During Pregnancy

How does osteopathy help during pregnancy?
A woman’s posture and body shape changes during pregnancy to adapt to the growing size and weight of the uterus. Previous injuries, accidents, postural strains from work can make it more difficult for your body to adapt to these changes. Your body’s ligaments soften during pregnancy as a result of certain hormones, so the pelvic bones can allow the baby to pass through. This can mean the rest of the body is more vulnerable to strain as the baby grows. This may cause backache, neckache, heartburn, breathing and digestion difficulties, nausea and vomiting, aching legs, varicose veins, haemorrhoids and fatigue. Osteopathy can help during and after pregnancy by:

  • relieving the symptoms mentioned above
  • preparing the body for the demands of labour
  • helping the mother to recover after the birth
Is osteopathy safe during pregnancy?
Osteopaths undergo a minimum of four years training, including an intensive obstetric and paediatric course. Osteopathy is safe at any time during pregnancy.

How does osteopathy help post-natally? Birth can be traumatic for mother and baby. After giving birth, the mother’s body needs to recover from the changes of pregnancy and the effects of the delivery and/or surgery. However, the demands of caring for a new baby, such as lifting, carrying on one hip, reaching into a cot and feeding in uncompromising positions, make recovery more complicated. Unresolved stresses can contribute to problems with periods, digestion, headache, backache and urinary difficulties and even to post-natal depression. Osteopathy can help the mother return to normal after the physical and emotional upheaval by releasing the strains endured from labour and pregnancy, making it easier to enjoy her new baby.

New adult – 30 minutes – £45.00
Returning adult – £45.00
Concessions – £40.00

Prices are different for Karl Turner


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, Karl 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 and 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, 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.

Commitment to wellness discount is as follows:
for 1 — 30-minute treatment £62 (also initial consultation)
for 3 — 30-minute treatments £58 a session
for 5 — £55 a session
for 10 — £50 a session
Babies 1 hour treatment — £110

Follow-ups if necessary, as above

for 1 — 15-minute treatment £40
for 3 — 15-minute treatments £38 a session
for 6 — 15-minute treatments £35 a session
for 10 — 15-minute £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.