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Bishops Stortford Osteopathy & Physiotherapy is 'home' to Osteopath Vicki Aldridge BSc(Hons) Ost. Med., assisted by Osteopaths Celia Crook B.Ost. & Andrew McGowan B.Ost. and Massage Therapist Sam Reeve. It is our aim to provide the highest quality private physical healthcare, combined with the very best service & practice facilities, at competitive prices, in the Herts/Essex area. Our website will hopefully provide you with all the information you need, however, we prefer the personal approach so if you cannot find the information you require on our website please feel free to give us a call.
We firmly believe that you will not find the same quality of service and the facilities that we can provide, at any other local clinic!
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Graduating from the British College of Naturopathy & Osteopathy (now the British College of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1998, Vicki has practiced osteopathy in a variety of places, including the Osteopathic Childrens Centre(OCC) in London, Cambridge, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Wellington N.Z. She joined David Lindy in Church Street, Bishop's Stortford in 1998 and went on to establish the Bishops Park Osteopathic Clinic with David Lindy & Amy Lovell in 2000. In 2006 she moved the practice to Dunmow Road where it became the Bishops Stortford Osteopathic Clinic.
Vicki enjoys treating patients of all ages and physical abilities from a week old babies to those in their 90’s. Her original training was in structural osteopathy which was closely followed by an interest in the cranial osteopathic approach. She has combined these over the years to develop a balance range of physical techniques. She believes strongly that the body is a wonderful self healing mechanism and you only need to do as much as is necessary to make a significant change. She also uses ultrasound therapy, dry needling trigger point therapy and ‘kinesio taping’ techniques when appropriate. Vicki also has an Honours Degree in Mathematical Studies.
Vicki says... “I enjoy helping people to work out why their body have become painful. This understanding lends itself to helping them ease their symptoms and also preventing them returning whenever possible. Teamwork between patient and practitioner is the key! I am lucky to have a job that is continually challenging what I know and stretching me to look for individual solutions. In general I have found that the natural and simple solutions are usually the best”.
Clinic days are:
Monday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Thursday 2:30pm - 7:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 1:00pm.
Graduating in 2005 from The British School of Osteopathy, Celia joined the practice in May 2006.
She trained in structural Osteopathy and then went on to study Cranial Osteopathy at the Sutherland Cranial College two years later as a postgraduate course and will continue on the path-way there.
After the birth of her two children Celia became interested in treating children and babies. Her courses studied have included the miserable baby, treating and feeding disorders and treating ENT in children and teenagers. Celia considers treating children as being especially rewarding.
Celia treats a variety of patients, from newborn to elderly and uses a variety of techniques. She has studied mindfulness and believes in the powerful effect this can have and often recommends it. “Today everyone seems to be under pressure and I think it is particularly valuable in both adults and children to develop the ability to listen to your own bodies. I believe the body has incredible ways of healing itself given the correct circumstances or environment”. She has also been taught breathing techniques by Leon Chaitow.
As well as the traditional manipulation “clicking” Celia uses the more gentle cranial and modern acupuncture/dry-needling and visceral techniques if required. The treatment may vary depending on your presentation and preferences.
In her spare time Celia practices Yoga, Pilates and Barre.
Clinic days are:
Monday 10:00am - 1:30pm
Thursday 10:00am - 7:30pm
Alternate Saturdays 9:00am - 1:00pm.
Andy graduated from London’s British School of Osteopathy in 2007. He has a special interest in sports injuries, in fact it was his interest in outdoor and mountain sports (distance running, snowboarding and hill walking) that led him to leave his career in IT and retrain in osteopathy. As well as treating acute and chronic injury, he is experienced in the treatment of acute sports injuries such as strained muscles, sprained ligaments and can provide a programme of rehabilitation exercises for you to manage your injury at home between treatments to speed healing and aid recovery. Andy uses the key osteopathic techniques of massage, mobilisation and manipulation for the back, neck and other areas of the body, but also has additional training both in Medical Acupuncture for pain relief, muscle relaxation and the optimisation of functional movement. .
Clinic days are:
Monday 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 9:30am - 7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm.
Samantha has a ITEC Level 5 Sport and Remedial Massage from the London School of Sports Massage. She is able to treat patients who have musculoskeletal injury, pain or dysfunction caused by any of life's stresses and from all walks of life. Samantha has worked alongside sport teams and private patients for several years and regularly takes part in CPD (Continuing Professional Development) to further her skill and knowledge.
“ I am a hardworking, passionate, committed, happy individual. Sports massage is an ideal way to treat injuries as well as being a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle, connective tissue, range of movement, tone, balance of muscles and quality of posture. I use techniques that involve the manipulation of soft tissue to release tension, reduce pain, restore range of movement, promote well being and maintaining good condition. “
Clinic days are:
Wednesday 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Thursday 10:00am - 1:00pm
Friday 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Alternate Saturdays 9:00 - 1:00pm.
Unfortunately we cannot offer physiotherapy treatment at present as we do not have a physiotherapist at the practice. We are currently recruiting for a part-time MSK physiotherapist with CSP an HCPC registration to join the team. Please contact our Practice Manager for more details if you wish to apply.