Osteopathy and Specialist Physiotherapy
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
View a video of cranial treatment in babies.
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.
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.
"Silver Fern Family Osteopaths"
65 High Street,
Elizabeth Alexander Physio & Pilates
Would you like to improve your posture, balance, spinal mobility, fitness, core strength and much more under the watchful eye of a highly experienced Physiotherapist?
Our classes are great way to bond with your baby whilst giving your body some well needed attention.
Wednesdays at 1130am - St Andrews Church,
Mondays at 1130am – New Cofton Village Hall
Our EAPP Pilatebaby classes are suitable for mothers with babies 8 weeks old until on the move. Learn and practice specific exercises taught by a highly experienced Women’s Health Physiotherapist to regain your core and pelvic floor strength, spinal mobility, posture and much more whilst also bonding with your baby. Social time after the class to meet other mums and babies.
The Pilatebaby class will focus on:
- Improving your pelvic floor, core and whole-body strength.
- Improving your rib control, flexibility and thus and breathing pattern.
- Increasing your fitness levels to return to sport and running.
- Enhance your postural awareness & strengthen your mind–body connection.
- Focus sessions and discussions with other mothers during social time.
Contact: Elizabeth Alexander
Phone: 07850 604 425
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
Laura May Pysio
What is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist?
I have a specialist interest and a wealth of experience in treating women and men with pelvic health complaints.
Here are a few reasons how I could help:
Pelvic floor dysfunction - This can be a weak pelvic floor or an overactive pelvic floor.
Recent or longstanding PGP (pelvic girdle pain, formally known as SPD)
Overactive bladder symptoms/Bladder pain.
Dyspareunia (painful sex)
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP)
Diastasis of recti (separation of tummy muscles)
Pelvic floor symptoms related to the menopause
Caesarean section scar tissue problems
Post Radical Prostatectomy symptoms
Urinary incontinence - leaking urine with coughing/laughing/sneezing/running or leaking on the way to the toilet.
Bowel problems such as flatal or faecal incontinence
A Mummy MOT - your personal guide to a safe and effective post-natal recovery. Including guidance on finding a level of fitness to suit you.
A lot of these problems are very common, however, they are often not talked about and they do not have to be your normal.
Please do not continue to suffer in silence, get in touch to discuss an appointment.