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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

Sling Essentials Workshop – Wear My Baby for all New Parents at Fresh Ground

Sling Essentials Workshop – Wear My Baby for all New Parents at Fresh Ground

Wear My Baby Essentials Workshop:

An introduction to baby wearing at

Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EQ

22nd January 2018 

The Benefits of babywearing – and trying getting expert carrying advice

  Hannah Wallace, owner of Wear My Baby, one of the UK’s leading babywearing consultancies and retailers.  The mother of two from Tooting explains the benefits of babywearing, and the local sling help available in South West London – including new workshops at Clapham’s Fresh Ground.

Babywearing is an incredible parenting tool. All parents carry their babies and children in their arms. Using a sling simply means you can carry them and use your hands at the same time!

Safety is absolutely vital when wearing your baby. From a safety perspective, how you carry your baby is often more important than which sling or carrier you use. Babies must always be carried upright, with their airways clear and the whole of their body supported by a snug, well-fitted carrier. That’s why it’s important to seek expert guidance.

There’s a huge array of styles and brands on the market, which all suit different needs, body shapes and babies’ ages and stages. Choosing a sling is a bit like choosing shoes or a bra: different types and sizes suit different people, so it’s worth trying on a few before you buy.
Keeping your baby close to you in a sling or carrier has so many benefits for the whole family.

Babies feel happy and settled; it’s incredibly practical; it encourages babies to sleep; it can support postnatal recovery, gently improving your posture and core strength; makes babies with reflux or digestive problems more comfortable; it supports babies’ physical, cognitive and emotional development; and supports parent-child bonding and may ease symptoms of postnatal depression.

Baby carriers are not just practical, babywearing is an amazing parenting tool; carrying your baby close to you is also fantastic for their development.  But the choice can be overwhelming and parents find it difficult to know which one to go for.

This is where Wear My Baby comes in. Our new pop-up Boutique in Tooting is London’s specialist baby carrier store. As well as having a huge variety of slings, my team and I provide expert fitting and safety advice with group workshops and one-to-one consultations throughout the day. Whether you want a supportive carrier like an Ergobaby or a pretty sling to wear to a wedding, we have something for everyone. If you want to try before you buy, you can even hire our baby carriers for up to two weeks to make sure you love them.

And if you can’t make to a workshop you can book in for a one-to-one consultation with one of the Wear My Baby team, in store or even in the comfort of your own home.

From a safety perspective, how you carry your baby is just as important as which sling or carrier you use. That’s why it’s best to speak with an expert. My team and I are trained in showing parents how to use slings safely and comfortably.

My passion for slings began four years ago when my first son Ben was born. Like most newborns he was happiest when being held. Using baby carriers meant I could get on with day to day life, get on the tube, and still enjoy a cuddle. After three years of giving sling help to local families, we’re excited to be expanding our work and to now be offering workshops at Fresh Ground.

 

Wear My Baby Essentials Workshop:
An introduction to baby wearing at
Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EQ
22nd January 2018 
Open to everyone, ideal for those with newborns.
You’ll learn the about the benefits of baby carrying for all the family. We’ll explore the principles baby carrying safety, comfort and positioning, so you’ll know what makes a good, safe fit.
We’ll explore a range of slings and carriers that are ideal for baby’s first months and beyond. You’ll get to try out soft, stretchy wraps and buckled carriers, to see what works best for your family. Our demonstration dolls are on hand, if you’d like to practice with them first.
Cost: £20 per person, £30 for a couple.
To book please visit WearMyBaby.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

 

 

TEAM WEAR MY BABY – Bad Back? Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

 

TEAM WEAR MY BABY – Bad Back? Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

This is a lovely blog that we put together with Wear My Baby about how Osteopathy and a good Sling can Prevent new parents suffering from back and shoulder pain.

 

The majority of new parents we meet at Wear My Baby are experiencing some combinations of bad backs, aching shoulders and other uncomfortable niggles. Holding baby, feeding baby, lifting heavy car seats – not to mention readjustment and recovery from pregnancy and birth – all take their toll.

A well-fitted baby carrier can support a good posture and make your baby feel (just about) weightless, and help alleviate some of that discomfort. But we often still recommend new mums, especially, see a local osteopath.

How can an osteopath help new families? And what does osteopathy have to do with baby carriers? We asked South West London based osteopath Laura Tilson.

 

SO, LAURA. WHAT DOES AN OSTEOPATH ACTUALLY DO?

 

Osteopaths are trained to assess your body and the way it moves.

Whether you’re a tired mum with upper back pain from long hours of feeding or pelvic pain from the birth, osteopathy can help. We assess the joints, muscles and ligaments and our gentle treatment aims to get the body moving better.

 

HOW CAN AN OSTEOPATH HELP BABIES?

 

As osteopaths we don’t treat conditions. Instead we assess and treat babies for any soft tissue tension or joint restrictions either from the position of the baby in the womb or from the birth process.

We find that by getting a baby’s body moving freely they can settle more easily because they seem more comfortable which in turn may have an impact on their feeding, digestion and sleep.

For example getting a baby’s head and neck moving as it should can prevent conditions like torticollis (wry neck syndrome) and plagiocephaly (head flattening).

 

HOW ABOUT OSTEOPATHY FOR PARENTS?

 

As an osteopath I spend the majority of my time showing patients how osteopathy can benefit them. But trying to persuade busy parents – especially mums –  that they should put themselves first for half an hour a day to sort out their 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.

 

WHEN DID YOU FIRST EXPERIENCE OSTEOPATHY?

 

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.

 

WHY DO YOU RECOMMEND CARRYING BABIES IN SLINGS?

 

I love recommending slings to parents. As a mum of two small children I know how practical they are. You can keep your baby close and have your hands free . A well fitted sling benefits your posture, and can make a world of difference to your aches and pains.

In paediatrics we know that developmentally baby’s benefit hugely from being held by their primary care givers, to help them learn to stabilise their heart rate, breathing rate and in forming attachment bonds.

I love what Wear My Baby offers because I see a lot of parents in clinic with back pain from wearing a badly fitted sling. I can’t wait to offer them the babywearing workshop in our clinic.

Join us for an Introduction to a Babywearing ‘Essentials’ Workshop at Laura Tilson Osteopathy at Fresh Ground,  25 Northcote Rd, Clapham, London, SW11 1NJ, on Monday 22 January 2018, 11am-12:3opm. Open to all, costing £20 per person / £30 per couple. Advance booking required. 

or Call 02072062625

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 Specialists – Video

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Back Pain Specialists – Video

BACK TO HEALTH IN THE NHS

CLICK HERE for a video which is worth watching if you are considering osteopathy. It will give you lots of 

advice from different specialist’s perspectives. Keep an eye out for Clive Lathey, a colleague of mine at The Putney Clinic talking about how osteopathy can help.

 

In the UK, acute lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for GP visits. About nine out of ten adults experience back pain at some point in their life, and five out of ten working adults have back pain every year. Not all treatments work for all conditions or for all individuals with the same condition, and many find that they need to try several treatment options to determine what works best for them.

  • Presented by Georgina Burnett, featuring:
  • Dr Chris Steele MBE, Family GP & Medical Broadcaster
  • Dr Brian Hammond, Director, Back Care
  • Dr Adam Al-Kashi, Head of Research, Back Care
  • Catherine Goodyear, Chief Operating Officer, British Osteopathic Association
  • Dr Dawn Carnes, Director, National Council for Osteopathic Research
  • Tanith Hamm, Osteopath
  • Clive Lathey, Osteopath & Sports Scientist, Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy

 

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

Sling Workshop in January

Sling Workshop in January

Open to everyone, ideal for those with newborns.

You’ll learn the about the benefits of baby carrying for all the family.
We’ll explore the principles baby carrying safety, comfort and positioning, so you’ll know what makes a good, safe fit.

We’ll explore a range of slings and carriers that are ideal for baby’s first months and beyond.
You’ll get to try out soft, stretchy wraps and buckled carriers, to see what works best for your family. Our demonstration dolls are on hand, if you’d like to practice with them first.

Cost: £20 per person, £30 for a couple.
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE

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.

Painful Joints when its Cold

 Getting colder: Painful Joints when its Cold

How cold weather affects your joints“The weather is changing, I can feel it in my bones”, most of us have heard this old wives tale but is there any truth in it? Research has shown that the refreshing change in weather during winter can actually bring about aches and pains associated with lower temperatures and changes in barometric air pressure.

 

Typically this affects people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other arthritic conditions. Most commonly it effects load bearing joints such as the hips and knees, also the shoulders, elbows and hands. It is thought that sensory nerve endings in joints called baroreceptors respond to slight changes in atmospheric pressure. When the barometric pressure changes the amount of fluid in a joint or the pressure inside a joint can fluctuate which stimulates these receptors causing pain. In an arthritic joint these slight changes can have a greater impact as there is less cartilage to provide cushioning. In lower pressures inflammation around joints can also potentially worsen, this will also put pressure on the nerves again causing pain. Steps can be taken to reduce inflammation such as applying hot and cold therapy to the affected area, taking a swim in a nice warm pool could also be beneficial. Osteopaths can use techniques designed to help improve blood circulation to the area and reduce inflammation as well as working directly on muscles and joints to help improve mobility.
Cold weather can also have an impact on our muscles, as the temperature drops there is a decrease in blood supply to our muscles causing them to tighten up. As a muscle tightens up it becomes shorter in length reducing our range of movement, these tightened muscles then become more susceptible to injury! A ‘pulled’ muscle occurs when it is lengthened beyond its comfort zone, micro tears occur within the muscle fibres and sometime the ligaments. This can lead to pain, inflammation and sometimes swelling and redness! Muscle spasm causing a further reduction in range of movement is also very common. Extra care should be taken during the colder months when exercising outdoors to ensure you are properly ‘warmed up’ before exercise.
Osteopaths often see these types of muscular aches, pains and strains especially during the colder months! An initial assessment will need to be made and often these complaints can be treated using manual therapy, careful advice and specific exercises.

Tali Rayner is an osteopath who specialises in sports injuries and medical acupuncture. To book an appointment with her CLICK HERE or call 02072062625.

 

 

Painful Joints when its Cold

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.

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