About Us

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 an osteopath, two chiropractors, three massage therapists , an Ayurvedic Doctor , a Nutritionist , a Physiotherapist who does Acupuncture

At Oakwell Health we have something for everyone: everyone’s symptom and budget.

Karl J Turner, BSc (HONS) Ost Med
Karl qualified in 1997 as an osteopath/cranial osteopath, prior to which he worked as an auxillary nurse. He studied osteopathic medicine, which means he is trained to use osteopathy to treat chest, ear and throat infections and difficulties with breathing and digestion as well as aches, pains and injuries.

Karl became an osteopath after a life-changing experience that was transformed by an osteopath. At the age of 15, he was hit by a lorry as he stood waiting for the school bus and, as a result of the multiple fractures, he was confined to a wheelchair and crutches. Searching for remedies, Karl stumbled on an osteopath from a recommendation even though, at 15, he had no idea what one was. The osteopath offered three options for treatment: 1) the gentle and painless, but very slow and therefore costly way; 2) the drastic and rapid result, but potentially painful way, which is therefore the least costly way;  3) a personalised compromise between 1) and 2). As a 15-year-old previously very active youngster, he chose the rapid result way; after a thorough treatment and a few yelps, Karl was helped on to his feet and the osteopath suggested he took a few steps unaided.

Karl was mesmerised and immediately decided osteopathy was the job for him. As his training began, it was soon clear that his passion to learn the skills to help others – as he has been helped – stood out and that this path was as much a calling as a career. Karl is in no way a specialist in helping a particular group, age, sporting type, injury type or ailment. He treats everybody. He has 21 years of practising 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 traumatic accidents or suffered sporting injuries. Karl treats professional rugby players from Gloucester Rugby and Worcester Warriors.

He also has an interest in treatments which relieve the strains of pregnancy and labour, as well as complications of delivery using a mix of cranial and structural osteopathy. So he can be effective yet still very gentle to new babies, premature babies, the elderly and 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 as soon as possible.

Treatment cost
As Karl has matured with his skills, he has realised that, as much as he does everything he can to help people return to healthy, painless, wellness as quickly as possible, a single treatment can only relieve some of the problems that caused the symptoms. Often, one treatment can result in complete relief short term. However, it will take a few treatments to undo all the strain, injury, 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 restore optimum balanced function to give his patients a sustained period free of any symptom and, ultimately, health and wellness. For people committed to this step-by-step road to wellness, there is a discount (which will be highlighted below)

The steps along the road to recovery and 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 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 two lists.

    An action list:

And a symptom list:

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The lists illustrate the fact that healing is a process, not an event. Also, they highlight the stages your body goes through as it gets better. 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, not just to 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-minute sessions, but for some complex and serious cases 30-minute sessions will be suggested as the best course.

30-minute session
The half-hour session will be holistically focused and the treatment extensive, where almost every element contributing to the symptom will be addressed. A fully-focused transformational approach is taken to undo the injury, the compensation to the injury, and a “service” to the less affecting parts of the skeleton, to ensure the healing process is as best it can be.

15-minute session
The 15-minute session will be a little less holistic and a much less intense approach to hands-on health care. Instead of trying to fix everything, the appointment will deal with the main components to the injury/symptom, aiming to restore 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 or emotional nature) please do not hope a single 15-minute session will offer the same benefit as a single 30-minute one might.

Along the road to wellness, it can be considered that two 15-minute sessions in a fortnight will offer the same results as one 30-minute session in the same timescale. 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-minute sessions close together). A chronic debilitating problem is more likely to respond better to twice as much half as often (one 30-minute session with a fortnight to recover and rehabilitate ) but we will get you to wellness all the same.

This price change does not apply to the chronically ill, over 65s, and those receiving palliative care.

Paula Badrock
Nothing is as rewarding to me as helping people to live better and healthier. If massage hasn’t worked for you before, let me show you how my specialised skills can produce results. From serious relaxation to relief of pain, my treatments provide long-lasting benefits in addition to making you feel better instantly. With over 15 years of experience and thousands of completed massages, I have developed an understanding of the body’s healing abilities. I customise each treatment for your specific needs, using a variety of techniques including the use of hot stones, deep tissue, myofascial release and trigger point massage. Each treatment is exclusive, bespoke and offers effective structural bodywork that enhances alignment and relives pain. I work with a variety of clients: men, women, elderly and adolescents, athletes, pregnant mothers and people with chronic pain. I have had success in treating a variety of conditions including back and neck pain, headaches, lower lumber and leg injuries, pre and post natal aliments, RSI, frozen shoulders and sciatica. My aim is to rejuvenate you and help you repair and unwind from the stresses of life.

Paula Badrock, I.T.E.C.
Internationally Certified in Massage
Pregnancy massage specialist

David Hover
David Hover is a fully qualified chiropractor, a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of neck and back disorders as well as conditions of the muscles and joints in the rest of the body.

Having received chiropractic treatment for a neck problem in his early 20s and being astonished by the results, David was inspired to become a chiropractor himself and pursue his lifelong passion for health, fitness and anatomy. He graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic with a Master of Chiropractic qualification and is trained in a wide array of assessment skills and manual therapy techniques.

Having overcome a weight problem in his youth, David lost 12 stone in weight before beginning his chiropractic education and, as a result, has a special interest in nutrition and fitness alongside his training as a therapist. He currently enjoys yoga, swimming and weight training, and is a strong believer in the importance of simple, tailored exercise as a means to maintain long term health.

David is a friendly and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about helping people achieve their best regardless of their health status, and is constantly seeking to further his education and improve his skills. He strongly believes in involving his patients in decisions about their care and helping them to get the most out of their treatment at all stages of their journey.

David is registered with the General Chiropractic Council and is a member of the British Chiropractic Association.

Osteopathy can be hugely beneficial to keeping your body in optimum condition and reducing the risk of injury in the future. It can improve joint mobility and help reduce soft tissue adhesions and tightness to increase overall performance.

Osteopathy treats not only sports injuries but those everyday life aches and pains, so if you are interested in having treatment or even any advice then do not hesitate to call or come into Oakwell Health Clinic.