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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

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.

 

 

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 – http://drvivianlord.com who is based in Copenhagen but offers Skype Consultations for London patients.

Pelvic Floor Workshop 11th July 11.30am at Fresh Ground, Clapham Junction

Pelvic Floor Workshop

Tuesday 11th July 11.30am

Fresh Ground, Clapham Junction

TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

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 email info@ltosteo.co.uk

Pregnant or just had a baby?

Confused about pelvic floor?

What will you learn?

  • How to really exercise your pelvic floor muscles
  • How to gain control over your bladder
  • How to have a better core
  • Diastasis Recti (tummy gap) care
  • Preventing injury and posture
  • Forceps and ventouse, episiotomies, and c-section recovery
 To book an appointment online please CLICK HERE or call our Reception Team on 02072062625.

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. 

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 

£20 
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.
THE EXPERTS: 
Eliza Nearn Post-natal Fitness Expert – www.elizadoalot.com
Megan Vickers from APPI Women’s Health Physiotherapist – www.appihealthgroup.com
Laura Tilson, Jacqueline Shergold and Louisa Henderson – Osteopaths from Fresh Ground – www.ltosteo.co.uk 
WOMEN’S HEALTH OSTEOPATH

A WHOLE BODY APPROACH

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.

 

COMMON PREGNANCY COMPLAINTS

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.

 

PERSONAL TREATMENT FOR A NATURAL PREGNANCY

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.

 

POST-NATAL TREATMENT

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.

TO BOOK TICKETS FOR THE WORKSHOP PLEASE CLICK HERE