Archive for the Pregnancy Category

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

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

CRANIAL OSTEOPATH – HOME VISITS IN WANDSWORTH

CRANIAL OSTEOPATH

HOME VISITS IN WANDSWORTH

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As a mum of two small children I know how difficult it is to leave the house. And with a newborn its near impossible!!

So for all you busy mums and dads I am now offering more appointments in the comfort of your home.

Please read on if you are about to or have had a baby recently and need an osteopath!

 

To Make an Appointment

Please email info@ltosteo.co.uk and specify that you are looking to book a home visit. Appointments tend to be on Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons.

 

What is a Cranial Osteopath

Parents bring their babies to see osteopaths with many symptoms including:

  • post-natal check ups
  • postural assessments
  • digestive issues
  • difficulty sleeping
  • feeding difficulties
  • flat heads

Osteopaths are interested in how your baby or child’s body is moving. Osteopathic treatment aims to restore the normal movement in the muscles, ligaments and joints, which in turn can improve how your babies feeds and sleeps. In this way treatment may improve symptoms of a wide range of illness and discomfort.

What to Expect from your Appointment

At your first appointment the osteopath will discuss details of the pregnancy and labour and the child’s general health. Then they will carry out examinations which look at joint movement, reflexes and muscle tone.

Treatment techniques include gentle massage and cranial osteopathy and aim to make the body as relaxed and comfortable as possible. The osteopath may also provide advice on exercises, posture and nutrition.

Initial consultations normally take an hour and any follow up treatments are for half an hour.

More about Laura Tilson M.Ost DPO BA(Hons) – Paediatric Osteopath

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 on Northcote Road and Battersea Rise, and also offers home visits for babies in and around Wandsworth.

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.

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.

Laura is a registered practitioner for most Private Health Insurance providers.

Testimonials:

“I took my daughter (9 months) to see Laura as I’d noticed she was very ‘fidgety’ feeding on one side, and only lay on her left in her cot. Laura is fabulous with babies, and after just on session she went home and had a nap on her opposite side for the first time ever! Highly recommended.” – Jen, Balham

 

“Laura did a few home visits to treat my newborn who was not sleeping or feeding well as he was very stiff in his neck. Laura’s treatment had an immediate positive affect that night. A HUGE relief for all. Laura was great; she took her time to make sure she understood the problems, was thorough examining and very gentle and calming for my baby in her treatment. I’d definitely recommend a home visit as it took the stress out of going out with an unhappy newborn.” – Johanna, Tooting

 

“I originally went to see Laura as I was worried that my daughter’s head and shoulders movement. Turns out that my daughter was absolutely fine but I booked myself in for a post natal check as I’m training for a marathon. Since then I’ve been having fortnightly sports related osteopathy/ massage sessions with Tali (based at the same clinic) and she has been absolutely fantastic, helping to loosen my tight achy muscles and preparing me for more training!” – Emma, Clapham

 

“I went to see Laura with lower back pain during my pregnancy. She was brilliant and really worked hard to get to the root of the problem, work on it and set me up with exercises to keep me on the right track. She is clearly a wonderful osteopath and also a lovely person who genuinely wants to help and cares about each patient to the highest degree. I would highly recommend her.” – Samantha, Putney

 

 

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.

 

 

BACK PAIN IN PREGNANCY TREATMENT

BACK PAIN IN PREGNANCY TREATMENT

Here is a pretty comprehensive article on pregnancy back pain.

I would only add that it is wise to seek advice from an osteopath early on. Its much easier to help joints to heal if injuries are treated early, and easier to prevent further damage if advice is sought early on.

 

ARTICLE ON BACK PAIN IN PREGNANCY

pregnancy pain Laura Tilson Osteopathy

Laura Tilson specialises in paediatric osteopathy and pregnancy care. BOOK ONLINE or call 020 7206 2625.

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. 

Pregnancy Pains – How your Osteopath can Help

Pregnancy Pains – How your Osteopath can Help

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Aches and Pains during Pregnancy

Pre/Postnatal Care

While pregnancy can be a joy for many women, it is not without its challenges. There are a number of postural and hormonal changes which put a huge demand on your body. Your joints, muscles and ligaments all adapt as your body changes and your baby grows. For some this can be a difficult and painful time.

 

When faced with these challenges some areas of your body may be able to cope better than others. Studies have shown that as many as 50-82% of pregnant women suffer from

low back pain for example.

 

Osteopathy has been shown to be an effective treatment for low back pain during pregnancy. Some women also find that osteopathic treatment can help relieve other common symptoms of pregnancy such as indigestion, constipation, reflux and carpal tunnel syndrome.

 

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After the birth osteopathic treatment can be helpful to resolve joint injuries and resolve postural tension from the pregnancy.

 

Commonly we see women who feel pain in their hips, low back, pelvis and ribs after labour.

 

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.

Appointments:

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

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

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

CLAPHAM PREGNANCY AND BABY SHOW

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. 

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