M. Tech: Chiro (R.S.A.)
“My considerable experience as a Chiropractor has taught me two things. Remain current with the latest advances in back care and take the time to listen and understand the unique need of each patient”
Dr Gary Backlund graduated in South Africa in 1999 after completing a six-year master's degree in Chiropractic (M.Tech Chiro). He is a member of the General Chiropractic Council - the body charged with regulating Chiropractors.
Gary has over 20 years' experience of which 15 years have been in Canary Wharf, making him a specialist of issues experienced by work and desk-based professionals.
Over the years he has forged a strong relationship with local GPs and orthopaedic consultants (some of whom are his patients). Gary attends many educational events as both a participant and lecturer. This allows him to be at the forefront of current clinical knowledge and latest treatment advances.
Gary’s specialist areas include spinal and joint conditions, disc decompression, postural analysis and correction, neuralgia (trapped nerves and sciatica), myalgia (muscle pain), shoulder pain (rotator cuff impingement), knee pain and pregnancy related issues.
Gary uses a number of different techniques, some of which are osteopathic and physiotherapy in nature. These include deep tissue massage, dry needling, manipulation of the spine and joints (Diversified), SOT (Sacral Occipital Technique) and Y -Strap traction.
Gary recognises the importance of postural correction, rehabilitation, diet and exercise advice in his goal of taking patients out of pain and to their optimal health.
Outside of work Gary spends most of time exercising. His time is spent between his two passions, CrossFit and bodyweight Calisthenics.
When he is not exercising Gary can be found reading, travelling, and hiking, often in his happy place, the Lake District.
Member of The Scottish Chiropractic Association
Member General Chiropractic Council (reg number 01683)
Registered with most insurance companies including BUPA, AXA PPP, Cigna, Prudential, Aviva, and Simply Health
Gary has been looking after me for a number of years and I feel he is essential to my good health regime. Working in an office and hot desking for years I suffered with neck and shoulder problems which he sorted. Thanks to Gary I’ve recovered faster from a fractured knee earlier this year. I see Gary every month and although I no longer work in Canary Wharf I’m happy to travel to see him. I have no hesitation in recommending Gary and his colleagues.
M. Chiro (D.C.)
Jacob graduated from the AECC university college in Bournemouth with his master’s degree after five intense years. These years involved studying all aspects of the body, such as anatomy, pathophysiology, general medicine, neurology, exercise coaching and many different forms of manual therapy.
Jacob believes in treating each patient as an individual with their own specific goals in mind. Good communication is crucial as part of each patient's management and this will start at the initial assessment to help narrow down a likely diagnosis for the current issue, as well as during ongoing treatment to help make sure progress is being made and goals are being met.
Jacob incorporates many different treatment methods and will choose the most appropriate for each individual case, this means more emphasis can be placed on certain approaches depending on the nature of the issue but often a combination of different techniques will be used for the benefit of the patient.
His main techniques and approaches are as follows:
Joint mobilisation, manipulation or adjustments (Diversified technique)
Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
Blocking (orthopaedic and SOT)
Trigger point therapy
Dry needling (acupuncture)
Postural advice (corrective habit changes, stretching, relief positions)
Corrective exercise instruction and coaching
Common conditions that Jacob can help treat and manage include:
Spinal, joint or muscular pains
Nerve compression (like sciatica)
Headaches and migraines
Jacob is registered with the General Chiropractic Council.
Registered with most insurance companies including AXA PPP, Cigna, WPA, Vitality, and AVIVA
M. Chiro (D.C.)
Stavros graduated with a Master’s degree in chiropractic from the prestigious Welsh Institute of Chiropractic. He attained the top student award during his studies and also completed post graduate training with the Royal College of Chiropractors. Having worked all over the UK and as well as Australia, Stavros has mentored under some of the finest chiropractors and brings 10 years of clinical experience to his practice.
Stavros specialises in the treatment and management of back pain, posture-related conditions, spinal/disc injuries, trapped nerves including sciatica, muscle spasms and trigger points, shoulder injuries (rotator cuff impingement), migraines/headaches and TMJ jaw syndrome. Having worked alongside several pregnancy and paediatric
specialist chiropractors, Stavros also has expertise in treating/managing pregnancy & post-birth pain and conditions.
Stavros utilizes a combination of spinal adjustments (Diversified), joint manipulation techniques including wrists/shoulders/knees/feet, Active Release Technique (ART), Dry Needling (muscular acupuncture), soft-tissue therapies and is also one of the few chiropractors in London to offer Y-Strap adjusting technique.
Stavros believes it is important to educate his patients on their posture and lifestyle, including prescription of postural and corrective exercises, to help maintain stability and minimise wear & tear caused by habitual weakness and poor posture from prolonged sitting and desk work. Stavros’s approach allows many factors of the patient's life to be addressed, providing a holistic picture and giving longevity to their return to health.
Outside of the clinic, Stavros is a keen musician and club-level tennis player. If he's not out on the court, he's either at the gym or in his home studio. He enjoys having regular chiropractic sessions to help keep him in peak condition.
Stavros registered with the General Chiropractic Council
Member of The Scottish Chiropractic Association
Stavros is registered as a provider for several insurance companies including BUPA, CIGNA, WPA, AVIVA, Vitality and Simply health.
Amazing! Just visited for the first time after not having had the chance to visit a chiro in years and had an excellent session with Stavros, who dealt with a whole array of muscular tension and issues. Walked out feeling like a brand new person!! Will definitely be back on a regular basis and can't recommend him enough.
BSc. (Hons) degree : Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy and MSc.in the field of Sports Physiotherapy
Natasha Fernandes has had more than 20 years of experience with a BSc. (Hons) degree and two Australian postgraduate qualifications: Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy and MSc.in the field of Sports Physiotherapy.
She has had an exciting varied career treating both elite athletes as a team physiotherapist at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and recreational athletes from many sports including netball, track and field, runners, swimming and tennis players.She has extensive experience treating student and professional circus artists in London.
She also has wide experience treating office workers in Central London as well as working with London based surgeons to rehabilitate their post operative patients .
She has also been an examiner for undergraduate students in Australia and a mentor for postgraduate MSc students in London.
She uses a variety of skills including manual therapy , Western acupuncture ( AACP certified ) and clinical Pilates ( APPI fully trained) to provide optimal results. Over the years she has worked with Alexander teachers to develop her analysis of posture and movement patterns which has proved invaluable for managing injuries. She enjoys keeping up to date with research and using sound clinical reasoning to provide evidence based practice and rehabilitation. Her main interests are in management of shoulder, hip and knee injuries.
Our Massage Therapists
Clinical Tissue Therapist
Mike is a fully qualified Sports Massage Therapist who qualified in 2005 From the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM) HND Dip.
He works very closely with Chiropractors and Osteopaths in all aspects of his work, which acts as a big continual learning curve as well as furthering his knowledge with courses and on-going education.
Mike uses various diagnostic protocols, which range from Mechanical & Neural testing to observing Movement & Function. This may also include looking at Joint mobility and overall flexibility of the patient which then allows him to treat the patient accordingly and very specifically. His range of skills include Dry Needling, IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation) and Active Release work. He also uses standard techniques including Soft Tissue Release (STR), Muscle Energy & Neuromuscular Technique (MET & NMT) and using gravity as a mobilisation tool amongst others.
He will also set very specific Correctional & Mobility protocols along with strengthening exercises should the client need it, which in a lot of cases helps. He also provides postural correction homework for patients this may include stretching & lengthening work.
Mike travelled extensively including working in Rhodes, Australia and Hong Kong. This was where he became interested in Sports Massage & Tissue Therapy due to being involved in high volumes of training and sport so felt that maintenance and injury prevention were needed. He competed in Kick-Boxing, played rugby as well as Swimming, Cycling and now is a keen Olympic Lifter and Wake-boarder so realizing the benefits of Tissue Therapy helping improve performance, recovery and injury prevention.
He has worked with people of all sporting backgrounds from high profile Athletes to Power Lifters & Strength trainers, Boxers, Cyclists, Runners and swimmers also dealing with everyday desk posture to people with trauma such as Disc & Knee issues, frozen shoulder and other such ailments.
Sports Massage Therapist
Five-year Diploma covering Sports/Remedial Massage and Physical Therapy
Years of Experience: 17
Sport/Remedial Massage. Myofascial Release, Active & Passive Mobilisations, Trigger/Pressure Point Therapy
Member of the Independent Professional Therapists International Association
Born into an athletic family in Hungary, Zoltan took part in sport from an early age and over the years, has dedicated himself to developing his understanding of the human body using an holistic approach.
Professional training took place over a five-year diploma covering sports/remedial massage, physical therapy and reflexology style segmental massage.
Zoltan constantly seeks to develop his skills and to maximise his potential through ever expanding his knowledge and his through years of hands-on experience.
His training at the National Physiotherapy Institute and years of working pitch-side with a premier league rugby team, have led him to believe that restoring balance to the body is key to performing better - physically, mentally and emotionally.
He has a natural ability to read the body’s imbalances and restore order to enable his clients to live pain free.
Sports Massage Therapist
Talla, a graduate from the highly regarded London School of Sports Massage and an experienced level 4 personal trainer, combines these two complimentary skills sets to offer an approach to Massage that is both remedial and instructive.
His PT knowledge lends itself to a deeper understanding as to why injuries occur and his sport massage tool kit offers a hands-on approach which is regularly includes individualized client focused exercises, to strengthen and improve areas of the body that are in need of help and support.
He has a particular interest in helping patients manage lower back discomfort and pain, and has worked with a wide range of clients including office workers, professional football players of premier league, Turkish league, and French L1.
Talla’s approach is to work with his patients in a form of collaboration where listening to each other’s feedback his key to success.
He uses different assessments and combinations of treatment protocols such as soft tissue release, IASTM, dry needling, dry cupping or Kinesio tapping to best respond to the client needs.
When required he will send you away with the adequate exercises home work to help you manage your condition and get you back to full recovery!