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Dietician Advice: Find a healthy attitude towards food

ClairePettitt_Nutriton_LogoDietician Advice: Find a healthy attitude towards food

It seems wherever you turn these days, you’ll find advice on how to eat, what people have done to lose weight, what not to eat, or even that certain foods are toxic or sending you to an early grave!

 

Well, how about we forget all that and focus on what works for us as individuals. Focus on developing a healthily relationship with food, enjoying it but not obsessing about it or thinking about it every second of the day.

 

Here are my top tips for a healthy you:

 

  1. Choose lots of plant-based foods such as lots of different coloured vegetables.
  2. Eat more beans and pulses as they are full of fibre and protein, they are cheap and they taste great.
  3. Have fewer refined grains and make your carbs whole grains instead, such as oats, quinoa and wholegrain/granary breads.
  4. Have good quality, well sourced meat and fish a few times per week (oily fish such as fresh tuna, salmon, mackerel, or sardines is a must!)
  5. Have less processed foods and if you need something sweet, go for a juicy fruit instead of a fizzy drink, handful of Haribo or a packet of biscuits.
  6. Drink plenty of water, though the occasional tea or coffee won’t hurt.

 

And remember to enjoy your food, take time over it and be mindful not only of what you put in your mouth but the lifestyle that you lead. Activity is key to a healthy way of life so get off your butts and move in whichever way you can!

 

As a Registered Dietitian Claire’s goal is to provide evidenced based nutrition advice to all those in search of sound nutrition information. She offers private consultations in West London so if you are interested in seeing a caring, patient, friendly and professional Dietitian and you wish to make an appointment with Claire or enquire about her services please contact her on info@clairepettitt.com

 

Claire Pettitt MSc RD

Specialist Dietitian

Website:       www.clairepettitt.com

Email:            info@clairepettitt.com

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Twitter:        @claire_pettitt

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. 

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. 

Postnatal Osteopath Clapham Junction

Postnatal Osteopath Clapham Junction

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Postnatal Fitness

Louisa Henderson BA (Hons) MOst MSCCO

Women’s Health Osteopath at Fresh Ground
Women can often feel weak and physically vulnerable after having a baby. During pregnancy ligaments stretch, muscles atrophy, fat is deposited and breasts grow. The way you use your body changes when you have a newborn and the forces you put through the spine and pelvis change. All great for your growing baby and giving birth, but perhaps a bit of a shock.

After your 6-week check you may feel ready to begin doing some post-natal exercise.There are some wonderful classes available in Wandsworth but please do check that you instructor is trained in post-natal care and give your body time to heal. Everyone has a different experience of pregnancy and labour and re-connecting with your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor takes time and practice. It may be worth considering it to be rehabilitation rather than exercise for the first few months post-natally.

It is so important to start from the beginning and retrain the muscles that have stretched and worked so hard for you during your pregnancy. The “core” is a complicated network of muscles which support your spine and pelvic floor. It is profoundly affected during pregnancy, as well as through both vaginal and caesarian births, and should be the first thing you rehabilitate. By doing so, you re-establish stability in the body and so avoid injury when you go back to normal exercise regimes at a later stage.

We offer post-natal check ups at Fresh Ground with Louisa Henderson our Women’s Health Osteopath.

At these Post-Natal Assessment appointments we provide:

  • Assessment of the pelvis and spine movements
  • 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

Appointments

For appointments with Louisa Henderson please call 0207 206 2625 or book online via www.ltosteo.co.uk

Postnatal Osteopath Clapham Junction

Appointments

For appointments with Louisa Henderson please call 0207 206 2625 or book online via www.ltosteo.co.uk

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 

Louisa Henderson – Your osteopathy on Northcote Road

Louisa Henderson – Your osteopathy on Northcote Road

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

 

To make an appointment please CLICK HERE or call 02072062625

 

WOMENS HEALTH OSTEOPATH – LOUISA HENDERSON – WHAT DOES IT MEAN

 

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 make an appointment please CLICK HERE or call 02072062625

Lactation Consultant Now at Fresh Ground

Lactation Consultant Now at Fresh Ground

We are thrilled to announce that Katherine Fisher  B.Sc M.Sc IBCLC IATP has joined our team at Fresh Ground this week. Katherine is a Lactation Consultant and Tongue-tie Practitioner with over 20 years experience in the NHS and Private Practice.

Katherine diagnoses, assesses and treats various presentations of Ankyloglossia (Tongue-tie) and complex feeding difficulties.She was trained at Southhampton General Hospital and Kings College Hospital where she currently works as a Lactation Consultant and Tongue Tie Specialist in a large NHS Tongue-tie service.

Katherine is experienced in

  • The diagnosis, assessment and treatment or rapid referral for division of various presentations of Ankyloglossia (Tongue-tie)
  • Complex feeding difficulties
  • Breast refusal
  • Transition to formula feeding
  • Baby weight gain issues
  • Maternal medical issues relating to Breastfeeding
  • Supplemental feeding
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Breastfeeding after breast surgery
  • Breastfeeding with breast Hypoplasia
  • Low milk supply
  • Breastfeeding babies with Down’s Syndrome and other additional needs
  • Induced lactation
  • Relactation
  • Antenatal expression
  • Hyperprolactimea (over supply)

Appointment Times: Mondays 11am – 4pm

 

To book an appointment please call 02072062625 or book online via www.ltosteo.co.uk 

 

To find out more about Tongue Tie please CLICK HERE. 

Tongue-Tie

Katherine has extensive experience and training in carrying out Frenulotomies – both within the NHS and in private practice. She was trained at both Southampton General Hospital, and Kings College Hospital where she currently works  as the Team Leader of a large NHS Tongue-tie service. She continues to participate in continuous clinical governance, access to ongoing professional development, and training. She has full medical indemnity insurance for both Lactation Consultancy and Frenulotomy. Katherine accepts referrals from midwives; health visitors; Lactation Consultants (IBCLC); accredited Breastfeeding counsellors (NCT, Breastfeeding Network, LLL and ABM) and GPs. Parents can of course self-refer.

We treat babies aged eight days to 26 weeks who have a condition called tongue-tie. This means they have a tight piece of skin between the underside of their tongue and the floor of their mouth that makes it difficult for them to breastfeed.

We carry out a small operation which releases their tongue and allows them to latch on and breastfeed properly. We treat tongue-tie in infants aged eight days to 26 weeks that is causing breastfeeding difficulties.

Patients must be prepared correctly. Please follow the checklist on our referral forms if you book an appointment.

We do not treat babies:

  • with teeth
  • that are exclusively bottle-fed
  • for speech problems.