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Performance Fit

With a strong connection to dance & performing arts, practitioners at Cedar Hall Clinics understand the demands on the body both in training & performance.

Common performance injuries treated by our Osteopaths, Physiotherapists & Acupuncturist are:

Neck strain; low back strain; muscle spasm; acute ligament strains; muscle tears; hip injuries; knee injuries and more.

Free assessments available on 01375 678877 or 01268 774249

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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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Looking After Mum

OSTEOPATHY – POST PREGNANCY

Why see an Osteopath after the birth of your child?

Pregnancy and birth places stress on a women’s body, stretching ligaments and joints. Treatment by an osteopath can help restore the body’s balance, removing tension and assisting new mothers cope with broken sleep and breastfeeding. By realigning the spine and pelvis, Osteopaths can also help restore circulation.  There is a growing trend for midwives to recommend a visit to an osteopath for both mum and new baby.all the family

Common Post Natal complaints treated by Osteopaths are:

Coccyx and Sacro-illiac Joint pain is a result of changes in ligaments during childbirth. As the baby passes through the pelvis it causes warping and stretching of the coccyx and the sacro illiac joint which can damage the joint. This condition, if not treated, can deteriorate due to increased pressure on the joint when lifting and carrying baby post birth.

Pubic-symphisis joint pain occurs when the front of the pubic bone will open, or is stretched during childbirth. This causes sharp pain and if not treated may lead to an altered pelvis and pelvic mechanics, producing pain in the pelvis and lower back.

Back pain results from carrying heavy loads like baby capsules; and even your baby and the mandatory carry-all crammed with a child’s never ending list of  “accessories”.

Neck and shoulder pain may result from incorrect posture during breast feeding.

The sacrum, consisting of the lower vertebrae of the spine, needs to swing out of the way during the birth and may not return to a balanced position between the pelvic bones.  This may lead to lower back pain and sciatic pain, and alter the spinal curves of the upper back.

How can you help your body to recover?

  • Sleep: If you are feeling tired and sleep deprived, sleep when your baby sleeps. This will assist in your recovery and ability to handle stress and remain calm.
  • Drink lots of water and eat nutritious meals. This keeps your strength up, and increases the body’s ability to provide breast milk and cope with fatigue and lack of sleep.
  • Do pelvic floor exercises. The sooner you do these after birth the better, as they rebalance the pelvis, and assist bladder control.
  • Start light exercise. No matter how tired you feel, a little light exercise will make you feel better so push yourself to reap the benefits of movement. Try yoga, walking or swimming. These activities will improve general blood circulation, stretch the muscles and improve general well being.

ENJOY THOSE PRECIOUS MOMENTS WITH YOUR BABY

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Helping to Manage Your Pain

At Cedar Hall Clinics in Benfllet & Thurrock, Essex we offer YOU the best available health care for the treatment of pain and discomfort. Our aim is to get you back to mobility and back to enjoying life as soon as possible! With clinics in Stanford le Hope and Benfleet, Essex you usually wouldn’t need to wait for an appointment.

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The range of therapies on offer include Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Sports Therapy, Spinal Manipulation Therapy, Sports Massage, Rehabilitation, and Homeopathy. Free assessments are also available.

All our practitioners are highly skilled and will discuss a treatment plan with you prior to your first appointment. We often work very closely with GPs, Consultants, midwives and other health care professionals. We can also liaise with your personal trainer. You can book an appointment on-line, in person or by phone – 01375 678877 for our Stanford le Hope practice and 01268 774249 for Benfleet

 

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Enjoy Pain Free Living

 

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Cedar Hall Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Physiotherapy & Sports Injury centres are family clinics where people of all ages, from infants through to the elderly are treated for a wide variety of conditions. Our practitioners regularly collaborate on cases to ensure you are provided with the best possible hands on treatment for your individual needs. Through effective manual therapy, rehabilitation & prescriptive exercise we aim to help you with your health & fitness goals. We have clinics in Benfleet & Thurrock, Essex

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We are here to help reduce your pain, improve your mobility, restore function and get you back to doing what you love.

Book on-line at www.cedarhallclinics.co.uk or call 01375 678877 for our Thurrock practice or 01268 774249 for Benfleet

 
 

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Time for an MOT?

As the weather improves (well we can always hope), we perhaps turn our thoughts to a more active lifestyle. The more committed athletic folk in our coummunities have already been pounding the streets & parks as they prepare for the marathon season and to those we send our best wishes & admiration.

We can help!

We see quite a few dedicated runners & athletes at our clinics throughout the season. Some turn up when injury threatens an upcoming event but most come for regular MOTs throughout the year.  It gives them confidence that they’re still at peak fitness and ready to face the next challenge. But not all patients who return every 3 months or so for an MOT are athletes, far from it. Many are busy office workers, teachers, healthcare staff and manual workers who know when their body is giving them a little hint that help is needed. The odd twinge or low grade ache reminds them that some treatment is needed.

Regular MOT body checks may well nip a bigger pain problem in the bud and save time, effort and hard earned cash!

 

 
 

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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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