Herts Osteopathy is located in the heart of St. Albans, on Chequer Street in the city centre.
OSTEOPATHY, PREGNANCY, POSTNATAL, SPORTS MASSAGE, PILATES
We have a team of experienced practitioners to provide a holistic approach to your health, and offer a range of services alongside osteopathy, including pilates, yoga and biomechanical and gait assessment, and sports massage.
We have a specialist focus on pregnancy and postnatal osteopathy, core function and restoration.
Our Services Include:
Osteopathy is a highly effective and well proven branch of medical practice which involves the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal complaints. As osteopaths we aim to get to the root cause of the issue rather than just treating symptomatically. By looking at why and how the pain or injury got there in the first place, we are more able to prevent it from coming back.
A biomechanical assessment helps to resolve the issues which contribute to/cause pain or prevent full recovery from injuries (or injury reoccurrence).
We will do a full biomechanical assessment, analyse the way you move, and then provide prescriptive exercises and treatment, and specialist advice to get you free from pain, and to prevent injuries in the future.
Pilates works primarily to improve strength, balance and flexibility; and as such is perfect for injury rehabilitation, injury prevention especially back pain, and also for toning and aesthetic purposes.
We specialise in pilates for pre- and post-natal ladies, and offer a highly effective core restore programme for mums to regain core and pelvic floor function with great success following pregnancy and childbirth (it is never too late!). This can focus primarily on the needs of the individual but we will assess for diastasis recti (gap between the abdominal muscles) and work to improve this, alongside strengthening.
Our sports therapist specifically works in a very functional way, to enable full return to sport and daily life, with an aim to prevent future issues and pain returning. The focus is movement and individual specific, so your assessment, treatment and rehabilitation plan will be prescriptive to the individual and your own biomechanics.
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If you are in pain, for example
- have any pregnancy related issues such as SPD or pelvic girdle pain;
- suffering with back pain post pregnancy;
- have or are recovering from a sports injury, back pain, tennis elbow or hip replacement…
- are interested in injury rehabilitation, strengthening your core for preventative measures….
- looking at pre and post pregnancy Pilates, restoring abdominal strength post birth, or rehab for biomechanical issues…..
Here at Herts Osteopathy you have a unique package of health care available to you at competitive prices.
Specialism in Pregnancy and Postnatal care
We have tons of experience with pregnancy and postnatally, commonly helping women out of pain throughout all stages of their pregnancies, and beyond….
“Jo used her vast experience and skills to for me of all pain during pregnancy and
enable me to have the type of birth I wished for.” Grace, Mum of two.
“The back pain I had during the pregnancy had been keeping me up at night and she
managed to alleviate it.” Mum of two, Hemel Hempstead.
“I suffered badly with SPD.… I felt the benefits of.. treatment within 24 hrs!”. Claire, St. Albans
“……I started [coming here for osteopathy] 3 weeks ago after suffering SPD in my second pregnancy. I could hardly walk and was in tears, but she has changed everything around for me. I was dreading birth but now I am excited for it again as I am pain free”. Pregnant mum with second child.
MEET THE TEAM
Jo, Hayley, Rupal, Steve, Iana and Lucy are here to help.
With tons of experience and knowledge to help every member of your family from newborn to 100!
We love what we do, we love to get people out of pain, sleeping better, enjoying day to day activities as they should, able to meet their sporting goals, or just able to climb the stairs without pain. Whatever your need, we treat every person as an individual, and spend time getting to know you, and the cause(s) of your problem, whatever it is, to get life back on track!!
Come and see us, and start your road to recovery.
Principal Osteopath, focus on pre/postnatal, women's health, pilates & rehabilitation
I am a fully qualified Osteopath of Masters Level, NASM qualified trainer and Advanced Pilates practitioner, and director of Herts Osteopathy Limited.
I have trained with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and have a first class (hons) degree in Sports and Exercise Science and have been working with fitness, functional training and rehabilitation for around twenty years.
I also focus on rehabilitation and prevention of pain through individualised pilates and functional training to help alongside osteopathic treatment for a more holistic and longer lasting approach to your health.
My specialism is in pregnancy and postnatal health and rehabilitation.
Senior Associate Osteopath with a sports and rehabilitation focus
I qualified with an integrated Masters of Osteopathy at the British School of Osteopathy. I am fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and a member of the Institute of Osteopathy. I have been qualified over 5 years, and have lots of experience treating ladies pre- and postnatally. I have been here at Herts Osteopathy for over four years and I am extremely passionate about getting to the root cause of my patients’ issues in order to take the pain away and keep it away.
I have a qualification in kinesiology and sports taping and use this alongside my osteopathic and sports and exercise science knowledge to provide an all-round holistic treatment approach.
Alongside osteopathy, I am a qualified pilates matwork instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, which has a sports rehabilitation based approach. This works very effectively alongside osteopathic treatment.
Associate Osteopath and chronic pain specialist
I graduated from the prestigious British School of Osteopathy (now the University College of Osteopathy) over a decade ago. Following graduation I worked in the NHS which I really enjoyed and gained a vast experience and knowledge from. This then led me into private practice, and then into starting my own clinic.
Due to my experience I now like to specialise in chronic conditions, particularly arthritic conditions, where I aim to help patients manage their conditions better, and help improve day to day living, as there is so much that can be done from a treatment perspective.
I like treating back pain and associated conditions of the back, arthritic discomfort and headaches, but have a keen interest in treating patients with respiratory difficulties, notably asthmatics. Alongside effective treatment techniques, I like to show them how to breathe effectively and use the abdominal muscles correctly.
I am registered with the General Osteopathic Council, and a member of the Institute of Osteopathy.
Associate Osteopath, cranial osteopath, paediatrics and Women's Health
I qualified as an Osteopath in 2007 and since then have completed two separate 2-year postgraduate qualifications. The first was with the OCC (Osteopathic Centre for children) and I treat newborns all the way through childhood and teens; and the second was the Women’s Health in Osteopathy qualification which focuses specifically on women at different stages of their life: pre-conception, pregnancy, postnatal and beyond. For a number of years I have been running Mum and Baby clinics, and clinics for children with autism and ADHD with wonderful results.
I use a variety of techniques within my treatment to include cranial, visceral, structural and acupuncture including auricular acupuncture to help a variety of conditions. Often I will use a combination approach depending on the needs of the individual.
Soft tissue therapist, injury rehab and yoga practitioner
I am an experienced sports massage and injuries practitioner with a specialism in injury rehabilitation. I am also a fully qualified yoga teacher and offer rehabilitative yoga, which incorporates yoga practice alongside injury prevention and rehabilitation, and restorative yoga for its ability to reduce stress, lengthen and focus, and aid posture. This works really well for those in sedentary office-based jobs where muscles shorten, the spine compresses and the neck and shoulders are placed in a compromised position.
I qualified in sports and remedial massage in 2014 and haven’t looked back since. I am also qualified in personal training and specialise in rehabilitation.
I am also qualified in pregnancy massage and Thai Yoga massage and kinesiology taping. My treatments are tailored to the specific needs of the individual.
I am also very excited to have started my training to become an osteopath, and enjoying studying for my degree at the College of Osteopaths.
Joanna began practising Pilates with Jo Day & Herts Osteopathy 8 years ago. Loving how Pilates made her body feel, she left a desk job behind and decided to make teaching Pilates her new career.
Joanna received her mat training from Polestar Pilates, the gold standard in Pilates teacher training, which has equipped her with the practical skills needed to become a Pilates teacher of the highest calibre.
Knowing how much Pilates can improve the mind, body and soul of those who do it, Joanna wants to share her passion for the discipline with others. Joanna’s classes focus on developing good technique and strengthening the body from the inside out.
Joanna is loved by all of her clients, she makes her classes fun and enjoys the challenge of working with males and females of all ages, knowing the unique benefits to everyone. She is available here at Herts Osteopathy for private pilates tuition (individual or bring a friend), to focus on your individual needs, and also group classes which include a seniors class, an evening class for length and strength, and a morning ladies class. All available to book online.
Iana Van Cutsem
Associate Osteopath, cranial osteopath and paediatrics
Iana is currently on maternity leave until January 2020. Steve Bell (see above) is taking care of her patients until then.
I’m a French osteopath, fully qualified from one of the greatest osteopathic schools in France, Isostéo. Then I practised osteopathy in France and Switzerland for 6 years, treating patients of all ages, before moving to the UK.
As well as structural Osteopathy I am qualified in Cranial, Visceral and Paediatric osteopathy and have a great experience treating pregnant women, babies and children.
I believe that osteopathy can be very helpful to newborns and to get little ones more comfortable with their first steps in life, growing up and developing motor skills well. It can also help new parents getting some support in this very important period of life.
I provide a lovely longer treatment which is for Mum and baby and means both can be seen together. I have had lots of positive feedback regarding this treatment from both mum and baby’s perspective.
OUR PATIENTS SAY
5* Jo Day is the most incredible osteopath. She has a special gift of being highly professional, highly skilled, highly personable and so very passionate and excited about making people better. I literally tell everyone with muscularskeletal problems (and especially pregnant women with sciatica and SPD) to see Jo and her team as I know how safe they are in her hands. I’ve lost times how many people have told me that she’s saved their life. Highly recommended!
As a GP, to suffer from persistent lower back pain and stiffness provided a valuable but inconvenient insight into what many of my patients go through. Physiotherapy had always helped, but it was only when I saw Jo on the recommendation of a friend that I really understood what was going wrong and how with her help and support we could put things right, and most importantly how I could stay fit.
I was a complete mess I had been in chronic back pain for over a year. I had had 3 steroid injections, endless physio and nothing had worked. I saw Jo as a last resort after reading comments on St Albans mums page, I was due to have denervation surgery the same week. I never had the surgery. She sorted me out from my funny feet to my pelvis which was out, all the way up my back to my neck and finally head. She has treated the whole of me opposed to just one vertebrae. She has actually cured me and I am now pain free. I cannot say how grateful I am- by treating my physiological problems both my emotional and mental well-being have also improved significantly.
In the time I have been seeing the team my pain levels have reduced hugely and I have increased movement. I started coming to the clinic following a car accident many years ago. The team are professional, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. They explain things clearly and concisely so you feel informed. It’s worth every penny to be in less pain and I am really grateful to the team. I would highly recommend to anyone!
An amazing clinic, my husband could hardly stand up straight or sit down when he went in, he walked out upright, and this was after Jo managed to sort out my lock jaw which all my doctor could recommend was to not eat crusty rolls or apples lol! I highly recommend Jo and her team.
Well rounded, highly experienced osteopath and pilates coach with tons of charisma. Whilst pregnant I developed severe SPD and girdle pain to the extent where I could hardly walk, get in and out of bed and cars, and suffered daily to do any range of movement.
Jo used her vast experience and skills to rid me of all pain during pregnancy and enable me to have the type of birth I wished for. Jo’s knowledge and recommendations gave me thorough understanding of my postpartum situation and provided me with the right tools and knowledge to become fit and seek further help when needed. Well spirited, knowledgeable, with excellent links in the community I felt that Jo’s healing hands were almost miraculous. Since the birth of my baby I had a major operation and thanks to Pilates with Jo, I feel totally rehabilitated, invigorated and ready to take on all the challenges that a new mum of two has daily.
Try Jo Day for both osteopathy and pilates and you will benefit enormously. I highly recommend Jo’s and Herts Osteopathy services.
I was recommended to Herts Osteopathy by a friend who was very pleased with the treatment she recieved there. I have suffered from various musculoskeletal problems for many years. They include fibromyalgia, bursitis and tendonitis. On my first visit Jo took a very detailed account of my history of symptoms and treatment that I had recieved over the years.I then had a thorough physical examination and then Jo gave me a treatment and before I left Jo worked out an exercise plan for me to do daily in order to assist my progress. Since then I continued to see Jo until she took maternity leave and I steadily progressed and my pain decreased considerably. I then started to see Rebecca at the clinic and immediately felt confident that I was in safe hands with her. She, like Jo , has been very encouraging and positive about my progress which has helped to make me feel more in control. It’s easy to feel disheartened when you have had long term painful conditions but since coming to the clinic and recieving such excellent treatment and advice I now have much less pain and feel a lot more confident in my ability to help myself than I did before.
Hayley is friendly but v professional, and has improved my back no end 🙂