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Welcome to Challenge Physio!

Challenge Physio is an expert physiotherapy clinic serving the Teesside area in the North East of England, located within Stockton-on-Tees.

We treat everything from lower back pain to complicated sports injuries and take a holistic approach to physiotherapy that is guaranteed to tackle the real source of your pain.

You can find us on Preston Farm Industrial Estate, easily reachable from Thornaby, Yarm, Eaglescliffe, Ingleby Barwick, Middlesbrough and more.


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A different approach for the modern way of life

It’s true what they say … “move with the times or get left behind” … except in modern life, we’re not moving much at all!

Technology has made everything more accessible and as a result, the human being slows down. Problem is … you were designed to move!

That’s what makes the Challenge Physio approach different … we acknowledge the influence of technology on the human being … because if you don’t … you won’t get better!

Click here to learn more about our unique methods or book an appointment today.

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“As an elite swimmer I cannot afford to be out of training and Rob has succeeded in helping to maintain my health and ongoing success in the pool.”

Nick Parkes- Master Swimmer World Champion, European and GB national open water and pool Champion

“I never cease to be amazed by his knowledge, expertise and ability to quickly scan a body, listen to symptoms and go immediately to the source.”

Judith Garbutt- Practitioner Psychologist

“Rob is a unique healer. He’s the most skilled and knowledgeable physiotherapist I’ve met. He’s taught me lots about the mind and body and, here’s the punch line, I’m a doctor. Trust me when I say trust him.”

Dr. Helen Williams

“I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a complex condition which affects multiple joints and muscles. Rob’s approach of considering my body and lifestyle as a whole has meant that he has always figured out the route of my pain no matter how challenging it may be.”

Karen Coleman

Our Blog



Do you have pain in your lower back, knees or legs when you walk? If you do… you need to get those arms swinging! Swinging our arms when we walk is an essential part of walking. It aids our momentum to take the strain off our muscles and is something we learn as babies crawling along the floor. So why have so many of us forgotten how to do it? The answer is our old friend technology again! Instead of swinging our arms, we’re keeping them down by our sides as we stare at our screens. In this video, I explain exactly how bad that is for your body and what you need to do to loosen up those muscles and get back to moving the way we’re SUPPOSED to! Take care 👍🏻

My #1 Physio Exercise

Technology is AMAZING. Not only does it allow us to do way more than we used to be able to in any given minute of the day, it has successfully altered the way that we USE our bodies. Unfortunately, the physical changes that are all to common in ‘normal’ human posture these days simply aren’t changes for the better! We have moulded our bodies into a rigid position that enables us to cradle our beloved smartphone and flick through millions of minutes of screen time that JUST WON’T IMPROVE our lives for the better. To top it off .. repeatedly going into this posture is hugely detrimental to our health, it shuts down other systems in our bodies that are crucial to the basic functioning! So I give you, My #1 exercise to help reverse the tech posture, re-open your trunk, re-charge your organs AND get the blood flowing back round the body – get SWINGING folks!!!!

Achilles PAIN: The What, The Why & The How to Fix!!!

‘Achilles Tendinitis – Achilles Tendinopathy – Achilles Tenosynovitis – just good old ACHILLES PAIN !!! Is it literally stopping you in your tracks? Well, FEAR NOT. In this video I explain WHAT is going on, WHY it’s going on and most importantly… WHAT you need to do to fix it!!! By understanding the basic principles of how our bodies are designed to ABSORB ground force when we stand / walk / run … YOU can quickly appreciate why the Achilles becomes irritable as a victim of altered mechanics and a change of stimulus … Then using this knowledge YOU can start to make POSITIVE changes to help get that Achilles working better again AND get you back to your transformational FITNESS routine!!!  


March in March

Marching on the spot… it’s such a simple exercise… but so good for you as well !!! Even as little as marching for 1 minute every day can help lubricate the joints, improve circulation and get you feeling pumped for the rest of the day. That’s why, throughout March (or whenever you want to give it a go), we challenged YOU to get marching! Whether you’re at home, at work, working from home #wfh … or just out and about in the countryside, March in March is a fantastic and easy way to improve your health. If you want to give it a go, you can find the whole series on our YouTube channel: Challenge Physio YouTube Channel Share it with your friends and family and get ready to #MiM !!! And don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel by clicking the little bell icon for even more great physio tips and exciting exercise challenges!

Stem Cell Therapy – The Future of Medicine? Part 2: Panama Aqui Venimos!

Following extensive research into the world’s leading stem cell clinics, my client and I chose to apply for treatment at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama. After completing the online application and contacting the clinic directly on behalf of my client, in April 2018 we were successfully accepted for a treatment protocol and offered an appointment in July 2018. Panama City is the capital of Panama and famed for the Panama Canal, an 82 km artificial waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. Panama was granted full free control of the Canal by the US on December 31st 1999, and today, the revenue generated by the Canal toll fees (approximately $2 million profit a day!!) is reinvested into the country’s infrastructure.     Panama City is a vibrant, safe and rapidly growing metropolis that is populated by over 1.7 million multi-cultural people who are proud of their country and extremely hospitable. To fly there from the UK takes approximately 16 hours. The Stem Cell Institute kindly arranged all of our transfers to and from the airport, as well as our accommodation throughout the course of the treatment. In fact, the Stem Cell Institute is conveniently situated on the 63rd floor of the same tower block as the Hilton Hotel, so we simply fell out of our hotel room, into the lift and up to the clinic!     Stem Cell Treatment Process   At the first appointment, we were greeted by the reception team who checked over all our details for us while we relaxed and looked across the skyline of Panama City – it’s an AMAZING view, surely one of the best waiting areas in the world – unless you have a fear of heights!!     Once all details were verified, a member of the medical team collected us from reception and guided us round to one of the treatment rooms. There we were introduced to the physician / doctor who took us through the process of Stem Cell treatment. Your baseline measurements are recorded (Blood pressure, heart rate, blood analysis, etc) and then verified before the first intravenous (IV) line is administered. Once connected up to the IV the process of starting to receive approximately 120 million mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) begins! You simply sit back and relax, looking out at the coastline of Panama City whilst the cells run around your system, looking for inflammatory markers! When the transfusion is finished, your vitals are checked again before you leave. The parting advice is to take it easy, try to do some light exercise, like using an exercise bike (there’s a gym in the hotel), drink plenty of water and don’t be surprised if you feel a bit feverish. Essentially, the priority after treatment is to maximise the mobility of the MSCs around your system and the best way to do that is to optimise your circulation with movement and fluid intake. After day one, and depending on your allocated protocol, you may return to receive another batch of MSCs. Our treatment protocol involved an approximate dosage of 40 million MSCs each day for 3 consecutive days.   After Stem Cell treatment   The advice given to our party, and in respect of the protocol allocated, was to stay for at least 6 days with the treatment days landing in the middle of the time. This allowed the clinic to monitor the process closely and ensure that they optimise the results as much as possible. Our entire experience was very professional and perhaps best described as reassuring, as a lot of scepticism still exists around the use of Stem Cells, especially those delivered from clinics in other parts of the world. My client has definitely felt the benefit of the treatment and, in fact, has scheduled to return for more! The parting advice I would offer anyone considering Stem Cell treatment; Do your own research / due diligence Where possible – contact people that have used the facilities Talk to the clinic BEFORE visiting Keep your mind open about the possibilities and benefits of Stem Cell treatment REMEMBER – this IS the FUTURE of medicine and that means so many large pharma companies won’t want it to succeed!  

Stem Cell Therapy – The Future of Medicine?

I continually profess that my approach to Physiotherapy is different from the traditional model used here in the UK. The assessment process I use and the detailed questioning of my clients’ history, combined with the background research into their symptoms and ailments, often leads to solutions being found that are ‘outside the box’ of the traditional Physiotherapy model. Recently, I was presented with the challenge of a client with a rare, degenerative and deteriorating condition. Their story was fascinating and their enthusiasm to source an alternative treatment to that offered via the NHS extremely courageous. A long-time investor in research and development, this client was very keen for me to once again go ‘outside the box’ and exhaust any available treatment options. My research consistently brought me back to one unorthodox treatment – Stem Cell Therapy – and specifically the radical improvements it was facilitating in clients with otherwise debilitating conditions.   What are Stem Cells?     Research into the use of stem cells dates back as far as 1950, when scientists discovered 2 types within the bone marrow. The first were labelled haematopoietic stem cells which form various elements of blood. What we’re interested in though are the second kind. They were defined as bone marrow stromal stem cells and are now referred to as mesenchymal stem cells… or ‘MSCs’ for short, which is much easier to pronounce! MSCs have the capacity to repair bone, cartilage and fat and support the formation of fibrous connective tissue. MSCs work in 4 main ways; Control Inflammation Boost the immune system Stimulate regeneration Reduce scarring They live in a specific area of each tissue and remain dormant until disease or injury activates them to repair. Unfortunately, there are only a small number of stem cells in each tissue and the number we store decreases with age. This helps to explain why younger children will often heal from trauma much quicker than the elderly. In fact, by the time you reach skeletal maturity in your teenage years, around 90% of your MSC bone marrow reserve has gone – ultimately used during growth and injury repair.   What is Stem Cell Therapy?   Stem Cell Therapy, also referred to as Regenerative Medicine, uses stem cells to promote the reparative response of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissue. Essentially, it kickstarts your body’s natural ability to heal itself! Stem cells are injected into the subject via local targeted (at the site) or intravenously (into the bloodstream) techniques. Once the stem cells are in circulation, they are attracted to inflammatory environments and upon finding them, they control the inflammation and get the area ready for repair and regeneration. They then stimulate the formation of new blood vessels and bioactive molecules which further encourage new cell growth, healing the injury. The more blood vessels created, the better and stronger the wound will heal! Stem cell therapy has consistently proven to achieve remarkable results for a large variety of ailments where standard medicine has failed. Recent research and clinical trials have demonstrated that it achieves phenomenal results in the treatment of: Autoimmune disease Spinal cord injury Osteoarthritis Gut disease MS Soft tissue trauma Autism Heart failure   Where can you find Stem Cell Therapy?   When you start to look for stem cell clinics, you’ll be blown away by the number of them that pop up on a Google search! Several clinics are available throughout Europe, as well as across the pond in the Americas. Unfortunately, here in the United Kingdom the use of stem cells for patient treatment requires a licence from the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and it is strictly for research purposes only. Thankfully, there are several other countries around the world where the laws on stem cell therapy are far more liberal. There are an increasing number of ‘Regenerative Medicine’ clinics opening all the time and it’s perfectly legal for foreigners to self-fund their treatment from one of these clinics… The difficulty is in selecting the best one!   Stem Cell Institute Panama     Following extensive research into suitable clinics, I was repeatedly drawn to the Stem Cell Institute based in Panama, Central America (https://www.cellmedicine.com).     The Stem Cell Institute was created by Dr Neil Riordan, one of the early pioneers and experts in applied stem cell research. He opened the clinic in 2007 after having already established a world leading stem cell research laboratory in the same city. Today, the Stem Cell Institute is one of the oldest and most well-respected stem cell therapy clinics in the world. It specialises in the treatment of human diseases and conditions with adult stem cells, primarily from human umbilical cord tissue-derived MSCs. In most cases, human umbilical cord tissue would be disposed of after birth. However, Dr Riordan’s research identified that the tissue has adult MSCs in abundance and he began to use this source in the lab to cultivate further cells for clinical trials and treatment. Dr Riordan’s umbilical cord-derived MSCs are now considered the ‘golden’ standard for treatment of all kinds of health conditions thanks to their strength in regenerative processes.  And so, following a brief application process, I managed to secure my client a course of treatment at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama and we visited the clinic in July 2018. Find out how our visit went in part 2!