Robin Marshall

Clinic Director & Chiropractor

Robin Marshall
Principal Chiropractor
  • BSc (hons) Human Biology
  • BSc (hons) Chiropractic Sciences (Neuromusculoskeletal Sciences)
  • MSc Chiropractic with Distinction
  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • General Chiropractic Council (Full Registration)
  • British Chiropractic Association (Full Member)
  • College Of Chiropractors (Full Member) and PRTS Tutor
  • Certified Active Release Provider (Full Body)
  • Certified Complex Protocols
  • Certified Trigenist (Full Body)
  • Certified Proprioceptive Medicine Provider
  • Certified in Intramuscular Dry Needling
  • Certified in Shockwave Therapy (musculoskeletal)
  • Licensed Perrin Technique Practioner for CFS/ME
  • Bupa - 30002236
  • AXA PPP - RM04060
  • Aviva - 600038085
  • WPA - 4300353
  • Others - All require the practioner's General Chiropractic Council registration number: 02236
  • General Chiropractic Practice
    • Neck, back and peripheral joint pains
    • Trapped nerves
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Intervertebral Disc and Nerve Root Problems
  • Peripheral Nerve Entrapments
  • Peak Athletic Performance
  • Sporting Injury From Repetitive Strain

Clinical Biography

Robin grew up in Bath. He graduated from Loughborough University with honours in Human Biology in the year 2000, in 2003 he then went on to graduate from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic with a honours degree in Chiropractic Sciences and in 2004 he graduated with a Masters in Chiropractic obtaining a distinction. As a chiropractor, he soon after qualified in Intramuscular Dry Needling from Consultant Rheumatologist Mr Reynolds in 2005. He then became a qualified Applied Kinesiologist in 2007, which led to his passionate study of Proprioceptive Medicine affording him the robust neurological model he had been searching for from which to practice. In the search for greater soft tissue work training and expertise, he then became a full body certified Active Release Technique provider, the gold standard in soft tissue treatment, in order to afford his elite athletes the best hands-on treatment techniques available for soft tissue injuries and performance improvement. To complement the best soft tissue treatment system he searched for more hands-on neurological techniques to unlock muscle imbalances and aberrant muscle pull patterns around joints, so that treatments were more efficient and longer lasting, in this search he became a full body certified Trigenist under the tutelage of Dr Alan Oloo Austin.

He is, to our knowledge, the only practitioner in the UK to be a full body certified practitioner in both Active Release Technique and Trigenic Myoneural Medicine. This affords him a unique perspective to treat both fascial distortions and soft tissue adhesions whilst also addressing many of the causal neurological reflexes and signalling between muscle groups that lead to adverse muscle tensioning and consequently soft tissue or joint stabilising problems. Starting from the most comprehensive functional diagnosis possible, when these neurological and soft tissue techniques are brought together and complimented with the chiropractic tools of spinal and peripheral joint examination and treatment, he can help more people recover from pain than when working with just one system of diagnosis and treatment. He is the only Chiropractor who is licensed to treat Chronic Fatigue and ME with the Perrin Technique in the UK. He is registered with the General Chiropractic Council, a member of the British Chiropractic Association, a member of the Royal College of Chiropractors, a PRTS tutor for recent graduates and an honorary life fellow of the Centre of Independent Studies in Miami. Here at Active Health Robin is the principal Chiropractor and the Director.

Personal Statement

Whether its being the fastest round the track or just being able to get round the super market without discomfort for the first time in years, I love to help.

Making a significant difference to people’s health drives my continuous study and professional developement and I am privileged to have found such rewarding patients to work with throughout my career. Especially rewarding are the referred ‘problem patients’ from other health care practitioners or those with chronic pains that seem to have tried everything before and on more than one occasion to no avail.

Behind the success of improving from pain or ill health, is always our body’s inbuilt healing and self-regulating ability. It is truly amazing to think it has taken all of us from one cell to 30 trillion cells, and when uninhibited, can balance them all in perfectly harmony expressing health for almost a full lifetime. This miracle would cease to be possible if not for one amazing entity – your nervous system. This system’s impact and complexity is why I chose to become a Chiropractor – so that I could work with the control mechanisms that allow our bodies both to recover and express health on a daily basis. It can be infinitely complex yet beautifully simple.

I share in the simple philosophy; if you eat right, move right and think right, then your body will largely take care of itself. The problem is that the ‘moving right’ isn’t under conscious control as much as we would like, and no amount of exercise can fix reflexively controlled unconscious movement patterns. For instance, you cannot retrain your bicep to jerk instead of your knee when the doctor hits it with a reflex hammer. Applying the understanding of what causes the stabilising reflexes of the body to switch on or off is where I see my role main role. By affording uninhibited movement (‘moving right’), you allow your nerves, and therefore your body, to work as they were designed to work – without pain and without unnecessary fatigue.

We are all the manifestations of the choices we have made. If we want a different result, we need to make a different choice. Without action those choices are powerless to change your situation. I formed Active Health because at the heart of any true success is self action, not the passive conveyor belt of treatment cycles that other clinics and some hospitals employ. Health is not forced upon us but continually taken away by our lifestyles. We have to be active in more ways than one to hold onto this innate default expression of life.

Due to the varying differences between us all, I never limit my care to just one intervention such as manipulation, rehab exercises, soft tissue work or nutritional advice, I’d rather address all variables in a package of care. Chiropractic is a profession, not a technique. It is driven by evidence-based research, concerned with unbiased healthcare that specialises in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal problems. If you are uncomfortable with a certain technique, e.g. manipulation, it is not a problem, we can get you better without it, that’s just one of many tools I have intentionally evolved so that my practice does not have the shortcoming of “one size fits all”. I endeavour to inspire people towards healthier lifestyle choices by giving them the tools, filling in the gaps and giving them the foresight they need to take charge of their own health by uncovering the real issues that are holding back their recovery and health.

I have never stopped searching for new techniques and knowledge, both for my patients and for the personal reward that comes from helping those complex cases that have already ‘walked’ a long road to our clinic. I believe that professional development should be an ongoing journey, one that both excites and rewards. I am forever looking forward to the next challenging case or interesting piece of research.

I look forward to meeting you all.

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