COMMITED TO EXCELLENCE IN CARE

The Osteo Practice believes passionately in providing every patient with the highest level of care from first assessment through to recovery.

We specialise in diagnosis and leading osteopathic methods across a wide range of health conditions and sports injuries.

With a comprehensive, holistic treatment approach that combines osteopathy, acupuncture, massage and exercise rehabilitation, we focus on helping patients achieve rapid symptom relief and, importantly, benefit from long-term wellness.

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COMMITED TO EXCELLENCE IN CARE

osteo

The Osteo Practice believes passionately in providing every patient with the highest level of care from first assessment through to recovery.

We specialise in diagnosis and leading osteopathic methods across a wide range of health conditions and sports injuries.

With a comprehensive, holistic treatment approach that combines osteopathy, acupuncture, massage and exercise rehabilitation, we focus on helping patients achieve rapid symptom relief and, importantly, benefit from long-term wellness.

WE HAVE HELPED THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS OVERCOME PAIN AND INJURY THAT IS IMPACTING THEIR LIVES

Expert Diagnosis

Specialist treatment

Continued support

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At the Osteo Practice we provide a wide range of services tailored to suit the direct needs and requirements of the condition, and patient at hand. Our comprehensive method of care combines osteopathy, exercise rehabilitation, acupuncture and massage with a holistic approach to help alleviate symptoms and achieve long-term wellness

Where we can help

Headaches & Migraines

Muscular & Tendon Pain & Injury

Neck & Shoulder pain

back pain & sciatica

Elbow, Arm & Wrist Pain

Hip, knee & Groin pain

Foot & Ankle Pain

Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker is the principal practitioner of The Osteo Practice in Harpenden, and founder of Back2Business in London.

He offers a variety of techniques dependent on the age, physique and nature of each patient’s complaint. He specialises in the treatment of shoulder and neck pain and has conducted research investigating the incidence of low back pain in regular gym goers.

Matthew has a wealth of experience working with elite and professional athletes as well as other patients with acute injuries or chronic physical conditions.

Matt is a thorough and consummate professional, talking you through every step of the diagnosis, recommending a course of action and onward treatment. His patients, myself included, are an advert for the results he achieves.

Clinical director and registered osteopath
M.Ost
Hertfordshire and London

Matthew Walker is the principal practitioner of The Osteo Practice in Harpenden, and founder of Back2Business in London.

Clinical director and registered osteopath
M.Ost
Hertfordshire and London
matthew-walker

Jake Coombe

As an osteopath Jake approaches whole person and will not just treat your symptoms. He utilises the innate ability of the body to heal and adapt to overcome various pain presentations. The diversity between each patient and their pain presentation is reflected by the management approach.

However, as a skilled osteopathic clinician it will always include some form of manual therapy, often supplemented by a progressive rehabilitation protocol. His knowledgeable and empathetic approach ensures you receive comprehensive treatment and a full opportunity for recovery.

He is great at his job, professional and takes time to explain as he goes. I am so grateful for his treatment and my return to a shoulder/arm that works again. Would definitely recommend him.

As an osteopath Jake approaches whole person and will not just treat your symptoms. He utilises the innate ability of the body to heal and adapt to overcome various pain presentations.

Registered Osteopath
jake
matthew-walker

Our Services

Why choose us

highly-trained

Highly trained, experienced osteopaths specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal health conditions

calendar

We do our best to make ourselves available at short notice with early mornings, late evenings, weekends and emergency appointments

passion

Passionate about what we do and empathetic towards our patients. Our conscientious approach towards healthcare has gained us a wealth of 5 star google reviews

customise

We customise our treatment and management plans to suit each individual patient. We endeavour to resolve your complaint in the shortest and most efficient way possible

contact

We understand that pain can be scary and so, our patients are able to contact us out of hours for any serious concerns

What others say about us

  • 5 star review  I have had a fantastic experience being treated by Jacob at The Osteo Practice. My long term back issues are now under full control thanks to his excellent treatment and ongoing exercise plan. Always friendly and approachable I cannot recommend him highly enough.

    thumb Stephen Dunnet
  • 5 star review  Highly recommend The Osteo Practice. Matt is excellent, very friendly and professional and I’m very pleased with the results I have had from just a few months of treatment.

    thumb Lauren Moroney
  • 5 star review  Went with a back injury that was professionally diagnosed and treated, happened to mention I had suffered ten years of knee pain which no one has managed to successfully treat and after a few treatments and great advise, the pain is almost non existent! Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!

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  • 5 star review  What a great man he is. When I was in bits, both physically and mentally he scooped me up, helped me heal and injected back the confidence I lost, allowing me to once again enjoy the sport that I love. I can only recommend his skill, knowledge and kind heart. You won’t find a better Osteo for miles. Thanks so much Matt.

    thumb Aggie Vernon-Smith
  • 5 star review  Very good all round experience, Jake was knowledgeable and explained everything in depth, aftercare was excellent with a bespoke exercise program to help with recovery. Relaxed sessions and Very diligent during covid.

    thumb a Hunt
  • 5 star review  I started seeing Matt after experiencing sciatic and lower back pain during my third trimester of pregnancy. He was so helpful explaining where the pain came from and also giving me relief every week. He’s also super friendly and great at making you feel relaxed. Would recommend his services to everyone!

    thumb Amy Whitehurst
  • 5 star review  Professional, polite, and truly great at his job. I had been struggling for six months to get a diagnosis for pain around my hip flex area, having tried sports massage, physio therapists, and other types of treatments without any real improvement. When I had my first appointment, I was in so much pain I couldn’t sleep it was that bad. Matt diagnosed the problem within 20 minutes, and gave me a plan to get me on the road to recovery. I am now fully recovered and can only put this down to Matt’s knowledge and experience. Highly recommend to anyone in need of an Osteo.

    thumb Lee Clark
  • 5 star review  I have seen many osteopaths, but Matt truly goes above and beyond to investigate the source of the problem and not only treat it, but gets sustainable results. In a few sessions he's helped me manage my debilitating headaches which have gone from almost weekly to once a month and given me exercises to manage and reduce them....I'd highly recommend Matt and his practice to anyone in need of Osteo services. A fantastic clinic with clear expertise and a calm and welcoming environment. Five stars!

    thumb Sasha Brooke-Williams
  • 5 star review  I came to Matt with a back injury I had been trying to deal with for years. Matt was clear about the outcome (that it would be something I'd always have to deal with) and that I therefore would be best off with exercises. He suggested a range of exercises that really helped and I am mostly painfree now. If the injury flares up I know how to deal with it myself. I really appreciate this honest approach and would recommend Matt to everyone!

    thumb Barbara Paagman

KNowledge is power

Osteopaths are trained medical professionals who have gained a degree in osteopathy (MOst) which involves the study of musculoskeletal physiology, anatomy and pathology over a period of 4-5 years. All osteopaths are fully insured, follow strict guidelines, have undergone enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and must be registered with the Government’s regulatory body, the General Osteopathic Council (www.osteopathy.org.uk) in order to maintain excellent standard of practice. Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and hands-on treatment for a wide range of medical conditions which cause pain or discomfort. The main focus of treatment is on the musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles, ligaments, fascia etc). Osteopaths use many of the same diagnostic methods as conventional medicine to establish the cause of physical symptoms whilst taking any external impacting factors into account e.g. lifestyle, work, physical anomalies. Please see our services for more information

We provide treatment to all age groups, from babies and children to the very elderly. We treat office workers, health workers, manual workers, pregnant women and sports injury.

Our treatment is adapted to the individual’s needs and requirements.

Your initial appointment will last approximately 40 – 60 minutes with subsequent treatments taking about 30 minutes. Your osteopath will take a full medical history, including details of any past and present illnesses, accidents, imaging, medications and surgical procedures. Your personal information is handled in the strictest of confidence.

Following a detailed discussion regarding your presenting symptoms, your osteopath may wish to assess the symptomatic area for signs of dysfunction i.e. decreased ranges of movements, muscular imbalances, orthopedic or neurological abnormalities.

When your osteopath is confident with the diagnosis, the exact cause of your symptoms and the proposed treatment plan will be explained to you in detail.

Your treatment and management plan may include a number of osteopathic interventions such as; spinal and joint manipulation, massage, articulation, acupuncture, kinesiology taping and a rehabilitation programme designed specifically to suit your individual requirements and lifestyle.

Theoretically no. All of the techniques used in osteopathic practice are applied with great care and expertise and are aimed to provide symptomatic relief. However, when an area of the body becomes damaged, inflamed or overused it can become overly sensitized and painful. In some cases, in order to restore function, we may need to work directly with the affected structure i.e. massage to a strained muscle.

Your osteopath will be sensitive to your personal level of discomfort and will work to make sure that your treatment is as comfortable and painless as possible. In the event that the area is simply too painful to apply pressure or movement to, a variety of alternative osteopathic techniques and interventions are available to make your treatment as relaxing and comfortable as possible.

In the majority of cases you will experience no discomfort following your treatment, however it is perfectly normal to feel some tenderness in the area that has been worked on, especially if you are new to osteopathy.

Patients who do experience a slight post treatment reaction can expect this to settle down, along with the initial symptoms within a maximum of 48 hours. If any discomfort persists, or you are concerned about your symptoms, please call us on 07496 918 435

Simply wear clothing which you feel comfortable in and that allows your osteopath access to the symptomatic area.
In the majority of cases we will work around or through clothing, however, we advise our patients to bring/wear shorts, vests or appropriate undergarments.

Osteopathy is proven to be a non-invasive and a safe means of therapy. All practitioners are highly trained, extremely competent and take great care to ensure patients’ health and wellbeing.

Yes, your comfort is our priority.