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 Andys 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 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.
Evelyn first gained an insight and appreciation of essential oils through a 10 week evening aromatherapy and massage leisure class in 1996. In 1999 she embarked on a journey to further her knowledge of massage and essential oils starting with the ITEC Body Massage Diploma, passed in 2000. This was followed in 2001 with the ITEC Reflexology Diploma and finally in 2002 the ITEC Aromatherapy Diploma and VTCT Complementary Therapies Diploma encompassing Lymphatic Drainage, Stress Management and Massage, Indian Head Massage, Diet and Nutrition and Thermal Auricular Therapy (Hopi Ear Candles).
Since then she has continued to study various different methods of massage including the LaStone Simply Stones, Indonesian Massage and Hydrotherm®Massage Practitioner (Foundation) and Hydrotherm® Massage Trainer (Foundation) as well as various beauty therapies.
In 2010 Evelyn graduated from Derby University with the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector further enabling her to pass on the knowledge and skills developed over the past 11 years.
About our Counsellors
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.
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.
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.
About Richard…Nutritional Therapist
Richard is a qualified Nutritional Therapist from the College of Naturopathic Medicine and is registered with the General Naturopathic Council.
Nutritional therapy is the application of nutritional science in the promotion of health, peak performance and an individual’s wellness. It involves assessing the causes of disease and providing therapeutic protocols to address root causes rather than just symptoms and identifying ways to help prevent illness. It is frequently used in sports to gain optimal nutrition for optimal performance.
Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools including laboratory testing to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances. These can range from long-standing chronic conditions or more immediate nutritional demands for peak performance eg in competitive sport as well as those looking for support to enhance their overall health and wellbeing.
Nutritional Therapy practitioners consider each individual to be unique and will set out a personalized nutrition and lifestyle programme (rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach) that works alongside and compliments regular medical advice and treatments. Nutritional Therapists are trained to the highest standards to recognise serious and life threatening conditions and will always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional for immediate treatment. Practitioners will also frequently work alongside NHS and other medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been recommended.
For further information on any of the therapies, please contact us via the website or call
About our Clinics …
We now have three clinics providing the same standards of good service you come to expect from About Backs & Bones.
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.
Branston Golf & Country Club
We are pleased to be associated with Total Body Rehabilitation within Branston Golf & Country Club where gym-goers and golfers are treated alongside members of the public. You do not need to be a member to benefit from treatment – though you may want to make the most of the complimentary day pass to use the spa facilities of this friendly club. Total Body gym offers bespoke personal training at a high level – far exceeding many of the more well-known names. See total-body.co.uk and branstonclub.co.uk.
Directions to Branston Golf Club clinic: Burton Road, Branston, Burton upon Trent, DE14 3DP
From Derby: turn off the A38 at the second Burton turn-off (A5018), take the first exit off the roundabout at end of slip road then right at the lights. Continue straight on till you get to a small roundabout – go right into Fairway, then left into Faldo Close (your sat nav may not take you this way!) When you get to the first green building on the left (driving range) ignore it and continue. You will come to a carpark on the right- if you can’t park here just carry on round to the main carpark.
Walk back to the clubhouse next to the carpark (NOT The Pavilions- a building in the second carpark) and ask at the reception for the osteopath. They will direct you to a sofa from where you will be collected.
Body In Mind Pilates clinic
We are proud to be associated with Body In Mind Pilates as we value the huge contribution pilates and yoga can make to reducing pain. Working in this highly specialised, well-equipped studio in the beautiful location of historic Darley Abbey village enables us to have a facility which will show you how you can maintain flexibility and keep pain at bay.
About Backs & Bones are situated upstairs within the Body in Mind Studio which is in the Old Stables, in between the Darley Abbey Village Hall and the cafe in the park (NOT in the Old Mills).
From About Backs & Bones Allestree clinic:
- Take the Duffield Rd (A6)over the A38 towards city centre
- Take first left onto Church Lane, follow down passing St Matthews Church on right
- Turn left onto Old Lane (Friargate Framers on left) continue down towards the river
- Turn right onto Darley Street one-way system, pass Abbey Pub on right
- Parking: If you wish, you can park in the public car park on the left –the clinic is 2 mins walk away through the park*
- Alternatively, continue uphill on the one-way system round to the right (New Road) and after the white cottages on the left turn immediately into Abbey Yard signposted Darley Abbey Village Hall where there is a small number of parking spaces.
- For the clinic, walk into the Old Stables Courtyard to the door on the right with the sign ‘Body in Mind Pilates’ and press their buzzer (not the buzzer for sports massage!) and the door will release, go through the hallway to the door on the left where you will be welcomed by the receptionist.
- *Walking from public car park in the village: walk past the Darley Barn Outdoor centre and go right, through the gardens up the hill to the café. The Old Stables are located through the arch behind the café (near the toilets)
- There is also parking on Darley Park Drive (opposite The Broadway pub) which is a short walk to the clinic through the park: take the path left towards the café (see above).