plan that will enhance your capacity to adapt and recover. Having worked as a personal trainer for over 12 years she thrives on empowering her patients to make healthy lifestyle choices and guide them in preventative steps to achieve their goals for future health. Louise works at our Chigwell Clinic on Wednesday and Saturdays.

Panli Toure

Panli TourePanli, who is originally from Paris, is a highly skilled and highly trained massage therapist (and personal trainer). We actually head hunted Panli to work at Spine Plus' Chigwell & Woodford clinics due to our client demand for a really good massage therapist with healing hands, capable of delivery truly therapeutic, deep tissue massage full of the “feel good factor”. Panli’s natural abilities, previous training together with his in house training from Spine Plus incorporating some of our signature massage techniques, makes for an awesome combination and unrivalled massage experience. As well as having a super personality to match, that puts anyone at ease, Panli is an expert when it comes to food and nutritional advice by virtue of the fact he used to be a professional chef, having run his own highly rated restaurant. So as well as being able to serve up a great massage he can delivery a wealth of culinary tips!

Facilities and Equipment

  • Treatment rooms, reception and waiting area and disabled access throughout.
  • Rehabilitation gym: commercial grade multigym, free weights, commercial cross bike, exercise resistance bands, strapping, physio balls, balance balls & cushions, foam rollers etc.
  • Retail items: Off the shelf orthotics, heel lifts, ice packs, orthopaedic pillows, orthopaedic supports and braces.
  • Mechanical and electrical therapy equipment: ultrasound, interferential, short wave, soft laser, lumbar traction, cervical traction.

Find Us

2a Oak Lodge Ave, Chigwell, London | IG7 5HZ

2a Oak Lodge Ave, Chigwell, London | IG7 5HZ

2a Oak Lodge Ave, Chigwell,
London | IG7 5HZ

Bookings Line – To make, reschedule or cancel appointment, call:
+44 (0)208 501 0937


Email: [email protected]

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Opening Hours

Monday 8am – 8pm
Tuesday 8am – 8pm
Wednesday 8am – 8pm
Thursday 8am – 8pm
Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 4pm

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Arriving by bus
Our Chigwell clinic is only two minutes walk from Grange Hill underground station.

Free parking is available on site.

Progressive Clinic Award

At Spine Plus Chigwell, We Set the Standard:

  • 3rd Clinic in UK to feature IDD Therapy – the gold standard in Spinal Decompression Therapy
  • One of the few UK clinics equipped with both Focus and Radial Shockwave Therapy Machines
  • One of a few UK clinics offering TECAR Therapy & Class IV Laser Therapy
  • Trigger Point (Medical) & Electro-Acupuncture available in combination with Osteopathy
  • Founded and under the directorship of renowned Osteopath Robert Shanks, author of “Back Pain Decoded”, lecturer (in MRI spinal analysis for manual therapists) and Co-Founder of

Other Reasons To Choose Us:

  • Long Established Family run clinic
  • Parking On site
  • Close to Grange Hill Tube Station
  • Convenient Opening Hours, evening  & Saturday appts available
  • Exceptional Hands On Treatment
  •  Latest Treatment Technologies


When you step foot into any of our clinics, I promise you three things:

1. Patients Come First – The most important part of everything we do, is you. No matter who you are, everyone is a priority in our clinics.  We know you on a first term basis and, you will never be seen as just a number or a name on our list.

2. Transparency – We have totally transparent attitude to the service we provide, we are always open and honest with our advice. All the therapy team are hand picked and trained by me. Our clinics are equipped with the latest therapy technologies from gold standard brands. You’ll never see gimmicky products, machines or services our clinics nor will we try and sell you bogus treatments that don’t work. If we don’t think something is worthwhile we won’t advocate it or have it in our clinics.

3. We Never Stop Evolving – Our constant goal has always been and will continue to be to improve the experience for our patients, whether this involves expanding the services we offer or improving our skills and knowledge, we’re always adding benefits and services to serve our patients best.

Don’t take my word for it. These are my promises. Visit any of our clinics and see the team live up to them.

Robert Shanks

Founder & Director Spine Plus, Chigwell, Woodford & Hornchurch Clinics

CALL US ON: 020 8501 0937

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