Osteopathy for you
Osteopathy works to restore the structure and function of the body to a state of balance and harmony, so helping the whole person. It helps to relieve stresses and strains accumulated over a number of years or a recent trauma. Gentle osteopathic techniques are very effective and perfectly safe postnatally.
Osteopathic Treatment for Babies
It is commonly thought that babies and children should not have structural stresses or strains because they are so young. However, the birth of a baby is one of the most stressful events on their bodies due to the enormous forces from the uterus and the natural resistance of the birth canal causing the baby to twist and turn to squeeze through the bony pelvis.
A baby’s head moulds and changes shape in response to the demands of labour and depending on the position of the baby will determine how much twisting and turning is needed and where the moulding and shape changes occur. These distortions in the head are usually released naturally afterwards by deep breaths, yawning, crying and sucking.
If birth stresses remain unresolved then a baby has to adapt and compensate to accommodate these as they grow which may cause the baby to be physically uncomfortable and possibly unhappy. They may accommodate these stresses and strains and develop in an asymmetrical way. Unresolved or retained stresses and strains from birth and how the body accommodates and adapts to them are commonly the underlying cause of many problems in childhood and later in adulthood.
Some common signs of retained moulding
o Crying, irritable baby
o Feeding difficulties
o Infantile colic
o Infant gut irritability, fast transit
o Sleep disturbances
o Head scratching or banging
o Head shape changes
o Recurrent infections – ear, chest
o Sinus and dental problems
o Behavioural problems and learning difficulties
o Headaches, aches and pains
Text courtesy of Rochelle Morfill, Silver Fern Family Osteopath
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Physiotherapy aims to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy).
Physiotherapy for babies aims to help them learn normal movement patterns and work towards their physical milestones where there are concerns that they are not achieving this independently. Paediatric Physiotherapists are highly experienced in normal development and helping babies to achieve normal movement through play. On meeting your child, your Physiotherapist will complete an assessment looking at the way that your baby moves, and give you advice about what you can do with your baby at home to help them make progress with their physical skills. Physiotherapy for your baby is most successful when it is incorporated into their normal play activities and cares, and your Physiotherapist will help you learn how you can do this.
Paediatric Physiotherapists can help with:
Neurological impairments such as Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida
Musculoskeletal difficulties such as Tallipes and Tortocollis
Respiratory conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis
Generalised movement difficulties
Physiotherapy is available to babies and children on the NHS, and you can usually be referred via your GP, health visitor or hospital consultant. Paediatric Physiotherapists are also available privately, and can work alongside your child’s NHS therapist.
All Physiotherapists are legally required to register with the Health Care Professions Council ensuring that they meet standards of care and have had the necessary training to assess and treat your child.
Text courtesy of Sam Powles at Powles Paeds Physio - listing below.
Silver Fern Family Osteopath
Cranial Osteopathy is a treatment approach which uses very gentle techniques to work with the body’s own natural mechanism for releasing and re-balancing tension, stresses and strains in the joints of the skull and throughout the body. The Osteopath uses a highly developed sense of touch to feel subtle changes of tension and tissue quality in the living anatomy of the whole body, and to diagnose areas of strain or dysfunction. Cranial osteopathy is a gentle, safe and effective approach to treatment of a wide range of problems in the whole body.
Crying, irritable baby - All babies cry to some extent. However some cry more than others and this may be due to the retained moulding causing the baby’s head to be uncomfortable. Other signs are restlessness and being fractious, being jumpy especially to too loud noises and taking a long time to settle to sleep. They are typically more settled and calm being upright and carried than lying down as the extra pressure on their heads aggravates the pressure already there.
Behavioural Problems - The behaviour of a fractious, poor sleeping baby in need of constant movement or change of position changes as the child grows. These children are much happier once they are able to move around and often crawl or walk early. This restlessness may lead to constant fidgeting, difficulty sitting still and concentrating for any length of time. The child can have a tendency to flit from one thing to another like a butterfly and this can become habit. Severe compression of the skull can modify the normal patterns of learning in the brain.
Home visits to mum and baby in the first month now available.
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Rochelle Morfill BSc (Hons) Osteopathy. Previously a children's nurse from 1999 to 2007, Rochelle studied the 5 yrs degree course at Oxford Brookes University. She has continued her post graduate studies in cranial osteopathy and has recently commenced a Paediatric Osteopath Diploma. Rochelle is a member of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy.
Tel. 07545 850541/ 01386 304128 Email
Hopefully you feel great after your child is born, but you may find that the physical and mental demands of caring for your baby causes you aches and pains.
You may have had PGP / SPD that persists after your baby is born. This can happen if you have had a back injury or pain prior to pregnancy.
You may feel that you have not recovered from the birth itself, e.g. the pressure on your pelvis or the after effects of an epidural or forceps. These may leave you with general aches and tension. You may also have backache, sciatica, knee discomfort or you may simply feel not quite “right”.
Even if you are careful when lifting, bending and you manage to get adequate rest, you may still suffer from discomfort unless you are treated.
By the use of specific muscle relaxation and joint realignment techniques Osteopaths may help relieve pain, stiffness and tension, helping you to get back to normal again.
For Dads or other carers
Carrying a fractious baby around for hours, lifting car seats in and out of the car or sitting in an uncomfortable position so as not to wake the baby may cause discomfort for Dads and other Carers as well as for Mums.
Osteopathy may help iron out knotty muscles and spinal stiffness that lifting and sitting awkwardly can leave you with.
Physical tension and discomfort may be causing your baby to cry, making it difficult for them to relax and sleep. Tensions and discomfort may arise during your baby’s gestation and birth. Tension may also arise later due to illness, growth spurts or teething. Osteopaths think that physical tension may be the reason why some babies;
· cry a lot
· seem restless
· startle easily
· fight sleep
· dislike being changed
· have feeding difficulties
· prefer their heads turned to one side (which may lead to flattening of the back of the head)
Cranial Osteopathy can relieve physical tension and may resolve many of your baby's difficulties. It is a safe treatment for babies from birth onwards. It harnesses your baby’s own natural ability to recover - bringing relief from discomfort and helping them finally relax.
3 Offerton Barns Centre, Offerton Lane, Worcester. WR3 8SX
At County Osteopaths we treat children from birth to adulthood. Older children may benefit from Osteopathy - for sleep problems, general restlessness, teething pain, growing pains, aches and pains, sports injury, recurrent Ear/Nose/Throat or Chest infections.
Tel. 01905 454550
22 Whinfield Road,
Tamille Phillips BSc. (Hons), B. Ost
Cranial Osteopath for Babies in Worcester
Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle, safe and effective treatment involving light finger pressures to the head, pelvis and body.
Treatment aims to reduce the moulding of the baby's head caused by the physical trauma of birth. Retained moulding and the associated tensions and strains within the baby's skull and body can feel uncomfortable. Babies show signs of this discomfort by crying, being unsettled or fractious for prolonged periods.
Babies may benefit from Cranial Osteopathy if they:
· Had a difficult birth
· Needed a caesarean section, forceps or ventouse delivery
· Sustained a very fast or long labour
· Have signs of colic, digestive discomfort or wind
· Cry for prolonged periods
· Appear persistently fractious or unsettled
· Have difficulty falling or staying asleep
· Struggle to breastfeed or bottle feed
· Prefer to turn their head to one side
Why choose me to help?
I am a Highly Experienced Cranial Osteopath with Expert Knowledge and a Unique Insight…
I’ve been a Cranial Osteopath, specialising in treating babies for over 10 years.
After qualifying from the British School of Osteopathy in London I attended a series of Sutherland Cranial College post-graduate cranial courses.
…And I've also been a mum whose baby needs help too!
I am a busy mum of two boys who both benefited from cranial osteopathic treatment after their births. So I know what it feels like to be a parent whose baby needs help.
Thankfully, I also know the relief of having my children treated and have seen the benefits first hand. Many parents, myself included, believe that providing prompt cranial osteopathic treatment is probably one of the best gifts we can give our babies.
As one of my little patients’ parents told me, "it was the best money I ever spent"!
I have a cosy, home-based Cranial Osteopathic clinic in a very convenient location, (just 7 minutes drive up Ombersley road from Worcester City Centre), in Claines, North Worcester.
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Just a thank you for our cranial sessions. Alex is so much more settled and feeds and sleeps without all the painful struggling. In general, he is so much happier and as a result, so is mum!
Andrea and Alex
Tel: 07712 936883
Pink Zebra Physiotherapy and Acupuncture
Pregnancy, delivery and motherhood place a lot of demands on your body. The changes that occur to your joints and muscles during pregnancy and any associated birth trauma (vaginal or C-section birth) can lead to longer term issues such as:
Muscle and joint pain
Ongoing weakness/reduced function of the abdominal muscles
Problems with continence, bladder and bowel function
Pelvic and perineal pain
In the postnatal period it can be difficult to prioritise your own health, or you may be unsure about how to start exercising again.
Please contact me at Pink Zebra Physiotherapy and Acupuncture Clinic to arrange a specific assessment and treatment options. You are welcome to bring any babies with you to your appointment.
I have been a physiotherapist for nearly 10 years and over that time I have developed a special interest in the areas of acupuncture and women’s health. I am a Mum to two young children and until recently worked for the NHS at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
I want to take the time to listen to your needs and work with you on a journey to recovery. Be a better you!
I am based at the Millhouse Clinics, The Mill, Radford Road, Alvechurch B48 7LD
Tel: 07432 233 259
Specialist Antenatal, Postnatal and Women’s Health Physiotherapy
I have over 14 years specialist experience in Musculoskeletal and Women’s Health Physiotherapy and I have worked in a variety of settings in the NHS and in private practice. I have my BSc (HONS) Physiotherapy and an MSc in Rehabilitation Studies (Physiotherapy in Women’s Health).
I am dedicated to providing a high standard of individualised care.
I can provide specialist postnatal assessment and treatment for low back pain and pelvic girdle pain and other musculoskeletal conditions.
I can provide a ‘Mummy MOT’ which is a specialist postnatal physiotherapy assessment of your back, pelvis, posture, breathing and pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. I can then provide you with a personalised exercise programme to help you reach your exercise and fitness goals. I can also provide specialist postnatal massages. Gift vouchers for the Mummy MOT and Postnatal massages are also available if you would like to purchase one for your friend or loved one.
I am very passionate about postnatal rehabilitation as our body’s change so much during pregnancy and we need to respect and help these changes recover in the right way to make sure we don’t have any longer term problems.
If you notice any leaking with exercise / lifting / coughing/ sneezing or pain or heaviness in the pelvic floor for example, getting these symptoms addressed by a specialist as soon as possible is best for optimal function. Also if you notice a gap in you tummy muscles or less muscle tone in your tummy, please do contact me and I can provide advice, exercises and manual therapy and mobilisation as necessary to address this.
I can provide exercise programmes to maintain a good strong function and tone in the abdominals and pelvic floor muscles. These will all be individualised and personal to your needs and goals.
I can also provide specialist visceral release to the abdomen and soft tissue work as needed.
Clinic Appointments in Cofton Hackett and Home visits available.
Leila on: 07813080223
Powles Paediatric Physiotherapy Ltd
At Powles Paediatric Physiotherapy Ltd all clinicians are registered with the Health Care Professions council (Reg No. PH81893) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and with the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists. Clinicians are also DBS checked (formally CRB)
We have the skills to be able to assess and treat a variety of conditions including:
Developmental Concerns relating to physical skills
Orthopaedic and musculoskeletal concerns
Generalised Physical Difficulties such as poor balance
Pre and post SDR therapy
Assessment and treatment is available within the comfort and familiarity of your child’s home, and sessions can also take place within schools and nurseries. Appointments can be made at a time to suit you and we offer the flexibility to see your child on a weekend, weekday or evening depending on availability.
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Pregnancy & child birth can create all sorts of challenges for your body. Back pain or pelvic girdle pain can develop during or after your pregnancy. Here at Select Physio we run specialist clinics led by Chartered Physiotherapist Kat Holendova for all women’s health needs, including Mummy MOT appointments.
What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?
Pelvic Health physiotherapy is the treatment of all disorders affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor. From incontinence to prolapse, pelvic pain or constipation, there is growing evidence that physiotherapy can alleviate, and in many cases cure these symptoms. Pelvic health physiotherapy helps women through pregnancy, post-natal through menopause and beyond!
What is Mummy MOT?
The UK’s most comprehensive, post-natal assessment to ensure your body gets as much care and
attention as your baby does.
Did you know that after giving birth that 45% of all mums leak, 25% suffer with pelvic girdle pain and
36% have a tummy gap.
Who is it for?
A must for all mums who have given birth to help regain core strength & return to optimal fitness.
Suitable from 6 weeks after delivery.
We can also offer specialist paediatric appointment for children of any age, led by Chartered Physiotherapist Sam Powles. Sam has a wide breadth of experience and skills enabling her to assess and treat a variety of conditions including children with
- Neurological Impairments
- Developmental Concerns relating to physical skills
- Orthopaedic and musculoskeletal concerns
- Generalised Physical Difficulties such as poor balance
- Pre and post SDR therapy
Select Yoga and Pilates
We run physio-lead Yoga and Pilates classes suitable for anyone wishing to improve their core strength and flexibility.
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