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.
Jo, Hayley, Rupal, 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.
Latest news from our social media channels
Do you need to cancel or move your appointments???
We like to make everyone’s life easier!!!! So we now have a super clever little link in all of your booking confirmation and reminder emails which takes you straight through to a cancellation page. Click and it’s done!! Yippee, life easier for everyone.😊😊
TEN MINUTES @ HOME PILATES: LEG FOCUS
New pilates video available through our YouTube channel Herts Osteopathy link here :
Legs and glutes focus this time folks so enjoy!!!You can do up to ten of each exercise and this would take around ten minutes, or do a few more… Or a few less…
Watch your form, get a mirror out and watch yourself.
Let me know when you’ve managed to have a go. Enjoy!!!!!
Thought this was perfect timing for half term, as we’ve only got this week then we’re all off classes for a week. So this will be perfect for you to do at some point in the holiday when you can’t leave the house 😂
Enjoy your glutes and let me know how you get on.
Get your pilates on!!! 💜💪🏻
Sciatica is not a diagnosis!!
New blog post up now!
Find out what it is, and why it happens. It’s a symptom of a whole bunch of other stuff going on.
Osteopathy looks at why the sciatic nerve becomes Inflamed in the first place. Often the body has been compensating for other mechanical issues and the sciatic nerve gets caught in the middle. This is why you need to get to the cause. It can often be simple to sort out, especially if its relatively new…. Although, never too late to get out of pain and get your body back!!!
Most recent testimonials from our social media channels
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.From Facebook
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!From Google
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.
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.
You will receive a full biomechanical assessment at your first appointment, and this will determine the best course of treatment. We use a variety of different techniques, and these are very specific to the individual. These include gentle articulations, soft tissue massage, myofascial release and exercise, as well as manipulations if needed. We are also qualified to use kinesiology taping, sports taping and sports rehab alongside osteopathic treatment.
We also have a specialist paediatric cranial osteopath. Cranial osteopathy is often used by parents for babies and children experiencing abdominal discomfort or excessive crying. Parents often seek cranial osteopathy if their child has plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome), and with various other complaints, for example excessive pain with teething, difficulty opening their bowels and many more conditions. Our cranial Osteopath, Iana, also sees teenagers and adults and can combine structural and cranial osteopathy depending on individual needs. Cranial osteopathy is seen as a calmer and more gentle approach to treatment.
Biomechanical assessment and treatment
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.
Often this service is best utilised by runners, sports participants, and regular exercisers who have found they keep picking up injuries, and are aware they are not moving as they should, or getting the most from their sport or exercise as they would like.
Book in for an initial osteopathy appointment, or initial sports therapy appointment and your practitioner will be able to assess, treat, and advise you based on your specific needs.
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!).
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.
We provide a thorough injury and pain rehabilitation programme through exercise and functional training, and this complements osteopathy effectively for a full return to sport and exercise and work, with less chance of pain returning.
MEET THE TEAM
Principal Osteopath, women's health specialist, focus on pilates & rehabilitation
Senior Associate Osteopath with a sports and rehabilitation focus
Iana Van Cutsem
Associate Osteopath, cranial osteopath and paediatrics
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.
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 have a hands-on approach to treatment, using traditional structural methods but have found additionally using kinesiology taping can be really effective in a speedy recovery. I really enjoy seeing a wide variety of patients, and love looking at all the different ways I can help them in day to day activities to get back to health. I myself love going to the gym, and understand the importance of exercise and movement in long term pain prevention.
I am registered with the General Osteopathic Council, and a member of the Institute of Osteopathy, and to ensure I treat patients with up to date knowledge of current developments in Osteopathy and Medicine I regularly attend courses and seminars.
When there is a disruption in our health and lifestyle it causes an imbalance which can lead to pain, and I believe I can help by treating and advising patients to restore this with a holistic approach and giving advice to prevent it returning long term.
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. This can work effectively alongside a soft tissue based approach to release muscular tensions.
OUR PATIENTS SAY
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!Rachael
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.Mrs Li
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!Holly
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.Julie
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.Grace
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.Pamela
Hayley is friendly but v professional, and has improved my back no end 🙂Stuart