Tel: 01707 888 229

The Hatfield Practice

The Hatfield Practice Acupuncture, physiotherapy,osteopathy,acupuncture and massage. Ian Norman The welwyn andHatfield Practice


The Hatfield Practice is  run by husband and wife team Ian Registered Osteopath and Helen Tcm Acupuncturist. They have been involved in health care for over 30 years. “We run the Hatfield Practice in a thoughtful, friendly and professional way”

Helping you feel better is what we do best. We only employ the best of the best practitioners that have achieved top level degrees, are bright, enthusiastic, dedicated and will give their best in order to provide brilliant treatments.

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The Hatfield Practice provides friendly full time reception staff  Shirley, Ann and Libby. Booking in is easy and a fun experience. Our receptionists are kind, enthusiastic and will take care of you. 

We aim to provide excellent levels of communication and provide a direct line via mobile (07590924266) for any advice, emergencies and / or specialist needs.

The  ability to refer between our practitioner specialists is a fast and effective way to resolve your problem.If your condition is complex or previously non resolving we may utilise  other practitioners with your treatment on the same day often during the same session at no extra charge. 

The best Treatments start with good working diagnosis (i.e. what the problem / injury is).  To use its very important that you understand why your in pain. Also a clear idea of how long  it will take to get better.Most importantly your practitioner will provide a good understanding of why the problem happened in the first place .

Treatments are backed up with good quality educational advice so that the injury/condition is not repeated  over and over  again as many are.”  


Ian Norman – Head Osteopath and Practice Director



Physical therapy is great for rehabilitation, educating us to recover fast from injury and operations. Physiotherapy works brilliantly for whiplash, repetitive strains, muscle imbalance, workstation assessments, exercises and core muscle stability. Physiotherapy is science-based and well researched. We are committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins  its practice and delivery. Our Physiotherapy is  “hands on”  and does not involve just exercises. This approach has proven very successful and one of the best proven approaches for the treatment of joints, muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments. As well as practising a wide range of  “hands on” techniques, our Physiotherapists are also trained in the use of electro – therapy such as H- wave, ultrasound, laser, interferential and TENS.  


Osteopathy works brilliantly for loosening and improving spinal, muscle and joint function. Chronic muscle tensions caused by hours on the computer or by not stretching and poor diet etc can leave people feeling tired and old. These chronic muscular tensions lead to inelastic fibrotic  muscle states that literally stiffen and “strangle” our bodies almost like ivy on a tree. Stiffness in muscles and joints limit our range of movement. These changes can make us feel older than we are. The lack of movement affects cartilage nourishment eventually causing inflammation, osteoarthritis  “wear and tear”. Aging is in part  due to poor range of movement, eventually softening cartilage and weakened muscles.  

Our Osteopathy is not just about spinal “cracking”. We often use deep tissue massage to  release restricted muscles and joints. Emotional tension “patterns” are often “held” in our bodies for years – osteopathy is your answer.   


Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is brilliant for acute pain relief,  systemic (internal organ) problems like liver heat, kidney stress, digestive conditions such as acid reflux, IBS and high blood pressure. Importantly  “stress origin” conditions like chronic fatigue “burnout” are to do with the kidneys producing to much cortisol/ adrenalin. Acupuncture is brilliant for trapped nerve pain, RSI, shingles, irritable bowls and both male and female fertility/infertility issues are just a few examples of the scope of Traditional Acupuncture. Interestingly in China, the village Acupuncturist would look after the health of locals. Checking on them all from time to time. The reason for this was (apart from loving his work) he would not get paid if they became unwell and could not work (great!). Modern medicine often waits for disease to become established before intervention. Odd  really, as like many things the more established a condition, the harder it is to treat.  


Our “Freedom Massage Treatment” starts with case history taking, full neurological examination, functional testing of muscular performance and joint movement structure and function. Then the treatment typically involves deep soft tissue work along specific nerve pathways. This tends to break reflexes and provides an amazing sense of lightness and freedom of movement. Of course  manipulation of the spine (helping the central control of the whole body), manipulation of peripheral joints and soft-tissue work including reflex- and trigger point therapy and neuro – release techniques to improve the tensions thorough the neuro system which often lead to pulled tissue disc, joint and nerve injuries. Deep neuro – muscular massage is undertaken by Ian Norman.


“What about pain killers? They cheaper than Physiotherapy  and proven right?  

There is no doubt pain killers are a brilliant short term option. Directions on the box. Easy DIY how-to guide and of course  the side effects. Reality suggests the stronger the medicine the stronger and more miserable the side effects. Painkillers don’t cure the condition they “manage”  the pain. But where is the education and understanding? 

Some  pain killers  cause mental confusion, poor performance (at work or whilst driving for example), gastrointestinal inflammation, heart problems, kidney failure etc. Many have been withdrawn due to the  adverse effects on heart muscles.  

Many pharmacological products are clinically tested in isolation, in controlled conditions with no stress or any other tablets being taken in consideration. In reality drugs are often taken by patients together with other medication. There are huge addiction problems – a more notable recent example being the singer Michael Jackson.  

Long term effects of pain killers are quite well documented especially more recently with Ibuprofen in the spotlight and its effects on healing after exercise. Combined with poor lifestyle habits,  painkillers may not be the best option in the long term.

Most importantly they don’t educate people and may well encourage pain sufferers into more serious problems. Our unique selling point is:

if your condition is complex, non resolving or if your in a great deal of pain we can  involve other specialist practitioners  with your treatment on the same day often during the same session. We also have a mobile Physio faster  service that will visit you at home or office.’ 

 Our success in treating difficult conditions is one of the characteristics that defines us.”   

Ian Norman – Head Osteopath and Practice Director.


The Welwyn Garden City  & Hatfield Practice –  We have  more than 30 years experience in  pain management, rehabilitation and patient centered care. Our main aim  is that your treatment experience is second to none.   Chartered Physiotherapy, Registered Osteopathy, Licenced Acupuncture (specialist for infertility ), Holistic Therapies, Sports Massage

Every patient is individually assessed, treated, advised and educated.

6 Ground Lane, Hatfield.Hertfordshire. AL10 0HH

Telephone: 01707 888 229  or Mobile (Out of hours / Emergency): 075 909 242 66