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Menopause Evening at Fresh Ground with Dr Vivian Lord

Menopause Evening at Fresh Ground
with Dr Vivian Lord 

We are running our next Free CPD evening this month at the Therapy Room at Fresh Ground to cover the topic of the Menopause.

We are gathering a group of local practitioners and trainers who support women affected by the menopause to learn more from each other. We are thrilled to have our guest speak Dr Vivian Lord – who is based in Copenhagen but offers Skype Consultations for London patients.

What does an Osteopath Treat?

What does an Osteopath Treat?

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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.


To book online visit or email

Early morning and evening appointments are available:

Tuesday evenings 5-9pm

Wednesday evenings 5-9pm

Friday mornings 7-11am.


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


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


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

Pain Management

Pain Management

pain reliefA friend recently recommended this website from US written by a group of physical therapists (Elan Schneider, Rob DiLillo, and Greg Hullstrung), who teamed up to build an organization devoted to free online pain education. Click on the link to start a series of short courses which explain how our bodies register pain and how that system can go wrong. There are many chronic pain management groups in UK available via your GP and other health care providers.


Here is some more about this group taken from their website:

Why did we make this free online program?

Chronic pain is a big problem, affecting about 1 out of 5 people.  Over the last 10 years there have been many important discoveries that help explain what causes chronic pain,  as well as new research about which treatment approaches are most effective. Sadly, many of these discoveries sit quietly in science journals, inaccessible to the average patient.  We believe that pain patients throughout the world deserve access to accurate and up to date information about pain rehabilitation, and that is the mission of our organization.

In 2013 we opened an innovative pain therapy program in New York, but we dreamed of being able to share our program with people around the world for free.  We created the Retrain Pain Foundation, and have now converted many of the key lessons of our live program into this online course.  We are very excited to share this program with you, and look forward to getting your feedback on how we can continue to improve it.

Does this course replace the need for a doctor or therapist?

No!  This course is meant to be used in addition to the care you get from your medical team. Before applying anything you learn from this course,  please check with your personal health care team to make sure it is safe and relevant for your individual situation.

How do you use this course?

The course is free, and is viewed entirely online. We recommend you view it slowly, in small sections.  This allows time to review and apply the material.

What else do we offer?

– Online Workshops for Patients

– Corporate Pain Rehabilitation Services

How can you contact us?

Feel free to contact us with comments, questions, or suggestions.



We thank the following scientists, clinicians, and educators whose work has been the inspiration for this program:

Dr. Fabrizio BenedettiDr. David ButlerDr. Herta FlorDr. Adriaan LouwDr. Lorimer MoseleyDr. Jo Nijs, Dr. Frank Porreca,  Dr. Irene TraceyDr. Katja Wiech,  Dr. Clifford Woolf  (This program is not specifically endorsed by any of the above)


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



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


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

Osteopathy for Headaches – SW11 Osteopath

Osteopathy for Headaches

Most people have experienced a head ache at the end of a long day at a desk. How many people link their headaches to the joints in their necks for example?


There are several reasons for headaches. Most are not serious and once the cause is established headaches can often be helped by simple changes in lifestyle. One cause can be tension or strain in the muscles and joints of the neck and upper back.

Treatment from an osteopath may help. Gentle massage to the tight muscles and manipulation to loosen the joints of the neck, thorax and back can relieve the build-up of muscular tension that may lead to headaches. Osteopaths can also advise on exercise and lifestyle changes and offer guidance on simple changes to your posture when at work or driving which may help.


For more information please see the video on The Institute of Osteopathy’s website – click here for more information. 


To book an appointment call 0207 2062625 or visit  Early morning and evening appointments available.



Osteopathy For Headaches: Practitioners


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.


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
Dancer, London

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
Consultant, London

To book an appointment call 0207 2062625 or visit  Early morning and evening appointments available.

Pelvic Floor Workshop – Women’s Health Clapham

Pelvic Floor Workshop – Women’s Health Clapham 


An Evening of Knowledge and a Celebration of Women + Wisdom + Presecco 

What will you learn?
  • How to locate and REALLY exercise your Pelvic Floor muscles…. PS. this doesn’t involve CLENCHING at the traffic lights
  • How to gain control of your bladder & prevent embarrassing ‘leaks’
  • What is normal & when to seek help
  • How to have a ‘better belly’ and core strength at ANY AGE or STAGE!
  • Why some women develop Diastasis Recti (a tummy gap) after birth 
  • How to look after your back and prevent injury in the post-natal period
  • Birth trauma – recovering from forceps and ventouse births, episiotomies and c-section
  • How to improve your posture
  • How osteopathy could help your baby
And we’ll do it all in a warm, supportive environment whilst enjoying some prosecco & healthy treats
PLUS: Treats and goodie bags
Space is limited at this sociable & informative event.
Eliza Nearn Post-natal Fitness Expert –
Megan Vickers from APPI Women’s Health Physiotherapist –
Laura Tilson, Jacqueline Shergold and Louisa Henderson – Osteopaths from Fresh Ground – 


Osteopaths understand the relationship between the body’s organs, joints and muscles. Given the unique stresses pregnancy puts upon the body, osteopaths are well suited to diagnosing and helping you with some of the problems you may experience when you’re expecting and after birth.



Many pregnant women experience back or pelvic pain. Common symptoms may include:

Generalised muscular back pain

SPD (Symphasis Pubis Dysfunction) – pain or discomfort in the joint at the front of the pelvis

Sacro Iliac Joint pain – occurring in the lower back

Sciatica and leg pain associated with back pain

Rib and thoracic spinal problems leading to breathlessness and difficulty in deep breathing

Neck aches and headaches

Many commonly used medications for these symptoms are often not recommended for a pregnant or breast feeding mother. Osteopathy offers an alternative approach to help you deal with these common conditions.



Every patient’s problems are unique, and your treatment will be specific to your symptoms. Osteopaths use a wide range of hands-on techniques. These will vary depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis, but will focus on bodily tension, stretching muscles and mobilising your joints and providing postural and stretching advice. You may wish to discuss with your osteopath how many treatments are likely to be necessary, and how frequently you may feel you would benefit from osteopathic treatment. Some new mothers like to return for follow-up osteopathic treatment after being discharged by their obstetrician or midwife.



Osteopathy can be a helpful, supportive treatment as the body adjusts to the anatomical and physiological changes occurring after birth. Changes also in the way a new mother is using her body, due to feeding and carrying, can be better accommodated if the body is functioning optimally. Care is often focused on the baby over the mother at this time, when it is key for both to be healthy for the well being of the whole family.