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By osteopath, Feb 21 2017 07:20AM

Osteopathy can help during and after Pregnancy. Being pregnant is a unique and powerful life experience, during which your body undergoes immense physical, hormonal and emotional changes. The effects of hormonal softening of ligaments, the position of the growing baby, postural changes and increases in weight can put additional pressure on your joints and muscles of your spine and pelvis.

At London Osteopathic Care we are able to offer treatment during and after pregnancy to make this a more manageable and comfortable experience. Pregnancy will initiate numerous physical, hormonal and emotional changes over a relatively short period of time. Your body must adapt to carrying up to 9kg of baby, water (amniotic fluid) and placenta which can impose physical strain on all the organs and tissues...

Benefits of visiting London Osteopathic Care during and after pregnancy:

- Reduction of the aches and pains of pregnancy.

- Preparing for the demands of labour.

- Helping the mother to recover after birth.

- The common Aches & Pains during and after pregnancy

Aches and pains are common during pregnancy due to the considerable changes to posture to accommodate for the increasing size and weight of the uterus and baby. Any mother with an existing back problem, or a history of strains or imbalances in her body from past accidents or trauma, may find it difficult to accommodate to these changes, and she may suffer more discomfort as a result.

How Ligaments Are Affected During and After Pregnancy

Ligaments of the pelvis soften during pregnancy due to the action of hormones to allow the pelvic joints flexibility to separate slightly. This increases the size of the pelvic outlet and thus encourages the passage of the baby’s head and shoulders through the pelvis. Unfortunately, this softening affects the whole body and makes it more vulnerable to strain during the pregnancy.

Postural Changes

Postural changes and the weight of growing baby and breasts will cause your centre of gravity to move forward. This results in a progressively increased demand on the back and gluteal muscles to maintain an upright posture and keep the shoulders back. This may cause back ache, neck ache, shoulder ache, headaches, aching legs and undue fatigue. Osteopathic treatment can help the body adapt, and make the pregnancy much more comfortable.

Effects on Breathing

Breathing Difficulties due to postural changes to the body can impede the action of the diaphragm and make breathing difficult. Osteopathic treatment to improve function of the spine and rib cage will allow full use of available lung capacity.

How Treatment Can Help Prepare for Childbirth

Ensuring the mother’s pelvis is structurally balanced is an important preparation for childbirth. A history of coccyx, pelvic or sacrum bone trauma in the mother’s life can leave tension in muscles and ligaments and misalignment of the bones of the pelvis. This can limit the mobility of the pelvic joints (sacroiliac and symphisis pubis) as they move during labour, and thus limit the size of the pelvic outlet. London Osteopathic Care treatment is effective at releasing restrictions and tension within the pelvis which can help give the best chance of an easy and uncomplicated labour.

How Treatment Can Help After Childbirth

Caring for your new baby is a very physically and mentally demanding task. Your body has had to recover from the postural changes made during pregnancy but also the effects of delivery. Reaching over a cot, nursing in poor positions, lifting and carrying your baby on one hip can place enormous strain on the back and other parts of the body. Osteopathic treatment after childbirth is recommended to ensure that the mother returns to normal, physically and emotionally. This will allow her to relax and enjoy her new baby.

By osteopath, Jan 30 2017 11:27AM

Osteopaths are often generalised as practitioners who only treat back problems. However, we at London Osteopathic Care are trained professionals that specialise in the treatment of the entire musculoskeletal system including; the joints, muscles, and the spine resulting in a positive effect on the body’s nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems.

This might be new knowledge for you, so here are 7 reasons to visit London Osteopathic Care.

1. The office chair

As if working for 8 hours a day isn’t enough, office chairs remain one of the main causes of back pain in the UK. Being glued to your chair all day puts 40% more pressure on your spine than standing, and maintaining a healthy posture in your chair is highly unlikely while your mind is focused on deadlines.

While you are confined to a chair your back muscles weaken from not being used. Your joints become inactive while losing lubrication, and your muscles age faster.

By osteopath, Mar 8 2016 04:53PM

Interest; Geographic Stress (wifi/mobile phones/ipads) causing reduction in melatonin

Production of Melatonin; Pineal Gland

Function of the pineal gland; It produces melatonin, a serotonin derived hormone, which affects the modulation of sleep patterns in both seasonal and circadian rhythms. The pineal gland is the only midline brain structure that is unpaired. It is part of the epithalamus, and lies between the laterally positioned thalamic bodies and behind the habenular commissure. It is located in the quadrigeminal cistern near to the corpora quadrigemina. It is also located behind the third ventricle and is bathed in cerebrospinal fluid supplied through a small pineal recess of the third ventricle which projects into the stalk of the gland.

Eastern function of the pineal gland: Third eye; mystical traditions and esoteric schools have long known this area in the middle of the brain to be the connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds. Considered the most powerful and highest source of ethereal energy available to humans, the pineal gland has always been important in initiating supernatural powers. Development of psychic talents has been closely associated with this organ of higher vision. The third eye controls the various bio-rhythms of the body. It works in harmony with the hypothalamus gland which directs the body's thirst, hunger, sexual desire and the biological clock that determines our aging process. When it "awakens", one feels a pressure at the base of the brain

In the days before its function as a physical eye that could see beyond space-time was discovered, it was considered a mystery linked to superstition and mysticism. Today it is associated with the sixth chakra.

Blood Supply: Unlike most of the mammalian brain, the pineal gland is not isolated from the body by the blood–brain barrier system; it has profuse blood flow, second only to the kidney, supplied from the choroidal branches of the posterior cerebral artery.

Innervation: The pineal gland receives a sympathetic innervation from the superior cervical ganglion. A parasympathetic innervation from the pterygopalatine and otic ganglia is also present. Further, some nerve fibers penetrate into the pineal gland via the pineal stalk (central innervation). Also, neurons in the trigeminal ganglion innervate the gland with nerve fibers containing the neuropeptide PACAP.

Development: The human pineal gland grows in size until about 1–2 years of age, remaining stable thereafter, although its weight increases gradually from puberty onwards. The abundant melatonin levels in children are believed to inhibit sexual development, and pineal tumors have been linked with precocious puberty. When puberty arrives, melatonin production is reduced.

Treatment of the Pineal gland; Osteopathic Treatment – Cranial

Ways to Activate the Pineal Gland:

1. Get Out and Into the Sun - Sun exposure enhances the function of the pineal gland and stimulates the mind. Any type of light exposure, either directly or indirectly, will activate the pineal gland. Thus prompting it to produce serotonin (the neurotransmitter responsible for mood and energy levels). This is why it’s crucial to avoid light after the sun goes down, because you need your pineal gland to produce melatonin and suppress serotonin. This means – no mobile, no TV, no iPad at least 30minutes before sleep. The lighting of these devices stimulates serotonin production, tricking your pineal gland into thinking its daytime, confusing your wake/sleep cycle.

2. Sleep in Complete Darkness - A dark environment ensures your pineal gland produces enough melatonin to ensure good, restful sleep.

3. Sun Gazing - Sun gazing is perhaps one of the most controversial exercises you can do to activate the pineal gland. Here’s the basics of the practice: within the first 15 minutes of sunlight at the beginning of the day and then the final 15 minutes of sunlight at the end of the day, you gaze into the sun for a couple of seconds, but only a couple of seconds. So if you’re on holiday looking at the horizon – take a few seconds to enjoy it! Simply getting out in the sun and having your eyes exposed to light indirectly can help stimulate the pineal gland without having to stare directly.

4. Meditation - The pineal gland responds to the bioelectric signals of light and dark, and meditation or breathing activates this bioelectric energy. With practice, you can learn to direct this energy to this highly-sensitive organ.

5. Mercury - Mercury is really bad for the pineal gland. It's poison. Don't let this get into your body. Mercury tooth fillings are pineal toxins. Have them removed. All medical

6. Eco light bulbs - if you accidently smash an eco bulb it may give out mercury vapour. Avoid at all costs breaking one indoors. Mercury can be removed from the body by the daily use of chlorella, wheatgrass and spirulina. Cilantro herb taken daily can help remove mercury from brain tissue.

7. Fluoride - in toothpastes and tap water. It's another heavy duty poison. It calcifies the pineal tissue and basically shuts the gland down. Enjoy the use of Brita water filter, a water filter or bottled water.

8. Organic foods - some fruits and vegetables that are not organic may be treated with pesticides, which are pineal toxins. Having a healthy organic shop with a high ratio of raw foods to support a pineal detox – will give it a kick start.

9. Other toxins - if something is toxic do not put it in your body.

10. Raw chocolate - Raw cacao is a pineal gland stimulant / detoxifier in high doses because of the high antioxidant content.

Modern Problems with the Pineal Gland: Calcification is by far the biggest problem for the pineal gland. Fluoride has the ability to accumulate and mostly in the pineal gland. This then leads to phosphate crystals that harden the pineal gland allowing to produce less melatonin, thus disturbing your wake-sleep cycle.

Research has shown that hardening of the pineal gland accelerates sexual development in children, particularly girls.

In addition to fluoride, halides like chlorine and bromine also accumulate and damage the pineal gland. Calcium supplements can also cause problems. Without enough vitamin D–64% of Americans are vitamin D deficient–calcium does not become bioavailable and calcifies human tissue, including the pineal gland.

Eliminating fluoride may be the best first step for reducing health concerns. Use fluoride-free toothpaste, avoid tap water, and drink filtered water. For the best filtered water, use a reverse osmosis water filter. Eat calcium-rich foods rather than taking calcium supplements if you can get plenty of vitamin D.

By osteopath, Aug 20 2013 10:12PM

Have a read:

" At the end of your tether with migraines? You must meet Kam Panesar at Adamina Spa Kensington. She is expertly trained in osteopathy to feel tension changes across your body and uses a combination of soft tissue techniques such as manipulation, stretching and gentle cranial osteopathy to relieve it. Her skills also help improve posture and she takes into account how the whole spine moves along with your pelvis, sacrum and cranial bones. Working her magic, she increases motion of the cranial bones which helps the blood flow and cerebrospinal fluid flow around the brain, banishing headaches. It isn’t just migraines she helps with, she can give her expert advice on stretching exercises, correct posture and seating positions and help with a whole number of problems, particularly lower back pain, plus, she will make you feel right at ease."

By osteopath, Jul 25 2013 07:55AM

The recent International Headache Congress (ICH) in 2013 has labelled migraine a "brain disorder" rather than a symptom that occurs due to pain sensitive structures of the brain. The label may seem harsh, but it is raring towards the truth in that there is a dysfunction occurring for the symptoms to occur.

The traditional pathology accepted by all healthcare providers has been the change in vascularity during a migraine. A migraine headache is typically bought on by vaso-constriction/dilation of the blood vessels.

As an osteopath we look at the whole body. Although most people with migraines have a genetic predisposition, the internal and external environment of the body can be controlled so the migraine stays at bay.

Recent research has proved that a migraine headache can occur due to a number of reasons:

Neurological: Heightened activity in an area of the brain causes the release of inflammatory mediators. This eventually causes irritation of the trigeminal nerve, which in turn can cause facial pain or pain behind/around the eye.

Migraines can also come on due to imbalance/dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system (involuntary system). The autonomic system is of two parts the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. The sympathetic is well known as “fight or flight system” or stress response is considered the accelerator of the autonomic system.

In a perfect world these two systems would work in tandem. However most often this fragile balance is tipped so the sympathetic system is left in a heightened state. This can contribute to chronic health conditions such a migraines (and chronic fatigue, heart disease, adrenal fatigue, behaviour changes, anxiety disorders, depression, addiction and much much more)

As an osteopath our concern is the neck and head is in good standing to reduce any mechanical congestion or compression. Osteopathic techniques will allow you to calm the sympathetic nervous system and to reach a balance between both sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic system. Thus reducing any possibility for predisposing factor leading towards a migraine.

What can you do?

Practice deep breathing exercise, mindfulness meditation, Qigong or other similar techniques to turn off the overstimulated sympathetic nervous system and enhance copper detox. This will also help decrease stress which will improve the health of the adrenal glands.

Vascular: This occurs when blood vessels contract and expand inappropriately, usually starting in the occipital lobe. More recent research indicates that the core dysfunction lies in the autonomic system and the dilation of blood vessels in the brain. Other factors like a drop in neurotransmitters (serotonin) are seen to be secondary in response to the autonomic system.

Osteopathic principles indicate concentrating our efforts on the use of the neck and mid-back so that the head is held appropriately on the neck and shoulders allowing for no congestion. Cranial osteopathy is used to make sure the cranium is allowed to contact and expand and thus leaving no level of congestion. The osteopath will tend to use a blend of structural, cranial and classical osteopathy to calm down the autonomic system.

Hormonal: A significant reduction or increase in neurotransmitter (serotonin) in the brain can lead to constriction or dilation of the blood vessels that then trigger a migraine. When this happens two mechanisms occur.

1) The change in serotonin triggers the trigeminal nerve to release neuropeptides; this causes dilation and inflammation of the blood vessels thus triggering a migraine.

2) Sluggish adrenal system (check adrenal exhaustion) are facilitated during changes of serotonin levels.

Osteopathic treatment involves the elimination of strains along the spine that may cause and or facilitated segments that cause neurological change to certain organs (i.e. adrenals), hence eliminating any congestion that maybe causing the adrenals to become more sluggish. Osteopathic technique would also involve balancing the autonomic nervous system and adrenal reflex.

What can you do?

Supplementation with amino acid therapy to restore balance to the neurotransmitters.

Nutrition: Migraines can be bought on by an increase in copper and a reduction in magnesium. Copper (Hypercupremia) in excess has a profound impact on neurotransmitters in the brain and the autonomic nervous system. Usually an increase in copper is due to a lack of zinc in the body. A diet that is high in copper and low in zinc, manganese and other minerals needed for homeostasis will allow accumulation to toxic levels of copper. Vegetarians are highly susceptible to copper toxicity, because a vegetarian diet is high in copper and low in zinc by nature.

Osteopathy will enhance the outlet points of elimination in the body, which include, the skin, liver, kidneys and colon. This will allow you to address your adrenal health that becomes fatigued after copper toxicity.

What can you do?

Reduce or avoid copper: Most foods contain some level copper, however the following list contain the high amounts of copper Shrimp, lobster, wheat, coffee, soybeans, cashews, garbanzos, avocados, leafy greens, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and organ meats like liver.

Eat more foods that are high in zinc; Beef, Buffalo, Lamb, Chicken, Venison, Eggs and Pumpkin seeds.

Use epsom salts baths to pull out heavy metal.

Adrenal exhaustion: In order for copper to function it must bind to two substances found and produced in the liver. Usually the adrenals signal the production of these substances. If the adrenals are not up to par they will send no message and therefore an accumulation of copper is found in the blood instead of being utilized in the body. Copper then stimulates the nervous system causing a migraine.

Adrenal exhaustion usually occurs after chronic over use. The adrenals usually produce adrenaline and noradrenaline in response to fight or flight situation. An increase of adrenaline in the blood causes the magnesium to be released into the plasma where it is excreted into through the urine. Thus causing depletion of magnesium.

Magnesium deficiency can cause fluctuation in neurotransmitters (serotonin) levels which usually rise. The increase in serotonin causes increase spasms of the blood vessels. Which reduces the blood and oxygen blood flow to the brain. Thus stimulating a migraine.

What can you do?

Eat more food with magnesium; dark leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds, fish , beans, bananas, dried fruit and dark chocolate

It is important to recognise if you are in acute or chronic adrenal drive, as it determines your nutrition for either an increase in magnesium or a reduction in copper. Otherwise one is always able to take magnesium and zinc supplements until the body can contain itself.

Osteopathy will allow you to take care of your body holistically taking all these elements into account. If you have any questions please email me or book an appointment!

Best wishes

K. Panesar

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