I've always been a really active guy, I love to go to the gym, run, cycle, swim, ski, pretty much anything outdoors, and I played rugby for many years. For the last 15 years I've suffered with severe and sometimes debilitating lower back pain mainly when doing the sports I love, but also when simply walking around.
I had been to see a few physiotherapist's, the doctor and had an MRI all to no avail. I had almost given up hope of ever running with out pain again when I decided to go and see Anisha - I had heard good things about the Woodside Clinic from the local sport and gym scene.
Anisha was a revelation, after one session and I noticed a difference and now three months in my running is transformed with little or no back pain. Her honest appraisal of the state of my back, and a few telling's off for not sitting straight and for self-cracking has prompted me to change my habits, which has also contributed to my progress.
Stupidly, I have signed up for a 105 mile endurance race across Scotland (run, cycle, kayak) over one day, which was the main driver behind wanting to get the problem sorted in the first place. Between Anisha and her superb colleague, Lucy, who is a sports masseuse, they have helped to prepare me and supported my training for the race.
Anisha's Osteopathy sessions with Lucy's sports massages has helped me to run and exercise without acute pain, and allowed me to continue doing the things I enjoy.
I have been seeing Laura for several months and her sessions have reduced joint pain and increased my mobility, highly recommended.
Mark is a highly professional and competent osteopath. After being unable to find someone to help me within the NHS, I decided to try the Woodside Clinic on recommendation. Mark was able to help me with a lower back injury, through effective massage, manipulation and through prescription of specific exercises. I would highly recommend Mark to any of my friends or family.
D Maine Says:
I would recommend massage with Sukh Parmar as it has a holistic approach to the release of tension in the body. She does this in a straight forward focuses way which leaves you feeling marvellous.
Ron Broadbent Says:
I work for the Hitchin BID and my work involves a lot of walking. I had an injury that persisted for a long time and went to visit Mark. My injury (knee pain) has been greatly reduced in the muscle and pain region. Mobility has increased and Mark has kept me going at work. His advice has been excellent.
Amelia S Says:
Very friendly staff, great therapy - have been treated by Anisha and Hannah. Both are great osteopaths, always leave feeling relaxed, flexible and pain free!
Paul Murphy (PMR Build) Says:
Mark Thiselton has treated me for many years and has always patched me back up. Very friendly and professional. Highly recommended.
Doug and Ruth Clunie Says:
"We would like to commend Sukh, whose treatments we appreciate and enjoy. Her talents and skills complement the specific therapies that you already offer and we have both found that our feeling of well being has improved through seeing Sukh on a regular basis. Apart from the treatments themselves our conversations with her help us to learn about the background and history ot the treatments that she offers. She has the ability to offer advice in a positive way and she is very knowledgeable. We can recommend her without reservation."
"The Indian Head massage is so much more than just a 'treat' - it has loosened my neck and shoulders tremendously. Now I can actually see my bra fastening when I look down - I used to have to do it by 'feel' rather than by 'sight'. To think I didn't even realise how hard and tight my muscles were - it's transformed the way I feel. "
Alison C says:
“I was referred to Woodside and Mark in particular by a friend in respect of the chronic sciatica I had been experiencing due to a slipped disc some six months before. The constant pain was affecting my life to such a degree that I was desperate to try any intervention that might give some relief. Mark was pleasant and professional throughout and also made me feel comfortable during my treatment, as well as giving me hope that some alleviation might be possible without surgery or injections, as was suggested by the hospital. After five sessions of general manipulation and massage we moved on to acupuncture and at that point my symptoms almost completely disappeared. The pins and needles are no more, I rarely take pain killers (previously I had been up to maximum levels each day) and I am able to both stand or lie in one position with minimal and often no discomfort. With no exaggeration I can say that my life has been transformed due, I am sure, in no small way to Mark's treatment and I can't thank him enough. Should my symptoms reoccur then I would seek his help again immediately and am happy to endorse him as a professional and very competent osteopath.”
Charlotte H says:
“I have been treated by Anisha for just over 6 months now and there are no words for how much she has transformed my life. I am truly thankful to her for all the treatment she has carried out on my very interesting spine, I feel completely transformed and rejuvenated! Although I have since moved from Hitchin, I still make a 1 hour and 45 minute journey to get treated every 6 weeks, because it is hard to find a medical professional that puts you at complete ease as Anisha does. I throughly recommend that if you are suffering with pain in your joints that you seek the competent and friendly service of The Woodside Clinic”
Sara C says:
I first came to see Anisha in January 2014 in absolute agony. I was genuinely terrified about what had happened to my back and leg, having never experienced such horrendous pain before. I was off work for several months and was initially seeing Anisha every few days to try to control the pain. She explained what was happening with a clarity that I didn't find in other healthcare professionals. She gave me exercises to do and reassured me that she'd helped people who were in an even worse state than I was in! An MRI revealed I had four slipped discs and that one was leaking, causing sciatica. After seeing a neurosurgeon, I was listed for back surgery in June 2014. However, I started to see small improvements and was slowly able to do a little more each week. I began to feel more normal. Walking became easier, though I was still far slower than I would be normally. By the time my pre-op assessment took place, I was considerably better, and had reduced down to seeing Anisha just once per week. I was enormously relieved to be told that I no longer needed surgery. Anisha was an absolute god-send. She knew where I was hurting before I did and tailored each session on specific areas of concern. I would still be seeing her now but for the fact that I've moved out of the area!
Caroline N says:
I found Woodside Clinic at a point in time when my back pain had become so debilitating that even sitting in a chair caused me pain. Over the course of a number of months I had developed pain and spasms that had seen me referred for an MRI scan which revealed protruding discs with lost fluid. I had initially turned to a physio who had actually made some of my symptoms worse and given me some very bad advice. I had also previously seen an osteopath where the experience was quite aggressive and painful. Both of these experiences had made me apprehensive and nervous of seeking treatment. When I walked through the door I was desperate for some help as for the last 6 months caring for my baby and toddler had become increasingly difficult. From my first session I gained some instant relief and was put at ease about the experience of treatment here. I've now been seeing Mark for 6 weeks and I have gone from just barely getting through each day, relying on two types of prescribed pain killers daily, to being able to enjoy trips out with my children and steadily becoming a more active mum. I now take only one of two lots of pain killers a week and have found extra relief in using the bio freeze that I discovered at Woodside osteopathic Clinic. I still have a way to go to get back to full function, but the progress and improvement in my quality of life has been amazing. What's more I've gone from being fearful of intervention and doubting that anyone could help me to honestly believing I can get better and trusting my osteopath completely. His manner and way of explaining why I'm experiencing the pain put me at ease and for the first time in a long time I can see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
Victoria K says:
‘Incredibly professional service with a warm welcome and friendly attitude makes Woodside a highly recommended practice.’
Laura C says:
“I have had ongoing back problems for a number of years. I started visiting Woodside over a year ago and my back improved after only three sessions. The knowledge and understanding of anatomy is amazing and I have full confidence that whatever treatment that’s carried out on me will make me feel better. I have referred a number of my clients/ friends/family there and they all rave about it and now they make their own referrals. 5 star treatment every single time. Thanks to all the staff at Woodside.”
Lisa W, Chadbourne & Parke (London), LLP says:
‘Working in London at a desk and having to commute naturally took its toll on my back and my posture. Anisha at Woodside Clinic provides an efficient and convenient service that has meant I am now pain free. From booking in by email to paying for treatment it works extremely well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this service to any other corporate firm in the city that wants to provide wellbeing for their staff'
Cliff F, Lewis Silkin LLP says:
“Anisha has been a great support and therapist for my back and neck problems. Not only has she helped me relieve some acute pain and injuries, she has worked closely with my personal trainer to ensure safe and consistent rehabilitation. It has been so convenient to have her come to the firm as I know I would never have found the time otherwise Highly recommended”
Natasha P, Lewis Silkin LLP says:
‘I had been meaning to visit an osteopath for some time and just never seemed to find the time. When I discovered Anisha made regular visits to our office, I had to visit her for treatment. I am so glad I did, as I have been seeing her ever since and she has helped me immensely during my recent pregnancy. Having Anisha visit us at our office really does make a difference as it is so convenient – without this I am ashamed to admit I probably wouldn’t have sought treatment until my back got really bad.’
Abby C says:
‘I am aged 18 and had been suffering with bad back pain for the last few months. I have seen two of the osteopaths at Woodside and they were both friendly and professional and most importantly have cured my back pain! I would highly recommend this clinic.’
Jane H says:
‘They are always there to support me when I need them, they genuinely care and keep me moving.’
Virginia B says:
‘Anisha is a breath of fresh air totally understanding about the painful disabling condition of Fibromyalgia - she makes me feel that she is on my side. Totally recommend her to anyone.’
Helen E says:
‘Treatment and advice have been fantastic! I'm a new customer and the way I have been welcomed and made to feel completely at ease with the process has been wonderful The suggestions for changes to my day to day life have also massively improved my back problems - I can feel the difference already and am fully confident that it will keep getting better!’
Grant B says:
‘Helped me to overcome a knee injury in only a few treatments. Very professional staff who not only provide treatment but also advise on aftercare and further rehabilitation. Very professional attitude but also friendly.’
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