Howard Gilbert has been at the Welwyn and Hatfield Practice for about a year now and adds his own sparkle, humour and unique sports experience to our team. Howard studied osteopathy at the British School of Osteopathy (BSO), the oldest and largest osteopathic school in Europe and qualified with a Bachelor of Osteopathy (BOst) degree. He has experience in treating a wide range of conditions, including pregnant women, the elderly and sports injuries, amongst others. Howard combines skilled sports massage techniques with osteopathic treatment to provide a unique service.
At university Howard studied Japanese and business, and upon graduation was employed in Japan for 2 years as a Co-Ordinator for International Relations. Once back in the UK, he trained, qualified and worked as a City broker for 4 years. Realising that an office job was not for him, he decided to learn about the body. Having participated in numerous global triathlon events and suffered from niggling sports injuries, this fueled a desire to study manual medicine and treat the body as a whole in order to resolve symptoms.
Howard qualified in Personal Training and Sports Massage Therapy in March 2004, and was then employed as a sports massage therapist in La Manga Club resort in Spain, treating golfers and tennis players. He then spent 14 months working in a ski resort in Norway, in Scandinavia’s only Shiseido spa at the prestigious Dr Holms Hotel in Geilo, doing sports massage and other treatments. In 2004, Howard was an interpreter for the Japanese national swimming, gymnastic and cycling teams at the Athens Olympics.
He has a current First Aid certificate valid until 2012, has been trained in the use of ultrasound and is qualified to undertake dry needling (a form of acupuncture). He is currently the Civil Service Rugby Club osteopath, giving both pitchside first aid and treating various injuries.
Howard, a keen triathlete, has completed 3 Ironman competitions and represented Great Britain in the 2002 Long Distance Triathlon World Championships. He is an avid downhill and cross country skier, a kendo participant (Japanese fencing) and is a cycling enthusiast. He loves traveling, having visited over 30 countries, shadowing osteopaths in Spain, Norway, Japan and Australia.
The Welwyn & Hatfield Practice is one of Hertfordshire’s leading complementary therapy practices.
We have more than 30 years experience with back pain and musculo skeletal pain management experience that will get you better fast.We Specialise in patient centered care,
We Provide Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, cranial osteopathy, Osteopaths, Physiotherapy, Sports Physiotherapy, Physio, Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Infertility Acupuncture ( specialising in fertility), Massage therapist, Holistic therapies, Deep Massage, Deep tissue sports massage, Injury Sports Massage, Holistic Massage, Deep Soft Tissue Massage, Lymphatic massage & holistic massage therapies.
Our main aim is that your treatment experience at the Welwyn & Hatfield Practice is second to none. We tailor make each treatment to suit you as an individual so you are happy, relaxed and recover fast.
Nearly all of our patients come to The Welwyn & Hatfield Practice via recommendation from their family, friends, GP’s or consulting specialist.We pride ourselves in being effective and we really do care and take time with our patients so they are satisfied and get better quickly.
You will leave our clinic feeling better with a good working diagnosis ( i:e what the problem is ) an idea of how long it will take before you see an improvement and most importantly a good understanding of why the problem happened in the first place . This is always backed up with good quality educational advice so that the injury is not repeated all over again.
Every patient is individually assessed ,treated ,advised and educated ..
We have been told on many occasions that the reason why people return to the Welwyn & Hatfield Practice is because we give good quality , individual attention and we genuinely care about our patient out comes.
We have been told that we are thoughtful, kind, considerate and professional we really do care about your experience at our clinics… The Welwyn and Hatfield Practice ” getting you better all the time “