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CLICK HERE TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE

Appointments are at Fybre Fitness on Northcote Road and Tali is available for early morning and late evening treatments.

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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

CRANIAL OSTEOPATH HOME VISIT SW11

CRANIAL OSTEOPATH

HOME VISITS IN SW11

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CRANIAL OSTEOPATH HOME VISIT

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

So for all you busy mums and dads we are now offering more cranial osteopath 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 and Appointment

Please email info@ltosteo.co.uk and specify that you are looking to book a home visit. Appointments tend to be on Monday and 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
  • digestive issues
  • difficulty sleeping
  • feeding difficulties
  • flat heads

Osteopaths do not treat conditions but 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 tra

To make an appointment for a home visit please email info@ltosteo.co.uk 

Osteopathic Treatment for Shoulder Pain

Osteopathic Treatment for Shoulder Pain

Acute pain in a shoulder at the young women.

The shoulder is a complex joint and pain can occur due to injury of many different structures. One of the most common muscular injuries in the shoulder is to the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff are a group of muscles which stabilise the shoulder joint, they can become easily injured in sports or repetitive movements of the arm. Alongside pain people often experience weakness and limited movement in the shoulder, you may find it difficult to perform activities involving raising the arm or simple movements such as putting a coat on.

Occasionally ligaments or the capsule around the shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint) can become damaged, this can often be due to a traumatic onset such as a fall on an outstretched hand. It can be very painful and people will often notice ‘poping’, ‘clicking’ or painful catching in the shoulder. This type of fall can also typically affect a small joint called the acromioclavicular joint (ACJ), pain is often felt over the ACJ at the tip of the shoulder. Movements involving reaching across the body can be painful.

Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) occurs in about 3-5% of the population. It is a very painful condition and can be classified into three stages. ‘Freezing’, this is the first stage characterised by progressive loss of shoulder movement and an increase in pain (especially at night). The shoulder still has some range but is limited by both pain and stiffness. ‘Frozen’, this is the second stage where one has a greatly decreased range of shoulder movement. During the early part of this stage, there is still a substantial amount of pain. Toward the end of this stage, however, pain decreases. ‘Thawing’, in the final satge there is a big decrease in pain, especially at night. There is still a limited range of movement, but ability to complete daily activities involving overhead motion is improving at a rapid rate. The cause of frozen shoulder is not well understood, there is an increased incidence with conditions such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

With careful examination and testing, Osteopaths are able to determine the cause of your shoulder pain and if appropriate will be able to treat the condition accordingly with manual therapy and exercise prescription.

Tali Rayner M.Ost

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.

 

Appointment Times (at Fybre Fitness): Wednesday 5-9pm and Friday 7-11am

 

Testimonials:

 

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

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

Appointments:

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

Osteopathy for Shoulder Pain: SW11 Osteopath

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

 Osteopathy for Shoulder Pain: SW11 Osteopath

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain is common and can be caused by a number of conditions. These conditions include:

  • Rotator cuff problem  –  pain in the shoulder or upper arm, particularly when lifting the arm, lying on it or using the sore muscles. It is often the result of repetitive overuse of the arm and shoulder during a sport or activity or the result of a shoulder injury.  Age can also play a part.
  • Acromioclavicular joint pain  –  painful joint on the tip of the shoulder where the collarbone and shoulder blade join
  • Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis  – is the painful and gradual stiffening of the shoulder capsule (the tissue that surrounds your shoulder joint) and the shoulder can often become so stiff and painful that it limits your ability to use your arm in everyday activities.
  • Referred shoulder pain – pain is experienced in an area away from the actual injury or problem e.g. pain in shoulder which is usually referred from the neck or upper back
  • Osteoarthritis – progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint leading to the two bones of the joint rubbing together causing pain. Patients who have had previous trauma or shoulder surgery are most likely to develop osteoarthritis in later life. Symptoms include swelling, stiffness, aching and sharp, stabbing pains.
  • Shoulder instability – dislocation or excessive movement of the shoulder joint.

How can an Osteopath help?

  • Shoulder problems are often complex and can take a long time to resolve. An osteopath will work with you to try and understand the cause of your shoulder problem.
  • Depending on your age, fitness and the diagnosis we may use a variety of massage, rhythmical articulation and stretching techniques to try and improve the movement in your shoulder and reduce tension in any tight muscles.
  • Treatment is different in every individual and we may massage and loosen the joints of the neck and upper and mid back and shoulder blade area and sometimes the low back and hips if we feel they are contributing to your shoulder pain.
  • We may offer specific strengthening or loosening exercises to the shoulder and offer advice on posture and look at how you use your shoulder and any lifestyle habits that may be contributing to your shoulder problem.
  • X-rays, scans or other tests may be required to make a diagnosis and we may refer you to your GP for any further treatment.

 

Useful links

 

Osteopathic Sports care association
Arthritis Research UK

Osteopathy for Shoulder Pain: SW11 Osteopath

Tali Rayner M.Ost

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.

 

Appointment Times (at Fybre Fitness): Wednesday 5-9pm and Friday 7-11am

 

Testimonials:

 

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

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

Appointments:

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

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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


LAURA TILSON 

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Postnatal Osteopath – Northcote Road

Postnatal Osteopath – Northcote Road

The Benefits of Postnatal Osteopathy

By Laura Tilson BA (Hons) M.Ost DPO
Registered and Paediatric Osteopath at Fresh Ground Battersea Rise, SW11

As an osteopath I spend the majority of my time showing people 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 a four month old little boy – 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 months I have seen for myself how osteopathy has helped me and my little boy. I have been for four treatments since having him. Once a month, I have 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 my old self and I could not be more grateful.

Appointments

For appointments with Laura please call 0207 206 2625 or email info@ltosteo.co.uk

Laura Tilson (Osteopath)

Laura Tilson  BA (Hons) M.Ost DPO

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 Osteopathywith 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 in clinics, and also offers home visits for babies.

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. 

As an undergraduate her research for her dissertation was awarded one of the top grades and she presented her findings at the Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Conference in 2010. 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.

Appointment Times (Fresh Ground) : Monday 5-9pm and Friday 7-11am

Appointment Times (Fybre Fitness) : Tuesday 5-9pm and Friday 7-11am

 

Testimonials:

I came to see Laura with shoulder pain and a swollen wrist which I had had problems with for 7 years. I have been so much better, even after just one treatment.

– C. Mitchell

I could not recommend Laura highly enough. My treatment for low back pain was excellent; she was thorough and professional and I have not had any problems with my back since. I would not hesitate on seeing her again in the future.

– L. Harrison

Appointments:

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

Baby Massage Northcote Road:

Baby Massage Northcote Road

Classes starting 14th August

Mondays 10.30-11.30

Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise

To book please  visit www.northcotebaby.com

 

Hello Mums, Dads and Caregivers!

My name is Sandra Pearce and I am the founder of Northcote Baby.
I provide baby classes and workshops in Southwest London.

I have lived in Clapham for five years and started teaching
baby massage classes under the name of ‘Northcote Baby Massage’.
Following on from the success of these classes, I have now rebranded
to ‘Northcote Baby’ and am delighted to offer more fantastic courses
like ‘Baby Yoga’ and Workshops to help support you and your baby
with ‘Colic and/or Reflux’ and my ‘Witching Hour’ Workshop.

I am a fully certified Baby Massage Instructor (CIMI – 2003)
which gives me 13 years experience with the International
Association of Infant Massage. I also have a Diploma in
Baby Yoga with the Federation of Holistic Therapies (2012)and
have also qualified as a Baby Yoga Teacher with Birthlight.

In addition to this I am also a mum to two beautiful little boys which
enables me to bring personal as well as professional experience into
my courses and workshops.

All of the pictures you see on this website were taken at my classes
and workshops with some personal shots in there as well. Enjoy!

I hope to see you at one of my fantastic courses soon!

Warm wishes

Sandra x

Baby Massage Northcote Road

Classes starting 14th August 

Mondays 10.30-11.30 

Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise

To book please  visit www.northcotebaby.com

Osteopathy for Hip Pain – Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Osteopathy for Hip Pain – Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Hip Pain

There are a number or reasons for hip pain some of which can be helped by visiting an osteopath.

Pain can come from a tight, strained or overused muscle in the hip or from the joint itself. Pain in the hip can sometimes be the result of an injury, it can be referred from the back or related to the way you move, stand and/or use your hip.

Pain from osteoarthritis or wear and tear in the hip joint is also common. Osteopaths can’t cure the arthritis and it depends on the severity of the wear and tear but treatment and advice from an osteopath can often help ease the symptoms. Osteopaths can look at the patient as a whole, assess the way the hip moves, strengthen and stretch the muscles, gently massage the hip muscles and stretch the hip joint to reduce tension and improve the mobility of the joint and work on the secondary problems like backache.

X-rays, scans and other tests are sometimes required to make a diagnosis and your osteopath may refer to your GP or a specialist for any additional investigations or treatment.

Useful links

Arthritis Research UK
Osteopathic Sports Care Association

Our Osteopaths

TaliRaynerprofile

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.

Testimonials:

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
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 inPaediatric 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 Putney, and also offers home visits for babies.

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. 

As an undergraduate her research for her dissertation was awarded one of the top grades and she presented her findings at the Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Conference in 2010. 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 came to see Laura with shoulder pain and a swollen wrist which I had had problems with for 7 years. I have been so much better, even after just one treatment.”

– C. Mitchell
Accounts Manager, London

I could not recommend Laura highly enough. My treatment for low back pain was excellent; she was thorough and professional and I have not had any problems with my back since. I would not hesitate on seeing her again in the future.”

– L. Harrison
Teacher, London

I had had problems with my knees for 12 years and Laura helped me find the cause. After a few sessions and some exercises for my ankles and hips the difference was amazing. I can happily say that I no longer feel any pain.”

– I. Fuller
Teacher, Surrey

 

Pilates for Running – Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Pilates for Running – Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Here is an interesting article on stability from Runners World. Osteopaths can help assess and advice on improving your core stability as well as treat sports injuries should they occur.

Why runners should do Pilates

We’ve got the lowdown on all things Pilates and why it’s so good for runners.

by Georgia Scarr
http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/health/why-runners-should-do-pilates/13930.html
 
What is Pilates?

Pilates is often compared to yoga, but they actually have very different backgrounds. While yoga is a centuries-old practice with close links to spirituality, Pilates is a mind and body conditioning technique developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. Classes feature exercises to improve core stability and encourage healthy posture. Various pieces of equipment such as stability balls, resistance bands, foam rollers and Pilates studio equipment, like Reformers, may be used.

“What we’re really trying to do is teach people how to move better,” says Lynne Robinson, co-founder and director of Body Control Pilates. “We have three fundamentals – the ABCs. One is correcting the alignment of the body (A), then working on your breathing (B) and centring (C), which is core stability.”

Core stability is essential for good running technique and to help avoid injury. “In terms of runners, sometimes a slight imbalance in the body will go on to create problems because it’s such a repetitive movement that you’re doing. Even a small adjustment in your posture or in your core stability can make a huge impact,” says Robinson.

What’s the difference between matwork Pilates and Reformer Pilates?

Both classes work the same muscles in the same way, but just with different challenges. Matwork takes place on the floor and can be done without any equipment or with small items to make it more challenging (such as balls, bands and rollers). Reformer classes use Universal Reformers (see one here). These are frame structures with springs and pulleys that provide resistance as exercises are carried out, and give a symmetrical grid to work in.

What are the benefits of each kind?

With Reformers, the closed chain environment provides a particularly effective workout.  “We can really work on correcting hip, knee and ankle alignment, and improving the tracking of the knee”, Robinson says. “Particularly useful for runners with knee problems, we can focus on the vastus medialis obliquus, one of your quadriceps. Even though runners often get strong quads, this stabilising muscle can be weak. There’s also a Reformer attachment called a jump board, which is great for improving your running action.”

In terms of matwork, Robinson says the main benefit is “you can do matwork anywhere, in particular before and after your run. Unless you live above a studio you won’t have access to the equipment 24/7.” Additionally, Pilates accessories are widely available to buy if you wish to supplement your routine.

“With the Reformer, you probably get slightly quicker results than you will do just doing the matwork, however realistically most runners are not going to have access to a Reformer before and after they run. So, what they’ve got to do is come up with a few simple exercises to do.”

Check out our pre-run Pilates moves for better form.

 

To book an appointment visit www.ltosteo.co.uk call 02072062625 or email info@ltosteo.co.uk. 

Tali Rayner M.Ost

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.

 

Appointment Times (at Fybre Fitness): Wednesday 5-9pm and Friday 7-11am

 

Testimonials:

 

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

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

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

Osteopathy for Back Pain

Osteopathy for Back Pain

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15 things you didn’t know about back pain

An interesting article on back pain which featured in the Irish Independent last week.

15 things you didn’t know about back pain

Back pain is so prevalent that it costs the country more than cancer and diabetes treatment combined, but there are many myths circulating about the condition. We asked some of Ireland’s leading experts to shed some light on the common ailment

Managing back pain costs the State more than cancer and diabetes combined. Most of these costs are related to treating people with ongoing pain.

Scientific research in the area of back pain has progressed in recent times and it is challenging widespread beliefs held about the condition that seems to plague so many people.

1. Back Pain is common and normal

Eighty percent of people will experience an episode of back pain during their lifetime. Experiencing back pain is like getting tired or becoming sad; we don’t necessarily like it, but it occurs to almost everybody at some point. What isn’t common, however, is not recovering from back pain.

Most acute back pain is the result of simple strains or sprains and the prognosis is excellent. Within the first two weeks of an acute episode of pain, most people will report a significant improvement in their symptoms with almost 85% of people fully recovered by three months. Only a very small number of people develop long-standing, disabling problems.

2. Scans are rarely needed

Both healthcare professionals and members of the public often consider getting a scan “just in case” there is something serious involved in their pain. However, all the evidence suggests scans only show something truly important in a tiny minority (less than 5% of people with back pain.

A brief consultation with a healthcare professional (eg GP, chartered physiotherapist) would usually be able to identify if a scan was really needed based on a person’s symptoms and medical history.

3. Interpreting scans should come with a health warning

We used to think that if we got a good enough picture of the spine with scans that it would be a big help in solving back pain. However, we now know that this is most often not the case.

When people have scans for back pain, the scans often show up things that are poorly linked with pain. In fact, studies have shown that even people who don’t have back pain have things like bulging discs (52% of people), degenerated or black discs (90%), herniated discs (28%) and ‘arthritic’ changes visible (38%).

Remember, these people do NOT have pain! Unfortunately, people with back pain are often told that these things indicate their back is damaged, and this can lead to further fear, distress and avoidance of activity. The fact is that many of these things reported on scans are more like baldness – an indication of ageing and genetics that do not have to be painful.

4. Back pain is not caused by something being out of place

There is no evidence that back pain is caused by a bone or joint in the back being out of place, or your pelvis being out of alignment. For most people with back pain, scans do not
show any evidence of discs, bones or joints being ‘out of place’.

In the very small number of people with some change in their spinal alignment, this does not appear to be strongly related to back pain.

Of course, it is worth noting that many people feel better after undergoing treatments like manipulation.

However, this improvement is due to short-term reductions in pain, muscle tone/tension and fear, NOT due to realigning of body structures.

5. Bed rest is not helpful

In the first few days after the initial injury, avoiding aggravating activities may help to relieve pain, similar to pain in any other part of the body, such as a sprained ankle. However, there is very strong evidence that keeping active and returning to all usual activities gradually, including work and hobbies, is important in aiding recovery.

In contrast, prolonged bed rest is unhelpful, and is associated with higher levels of pain, greater disability, poorer recovery and longer absence from work. In fact, it appears that the longer a person stays in bed because of back pain, the worse the pain becomes.

6. More back pain does not mean more back damage

This may seem strange, but we now know that more pain does not always mean more damage. Ultimately, two individuals with the same injury can feel different amounts of pain. The degree of pain felt can vary according to a number of factors, including the situation in which the pain occurs, previous pain experiences, your mood, fears, fitness, stress levels and coping style. For example, an athlete or soldier may not experience much pain after injury until later when they are in a less intense environment.

Furthermore, our nervous system has the ability to regulate how much pain a person feels at any given time. If a person has back pain it might be that their nervous system has become hypersensitive and is causing the person to experience pain, even though the initial strain or sprain has healed.

This can mean the person feels more pain when they move or try to do something, even though they are not damaging their spine.

Once people with back pain can distinguish between the ‘hurt’ they are feeling from any concerns about ‘harm’ being done to their back, it is easier to participate in treatment.

7. Surgery is rarely needed

Only a tiny proportion of people with back pain require surgery. Most people with back pain can manage it by staying active, developing a better understanding about what pain means, and identifying the factors which are involved in their pain.

This should help them continue their usual daily tasks, without having to resort to surgery.
On average, the results for spinal surgery are no better in the medium and long-term than non-surgical interventions, such as exercise.

8. Schoolbags are safe – worrying about schoolbags might not be

Many people believe that children carrying a heavy schoolbag might cause back pain. However, research studies have not found this link, revealing no differences in schoolbag weight between those children who do and do not go on to develop back pain. However, if a child – or their parent – believes that their schoolbag is too heavy, the child IS more likely to develop back pain, highlighting the importance of fear in the development of back pain.
Given concerns about inactivity and obesity in children, carrying a schoolbag may actually be a simple healthy way for children to get some exercise.

9. The perfect sitting posture may not exist

Should we all sit up straight? Contrary to popular belief, no specific static sitting posture has been shown to prevent or reduce back pain. Different sitting postures suit different people, with some people reporting more pain from sitting straight, others from slouching. So while slouching gets a bad press, there is no scientific evidence to support this. In fact, many people with back pain can adopt very rigid postures (eg sitting extremely upright) with little variation.

The ability to vary our posture, instead of maintaining the same posture, together with learning to move in a confident, relaxed and variable manner is important for people with back pain.

10. Lifting and bending are safe

People with back pain often believe that activities such as lifting, bending and twisting are dangerous and should be avoided. However, contrary to common belief, the research to date has not supported a consistent association between any of these factors and back pain.

Of course, a person can strain their back if they lift something awkwardly or lifting something that is heavier than they would usually lift. Similarly, if a person has back pain, these activities might be more sore than usual. This, however, does not mean that the activity is dangerous or should be avoided.

While a lifting or bending incident could initially give a person back pain, bending and lifting is normal and should be practised to help strengthen the back, similar to returning to running and sport after spraining an ankle.

11. Avoiding activities and moving carefully does not help in the long-term

It is common, especially during the first few days of back pain, that your movement can be significantly altered. This is similar to limping after spraining your ankle, and generally resolves as the pain settles. While initially hard, getting back doing valued activities which are painful, or feared, is important. Many people, after an episode of back pain, can begin to move differently due to a fear of pain or a belief that the activity is dangerous. Such altered movement can be unhealthy in the long term and can actually increase the strain on your back.

12. Poor sleep influences back pain

When someone has pain, a good night’s sleep can be hard to get. However, it works both ways as sleep problems can lead to back pain in the future. In the same way that poor sleep can make us more stressed, give us a headache, make us tired or feel down, it can also cause or prolong back pain. So, improving sleeping routine and habits can be very helpful in reducing pain.

13. Stress, low mood and worry influence back pain

How we feel can influence the amount of pain we feel. Back pain can be triggered following changes in life stress, mood or anxiety levels.

In the same way that these factors are linked to other health conditions like cold sores, irritable bowel syndrome and tiredness, they have a very large effect on back pain. As a result, managing our stress, mood and anxiety levels through doing things we enjoy, and engaging in relaxation can be really beneficial in helping back pain.

14. Exercise is good and safe

Many people with pain are afraid of exercise and avoid it as they think it may cause them more problems. However this is not true! We now know that regular exercise helps to keep you and your body fit and healthy, and actually reduces pain and discomfort. It relaxes muscle tension, helps mood and strengthens the immune system once started gradually.

All types of exercise are good, with no major differences in effectiveness between them – so pick one you enjoy, can afford and which is convenient.

Walking, using the stairs, cycling, jogging, running and stretching are all good and help relax all the tense muscles in your body.

When you are in pain, starting exercise can be very hard. Under-used muscles feel more pain than healthy muscles. Therefore, if feeling sore after exercise, this does not indicate harm or damage to the body.

15. Persistent back pain CAN get better

Since back pain is associated with many factors that vary between individuals, treatments that address the relevant factors for each individual can be effective. Failing to get pain relief after lots of different treatments is very frustrating and cause people to lose hope.

However, this is very common as most treatments only address one factor, for example someone goes for a massage for their sore muscles, but doesn’t address their sleep or fitness or stress levels.

By identifying the different contributing factors for each individual and trying to address them, pain can be significantly reduced and people can live a happier and healthier life.

Published in the Irish Independent. Tuesday 14th July

* Mary O’Keeffe (University of Limerick), Dr Kieran O’Sullivan (University of Limerick), Dr Derek Griffin (Tralee Physiotherapy Clinic)

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