09 March 2017

April Foam Roller Master Class



Foam Roller Master Class with Claire Cason


Thursday 6 April, 7 – 8:30pm


Are you looking to improve your stretch, balance and core muscle strength? Then why not try this Foam Roller Master Class with physiotherapist Claire Cason?

Foam rollers can be used in the gym, at home and in rehabilitation classes. In this class, you will learn how to make full use of foam roller, whether it is in the prevention of injuries, core stability training or even self-massage. Foam rolling is especially beneficial to athletes and cyclists involved in regular training and competition to enhance recovery and improve tissue condition.


Cost and booking

This foam roller master class costs £25. To reserve your place, book online or by calling the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 020 8789 3881.
 

About Claire Cason


Claire graduated from St Mary’s University with a degree in Sport Rehabilitation in 2011. Subsequently, in 2014, she completed her Master’s degree in Physiotherapy degree at the University of Southampton. Since completing her Master’s,  Claire has been working within the NHS in a variety of different settings. 

Claire has worked with various sports teams including London Welsh and London Scottish rugby clubs. In addition to this, she spent several months in the USA working with college athletes in South Dakota. She also worked as an exercise rehabilitation instructor for the Ministry of Defence. In this role, she worked closely with injured soldiers helping them to the front line.

Claire has a strong interest in acrobatic gymnastics. She has been involved with the sport for over 18 years, initially as a gymnast and now as a coach. As a result, Claire has an understanding and ongoing interest in the further stages of rehabilitation. With regard to her treatments, She tailors them to meet individual needs from an early stage. Thus ensuring a well-rounded approach to rehabilitation. Claire is also a qualified Pilates instructor.


April Yoga for Birth Preparation course

Yoga for Birth Preparation with Diane King

Next course starts Wednesday 5 April, 4:30pm
 

Diane’s Yoga for Birth Preparation classes are tailored for the final stages of pregnancy (from 32 weeks). This is a time in which expectant mothers most need to quieten the mind, let go of time pressures and constant doing. During this stage of pregnancy, women should be in a consciously relaxed state. This will allow them to connect not only with themselves, but also with their babies. It also allows women to discover their inner birthing wisdom.

Yoga for Birth Preparation course outline

Diane’s Yoga for Birth Preparation course runs over two weeks. It covering the following topics:

Week 1:
  • The natural physiology of birth.
  • What to expect at the different stages of the labour process.
  • Using breath as your anchor in labour.
  • Detailed breath techniques for the different stages of labour.

Week 2:
  • Managing fear.
  • Trusting your body and nurturing a sense of empowerment.
  • Creating a positive intention and guided relaxation.
  • Letting go of the intellect and connecting with intuition and instincts.

After the initial discussion, the session then becomes more focused on the body. We incorporate yoga postures that can help move the labour process along. We also aim to build an inner and outer strength, so as to support women along the course of labour. To finish, we end the class with a restorative relaxation. We fully support mums-to-be so they can let go and connect with their inner self and their babies.


Above all, the class aims to nurture a sense of community and sharing in the final stages of pregnancy. This support will benefit women as they approach childbirth and enter into motherhood.


Cost and booking

This 2-week course costs £45. You can book online or call The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 020 8789 3881.


Can acupuncture help morning sickness?

How can acupuncture help morning sickness?


Morning sickness is a very common ailment during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Health professionals prefer to call the condition “nausea and vomiting in pregnancy”. This is because it can affect women at any time of the day or night. Whereas some women may feel sick all day long. Traditional remedies include making modifications to diet, resting and even wearing loose-fitting clothes. However, in this post we pose the following question. Can acupuncture help morning sickness? And, if so, how?

What is morning sickness?

Nausea and vomiting are commonly experienced by women in early pregnancy. The prevalence rates are 50-80% for nausea, and 50% for vomiting and retching. The symptoms are most common in the first trimester, between 6 and 12 weeks. However, it can continue to 20 weeks. In approximately 20% of women, morning sickness may last even longer. If vomiting is persistent, it can lead to weight loss, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Ultimately, in severe cases, it may lead to hospitalisation.

What are the causes of morning sickness?

The symptoms of morning sickness are thought to be associated with rising levels of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) or oestrogens. Women experiencing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can suffer considerable physical and psychological effects. The symptoms can affect daily activities and relationships, and result in lost productivity.

The new set of guidelines published by the NHS says that ginger and acupuncture can play a useful role in treating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

Can acupuncture help morning sickness?

With regard to the use of acupuncture to treat morning sickness, the British Acupuncture Council offers the following guidance. “During the early stage of pregnancy, huge energetic changes are going on in the body. Acupuncture can help at that energetic level so that nausea subsides. Also vomiting, if there is any, and belching fades away. The sense of smell becomes manageable and energy and emotions return to balance. This enables the mum-to-be to enjoy her pregnancy. The treatment is entirely safe to the pregnancy and generally the sickness will clear up.

Appointments

If you are suffering from morning sickness, why not make an appointment with traditional Chinese acupuncturist Jas Kandola at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. To book an appointment, call 020 8789 3881 or visit the Putney Clinic's online booking system.

Acupuncture during IVF treatment

Acupuncture during IVF treatment. Recent studies have shown that it can increase chances of a successful pregnancy.

Acupuncture during IVF treatment

Western medicine has started to recognise the many benefits of using acupuncture during IVF treatment. There have been a variety of studies that review the implications of acupuncture and fertility. Indeed, recent reports have shown a 65 percent increase in pregnancy success rates when IVF is combined with acupuncture treatments. Those same studies have also shown that rates of live births nearly doubled in cases where acupuncture was used. This is in comparison to IVF patients who received no acupuncture or sham acupuncture.

Why is acupuncture during IVF treatment so effective?

At present, the reason why acupuncture can increase IVF pregnancy success rates is not fully understood. However, ultrasounds have shown that acupuncture can improve uterine blood flow. As a result, this may create a more hospitable environment for embryo implantation.

There is one thing that doctors and scientists appear to agree on. There is a consensus that acupuncture can, at the very least, have a calming effect on patients. The IVF process can be a very stressful time. Therefore, finding ways to relax can be crucial to overall wellness. This is especially important when you understand how stress hormones can inhibit fertility. For this reason, acupuncture can be a great relaxation technique to rely on.

Finally, it is important to remember that acupuncture is not a guarantee that your IVF cycle will work. However, it can be a natural way to improve your chances of success.

Appointments

If you are going through IVF treatment, make an appointment with our resident fertility acupuncturist Jas Kandola at the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. She will be happy to explain the benefits of acupuncture during IVF treatment. To book an appointment, visit our online booking system or call 020 8789 3881.

Acupuncture and your menstrual cycle

Acupuncture, an effective method of treating problems in the menstrual cycle




Do you experience bloating, mood swings, headaches, fatigue, or painful cramping before or during your period? These complaints are common during the menstrual cycle, but they are not “normal”.

What is a healthy menstrual cycle?

A healthy menstrual cycle is one that comes regularly, approximately every 26-30 days. There should be no premenstrual discomfort (both physically or emotionally). Neither should there be any pain. Flow should be moderate, needing to change a pad or tampon every 3-4 hours. There should be no clots or spotting over a consistent period of 4 to 5 days. The colour should be a medium red colour, not too dark. Lastly, your period should also end concisely, with no lingering spotting beyond the fifth or sixth day.

How can acupuncture help restore a healthy menstrual cycle?

Girls are typically not well educated about their menstrual cycles. Very often, they will grow up thinking that it is normal to be irritable or in pain or discomfort during that time of the month. Menstrual disorders occur when the body’s hormones become imbalanced. Acupuncture can help restore the balance among the hormones by enhancing the body’s flow of energy. As a result, this will relieve menstrual symptoms. Ancient theorists believe that if the energy flow is correct, then any menstrual disorders are avoidable. Acupuncture has a long history in the management of irregular periods. It is a natural approach to encourage your body to re-establish regular periods, ovulation and to get your hormones back in balance.

Acupuncture at The Putney Clinic with Jas Kandola


Jas completed a degree in Acupuncture from The International College of Oriental Medicine. She has a special interest in fertility treatments and women’s health acupuncture. Jas also regularly treats patients who suffer from stress, headaches, neck and back pain and other repetitive strain injuries. She also has ample experience treating patients with conditions such as asthma, arthritis, digestive problems, postural problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome.


Appointments

If you are suffering from an irregular menstrual cycle and would like to give acupuncture a try, call The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 020 8789 3881 to book an appointment with Jas. Alternatively, you can book appointments online using our online booking system.