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POST-NATAL AND PELVIC FLOOR CHECK-UPS

POST-NATAL CHECK-UPS

 

We offer post-natal check ups at Fresh Ground with our Osteopaths Laura Tilson and Alexandra Freeman.

At these Post-Natal Assessment appointments we provide:

  • Assessment of the movement and function of the pelvis and spine
  • Assessment of postural changes
  • 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

 

A woman’s body changes during pregnancy. Those changes include the softening of ligaments, weight increase and changes to posture. That can lead to additional pressure on joints in various parts of the body, including the spine or pelvis.

Pregnancy can cause general aches and pains including joint and back pain and osteopathy could help.

Osteopathy may help relieve the stresses and strains on your body during pregnancy and after birth.

 

Osteopaths utilise a range of techniques including physical manipulation, stretching and massage, and other gentle techqnieues such as cranial. These are all taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Alexandra Freeman  M.Ost

Alexandra Freeman is an experienced Osteopath who uses structural, cranial and other osteopathy techniques to treat her patients. Alexandra has a passion for paediatric and is currently studying for her Diploma at The Osteopathic Centre for Children.

Alexandra is a Registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council. She graduated from the London School of Osteopathy with a Masters degree in Osteopathy. She has completed courses in both dry needling and cranial techniques at the Sutherland Cranial College.

 

 

 

Appointment Times (Fresh Ground) : Monday evenings 4-8pm and Friday mornings 8am-12pm.

 

Testimonials:

Alexandra Freeman is an excellent osteopath, has relieved my back pain following my treatments with her. She takes time to find out the cause of the pain, alleviates the pain and is a pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend her enough.

– V. Harrison

I have been visiting Alexandra for some months now to address lower back pains.  Alexandra is incredibly warm, engaging and approachable yet very professional and thorough. She puts you at ease and is very good at explaining the reasons for the condition and the treatment she administers in ways that laypeople can understand. Alexandra also treated a relative of mine for neck and shoulder strains; who has been visiting other osteopaths for treatments.  They commented that Alexandra’s treatment was excellent and cured the problem, unlike other Osteopaths!  One of the best and most exceptional and effective osteopaths ever.  I would strongly recommend Alexandra.

– Ruth

Appointments:

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

Sling Essentials Workshop – Wear My Baby for all New Parents at Fresh Ground

Sling Essentials Workshop – Wear My Baby for all New Parents at Fresh Ground

Wear My Baby Essentials Workshop:

An introduction to baby wearing at

Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EQ

22nd January 2018 

The Benefits of babywearing – and trying getting expert carrying advice

  Hannah Wallace, owner of Wear My Baby, one of the UK’s leading babywearing consultancies and retailers.  The mother of two from Tooting explains the benefits of babywearing, and the local sling help available in South West London – including new workshops at Clapham’s Fresh Ground.

Babywearing is an incredible parenting tool. All parents carry their babies and children in their arms. Using a sling simply means you can carry them and use your hands at the same time!

Safety is absolutely vital when wearing your baby. From a safety perspective, how you carry your baby is often more important than which sling or carrier you use. Babies must always be carried upright, with their airways clear and the whole of their body supported by a snug, well-fitted carrier. That’s why it’s important to seek expert guidance.

There’s a huge array of styles and brands on the market, which all suit different needs, body shapes and babies’ ages and stages. Choosing a sling is a bit like choosing shoes or a bra: different types and sizes suit different people, so it’s worth trying on a few before you buy.
Keeping your baby close to you in a sling or carrier has so many benefits for the whole family.

Babies feel happy and settled; it’s incredibly practical; it encourages babies to sleep; it can support postnatal recovery, gently improving your posture and core strength; makes babies with reflux or digestive problems more comfortable; it supports babies’ physical, cognitive and emotional development; and supports parent-child bonding and may ease symptoms of postnatal depression.

Baby carriers are not just practical, babywearing is an amazing parenting tool; carrying your baby close to you is also fantastic for their development.  But the choice can be overwhelming and parents find it difficult to know which one to go for.

This is where Wear My Baby comes in. Our new pop-up Boutique in Tooting is London’s specialist baby carrier store. As well as having a huge variety of slings, my team and I provide expert fitting and safety advice with group workshops and one-to-one consultations throughout the day. Whether you want a supportive carrier like an Ergobaby or a pretty sling to wear to a wedding, we have something for everyone. If you want to try before you buy, you can even hire our baby carriers for up to two weeks to make sure you love them.

And if you can’t make to a workshop you can book in for a one-to-one consultation with one of the Wear My Baby team, in store or even in the comfort of your own home.

From a safety perspective, how you carry your baby is just as important as which sling or carrier you use. That’s why it’s best to speak with an expert. My team and I are trained in showing parents how to use slings safely and comfortably.

My passion for slings began four years ago when my first son Ben was born. Like most newborns he was happiest when being held. Using baby carriers meant I could get on with day to day life, get on the tube, and still enjoy a cuddle. After three years of giving sling help to local families, we’re excited to be expanding our work and to now be offering workshops at Fresh Ground.

 

Wear My Baby Essentials Workshop:
An introduction to baby wearing at
Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EQ
22nd January 2018 
Open to everyone, ideal for those with newborns.
You’ll learn the about the benefits of baby carrying for all the family. We’ll explore the principles baby carrying safety, comfort and positioning, so you’ll know what makes a good, safe fit.
We’ll explore a range of slings and carriers that are ideal for baby’s first months and beyond. You’ll get to try out soft, stretchy wraps and buckled carriers, to see what works best for your family. Our demonstration dolls are on hand, if you’d like to practice with them first.
Cost: £20 per person, £30 for a couple.
To book please visit WearMyBaby.co.uk

CRANIAL OSTEOPATH – HOME VISITS IN WANDSWORTH

CRANIAL OSTEOPATH

HOME VISITS IN WANDSWORTH

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

So for all you busy mums and dads I am now offering more 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 an Appointment

Please email info@ltosteo.co.uk and specify that you are looking to book a home visit. Appointments tend to be on 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
  • postural assessments
  • digestive issues
  • difficulty sleeping
  • feeding difficulties
  • flat heads

Osteopaths 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 track. She is clearly a wonderful osteopath and also a lovely person who genuinely wants to help and cares about each patient to the highest degree. I would highly recommend her.” – Samantha, Putney

 

 

TEAM WEAR MY BABY – Bad Back? Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

 

TEAM WEAR MY BABY – Bad Back? Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

This is a lovely blog that we put together with Wear My Baby about how Osteopathy and a good Sling can Prevent new parents suffering from back and shoulder pain.

 

The majority of new parents we meet at Wear My Baby are experiencing some combinations of bad backs, aching shoulders and other uncomfortable niggles. Holding baby, feeding baby, lifting heavy car seats – not to mention readjustment and recovery from pregnancy and birth – all take their toll.

A well-fitted baby carrier can support a good posture and make your baby feel (just about) weightless, and help alleviate some of that discomfort. But we often still recommend new mums, especially, see a local osteopath.

How can an osteopath help new families? And what does osteopathy have to do with baby carriers? We asked South West London based osteopath Laura Tilson.

 

SO, LAURA. WHAT DOES AN OSTEOPATH ACTUALLY DO?

 

Osteopaths are trained to assess your body and the way it moves.

Whether you’re a tired mum with upper back pain from long hours of feeding or pelvic pain from the birth, osteopathy can help. We assess the joints, muscles and ligaments and our gentle treatment aims to get the body moving better.

 

HOW CAN AN OSTEOPATH HELP BABIES?

 

As osteopaths we don’t treat conditions. Instead we assess and treat babies for any soft tissue tension or joint restrictions either from the position of the baby in the womb or from the birth process.

We find that by getting a baby’s body moving freely they can settle more easily because they seem more comfortable which in turn may have an impact on their feeding, digestion and sleep.

For example getting a baby’s head and neck moving as it should can prevent conditions like torticollis (wry neck syndrome) and plagiocephaly (head flattening).

 

HOW ABOUT OSTEOPATHY FOR PARENTS?

 

As an osteopath I spend the majority of my time showing patients how osteopathy can benefit them. But trying to persuade busy parents – especially mums –  that they should put themselves first for half an hour a day to sort out their 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 two small children – 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 years I have seen for myself how osteopathy has helped me and my little ones.

 

WHEN DID YOU FIRST EXPERIENCE OSTEOPATHY?

 

I went for four treatments after having my first baby. Once a month, I 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 a stronger self and I could not be more grateful.

 

WHY DO YOU RECOMMEND CARRYING BABIES IN SLINGS?

 

I love recommending slings to parents. As a mum of two small children I know how practical they are. You can keep your baby close and have your hands free . A well fitted sling benefits your posture, and can make a world of difference to your aches and pains.

In paediatrics we know that developmentally baby’s benefit hugely from being held by their primary care givers, to help them learn to stabilise their heart rate, breathing rate and in forming attachment bonds.

I love what Wear My Baby offers because I see a lot of parents in clinic with back pain from wearing a badly fitted sling. I can’t wait to offer them the babywearing workshop in our clinic.

Join us for an Introduction to a Babywearing ‘Essentials’ Workshop at Laura Tilson Osteopathy at Fresh Ground,  25 Northcote Rd, Clapham, London, SW11 1NJ, on Monday 22 January 2018, 11am-12:3opm. Open to all, costing £20 per person / £30 per couple. Advance booking required. 

or Call 02072062625

POST-NATAL OSTEOPATH

Post-natal Osteopath – Northcote Road

 

The Benefits of Seeing a Post-natal Osteopath

 

By Laura Tilson BA (Hons) M.Ost DPOPaediatric Osteopath at Fresh Ground, Clapham Junction.

 

As an Osteopath I spend the majority of my time showing patients 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 two small children – 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 years I have seen for myself how osteopathy has helped me and my little ones.

 

I went for four treatments after having my first baby. Once a month, I 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 a stronger self and I could not be more grateful.

 

Laura Tilson and Alexandra Freeman are our Post-Natal Osteopaths at Fresh Ground.

Appointments

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

 

We have a dedicated team of therapists to support women through pregnancy and afterwards.

 

 

Sling Workshop in January

Sling Workshop in January

Open to everyone, ideal for those with newborns.

You’ll learn the about the benefits of baby carrying for all the family.
We’ll explore the principles baby carrying safety, comfort and positioning, so you’ll know what makes a good, safe fit.

We’ll explore a range of slings and carriers that are ideal for baby’s first months and beyond.
You’ll get to try out soft, stretchy wraps and buckled carriers, to see what works best for your family. Our demonstration dolls are on hand, if you’d like to practice with them first.

Cost: £20 per person, £30 for a couple.
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE

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

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