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Joint Pain Worse in Cold? Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Joint Pain Worse in Cold?


cold weatherThe weather is changing, I can feel it in my bones”. Most of us have heard this old wives tale but is there any truth in it? Research has shown that the refreshing change in weather during autumn can actually bring about aches and pains associated with lower temperatures and changes in barometric air pressure.
Typically this affects people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other arthritic conditions. Most commonly it effects load bearing joints such as the hips and knees, also the shoulders, elbows and hands. It is thought that sensory nerve endings in joints called baroreceptors respond to slight changes in atmospheric pressure. When the barometric pressure changes the amount of fluid in a joint or the pressure inside a joint can fluctuate which stimulates these receptors causing pain. In an arthritic joint these slight changes can have a greater impact as there is less cartilage to provide cushioning. In lower pressures inflammation around joints can also potentially worsen, this will also put pressure on the nerves again causing pain.
Steps can be taken to reduce inflammation such as applying hot and cold therapy to the affected area, taking a swim in a nice warm pool could also be beneficial. Osteopaths can use techniques designed to help improve blood circulation to the area and reduce inflammation as well as working directly on muscles and joints to help improve mobility.
Cold weather can also have an impact on our muscles, as the temperature drops there is a decrease in blood supply to our muscles causing them to tighten up. As a muscle tightens up it becomes shorter in length reducing our range of movement, these tightened muscles then become more susceptible to injury. A ‘pulled’ muscle occurs when it is lengthened beyond its comfort zone, micro tears occur within the muscle fibres and sometime the ligaments. This can lead to pain, inflammation and sometimes swelling and redness. Muscle spasm causing a further reduction in range of movement is also very common. Extra care should be taken during the colder months when exercising outdoors to ensure you are properly ‘warmed up’ before exercise.
Osteopaths often see these types of muscular aches, pains and strains especially during the colder months. An initial assessment will need to be made and often these complaints can be treated using manual therapy, careful advice and specific exercises.
To book an appointment please call 0207 206 2625 or email

Tali Rayner M.Ost

Tali Rayner graduated from the British School of Osteopathy obtaining a Masters Degree in Osteopathy. Since graduating she has also completed training in Acupuncture and Medical dry needling lead by Dr Anthony Campbell.

She is registered with the General Osteopathic Council as well as the British Osteopathic Association. She has worked in a number of clinical settings including working with a professional rugby and football team.

Tali is structural in her approach to osteopathic assessments and uses a variety of treatment techniques including medical dry needling in conjunction with osteopathic techniques.

As part of your assessment Tali will assess work related ergonomic issuesor sport related training techniques, which may be contributing and maintaining  injuries and pain. Tali will prescribe exercises as part of your rehabilitation and stabilisation of an injury or longer term postural complaint.


Appointment Times (at Fybre Fitness): Wednesday 5-9pm and Friday 7-11am




Before I saw Tali, I suffered chronic and consistent sciatic pain. Her specialist treatment immediately alleviated the worst symptoms and quickly enabled me to return to the fully active lifestyle I had missed. Friendly and highly skilled, Tali takes the time to put her patients at ease and discuss their needs. She also directs you to everyday exercises and lifestyle changes that strengthen the body against future injury. Thank you Tali.

– V. George

For the first time in the last 6 years I am beginning to walk without pain and without the anticipation of pain when I come to stairs or other more challenging activities . . . . I would highly recommend Tali to anyone considering osteopathy.

– A. Sharman


For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email OR CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE

Osteopathy for Foot Pain – SW11 Osteopath

Osteopathy for Foot Pain

thigh pain

Pain can occur in the foot and ankles for a number of reasons.

The foot and ankle is made up of a number of small bones interconnected by ligaments, muscles and fascia all working together to give the strength, stability and flexibility the foot and ankle needs to function properly.
Common conditions of the foot, ankle and areas which can give rise to pain include:

Acquired flat foot – when the inner side of the foot or inner arch flattens. The foot may roll over to the inner side (known as over-pronation). It is often apparent if the heels of shoes wear out quickly and unevenly. Over-pronation can damage your ankle joint and achilles tendon (the tendon at the back of your ankle) and can also cause shin pain. Symptoms can include, pain, swelling, change in foot shape and knee pain or swelling.

Plantar fasciitis –is pain and inflammation in the plantar fascia – the tough fibrous band of tissue that supports the arches of the foot and runs under the small bones from the underside of the heel and sole towards the toes, Often, people who have plantar fasciitis describe it as a sharp pain, most often under the heel or instep of the foot. It tends to be made worse by standing for long periods of time in poor footwear. Sufferers commonly mention that it is worse when standing after being off their feet for a long time, and it can hurt more putting the foot on the floor first thing in the morning. The sole of the foot can occasionally feel a little numb, tingly or swell slightly. In some cases of plantar fasciitis, a small spur of bone can grow where the plantar fascia attaches and pulls on the heel which can cause a sharp pain.

Achilles pain –The Achilles tendon is formed by the tendon of the two calf muscles, the gastrocnemius and soleus coming together and attaching onto the bone at the back of the heel called the calcaneus) Pain, inflammation or tendonitis in the Achilles can cause pain and tightness in this area.

Sprained ankle. Typically the result of a sudden twisting or “going over” on the ankle joint and more commonly it is the ligaments on the outside of the ankle that are strained. Typical symptoms are swelling, bruising, pain and instability of the ankle. Sometimes an x-ray is required to rule out any fracture. Rest, ice, elevation and compression are often advisable in the first 24 to 48 hours.

Osteopathy for Foot Pain

How can an osteopath help with foot and ankle pain?

  • Depending on the diagnosis and your age and fitness we can use a variety of gentle massage and manipulative techniques to increase the mobility of the joints and the flexibility of the muscles in the foot.
  • We will often look at muscles and joints in the lower limb, the knee, hip and lower back and may treat any joint restrictions and muscle tightness we find there. Often improving the movement in the joints of the lower will help the foot and ankle function better.
  • We may offer specific balancing, strengthening or loosening exercises
  • We may offer advice on strapping and brace supports, footwear and any lifestyle factors that might be hindering healing. We may refer you to a podiatrist for their opinion and specialist foot supports
  • X-rays, scans or other tests may be required to make a diagnosis  and we may refer you to your  GP for any additional  investigations and treatment  such as advice on pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications


Useful links

Osteopathic Sports Care Association
Arthritis Research UK

To book an appointment visit or email for more information. 

Appointments are available on: 

Tuesday evenings 5-9pm 

Wednesday evenings 5-9pm 

Thursday mornings 8-1pm

Friday mornings 7-11am 

Occasionally saturday appointments are available. 


Louisa Henderson BA (Hons) MOst MSCC

Louisa uses a range of techniques including structural, visceral and cranial osteopathy to improve function and reduce pain levels as well as providing appropriate exercises specifically tailored to your needs and to aid rehabilitation.

After graduating from the British School of Osteopathy with a Masters degree, she completed a two year diploma in Women’s Health in Osteopathy with the Molinari Institute of Health. She treats adults of all ages, however specialises in treating women during the pre- and post- natal period. Louisa Henderson is a Registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council and a member of the Institute of Osteopathy.

Appointment Times (at Fresh Ground): Tuesdays 12-4pm and Thursdays 5-9pm



I’ve visited Louisa many times and can’t recommend her enough. She first treated me when I was late going into labour … After the birth I saw her again. She eased all my post natal aches and pains. She’s a really lovely, friendly lady and I’ve since recommended her to several other friends who have all had similarly positive experiences.

– Thea

I have been seeing Louisa for nearly 3 years now for ongoing joint issues requiring both osteopathy and sports massage. Whilst my problems cannot be ‘cured’ the treatment and care I receive from Louisa ensures they are managed to a level that does not adversely impact my life … I cannot recommend her highly enough.

– Jennifer


For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email