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Osteopathy & the Mum-to-Be

OSTEOPATHY & THE MUM-TO-BE

Being pregnant is a unique and powerful life experience. It is a time which you can, and should enjoy. During pregnancy your body undergoes immense physical, hormonal and emotional changes.

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These changes occur over a relatively short space of time, and your body has to continually adapt to accommodate these changes. Up to 10 kilograms in weight of baby, placenta and fluids may be. carried, putting a fair amount of physical strain on the body. In order for you to adapt to all these changes you have to find new ways to sit, sleep & walk resulting in various aches, pains and discomfort.

Many pregnant women find osteopathy treatments very helpful throughout their pregnancy for pain reduction and preparation for labour. As well as helping to reduce back, hip or leg pain, neck and shoulder discomfort, osteopathy can also help the body prepare for labour and delivery. Mapregnancyny women suffer pain in the groin or lower abdomen with a feeling that ‘something is about to give’ is often diagnosed as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction. This can make walking and even moving extremely difficult. SPD is often misdiagnosed in pregnancy and the majority of patients with these symptoms respond incredibly well to Osteopathy

Your osteopath can also:

  • Give advice on exercises and stretches and breathing techniques you can do to maintain your health and wellbeing throughout your pregnancy
  • Help prepare ‘the way’ for a more trouble free childbirth, by improving flexibility in the pelvis and abdomen
  • Help the mother to recover after birth

After the birth you may want to have a mother and baby health check with your osteopath. For mum this will check and correct any remaining strains in the back & pelvis and also help you regain your strength and flexibility. For baby this will address any effects from the moulding process of birth.

If you would like more information our osteopaths will be happy to answer any questions. Call us on 01375 678877 or 01268 774249.

 

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Understanding Your Headache

The location of your headache can tell a clinician a great deal about what may be the cause. The most common form of headaches are sinus, tension, migraine and cluster headaches.

If your headache is caused by your sinuses then it is usually around the front of the head and face. It is characterised by dull, pressure like pain that worsens with sudden movements of the head and bending forward. Sinus headache may begin in the morning and gradually decrease in intensity as the day moves forward. It is caused by inflammation of the sinuses that may result from allergies like hay fever or infection such as flu. It can sometimes be associated with fatigue, fever, nasal congestion, nasal discharge, watery eyes etc.

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If you are suffering from a tension headache you will usually have symptoms on both sides of the head. It is characterised by mild to moderate pain, which may be constant. It usually causes a feeling of tightness, constriction or pressure especially around the temples or the back of the head. The headache may be episodic or chronic, meaning it may last for long periods of time or the headache may come and go. Causes include muscular tension, lack of sleep, stress, overworking, fatigue, emotional crisis, menstruation etc.

If your headache is caused by a migraine then it is usually one side of the head. It is characterised by intense, throbbing and pulsating pain that is intermittent in nature. Each attack of headache may last for several hours or even days. Migraines are slightly more common in females between their 20s and 30s. In some cases, migraine is preceded by an ‘aura-phase’ in which visual, sensory, speech or motor disturbance may occur lasting around 10 to 15 minutes. For example, flickering, blurred or partial loss of vision, tingling or numbness in on one side of the hand etc. You may also experience sensitivity to light, smells, noise. Nausea and vomiting is also common and this type of headache may be triggered by stress and sometimes due to certain kind of foods.

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A cluster headache is closely associated with migraine, in terms of similarity in pain features. It is characterised by severe, repeated episodes of pain, of about 30 minutes to 3 hours in duration. There can be 1 to 8 attacks per day, usually at night.

Cluster headaches sometimes disturb sleep. Its distribution is on one side of the head and usually around the eye. Pain maybe associated with drooping of the eyelid, weeping of the eye on the affected side and possible nasal congestion. Spontaneous remission can occur after several months of attacks.

 

A cervicogenic headache arises from the base of the skull and the upper part of the cervical spine or neck. It is typically a long lasting headache. This type of headache has a broader distribution as the headache may be felt in one or more regions of the head and/or face. These occur due to a neck disorder such as an irritation of the joints in the neck or muscular tightness leading to inflammation or irritation of structures around the neck.

Many types of headaches can be helped with manual therapy including osteopathy, physiotherapy, acupuncture or massage therapy. If you suffer with ongoing headaches we may be able to help. You can arrange an appointment with one of our practitioners  at Cedar Hall Clinics in Benfleet or Thurrock to help diagnose and treat your head pain.

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Happy New Year

Wishing all our patients and kind followers a very Happy 2017. Don’t overdo the New Year Resolutions especially rushing off to the gym to get fit. Make sure your body is ready to take on any rigorous exercise! Come for a free assessment.

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Posted by on December 31, 2016 in Clinic News, Uncategorized

 

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We Like to say Goodbye

You’re always welcome at our clinics but we are always pleased to say farewell. It means that you’ve fully recovered from your ache, pain or injury! You always have the reassurance that should ache,pain or injury strike again, for whatever reason, Cedar Hall Clinics are here to help.RecoveredPatient

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Posted by on September 4, 2016 in Clinic News, Uncategorized

 

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Anyone for Tennis?

Whether your interest in sport is professional or for pleasure, it’s frustrating if injury stops you participating or impairs performance.

If you are suffering from any pain or discomfort in your muscles, bones or joints we have treatments to restore your health & fitness. A free assessment will help you decide how best to get you back to optimum physical condition as soon as possible.

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Beware New Year Resolutions

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Keeping fit is always a good idea but if you start a new exercise regime you need to make sure your body is ready.

See your osteopath if you have any aches, pains or injuries even if they’re only niggles. You’re more likely to succeed in your quest for a leaner, fitter you. Good luck

 

 

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Cedar Hall Welcomes New Therapist Samantha

We are delighted to introduce you to Samantha Wilkins who has recently joined Cedar Hall Clinics Sports & Rehabilitation Massage team at Thurrock. She is a skilful therapist having attained level 5 Sports & Remedial Massage therapist and is certified by the London School of Sports Massage. Samantha is also a third year Masters degree student at the British School of Osteopathy.

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Samantha Tyler – Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist & Osteopathy student

 

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2015 in Clinic News, Uncategorized

 

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