Tel: 01707 888 229

The Hatfield 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 have always aimed to employ the best practitioners that have achieved top-level degrees. The practitioners are enthusiastic, dedicated and will give their best. Our success in treating difficult conditions is one of the characteristics that define us.

Best Treatments

We have the ability to cross-refer between our practitioners on the same day often during the same session at no extra charge. This method is a fast and effective way to resolve many pain-related problems quickly.  We think the best Treatments start with good working diagnosis (i.e. what the problem/injury is).  It’s important to understand why you’re in pain and 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.”  


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 electrotherapy 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”. Ageing is in part due to poor range of movement, eventually softening cartilage and weakened muscles.  

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 often 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 too 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 a disease to become established before the 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 through the neuro system which often lead to pulled tissue disc, joint and nerve injuries.

Pain Killers

“What about pain killers? They are cheaper than Physiotherapy and proven, right?  There is no doubt pain killers are a brilliant short term option—directions on the box. An easy DIY how-to guide unfortunately long term they do have side effects. Research suggests the stronger the chemical; the stronger and more miserable the side effects may be. Painkillers are often very useful but don’t educate the condition they “manage”  the pain. Some pain killers may 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 into consideration. In reality, drugs are often taken by patients together with other medication. There are huge addiction problems.

Long term effects of pain killers are quite well documented. Recently with Ibuprofen in the spotlight and its effects on bone 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 such as addiction.

Chartered Physiotherapy,

Registered Osteopathy,

Licenced Acupuncture (specialist for infertility ),

Holistic Therapies,

Sports Massage

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


Hatfield Practice

6 Ground Lane,



AL10 0HH

Telephone: 01707 888 229  or

Mobile (Out of hours / Emergency): 075 909 242 66