31 January 2018

Pilates for Low Back Pain





PILATES FOR LOW BACK PAIN WORKSHOP WITH CLAIRE CASON


SATURDAY 3 MARCH 2018, 1-2:15PM


Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide with up to 80% of adult’s experiencing low back pain during their lifetime. Most cases of low back pain are due to a multi-dimensional factors and very small percentage (1%) of patients will have serious pathology. While there is limited evidence to support individual risk factors as strong predictors of low back pain there is however evidence for the presence of muscle weakness and general deconditioning as one contributor. Subsequently exercise has been shown to be one of the most effective treatment approaches for low back pain.

Pilates aims to increase the strength and control of the muscles around the spine and the pelvis. This helps improve and restore everyday movements, as well as reducing the load on your joints. Practising Pilates regularly helps to promote balance and improve posture.  It also increases body awareness, which plays a pivotal role in the prevention of injury and rehabilitation in low back pain.

It is easy to perform Pilates exercises incorrectly. So, having a knowledgeable teacher who  ensures correct form and execution is very important. The aim of Physiotherapy-led Pilates classes is to provide education, focusing on rehabilitation, for the effective management of low back pain.
This Pilates workshop is open to anyone who wants an active approach to managing their low back pain.  No experience in Pilates is needed. We will incorporate a variety of standing and lying down strengthening, mobility and stretching exercises.



COST & BOOKING


This workshop costs £20. Book online, at reception or by calling us on 020 8789 3881. Alternatively, send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

10 August 2017

Restorative yoga for fertility.


To rest, relax and restore is essential in today’s society where stress levels are rising. To rest deeply is to experience absolute relaxation, where there is effortless stillness, quietness and peace. Restorative Yoga provides bespoke restorative postures, specific yoga based sequences, breath awareness practices and relaxation. 

Open to both men and women these yoga sessions are suitable for couples trying to conceive naturally or through IVF (providing you have been referred by your IVF consultant). 

The physical focus of the postures is to create space and ease and to optimize the blood flow to the muscles and connective tissues in the lower pelvis. 

On an emotional level, the benefits of restorative yoga and the haven of a safe, nurturing environment, can help both men and women cope with the stress associated with trying to conceive and to increase the ability to self nurture, deeply relax and accept where they are in the process. 

Our restorative fertility yoga sessions are in conjunction with fertility experts at Concept fertility. www.conceptfertility.co.uk

We offer1-2-1 or couples sessions check our website for details
 Yoga Mama Wellness

or call 0208 789 3881 for more details

09 August 2017

Gentle yoga for back pain.


A short gentle limbering sequence that is suitable for people with back pain and pregnant women.





Yoga Baba organic clothing for mini yogis.


We are delighted to introduce our Yoga Baba organic clothing range.

Yoga Baba is an independent organic clothing company for babies. In collaboration with a London artist and yogi, we have produced our own unique range of baby clothing. These garments feature illustrated prints that draw inspiration from yoga and nature.
All of our garments are made from super soft 100% organic cotton. This makes them perfect for wearing against delicate baby skin.
We believe it is important to support the planet for our babies’ future. For this reason, all of our products are fair trade and also come from sustainable sources.



21 May 2017

Cranial osteopathy and the treatment of colic


How cranial osteopathy can help soothe away your baby's colicky cries


by Liz Neale

Get a group of new parents together and it won't take long before they start talking about sleep. Or, more likely, the lack of it. The advice to 'sleep when your baby sleeps' is all well and good. However, if your little one likes to party all night, every night, you are soon functioning like a zombie if you can't catch up during the day. So when one of my friends suggested taking my four-week-old to a cranial osteopath to reduce her stress levels (and hopefully help us both rest), I was intrigued.

What is cranial osteopathy?


Cranial osteopathy encourages the release of tension and stresses in the body and the head that might have been caused by the birth. Osteopaths hold and observe the baby, carefully manipulating the body to encourage it to function as it should.

I wondered if it was some sort of 'baby whispering'. After all, if the osteopath was merely holding my baby, how could that be deemed treatment? But several mums recommended cranial osteopathy as a way of combating the dreaded colic. Those long evenings when baby cries and cries – and cries – before sleep eventually comes.

I visited osteopath David Isherwood at his practice in south west London for what he called a ‘Baby MOT’. He explained that newborn babies can be subject to enormous forces when they are born. Twisting and turning as they squeeze their way to the outside world can mean a lot of stress and pressure. This pressure falls particularly on baby's head.

How do cranial osteopaths work?


Cranial osteopaths look to recognise any effects caused by this and release that pressure. They pay special attention on the base of the skull, as nerves to the tongue and guts may become irritated. This, in turn, may effect suckling and cause nausea.

David said there may also be a build up of pressure around the Temporal bone which houses the hearing apparatus. As well as this, the Eustachian tubes may become compressed during delivery, especially by forceps. This may lead to blocked ears and infection.

David explained: "There is a fundamental subtle movement within all body tissues that cranial osteopaths are trained to feel. This is present throughout the connective tissues (which are fascia, ligaments, muscles and bones) of the whole body, including the head. Within the skull and spinal cord, the sensitive meninges express this movement as a shape change. If the body is subjected to strong compression or twisting forces, such as those experienced by the baby during birth, these connective tissues can become distorted and strained. As a result, the baby may feel uncomfortable. Osteopaths use their highly developed sense of palpation to feel these strains and to gently release them".

Cranial osteopathy treatment


David started by asking me questions about Catherine’s arrival to find out if I'd had a good pregnancy and a straightforward birth. Once he had all that information, he began the physical examination. The first thing he did was simply hold Catherine gently, feeling for that flexion and extension. He placed her on the couch and started with her feet, holding them gently and talking slowly, and quietly reassuring her all the time.

"I watch the face and body for any reaction" he said. "I then wait to feel for the rhythmic fascial pull. Is it symmetrical? Is it stronger on one side? Next I test for mobilisation and the angle of movement of the ankle joints and toes. I then do this with the knees and hips".

David continued working his way up Catherine’s body. He examined her ribs through her clothes before moving on to her spine. I was convinced she would keep wriggling and perhaps even start crying at the unfamiliar surroundings. However, to my surprise, she was relaxing and closing her eyes. Her arms were thrown up above her head, yet she clearly felt safe and secure enough to sleep.  David continued with the examination; moving along Catherine’s fingers, wrists, elbows and then to her shoulders and head.

Cranial osteopathy and colic


During delivery a newborn's head faces huge pressure. The soft bones of the skull overlap and bend as the baby is born. Over the first few days of life the head will gradually lose its moulded shape. However, that feeling of pressure sometimes remains. This pressure can lead to crying and screaming as the baby is uncomfortable. It can also mean that a a baby has difficulty feeding because of the stresses throughout the head, face and throat. As David explained his work, I realised this was something Catherine struggled with. She was quite a 'windy' feeder, gulping air as I fed her. She would also regurgitate milk between and after feeds.

David said: 'Many babies are mouth breathers. They struggle to drink and breathe through the nose, hence this gulping of air. Once these 'lumps' of air have descended below the stomach, they have a long way to go. Very often this will cause abdominal pain, as the air stretches the baby's sensitive small intestines on its journey.’

That certainly sounded familiar and I was grateful for tips on how to combat this. This included a nifty little trick to burp baby using a combination of leaning and stretching. As Catherine lay on the couch fast asleep, it was hard not to think David had performed some kind of magical 'witch doctor' spell.

After the treatment


I carefully picked her up and placed her back in the pram. Normally she would jolt awake, but she hardly stirred as I negotiated the uneven pavement outside. I wasn't sure what to expect that night. Catherine certainly didn't go to bed at 7pm without a fuss. However, her crying was less prolonged and, when she did settle, it took less time.

Perhaps, more importantly, I felt I had some peace of mind from the osteopathy treatment. I had had a straightforward delivery, but it had all been quite quick. In addition to this, Catherine had needed oxygen when she was first born. David's baby MOT provided reassurance that things were as they should be. Even as a first-time mum, I was doing things correctly.

Originally published in the Daily Mail Online on the 20 June 2011


More information and appointments


If you would like more information about cranial osteopathy, visit the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy website. For appointments with  our resident cranial osteopath Aude Lauriot Prevost, call us on 020 8789 3881.


17 May 2017

The Physical and Psychological Effects of Stress


The Physical and Psychological Effects of Stress

Free Stress Management Talk with Fiona Worthington and Dermot Burke


Thursday 29th June 7-8.30pm

Did you know that stress can affect us physically as well as psychologically? In modern life, stress is more common than you would perhaps think. For this reason, the Putney Clinic is holding a free stress management workshop on Thursday 29th June. The talk will be led by our resident Clinical Hypnotherapist, Fiona Worthington, and Physiotherapist, Dermot Burke. They will offer suggestions to ease the physical and psychological effects of stress. In addition to this, they will give practical advice on how you can take better care of yourself moving forward.


WHAT WE WILL COVER

During the talk, Fiona and Dermot will cover a broad spectrum of stress-related topics, amongst which are:

  • The physiological effects of stress and The Biopsychosocial Model.
  • How stress can influence pain and our behaviour.
  • The physiological effects of exercise and movement.
  • Studies linking exercise, cognitive control and stress/health.
  • An explanation of what internal and external stressors are.
  • What triggers your personal stress?
  • Simple exercise and movement tips.
  • To finish off, we will have a relaxing group hypnosis/ breathing session.
At the end of the workshop, there will be a brief question and answer session. You are welcome to put any doubts and questions to the experts.


BOOKINGS

The talk is open to the general public and is free. However, due to limited space, booking is essential. To reserve your place, you can book online, in person at reception or by calling us on 020 8789 3881. Similarly, you can also book your place by sending an email on info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


MEET THE SPEAKERS

Fiona Worthington (Cognitive Behavioural Coach & Clinical Hypnotherapist)

Fiona Worthington practises CBT and Hypnotherapy at The Putney Clinic. Having worked for nearly twenty years in investment banking, she is well aware of the pressure and stress of a demanding work environment. She is especially interested in helping clients work through anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain management, stress and self-confidence issues.

Fiona uses CBT and Hypnotherapy. Both of these techniques are about training the mind, and clients can go away and use them for themselves. Her friendly personality will put you at ease during your sessions. In essence, Fiona aims to equip you with the tools so that you can move forward in life.

Dermot Burke (Physiotherapist)

Dermot has a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Kings College London. He has extensive experience in treating performance-associated musculoskeletal injuries. In addition to this, Dermot has also been involved in high-level sports rehabilitation with a number of Gaelic football and soccer teams in both London and Dublin. Away from work, he enjoys keeping fit at the gym, and playing football and tag rugby.


14 April 2017

How to practise Yin Yoga



An introduction to Yin yoga with Bernie Clark. I personally need a yin yoga practice to balance my yang one.