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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.

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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:


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



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


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

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
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 call 02072062625 or email 

Tali Rayner M.Ost

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

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

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

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


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




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

– V. George

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

– A. Sharman


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

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

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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 or call 0207 206 2625.


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

Fybre Fitness Hub

Croosh Alley
25 Northcote Road
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.

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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
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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Osteopathy for Back Pain – Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Osteopathy for Back Pain – Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Back Pain

Back pain is a very common problem, with reports suggesting as many as eight out of ten of us will suffer from it at some point during our lives (1). Around 5.6 million working days in the UK are lost each year due to back pain, second only to stress (2, 3). pain can affect anyone at any age, and can often be the result of a sprain or a strain of the structures of the back such as the muscles, ligaments, joints or damage to the discs. Osteoarthritis or wear and tear in the back can also be a reason.

Most of us know that back pain can be painful and inconvenient, but it’s not usually serious and will often resolve on its own within a few weeks. However, many people seek osteopathic treatment to address it quickly(4) and at a time and place of their own choice; and osteopaths are skilled at helping prevent back pain from becoming a chronic, long-term condition.

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  1. Palmer KT, Walsh K, et al. Back pain in Britain: comparison of two prevalence surveys at an interval of 10 years BMJ 2000;320:1577-1578
  4. Gurry et al. (2004) looked at a multidisciplinary setting within Plymouth Primary Care Trust (PCT)46. It found that the return to work time was quicker using this service which included osteopaths than GP and physiotherapy services alone.

Back pain can be brought on by lifting, moving awkwardly or by an accident. Sometimes it can come on without any specific injury to your back. Stress, depression, posture, being overweight, sedentary living and poor lifestyle habits can all be significant factors.

People can feel a range of symptoms such as stiffness, tenderness and mild to very severe pain. The pain can come on quite suddenly or over time, and be located anywhere in the spine from the top of the neck to the pelvis. Sometimes pressure from the back on the nerves can cause pain or pins and needles and numbness in the legs and arms. X-rays, scans and other tests are sometimes required to make a diagnosis. If osteopathy treatment cannot completely heal or discover the cause of the back pain, your osteopath may refer to your GP or a specialist for any additional investigation.

How can an Osteopath help?

  • Osteopaths are well known for treating back pain and patients report high satisfaction with treatment. There is good quality evidence supporting the beneficial effects of manipulation for back pain and the National Institutes for Clinical Excellence recommends osteopathy for sub-acute and chronic low back pain
  • Osteopaths can use a wide range of gentle manual treatments depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis. We may gently massage the soft tissues of your back or rhythmically “rock” the joints to release tension and sometimes we may gently manipulate the back to loosen the joints and you may hear a “click”
  • Treatment is different in every individual and sometimes it might involve treating other areas in the body such as the hips or neck
  • We may offer advice on your lifestyle particularly if we feel something you are doing repetitively is part of the reason why you have back pain. We may offer advice on your posture and give advice on diet and exercise or give you specific exercises.

To book an appointment please CLICK HERE or call 0207 206 2625

Some of the back conditions patients visit osteopaths for:

Acute back pain
Chronic back pain
Some Disc problems
Mechanical back pain
Ankylosing spondylitis

Links to websites…

Arthritis Research UK
National Osteoporosis Society
Backcare UK


Osteopathy for Back Pain – Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

To book an appointment please CLICK HERE or call 0207 206 2625