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Osteopathy, Hip Pain, Origin Health, Elkstone, Cheltenham

Knee Pain

There are two main causes of knee pain that our osteopaths see and treat. First, injury, such as a direct blow or sudden movement, where this severely strains your knee/s. Second, inflammation, from an underlying inflammatory disease/condition (for example, rheumatoid arthritis).

Osteopathy, Knee Pain, Origin Health, Elkstone, Cheltenham

Is My Knee Pain Arthritis?

A common cause of knee pain is arthritis, typically osteoarthritis when the cartilage within the knee joint has worn away.  This can affect not only the joint but also the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Osteoarthritis can be caused by excessive stresses to the knee including repeated overuse (such as in some sports) and excess weight.

Indications of arthritis in your knee/s include swelling, pain, reduced movement, morning stiffness, plus the knee may lock or click when it is straightened and flexed.

Knee Treatment, Reformer Pilates, Lydia Waldouk, Origin Health, Elkstone, Cheltenham

What Causes Injuries to the Knee Cartilage?

The knee cartilage, known as the meniscus, is tough and rubbery. Simply put, it acts as a shock absorber between your tibia (shin bone) and femur (thigh bone).

Knee cartilage is easily injured if you apply a rotating force while your knee is weight-bearing – a common occurrence for footballers and rugby players among others.

Your symptoms are likely to include pain when you straighten your knee, discomfort on/around the knee and some swelling.

Your knee may feel like it “locks” or it could even give way suddenly when you put weight through it.

Knee Treatment, Reformer Pilates, Lydia Waldouk, Origin Health, Elkstone, Cheltenham

What Causes Pain Around the Kneecap?

Softening of the kneecap cartilage is known as chondromalacia patellae and is more common in young adults.

It means the kneecap can no longer glide smoothly over the lower end of the thigh bone.  This causes the kneecap to rub on the bone, wearing away the underlying cartilage.

Symptoms include dull pain around or under the kneecap, worsening pain when you walk downstairs or hills, and possibly pain when weight-bearing or climbing stairs as the bent knee bears weight and then straightens.

It’s an injury which is common in skiers, cyclists and football players, and can be caused by injury, misalignment, or muscle weakness.

Knee rehab, Reformer Pilates, Origin Health, Cheltenham

How do You Treat Knee Pain?

Our osteopathic team can diagnose the underlying cause of your knee pain and offer a range of elite-level treatments using a combination of advanced technology, tissue massage and an in-house infra-red sauna

Plus, we offer longer-term exercise and rehabilitation support should you need it, including yoga and Pilates

In some cases, anti-inflammatory medication and/or knee surgery may also be required.

Principal Osteopath:
Initial Consultation: £65
Follow-up Consultation: £50

Associate Osteopath:
Initial Consultation: £55
Follow-up Consultation: £45

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Osteopathy, Origin Health, Cheltenham


Osteopathy aims to improve the function of the body and reduce pain using a variety of evidence-based techniques including soft tissue massage, gentle-focused manipulation and rehabilitation advice.

Great for:

Low back pain & Sciatica | Neck & Shoulder pain | Knee pain | Foot & ankle pain | Jaw pain | Elbow pain
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Shockwave Therapy, Origin Health, Cheltenham

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a cutting-edge treatment that uses an acoustic wave to carry high levels of energy to painful spots and musculoskeletal tissues suffering from a range of injuries and other conditions.

Great for:

Tendon problems | Frozen shoulder  | Calcified tendons  | Shin splints  | Hip pain  | Plantar fasciitis  | Osteoarthritis 
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Infrared Sauna, Origin Health, Elkstone, Cheltenham

Infrared Sauna

The infrared sauna at Origin Health uses infrared light to safely heat the body from within. The radiant heat from the infrared light penetrates deeply into your joints, muscles and tissues increasing oxygen flow and circulation.

Great for:

Better sleep | Relieve joint pain | Relief for muscle soreness | Recovery | Relaxation | Improves circulation
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Shoulder treatment, Sports Massage, Origin Health, Cheltenham

Sports Therapy & Sports Massage

Sports therapists are experts in musculoskeletal disorders, treating pain and injury through hands-on techniques and rehabilitation. Sports massage works on deeper tissues than therapeutic massage and is highly effective at both treating and preventing injuries.

Great for:

Promotes healing  | Faster recovery  | Enhances endurance  | Increases flexibility  | Injury prevention 
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Dry Needling at Origin Health

Dry Needling

Dry needling stimulates the body’s healing process by targeting trigger points that have been activated in response to pain, causing surrounding muscles to tighten.

Great for:

Relaxation | Reduces stress and tension | Reduces pain | Injury recovery
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Massage, Origin Health, Cheltenham

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage treatment uses less pressure than a sports massage and is a combination of relaxation massage and remedial massage.

Great for:

Relaxation | Reduces stress and tension | Reduces pain | Injury recovery
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kinesology taping by therapists at Origin Health

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology taping is a highly successful technique used by our expert therapists to help support the body’s own healing process. 

Great for:

Joint, muscle & ligament support | Tennis & golfer’s elbow | Shoulder injuries | Bursitis | Postural issues | Lower back pain
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Reflexology, Origin Health, Cheltenham


Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, non-invasive treatment, applying pressure to areas on the feet (or the hands), which heals at a physical and emotional level.

Great for:

Stress | Anxiety | Pain | Fatigue | Nerve stimulation

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Yoga at Origin Health Clinic, Osteopaths & Sports Injury Rehabilitation, Cheltenham


Yoga is a mind and body practice, both spiritual and physical, focusing on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. 

Great for:

Relaxation | Increase strength and flexibility | Injury prevention | Relieve stress
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Reformer Pilates, Lydia Waldouk, Origin Health, Elkstone, Cheltenham


Pilates uses different movements and exercises, focusing on spinal and pelvic alignment and breathing, to help strengthen the body, improve posture, prevent injury, increase joint mobility, as well as help to relieve stress and tension.

Great for:

Improve posture | Relieve stress |Strength & flexibility | Injury prevention
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Nutrition Advice at Origin Health Clinic, Osteopaths and Sports Injury Rehabilitation, Cheltenham


The correct nutrition is extremely important. It can boost your immune system, improve healing, enhance recovery, and help your mental health.

Great for:

Improve immune system | Improve overall well being | Reduced blood pressure and cholesterol | Improve ability to recover from illness or injury | Improved sports performance
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