I specialise in managing and treating conditions that have previously not responded to surgery, physiotherapy or osteopathy. I am often called upon for my expert opinion and skills in helping solve some of the more difficult cases we see at the clinic. I trained at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in Hampstead, London, where I undertook a full-time degree course in Osteopathic Medicine and Naturopathy. I also have an MSc In Neuro Movement Disorders.
I previously taught on the undergraduate course and I have also taught overseas on the postgraduate conversion course run for international students. I firmly believe that anatomy and evidence-based information are at the core of any good practitioner.
As well as my undergraduate training, I have an MSc in Neuroscience from Queens Square, London. I find this is an added bonus to understanding, treating and managing a multitude of clients’ problems in a much more comprehensive way, as I have a good understanding of the complicated nervous system. I have completed numerous courses and I keep up-to-date with current issues within the field of medicine. I am able to use a multitude of techniques such as cranial osteopathy, medical acupuncture, functional positional release, MET, PNF, manipulation and many others.
I also have experience with working with clients who have suffered from chronic and recurrent pain. I come from a strong sports background and continue to follow my passion for sports by treating many top level professional athletes, such as sprinters and long-distance runners, long and triple jumpers, tennis players and golfers. I love the gym environment, as I am able to work closely with personal trainers, biomechanics specialists and physiotherapists, making sure I get to the core of clients’ problems and keeping problems from reoccurring.
My training as an osteopath and clinical neuroscientist has indeed helped with my evidence base and problem solving, leading me to understand the importance of a thorough case history to formulate the best approach to a problem.
I am one of the lead practitioners at the clinic and as you can imagine, through working with international royal families, premiership footballers (Arsenal, Chelsea and QPR), champion sportspeople and TV celebrities, I am very much in demand as a top specialist in my field.
I believe a professional and kind manner, fused with a good old-fashioned hard working attitude, helps me to be more than competent when it comes to improving your health and performance.
MSc Clinical Neuroscience
BSc (Hons) OstMed
Certificate in Medical Acupuncture
Previously Senior Lecturer BCOM
Advanced K-Laser Practitioner
Member of the Osteopathic Sports Care Association
I have supported stunt performers and actors
with osteopathic treatment on a variety of films:
Spectre – 2015
Bastille day – 2016
Wonder Woman – 2017
Justice League – 2017
Star Wars Rogue One – 2016
Assassin’s Creed – 2017
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – 2015
Guardians of the Galaxy – 2014
The Mummy – 2017
Men In Black: International – 2019
Game Of Thrones – 2017-2019
I have been seeing Stephen for a few weeks now for K-Laser treatment on osteoarthritis of my fingers. Not only is he an excellent physician and has made a huge difference to both the pain and the look of my hands, which have improved enormously, he is also very kind and caring. He has gone above and beyond expectations to help me with my problems. I have no hesitation in recommending him. Thank you to everyone involved in my treatment at the clinic.
In the years that I have been running Stephen has been instrumental in helping me recover from injury on a number of occasions – any recurrence has definitely been down to me deviating from the good habits he recommends. Earlier this year I was experiencing a number of problems, which he has worked on in a systematic and effective way. I have been able to continue running and exercising during the treatment and he has encouraged me to do so. One of the things I value about Stephen is that he understands that I want to be able to continue and that this is important to me. His advice has been extremely valuable. His approach is kind, individually focused and professional with excellent follow up.
I have had three major spinal operations in the last twelve months and despite intensive physio could not recover. A friend referred me to Stephen Makinde. His positive attitude and amazing knowledge of the human anatomy has enabled me to be well on the way to recovery. Thanks to Stephen’s treatment and the exercise regime I have started to play golf again.
Stephen is charming and a delight to deal with. I have no hesitation in recommending him as he is a very good diagnostician and is open to using a variety of treatments. He has successfully treated both ankle and arm problems.
Having used Stephen for a number of (self inflicted) injuries, I particularly value that he has always explained clearly, in layman’s terms, the likely cause and problem, immediate action required and ongoing preventative ideas.
Being an actor, my schedule can often be unpredictable and last minute, so knowing that Stephen and the Perfect Balance team will always try and accommodate me when I need them is very reassuring. At times I’ve struggled with my back and Stephen never gives me a quick fix and sends me on my way. He always listens and makes sure that I’m happy with the session before I leave. So, if I still feel there is a problem he’ll do his best to fix it ball before I leave the room. Everything with Perfect Balance is long term and feels like money well spent.
My son Max, a golfer, needed immediate treatment for a wrist injury, prior to competing in the European Championships. Stephen was, as always, highly professional. His diagnostic techniques are incredibly thorough, allowing immediate and accurate injury identification and therefore the optimum rehab plan implemented without delay. Stephen has access to all the latest technology, and equipment. Max’s injury could not have been treated any better anywhere. It is a pleasure to deal with someone I trust.
Sadie says that the visit was quite bad and she doesn’t really want to visit again. She gave it 5 out of 10, with 1 being so bad that she would opt to eat a worm before she visited again. However, here’s where I (mum) am pulling rank. Sadie might not have enjoyed the session much, but she’s running around like normal again. So all’s well that ends well. Plus, Stephen made Sadie laugh multiple times, even though her tears.
I’ve been going to Perfect Balance for almost a year now for various different running and martial arts injuries and have always had an incredibly positive experience and seen immediate improvement. I see Stephen Makinde who’s a magician! He’s always able to get rid of the pain and give effective exercises to prevent further injury. He’s also incredibly warm and personable. I’d recommended him and the clinic to anyone who needs fixing!
I have been suffering from chronic knee pain for more than 10 years. Stephen Makinde is simply a world class specialist, he is treating my damaged nerve where NHS could not diagnose this in 10 years after numerous MRI scans. I have almost recovered completely and I am dreaming to get involved into intense games that I loved always. Stephen is simply great and an excellent professional. Eden Davis is also a great gentleman and professional who has taken care me under the instructions of Stephen. Thank you so much Stephen. Thank you Eden.
I had a tear in a muscle on my arm and everyone I saw at Perfect balance was so thorough and helpful, I first saw Stephen who referred me for a scan, I then had a few sessions of laser treatment and acupuncture with Fatima and Aaron and then I moved onto physio with Jamie. The exercises Jamie gave me were simple and quick so it wasn’t a chore to do them and they have strengthen my arm so that it is back to full use now. The whole team were great from start to finish and I definitely recommend.
Words cannot say how grateful we are to Stephen. Sunday evening, partner on the floor in agony, his back in spasm. Call to Stephen, can you see him in the morning, yes or I will see him tonight. Off we go, Sunday evening to the clinic. 45 minutes later, my partner is walking normally and can go to work this week. Stephen is exceptional and goes above and beyond just being an excellent osteopath. Thank you once again
Collectively, the team at Perfect Balance have helped me to transform my health over the last three months. When I first met Stephen Makinde I was in chronic pain with my shoulder, knee and foot. The shoulder pain had been diagnosed as a lipoma by my GP. However, with three sessions, the tension had been released and, with time and exercises provided by the physio, Jamie, strengthened. The foot, after an MRI, proved to be inflamed tendons and cartilage damage and with Stephen’s guidance on taping, has rebalanced. I invested in gel supports for my orthotics and used Epsom salt foot baths which completed the healing. Jamie provided further exercises to strengthen hamstrings, thighs and glutes which eased the pressure off the knee. I also had a recurring stomach complaint and with the advice of their nutritionist, Isha, had a gut biome analysis which, over time, has led to a healthier, more varied diet which has provided me with more strength and energy. I am grateful to the Perfect Balance team for their support and guidance and wholeheartedly recommend their holistic approach to health.
I attended the clinic with an issue with my left ankle as I had not been able to run for over 4 months and needed to start training again ready for the London Marathon 2019. I was initially seen by Stephen McKinde for diagnosis (issues with my static nerve higher up my leg) and I also received some immediate treatment including acupuncture. Additional to seeing Stephen I also embarked on sports massage therapy with Olga Hayward to get my muscles both loose and working properly and together once again. To cut a long story short, within 4 weeks I was running again (up to 6 miles) and 4 weeks further on I had run over 14 miles and rarely felt better! I still continue to see Olga as a vital part of my marathon training schedule and to keep my muscles as injury free as possible.
Booked via the website and got confirmation instantly of my appointment which was really good to start. I then had to change my appointment and the process was so simple and easy. I instantly got through to the bookings team and made the change. When I got the session, it was really easy to get to and find. The osteopath was able to diagnosed the issue straight away. He gave me some exercises to do and scheduled another appointment.. Highly recommended
condition. Stephen as the first Practitioner I saw was thorough, helpful and very Professional. After my first treatment with him I saw Kal for soft tissue therapy, massage and after several sessions I can say he has been professional, pleasant and effective and given me considerable help. I am also getting help from Marsh with Rehab. Again an interested, well focussed and professional approach. Whether we can find the ultimate answer to my issues or not, I am confident of professional and effective help from these practitioners towards my ultimate health and fitness goals.
The team are extremely professional between Stephen and Aaron they always fix me
When I booked an appointment with Stephen Makinde I had been suffering from sacroiliac joint dysfunction for 11 years and had seen over 20 previous practitioners without success. Stephen immediately diagnosed the underlying cause and fixed it during our first session. Over the following six weeks he set about systematically treating all of the secondary problems caused by my body being misaligned for 11 years, including some I never realised I had. Combined with his treatment he also arranged for me to undergo a gait analysis, which identified and corrected problems with my walking, together with sports therapy sessions with Daine McKibben Rice, who worked with me on a rehabilitation programme to rebuild strength and mobility in my weakened muscles. Both were brilliant, friendly and professional, but above all they have completely fixed a problem which had left me in constant pain for years and had been impacting the quality of my life. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.
I have THE BEST team looking after me at Perfect Balance Clinic! Praise in particular to Stephen who treated me today (a bank holiday). There aren’t many places where you get such excellent and dedicated service by consummate professionals. Thank you!!!
have had a few injuries of late mainly due to lifting heavy weights so my shoulders and neck seem to suffer most. I always go to see Stephen Makinde and receive 1st class treatment. he has all the tools from needle therapy, K-Laser or just a good old fashioned painful elbow.
Whatever niggle, need, imbalance or injury you have you will always be in good hands with this amazing team! Special gold star to Stephen Makinde for providing every possibility for achieving great results!
Stephen is amazing. I’ve had 3 children and continued to exercise throughout my pregnancies. Due to the changes my body has been through plus the strain of carrying babies around, I have suffered a few injuries. I always go straight to Stephen and I would never see anyone else. He identifies the problem quickly and also fixes it quickly too. He uses a number of techniques including acupuncture and I see results extremely quickly. I would always highly recommend Stephen.
Excellent service. Stephen really explained what was going on with my daughter and he will have her fit and ready to compete again. Highly recommend them. Thank you
I have always had wonderful service at Perfect Balance. Stephen is by far the best Osteopath I have ever seen. He easily recognizes the problem and always deals with it very effectively. His knowledge and use of different therapeutic modalities is outstanding, and his friendly and approachable personality make sessions both enjoyable and incredibly informative. In addition, his sports therapist, Sonal, provides an incredible sports massage and her knowledge of sports rehabilitation definitely helps provide a much quicker recovery. The team at Perfect Balance have all been wonderful and not only treat my injuries but also keep my body working optimally so I am able to live and enjoy a very active lifestyle. Thank you Perfect Balance!
Excellent service and a lovely team. Stephen was great and very helpful even in such short notice. Thank you so much!
I can not rate this team enough….especially Stephen who has already mended a broken wrist last year and is currently getting me up and running quickly, after breaking my leg a week ago. I work with horses and can’t believe I didn’t know about these guys sooner. The equestrian world is defiantly going to love you.
A huge thank you to Stephen for fitting me in on a Saturday evening to help with a flare up of my back problem. Such a relief to have such an accommodating and brilliant osteopath in my time of need. Would recommend Perfect Balance to anyone who needs help.
I visited Stephen Makinde just over a year ago with an IT band issue and within one session he identified the problem exactly. I then had a follow up visit with Pediatrist Daniel to organise some custom insoles. Since then the problem disappeared and a year on I have ran three marathons with accompanied training with no reoccurrences. Based on my experience I would say the level of service at Perfect Balance is excellent and what differentiates it from others is the very high level of competence and professionalism.
I saw Stephen at Perfect Balance Clinic in Hatfield after seeing six other physiotherapists to help with an issue I was having with a misaligned pelvis. After nearly a year of discomfort and different diagnosis’s Stephen was able to figure out the root cause of the issue and focus on solving that quickly. After two sessions my hip pain had pretty much disappeared and he was able to focus on other areas of my body that had become affected as a result. After five sessions I was ready to start my rehab physio and my body feels so much more balanced and my pain has pretty much disappeared. Stephen was great to work with. He made me feel relaxed, guided me through my treatment so I knew what to expect, and helped me understand how the treatment was improving things. I will go back to Stephen in the future whenever injuries or issues arise as a result of my training.
As a dancer and keen runner I was devastated when my first skiing holiday resulted in torn cartilage in my knee. Weekly sessions with Stephen saw me through the initial trauma stages and got me off my crutches, and comfortably walking again without an operation. Once I had regained mobility in my knee I attended weekly rehab classes with Joe. My hospital consultant said I might never dance again and I probably would never run again. With regular visits to Perfect Balance, just 6 months after the injury I was back to full time dance teaching, and a year later I am taking part in the Virgin London Triathlon! Their intelligent approach to my rehabilitation, close attention to my progress and problems, and careful advice restored not just the strength in my knee, but my confidence too.
I first started having treatment with Stephen Makinde 10 months ago after being diagnosed with acute arthritis in my knee. I was in a lot of pain and was having difficulty walking. Within a few sessions with Stephen, which included massage, acupuncture and exercise, I was walking normally and able to manage moderate exercise. More recently I have been suffering with tendonitis / arthritis in my shoulder which has caused limited movement and considerably pain. Stephen is once again treating me successfully with massage and acupuncture. Within one session my shoulder feels released and the range of movement has increased. Stephen’s diagnostic skills are excellent. He knows exactly what investigations are needed for diagnosis and immediately starts treatment. He is also always available via email for extra advice if needed.