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.

Having suffered with a back problem and having used a physiotherapist previously, I was recommended to try an Osteopath. Jo came highly recommended and did not disappoint. She is clearly very knowledgeable and identified the problem. Her treatment was excellent, she explained what she was doing and how it would affect my back and provided suitable exercises to complement this treatment.

Cranial Osteopathy

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...
  • “Sciatica”
  • 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 can also help with sports injuries and rehabilitation, and many more.

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
We offer a specialised service for postnatal ladies who have had their baby anytime from 1 day ago, to 12 months. Bodies have to go through an incredible change in mechanics during pregnancy and then sometimes the labour process is not as “easy” as it should be.

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.

I have seen Jo so far for only two sessions of Osteopathy and can honestly say my sore back and pelvis have almost completely gone.  From quite early in my current pregnancy my lower back and pelvis area were incredibly painful when moving from one position to another.  I was suffering from shooting pains and longer dull aches most days and it was becoming more difficult to look after my active Toddler.  Jo’s professional and confident manner put me at ease instantly during our first session and there was an immediate improvement after that session, the second session was just to straighten out any further issues which it seems to have done. I would not hesitate to recommend Jo and her expertise and I will be a patient again in the future for any further issues.

32, Pregnant


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.

Right through from the initial assessment, diagnosis, treatment to providing aftercare advice, Jo has been outstanding. Long standing injuries have been resolved within a few weeks of treatments. I wish I had been referred to Jo years earlier, she really is a credit to her profession.



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
We also run a specific post natal rehabilitation programme which will be prescriptive to your specific needs, (based on a thorough biomechanical assessment) that will:
    • 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
If there is a group of you who are interested in doing pilates together (2-5 people of roughly similar level), then we can book you in as a group so you can exercise together for motivation and fun, and share the cost.

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
So individually if you are interested in joining any of the classes please email us jo@hertsosteopathy.co.uk and let us know days and times which are good for you, and then classes can be organised around this, or you can fit into an existing class if there is space.
My son was born this year and being over ten pounds, left my stomach in need of urgent attention!!! Having been to Jo’s pilates classes for many years, with amazing results, I knew she would be able to help. I asked her to give me half an hour a week of intensive stomach work over a period of 8 weeks and although I was exhausted and would have much preferred half an hour of sleep, Jo’s enthusiasm and motivation kept me going. By the end of the 8 weeks, Jo had managed to transform the way I looked and I was back in a bikini which I never thought possible in only 2 months.


Sports massage and injury rehabilitation

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 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.

A variety of different equipment can be used in these sessions to improve function, balance and strength, with all programmes individualised for you.

I found Herts Osteopathy to be a professional and high quality service. The treatment I have received has helped me immensely with injuries I sustained in a car accident. I had seen several practitioners previously and I had lost hope that my injuries would get better. However, since seeing Jo I am in less pain and have increased movement and flexibility. I am also relying on prescription pain relief far less. Jo’s positive attitude and patience in explaining to me clearly what she is doing has helped me to believe that I will fully recover and understand how my body is responding to treatment. I strongly recommend Herts Osteopathy for a friendly and professional service that is excellent value for money.
Miss C (28)



Initial appointment* (45 mins) £75

Postnatal assessment and treatment [Initial appointment] (45 minutes) £75

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 (£75). Otherwise just a regular standard follow up appointment is fine if you have been tpo us before, and you would prefer this (see below for price and time)

Pregnancy Osteopathy [Initial appointment] (45 mins) £75

Children’s initial osteopathy appointment (45 mins) £75 (aged 3-15 with parent/carer) – please note this is biomechanical/structural osteopathy if booked with Jo Day, and can be cranial/structural if booked with Iana Van Cutsem.

Subsequent osteopathy appointments [of all types] (30 mins) £50

*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 for the first appointment

If you have been to us before then please book a standard follow up osteopathy appointment, even if you are now pregnant or postnatal. If you would prefer a longer postnatal appointment, then please book in the 45 minute postnatal appointment above.
Cranial Osteopathy with IANA

Babies, and children from 0-3 years old:

Initial appointment £65, and lasts 45-50 minutes

Follow up babies and children 0-3 £45 and lasts 30-45 minutes (we allow extra time due to the unpredictable nature of babies, so you do not have to feel rushed, if baby needs feeding or changing for example)

Cranial osteopathy for children can be booked as a children’s osteopathy appointment (3-15 years old) £75

Cranial osteopathy for adults, booked with Iana, same prices as regular osteopathy
Mum and Baby Clinic with IANA

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. £90 (1 hour) – this appointment can be booked for patients brand new to our clinic, or for those who have been before.

Call 01727 400425 to book or click here to book online.


One-to-one pilates and/or injury rehabilitation prescriptive to your individual needs and based on a full biomechanical assessment With an Osteopath (25-30mins) £50

Two-to-one pilates sessions £50 With an Osteopath (£25 each) for 25-30 minutes.

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.

Call 01727 400425 to book or click here to book online.

Sports massage/sports therapy/sports rehab (Lucy)
Initial appointment for all patients and clients brand new to us here at Herts Osteopathy (55 mins) £55

Subsequent appointments (50 minutes) £50 – this can be booked for anyone who has been to us before, even if you have seen an osteopath or different practitioner.

Pregnancy massage and Postnatal restorative massage £55 for 55 minutes.

Call 01727 400425 to book or click here to book online.

Restorative Yoga, one-to-one yoga, and yoga therapy (Lucy)
50 minutes for all appointments: £50

This can be catered to your individual needs. So it can be yoga for sport and running, rehabilitative yoga, yoga for relaxation and mindfulness, or restorative yoga. Any other individual needs, please email us admin@hertsosteopathy.co.uk to discuss.

Call 01727 400425 to book or click here to book online.

Combination appointments
All of these are available options after you have had an initial osteopathy appointment with any of our osteopaths, or following an initial Sports Massage/Therapy appointment with Lucy.

We also offer combination appointments for a full holistic approach to your health.
Choose from 3 options:

With Lucy you can have a combination appointment to include two of the following of your choice: Yoga, mindfulness, sports massage and rehab. Please book this in as a Combination Therapy appointment with Lucy. This is 60 minutes and £60.


With Jo 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 £90)


With Jo or Hayley you can have a 55 minute combination appointment to include osteopathy and pilates/core restore programmes for clinical strength retraining or for postnatal issues including diastasis recti, pelvic floor dysfunction, lower abdominal pouching and more. (55 minutes £90)


With Iana 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 10 minutes £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.

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