Osteopathy

Osteopathy for Harpenden, St Albans and Welwyn Garden City

From my osteopathy clinic here in Harpenden, I assess, diagnose and treat patients with a wide range of problems including:

  • back, neck or shoulder pain
  • nerve related problems such as sciatica
  • pain in hips, pelvis, knees or ankles
  • tendinitis and RSI (repetitive strain injury)
  • frozen shoulder and tennis elbow
  • arthritic pain
  • headaches
  • work-related injuries
  • sports injuries
  • sprains, strains and general aches and pains
  • accident injuries such as whiplash
  • pain caused by poor seating posture
  • pregnancy associated pains
  • muscle tension
  • foot and leg problems

What can I expect from my osteopathy treatment?

Osteopathy promotes and supports the body’s natural healing abilities through physical mobilisation of joints and deep tissue massage which increases joint mobility, relaxes muscles, and increases blood flow to tissues. It is a holistic approach to wellbeing, meaning that pain is not viewed in isolation but rather is considered within the overall context of structural balance, bodily function and lifestyle. That’s why, when you first visit me at my osteopathy clinic here in Harpenden, your initial assessment will include questions related not only to your presenting physical condition, but also to your medical history, lifestyle, diet and possible stressors.

What happens during my first visit to your Harpenden clinic?

During your first visit to my osteopathy clinic, I will look at your posture and ask you to perform a range of gentle movements, such as bending, walking or standing, so that I can assess your mobility and establish a diagnosis. This is usually done with you in your underwear, as is your ongoing treatment, so that I can see your body moving and carry out the hands-on techniques which are the basis of osteopathy. There is a screen for privacy while you are changing, and during treatment you can lie on the treatment couch beneath a towel, which I provide. Some of my patients like to bring a pair of shorts with them to change into for their treatment.

How many treatment sessions should I expect?

On average, treatment usually runs over 2 to 5 sessions. However, some problems may take longer to treat. On occasion, a particular problem may not respond to osteopathy. I will always advise you if, and as soon as, this appears to be the case. Generally speaking though, osteopathy is fast and effective for a whole range of physical conditions.