Simon has undertaken postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Osteopathy relating to pregnancy. This, combined with his training at the Pregnant Mother's Clinic within the British School of Osteopathy, leaves him well equiped to deal with those troublesome complaints associated with pregnancy in general.
Osteopathic treatment offers a wonderfully gentle way of helping the body adapt to the changes which are taking place during pregnancy, helping to relieve aches and pains as the mother's body tries to accommodate the growing baby.
Osteopathic treatment can help to relieve the symptoms associated with low back pain, hip and pelvic pain, sacro-iliac pain, neck and shoulder pain, heartburn, indigestion, SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction), post-natal coccyx pain, to name just a few.
Osteopaths may also advise on posture and show some self-help techniques for the mother and her partner to do during labour.
The mother is usually advised to return from between 4-6 weeks after birth for a post-natal check-up to restore pelvic, bladder and joint function.
Sports activities are a regular way of life for many of us now, and involve people from across all age groups from those who have an avid interest to those who just wish to keep fit; from the elite professional to the casual participant.
Many of the injuries are the result of overuse i.e. playing too hard and too often e.g. tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and biceps tendonitis, or from not warming up properly beforehand or from not warming down after exercise.
Sometimes incorrect equipment can lead to injuries - ill-fitting footwear can cause hip, knee and foot injuries (e.g. Achilles tendonitis).
Reduced joint flexibility will affect the degree of performance and may result in injury if the player is unaware that they cannot perform to the same level as they used to, for example golfers who cannot turn at the waist as they used to, and the enthusiastic older footballer whose knees do not bend as well as they once did.
Young people especially are vulnerable in sport as their growing bodies are often expected to perform to high standards and are putting exceptional physical demands on themselves.
The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those who are fit tend to recover more quickly and easily from their injuries.
As an additional service we can now offer immediate referrals for Ultra-sound scanning of soft tissue injuries. We have found this very useful in the diagnosis of tendon injuries, ligament injuries and rotator cuff tears.
An osteopath can help improve performance as well as treat the injuries being suffered.
By using their knowledge of diagnosis and highly developed palpatory skills they can help to restore structural balance, improve joint mobility and reduce adhesions and soft tissue restrictions so that ease of movement is restored and performance enhanced.
For those of you wishing to keep fit, the osteopath can help you keep supple and improve muscle tone so reducing the risk of injury to soft tissues unaccustomed to the extra work they are being asked to do.
Advice on diet and exercise which will help you with your specific sport may also be offered.