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Coronavirus Update: The Clinic is Now Closed

This has been a really tough decision to make. As the Government advice has become stronger and stronger, we’ve wrestled with whether we should should remain open or close for business. I’ve personally had sleepless nights, mulling it all over but feel that the right thing to do is to close the clinic for the forseeable future.

Although we could stay open and continue to treat, the issue is really about social distancing and isolation. The Government advice is very clear and that is to reduce as much movement and interaction as possible. Encouraging people to come into clinic is in direct conflict with gyms, restaurants, cafes, shops, parks etc all being closed down. I think the message is clear.

To offer as much help as we can to our wonderful patients at this difficult time, I’m going to be offering online/video consultations where we can discuss symptoms, offer advice and then send over exercises that can be done to help. It’s not the same as hands-on treatment but at the moment it’s the best that I can do. I don’t want to leave you in the lurch and sometimes advice can make a big difference. If you’d like to book one of these, email me at and I’ll put it in the dairy.

Obviously we have no idea how long we’ll be closed for but we’ll be active on the Facebook page and always at the other end of the phone, so if you want to discuss anything, give me a call on 0115 981 5134 and I’ll happily talk it all through with you :)

Fingers crossed, this will all be resolved in a relatively short time and we can get everything back to normal again.

Take care, stay safe and hopefully we’ll get through this together

Richard & The Team

PS Don’t forget to wash your hands
PPS And stay indoors whenever you can :)

NHS Allied Health Professional Status


Did you know that Osteopathy is one of 14 roles known as Allied Health Professionals to the NHS?

There has been a lot of press coverage recently about restructuring of local NHS services to reduce pressure on key areas. One of the approaches being used it to encourage involvement of AHP practitioners. There are 14 different AHP Professions on the list, all of which are degree-educated and autonomous, meaning that they work independently without the need to be referred by a GP. One of those professions is osteopathy.

Although osteopathy isn’t itself widely available on the NHS (yet…), AHP status means that we’re recognised by the NHS as being able to “…provide system-wide care to assess, treat, diagnose and discharge patients across social care, housing, education, and independent and voluntary sectors.”

If you’d like to find out more about how osteopathy works within the NHS and AHP framework, you can find out more on the NHS website:


Have you seen our new videos?

One of the most common things we hear from new patients is that they’d heard of ‘osteopathy’ but didn’t really know how it could help them, until a friend or relative had come to see us, who then explained how it helped. To try to make the message clearer, we’ve invested in some promotional videos for the clinic featuring real patients telling their stories. Hopefully this goes some way to explaining what we do and how do it.

Have a look at the videos here and let us know what you think:

Clinic Promotional Video

Margaret’s Story

Alice’s Story

Chris’ Story

New Headaches & Migraines Clinic

We’re proud to announce that we’ve started a new dedicated Headaches and Migraines Clinic on Wednesdays with Associate Osteopath Chris Glover at the helm.

Chris Glover - Associate Osteopath

Chris Glover

Chris his a Masters degree in Osteopathy from the London School of Osteopathy and has trained in advanced spinal manipulations. He has gained extensive experience in the treatment and management of many musculoskeletal conditions and specialises in the treatment of headaches and neck pain.

“Headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic) are a common symptom that many people have experienced. However if they seem to be occurring more frequently, it can be very beneficial to see an osteopath to ascertain the cause. Studies have shown that osteopathic treatment may be as effective as some medications in managing pain from cervicogenic headaches, without the side effects. Finding and fixing the cause can eliminate the problem altogether.”

To book in a specialist appointment with Chris, give our reception team a call on 0115 981 5134 or book online here.

What causes headaches?

Osteopathy has been proven to help headaches that arise from the neck, so-called cervicogenic headaches. Tight muscles in the neck could be as a result of your posture, working position, stress, sleeping position or even how you sit in your car. Compression of the joints in the neck can also result in head pain. Different parts of your neck refer pain to different parts of your head. For example, if you’re stiff at the base of your neck, near your shoulders, this could cause pain at the back of your head whilst stiffness at the top of your neck, could appear as forehead pain or pain around the eyes.

How could an Osteopath help?

Osteopathy offers a natural way to manage pain, without painkillers. Osteopaths are focussed on finding the cause of the pain, rather than just treating the symptoms. Treatment of the tight muscles and manipulation of the joints of the neck, thorax and back can relieve the build-up of muscular tension that may lead to headaches. An osteopath will also advise on exercise, posture and lifestyle changes which may help to keep headaches at bay.

What about migraines?

There are many different causes of migraines, but studies have shown that osteopathy may be effective in preventing some types of migraines.

To book in a specialist appointment with Chris, give our reception team a call on 0115 981 5134 or book online here.


2016 – Year in Review

Wow, what a year! A LOT has happened at the clinic and within the team so here’s a little run down of some of the things we’ve been up to over the past 12 months.

40% increase in patients

We’re extremely proud to announce that year-on-year we’ve seen a 40% increase in the number of patients that have come in to see us. This means that we’ve been able to help a lot more people than we ever have before!

We pride ourselves on offering our absolute best to everyone that comes to see us and it sounds like word is spreading! A massive Thank You to everyone we’ve met this year, we hope that we’ve been able to help.

A bunch of Mudders

May this year saw 4/5 of the team (sadly Terry was otherwise engaged) take on the Tough Mudder Half obstacle race at Belvoir Castle. After a couple of very muddy hours, the team emerged, battered and bruised… but we survived! We also picked up a ‘Teamwork of the Day’ award which gave us the use of a hot jacuzzi at the finishing line! It almost made it all worthwhile… almost 😉

Tough Mudder Half

Richard’s on the Telly

It was a big year for Clinical Director Richard who made it onto National TV this October… for about 5 seconds! The program was ‘Extraordinary Pregnancies’ and focussed on Kat, a local lady who was still competing in pole dancing despite being heavily pregnant. A film crew descended on the clinic early one Tuesday morning to film Richard treating and talking to the patient for a couple of hours.

My Extraordinary Pregnancy

It seems like most of it ended up on the cutting room floor but he still had time to shine. Click on the image above to see the full appearance… don’t blink!

Building Bridges

As you probably know, we’re keen on building connections to other professionals and businesses and this year was no exception as we met and grew relationships with some really interesting folks:

Future Health – by name and by nature! These guys are a VERY impressive setup based on Nottingham Innovation Park offering stem cell harvesting and banking. It really is cutting-edge stuff. Have a look at our thoughts when we went to visit in November – Future Health blog.

Future Health Biobank

Real World Fitness – Richard has been training at RWF for a couple of years now but they moved from rather modest premises into their own standalone gym space in Cowlick earlier this year. We think it’s the best facility of it’s type in Nottingham and definitely worth a look if you’re interested in a quality, no-nonsense approach to your fitness training.


… and what about next year?

You know us, we’re not going to rest on our laurels. We’ve got big plans for next year, including expanding the team and offering new services but without losing our core values: we want to consistently offer the best treatment, advice and service to all our patients and help everyone that comes through our doors. Simple as that.

And with that, we’d like to wish you a vey Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hopefully see you again in 2017!

The value of a day out of the office

Therapy Expo banner

As an osteopath I have to undertake at least 30 hours of CPD (Continual Professional Development) each year. This usually takes the form of discussion with colleagues, online research and learning, training courses and relevant events. I always try to use a number of different methods to reach my hours and a particular favourite is Therapy Expo at the NEC in Birmingham.


This is the second year that I’ve been to this event and it didn’t disappoint. Two days of excellent talks about topics ranging from paediatrics to pregnancy to sport injuries to new technology to marketing ideas, it really does have it all. I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone in our field.

However it’s not just about the content of the event, I believe that there is real value in going to events like this, beyond the nitty gritty.

1. Time to listen

We spend most of our time in a 1-to-1 situation with patients, so conversation is often quite personal and direct, with lots of interaction. It makes a change to sit down, relax and listen to someone speaking about a topic of interest with the time and freedom to make notes, think about what they’re saying and be led on a journey.


2. Time to catch up and have a coffee

Every time I go to events like these I bump into friends, colleagues and peers and have the time for a cup of coffee and a natter. Yes this is often led by ‘shop talk’ but conversation soon wanders and we can switch off… even if it’s for a little while.

3. Time to be exposed to new ideas

This year I saw exoskeletons being demonstrated and saw the impact that they had on a people who’d had life-changing accidents. Not directly relevant to my practice perhaps but absolutely inspiring. I really must get one for work….

Therapy Expo Exoskeletons

4. Time to reflect

I usually find myself in at least one of the marketing and business talks and if I’m honest, I find that I’m already putting into practice a lot of what is suggested. That said, as the speaker extols the virtues of social media, harnessing referrals or implementing business systems, I find myself thinking about my business, what is working and what could be improved. EVERY SINGLE TIME I come away with new ideas…

5. Time to plan

But of course, plans need to be made. The ‘great‘ thing about the NEC is that there’s always traffic on the roads or delays on the trains meaning that there’s plenty of time to start thinking about short term and long term plans. It’s no coincidence that my productivity shoots up after attending events like this one. The trick is maintaining that over the whole year 😉

So, see you next year?

So as you can see, I’m a big fan of getting out of the office, going to events like these and having my horizons broadened. Even if it just gives you some headspace to think about what you’re doing, how it could be improved and what you can do to make both yours and your patients’ experiences that little bit better, surely that’s got to be worth it.


BackTalk Event, Nottingham, 19 May 2016

I’m very proud to have been asked to speak at a really interesting event next week in Nottingham which has been organised by a new website called

This is a new website that offers support and advice to those suffering from long-term back pain with a focus on changing attitudes, becoming empowered and ultimately getting on top of the situation. There are a team of experts (including me) on hand to offer our opinions and a little advice to help sufferers take back control.

I’ll be speaking about how important it is to treat each case individually and will be presenting alongside a trusted local personal trainer and a hip specialist. The founder of the website, Arman Brevig will also be introducing the website and explaining where the idea came from.

It’s a FREE EVENT and should be a lot of fun. Why not register and come along?

Christmas & New Year 2015 Opening Hours

We have limited availability over the Christmas holiday:

Wednesday 23rd December – Open as usual
Christmas EveHannah (Osteopath)
Christmas Day – Closed
Boxing Day – Closed
Sunday 27th December – Closed
Monday 28th December – Closed
Tuesday 29th DecemberHannah (Osteopath) & Sara (Sports Massage)
Wednesday 30th DecemberMichael (Osteopath) & Terry (Sports Massage)
Thursday 31st DecemberTerry (Sports Massage)
Friday 1st January – Closed
Saturday 2nd JanuaryTerry (Sports Massage)
Sunday 3rd January – Closed
Monday 4th January – Open as usual

To book an appointment over Christmas, give us a call on 0115 981 5134 or send an email to and we’ll do our best to find someone that can see you.

Nutritional Therapy Now Available

We’re really excited to announce that we can now offer Nutritional Therapy & Advice at the clinic with Roger Smith, BSc (Hons). He’s now available on Thursdays, offering one hour one-to-one consultations for a number of health issues.

Variety of foods rich in antioxidants, isolated on white. Includes broccoli, apple, green tea, pistachios, cranberries, avocado, tomatoes, lentils and dark chocolate.

Roger Smith is a food chemist providing a unique service that allows you to understand your current deficiencies and excesses of essential nutrients. From here he is able to guide you in finding your ideal foods and drinks for better gut health and eliminating allergies.

He has helped clients recover from diabetes, chronic fatigue, low thyroid, high ‘bad cholesterol’ and dangerously high triglycerides, depression, bipolar disorder and of course IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

If you think that Roger could help you, or would like to find out more about his service, why not drop him an email on

HipTrac Day 31st October

We’re very excited to announce that Mark from HipTrac UK is going to be doing an Open Day at our clinic on Saturday 31st October to demonstrate his revolutionary hip traction machine.

Designed to help people suffering from osteoarthritis of the hip who are unable, unwilling or unsuitable for surgery, it provides gentle traction to the hip joint to increase joint space, reduce muscle tension and improve mobility of the joint.


Mark will be here from 10am to 3pm on the day offering hip assessments and free demonstrations of the device for anyone who drops in. Alternatively you can give him a call on 0115 882 0733 to book a slot.