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!!!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Lola or Anjy would be delighted to provide this treatment for your deserving mother. Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle hands on treatment that seeks to restore the function of the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system powers healing and restorative processes in the body. These processes, such as the immune system, may become compromised by long term stress.
If your mum needs help preparing for her next marathon, tennis tournament or triathlon, a sports therapy session with Eds, Lola or Anjy will hit the spot. Your Mother may have a new or old injury that is interfering with her progress. She may just need some massage and manipulation to ease her hard working muscles and joints.
This is treatment based on the ancient tradition of Chinese Medicine. Teresa is registered with the British Acupuncture Council.
How do I get this wonderful, life affirming Mother’s day gift?
Gift presentation envelopes and gift boxes are supplied free of charge. A blank cards is also provided for you to write your heart felt message. Pop in the the shop to buy this wonderful gift for your mother.
Shoe insoles can be a cost effective way to help our patients improve the mechanics of their feet. This is true for those required to be on their feet all day; or take part in high impact sports / activities; or have a painful condition affecting their feet or ankles. Our patients often complain that off shelf or even bespoke insoles can be too bulky to fit in many of their shoes. Also bespoke shoe insoles (orthotics) prescribed and made by a podiatrist are often very expensive.
We have therefore sourced a full length shoe insole that is strong enough to give the required support, thin enough to fit in a variety of shoe types (from flat court shoes to boots) and will not make a huge financial dent.
The Slimflex green shoe insole sells at our shop for up to £20 and can be used “off the shelf” or customised for more complicated foot corrections. In most cases we have sold them “off the shelf” without further correction. We sometimes assess our patient’s gait and add a wedge to correctly tilt the feet (supination or pronation). In most cases we provide treatment and tailored exercises to minimize the need for further correction to the shoe insole.
If you need a shoe insole for sports shoes, we may need to source a firmer version depending on the sport and other factors.
Call for advice and a consultation if you believe you are in need of a shoe insole. You may also request a call back.
Product Features & Benefits:
Ideal initial introduction to orthotic therapy, perfect for first line treatment.
Perforated under layer to increase breathability and reduce the risk of hyperhydration.
High arch profile.
Hard wearing top cover.
Exceptional value for money.
Ideal to trial different postings at budget friendly prices.
Moulded EVA with a deep heel cup which allows greater foot control and correction when used with Podotech wedges.
Heat moulding possibilities which allows for off-loading implementation.
Antimicrobial cover to reduce odour and microbial colonisation.
Practitioner Usage tips:
Try using Slimflex Green with a 3.5 degree rear foot wedge.
Try using Slimflex Green with a kinetic wedge for a Hallux Limitus presentation.
Use a Slimflex Green orthotic with a Podotech 6mm heel component to treat achilles insertional tendonitis.
In recent years Flu and bacterial infection – such a Cold – seem to be more disruptive to our nation’s health and are getting increasingly difficult to shake. Once the severe stage of these illnesses have been allayed, many sufferers are experiencing debilitating chest pain – extending suffering further. During the “Flu season” our clinic has received a significant increase in the number of patient complaining of chest pain following a flu or cold – mainly during the recovery phase of these infections. Osteopathy has been beneficial in helping these patients.
Symptoms of Chest Pain following Flu or Cold
Our patients have reported acute pain at various locations in the chest wall. The chest wall is boarded by the collar bones, down to the start of the abdominal area. To each side are the ribs which extend from the spine at the back of to the breast bone at the front.
Due to the location – our patients, in these case, have been caused some distress as pain is easily aggravated by motion of the rib cage, the back and the shoulders. Normal inhalation and exhalation (breathing in and out) – which must continue is the main aggravating factor. Deep breathing, coughing or sneezing, causes increasing discomfort. Getting comfortable at night has also been reported to us as problematic.
How does Chest Pain Occur as a result of Flu or Cold?
Joint and muscle pain in the chest or spine caused by Viral Infection
Viruses may cause joint pain through a number of mechanisms that depend on various factors such as your gender, age, genetics, infectious history, and immune response. The joints of the ribcage include the costo-chondral joints with the breast bone at the front of the body, the costo-vertebral joints – where the ribs attach to the spine, and for the purpose of this specific complaint, we would also include the upper back section of the spine.
Viruses are able to initiate rheumatic symptoms through different mechanisms. The presence of the virus and its injury to tissue elicits the process of inflammation which can cause swelling, pain, heat and redness over the affected joint. This is referred to as reactive arthritis, which is self limiting and should resolve on its own. Depending on your immune system – this complication will last longer in some individuals compared to others.
Reactive arthiris is an autoimmune condition that develops due to an infection. It can affect people of all ages,including children. Research suggests you are more likely to develop this condition if you have a particular gene, HLA-B27.
Patients with pre-existing joint injury or dysfunction may notice an increase in symptoms after an infection due to a naturally occurring chemical called cytokines which helps to fight the infection. This causes inflammation in the joints and muscles which results in pain. If there is an area that is already weak due to local dysfunction, this area tends to be more probalmatic when suffering from an infection.
Chest Pain caused by repeated coughing or sneezing
The process of coughing or sneezing requires movement from the all components of the chest wall – the joints at the front and back of the ribcage, the spine, the muscles between the individual ribs and even muscles in the neck which assist in the elevation of the ribcage. There is a huge coordination of muscles and joints, triggered by a reflex to eliminate the irritants caused by infection. Given the lightning speed of the cough and sneeze – the huge coordination effort, and the fact that it is happening repeatedly while you are ill – this rapid action can cause repetitive strain to the soft tissues involved – i.e. muscles, ligaments, tendons, joint surfaces.
Some patients may have pre-existing joint or tissue dysfunction in the chest wall or spine, which they may or may not be aware of. Therefore they have sub-optimised mechanics for repeated coughing and sneezing and therefore at greater risk of this kind of injury. This is true of anyone who has a desk bound job or any other reason for a weak upper body posture.
Pain may also be felt in the upper back, lower back, neck and shoulders as a result of flu or cold.
Chest pain caused by Intercostal muscle spasm
Repeated use of the muscles in and around the ribcage can result in tightened fibres and spasm. As a consequence this causes irritation to the nerves positioned between the ribs (intercostal spaces). This repetitive motion of sneezing and/ or coughing requires the ribcage to work harder than usual. Also, muscles can become stiff during an enforced period of bed rest, thus increasing the risk of injury.
If you have intercostal muscle spasm, you may experience:
– Pain underneath or between the shoulder blades
– Pain that radiates around the side into the chest
– Pain that occurs when sneezing or coughing
– Pain in the upper thoracic (upper-mid back) or lower cervical regions (neck).
Central Chest Pain
Central chest pain is commonly referred to as costochondritis. This condition arises due to inflammation of the cartilage in the rib cage and usually affects the cartilage where the upper ribs attach on to the sternum (breastbone). Individuals suffering from this condition may experience mild symptoms which can cause the chest to feel tender to touch or some pain when pressure is applied on the chest cartilage. However, in some cases the symptoms may be severe and cause radiating pain down limbs and debilitating chest pain which can intefere with an individuals daily life. Patients with pain at the front of the chest wall will find working at a desk very painful.
Osteopathy Approach to chest pain following flu or cold
At the clinic we would first seek to establish the cause of the chest pain or any other pain felt to be caused as a result of the recent bout of flu or cold. Pain that is caused by the Rheumatoid or other bio-chemical affects of the cold /flu should be allowed to run their course. Pain killers such as paracetamol may be useful, consult with a pharmacist or GP if you are on other medication. We would advise that you remain hydrated to facilitate your recovery
Pain that is caused by mechanical dysfunction – as described the latter 3 sections above – can be treated at our clinic. Our techniques will help alleviate the symptoms of muscles spasm or joint pain caused by repetitive strain and / or prolonged bed rest.
We will also give you prescription of gentle exercises to help your recovery and advised on nutrition if necessary.
Call the clinic for advice or to book an appointment if you are suffering any pain following a bout of the flu or cold. You may also use our contact form and we will respond with a call or email within 48 hours of receipt. Appointments can also be booked online.
Anjy Chahal’s research into Trigger Point Headaches continues to inform her practice in this area. Her insights are shared in the post below.
Tension headache is the most common type of headache and is usually described as a pain that feels like a tight band round the head, or a weight on top of the head. Sufferers may also feel pain along the neck and shoulders which can last from 30 minutes to several days, or may re occur depending on the severity. The most common causes of tension headaches are muscular tension, associated postural fatigue and stress.
A migraine is usually a severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head, with other symptoms such as visual aura and nausea. Migraine tends to cause more disability than tension headaches. 1 in 10 people suffer from migraine headaches and associated symptoms. Migraine attacks can vary in occurrence and intensity, they can last from 4 up to 72 hours depending on the individual.
What are Trigger Points?
The term trigger point refers to a sensitive area in a muscle or fascia that becomes painful when direct pressure is placed upon it. This direct compression can cause local and referred pain. For example, when the muscle at the top of your shoulder has a trigger point it will refer pain up the side of your head and neck which can cause headaches or amplify an existing headache – as in a Migraine attack.
Trigger points are classified as either active or latent; an active trigger point is always tender and causes a clinical complaint, it initiates a local twitch response of the muscle fibres when stimulated with compression and prevents full lengthening of the muscle. Latent trigger points are pain-free neuromuscular lesions that are usually associated with muscle overuse.
Trigger Point Headaches
Trigger Point Headaches may be involved in both tension headaches and migraine. The mechanism is as follows.
Trigger points in the muscles at the base of the skull (suboccipital muscle group) are the most common cause of tension headaches. The suboccipital group work to keep your head balanced on top of your spine. Due to the constant use of this area, the muscles surrounding the head and neck overwork which then lead to the build up of muscular knots. Trigger points are usually a common feature in tension headaches.
When trigger points refer pain they can trigger a migraine attack in a person who has a history of Migraine headaches. Research shows that the longer the history of migraines, the more trigger points occur in the muscles and therefore the more frequent the attacks.
How can Osteopathy help Trigger Point Headaches?
Osteopathy can help by using various techniques such as mobilisation, stretching and trigger point release therapy in order to help relieve the muscles and surrounding tissues.
Trigger point release focuses on releasing the muscular tightness and shortening of the muscles via cycles of isolated pressure and release. Dry needle treatment (also known as medical acupuncture) can also be used to release trigger points. This intermittent pressure encourages the muscle fibers to release these trigger points by calming neuromuscular over stimulation.
Osteopathy treatment can almost always alleviate tension headaches. In Migraine, osteopathy may help to reduce the severity of attacks where trigger points are a feature of those headaches.
The clinic will be closed on the following days over the Christmas and New Year period. Same day appointments are usually available but it is advised to call ahead to book. To make advance or same day appointments call 02089915280. You may also book online here.
Daniel O’Shaunessy will be returning on Friday 1st December to hold another monthly clinic at Health in Motion Osteopaths. He is helping many people to get their health back on tract. His clients tend to come with objectives such as weight control, chronic illness management, metabolism improvement, and sports performance.
We have two more appointment left at 10:40 am and 11:40 am. This first consultation will take 1 hour and costs £98. If you are interested then please call 020 8991 5280 or book online here.
I came to see Lola at Health in Motion 3 months before the otillo 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!!!read more
Have used Health in Motion various times and they never fail to put me right. Eds Chester takes the time to really work out the root cause to prevent re-injury as well as dealing effectively with the initial pain. Highly recommend.read more