As a group we can offer Cheltenham and the Cotswolds a wide range of complementary therapies and holistic health care.
Cheltenham’s Oakwell Health Centre has 4 Osteopaths and a Chiropractor, 3 Massage therapists , 3 Acupunctuists, a Colonic Hydrotherapist, a Nutritional therapist and one on one Yoga & Pilates teachers.
At Oakwell Health we have something for everyone
everyone’s symptom and budget.
Karl in no way is a specialist in helping any particular group, age, sporting type, injury type or ailment . Karl treats EVERYbody
Karl has 21 years of practicing the full range of osteopathic styles ,
– from the gentle cranial style that is very helpful for babies , children , pregnancy ailments, autism , and the elderly – to strong powerful structural osteopathy that is beneficial for people who’ve been in horrific traumatic accidents or sporting injuries . Karl treats professional rugby players from Gloucester Rugby and Worcester Warriors but also has an interest in treatments which relieve the strains of pregnancy and labour, as well as complications of delivery using a mix of both cranial and structural osteopathy. So he can be effective yet still very gentle to brand new babies, premature babies , the elderly & frail as well as rapidly effective to builders , plumbers, carpenters, professional rugby players and marathon runners who all hope for a quick relief so they can return to work asap.
As karl has matured with his skills he has realised that as much as he does everything he can to help people drastically return to healthy, painless, wellness as quickly as possible , one single treatment can only relieve a portion of the problem(s) that has ended up causing the symptom(s). Often one treatment can result in complete relief short term. However it will take a few treatments to undo all the strain , the injury , the inflammation, the compensations to the problem and the habits linked to the problem etc. Karl has reached a point in his career where he can honestly say that, in most cases, it will take a succession of treatments to fully restore optimum balanced function to give his patient’s a sustained period free of any symptom and ultimatley health and wellness. For people commited to this step by step road to wellness there is a discount. (which will be highlighted below)
The Steps along the Road to Recovery & Wellness
At Oakwell Health we all aim to help you BE AS WELL AS YOU CAN BE , FOR AS LONG AS YOU CAN BE
To help highlight the fact that the road to recovery and wellness can be a gradual process of undoing injury/tissue damage (as best as is possible) and the compensations and habits that occur, I have created 2 lists. An Action & a Symptom list
RELIEF > RECOVERY > IMPROVE > CORRECTING >HEALING > STABLE > ENHANCE > PREVENTION
Less pain > more movement > feeling better > much better > ? stronger ? > feeling good > nearly there > optimum
The ?? are there because many of us think we are ‘fixed’ when all we are is out of pain – the problem is just less bad enough for it to not hurt. true wellness is being as best as you can be for as long as you can be.
To undo all of the reasons we suffer pain so as to reach as close to a ‘cure’ as is possible, many things have to change to not just relieve the symptom but to fix the underlying problems too.
Some problems need drastic, vigorous and thorough treatment and some need a less drastic and far less intensive treatment, as too much change at once can almost be traumatising to an already exhausted body.
I have therefore decided to offer more variety in treatment options. After an initial consultation a course of treatment in sessions will be explained for your consideration. Some or most will be 15 min sessions but for some complex and serious cases 30 min sessions will be suggested as the best course.
30 min session
The half hour session will be holistically focussed and extensive treatment where almost every element contributing to the symptom(s) will be addressed. A fully focussed transformational approach to undoing the injury, the compensation to the injury, and a ‘‘service’‘ to the less affecting parts of the skeleton, to ensure every bit of you , is as able to help the healing process as best it can.
15 min session
The fifteen minute session will be a little less holistic and much less intense approach to hands on health care. Instead of trying to fix absolutely everything , the appointment will deal with the main components to the injury / symptom, aiming at restoring function and pain relief in a not so fully comprehensive and potentially overwhelming way.
If you have had severe symptoms from a list of damaging traumatic incidents (whether of a physical and/or emotional nature) please do not hope a single 15 min session will offer the same benefit as a single 30 min one might.
TWICE AS MUCH HALF AS OFTEN OR HALF AS MUCH TWICE AS OFTEN
Along the road to wellness, it can be considered that two 15 min sessions in a fortnight will offer the same results as one 30 min session in the same time scale.
Acute flair ups to an old injury or a recent injury that is painful and immobilising is more likely to benefit from half as much twice as often ( two 15 min sessions close together)
A chronic debilitating problem is more likely to respond better to twice as much half as often (one 30 min session with a fortnight to recover and rehabilitate ) but we will get you to wellness all the same.
Commitment to wellness discount are as follows
for 1 — 30 min treatment £62 (also initial consultation)
for 3 — 30 min treatments £58 a session
for 5 £55 a session
for 10 £50 a session
Babies 1 hour treatment £110
follow ups if nec. as above
for 1 — 15 min treatment £40
for 3 — 15 min treatments £38 a session
for 6 — 15 min treatments £35
for 10 — 15 min £33 a session
This is a loyalty offer with no implied schedule – and in no way an attempt to suggest you opt for frequent and unnecessary treatments.
This price change does not apply to the chronically ill , over 65s, and those receiving palliative care.
John can help people of all ages from newborn babies and children to the elderly, injuries from sports and leisure activities, and work related symptoms and symptoms from illness and conditions.”
New Patients – (1hr) – £70
Returning patients – £50
I was inspired by Chiropractic first in my teenage years following suffering with headaches following playing rugby. After my treatment I was astonished at the remission of my headaches, but also about how my body had improved in mobility.
Chiropractic is a great natural way to facilitate your body in healing and recovery and maintain good health.
An invigorating, deeply stimulating and re-energising treatment to help alleviate stress and tension that builds up in the body during a wide range of physical activities, such as sports participation, exercising, work related tension, driving and sitting or walking with poor posture.
SEATED ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE
A relaxing or invigorating treatment to the back, neck, shoulders and head using massage techniques and working on acupressure points to help with a wide range of issues including muscular tension, headaches, stress & anxiety and poor posture.
THAI FOOT MASSAGE
Thai Foot Massage consists of working on the feet & lower part of the legs and is performed with the hands and a Thai foot stick. The treatment is both relaxing and invigorating and has the aim of balancing the body and encouraging good health
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
Indian Head massage originated in the East several hundred years ago. The treatment induces a state of calm, peace and tranquility and can promote high levels of alertness and concentration. Relaxing, yet invigorating, Indian Head Massage creates a wonderful feeling of well-being.
An Ayurvedic head massage. Warm aromatic herbal oils slowly flow onto your head warming and soothing the membranes of your skull and the muscles of your head, as an incredible massage banishes stress and tension . An amazing treatment, however it is also a very helpful adjuctive treatment for headaches, migraines and neck problems. treatment is about an hour £50 including the oils.
1hr treatment £40
30 minutes £28
Yoga one to one sessions £40 per hour.
- Soft Tissue Therapy
- Sports & Remedial Massage
- Fascial Manipulation
- Myo-Fascial Release
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Active Soft Tissue Release
- Kinesio Taping
- Personal Training
Chris is a passionate soft tissue therapist and can treat pain, restore limited & restricted movement and resolve many other problems with a variety of soft tissue treatments, and is currently studying for a master’s degree (MSc) in Sports Therapy. As an experienced personal trainer, Chris can help prevent pain and injury with progressive, bespoke corrective exercise and strength training, and can also offer advice on sport specific training and fitness and exercise for health. Chris is also a certified teacher, and travels all over the country teaching sports massage. He currently teaches for Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Sports Performance Services, one of the leading providers in the UK, and has previously taught at Gloucestershire College and at the prestigious RAF College Cranwell.
All Sports Massage / Soft Tissue Therapy treatments (up to one hour) £40.
Personal Training consultation including training program and introductory gym session: £50.
Nicola was born and lived nr Cheltenham until she was 16, her passion for horses has taken her all over the UK and abroad. Until recently Nicola was working with racehorses, many falls and injuries over the years and the subsequent recovery have inspired her to re-train as a chiropractor. Nicola’s original plan was to become an equine chiropractor. However whilst in College at Abingdon she found she gained so much pleasure and satisfaction from treating people, the equine chiropractic has become a distant memory.
Nicola returns to the area as a recently qualified McTimoney chiropractor and has qualifications in holistic massage and advanced soft tissue release. She is happy to treat everybody.
A initial consultation is needed 30 minutes £25
For smoking related hypnotherapy 2 hours is needed with no introduction consultation £120
Hypnotherapy sessions 1 hour £60
With a passion for health, fitness and wellbeing Becky persued this as a career after studying science at University. It led her to working in London with a team of physiotherapists for a Sports Injury and Spinal Clinic as their sports massage therapist, seeing a lot of referrals for sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, frozen shoulders etc. but also treating aches and pains resulting from people’s day to day lives and activities. Becky realised how complimentary Pilates was to the rehabilitation of patients and became a qualified STOTT Pilates Instructor in 2009. Her work in the clinic would predominantly be rehab based, getting people back to running after a herniated disc for example but it also included exercise and treatment plans for those simply wishing to improve strength, flexibility and posture.
Becky moved to France in 2011, continuing her career there but has now returned to Cheltenham, her home town, to settle.
The initial appointment with Becky requires a 10-15min postural assessment. It is recommended to arrive 10 minutes early for your first appointment in order to fill out a form required for the assessment. Becky offers one hour treatments for £40, with a 10% discount for the first appointment.
I believe no matter who you are, personal development and learning should be continuous, this is reflected in my treatment and I never rely on the same techniques or explanations. Every patient is unique and I treat what I find rather than subscribe to a formula. This means I use manipulative, soft tissue, cranial and functional techniques, tailored to my patients needs. Medicine is constantly evolving and I follow developments keenly. I recently wrote a paper on Infantile Colic in infants, particularly examining the link between stress in mothers and the incidence of colic.
I am passionate about paediatric and obstetric osteopathy and plan to study for another Masters in this area in order to develop my research in to the relationship between stress and unsettled babies.