At About Backs & Bones we work as a team enabling you to benefit from the most effective treatment for you. There are no ego’s here: if another therapist is better equipped to treat your specific problem or we would like a second opinion, we refer, with your consent. This means a speedier recovery and a holistic approach from specialists all qualified in their areas of expertise.
About Backs & Bones – helping you be the best you can be…
About Our Osteopaths
Paula started her working life as nurse, specialising in male surgical nursing and then trained as a midwife, qualifying from Guy and St Thomas’ hospitals and working at University College Hospital in London.
After moving back to the Midlands, settling in Derby and having a family of her own, she began training to become a chiropractor and after 4 years went on to train as an osteopath. Her final dissertation was looking at the pain experienced at work which she finds particularly interesting.
Since qualifying Paula has undertaken a course in cranial osteopathy which she use alongside structural osteopathy as needed. She has also completed the British Medical Acupuncture Society course, further broadening her skills and she has also built on her midwifery knowledge by attending several courses in osteopathy, physiotherapy and chiropractic specifically for pregnant women and their babies. She has also assisted in teaching at the London School of Osteopathy when her work schedule allows and has also delivered Manual Handling and Health and Safety presentations to health professionals.
Paula attracts a wide range of patients, from pregnant women, babies and children, to sports people, especially horse-riders and those with work strain. Elderly people also often have regular treatment to remain more mobile and supple, as well as those simply looking to improve their health and keep well.
Paula’s working life has always consisted of professional roles: therefore she has good experience and understanding of working alongside GP’s, dentists, midwives and health visitors, sports coaches and podiatrists, whilst maintaining confidentiality. She has a strong professional ethos underlying all of her work but at the same time, the sessions are relaxed and friendly which promotes good communication.
Like many in this profession Andy was introduced to osteopathy as a patient following a back injury many years ago. Inspired by the results of this drug-free yet highly beneficial form of medicine he first trained as a massage therapist. Ultimately, he gave up a long and successful career in the offshore Oil & Gas Exploration industry and embarked on 4 years of full-time study in osteopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in London (formerly the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy). Training at BCOM not only teaches osteopathy but also stresses the important roles of nutrition and psychology.
As well as more traditional osteopathic techniques, Andy also practices cranial osteopathy and electrotherapy.Electrotherapy techniques typically consist of ultrasound and interferential, both of which are effective treatments and complement osteopathic techniques. Although suitable in treating a wide various conditions in all people, electrotherapy is especially effective and commonly used in treating acute sports injuries (such as an ankle, achilles or knee sprains).
As a primary healthcare practitioner it is Andy’s goal to manage your health concerns in the most effective manner possible. He is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and a member of the British Osteopathic Association. His professional qualifications are as follows: Bachelor of Osteopathic Medicine; Diploma of Osteopathy; and Naturopathy Diploma.
About Kasia …
Kasia is a qualified Registered Physiotherapist (HCPC Reg) with 9 years experience in treating sports injuries, neck, shoulder and back pain, different types of joint issues, soft tissues injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. In her practice she uses a combination of soft tissue therapy, mobilisations and exercises to maximise the effectiveness of treatment. She is also experienced in treating general complaints such as degenerative diseases and postural issues.
As well as treating sports injuries and providing functional training, she is qualified to rehab pre and post-operatively: all too often there is disappointment after surgical procedures and sometimes this is due to lack of rehabilitation. Kasia, as a physiotherapist, is trained to provide pre and post operative training to maximise the effectiveness of surgery.
Please do not confuse an appointment with an NHS physio with that of a private consultation -they are worlds apart and Kasia will treat you- not just give you exercises, even though we know they are beneficial!
What is the difference between a physiotherapist, an osteopath and a chiropractor? This is an interesting question and one which could be debated forever! Paula trained as a chiropractor then swapped course to become an osteopath and has worked and trained with physiotherapists and has had this discussion many times… Broadly speaking, physio’s are trained for many hospital in-patient conditions and may choose, as Kasia has, to specialise in ‘MSK’ (musculoskeletal) disorders. Osteopaths and chiropractors are more similar to each other and are trained purely in ‘MSK’ . The treatment differ in that we use different techniques to manipulate and some osteopaths will also use massage in their treatment more than chiropractors generally do. However osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists all attend each others post-grad courses so the overlap between us all blurs. Basically we can all treat you- just find someone you like…preferably at About Backs & Bones!!
About Our Massage Therapists
Amanda provides sports massage: essential for anyone who takes their training seriously. The depth of the massage depends on the client’s needs, so you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit- anyone wanting a firm massage to ease tense muscles will appreciate treatment.
Jenny graduated in 2011 with a First Class BSc(Hons) in Sports Therapy. Since then she has worked in chiropractic clinics and with gymnasts, triathaletes and rugby players. Jenny stresses that Sports Massage is not only for elite or amateur sports enthusiasts but for any individuals who suffer from everyday aches and pains from work stress, postural problems or activities such as gardening and DIY and can be adapted to suit a variety of ages.
As well as being an experienced qualified Sports Massage Therapist, Nina is also a Personal Trainer and has combined these skills to maximise effective rehabilitation. She started her therapy career under the guidance of Great Britain Rugby League Physiotherapist, Keith Warner, at the Hull Sports Medicine Centre where she gained valuable experience in treating and rehabilitating professional sports men and women as well as those suffering from occupational work stress, age related stiffness and pain and specific medical conditions. As well as more traditional sports massage techniques, Nina also has experience in taping and strapping and electrotherapy. Electrotherapy techniques typically consist of ultrasound and interferential, both of which are effective treatments and complement osteopathic and massage techniques. Taping and strapping can be particularly useful in aiding sportspeople to continue training whilst protecting an injury whilst it is healing. Nina is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
Nao is a VTCT level 4 qualified sports massage therapist and a member of The Federation of Holistic Therapists. Her personal interests of trail running, off road biking and polefit enable her to understand injuries and create a suitable rehabilitation plan. She treats not only sports people but clients with postural discomfort, work related stress and pain using a range of techniques to improve soft tissue health and joint movement. Nao has a warm, friendly approach which helps put any client at ease. Her background is in the care sector supporting adults with mental health and learning difficulties. This makes her very conscientious of a persons individual needs and communicating in a way that suits the client. She advocates the use of a chaperone to enable anyone to access treatment who may require extra support.
Stress can manifest itself as physical, emotional or spiritual discord, especially in today’s world of social media and digital burnout where we struggle to stop and listen to the warning signs our bodies send us. By taking time out to regularly maintain our bodies, we become less prone to stress and illness.
Jayne offers reflexology, a deep relaxing treatment to help balance the mind, body and spirit. Reflexology is an ancient therapy which incorporates the stimulation of pressure points within the feet, encouraging them to rebalance corresponding body systems and organs which enables them to function more efficiently. Reflexology may help to revitalise the body so that the natural, internal healing mechanisms are able to do their work.
Jayne also offers therapeutic massage to include Swedish, trigger point and lymphatic drainage techniques. Massage is a great way to stimulate the cardiovascular system bringing fresh blood and nutrients to tired muscles, the lymphatic system is invigorated, flushing away toxins and the nervous system is energised, releasing endorphins and generating an immediate sense of wellbeing. The treatments can be easily adapted to give additional attention to specific issues or to avoid overly sensitive areas.
Indian head massage is also available and is a relaxing treatment which encourages deeper breathing and a lower heart rate. It is though to be effective in relieving neck and shoulder stiffness, eye strain, headaches and insomnia.
Hopi Ear Candling is also practised by Jayne- it is a lovely, non-invasive treatment which creates the perfect conditions for the body to rid itself of excess mucus and toxins in the ear, sinuses and nose; resulting in a balance of pressure and reduction of symptoms. The treatment includes a relaxing lymphatic drainage facial and scalp massage.
Whichever treatment you choose you can be sure you will leave feeling relaxed and revitalised.
About Mental Health…
Attitudes toward mental health struggles are changing at last… Eventually it may be universally acknowledged that you are indeed a strong person to recognise and seek to improve your life though some sometimes challenging work. However, we do appreciate that there are people who struggle with embarrassment at seeing a counsellor: so to help maintain confidentiality, rather than say which practitioner you are here to see, please feel welcome to write down the name of your counsellor and hand it to our receptionist, who is bound by the same codes of confidentiality as all our practitioners are. This is in response to some feedback we have received and only applies to those who want to maintain total anonymity. Let’s look forward to the day when we all feel proud to broadcast that we are living life to the full through knowing ourselves through and through and empowering us to respond effectively to those less fortunate!!
Paul is a friendly, approachable, competent person who you will feel safe to talk to and not be judged. You will feel glad you have picked up the phone to take that first step towards developing yourself as a person and working through any issues in a therapeutic way. You have nothing to lose by calling and deciding if this is the way forward for you.
Paul is a qualified Counsellor and a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). This ensures that he works to the standards required as an independent practitioner and and adhere to it’s ethical framework.www.bacp.co.uk.
He is also qualified to Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling. Person-centred integrated with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and has a level 5 Diploma in Creative Therapeutic Interventions which further enhances his skill base. This is after training for 5 years in Counselling Skills Theory and Practice.
As well as Pauls private practice, he works in the voluntary sector, working with bereavement and has attained the Foundation Certificate in Bereavement Care.
To contact Paul call: 07816 749312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to his website for more information: paulgouldcounselling.co.uk
Amy offers Person Centred Counselling integrated with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as appropriate. She ensures you feel safe and comfortable so a professional, trusting relationship can be formed. She is fully qualified having trained for 4 years, and worked with ISAS(Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors, Newark) for 3 years and is a member of BACP.
To contact Amy call: 07968 391463
About Anne …
Anne is a BACP Accredited Counsellor and EMDR therapist.
Sometimes life can feel very overwhelming and difficult to deal with on your own. Anne’s aim is to work together with you to discover why you feel the way you do and to support you in exploring choices.
Often a difficult time in our lives can bring with it the possibility for growth and development, it can be a chance to become more who we truly are. Anne works with you in a caring, confidential and non-judgemental way to look at the issues that bring you to counselling.
Anne has over 10 years’ experience working both with NHS and private clients. She is trained in EMDR therapy which treats traumatic experiences without the need to relive them. Anne works with adults and teenagers. She works with all issues and in particular has extensive experience in working with adult survivors of abuse, with eating disorders, bereavement, anxiety and depression.
To contact Anne call 07910 415279. Anne is also listed on the Counselling Directory (search for Anne Murphy) where you can read more about how she works.
Dr Ella Woods is a fully qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She has worked for over 13 years alongside children and adolescents experiencing mental health difficulties. She has also worked for 5 years as a senior clinical psychologist in NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and specialises in child anxiety disorders and challenging behaviour. Ella can also work alongside parents to support their parenting journey and specialises in translating brain-behaviour science into easy-to-follow steps and strategies.
As a registered clinical psychologist Ella is able to offer high quality, evidenced based psychological assessment and interventions to children, teenagers and their families/carers. Ella works integratively with several approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Attachment Theory, Systemic Family Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Ella is able to work with a number of presentations included (but not limited to) anxiety, low mood, behavioural challenges, phobias, developmental disorders and low self-esteem/confidence.
About our other Therapists
About Diane… Kinesiologist
Diane became a Naturopathic Kinesiologist after experiencing the treatment for herself; it helped her feel so well after having had health problems. A naturopathic kinesiologist uses the kinesiology muscle testing with the principles of naturopathic treatment to promote good health.
With a background in science and, having experienced the profound health effects, Diane feels she is ideally placed to treat effectively, and to communicate the principles of treatment to the client.
I have been a qualified practicing acupuncturist for 22 years. I studied at The College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa, and studied Five Element acupuncture. This model of acupuncture is an holistic view, approaching illness from an emotional, physical and mental view point.
I started my career working in Bury St Edmunds, treating people with a wide range of health issues, physical problems such arthritis and back pain . to emotional issues such as depression and panic attacks. I then had the opportunity to work in London for many years specialising in fertility, pregnancy, child birth and menopause, covering the span of women’s health. My other area of special interest is stomach and intestinal problems.
My approach to the people I treat is to build up a trusting relationship, to help you get well and for you to understand how your emotional and mental state affect your physical state. Five Element acupuncture builds an all-encompassing treatment plan to treat the person at their roots from which you can feel and see improvement in all areas of your life. I believe that acupuncture can provide a powerful emotional and physical support for everyone, and help empower people to see their own potential for wellness.
Paul is a Licenced Acupuncturist & Member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC).and attained a BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture.
University study comprised in excess of 3600 hours of combined Academic & Practical study over three years, incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Biomedical Sciences including Anatomy & Physiology,
Paul has extensive post graduate Continued Professional Development with Si Yuan Balance Method Acupuncture, acquiring the in-depth theories of analytical, precise, effective stimulation of a minimal amount of distal points, thereby avoiding aggravation of the localised regions of pain.
Paul is certified in Auricular Acupuncture and has training in the VAS, Musculoskeletal Protocols, Scars, Psycho-Emotional Disorders & PTSD.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective option to long term opioid based pharmaceuticals with scientific research supporting acupuncture for chronic neck, back, shoulder & knee pain (Yin et al, 2017). In excess of 50 NHS publications recommend acupuncture for osteoarthritis (Birch et al, 2018). More than 80 NHS publications have recommended Acupuncture for tension headaches & migraines (BAcC, 2018).
Private Health Insurers may offer some form of cover for acupuncture treatment. Every company and policy is different, please check with your healthcare provider and policy.
For further information on any of the therapies, please contact us via the website or call
About our Clinic …
Allestree clinic- 506 Duffield Rd (A6)
A Complementary Health Clinic offering the full range of services from Osteopathy to Sports massage, Holistic massage, counselling, kinesiology, and nutritional therapy.
Directions to Allestree clinic: 506 Duffield Road, Allestree, Derby, DE22 2DL
From Derby take the A6 north signposted Matlock; continue through Darley Abbey until you reach the A38 roundabout. Continue straight ahead still following the A6 Matlock sign, past a Shell garage on your left and diagonally opposite there is a row of 4 shops where we are situated in between Bargain Booze and Lloyds chemist.
There is parking directly outside the clinic; if this is busy there is parking opposite or in surrounding streets.
Coming from Duffield direction: Continue on A6 until you reach the residential area of Allestree. Past Ford Lane on your left then as the road bends to the left indicate left to pull into our car park or take the right filter lane to park opposite.