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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

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road – What is Osteopathy?

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road – What is Osteopathy?

 

This is a great explanation of what we do from The Institute of Ostoepathy.

Osteopathy


Osteopathy is a method of assessing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems. Osteopaths use a combination of movement, stretching, targeted deep tissue massage and manipulation of a person’s muscles and joints to improve function, relieve pain and aid recovery.The body has the natural ability to maintain itself and, by helping this process, an osteopath can promote restoration of normal function. The principle of osteopathy is that the wellbeing of an individual relies on the way that bones, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and internal structures work with each other.

An osteopath will take the time to understand their patient, and their unique combination of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. This helps to make an accurate diagnosis of the causes of the pain or lack of function (rather than just addressing the site of the condition), and from that, to formulate a treatment plan that will achieve the best outcome.

Osteopaths frequently work alongside other health professionals, such as GPs, nurses and midwives as well as alternative medical practitioners. Osteopathy works well to complement other medical interventions including surgery and prescribed medication.

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises that GPs can safely refer patients to an osteopath for treatment. Osteopathy is available on the NHS in some areas of the UK.

 

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Safety and Regulation

Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is against the law to call yourself an osteopath unless you are qualified and registered with the GOsC. The minimum qualification for an osteopath is completion of a four or five year degree, which includes at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice. Many osteopaths also study for masters degrees. They must then continue to update and expand their knowledge by logging a minimum of 30 hours per year of continuing professional development. GOsC can remove an osteopath from the register if they fail to maintain a strict code of professional practice. You can check whether an osteopath is registered by visiting the GOsC website.

Osteopathy is very safe. It is estimated that between 1 in 50,000 and 1 in 100,000 patients will suffer a reaction to osteopathic treatment that is serious enough to require further medical treatment or does not resolve within 48 hours.

Conditions treated by osteopaths

Although osteopaths are well known for treating back pain, the practice of osteopathy can help relieve the symptoms of a wide range of conditions. Osteopaths treat joint pain, neuromuscular conditions, digestive conditions, headaches and sleep problems.

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

To make an appointment please BOOK ONLINE or call 020 7206 26256.

#OsteopathyWorks – Your osteopathy on Northcote Road

#OsteopathyWorks – Your osteopathy on Northcote Road

 

Let’s get the message out there #OsteopathyWorks

As part of the campaign to get the message out that #OsteopathyWorks, we are asking our patients to post their positive views about their osteopath, and the benefits of the osteopathic treatment they have received, on social media using #OsteopathyWorks.

If we can get those conversations happening on social media it will provide positive testimonials which will help raise the profile of osteopathy and how we improve the health of people of all ages!

You can share your experience on any social media platform, just remember to include #OsteopathyWorks in the content.

 

To book an appointment with one of our osteopaths please CLICK HERE or call 02072062625

 

#OSTEOPATHYWORKS HOW OSTEOPATHY CAN HELP YOU

 

Osteopathy is a system of assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems.

Osteopaths are commonly known for treating back pain and postural problems including changes due to pregnancy, caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.

Listed below you can find the common joint and muscle conditions that osteopaths treat.

Patients have also found osteopathy helpful for conditions such as digestive issues, circulatory problems, neuralgia and problems sleeping and for the symptoms of many others.

Osteopathic patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people.

If you want to find out more, any registered osteopath will be happy to talk to you about your health and how you may benefit from osteopathic treatment.

Find out more about osteopathy and what to expect from an osteopathic consultation.

Osteopaths are trained to check for signs of serious conditions they cannot treat.  In these circumstances, they should inform you of what they believe is the problem and refer you to see your GP or hospital for further investigations.

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

To book an appointment with one of our osteopaths please CLICK HERE or call 02072062625

Pregnancy Back Pain Relief

Pregnancy Back Pain Relief

Your Osteopath at Fresh Ground

How to relieve pregnancy back pain

Back pain during pregnancy is a real drag, but osteopath Dr Stephen Sandler knows how you can relieve it

Back pain

 

During pregnancy the body secretes a hormone called relaxin that softens the ligaments holding the pelvic bones together and allows room for the baby to descend into the pelvis on its way to the world.

Sometimes a joint gets stuck causing painful muscle spasms or even sciatica if the sciatic nerve is trapped. More than 80 per cent of pregnant women get back pain of some form or another during pregnancy, so you are not alone. Most back pain is caused by muscle spasms protecting overstrained spinal or pelvic joints.

Osteopathic treatment is safe. Every validated school of Osteopathy now has an Expectant Mothers Clinic. The only caveat is if you have a history of recurrent early trimester miscarriage. Then, any undue stress to the pelvis is probably best avoided, and so in these specific cases we advise against treatment. Normally osteopaths can treat right up to labour.

Work to the muscles using massage-like techniques and gentle stretches, as well as gentle manipulation and mobilisation techniques, should soon have you feeling easier. Partners are encouraged into the treatment room where we can teach them massage techniques that can be done at home to make the pregnancy and birth a shared experience.

However, it’s an uphill struggle. As you get more pregnant, you weigh more, yet the joints still get looser. This is why some women need osteopathic treatment throughout their pregnancy.

Pillows in bed to prevent you from rolling over can help, as can Sacro Iliac binders or belts. There are a lot of products out there sold for pregnancy back pain that are not very helpful but an osteopath should be able to guide you to the correct binder if that is what you need. We encourage swimming, yoga or pilates as ways of gently getting the muscles moving safely.

Post-natal you would usually be checked at six weeks. You may still need one or two treatments to get you back on track to a full recovery. The majority of women recover well with no back issues to bother them.

Some osteopaths, particularly if they are trained in paediatric or cranial osteopathic techniques, even offer a post-natal check for the new baby. It can be very effective after long or difficult labours when the baby may have issues settling into a sleep pattern or feeding pattern due to minor strains and moulding issues in the bones of the head and face. It is very gentle, often immediate and effective, and can be very reassuring for new mums.

Dr Stephen Sandler is consultant osteopath at The Portland Hospital in London.

 

Pregnancy Osteopath: 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

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.

 

 

Painful Joints when its Cold

 Getting colder: Painful Joints when its Cold

How cold weather affects your joints“The 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 winter 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.

Tali Rayner is an osteopath who specialises in sports injuries and medical acupuncture. To book an appointment with her CLICK HERE or call 02072062625.

 

 

Painful Joints when its Cold

Lower Back Pain – Osteopath Clapham Junction

Lower Back Pain – Osteopath Clapham Junction

Lower back pain linked to chimpanzee spine shape

A chimpanzee walking on its knuckles
Chimpanzees are our closest primate relatives

People with lower back problems are more likely to have a spine similar in shape to the chimpanzee, our closest ape ancestor.

A lesion which forms in the disc between the bones of the spine is the reason for the differing shape.

It would have caused the vertebrae to change as humans evolved from using four legs to two legs.

The researchers say their findings could help doctors predict who may be at risk of back problems.

The study, published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, involved scientists from Scotland, Canada and Iceland.

The research team analysed the vertebrae of chimpanzees, orangutans and ancient human skeletons to investigate the relationship between the shapes of the bones of the spine, upright movement and the health of the human spine.

Prof Mark Collard, from the University of Aberdeen and Simon Fraser University in Canada, said they provided valuable insights into our ancestors’ health and lifestyles.

lower back pain in humans
Back pain is a very common health issue in humans

The skeletons also provided information about how humans evolved to move on two “rear” legs.

“Our findings show that the vertebrae of humans with disc problems are closer in shape to those of our closest ape relatives, the chimpanzee, than are the vertebrae of humans without disc problems.”

The research picked up that these individuals have a lesion called a Schmorl’s node – a small hernia which can occur in the disc between the vertebrae.

Although there is not one cause for the node, it is thought to be linked to stress and strain on the lower back.

Evolution is not perfect, so over many thousands of years humans have not all adapted in the same way.

Prof Collard said: “Our study suggests that the pathological vertebrae of some people may be less well adapted for walking upright.”

They say their findings could have benefits for modern health issues and be used as a predictive tool.

 

Article taken from the BBC News website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32452250

 

Our osteopaths are trained to assess, diagnose and treat lower back pain. We use osteopathic techniques, acupuncture and cranial osteopathy to treat symptoms of lower back pain. To book an appointment click on the BOOK ONLINE buttons on our website. 

 

Lower Back Pain – Osteopath Clapham Junction

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:

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

Pilates for Running – Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Pilates for Running – Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Here is an interesting article on stability from Runners World. Osteopaths can help assess and advice on improving your core stability as well as treat sports injuries should they occur.

Why runners should do Pilates

We’ve got the lowdown on all things Pilates and why it’s so good for runners.

by Georgia Scarr
http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/health/why-runners-should-do-pilates/13930.html
 
What is Pilates?

Pilates is often compared to yoga, but they actually have very different backgrounds. While yoga is a centuries-old practice with close links to spirituality, Pilates is a mind and body conditioning technique developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. Classes feature exercises to improve core stability and encourage healthy posture. Various pieces of equipment such as stability balls, resistance bands, foam rollers and Pilates studio equipment, like Reformers, may be used.

“What we’re really trying to do is teach people how to move better,” says Lynne Robinson, co-founder and director of Body Control Pilates. “We have three fundamentals – the ABCs. One is correcting the alignment of the body (A), then working on your breathing (B) and centring (C), which is core stability.”

Core stability is essential for good running technique and to help avoid injury. “In terms of runners, sometimes a slight imbalance in the body will go on to create problems because it’s such a repetitive movement that you’re doing. Even a small adjustment in your posture or in your core stability can make a huge impact,” says Robinson.

What’s the difference between matwork Pilates and Reformer Pilates?

Both classes work the same muscles in the same way, but just with different challenges. Matwork takes place on the floor and can be done without any equipment or with small items to make it more challenging (such as balls, bands and rollers). Reformer classes use Universal Reformers (see one here). These are frame structures with springs and pulleys that provide resistance as exercises are carried out, and give a symmetrical grid to work in.

What are the benefits of each kind?

With Reformers, the closed chain environment provides a particularly effective workout.  “We can really work on correcting hip, knee and ankle alignment, and improving the tracking of the knee”, Robinson says. “Particularly useful for runners with knee problems, we can focus on the vastus medialis obliquus, one of your quadriceps. Even though runners often get strong quads, this stabilising muscle can be weak. There’s also a Reformer attachment called a jump board, which is great for improving your running action.”

In terms of matwork, Robinson says the main benefit is “you can do matwork anywhere, in particular before and after your run. Unless you live above a studio you won’t have access to the equipment 24/7.” Additionally, Pilates accessories are widely available to buy if you wish to supplement your routine.

“With the Reformer, you probably get slightly quicker results than you will do just doing the matwork, however realistically most runners are not going to have access to a Reformer before and after they run. So, what they’ve got to do is come up with a few simple exercises to do.”

Check out our pre-run Pilates moves for better form.

 

To book an appointment visit www.ltosteo.co.uk call 02072062625 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

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Laura postcards front FINALYour Osteopath on Northcote Road

 

 

 

Welcome to our osteopathy clinic at Fybre Fitness Hub.

 

We are located in the heart of Battersea’s Northcote Road and we provide a range of treatments to help all manner of muskulo-skeletal symptoms.

 

Commonly people come to see us with back pain, neck and headaches, joint injuries and pregnancy related pain. We also offer sports massage, acupuncture and cranial osteopathy for babies and children. We use the gym facilities to provide you with rehabilitation exercises and offer a running clinic to get you better results from your training.

 

To come and see us book online at www.ltosteo.co.uk or call 0207 206 2625.

 

northcote road pi

Appointments:

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

Fybre Fitness Hub

Croosh Alley
25 Northcote Road
Battersea
London
SW11 1NJ
Tel: 020 7206 2625

 

We are based just off Northcote Road near the Co-Op Supermarket. Please walk down to the end of Croosh Alley and come into the gym entrance to the right of the courtyard. There is a Reception Desk in the studio where someone can help you.

Book Online >

 

Appointments available with Laura Tilson or Tali Rayner:Tuesday evenings – 5-9pm

Wednesday evenings – 5-9pm

Friday mornings – 7-11am

Fresh Ground

68 Battersea Rise
Battersea
London
SW11 1EQ
Tel: 020 7206 2625

 

Please come into the cafe and we are down stairs on the basement level. There is an area to wait for your appointment at the bottom of the stairs.

If your appointment is after 5pm the cafe will be shut. If the door is locked please ring the door bell and someone will be with you as quickly as possible. Thank you.

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Appointments available with all our practitioners:

Monday to Friday 7am – 9pm.

Medical Insurance

Please let us know if you wish to use your private medical insurance.

If so each company differ in their payment options. You will need to discuss the process with your insurer before your appointment. You may need a GP referral, an authorisation number and to find out your excess fee.

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