COVID-19 Temporary change to the way we deliver our Osteopathy services.

Temporary Changes to Osteopathy Services due to Covid-19

We have made some changes to our booking system in response to the latest public health and government requirements to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  For a temporary period if you would like an appointment or advice, you will need to book a 10-minute phone consultation (triage) with an osteopath.  The triage conversation will determine if you should follow-up with a more in-depth video consultation or come to the clinic for treatment.  Triage phone consultations are free.  Please see our website for our updated COVID-19 policy.  We are limiting the numbers of people allowed in the clinic and leaving time gap between each appointment.  Frequently touched surfaces are being cleaned throughout the day.  

Cancellation Policy

During this uncertain time, fees are waived for late cancellations.  Our appointments are limited so please let us know as soon as you can if you cannot attend your phone/video or clinic appointment

Book online

If you can, please book this phone consultation online. This is the link for online booking http://www.healthinmotion.org.uk/book-a-treatment/).  There is no chanrge for this service.  You will receive valuable advice and sign-posting even if it does not result in a follow up appointment.

Telephone contact

We are experiencing staff shortages so we prefer contact by email or by direct booking through this online service.  

You may try to call us on 020 8991 5280.  Voice messages will be emailed to a practitioner immediately. We will get back to you as soon as we can within 24 hours of your email.  Email osteopath@healthinmotion.org.uk

Good Faith

These are unprecedented times, and the above policy is a huge departure from our normal practices. We will constantly keep this policy under review and rely on your understanding and constructive feedback to get this right so it works for everyone that needs our help.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Osteopathy and self-care for your immune system

Keep calm and boost your immune system.

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Coronavirus is novel and we don’t have the antibodies to fight it.  However, we would like to encourage calm and self care so that your immune system is prepared to fight the virus should you contract it. Based on the experience in China, where the disease is now past its peak, it is predicted that the majority of people who get this virus will suffer minor, transitory symptoms – 80% of infected people will recover without treatment.  So our best defense, is to do whatever we can to boost our immune system so that your body can defend itself should you become infected.

This post explains what osteopaths can do to help (while we are still able to see patients) and what you can do to help yourself.  We have also attached an exercise program, aimed to improve the mechanics of your immune system.

How can osteopathy help your immune system?

Osteopaths use of a number of techniques that can help to support your immune system. These techniques are targeted at improving the function of your respiratory system, lymphatic system and the thoracic region (neck, upper back, rib cage, diaphragm) of your body.

These systems are instrumental in motoring the immune system and reducing the impact on our health from viral or bacterial infection.

Another way osteopathy can help your immune system is through inducing relaxation.  Research has shown that manipulative treatments induce the production of relaxation molecules such as endocannabinoids.  Our patients always comment on how relaxed they feel as a result of treatment.  A 40 minute treatment can be a valuable oasis even for the severely stressed.

There is some research to suggest that osteopathy can reduce the mortality rate from complications associated with influenza, such a pneumonia.

We have also helped a great number of patients with chest and other pain following viral or bacterial chest infection.  There is more detail of this in our article below.

Osteopathy treatment for chest pain following flu or cold

Self-care to boost your immune system

Here are the most effective ways to strengthen our immune system:

  • Follow a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Exercising regularly, which may be something simple as increasing the amount of walking you do.
  • Sleep at least 7-8 hours per night:
  • Manage stress – Stay calm and boost your immune system.
  • Quit or reduce smoking – this virus targets the respiratory system so quit smoking over the next few months, as long as it won’t cause undue stress for you and your family.
  • Reduce alcohol intake if it is currently moderate to high.
  • Pay attention to personal hygiene, especially hand washing, handling food, interacting with other people.
  • Manage weight and blood pressure over the immediate to longer term.
  • Try these exercises.  We have designed an exercise program (click link below). It aims to gently mobilise your thoracic region. This will help prepare your body to fight infection, by reducing any physical restrictions. Perform these daily and enjoy the calm they will induce. Stay Calm and boost your immune system. #coronakindness

Bibliography:

Knott EM, Tune JD, Stoll ST, Downey HF. Increased Lymphatic Flow in the Thoracic Duct During Manipulative Intervention. J Am Osteopath Assoc2005;105(10):447–456.

Seffinger MA, Rich J. Lymphatic Pump OMT Releases Cytokines Into Central Circulation. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2014;114(7):587–588.

Smith RK. One hundred thousand cases of influenza with a death rate of one-fortieth of that officially reported under conventional medical treatment. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1920;19:172-175.

Yao, S., Hassani, J., Gagne, M., George, G., Gilliar, W. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment as a Useful Adjunctive Tool for Pneumonia. J. Vis. Exp. (87), e50687, doi:10.3791/50687 (2014).

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – Osteopathy Services

In keeping with the latest Public Health England (PHE) advice regarding Coronavirus,  we are asking staff, visitors and patients not to visit the clinic or attend appointments if they have the following symptoms;

a high temperature and / or

a new, continuous cough

Since the clinic opened 5 years ago we have established procedures to prevent the spread of communicable infection. We have also introduced another tier of precautions since the coronavirus outbreak. We are following guidelines from Public Health England (PHE) regarding clinic and personal hygiene and our disinfecting procedures have been increased, as a further precaution.

As increasing numbers seek to limit their exposure to coronavirus by home working or reducing social contact, we are assessing daily how this will impact on demand for our services.  As a result, there may be a temporary change to clinic opening hours. Details of any changes will be posted on this website and our google business page here .

Additional Vigilance for COVID-19 infection control

Daily, there are increasing numbers of positive Coronavirus cases being reported in the UK.  We, the Health in Motion team,  would like to let you know that it remains safe to come to our clinic for treatments. Since the clinic opened 5 years ago, we have put in place procedures to prevent the spread of communicable infection.  We have introduced another tier of precautions.

We are following guidelines from Public Health England (PHE) regarding clinic and personal hygiene and our disinfecting procedures have been increased, as a further precaution.  Also we are routinely screening both staff and patients, so please don’t be surprised if we ask you about your recent travel or contact with people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

With our increased vigilance and your help, we are doing everything to keep the clinic virus free. In the unfortunate event the clinic has been exposed to the virus we will work hard to minimise disruption to our service as we follow deep clean and appropriate quarantine protocol as outlined by Public Health England.

If you have an appointment with us and you are unsure if you may be at risk of being infected, please call us for screening before coming to the clinic.

Initial screening questions asked at Health in Motion Osteopaths

1. Do you have any of the following symptoms (of any degree of severity) – shortness of breath; difficulty breathing; cough; high temperature/fever.
2. Have you travelled abroad over the last 14 days?
3. Have you been in contact with anyone who has a comfirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
4. Have you been in contact with anyone who has been required to be quantined in the last 14 days?

Winter Sale 2019 for Osteopathy Treatment

We launched our Winter gift voucher sale this week. Our treatment vouchers have proved to be a popular gift choice for many years and it is our pleasure to offer them to you at a reduced price.  You may gift these vouchers to loved ones, or to yourself.  Treatment fees will increase in 2020 to accommodate increased costs, therefore take advantage of this offer before it ends on 31/12/2019.

The details:

Sale ends 31/12/2019

Vouchers are valid from 1/01/2019 for 24 months.

Buy 1 to 3 vouchers and save £5 per voucher.

Buy 4 or 5 vouchers and save £7 per voucher.

Buy 6 or more vouchers and save £10 per voucher.

Choose from a selection of free gift envelopes.

Osteopathy availability over Christmas and New Year 2019

Health in Motion Osteopaths will have limited opening hours over the Christmas / New year period.  You may book with an alternative practitioner at our clinic if your regular osteopath is not available.  Any voice mails left are immediately sent to us by email.  We will respond as soon as is practical. You can also book your appointments online.

Monday 23rd Open 10:00 to 14:00 (Lola)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – CLOSED

Saturday 28th – Open 10:00 to 14:00 (Lola & Pareena)

Sunday 29th CLOSED

Monday 30th Open 10:00 to 14:00 (Eds)

Tuesday 31st Open 10:00 to 14:00 (Eds)

Wednesday 1st CLOSED

Thursday 2nd Open 10:00 to 14:00 (Eds)

Friday 3rd Open 10:00 to 16:00 (Eds)

Saturday 4th Open 08:00 to 14:00 (Eds)

Sunday – CLOSED

Monday 6th January – Back to normal service

Osteopathy in Ealing over Christmas and New Year 2019.

Osteopathy in Ealing over Christmas and New Year 2019

See below for opsteopathy clinic opening hours over Christmas and New Year 2019 in Ealing at Health in Motion Osteopaths.  We also have a gift voucher sale on until 31/12/2019 (details below).  See also our article regarding common injuries (what?) that occur over the Christmas period and how to avoid or cope.

Osteopathy availability over Christmas and New Year 2019

Health in Motion Osteopaths will have limited opening hours over the Christmas / New year period.  You may book with an alternative practitioner at our clinic if your regular osteopath is not available.  Any voice mails left are immediatley sent to us by email.  We will respond as soon as is practical. You can  also book your appointments online.

Monday 23rd Open 10:00 to 14:00 (Lola)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – CLOSED

Saturday 28th – Open 10:00 to 14:00 (Lola & Pareena)

Sunday 29th CLOSED

Monday 30th Open 10:00 to 14:00 (Eds)

Tuesday 31st Open 11:00 to 20:00 (Eds)

Wednesday 1st CLOSED

Thursday 2nd Open 10:00 to 14:00 (Eds)

Friday 3rd Open 11:00 to 17:00 (Eds)

Saturday 4th Open 10:00 to 14:00 (Eds)

Sunday – CLOSED

Monday 6th January – Back to normal service

Gift Voucher Sale for Osteopathy treatment and Deep Tissue Massage

We launched our Winter gift voucher sale this week. Our treatment vouchers have proved to be a popular gift choice for many years and it is our pleasure to offer them to you at reduced price.  You may gift these vouchers to loved ones, or to yourself.  Treatment fees will increase in 2020 to accommodate increased costs, therefore take advantage of this offer before it ends on 31/12/2019.

The details:

Sale ends 31/12/2019

Vouchers are valid from 1/01/2019 for 24 months.

Buy 1 to 3 vouchers and save £5 per voucher.

Buy 4 or 5 vouchers and save £7 per voucher.

Buy 6 or more vouchers and save £10 per voucher.

Choose from a selection of free gift envolopes.

Pain during pregnancy – Osteopathy help is at hand.

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Are you experiencing muscle or joint pain during pregnancy?

If you are pregnant and experiencing muscle or joint pain in your back, pelvis and or hip joints, then help is at hand.   If you have muscle or joint pain during your pregnancy, you may book an appointment at our clinic at any point during your pregnancy.    This post covers how we determine that your pain originates from the muscles and joints and how osteopathy can help you with these symptoms during pregnancy.  Pain for any other reason during pregnancy is not expected and may need further investigation.

Is it normal to have pain during pregnancy?

Generally, it is expected that you may experience some discomfort during pregnancy as your body adapts to accommodate your growing baby.  The back will be pulled into a different shape; the bladder will become compressed, lung capacity will be reduced in the latter stages, and finding a comfortable sleeping position will become increasingly difficult.  Ankles and wrists may swell; gradually movement will become more awkward until after the baby is born.  This is what is expected and each woman will experience different levels of discomfort.  Pain during pregnancy is not expected and should be investigated further.

Osteopathy examination of pain during pregnancy

If you visit Health in Motion Osteopaths due to back, pelvic or hip pain, we will do a quick examination to determine that whether or not we can help you.  If we cannot,  we will advise you where to go.  The following are questions we will ask you during your examination.

Do you feel ill?

Illness may cause any of the following symptoms; fever, headache, sore throat, abdominal or pelvic bloating and tenderness; diarrhea; vomiting; unusual vaginal discharge any other change in bowel and bladder habits.  If you are getting any of these symptoms, with or without pain, then you should consult with your GP (or out of hours service) in the first instance.  If you have direct access to your Midwife service, then you could speak to them in the first instance.   If you have any severe symptoms, you should make a judgement of whether your condition warrants the help of the emergency services.  Because you are pregnant – it may be best to be over cautious if in doubt.

Have you had a traumatic incident?

This could include anything from a low impact trauma to heavy impact trauma.  In the case of heavy impact (fall down the stairs; road traffic incident; fall on the back or your bump) – seek help from the emergency services.  Once you have been checked out and it is determined that mother and baby are fine, you make seek help from an osteopath for any resolved pain resulting from traumatic injury

Low impact injury may occur from repeatative activities such as  excessive walking, excessive standing, housework, even excessive sitting.  During pregnancy, a low impact activity may cause you more pain than you might expect.   If this is the case, then this would be a good time to visit the osteopath for help.

Has your pain come on gradually or unexpectedly?

If you had a history of back pain that has been dormant for a while, Pregnancy might cause a flareup.  Is is able possible that you have never experienced any muscle or joint pain prior to pregnancy and go on to suffer disproportionally during pregnancy.

Does your pain seem to be in your muscles and/or your joints?

If your answer is yes to one or both of the last two questions, osteopathy is likely to be able to help you.  During your first consultation, we will examine you to determint that nothing more serious is causing your pain.   Once we are certain that your pain us due to excess strain of the muscles and or joints, we will continue with effective and gentle treatment to enable your pregnancy to continue more comfortably.

Osteopathy targets the causes of pain during pregnancy.

There are 3 main changes in the body that might cause you to experience muscular or skeletal pain during pregnancy

  1. The Ligaments are softening with the release of the Relaxin hormone.  In some women, this alone will cause pain, sometimes very early on in the pregnancy.  Some women already have soft joints before pregnancy and the release of Relaxin may cause joints – especially in the pelvis – to become painful.  Pelvic pain for this reason might be referred to as Symphysis Pubis Disorder (SPD).
  2. The shape of the body is changing. The ligaments in the back, rib cage and pelvis are taking advantage of the relaxin which enables the body to stretch and change shape to accommodate the growing baby.  This also causes weakness in certain points in the body, which means repetitive use of the body to carry out normal daily activities can cause irritation where they may not have done during pregnancy.  For example, the back may ache after sitting at a desk, when before it did not.
  3. The baby is growing and fluid is expanding in the body.  This expansion in the body can cause compression of nerves ( as in sciatica) and blood vessels (as in carpal tunnel syndrome)

The usual sites of muscle and joint pain during pregnancy

Low back pain during pregnancy

is a very common site of skeletal pain in pregnancy.  The normal inward curve of the lower back becomes gradually more exaggerated, causing increased tension in muscles and stain in the ligaments.  The increased tension and strain can trigger painful spasm in the muscles of the lower back, also causing you to feel stiff, especially in the morning.  Read more about Low back pain.

Symphysis Pubis and Pelvic Girdle pain during pregnancy

Women with Symphysis Pubis Disorder or Pelvic Girdle pain (PGP) can experience anything from mild symptoms in the later stages of pregnancy, to severe pain and impaired function relatively early in the pregnancy.  The NHS website estimates that 1 in 5 pregnant women will suffer from PGP.   The NHS website recommends physical therapy, such as osteopathy for example, for pain management.  Depending on the severity of the symptoms and the extent of ligament laxity involved, we have been able to make many women more comfortable during pregnancy.

Hip pain during pregnancy

Read more from us about Hip Pain

Neck and Shoulder pain during pregnancy

Read more from us about neck pain,

Ribcage and Chest pain during pregnancy

Read more from us about Ribcage / chest pain

Wrist and Hand pain during pregnancy

Read more from us about Wrist and Hand Pain

Ankle, Foot and Leg pain during pregnancy

Read more from us about Ankle and Foot Pain

How Osteopathy helps to relieve muscle and joint pain during pregnancy

When you come for treatment at Health in Motion Osteopath, you will experince a range of manuel therapy techneques,  selected by us to maximise comfort for you and your developing baby.  At your first appointment, our questions and examination will confirm your pain is muscular or skeletal pain, and not of another cause.  We will discuss our treatment approach for you and start your treatment.  Our techniques are gentle and the comfort of the mother and baby is always our primary consideration.  We will also give you exercises to do, which are appropriate for your condition and your stage of pregnancy.

Benefits of the Osteopathic Treatments during pregnancy:

  • Gentle stretching and delicate movement of joints can be effective in relieving joint pain in the back, pelvis and hips.
  • Improving circulation and lymphatic drainage can help with painful wrists, ankles and legs.
  • Mobilisation techniques of the ribcage and upper back can help with diagphragm function and digestion (reduced heart burn).

Strategies to alleviate muscle and joint pain during pregnancy

If you a preparing to get pregnant, take action to gently strengthen and mobilise your body.  If you are already physically fit, just keep doing what you are doing.  If you are out of shape, commit to gentle regular exercise such as walking more during your commute to work; swimming;  or pilates.

During Pregnancy – continue gentle physical activity such as swimming, ante natal yoga, walking, pelvic floor exercises, breathing exercises.

Avoid strenuous activity such as lifting or moving heavy objects.  Your ligaments are vulnerable to over stretching and painful strain during pregnancy.

Sleep and sit on supportive furniture.  A soft mattress may not give you the support you need. Read more from us about mattress choices.

Related links

Osteopathy treatment for babies at Health in Motion Osteopaths

Osteopathy for Pregnancy and Post Natal care

Cranial Osteopathy

Osteopathy and ÖTILLÖ Swimrun

Osteopathy assisted Matt to complete the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun after knee surgery

About the  ÖTILLÖ Swimrun

It is a team-sport based on two persons travelling through nature and time, completely dependent of each other. The team alternates between running and swimming along a pre-marked course in nature; it can be between islands or between lakes. As a team you race within 10 metres of each other, you share the experience, the fun, the beauty and the suffering. Swimrun is emotion!

 

Example of hard work and dedication.
Very well done Matt and thanks for the feedback!

“I came to see Lola at Health in Motion 3 months before the ÖTILLÖ swim run event I was entered into. Having had a knee op last October I was particular concerned about being able to complete the event without pain and long term damage. I also live with extremely tight hams and calf muscles, so lots to fix.
Lola and the team listened to my needs and with a combination of treatment and exercise/rehab plans got me to the start line ready to compete. I was particularly impressed with how I was advised to go back to very light exercise and stretching initially, do not rush into the longer distance prep etc.
I cannot stress how amazing this pre and post activity routine improved my training.
The event was last Sunday and was a success. 29km of trail running and 9k of open water swimming around the Isles of Scilly. I feel fine now. This is down so much to the treatment and preparation plan prepared by Health in Motion. Thank you!!!”

Clinic Open days over the Christmas and New Year

At this time of year, our clinic gets amazingly busy with people seeking treatment while they have a few days off work.  Therefore I am taking the time, before things get too busy, to let you know the days the clinic will be open and closed over the Christmas and New Year period.  If you know anyone that can use our help during this time, please pass on the information.

Health in Motion Osteopaths Open days over Christmas

Saturday 22nd December – Open (Lola, Eds, Emanuele)

Monday 24th December – CLOSED

Tuesday 25th December – CLOSED

Wednesday 26th December – CLOSED

Thursday 27th December – Open (Eds, Emanuele)

Friday 28th December – Open (Eds)

Saturday 29th December – Open (Eds, Emanuele)

Monday 31st December – Open (Eds)

Tuesday 1st January – CLOSED

Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th January – Open (Lola, Eds)

 

We have an out of hours service that will take calls and book appointments while we are closed or unable to pick up the phone.  Any voice messages  are immediately emailed to us so we can respond to them as soon as is practical. Call the usual phone number for our out of hours answering service 020 8991 5280.  You may also book appointments online here.

 

Other News

If you are interested in buying gift voucher for friends and family, please see details of our current special offers here.

Please continue to support Health in Motion Osteopaths by referring us to people you know can use our help.  Patient referral works well for us and we are eternally grateful for those of you who do this.  You can engaging with us (if that’s your thing) on social media regarding updates, special offers and events.

Twitter @health_n_motion

Instagram @health_n_motion

Facebook @himosteo

Osteopathy Winter Gift Voucher Sale 2018 in Pitshanger, Ealing

Health in Motion Gift Voucher Sales 2018

Osteopathy Gift Voucher Sale 2018
Health in Motion Osteopaths Gift Voucher Sale 2018

Osteopathy Gift Voucher Sale starts 1st November 2018

Sales price vouchers may be redeemed from the 1st January and are valid for a further 12 months.  Chose from our selection of gift packaging for your vouchers, free of charge.

1 voucher  – originally £63 each, reduced to £60

2 vouchers – originally £63 each, reduced to £58 each

3 plus vouchers – originally £63 each, reduced to £53 each

The sale will be on until 20th December or until all the allocated number of vouchers are sold, which ever comes first.

To reserve your order of gift vouchers please use the contact form, call us on 020 8991 5280 or pop into the clinic at any time up to and including 20th December 2018.

Late night shopping every Wednesday

Did you know that ordinarily, the clinic is open most evenings until 8pm.  This gives our patients and visitors the ideal opportunity to purchase products and gift vouchers from our shop.  Our gift vouchers are a great gift for Christmas and other occasions.  Health in Motion Osteopathy Gift Vouchers make the ideal present for people who value experience over products.  Your giftee will have the choice of one of the following consultations;

Osteopathy – ideal for those who need analysis and treatment for physical complaints such as sciatica, knee pain, etc;

Sports Therapy – ideal for those aiming to achieve greater physical performance;

Deep Tissue Manipulation for those who carry a chronic tension in their muscles.

There is no need to decide on the treatment type when you buy.