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Hand Pain – Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Hand Pain – Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

hand pain

Common causes of hand and finger pain include fracture of the metacarpals, dislocations and ligament sprains. Fractures can occur with trauma to the hand, people will experience significant pain, swelling, loss of grip and loss of mobility.

Ligament sprains can occur for a variety of reasons. Forced hyperextension (bending back) of the fingers can damage the ligaments on the palmer aspect and again cause swelling, pain and loss of mobility. ‘Skiers thumb’ is the term given to damage to one of the ligaments over the thumb, it’s an injury commonly seen in skiers as it often occurs during a fall on an outstretched thumb especially when gripping a ski pole. Gripping and pinching will often become painful and the range of movement will be limited.

By performing a series of physical examinations and by taking a careful case history an Osteopath can determine the cause of your hand/finger pain and whether you are appropriate for treatment. Treatment will usually involve a combination of manual therapy, advice and rehabilitation exercises.

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

 

Testimonials:

 

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

Appointments:

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

Osteopathic Treatment for Arthritis – Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Osteopathic Treatment for Arthritis

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Arthritis

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Arthritis is a common condition which causes pain, swelling and inflammation and often stiffness in the joints of the body.

The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. There are many other types including ankylosing spondylitis, gout, psoriatic arthritis and reactive arthritis. Certain types of arthritis can also affect children.

Osteoarthritis is a result of wear and tear of the joints in the body. It is common in people over 50. It most commonly affects the joints of the knees, hips, neck and back, base of the toes and hands.

How can osteopaths help?

The gentle manipulative and massage techniques from osteopaths can help some arthritis sufferers. Treatment is individual, gently moving and stretching an arthritic joint and massaging surrounding muscles and tissues can help ease some of the discomfort. Sometimes an osteopath may work on general mobility of the other joints and muscles in the body to help the mechanics of the body work better. Osteopaths may also give advice on exercises, diet, posture and changes to lifestyle. X-rays, scans or other tests may be required and your osteopath may refer you to your GP for any additional investigations and treatment

Useful links

Arthritis Research UK

To book an appointment with an osteopath visit www.ltosteo.co.uk or email info@ltosteo.co.uk. 

 

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

 

Testimonials:

 

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

Appointments:

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

 

Osteopathy for Tennis Elbow

Osteopathy for Tennis Elbow

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow

Pain in the elbow is often due to two main conditions – tennis elbow and golfers elbow.

Tennis elbow causes pain and tenderness around the outside of the elbow joint. Whereas golfer’s elbow causes pain around the inner side of the joint.

Tennis elbow is more common than golfers elbow and both are injuries from repetitive overuse or wear and tear from any hobby, sport or activity. Its not just from tennis or golf as the name implies. Sometimes a single injury such as a sudden unexpected tug on the forearm can cause the symptoms.

Once the pain starts, your normal activities and habits can maintain the problem.

Pre-existing problems with your neck, wrist or shoulder, that might not be painful in themselves, can make it more likely for you to suffer with tennis or golfers elbow. Most cases ease naturally eventually but many people seek treatment and advice from an osteopath.

How can an osteopath help with Tennis elbow and Golfers elbow?

  • We can use a variety of different massage and manipulation techniques to try to ease your symptoms. We aim to get to the cause of the problem and get you back to your normal life style. We may gently manipulate the elbow, wrist, neck and upper back joints.
  • We may offer you advice on which activities and movements to avoid.
  • We will give you advice on specific exercise and advice an appropriate elbow brace support or sports strapping.
  • We may suggest you see your GP for advice about pain medication or anti-inflammatories or refer you on for further investigations.

 

Useful links

Arthritis Research UK

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

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For an appointment or further questions please call 02072062625 or email info@ltosteo.co.uk