Osteopathy – A unique approach to your health
Osteopathic treatment can improve mobility, reduce pain and balance tension through the body to reduce the chances of pain and dysfunction returning. An individualised pilates programme can then help to strengthen any dysfunctional areas, providing core strength to help keep the body at its optimum for longevity of health, and to remain pain free, and aiding balance to help rehabilitate many injuries without the area remaining vulnerable to future injuries.
We provide a unique holistic approach by combining osteopathic treatment, pilates and rehabilitation to meet your needs. This works successfully to improve overall function, confidence and work capacity. It also reduces the need for continued treatment by giving you the tools to help yourself remain strong and pain free, whatever your age or fitness.
We are your team here at Herts Osteopathy.
We have decades of experience between us including:
- Women’s health
- Sports injury rehabilitation
- Pregnancy and postnatal care
- Sports massage
- Myofascial release
- Biomechanical assessment and gait
- Kinesiology and myofascial taping.
- Paediatric osteopathy
- Cranial osteopathy
- Visceral osteopathy
You can book in to see any one of us depending on your needs, but we can also work together to address various aspects of your health, so this allows us to have a unique holistic approach to your care.
MEET THE TEAM
Principal Osteopath, women’s health specialist, focus on 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. I am qualified and highly experienced in antenatal and postnatal Osteopathy and can help with numerous pregnancy related issues including SPD and PGP. I am extremely passionate about helping women get out of pain, particularly throughout the pregnancy and postnatal period.
I am qualified in post natal exercise and rehabilitation, and offer a specialised core restore© programme to bring back function postnatally, and to improve posture, abdominal tone and reduce rectus diastasis (where the abdominal muscles split down your midline). So book in for a postnatal assessment and treatment and we can cover these issues with advice on the best way forwards.
I also use kinesiology and myofascial taping which work effectively alongside more traditional osteopathic approaches to ensure a more speedy return to fitness, and to help improve biomechanics and gait.
I am now only taking on new patients within the women’s health remit, so this includes teens, pre-conception, pelvic pain, pregnancy, post pregnancy, mums and all females falling into the women’s health area, this is alongside my work with children.
I see children from aged 5 upwards with hypermobility, and gait issues and children experiencing mechanical musculoskeletal pain and injuries.
All male patients now please book in with Hayley, Rupal or Iana.
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.
Prior to my osteopathy degree I studied and gained a diploma in sport and exercise science and this includes sports biomechanics, rehabilitation and nutrition, so I take an exercise and rehab approach to care.
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 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.
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. This can work effectively alongside a soft tissue based approach to release muscular tensions.
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. Although I provide a hands-on approach, I also like to get people moving off the couch and provide exercise programmes to help enhance the rehabilitation process. I use an ANATOMY IN MOTION approach whilst also incorporating yoga within the treatments as this helps the body to move in a freer, more natural, efficient way.
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 happy to answer any questions you may have about how I can help you.
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. The training is long and thorough, and is known in the industry for its excellence.
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 had the chance to work as a volunteer in a maternity and neonatology service and started being amazed by the potential effect of osteopathy on babies. Then I improved my skills by working with experienced osteopaths and some more courses in these areas.
I can also include Cranial osteopathy and visceral manipulation in some of my treatment for adults too where needed, this is a more gentle osteopathic approach that can be particularly helpful for people who prefer a more gentle manipulative treatment.
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.
I have a strong natural empathy, I enjoy getting to know and understanding each individual to find a suitable approach that will help the body to restore a healthy balance. I believe in the holistic approach, I like to explore all aspects of health and lifestyle and their impact on the body.