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Central Health Physiotherapy physio Shefali DesaiDeputy Manager, Central Health Physiotherapy

Deputy Manager of our Chancery Lane and also leads Marketing Strategy.

I help people of all ages and fitness levels, who have either sports or work-related injuries or pregnancy related problems. I help by using my expertise in thorough but holistic examination and creating bespoke physiotherapy treatment programmes. This is so they can return to the sport or activities that they love, and lead happier, healthier lives.


Shefali is an excellent Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor, with over 10 years of clinical experience. She is energetic and engaging, and highly competent in all aspects of Physiotherapy assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. She has extensive post-graduate training including Pilates, Acupuncture, Manual Therapy, Women’s Health Physiotherapy, Shockwave Therapy, Taping and Hydrotherapy, which she uses in her patients’ care. Shefali is a great problem-solver and is passionate about providing tailored, evidence-based treatment programmes to help you recover from pain or injury.


Shefali specialises in the assessment and treatment of all joint, muscle, tendon, ligament, nerve and bone conditions. She has helped numerous patients with sports injuries, fractures and post-operatively (following spinal surgery, ACL surgery, ankle stabilisations, hip & shoulder surgery). She sees many work-related injuries and particularly enjoys treating the spine and the joints of the lower body. Shefali has both a special interest and lots of experience in helping women through pregnancy, in both the ante-natal and post-natal period.

Other Experience

Prior to working full time in private practice, Shefali has worked for many years in NHS London teaching hospitals, including Guys and St Thomas’. She has experience in all areas of Physiotherapy and has worked in GP clinics, health centres and private physiotherapy practices. Her musculoskeletal experience includes Hydrotherapy, Chronic/Complex Pain Syndromes, Women’s Health and Sports Injuries. She has worked both 1:1 with patients as well as run a variety of rehabilitation classes too. With Central Health Physiotherapy, Shefali has been thriving in the corporate Health and Well-being sector. She works with local companies in the City to deliver group exercise sessions, ergonomic assessments, educational talks and Physiotherapy pop-up clinics at large, reputable London companies.


BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham, 2009
Masters Level Foundation Acupuncture, University of Hertfordshire
Masters Level Neuromusculoskeletal Triage, London South Bank University

Clinical Pilates APPI level 1, 2 and 3
Visiting examiner and seminar lead for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy module at King’s College
Clinical supervisor of Physiotherapy Undergraduate students


Shefali has always had a keen interest in health, well-being and exercise. She enjoys healthy cooking and keeps active by training in the gym 3-4 times per week. This includes a variety of circuit sessions, weight training, running, HIIT training & Pilates.

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Thank you so much for being so kind and for treating me this morning. It was a tremendous relief and I was hugely impressed by your knowledge and approach. Thank you very much indeed. I will definitely come back to see you. I cannot wait for a long slow weekend and will be sure to follow your advice. You’re fantastic!

I’d previously received treatment from a work physio which had no real impact on   my exercise related injury. Shefali was incredibly attentive in listening to the specifics of my injury and enthusiastic about getting it sorted.

I attended CHP throughout 2017 where I was in the care of Shefali Desai. Shefali treated hamstring and calf problems for me.  Playing sport all my life I have had a lot of experience of physiotherapy and can tell quickly if someone is good or not.

From the first conversation and treatment I had with Shefali I could tell that she was extremely good.  She speaks about your condition in an informed and scientific manner, gets to the root of the problem very quickly and in my opinion is excellent at administering treatment.

On top of all this, Shefali is the most delightful person – always incredibly friendly, infectiously bright, energetic and positive. I don’t know if Shefali ever has bad days but if she does she certainly doesn’t show it.

Thank you Shefali.

Shefali’s expertise was evident from the outset and her warm manner made the sessions really enjoyable. On top of that it only took her a handful of sessions to get me back to full fitness.

Shefali is amazing! She took time to really understand me, my habits etc to really understand why I had my back issues.  We had a few sessions together and she really got under the skin of the issue and really helped me.  I would not hesitate to recommend Shefali for anyone with back complaints.  It is clear she is passionate about what she does which makes her so good at what she does.

Your approach to the issue was skillful, thoughtful and friendly. My arm is now fine and I am enjoying playing tennis again. Thank you again for your kind and effective attention.

I called upon Shefali when I developed knee problems just before a big cycle ride. I spent an hour with her – in which time she analysed the problem and gave me some great advice. She provided clear and practical advice. In the space of an hour we got through a lot – she was incredibly efficient and effective. I will definitely go to see her with my next physio problem.

I started seeing Shefali as I was experiencing knee pain during and after running. In our initial consultation Shefali was very thorough and soon diagnosed an ITB Band issue.

Shefali was knowledgeable, motivating and a pleasure to work with throughout the couple of months that I had regular appointments with her, and was always happy to answer any queries or questions I had. Doing the exercises which Shefali gave me, got me back running again and I haven’t suffered any ITB Band issues since.

I would definitely recommend Central Health Physiotherapy and Shefali to anyone who needs physiotherapy, and if I ever need physiotherapy again I would definitely go back to Shefali.

Not only was Shefali a great physio but her enthusiasm is infectious and helps you to get and stay on the mend.
Andy R

The knee is fine now – feels like a full recovery. Doing the core exercises Shefali recommended and feeling the benefit. The session was excellent. It was my first with a physiotherapist. Shefali was highly professional, thorough and reassuring. And she gave very good clear advice to send me on my way.

I contacted Central Health with a view to treatment for a persistent issue with neck.A few sessions down the line, not only has the problem been effectively tackled, but I have also come away with a simple exercise routine to help me manage the condition going forward. Many thanks to Shefali Desai. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Central Health in the future.

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All of the physiotherapists at Central Health Physiotherapy are members of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registered with The Health & Care Professions Council. With approximately 30 staff, Central Health Physiotherapy has a substantial base of experience and encourages the exchange of knowledge and ideas. Physiotherapists are available to ensure service cover 52 weeks of the year.

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