Osteopathy is a highly effective and well proven branch of medical practice which involves the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal complaints.
The philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. The key principles are based on all parts of the body functioning together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body is restricted, then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions. When the body is free of restrictions and forces are balanced, the chance of pain is reduced.
Osteopathic treatment assists the body with pain minimisation, reduced stress and greater mobility providing the body with the opportunity to heal itself.
Osteopaths use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilisation or manipulation of joints.
Within your osteopathic treatment, as well as traditional manual treatment techniques, we use medical acupuncture and kinesiology taping, both proven in their pain relief properties. They provide a perfect adjunct to treatment to help the healing process, and to get back to sport and exercise, and daily activities, more efficiently.
Osteopathy is a five-year university course, which includes a degree and masters qualification. Osteopaths believe in working as part of a health system of health providers and often refer back to the G.P. or another allied health professional where appropriate. In many cases, Osteopaths can complement the advice given by GPs.
As an Osteopath I work with you as an individual: taking your job, environment, sports and exercise participation and stress levels into consideration to help bring about the greatest and speediest improvement to suit you and your needs.
Iana is a qualified and highly experienced cranial osteopath. Cranial osteopathy has been used for years to help with numerous issues in babies. Often parents will bring babies who have trouble latching on, tummy discomfort, sleep difficulties and they may also seek cranial osteopathy if their baby is excessively crying or has been told they may have colic. Babies who have had a longer birth where intervention has been involved, or those who have been born via a C-Section may have altered compressive forces through the cranium, and often use cranial osteopathy for this.
You can book in for a cranial osteopathy appointment at all ages, from birth, through teething, bumps on the head as a toddler, or issues through childhood, all the way through to teens and adulthood if you would prefer a different approach to treatment. In adulthood this may be headaches, ear, nose and throat issues, post surgery and similar. You can have cranial osteopathy as part of a regular osteopathy appointment with Iana, so she can use a combination of structural, visceral and cranial osteopathy depending on your needs. Or for babies and children you can book in directly for a cranial appointment. Please book an initial appointment first.
Come to us if you have...
- Back and pelvis pain resulting from pregnancy/labour
- Other pregnancy related aches and pains for example headaches, SPD, pelvic girdle pain, upper back ache.
- Postnatal back or pelvis pain
- Headaches and migraine
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Hip, buttock or groin pain
- Tennis elbow
- Knee pain
- Foot pain/ankle injuries
We will also provide a full biomechanical assessment and work to resolve the issues which contribute to/cause pain or prevent full recovery from injuries (or injury reoccurrence). Please call or email with any questions you may have.
We offer pregnancy, and postnatal osteopathy, as well as our regular osteopathy appointments.
Postnatal Osteopathy Assessment and Treatment
Then postnatally women are dealing with the effects of birth, sleep deprivation, lots of carrying, bending, lifting (buggies, car seats, children….), as well as dealing with feeding positions and getting used to doing things completely differently. All of this can hinder our healing mechanism. This is why we offer a comprehensive postnatal osteopathy appointment which includes a full assessment and treatment.
This usually includes but is not limited to:
- full assessment of your abdominal muscles: If you have a separation down your midline (Diastasis Recti [DR]), whether you are able to activate your deep abdominal muscles correctly to aid healing.
- Breathing mechanics, and impact on healing of your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles, and restrictions in ribs.
- Advice on correct activation of pelvic floor muscles.
- Pelvic mechanics, spinal mechanics and usual osteopathic assessment of how your whole body moves to prevent pain, or address any issues you may have with pain or headaches.
- Feeding position, sleeping position…
- Advice on better ways to move and go about day to day activities.
- Assessment of csection scar if applicable.
- Full osteopathic hands on treatment.
This is a lovely way to get your body back into alignment ready to allow healing to be most effective, and prevent any pain moving forwards. Also a good excuse to get a bit of time on your own!!
This can be booked online through the website, and is provided by both Jo and Hayley.
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.
One to One Pilates/Small Group classes/pre- and post-natal pilates
Pilates is a system of training which focusses on the body functioning as a whole. 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.
Pilates works on strengthening core muscles which act around our middle to strengthen the spine and pull the waist in, as well as using many total body exercises to combine a variety of muscle groups for a whole body workout.
One to one pilates is great for:
- Those with specific medical needs
- Underlying medical issues
- Injury rehabilitation
- Pregnant women
- Post-natal women to target specific areas and help rehabilitate the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles -working on improving function and muscle tone, and reducing diastasis recti (see below).
Post natal pilates
- Restore strength and core function,
- Reduce diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles)
- Reduce the post pregnancy belly
- Work alongside osteopathy to reduce PGP/SPD* and back pain.
*Pelvic girdle pain/Symphysis pubis pain.
Small group pilates
We also do small group pilates classes, with up to 5 of you in a class, throughout the week for a particular level of participant. For example we run classes for:
- Complete beginners
- Pregnancy and post natal pilates
- Advanced pilates
Specialist PGP (Pelvic girdle pain), pregnancy and postnatal osteopathy and rehab
We have highly experienced osteopaths who work with you throughout your pregnancy to get you in the best place for birth, to help get to the crux of Pelvic Girdle Pain, and why you may be experiencing this specifically, and using osteopathic treatment and rehab to get rid of the pain and keep it away, this will also help significantly improve chances of a natural birth and reduced need for intervention.
We work with women postnatally, providing care as early as a few days postnatally in some cases, working on any pain you may be experiencing, healing from birth, assessing diastasis recti, abdominal and pelvic floor function and speeding up recovery. This works so well for women who have had previous pelvic issues, or for those who had a long or traumatic birth, C-Section, episiotomy, or any woman who would like to have a thorough check and treatment to help re-balance after birth, whether in pain or not, it can help with your recovery.
We have a number of specialist appointments.
Jo Day is also recognised by The Pelvic Partnership as a specialist Practitioner working to help women with PGP.
“I began to develop PGP around the second trimester of my pregnancy. With 20 weeks to go it was becoming increasingly uncomfortable to stay active and mobile, with every twist or turn resulting in shooting pain. Jo has been a miracle worker and has managed to get me back on my feet after only a few sessions. She was able to spot the problem instantly, and reassured me that we could alleviate the pain. Ever since, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy my pregnancy and I’d recommend her to anyone experiencing even a twinge as you really don’t have to suffer through it.”
ONLINE appointments (available through video consultations)
We are currently offering a variety of appointments through our video appointments system.
45-50 minute appointments all £65.
*ONLINE Initial osteopathy appointment NEW PATIENTS 45-50 minutes
*ONLINE Postnatal osteopathy appointment NEW or EXISTING patients
*ONLINE Pregnancy osteopathy appointment: Specialist PGP and SPD help
25 minute follow up appointments all £45 for anyone who has been to see us before
Please book this appointment for all regular osteopathy, rehab, injuries, pregnancy and postnatal:
*ONLINE Osteopathy appointment 25 minutes existing patients
All thirty minute pilates sessions with Jo Day are £50
All 55 minute pilates sessions with Joanna Michealides are £55
*121 ONLINE Postnatal or Pregnancy Pilates and Personal Training with Jo Day 30 minutes
*121 PILATES: 30 minutes pilates with Jo Day ONLINE
*ONLINE Private pilates session, 55 minutes, with Joanna Michaelides
HOW TO BOOK:
The easiest way to book is to use our online bookings system. Please click here to book online.
If you cannot find the appointment time that you would like, or need an urgent appointment then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our reception is also available during regular office hours: 01727 400425.
ONLINE PILATES MEMBERSHIP
We are excited to offer an online pilates membership subscription.
Members have access to a private members area of the website with a huge variety of pilates classes all available on demand.
You will have access to 4 different areas:
This focuses on building the foundations: from understanding how to breathe, to using your abdominal muscles correctly, stabilising your pelvis, understanding how to activate the correct muscles in a variety of positions and then building up to classes. Instructional videos include learning how to do a press up and how to do a squat!
Pilates for All:
Classes of a variety of lengths, from ten minute blasts to longer 30 and 40 minute classes. Options for all levels, from beginners to advanced, strength to dynamic strength, and everything in between.
Specialist postnatal programme:
Restoration and healing after birth and understanding how to get back to exercise correctly, effectively and safely.
Stretch and release videos and extra resources:
Spinal mobilisation, stretching, foam rolling and much more.
New videos are added every week, and you have access to all of the videos and classes as they accumulate throughout the length of your membership.
Also included, access to a private pilates Facebook Group. Regular Facebook live videos, chat and support when needed, and further resources on here too.
SIGN UP and MORE INFO:
Initial appointments for all
1st Osteopathy appointment* (45 mins) £80
This is a standard 1st osteopathy appointment which can be booked by all new patients who do not fit into the below categories (pregnancy, postnatal, women’s health)
PREGNANCY and POSTNATAL
1st Pregnancy Osteopathy appointment: 45 minutes [Initial appointment] (45 mins) £80
1st Pregnancy PGP care extended Osteopathy appointment: 55 minutes [Initial appointment] (55 mins) £100
1st appointment postnatal assessment and treatment: 55 minutes [Initial appointment for all those who have given birth in the last 9 months] This appointment is also perfect for anyone who is 1-2 years postnatal or longer if you feel your issues are still related to pregnancy and birth. You can come anytime postnatally and do not have to wait for your 6 week GP check. £100
Extended postnatal follow up: You can also book in a postnatal assessment and treatment appointment as an extended follow up appointment too. So if you would like a longer appointment for your first postnatal appointment back with us (for previous and existing patients), then please book in this longer postnatal appointment 45 minutes (£80). Otherwise just a regular standard follow up appointment is fine if you have been to us before recently, and through your pregnancy, and you would prefer this (see below for price and time)
Follow up appointments for all
If you have been to us before then please book a standard follow up osteopathy appointment, even if you are now pregnant or postnatal, as long as you have seen us recently. If you would prefer a longer postnatal appointment, then please book in the 45 minute postnatal appointment above.
30 minutes, £55.
Initial appointments with Jo Day.
Jo specialises in treating women through pregnancy, postnatal, and beyond. Jo offers three types of initial consultation:
1st Postnatal assessment and treatment £100 55 minutes
1st Pregnancy PGP care extended osteopathy and treatment: 55 minutes £100 (55 mins)
Initial Women’s Health Osteopathy and treatment 55 minutes £100
Cranial Osteopathy with IANA and STEVE
Babies, and toddlers from 0-5 years old:
Initial appointment £70, and lasts 45 minutes
Follow up babies and children 0-4 £50 and lasts 30 minutes
Cranial osteopathy for children can be booked as a children’s osteopathy appointment (5-15 years old) £80, follow ups 30 minutes and £55
Children 16 and over please book a regular initial appointment. Although it may be preferable to book this with Iana or Steve.
Cranial osteopathy for adults, booked with Iana or Steve, same prices as regular osteopathy. Both Iana and Steve will use cranial, visceral, or structural osteopathy depending on the needs of the individual.
*Please note, if you are aged 16-17 years old, please book in for the standard initial osteopathy appointment, but a parent/carer will be needed to accompany you.
Mum and Baby Clinic with IANA or STEVE
Unique opportunity for Mum and Baby to be seen together in the same appointment for a postnatal assessment and treatment for Mum and a cranial osteopathy appointment for baby. £95 (1 hour) – this appointment can be booked for patients brand new to our clinic, or for those who have been before.
During Covid-19 we are not currently running this appointment.
Call 01727 400425 to book or click here to book online.
AVAILABLE THROUGH VIDEO APPOINTMENTS:
One-to-one pilates and/or injury rehabilitation prescriptive to your individual needs With an Osteopath (25-30mins) £50
One to one (or two to one) private pilates with Joanna Michaelides £55 for one hour, prescriptive to individual needs.
These pilates sessions can include postnatal pilates, pregnancy pilates, beginners, seniors and clinical pilates.
Group pilates classes depend on size of group but will usually be £14-£16 per person. These are not currently running. But please head to https://hertsosteopathy.co.uk/online-pilates to have a look at the online classes and pilates membership we are currently running.
Call 01727 400425 to book or click here to book online.
All of these are available options after you have had an initial osteopathy appointment with any of our osteopaths.
We also offer combination appointments for a full holistic approach to your health. These are not currently running during covid-19.
Choose from 3 options:
1. OSTEOPATHY/BIOMECHANICS/REHAB COMBO
With Hayley you can have a combination appointment of Osteopathy and rehabilitation/biomechanics and movement therapy, this can also include gait analysis and retraining from running/sports injuries and is a highly effective area of rehabilitation.
Please book in for a Osteopathy with biomechanics and rehab combo (55 minutes £100)
2. OSTEOPATHY/PILATES COMBO Pregnancy/Postnatal focus
With Jo or Hayley you can have a 55 minute combination appointment to include osteopathy and pilates/core restore programmes for pregnancy, and postnatal issues including diastasis recti, pelvic floor dysfunction, lower abdominal pouching and more. (50 minutes £100)
3. MUM AND BABY CLINIC
With Iana and Steve you can have one hour and fifteen minutes for a complete mother and baby appointment. This includes full postnatal assessment and treatment for mum, and a cranial osteopathy appointment for baby. (1 hour £90). This can be found in the Pre and Postnatal section of online bookings.
Call 01727 400425 to book or click here to book online.