Baks Osteopathy Maidstone for pain and stress relief 07984007459

Baks Osteopathy Clinic  

Maidstone & Medway Osteopaths, 

David Lloyd Gym, Barker Road

Lockmeadow Complex, Maidstone, 

ME16 8LW

✆ 07984 007459 

Are you Suffering with Back or Neck Pain? - Look no further.

Here at Baks Osteopathy, we aim to help provide relief from the following pain related problems:

Generalised Aches & Pains

Back Pain, Neck Pain & Shoulder Pain, both Acute (recently occurring)  & Chronic (long term)

Sciatica / Leg Pain

Arthritis Pain (Such As Hip, Knee & Spinal Arthritis)

Muscle Spasm, Cramps & Circulatory Problems

Frozen Shoulder, Knee Pain & Elbow Tendonitis (inc. Repetitive Strain & Sports Injuries)

Minor Disc Injuries (a.k.a “slipped disc”) 

Postural Pain (e.g. Maternity Related Pain & Repetitive Strain)

Headaches Arising from The Neck 

Stress Related Pains & An Inability To Relax

Digestive Problems


Rheumatic Pains

So what do we do?

Firstly, a true and honest point to make - There’s no such thing as a ‘Quick Fix’

The reason we use many approaches in our clinic, is that there is usually more than just a simple answer to many of our symptoms and ailments, and the more tools we have at our disposal the more likely we will be able to help you. Please also accept that we are doing everything we can to help you, and if we don’t have an answer or think that someone else might be more suitable to help you with your condition we will tell you, and refer you on as necessary.

Please also be aware that even though you may have had your symptoms for only a short time you may have been building up to this point for many years and your body, however much it is suffering, may be used to being ‘wrong’. If this is the case it is unlikely that you will get a ‘Quick Fix’. Even if your symptoms do improve quickly don’t forget that if your body is not used to being ‘correct’ it can very easily ‘slip back’ again. So please do trust and listen to us when we ask you to do things and also when we ask you to return, even if you are feeling ‘alright’. This is for your own good and we will not treat you more than is necessary.

How many treatments might I need? This is governed by the body's response to treatment. For basic musculo-skeletal problems, on average 4-6 treatments to stabilise acute or chronic injury, followed by several more treatments to delve deeper into balancing your body followed by maintenance treatment to suit the individual.

If you think that the average human being has 78 organs, 206 bones, 696 muscles, 100,000 chemical reactions every second, 85 billion neurones, 200 trillion cells and 47 miles of nerves in the skin, treatment is more than just pushing bones or muscles. It will take time to change how each of these interacts with one another to ease your symptoms. Orthodontists may take up to two years to just change a bite pattern so don't expect a lifetimes amount of wear, tear and abuse (on a physical, stress or dietary level) to be fixed in one go. 

What can it do for me? Reduce pain and improve function, thus enabling you to lead a more normal life.

Does it hurt? In the majority of cases no it doesn't.

Also, remember that at all times, you are in control of your consultation, meaning that if at any time you feel uncomfortable, then we encourage you to tell us so that we can do our utmost to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible. You are also allowed to bring a chaperone if you feel you need it and please be aware that you may need to undress so that you spine is visible and the movement/lack of movement of spinal/pelvic joints can be seen.

There are male & female practitioners available for helping to give you pain relief - please specify when you call us on 07984 007459 at our Maidstone clinic.

We are the best value Osteopath, Acupuncturist & Craniosacral Therapists in Maidstone with a long established clinic having provided the public with pain relief for the last 12 years.  We are used to helping patients who are fed up with long waiting lists for physiotherapy, so why wait? Make 2018 the year of change for you.

Here at Baks Osteopathy, we provide back, neck & shoulder pain relief in our Maidstone town centre clinic using Osteopathy, Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy, giving the best value we can in Maidstone.

Why wait? the longer you leave the problem untreated, the longer it will take to reverse. Being put on lengthy waiting lists will mean that your problem is more likely to change from being an acute (perhaps more easily fixed) problem into a chronic (generally a more complicated) problem. Every day, patients tell us that they wished they had not waited for so long before consulting the clinic.

Osteopathy and Acupuncture are recommended by most Doctors for the management of back pain, as per the N.I.C.E guidelines, a set of healthcare recommendations followed by the NHS in England.

A high percentage of our patients refer more patients to us - this is why we don’t pay to advertise like others do.

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Call us now to book an appointment and let us help get you out of pain.

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Baks Osteopathy Reviews:

"I was in a situation where I couldn't get out of bed very easily or bend down after my back was damaged in a car accident. I came to Baks Osteopathy and within a matter of days my back was cured. I could not recommend them enough. Thank you for all what you have done for me.” - Mrs E. Patten, Maidstone

"Highly recommend Baks my family and I have had treatment periodically over the years and what Phil does is amazing” - Mrs A. Brown, Maidstone.

All the family can benefit from the Osteopathy offered by Philip Wise BSc (Hons) Ost. D.O. and the Acupuncture & Craniosacral Therapy offered by Svetlana Wise M.D, D.O.

Postural problems often lead to back, neck and shoulder pain, which can also further manifest as dysfunction in other areas of the body too.

For this reason, Osteopathy and Craniosacral therapy provided here at Baks Osteopathy Maidstone, has been effective in resolving many problems such as stress, headaches and irritable bowel which can have a cause rooted in musculo-skeletal dysfunction.

Maternity Pain suffering patients have found good relief at the hands of Svetlana Wise with her Craniosacral therapy skills, but this is not the limit of her ability to help others with Craniosacral therapy. 

Those who prefer not to have firm joint mobilisation often find Acupuncture & Craniosacral therapy to be an effective way of gaining pain and stress relief.

Osteopathy has proven efficacy in dealing with mechanical causes of low back pain and is a therapy that is now commonly recommended by GP's as an effective form of treatment.  This is backed up by the government in their N.I.C.E guidelines, see extract below.  

Sports people often benefit from Osteopathic treatment as it tends to free up restricted areas of the body which would otherwise be used to make the sporting activity much more efficient.  

This can be thought of as driving a Formula One car with old spark plugs in the engine, or using worn tyres for a race and expecting the same performace.  Osteopathy helps us by easing the strain of worn/painful areas by freeing up the area around it and offering advice about how best to optimise your training schedule in relation to your presenting problem.

Whatever your pain or stress related problem, ask us to help you find the solution.

Speak to us, text us or email us to book your appointment:

If you prefer email then fill out the contact form on the Contact & Fees page and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Want to get money back on your Osteopathic treatment? Register with Simply Health (formally HSA) or  Health Shield before your first consultation and you and your family could be entitled to some of the fees back.

New NICE guidelines to help millions of people with low back pain

Millions of people with low back pain will benefit from new guidance issued to the NHS on the most effective ways to treat this often painful and distressing condition.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Clinical Guideline Centre today (Wednesday 27 May) published a guideline to improve the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. This covers people who have been in pain longer than six weeks but less than one year, where the pain may be linked to structures in the back such as the joints, muscles and ligaments. Setting out a range of effective mainstream and complementary treatments, the guideline recommends what care and advice the NHS should offer to people affected by low back pain.

Affecting around 1 in 3 adults in the UK each year, low back pain is a very common disorder, with an estimated 2.5 million people seeking help from their GP about their condition. For many people the pain goes away in days or weeks. However for some, the pain can be distressing and persist for a long time. It is difficult to ‘cure’ low back pain, but the treatments recommended in this guideline can reduce its effect on people’s lives.

Professor Peter Littlejohns, NICE Clinical and Public Health Director, said:

“Most people will be affected by low back pain at some stage in their lives, so it’s good news that the NHS now has evidence-based guidance on how to treat the condition effectively. There is variation in current clinical practice, so this new NICE guideline means that for the first time we now have the means for a consistent national approach to managing low back pain. Importantly patients whose pain is not improving should have access to a choice of different therapies including acupuncture, structured exercise and manual therapy [including Osteopathy]. The recommendations will enable health professionals to provide the best care and advice for people seeking help for low back pain, which should reduce the impact of the condition on patients’ day-to-day lives.” 

Baks Osteopathy Reviews:

"Phil really helped me with my back problem. The service is first class and Phil is not only extremely knowledgeable, he's a really nice guy as well. I have already recommended Phil to my wife who was having some problems and would not hesitate in recommending Baks Osteopathy to others.” - Mr D. Garbett, Maidstone.

Common conditions treated by us here at Baks Osteopathy Maidstone include; 

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Tendonitis (inc. Repetitive Strain & Sports Injuries)
  • Muscle spasm
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Disc Injuries
  • Bad posture & postural pain 
    (e.g. maternity related pain & Repetitive Strain)
  • Some types of headaches and stress related pains

See below for more information.

Back, neck and shoulder pain

Back, neck & shoulder pain can commonly be caused by the reversible overstrain of joints, ligaments and muscles – this is the most common reason people come to see an Osteopath or a Craniosacral Therapist.  

These strains can occur due to either short term (acute) injury, like twisting sharply, waking up with a jolt or overstretching.  

It could also be something more long term (chronic) such as your workstation position, poor posture or a recurrent movement that you do at work/during sports that gradually develops into a chronic overstrain of certain muscles, ligaments or joints. 

Osteopathy & Craniosacral Therapy is well suited to helping you with this sort of injury.  We can also advise you how best to alter your work/sports routine to bring most benefit your body balance.

There are other causes of back, neck & shoulder pain, which are not treatable using Osteopathy or Craniosacral Therapy.  If this is found to be the case, then your therapist will refer you to an appropriate health care specialist for further medical attention.

Baks Osteopathy Reviews:

"Phil quickly diagnosed the cause of my neck pain and over the course of a couple of months completely sorted me out. I wish I'd been to see him sooner! I highly recommend Baks Osteopathy” - Miss J Smallbone, Maidstone.


Tendonitis can come in many forms such as frozen shoulder, tennis elbow & golfer’s elbow.  They are common amongst everyday non-sporty people and not just people who play tennis and golf for example.

The main causes of Tennis & Golfers’ elbow are repetitive overstrain (RSI) of the arms and hands and is usually related to office or manual work (computers & hand tools), or in the case of frozen shoulder can occur as a result of a relatively minor shoulder injury which doesn’t heal very well and is not rehabilitated properly.

With all of these conditions, they can come on for no apparent reason – which basically means that the joints and muscles involved have been under a constant strain for quite a while and that the last time you put it under strain (when you felt that initial big pain), it was 'the straw that broke the camel's back'.  

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists work to help reverse this musculo-skeletal tension and get to the root cause of the problem, which should help to decrease the likelihood of your pain recurring.  

We also give advice for you to help yourself thus enabling you to take more control of the situation and this also helps to prevent recurrence of the same injury in future.


Sometimes injury occurs because of sprained ligaments (ankles, wrists etc), we can help your body to recover quicker than it normally would if there happens to be underlying restrictions or inappropriate strains on your body structure that prevent the ligaments from healing properly.

Muscle Spasm

Muscle spasm can commonly be due to muscle overload or overstrain caused by repetitive work, excessive sports training without appropriate stretching or poor posture.  

The pain is very sharp and is often mistaken for other more serious conditions such as Disc Injury with nerve entrapment (such as if spasm affects the Hamstring muscles it's commonly mistaken for sciatica).

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists can help to relieve the stress placed on the overstrained muscles and realign the joints to affect the overall posture – taking the long term stress away from the body to help prevent recurrence of injury.

We can also advise you how best to alter your work/sports routine to bring most benefit your body balance.

Arthritic Pains

As we age, our joints can wear (known as osteoarthritis) and our muscles can become more contracted as a result.  This often leads to what are commonly known as 'Arthritic Pains'.   

The pain can be due to a number of factors, but commonly it is due to the wear and tear of joint surfaces and the pain associated with muscle contraction.  

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists can’t help repair joints unfortunately, although you might be able to help yourself do it to some degree, with the correct diet and gentle exercise.

Osteopathy, Acupuncture & Craniosacral Therapy has great effects with managing the pain of contracted muscles, associated with these conditions.  

When you couple our treatment here at Baks, with your self help, you can normally have a very positive effects with producing pain relief and increasing joint mobility.

Disc Injury

The injury of a disc occurs when so much pressure is put on the disc, that the outer fibers tear.  This is commonly due to a memorable event such as bending, lifting or a fall. A disc can also be damaged by less memorable events such as bending while gardening.  

The most common place for a prolapsed disc to occur is in the lumbar (lower back) region although it may occur in the cervical region (neck) or, less commonly, in other places down the spine

Disc injuries are characterised by a band of pain over the sight of the injury, with or without symptoms into the leg or arm. 

If the disc injury is in the neck the pain may be accompanied with arm and hand symptoms. In the case of a disc injury in the low back then the pain can be accompanied with symptoms into the legs and feet. The symptoms in the arms and legs can vary from being a deep ache, to tingling, numbness and weakness.

In some cases the back pain is worse than the leg symptoms and in other cases the leg symptoms are worse than the back symptoms. 

In some cases there are leg symptoms but no back pain and in some cases there is back pain without leg symptoms.

Often it can take 12 – 48 hours for the symptoms to develop from a low back twinge into stiffness, then pain and then leg or arm symptoms.

Philip Wise, your Osteopath and Svetlana Wise, your Acupuncturist & Craniosacral Therapist, can possibly help by reducing the restriction to areas around the injured disc and  advising you on the best practice to increase your chances of a swift healing time.

How bad is a disc injury?

All disc injuries are serious and are completely different from the kind of low back pain that Osteopaths are  famous for “clicking away” in a few sessions.

A small tear to the outer fibers of the disc can cause local inflammation which is very painful and can sometimes cause irritation of a spinal nerve (for example the sciatic nerve causing leg symptoms).

However, in a more serious injury the gelatinous material from inside the disc protrudes out of the disc and can compress spinal nerves. This is called a disc prolapse or herniated disc (or “slipped disc”). It is completely impossible to click the disc back into place with a swift manipulation as is sometimes thought by the general public.

Occasionally a severe prolapse may cause sciatica down both legs simultaneously. 

IMPORTANT A severe prolapse may even affect the nerves to the bladder causing the sufferer to become incontinent, unable to pass water or to lose control of their bowels. If you have any change to your bowel or bladder functions you must go to your nearest accident and emergency hospital immediately.

Bad Posture/Postural Pain

It is common to get neck and back pain during pregnancy due to the changes in your posture and this can become severe as the weeks & months pass.  

This is partly because of the natural release of a hormone called ‘Relaxin’ at around the middle of the second trimester, which leads to laxity of your ligaments and joints. 

This can result in a higher strain being put on the whole body.  

Resolving any background pain that you have in advance of pregnancy (or in earlier stages) could reduce the likelihood of you developing severe back pain during the later stages of your pregnancy, although this cannot be guaranteed as we are all individuals and have varying daily routines, some of which can act to re-trigger your pain in the future. 

Even if you develop pain within the last trimester (6 - 9 months) then Osteopathy and cranio-sacral therapy could still help ease your pain and get you through to the final stages in the best possible health.

Somebody who has generally bad posture may suffer similarly but for different reasons (such as poor work posture).  Philip Wise, your Osteopath and Svetlana Wise, your Acupuncturist & Craniosacral Therapist, can help by reducing restriction in areas which are tight and allowing a more normal body balance to resume.

Some types of headaches and stress related pains

Another common cause of pain in our ever-increasingly stress-filled world is cervicogenic headaches.  

These are commonly linked with stress and tension in the muscles of the upper neck and shoulders. 

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists can't take away the stress elements of your emotional or work life – but they can work to alleviate the physical stresses that your body has to endure due to any physical restrictions that may be occurring on your body which are leading to the unnecessary tension in your neck and shoulders – thus helping to reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches.

'Migraines' are difficult conditions to deal with and it's certainly very difficult to get rid of them, but by no means impossible.  

The Osteopath & Craniosacral Therapist can help by assisting in the adjustment of key mechanical areas of the body which in turn, can release the tension associated with certain types of headache.

Certain types of headaches can indicate more serious conditions and may need medical attention.  

Your Osteopath & Craniosacral Therapist is trained to diagnose musculo-skeletal causes of pain and if it is deemed that your headache is not of a musculo-skeletal origin, then you will be referred to your G.P for appropriate testing to be carried out.

Baks Osteopathy Reviews:

"Would highly recommend! I've had a painful back for years which got a lot more intense since giving birth 8 months ago to the point I would be in agony by the evening! 

After only 2 visits my pain has completely gone!

Phil was also very good at explaining everything to me!I will definitely be back! Thank you” - Mrs N. Nurhakli, Maidstone.

Important - Please read:

Our clinic regularly sees patients with problems that have not responded to medical treatments or people who are unable to wait to be seen on the NHS. However, if you have back or neck pain with any of the associated symptoms below, then it is recommended that you do not consult us and seek urgent medical attention.

  • If you are unable to urinate
  • If you are unable to empty your bowels
  • If you have become incontinent since the onset of your back or neck pain.
  • If you have an associated fever
  • If you have associated numbness or pins and needles around your anus
  • If you have pins and needles or numbness in BOTH legs/feet

Back Care Awareness Week, 7  – 11 October 2019

Back Pain in Golf - Golf is a more dangerous sport than Rugby!

Golf with other leisure sports have an injury rate of 1.8 per thousand persons per year as opposed to 1.5 per thousand persons per year in rugby and other team sports according to the National Centre for Health Statistics.

Low back injuries account for 15.2% to 34% of all golf injuries, followed by injuries to the elbow (7% to 27%), shoulder (4% to 19%) and wrist 10%

Incidence of injury among amateur golfers is between 15.8% to 40.9% annually; among

professionals, the incidence ranges between 31% to 90% annually

Golf is a repetitive strain sport – With an average of 300 swings per golf-playing-day, a golfer repeatedly experiences minor traumatic injuries to the spine.

The Swing – Back problems are mainly attributed to how the golf swing of present-day professionals, such as Tiger Woods (the ‘modern swing’/‘the X-factor swing’) that differs from that of golf legends like Jack Nicklaus (‘classic swing’). The modern swing is more powerful and exerts greater compressive force toward the spinal disc and facet joints

‘A long swing with passive wrists and light grip pressure can prevent back issues’ - US Golfer Phil Mickelson.

At 45, Mickelson has played without any of the serious back pain unlike most of the major champions like Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day. Back injuries have sidelined the careers of former champions Tiger Woods and Fred Couples several times!

Commons back problems in golfers – Non-specific lower back pain, Stress fracture, Lumbar disc herniation, early degeneration of discs and repetitive stress disorder among others

Sources: ‘Sports and recreation related injuries’; Report by the National Centre for Health Statistics, British Journal of Sports Medicine , Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, February 2019, Barrow Neurological Institute Research Report, Virginia, ‘Physiotherapy and golf injuries’, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.


Arthritis is a common condition that is estimated to effect around 10 million people in the UK. Those living with the condition often experience pain and stiffness of the joints as well as difficulty performing normal daily activities. This in turn can cause low mood and a sense of isolation.

There is a perception that there is nothing that can be done for you once you have received a diagnosis of arthritis and that it is just something that you will need to put up with or that medication or surgery is the only way. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. There are lots of things that people with arthritis can do to help themselves to maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle and an osteopath can help you to develop an action plan that works for you.

Research shows that becoming more physically active is extremely beneficial for all of us, including those with arthritis. Strengthening the muscles in the front of the upper leg (the Quadraceps) has been proven to reduce the pain of knee arthritis in many people. Simple stretching exercises can help to improve the flexibility of joints. Doing exercises that help to keep the heart and lungs healthy can reduce the progression of the condition in many cases and in some cases, improve things considerably. Simple relaxation exercises and techniques as well as Mindfulness or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help with pain and some of the psychological effects of arthritis. A healthy diet is very important and manual therapy and advice on pacing your activities can all be helpful.

Osteopathic practice is a safe and effective form of manual therapy, dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health problems including arthritis. Your osteopath can use gentle hands-on treatment as well as exercises and advice to help you to get back to doing the things that you want to do. 

Find out how an osteopath can help you and book your appointment today.

It’s easier than you think to improve your health

Physical inactivity is a major cause of disease and disability for adults, but a brisk 10-minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. A new Public Health England campaign, Active 10, is encouraging people to steadily increase their exercise each day.

Each 10 minutes of exercise is known as an “Active 10”. Brisk walking is one example, but just walking at a faster pace to get your heart pumping, you are taking steps to improve your health. Start with a 10-minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more.

It easier than you’d think to start making small improvements to your health, so why not start today? The Active 10 campaign has an app, available on Android or iPhone, to help you monitor your activity, as well as advice and support at

You’re in good hands

It typically takes 4 years to become a qualified osteopath, and requires over 1,000 hours of clinical training. We are also required to maintain our skills through ongoing training and professional development.

Osteopathy is a regulated profession, with all osteopaths required by law to register with the General Osteopathic Council, who ensure that all osteopaths operate to high professional standards. It is a criminal offence to claim to be an osteopath otherwise.

I am also a member of the Institute of Osteopathy, which exists to promote the latest knowledge and promote best practice in osteopathy. They also produce the iO Patient Charter, based on the national quality standards of the Care Quality Commission, which we use to demonstrate our commitment to the highest standards of patient care. 

These assurances exist to make sure you can be confident that, as your osteopath, I have the skills, qualifications and knowledge to help you to live healthier lives.

App launched for patients with chronic joint pain

ESCAPE-Pain stands for ‘Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain’ and is a 12 session rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain in the lower extremities. The result of over 25 years of research, informed by patients, service providers and commissioners, this successful programme is now supported by an ESCAPE-Pain app that includes engaging animations and informative videos to help people to remain active whilst coping with joint pain. 

The app can be downloaded for free by patients from the Google Play and Apple app stores. For more on the ESCAPE-Pain programme visit their website.  

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Have you been suffering from back pain? Neck pain? Shoulder pain? Are you looking for pain relief or thinking of going to an Osteopath, acupuncturist, chiropractor or physiotherapist in Maidstone? Instead of thinking, ‘I need to find a chiropractor or physio near me in Maidstone’ why not try visiting our local 5 star rated Osteopath or dedicated Acupuncturist? If you’re you looking for Osteopathy or Acupuncture for pain relief in Maidstone, then look no further than Baks Osteopathy, David Lloyds, Maidstone town centre. Contact us on 07984007459 for an appointment. 

Page updated 5th October 2019


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