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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

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. 

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. 

CLINIC NEWS JULY 2017

THIS MONTH
Fresh Ground Team CPD Workshop 

Our Osteopath Team had a fantastic evening of CPD from Caroline Rivoire who teaches The De Gasquet Method in South West London. We covered posture, alignment, functional core techniques and hypopressive breathing.  In France and Canada, these rehab techniques are now offered to most women after having a baby and we would love to see more of these services offered here in London. Reconnecting and strengthening in the right way after birth can prevent many injuries in the future. Thank you Caroline for a great evening! For more information please get in touch with us: info@ltosteo.co.uk

NEXT MONTH: 

Baby Massage at Fresh Ground

We are so excited to offer baby massage from Fresh Ground now. Sandra from Northcote Baby is joining the team and our mums are going to love her courses.

We are planning another Pelvic Floor workshop for September so keep an eye on our Facebook Page or Instagram for more news on that. 

LOCAL COMPANY OF THE MONTH:Quayle & Co

Quayle & Co offer bespoke solutions to busy individuals and small businesses. They are passionate about making busy lives easier and no task is too big or small. Whether you lack the time or inclusion for, whatever you need ticked off your to-do list, they can help. From property management to events, from PA work such as travel bookings, filing to general life admin, they can make your life smoother!

www.quayleandco.com

THERAPIST OF THE MONTH:Louisa Henderson – Women’s Health Osteopath 

Louisa Henderson is our Women’s Health Osteopath. Women commonly see Louisa with pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, hip problems, rectus diastasis and low back pain.

 

Appointment Times (at Fresh Ground): 
Tuesdays 12-4pm and Thursdays 5-9pm

TESTIMONIALS: 

I’ve visited Louisa many times and can’t recommend her enough. She first treated me when I was late going into labour … After the birth I saw her again. She eased all my post natal aches and pains. She’s a really lovely, friendly lady and I’ve since recommended her to several other friends who have all had similarly positive experiences.

– Thea

I have been seeing Louisa for nearly 3 years now for ongoing joint issues requiring both osteopathy and sports massage. Whilst my problems cannot be ‘cured’ the treatment and care I receive from Louisa ensures they are managed to a level that does not adversely impact my life … I cannot recommend her highly enough.

– Jennifer

APPOINTMENTS:

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

 

 

 

Therapies at Fresh Ground

68 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1EQ

The treatment room is on the basement level of the Fresh Ground building just round the corner from Fybre, our other clinic.
 
Clapham Junction is the nearest train station and there is metered parking on the side roads off Battersea Rise.

Fresh Ground is a family friendly converted church with exercise studios and a cafe. 

The cafe serves great coffee and provides somewhere to park buggies. Our consulting room is downstairs.

TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CLICK HERE  OR CALL 020 7206 2625

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR THERAPISTS CLICK HERE


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Ever thought about the connection between your feet and your pelvic floor?

Ever thought about the connection between your feet and your pelvic floor?

 

Our Women’s Health Osteopath explains how examination and management of hip, leg and foot dysfunction may improve pelvic floor function.

As osteopaths we like to look at the body as a whole and trace the connections between different areas. One of these links is between the inner arches of your feet, your inner thigh muscles and your pelvic floor.

This is well known is such disciplines as yoga and pilates, but not talked about much in general.

In a way it is the extension of your core, as it traces the inner seam of your legs and mid line of your body, and can be prone to losing tone, especially after child birth.

We look for patterns which may include dropped arches, tight inner thigh muscles and a lack of tone in the abdomen (from a forward tilting pelvis).

In yoga, the arches in the feet are seen as another diaphragm in the body, alongside your pelvic floor and thoracic diaphragm (and others). Therefore making the connection between all of these areas is important for keeping your body working well as a whole.

Simple exercises where you lie on your back with your knees bent and have a Pilates ball or pillow between your inner thighs and slowly raise up your pelvis and low back can be helpful in establishing this connection.

What is important is where you put your attention, so try to think about your inner arches of your feet lifting , your inner thigh muscles engaging and your pelvic floor muscles feeling lifted and your abdomen switched on. Be sure to slowly relax everything when you return your low back and pelvis back to the floor. It helps to breathe too! Try breathing out as you lift up and in as you go back down.

This is not meant to be a strengthening exercise, it is more about sensing the connection between different parts of you. The idea is that when you are doing day to day activities that connection is more established. You may then find yourself standing up and not collapsing so much into your inner feet arches.

This connection may help you to tilt the pelvis backwards to neutral and and engage the low abdominal muscles which helps with general posture and ease in the body. In this way the feet can even influence the muscles in your neck. Start exploring these connections, it’s amazing what you find!

Appointments:

For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or CLICK HERE TO VISIT ONLINE BOOKINGS. 

Louisa Henderson BA (Hons) MOst MSCCO

Louisa Henderson is our Women’s Health Osteopath. Women commonly see Louisa with pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, hip problems, rectus diastasis and low back pain.

She uses a range of techniques including structural, visceral and cranial osteopathy to improve function and reduce pain levels as well as providing appropriate exercises specifically tailored to your needs and to aid rehabilitation.

After graduating from the British School of Osteopathy with a Masters degree, she completed a two year diploma in Women’s Health in Osteopathy with the Molinari Institute of Health. She treats adults of all ages, however specialises in treating women during the pre- and post- natal period. Louisa Henderson is a Registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council and a member of the Institute of Osteopathy.

Appointment Times (at Fresh Ground): Tuesdays 12-4pm and Thursdays 5-9pm

Testimonials:

 

I’ve visited Louisa many times and can’t recommend her enough. She first treated me when I was late going into labour … After the birth I saw her again. She eased all my post natal aches and pains. She’s a really lovely, friendly lady and I’ve since recommended her to several other friends who have all had similarly positive experiences.

– Thea

I have been seeing Louisa for nearly 3 years now for ongoing joint issues requiring both osteopathy and sports massage. Whilst my problems cannot be ‘cured’ the treatment and care I receive from Louisa ensures they are managed to a level that does not adversely impact my life … I cannot recommend her highly enough.

– Jennifer

Appointments:

For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or CLICK HERE TO VISIT ONLINE BOOKINGS. 

SPORTS INJURIES CLINIC – LAURA TILSON OSTEOPATHY

SPORTS INJURIES CLINIC – LAURA TILSON OSTEOPATHY

Tali Rayner heads up our Sports Injuries clinic at Fresh Ground and Fybre.

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.

To book online CLICK HERE or call 0207 206 2625

SPORTS INJURIES OSTEOPATHY

Osteopathy can help with a range of muskulo-skeletal symptoms and injuries. Treating them can help prevent further complications and get you back to optimal training as quickly as possible. Here is an example of how we treat Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow.

 

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. Golfer’s elbow causes pain around the inner side of the joint.

Tennis elbow is more common than golfers elbow. Both are injuries from repetitive overuse or wear and tear. From any hobby, sport or activity not just 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 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. 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.  Rr refer you to them for further investigations.

SPORTS MASSAGE FOR INJURIES

Sports massage tends to be a stronger more intense massage, combining a variety of techniques including stretching, friction and trigger point release.

The main purpose of sports massage is to help alleviate stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues. This can be sports related or from simple day to day activities.

When an injury occurs the body often reacts by tensing the soft tissues surrounding the area, massage can work quickly and effectively to reduce this. It can also be helpful in preventing ‘niggling’ injuries which can hamper performance.

 

To book online CLICK HERE or call 0207 206 2625