Nick Charlish

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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BSc Physiotherapy 2013

MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine


Health & Care Professions Council

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Specialist Skills:

ConnectTherapy™ & Thoracic Ring Approach™

Acupuncture & dry needling

Cycling medicine

Sports rehab

Favourite Things to Treat:

Complex problems

Foot & ankle injuries

Runners and cyclists


I suffered for many years with severe low back pain. I had seen many specialists and physios in this period with no improvement when eventually an MRI diagnosed a herniated disc. It felt like I would have to accept a life of near constant pain. It felt so demoralising. Then I saw Nick @ Vanbrugh. His assessment revealed the usual things for a slipped disc and sciatica but he also found that my left foot was directly linked to my back pain. He focused his initial treatment on the foot and the pain lessened week on week. Nick’s enthusiasm for problem solving and passion means I now feel better than I have in years. He took the time to really assess my whole body. It only takes one person to advocate for your recovery & give you real hope for getting better. Thank you Nick for believing in me.
Zoe from Greenwich


Hi, I’m Nick and I graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2013. I moved straight into private practice, working in Norwich for a time before relocating to London to complete a MSc in Exercise & Sports Medicine in 2016. Through the course I worked with leading Sports medicine consultants, enjoying strengthening my knowledge in sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. I joined the Vanbrugh Team in 2017.

At school I was always interested in the sciences, problem solving and trying to understand how things worked; be it machinery or the human body. During my A Levels, it was suggested to me that by persuing a career in Physiotherapy, I could combine these interests with my love of sport. With my curiosity peaked, I lept at the chance to enroll on a week long ‘Exploring Physiotherapy’ course for sixth form students at the University of Nottingham; and I’ve never looked back.

Being a conscientious and analytical thinker means that I’m methodical in my approach to Physiotherapy. Using the ConnectTherapy™ approach, I’m committed to investigating and treating my patient’s individual problems as thoroughly as possible.

I always use a hands-on approach to treatment including deep tissue release, joint mobilisation and taping, as well as acupuncture & dry needling. I tailor my treatment and exercise programs to ensure my patients achieve their treatment goals, often surpassing even what they thought was possible.

When I’m not at work, you’ll find me playing hockey for Blackheath Hockey Club, cycling or finding any excuse to go skiing.

An interesting fact about you no one would know (until now):
At the age of 7, I accidentally won an art competition with one of my dad’s paintings.
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