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Physiotherapy for a pain free pregnancy

Back pain during pregnancy is common and it’s no wonder. You’re gaining weight, you’re walking in a new way, and your hormones are relaxing the muscles and ligaments throughout your body. But you don’t have to grin and bear it.

While studies show that 50 to 70% of all pregnant woman suffer back pain, often, you can treat, or prevent back pain during pregnancy.

To help make your pregnancy as pleasant as possible and facilitate an easier delivery, back pain should always be addressed as quickly as possible and managed throughout your pregnancy.

As your baby grows, the centre of gravity of your body will shift, leading to more awkward movements, as well as potentially causing pressure on nerves and triggering lower back pain.

Other causes of pain may well be the increase in hormones relaxing the joints and loosening the ligaments, the additional weight of the baby that your back must support, together with poor posture and stress.

These will all find a weak point to exploit and that weak point will may be your lower back or pelvis, or shoulders and upper back.

Mobilisation of the joints, massage and stretches of tight muscles can be highly effective in helping reduce any aches and pains.

Undertaking an exercise and treatment programme, designed by a qualified physiotherapist, will help strengthen the back and abdomen, also highly effective in helping reduce any aches and pains. We focus on improving posture and alignment so that your body is in the optimum position to take any strain.

Of course no two women are the same. So, we’ll always be guided by what your body is telling you.

In that context, we’ll teach you how you can use your muscles to support your back and bump; how to exercise safely during pregnancy; and how you can change the way you do everyday things to avoid aggravating symptoms.

Here are a few tips for now…

• Avoid high heels and other shoes that do not provide adequate support

• Avoid sleeping on your back

• Squat to pick something up rather than bend

• Elevate your feet whenever possible

So you needn’t suffer during pregnancy. Through proven means we can reduce the frequency and intensity of any pain, safely and effectively. We can also help you in the postnatal period, with safe and gentle exercises to help the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles regain their tone, so they can return to supporting your spine effectively.

Call today to book an evaluation and hear how we can prepare the treatment schedule that will work best for you and for the safety of your baby.

Our Edgware clinic is easily accessible from Mill Hill or Stanmore.

The Green Clinic: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia – 020 8728 0625 www.edgwarephysio.com

Our Shenley clinic is easily accessible from Radlett, Borehamwood and Elstree.

The Gingerbread House: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia – 01923 852852 www.radlettphysio.co.uk

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Sports – perform better

As well as helping with sports injuries, we advise on injury prevention, and strength and conditioning.

Why is this important?

We helped a teenage channel swimmer recently with low back pain, not only to stretch where it mattered, but to improve her strength in the right way. She noted that not only did her pain go away, but also her swimming improved – she got faster and was less tired.

People often don’t realise the importance of strength, just emphasising ‘cardio’. I often treat people who are fit, but get injured because their muscles aren’t strong enough, from children to adults.

We helped some national level youth tennis players recently, who did strength training but overdid it! We helped them recover from their muscle strains, and build up strength more gradually.

People often think when their pain has gone away that they are fully recovered. We recently helped an adult hockey player and teenage rugby player with hamstring injuries. After resting and noting the pain had disappeared, they returned to sport, only to get injured again in the first game. We helped them recover from their muscle strains, and build up strength with a variety of exercises, from bodyweight to weights to plyometrics, so they could return to sport fully fit (and actually in better condition than before their injury).

Whether you are at primary or secondary school or adult, we can help.

Whether you play informally or play at club level or in a league, dance or play sport, we can help.

Don’t wait and let injuries drag on. Call us today for an appointment – we are open Sunday to Friday and usually have some availability most days.

Choose The Green Clinic

Edgware – 02087280625

Shenley / Radlett – 01923852852

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Can Physiotherapy help Headaches?

Yes it can!

At the assessment we would look at your posture, how well you move, and feel for any painful areas in the muscles or joints. Depending on what we find to be the likely cause of your headaches, we would then work to relieve any muscle tension, including trigger points or ‘knots’ in the muscles, work gently to loosen any stiff joints, and we may offer acupuncture for pain relief. In addition, we aim to prevent the problem returning, so would advise on posture at work and Pilates exercises to help strengthen the postural support muscles.

People who are hypermobile can be more prone to suffer headaches, as well as school or university students who are studying for exams, people who work at a computer for many hours, or those who drive for a living.

We believe prevention is better than cure, so as well as providing advice and preventative exercises, we would discuss how best to support you while our exercises take effect, to reduce your symptoms as much as possible. This may include some further treatment sessions of massage or acupuncture or Pilates, and with our extended opening hours, we always aim to fit into your busy schedule.

Our Edgware clinic is easily accessible from Mill Hill or Stanmore.

The Green Clinic: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia
020 8728 0625 www.edgwarephysio.com

Our Shenley clinic is easily accessible from Radlett, Borehamwood and Elstree.

The Gingerbread House: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia
01923 852852 www.radlettphysio.co.uk

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Joint Hypermobility – Common Clues

Delighted to see an article in The British Medical Journal

http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c7167.full

Common clues suggesting joint hypermobility syndrome:

In children and adolescents
Congenital dislocation of the hip

Late walking, with bottom shuffling instead of crawling

Recurrent ankle sprains

Poor ball catching and handwriting skills

Tiring easily compared with peers

So called growing pains or chronic widespread pain

Joint dislocations

In adults
Non-inflammatory joint or spinal pain

Joint dislocations

Multiple soft tissue (including sporting) injuries

Increase in pain or progressive intensification of pain that is largely unresponsive to analgesics

Progressive loss of mobility owing to pain, or pain avoidance through movement avoidance

Premature osteoarthritis

Autonomic dysfunction, such as orthostatic intolerance (dizziness or faintness) or postural tachycardia syndrome (in this form of dysautonomia, in 60° upright tilt the blood pressure remains constant while the pulse rate rises by a minimum of 30 beats/min)

Functional gastrointestinal disorders (sluggish bowel, bloating, rectal evacuatory dysfunction)

Laxity in other supporting tissues—for example, hernias, varicose veins, or uterine or rectal prolapse

We have years of experience in treating children and adults with hypermobility.

Our Edgware clinic is easily accessible from Mill Hill or Stanmore.

The Green Clinic: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia
020 8728 0625 www.edgwarephysio.com

Our Shenley clinic is easily accessible from Radlett, Borehamwood and Elstree.

The Gingerbread House: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia
01923 852852 www.radlettphysio.co.uk