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CLAPHAM PREGNANCY AND BABY SHOW: LAURA TILSON OSTEOPATHY

CLAPHAM PREGNANCY AND BABY SHOW: LAURA TILSON OSTEOPATHY

We are thrilled to be part of the next Clapham Pregnancy and Baby Show. Come nd meet us on the 14th October in Henry Cavendish School in Balham for an informal c
hat about pregnancy, birth and life with a newborn. Just click here to book your free ticket.

Appointments:

For an appointment with an osteopath at Laura Tilson Osteopathy or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or BOOK ONLINE HERE. 

Cranial or Paediatric Osteopathy at Home for your Baby

Osteopathy - Home visits for Northcote Road mums

Osteopathy – Home visits for Northcote Road mums

Cranial or Paediatric Osteopathy at Home for your Baby

As a mum I know how difficult it can be to leave the house with a new born baby. Thats why I am offering mums in the Northcote Road area home visit appointments.

 

Parents bring their babies and children to see osteopaths for many reasons including:

  • post-natal check ups
  • postural assessments
  • digestive issues including colic and reflux
  • difficulty sleeping
  • general aches and pains
  • feeding difficulties
  • flat heads

To read more about cranial osteopathy please CLICK HERE.

Laura Tilson M.Ost DPO

Osteopath

 

Laura Tilson  BA (Hons) M.Ost DPO

Laura Tilson is a Registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council and an experienced, established practitioner in London.

She graduated with a Masters Degree from The British School of Osteopathy and then completed training in Paediatric Osteopathy with The Foundation of Paediatric Osteopathy; The Osteopathic Centre for Children (OCC).

Laura worked at the OCC’s busy children’s clinic for two years. She has worked in the neonatal intensive care wards in three London hospitals.

She provides appointments for adults, children and babies in clinics, and also offers home visits for babies.

She uses a variety of osteopathic techniques including cranial osteopathy and structural techniques. She is experienced in treating a variety of women’s health and pre- and post-natal conditions. 

As an undergraduate her research for her dissertation was awarded one of the top grades and she presented her findings at the Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Conference in 2010. Laura Tilson is a Member of the Institute of Osteopathy and an Alumni Member of the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy. She has completed courses at the Molinari Institute of Health in Women’s Health,The Sutherland Cranial College, in Safeguarding Children and pre-natal and post-natal courses with Miranda Clayton.

Appointment Times (Fresh Ground) : Monday 5-9pm and Friday 7-11am

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

 

Testimonials:

“Laura is simply amazing and I can’t recomemd her enough! She recently treated my 7weeks old little girl and identified and treated a number of issues caused by her being in a breech positon at week 37. She had such a natural way with my daughter and completely put her (and me) at ease. After 3 sessions we had a much more content, relaxed and less colicky little girl.”

FT – Tooting

“I went to Laura Tilson osteopathy because of pregnancy related back-ache. Laura was brilliant – she diagnosed me within minutes and sorted my back out within 2 sessions. Couldn’t recommend her highly enough. I’ve booked in for a pregnancy massage which they’ve just started offering and I have no doubt it’ll be equally wonderful.”

RQ – Clapham

Appointments:

For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email info@ltosteo.co.uk

 

CLAPHAM PREGNANCY AND BABY SHOW: LAURA TILSON OSTEOPATHY

CLAPHAM PREGNANCY AND BABY SHOW: LAURA TILSON OSTEOPATHY

We are thrilled to be part of the next Clapham Pregnancy and Baby Show. Come nd meet us on the 14th October in Henry Cavendish School in Balham for an informal c
hat about pregnancy, birth and life with a newborn. Just click here to book your free ticket.

Appointments:

For an appointment with an osteopath at Laura Tilson Osteopathy or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or BOOK ONLINE HERE. 

Osteopathy for Babies – 5 things you should know

Osteopathy for Babies – 5 things you should know.

1. TREATMENT IS EXTREMELY GENTLE

There are a number of gentle osteopathic techniques which can restore normal movement in areas of tension in the body. Cranial osteopathy can be used when other osteopathic techniques are not appropriate because it is so gentle.

2. OSTEOPATHS DON’T JUST TREAT BABIES’ HEADS

Osteopathy can improve movement through the joints and release tension through muscles anywhere in the body. Osteopathy for babies often treats tension in the neck, pelvis, diaphragm and spine because these are areas commonly affected by difficult births.

3. IT CAN HELP WITH A NUMBER OF ISSUES

When carrying out osteopathy for babies we do not treat symptoms and conditions.  Instead we look at the way your body works and try to make it work more effectively. For example, we do not treat asthma and we do not claim to cure asthma. What we do is look at the way the diaphragm, ribs and intercostal muscles are working. By improving the way they move, we may in turn improve the way you breath and reduce the effects that asthma has on your posture over time.

4. BABIES CAN BE TENSE TOO

It is normal for a new-born baby to have areas of tension in their body. This is because of the position they were in in the womb and the effects of the birth. Osteopaths assess your baby’s movements and by treating areas of tension may help your baby to be more comfortable and to relax more easily. If your baby is more comfortable he/she may feed, sleep and digest more easily.

5. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE

The mantra of osteopaths the world over is to ‘find it, fix it and leave it alone’. We will aim to treat in as few sessions as possible so that you can enjoy your time with your baby. For many patients this may mean only one or two sessions.

Appointments:

For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email info@ltosteo.co.uk

Jacqueline Shergold MHS B.Sc is our Paediatric Osteopath

Jacqueline enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions with a particular passion for treating children and babies. She uses gentle techniques to release tension in the muscles and joints that may have resulted from their position in the womb or from their birth. She is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy and works in the clinic at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London.

Jacqueline Shergold has worked in clinics in Australia and Ireland where she worked extensively with Australian Footballers and other elite athletes. In Australia she taught anatomy at University level and therefore has a great understanding of the human body in function and dysfunction.

Techniques she uses include Cranial, Obstetric and Paediatric Osteopathy, dry needling and sports taping. She uses cranial and structural osteopathy as well as rehabilitation exercises in combination for the best possible outcomes.

Appointment Times: Jacqueline offers home visits for newborns on wednesdays and appointments at the clinic at Fresh Ground on fridays 12-4pm. 

Appointments:

For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email info@ltosteo.co.uk

Testimonials:

I have been treated by Jacqueline on numerous occasions for neck pain, headaches and various other aches and pains. She is professional and thorough, while also being kind and patient. I always leave with a smile on my face, feeling better than when I walked in.

– Brea

I highly recommend Jacqui S. She made me feel really relaxed and comfortable after I was a bit anxious about treatment. Very patient with little ones too and knows how to engage with them to keep them still.

– Angela

Postnatal Osteopath Clapham Junction

Postnatal Osteopath Clapham Junction

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Postnatal Fitness

Louisa Henderson BA (Hons) MOst MSCCO

Women’s Health Osteopath at Fresh Ground
Women can often feel weak and physically vulnerable after having a baby. During pregnancy ligaments stretch, muscles atrophy, fat is deposited and breasts grow. The way you use your body changes when you have a newborn and the forces you put through the spine and pelvis change. All great for your growing baby and giving birth, but perhaps a bit of a shock.

After your 6-week check you may feel ready to begin doing some post-natal exercise.There are some wonderful classes available in Wandsworth but please do check that you instructor is trained in post-natal care and give your body time to heal. Everyone has a different experience of pregnancy and labour and re-connecting with your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor takes time and practice. It may be worth considering it to be rehabilitation rather than exercise for the first few months post-natally.

It is so important to start from the beginning and retrain the muscles that have stretched and worked so hard for you during your pregnancy. The “core” is a complicated network of muscles which support your spine and pelvic floor. It is profoundly affected during pregnancy, as well as through both vaginal and caesarian births, and should be the first thing you rehabilitate. By doing so, you re-establish stability in the body and so avoid injury when you go back to normal exercise regimes at a later stage.

We offer post-natal check ups at Fresh Ground with Louisa Henderson our Women’s Health Osteopath.

At these Post-Natal Assessment appointments we provide:

  • Assessment of the pelvis and spine movements
  • Assessment of rectus diastasis
  • Pelvic floor exercises and advice tailored to your individual needs
  • Treatment for the pelvis and pelvic floor
  • Treatment for scar tissue restrictions
  • Treatment for rib pain

Appointments

For appointments with Louisa Henderson please call 0207 206 2625 or book online via www.ltosteo.co.uk

Postnatal Osteopath Clapham Junction

Appointments

For appointments with Louisa Henderson please call 0207 206 2625 or book online via www.ltosteo.co.uk

CRANIAL OSTEOPATH HOME VISIT SW11

CRANIAL OSTEOPATH

HOME VISITS IN SW11

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CRANIAL OSTEOPATH HOME VISIT

As a mum of two small children I know how difficult it is to leave the house. And with a newborn, older children or twins its near impossible!!

So for all you busy mums and dads we are now offering more cranial osteopath appointments in the comfort of your home.

Please read on if you are about to or have had a baby recently and need an osteopath!

To Make and Appointment

Please email info@ltosteo.co.uk and specify that you are looking to book a home visit. Appointments tend to be on Monday and Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons.

What is a Cranial Osteopath

Parents bring their babies to see osteopaths with many symptoms including:

  • post-natal check ups
  • digestive issues
  • difficulty sleeping
  • feeding difficulties
  • flat heads

Osteopaths do not treat conditions but are interested in how your baby or child’s body is moving. Osteopathic treatment aims to restore the normal movement in the muscles, ligaments and joints, which in turn can improve how your babies feeds and sleeps. In this way treatment may improve symptoms of a wide range of illness and discomfort.

What to Expect from your Appointment

At your first appointment the osteopath will discuss details of the pregnancy and labour and the child’s general health. Then they will carry out examinations which look at joint movement, reflexes and muscle tone.

Treatment techniques include gentle massage and cranial osteopathy and aim to make the body as relaxed and comfortable as possible. The osteopath may also provide advice on exercises, posture and nutrition.

Initial consultations normally take an hour and any follow up treatments are for half an hour.

More about Laura Tilson M.Ost DPO BA(Hons) – Paediatric Osteopath

Laura Tilson is a Registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council and an experienced, established practitioner in London.

She graduated with a Masters Degree from The British School of Osteopathy and then completed training in Paediatric Osteopathy with The Foundation of Paediatric Osteopathy; The Osteopathic Centre for Children (OCC).

Laura worked at the OCC’s busy children’s clinic for two years. She has worked in the neonatal intensive care wards in three London hospitals.

She provides appointments for adults, children and babies on Northcote Road and Battersea Rise, and also offers home visits for babies in and around Wandsworth.

She uses a variety of osteopathic techniques including cranial osteopathy and structural techniques. She is experienced in treating a variety of women’s health and pre- and post-natal conditions.

Laura Tilson is a Member of the Institute of Osteopathy and an Alumni Member of the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy. She has completed courses at the Molinari Institute of Health in Women’s Health,The Sutherland Cranial College, in Safeguarding Children and pre-natal and post-natal courses with Miranda Clayton.

Laura is a registered practitioner for most Private Health Insurance providers.

Testimonials:

“I took my daughter (9 months) to see Laura as I’d noticed she was very ‘fidgety’ feeding on one side, and only lay on her left in her cot. Laura is fabulous with babies, and after just on session she went home and had a nap on her opposite side for the first time ever! Highly recommended.” – Jen, Balham

“Laura did a few home visits to treat my newborn who was not sleeping or feeding well as he was very stiff in his neck. Laura’s treatment had an immediate positive affect that night. A HUGE relief for all. Laura was great; she took her time to make sure she understood the problems, was thorough examining and very gentle and calming for my baby in her treatment. I’d definitely recommend a home visit as it took the stress out of going out with an unhappy newborn.” – Johanna, Tooting

“I originally went to see Laura as I was worried that my daughter’s head and shoulders movement. Turns out that my daughter was absolutely fine but I booked myself in for a post natal check as I’m training for a marathon. Since then I’ve been having fortnightly sports related osteopathy/ massage sessions with Tali (based at the same clinic) and she has been absolutely fantastic, helping to loosen my tight achy muscles and preparing me for more training!” – Emma, Clapham

“I went to see Laura with lower back pain during my pregnancy. She was brilliant and really worked hard to get to the root of the problem, work on it and set me up with exercises to keep me on the right tra

To make an appointment for a home visit please email info@ltosteo.co.uk 

Postnatal Osteopath – Northcote Road

Postnatal Osteopath – Northcote Road

The Benefits of Postnatal Osteopathy

By Laura Tilson BA (Hons) M.Ost DPO
Registered and Paediatric Osteopath at Fresh Ground Battersea Rise, SW11

As an osteopath I spend the majority of my time showing people how osteopathy can benefit them. But trying to persuade a busy mum that she should put herself first for half an hour a day to sort out her bad back or that dodgy shoulder will be my mantra for the rest of my career.

Mums are renowned for putting others first and bravely soldiering on – because they are mums and that’s just what they do.  And now – as mother to a four month old little boy – I can see why.  My days blur into one – each a haze of coffee, marching around parks and attempts at housework, never mind trying to fit in brushing my hair or getting a little admin done.

So perhaps I am biased, but over the last few months I have seen for myself how osteopathy has helped me and my little boy. I have been for four treatments since having him. Once a month, I have carved out the time and made it a priority because I’m set on practicing what I preach. But the results speak for themselves.

The osteopath I saw sorted out the pain in my back where I had had an epidural by finding restricted joints in my back and tight muscles and getting them moving again. With massage and pressure over my upper back she helped to release aches from hours of bending over during feeds. With the gentlest touch and movement she helped to encourage my baby to look comfortably to the left (he only looked to the right after a fairly traumatic ventouse delivery).

So perhaps I am biased but I cannot rave about it enough. This, along with a slow and steady commitment to getting fit again has been my rehabilitation back to my old self and I could not be more grateful.

Appointments

For appointments with Laura please call 0207 206 2625 or email info@ltosteo.co.uk

Laura Tilson (Osteopath)

Laura Tilson  BA (Hons) M.Ost DPO

Laura Tilson is a Registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council and an experienced, established practitioner in London.

She graduated with a Masters Degree from The British School of Osteopathy and then completed training in Paediatric Osteopathywith The Foundation of Paediatric Osteopathy; The Osteopathic Centre for Children (OCC).

Laura worked at the OCC’s busy children’s clinic for two years. She has worked in the neonatal intensive care wards in three London hospitals.

She provides appointments for adults, children and babies in clinics, and also offers home visits for babies.

She uses a variety of osteopathic techniques including cranial osteopathy and structural techniques. She is experienced in treating a variety of women’s health and pre- and post-natal conditions. 

As an undergraduate her research for her dissertation was awarded one of the top grades and she presented her findings at the Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Conference in 2010. Laura Tilson is a Member of the Institute of Osteopathy and an Alumni Member of the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy. She has completed courses at the Molinari Institute of Health in Women’s Health,The Sutherland Cranial College, in Safeguarding Children and pre-natal and post-natal courses with Miranda Clayton.

Appointment Times (Fresh Ground) : Monday 5-9pm and Friday 7-11am

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

 

Testimonials:

I came to see Laura with shoulder pain and a swollen wrist which I had had problems with for 7 years. I have been so much better, even after just one treatment.

– C. Mitchell

I could not recommend Laura highly enough. My treatment for low back pain was excellent; she was thorough and professional and I have not had any problems with my back since. I would not hesitate on seeing her again in the future.

– L. Harrison

Appointments:

For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email info@ltosteo.co.uk

Baby Massage Northcote Road:

Baby Massage Northcote Road

Classes starting 14th August

Mondays 10.30-11.30

Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise

To book please  visit www.northcotebaby.com

 

Hello Mums, Dads and Caregivers!

My name is Sandra Pearce and I am the founder of Northcote Baby.
I provide baby classes and workshops in Southwest London.

I have lived in Clapham for five years and started teaching
baby massage classes under the name of ‘Northcote Baby Massage’.
Following on from the success of these classes, I have now rebranded
to ‘Northcote Baby’ and am delighted to offer more fantastic courses
like ‘Baby Yoga’ and Workshops to help support you and your baby
with ‘Colic and/or Reflux’ and my ‘Witching Hour’ Workshop.

I am a fully certified Baby Massage Instructor (CIMI – 2003)
which gives me 13 years experience with the International
Association of Infant Massage. I also have a Diploma in
Baby Yoga with the Federation of Holistic Therapies (2012)and
have also qualified as a Baby Yoga Teacher with Birthlight.

In addition to this I am also a mum to two beautiful little boys which
enables me to bring personal as well as professional experience into
my courses and workshops.

All of the pictures you see on this website were taken at my classes
and workshops with some personal shots in there as well. Enjoy!

I hope to see you at one of my fantastic courses soon!

Warm wishes

Sandra x

Baby Massage Northcote Road

Classes starting 14th August 

Mondays 10.30-11.30 

Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise

To book please  visit www.northcotebaby.com

Paediatric Osteopathy: The Importance of an Active Lifestyle for your Children

Paediatric Osteopathy: The Importance of an Active Lifestyle for your Children

Study Shows Potential Link between Childhood Motor Coordination and Sedentary Behaviour in Adulthood

We know how much kids love running around but did you know that their level of activity in childhood might be linked to their future level of activity as adults.

This study explains a bit more about the importance of keeping your kids active.

I love this picture. Its from Little Forest Folk – http://www.littleforestfolk.com have a look if you haven’t heard of them.

Good motor coordination in childhood is linked to maintained physical activity in middle age. A team led by University College London used data from the 1970 British Cohort Study, which follows the lives of more than 17,000 people.

When the participants were aged 10 their motor coordination skills were assessed. This included tasks such throwing a ball, standing on one leg, and walking backwards.

The researchers don’t yet know if poor coordination leads to more sedentary behaviour. One possibility is that sports are less enjoyable in those with less well-developed coordination, and this may lead to lower participation in physical activities.

Since sedentary lifestyles have a wide range of poor effects on health, the authors of the study suggest that children should be encouraged to participate in sports, and that this may benefit their health into adulthood.

The full paper is available at http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/pdf/s12966-015-0236-y.pdf

Paediatric osteopaths are trained to assess your child’s motor function and joint health. Your osteopath will be able to offer you and your family advice on creating and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, and give you advice on the sort of exercise that would be suitable.

Jacqueline Shergold MHS B.Sc

Jacqueline enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions with a particular passion for treating children and babies. She uses gentle techniques to release tension in the muscles and joints that may have resulted from their position in the womb or from their birth. She is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy and works in the clinic at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London.

Jacqueline Shergold has worked in clinics in Australia and Ireland where she worked extensively with Australian Footballers and other elite athletes. In Australia she taught anatomy at University level and therefore has a great understanding of the human body in function and dysfunction.

Techniques she uses include Cranial, Obstetric and Paediatric Osteopathy, dry needling and sports taping. She uses cranial and structural osteopathy as well as rehabilitation exercises in combination for the best possible outcomes.

Appointment Times: Fridays 12-4pm and Home Visits for Newborns available on Wednesdays

Testimonials:

I have been treated by Jacqueline on numerous occasions for neck pain, headaches and various other aches and pains. She is professional and thorough, while also being kind and patient. I always leave with a smile on my face, feeling better than when I walked in.

– Brea

I highly recommend Jacqui S. She made me feel really relaxed and comfortable after I was a bit anxious about treatment. Very patient with little ones too and knows how to engage with them to keep them still.

– Angela

Appointments:

For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email info@ltosteo.co.uk

Plagiocephaly – How an Osteopath Can Help

back of baby headPLAGIOCEPHALY

In the first few weeks of life many babies develop a flattening through part of their head. The most common cases are medically termed plagiocephaly (flattening on one side of the head) or brachycephaly (both sides). In most cases this is completely normal and will improve over time.

There are many causes of flattening which your osteopath will be able to diagnose:

  • Positional flattening (which is the most common cause)
  • Factors in the womb including multiple pregnancies or low amniotic fluid levels (oligohydramnios)
  • Prematurity
  • Muscle conditions
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Torticollis

The flattening can worsen if there are tensions in the neck which prevent your baby from comfortably turning his/her head both ways. Tensions occur for a variety of reasons which the osteopath can explain to you.  Treatment may help improve the movement of the neck and head and your osteopath can also advise you on exercises and counter-positioning, which has been shown to reduce the flattening shown at one year of age (Bialocerkowski et al, 2008).

If the flattening is due to something other than tensions in the neck your osteopath will be able to refer you accordingly.

 

Reference: Bialocerkowski, A. 2008. Physiotherapy reduces the risk of deformational plagiocephaly in infants who have a preferred head position when lying supine. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy. Vol. 54 Issue 4 pp. 283.

Jacqueline Shergold MHS B.Sc is our Paediatric Osteopath

Jacqueline enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions with a particular passion for treating children and babies. She uses gentle techniques to release tension in the muscles and joints that may have resulted from their position in the womb or from their birth. She is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy and works in the clinic at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London.

 

Jacqueline Shergold has worked in clinics in Australia and Ireland where she worked extensively with Australian Footballers and other elite athletes. In Australia she taught anatomy at University level and therefore has a great understanding of the human body in function and dysfunction.

Techniques she uses include Cranial, Obstetric and Paediatric Osteopathy, dry needling and sports taping. She uses cranial and structural osteopathy as well as rehabilitation exercises in combination for the best possible outcomes.

Appointment Times: Wednesday home visits and Friday 12-4pm at Fresh Ground. 

Testimonials:

I have been treated by Jacqueline on numerous occasions for neck pain, headaches and various other aches and pains. She is professional and thorough, while also being kind and patient. I always leave with a smile on my face, feeling better than when I walked in.

– Brea

I highly recommend Jacqui S. She made me feel really relaxed and comfortable after I was a bit anxious about treatment. Very patient with little ones too and knows how to engage with them to keep them still.

– Angela

Appointments:

For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email info@ltosteo.co.uk

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