We are looking forward to opening our doors (very carefully!) to patients from early July. We have plenty of new procedures, triaging, sanitizing and room ventilating, PPE to wear and other special considerations to minimise risk of COVID-19 transmission. It will need lots of patience from us all, as we try to familiarise ourselves with new practices. But rest assured, we take the health of our patients very seriously!

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Stella Arden & Associates Osteopaths serving Lincolnshire.



Stella Arden & Associates Osteopathic Services Louth, Woodhall Spa and serving Lincolnshire. Open six days of the week, and we love getting our patients out of pain and enjoying life more! From nerve impingement to stress management, from sports injuries to tired and aching shoulders, from repetitive strain injury to sciatica, we are ostepaths looking forward to seeing how we can help you.At Stella Arden and Associates the emphasis is on excellent care, for patients of all ages, from the new-born to the elderly, with plenty of scope in-between for those suffering with digestion problems, muscle spasms, during/after pregnancy, or simply to back up the treatment they are receiving for an existing problem elsewhere.

We use only manual techniques, believing that in this way, we have instant feedback using our highly-developed skills of proprioception (touch). This practice enjoys good relations with medical colleagues around the county, and many insurers will contribute towards the cost of treatment. With clinics in both Louth and Woodhall Spa, Stella and her colleagues provide a comprehensive osteopathy service for East Lindsey in the county of Lincolnshire.



Osteopaths work with their hands to diagnose and change the mechanics of the framework of the body so that it works as well as it can, allowing the body to move more efficiently and thus save energy! Osteopaths have trained for at least 4 years full-time, studying detailed anatomy and physiology, pathology and lots of practical techniques, practising on other students as well as patients visiting the popular clinics attached to the school of their training; a high standard is achieved by those who are successful in passing the gruelling exams that an osteopath has to pass.

The body’s natural ability to repair itself is sometimes hindered by mechanical and other problems, and the osteopath may advise on posture, diet, water intake, lifestyle or exercises, which, if followed, can considerably accelerate the patient’s progress. All our osteopaths are keen to help their patients understand and thus assist their own condition, so that by helping themselves, they will ultimately require only minimum intervention by the osteopath!



Many of us like to participate in sports activities: from those who have an avid interest to those who just wish to keep fit, from the elite professional to the casual participant. Many of the injuries that occur when taking part in sports activities are the result of overuse i.e. playing too hard or too often e.g. tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and biceps tendinitis, and from not warming up properly beforehand or from not warming down after exercise.

Osteopaths can help improve performance as well as treat the occurrence of injury. By using our knowledge of diagnosis and highly developed palpatory skills we can help to restore structural balance, improve joint mobility and reduce adhesions and soft tissue restrictions so that ease of movement is restored and performance enhanced. For those of you wishing to keep fit, our osteopaths can help you keep supple and improve muscle tone so reducing the risk of injury to soft tissue unaccustomed to the extra work they are being asked to do. Advice on diet and exercises which will help you with your specific sport may also be offered.


Baby Gentle Osteopath
Pregnant Mum

Osteopaths are trained and qualified to work with people of all ages, including pregnant mothers, babies and children. As statutorily regulated health professionals, we are trained to screen for medical conditions as well as mechanical ones, and we will tell you if you need to see another health professional such as your doctor or midwife. Gentle manipulation could help soothe and relax you as well as your young family. Indeed, one of the benefits of osteopathy particularly for expectant mothers is that no drugs are involved!

The role of the osteopath is to help mobilise your own body’s self-healing mechanisms in a very hands-on way, so that you can overcome pain and dysfunction. Babies’ and children’s skeletons are softer than adults’, and osteopaths will therefore use gentler techniques including cranio-sacral osteopathy when treating babies. Stella and Saroja are familiar with these techniques, and use them to help benefit and increase the well-being of their patients of all ages. For specific advice on osteopathic treatment available for your children and infants, call us.


Secret Weapon
Secret Weapon

Have you ever been told that your problem is “just your age”? (What a cheek!) Well, we do know that there are plenty of people who can move more confidently and comfortably now, thanks to having regular osteopathic treatments! Whether you are struggling to move freely, worried that you might be damaging yourself by trying, or simply sabotaging yourself by slouching every evening, at Stella Arden & Associates, it is our pleasure to help rebuild your confidence and get you moving and doing the things you love, like gardening, walking, playing bowls, golf, enjoying the grandchildren or even cooking for the masses. We understand how frustrating it can be to find your life feeling smaller because of the fewer options which seem physically available to you. It doesn’t have to be one long “downhill slope”! By helping your body recover from (often long past) injury, we can bring your body towards better function and teach you how to use it better, showing you exercises or techniques to help make your life easier. So when our structure is well-balanced, we have more energy available for living.


Stella Arden Initial Osteopathic Assessment
Stella Arden with Client Assessment
What to expect

First, the osteopath will get a full case history from you, so that they may understand the whole picture of your health. Then they may possibly ask you to remove some of your clothing so that they can view your mechanics closely as they do a physical examination, then they will ask you to do some movements so that they can get an idea of what and how you can move. Having done an examination, they will discuss the options that they identify for you. For instance, they may suggest a course of osteopathic sessions to see how much improvement can be achieved, give you some exercises or lifestyle advice which will make a positive difference to your health, or refer you on to a different specialist. Usually osteopathic manual treatment is included at your first consultation, though this, of course, cannot be guaranteed in every case. There are a wide variety of treatment methods they may choose – from soft tissue massage or stretching to improve the mobility of the joints, to the HVT technique (which can cause a joint to “click” and work more smoothly afterwards), or very gentle release or cranio-sacral osteopathic techniques which may be more suitable for young children and elderly patients.

The osteopaths at Stella Arden & Associates draw upon their knowledge of structural and cranio-sacral osteopathic techniques as appropriate for each individual case; these methods may vary from session to session, according to what the patient’s body needs to be worked on that day.

You may notice the big differences between fees for the treatments offered by Stella and her colleagues: this is because of the difference in the time taken over the appointments. Stella takes her time (often at least 90 minutes for a follow-up appointment, and twice that for an initial consultation!) so can see only a handful of patients in a single day. You are more likely to see either Saroja or Jack for your first appointment if your problem is very sudden (or “acute”), as they have more appointments available for you. In this way we can offer quick pain relief for many patients. It is our aim to help you achieve better health by helping you to balance out the parts of your body which are overworking, and those which are over-strained, helping your whole body feel more fluent and healthier, starting at your first visit.


Osteopathy is just one of a range of alternative treatments that consider the whole person.



Homeopathy can alleviate many illnesses using natural medicines in a highly diluted form.

Ear Candling

A relaxing treatment to help clear sinuses, reduce earwax and create a feeling of well-being.

Counselling Services

Providing assessment of and treatment for a wide range of mental health issues including depression, stress, trauma , bereavement and relationship issues.

Medical Herbalism

Western herbal medicine uses whole plant medicines to improve a wide range of health issues, from stress and fatigue to digestive health and many others.



Acupuncture can benefit a range of health concerns, such as repeat headaches, musculoskeletal problems, stress related issues and a plethora of others.

Therapy Dog

Therapy Dog

Our Practice manager Fiona is a volunteer for Therapy Dogs Nationwide and owns a registered therapy dog. It has been shown that visits by a Therapy Dog to retirement homes, care homes, hospices and schools can be extremely beneficial and have a positive impact upon quality of life.

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Stella Arden D.O.Principal Osteopath

Stella graduated after the 4 year, full time course at the British School of Osteopathy, now called University College of Osteopathy, London, in 1984 and initially came to work in Lincolnshire for just a couple of years!Stella was invited to join Dr Peter Mansfield at his Grimoldby practice near Louth in 1986 and the practice has grown and consolidated with the help of several excellent Associates along the way.She established the practice in Woodhall Spa in 1991 and divides her week equally at both practices. Stella remains as committed as ever to Osteopathy and her special interest lies in helping people to achieve their full potential and recover confidence in their bodies, especially children. Indeed, her enthusiasm for her work is obvious to her patients as she is notorious for overrunning her appointments.


Saroja EtchellBSc (Hons) Ost.

Saroja graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1999. Prior to that she earned a Diploma in Classical Homeopathy from the London College of Classical Homeopathy in 1995, after a course which lasted for four years. She has also trained in the Canadian method of ear candling under a lady called Jill Fraser. Originally from Zimbabwe, Saroja has lived in the UK for more than 30 years and worked at Stella Arden & Associates in Louth since 2002. She uses both structural and cranial osteopathic techniques, combined with homeopathy as required. Saroja’s husband is also an osteopath and they have 2 sons and a rather large dog!

Jack Williams M.Ost

Meet Jack, the newest Osteopath member in our team! Jack graduated with a Masters in Osteopathy in the summer of 2017, after 4 years of studying at Leeds Beckett University. During his time in Leeds, Jack was lucky enough to attend special courses run by Team GB lead soft tissue therapist Derry Suter, and The European Golf Tour Osteopath, Poora Singh. Since then, Jack has been working with us gaining knowledge and experience every day. Jack became interested in Osteopathy through a keen interest in sports. Playing football throughout his life, amongst a wide array of other sports recreationally, allowed him to see and experience sports injuries first hand, and the work it takes to get a person back in tip top shape. Despite Jack's interest in sports injuries, he can treat patients of all ages 5+, for the large range of conditions covered by Osteopathy.

Matt AldridgeMedical Acupuncturist

Matt Aldridge became interested in Chinese Medicine as a result of his lifelong passion for Chinese Martial Arts. Since graduating from the University of Lincoln with a BSc (Hons) in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2011, Matt has continued his training in sports related therapies, adding a qualification in Kinesio Taping in early 2014, and a qualification as a Personal Trainer in mid 2014. He is also qualified in Facial Enhancement Acupuncture, a procedure using acupuncture principles to provide a toning, uplifting and relaxing experience.


Lee GledhillCounselling Services

My name is Lee Gledhill and I am a Relate trained counsellor now in private practice at the Stella Arden & Associates clinic. I am also currently school counsellor at two local schools. I have been a counsellor for 8 years and have a wealth of experience and training. I am dedicated and passionate about the benefits of counselling in people’s lives at times of difficulty and distress. I qualified as a counsellor in 2011 when I graduated from the Relate Institute with an advanced diploma in couple counselling. I also have a diploma in children and young peoples counselling. I am fundamentally a systemic and psychodynamic counsellor but I also use CBT, solution focussed, mindfulness and compassion based therapy as part of an integrative approach. I work with couples, individuals, children and young people. I am bound by the Code of Ethics and Practice of COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) and the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists). I am known for my caring and compassionate style of counselling, I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore the issues that you are struggling with. Together we can clarify new ways of going forward which help you feel more in control of your life and hopeful about your future.

Deborah BrownChartered Counselling Psychologist

Deborah is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a member of the British Psychological Society. She can provide assessment of and treatment for a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, stress, trauma, adjustment disorders, phobias, bereavement and relationship issues. Apart from offering counselling for a range of issues, Deborah is also trained in the use of CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and EMDT - Eye Movement Desensitisation Therapy.


Ali EnglishReceptionist and Medical Herbalist

Ali has recently taken on the role of part time receptionist at the Louth practice following the retirement of Ann Stimson, Ali is also a Herbalist who has been working with herbs for over 20 years now, having first discovered them at the tender age of 13. An obsession quickly developed, leading to her eventually attending Lincoln University in pursuit of a degree in herbal medicine, which she gained in 2010. Ever since, she has taught an assortment of herbal workshops where she tries to pass on her love of the plants, as well as offering herbal consultations to provide relief and aid to those in need of it. It is her hope that by booking a consultation or workshop with her, you will be taking another step on your journey towards good health, and perhaps gain a lifelong appreciation for plant medicine in the process.


Fiona PinderPractice Manager

Fiona joined the team in August 2016 as the new Practice Manager. With many years of experience of travelling the country and working with people, Fiona will be your first port of call when making an enquiry or booking an appointment. In her spare time Fiona works for the charity Therapy Dogs Nationwide, taking her faithful German Shepherd dog Maggie to visit local care homes in and around Louth.


Stella Arden D.O.


Adult - £110

Child - £65

Infant - £60


Adult - £75

Child - £55

Infant - £45

Saroja Etchell B. Sc. (Ost)


Jack Williams M.Ost


Adult - £55

Child - £55

Infant - £48


Adult - £44

Child - £42

Infant - £40


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