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

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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.

HOW MUCH SLEEP DO YOU NEED?

 HOW MUCH SLEEP DO YOU NEED?
Here is some new research summarised onto how your age can determine how much sleep you need. Summarised by NCORsleep research ltosteo.co.uk – The National Centre for Osteopathic Research.

 

The effect of aging on sleep requirements

The National Sleep Foundation in the USA convened an expert multidisciplinary panel to determine recommendations concerning sufficient sleep durations. Recommendations were based on an extensive review of the scientific literature of healthy populations, and recognition that sleep requirements vary with age. A summary of the recommendations is given in the table below:

Age Recommended sleep requirements based on the evidence review
Newborn babies (0-3 months) 14-17 hours
Infants (4-11 months) 12-15 hours
Toddlers (1-2 years) 11-14 hours
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years) 10-13 hours
School age children (6-13 years) 9-11 hours
Teenagers (14-17 years) 8-10 hours
Young adults (18-25 years) 7-9 hours
Adults (26-64 years) 7-8 hours

Further information concerning this study can be found in: Hirshkowitz M, Whiton K, Albert SM, et al. National Sleep Foundation’s sleep time duration recommendations: methodology and results summary Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sleh.2014.12.010.http://www.sleephealthjournal.org/article/S2352-7218(15)00015-7/abstract

 

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

FOR MORE OSTEOPATHIC RESEARCH SEE http://www.ncor.org.uk

Joint Pain Worse in Cold? Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Joint Pain Worse in Cold?

 

cold weatherThe 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 autumn 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.
To book an appointment please call 0207 206 2625 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

Appointments:

For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email info@ltosteo.co.uk OR CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE

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

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/CPNutrition

Twitter:        @claire_pettitt

Benefits of Walking

The Benefits of Walking – a summary of recent research from NCOR

Assessing the health benefits of outdoor walking groups

New health interventions advise us to become more active and walking groups are an increasingly popular means of activity.  This systematic review and meta-analysis looked at differences in physiological, psychological, and well-being outcomes.   A total of 42 studies involving 1843 participants were examined.

Statistically significant reductions were found in the mean differences for systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, resting heart rate, body fat, BMI, total cholesterol, and depression score.  An increase in VO2max was identified.  Evidence was less clear for changes in waist circumferences, serum lipids, and fasting lipids.

Hanson S, Jones A.  Is there evidence that walking groups have health benefits?   A systematic review and meta-analysis.  British Journal of Sports Medicine published online 19 January, 2015.  doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-094157.
http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2014/12/19/bjsports-2014-094157.full.pdf+html

 

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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 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 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

Osteopathy for Rugby Injuries – Clapham Junction Osteopath

Osteopathy for Rugby Injuries

The Rugby Osteopath: Staying in the Game & Out of the Stands

 

rugby injuries

We have seen some incredible displays of human athleticism, combining strength, speed and intuition in the rugby season so far. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year that rugby players, both professional and amateur, start trickling in to the clinic with various injuries that are associated with this high impact, high intensity sport.

The five most common injuries as identified by the RFU are:

5. Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury

What is it? The MCL is the ligament on the inside of the knee, which stabilises the knee during locomotion. Injury occurs when the fibres of the ligament are torn or ruptured.

Why injury occurs? MCL injury is most often a result of being tackled or sudden changes in direction. Heavy impact while the foot is planted pushes the medial (inside) knee joint apart, while direction changes cause torsion through the knee and stress the ligament. For these reasons back position players are most often affected.

4. Calf Muscle injury

What is it? Most commonly a tear of the Gastrocnemius or Soleus muscles, often at the point where these muscles blend with the Achilles tendon (2-4 inches above the heal).

Why injury occurs? Numerous factors can lead to calf injury ranging from insufficient training to poor arch mechanics and simply having short, tight calves.

3. Thigh Haematoma

What is it? Haematomas are severe bruises resulting from local blood vessel damage, caused by direct blow/trauma to the affected area.

Why injury occurs? A result of high impact collisions. In a sport with such physicality the injuries are unavoidable/bound to happen.

2. Hamstring muscle injury

What is it? A strain or tear of the biceps femoris, semitendinosus or semimembranosus (the hamstring muscles).

Why injury occurs? Similar to the Calf, hamstring injury can result from many things ranging from inadequate training, to poor arch mechanics, limited recovery time between matches and simply having short, tight hamstrings.

1. Concussion

What is it? A sudden, short-lived loss of mental function. It is the most common and least serious type of brain injury

Why injury occurs? Resulting from a blow or other injury to the head. A consequence of the physical nature of rugby.

Long Term Injuries

The above are the most common injuries, however, the following injuries keep players off the pitch for longer periods:

 * Shoulder dislocation – a result of heavy impact that is often reoccurring due to weakening of the surrounding ligaments.

Lumbar disc and nerve root damage – a result of spinal compression

that affects players in forward positions.

Tibio/fibula fracture – most likely caused by a tackle at high speed.

– Knee ligament injuries (ACL, PCL, LCL) – due to the torsional forces that are forced through the knee when turning in studs, damage due to scrimmaging and being tackled.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is not much we can do about concussion. However, a combination of hands on treatment with rehabilitation often works successfully with acute injuries as well as chronic injuries that are part of complex postural patterns that build up over a period of time. We look to address the underlying causes of injuries, decreasing your chances of future injury.

Please contact us on 0207 206 2625

or email info@ltosteo.co.uk to book a consultation.

We can give you advice specific to your injury and address any concerns you may have.

NOTE: The information provided here is intended as a guideline, not specific to the individual.

PLEASE CLICK HERE for the full RFU Report.

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

Exercise Benefits for Back Pain

Exercise Benefits for Back Pain

News Article from BBC:

Paracetamol is ineffective at treating back pain and osteoarthritis despite being a recommended treatment, a group of Australian researchers has warned.

Their review of 13 clinical trials, published in the British Medical Journal, said the drug did not reduce disability or improve quality of life.

Instead, the group warned, it increased the odds of liver problems.

The NHS is to review its guidelines. Experts say patients should consult a doctor before changing medicines.

Back pain is a leading cause of disability and in the UK alone it is estimated to affect 26 million people each year.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which establishes best NHS practice, currently recommends paracetamol for both lower back painand for osteoarthritis.

However, questions have been raised about the quality of the evidence which led to the decisions.

A team at the University of Sydney assessed data from 13 drug trials involving more than 5,000 patients.

They concluded that paracetamol was “ineffective” at reducing back pain.

In osteoarthritis in the hip or knee, they found a small improvement with paracetamol. Yet the impact was so small it was “not clinically important”.

Man with backpain

Gustavo Machado, one of the researchers, argued: “Paracetamol is the most widely used over-the counter medicine for musculoskeletal conditions so it is critical that we review treatment recommendations in light of this new evidence.

“In our research, paracetamol for low back pain and osteoarthritis was also shown to be associated with higher risk of liver toxicity in patients.

“Patients were nearly four times more likely to have abnormal results on liver function tests compared to those taking placebo pills.”

Exercise

Dr Christian Mallen, from Keele University in the UK, said options other than drugs should be the “cornerstone” of managing the conditions.

However, he added: “While the effectiveness of exercise for both osteoarthritis and spinal pain is established, we know that uptake of and adherence to exercise is poor.”

In the UK, the safety of over-the-counter drugs is being reviewed by the medicines safety regulator.

NICE said it was waiting for the results of that review before conducting its own assessment.

A spokesperson said: “Looking at all of the relevant painkillers together, instead of just one, will then provide a comprehensive overview of this aspect of managing osteoarthritis.”

Jane Tadman from Arthritis Research UK said: “We’ve known for some time that paracetamol may not work for everyone with severe pain from their arthritis, but some people find it helps them and allows them to sleep and to exercise without discomfort.

“Physical activity is probably a better and more effective way of keeping the pain of arthritis and joint pain at bay than taking currently available painkillers.”

Prof Roger Knaggs, from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: “There are other medicines, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioids, which may provide better pain relief but these are associated with a range of other side-effects.

“Anybody with concerns about whether taking paracetamol could cause harm should discuss their concerns with their GP or pharmacist.”

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32132377

MORE ABOUT OUR CLINIC IN CLAPHAM JUNCTION

We are located in the heart of Battersea’s Northcote Road and we provide a range of treatments to help all manner of muskulo-skeletal symptoms.

Commonly people come to see us with back pain, neck and head aches, joint injuries and pregnancy related pain.

We also offer sports massage, cranial osteopathy for babies and children.

We use the gym facilities to provide you with rehabilitation exercises and offer a running clinic to get you better results from your training.

 

Appointments:

For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE. 

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