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Osteopathy and pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most significant changes a woman’s body goes through. As well as her body’s shape altering dramatically, there are also physiological changes. For instance, increased hormones can cause ligaments to loosen. These factors lead to postural changes, joint strain and altered fluid movement around the body. As a result, pregnant women often experience:

  • Back and neck pain
  • PGP (pelvic girdle pain) or SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction)
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Sciatica

Osteopathy provides safe, gentle hands-on treatment which can alleviate pain, helping the body to adapt more comfortably to changes experienced during pregnancy. In addition, regular osteopathic treatment leading up to labour, is a good way to help the body cope with, and recover from the physical and psychological challenges ahead.

Post Natal

Following birth, a woman’s body will slowly return to its normal form. However, underlying changes in supporting muscles and joints, particularly around the pelvis, can make her more vulnerable to back pain. In addition, becoming a mum presents a whole set of new stresses: post-birth exhaustion, lack of sleep, lifting heavy car-seats and breast-feeding posture to name a few.  Osteopathy can help resolve aches and pains, women commonly experience after giving birth, ensuring that those early years can be enjoyed to the fullest.

Janine Norris our new Associate Osteopath is particularly interested in women’s health and has experience treating pre and post-natal women. She is also knowledgeable in nutrition and promoting the benefits of diet, exercise and lifestyle in preparation for labour.

If you would like an informal chat or to book a consultation please do call or message 07908 415376and we will do what we can to help.

Hannah Ramsay
Principal Osteopath

Sports Massage

What Is A Sports Massage?

Sports Massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bones or cartilage and includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Sports Massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
The benefits of Sports Massage:
Sports Massage through manipulation of manipulation of soft tissue prior to and after exercise promotes physical, physiological, neurological and psychological changes that aid performance and particularly recovery. Some examples of the benefits are:

  • The release of muscle tension and pain
  • The removal of waste products such as acetic acid and carbon dioxide.
  • Reduced soreness from DOMS ( delayed onset muscle soreness) as a result of vigorous exercise.
  • And improved posture and flexibility.

How does Sports Massage differ from other massage?

Whilst other forms of massage have aims in common with Sports Massage (such as physical and mental relaxation) Sports Massage is specifically designed to assist active people in the sports or fitness activities. It works extremely well alongside Osteopathy treatment as a maintenance option.

For further details or to book a session with our Sports Masseuse, Harry Couchman please do call us: 07908415376