Osteopathy at special prices via our pay-it forward scheme

You can obtain osteopathy vouchers at special prices via our pay-it forward scheme

Closure of the clinic due to COVID-19 has taken its toll on our cash flow yet we need to make expensive purchases to become operational again. Furthermore, we will have to run at reduced capacity to ensure enhanced infection control and social distancing within the waiting area. Therefore, we have come up with this amazing win-win scheme to provide cash flow for our clinic to fund all necessary modifications.

Support our pay-it forward scheme and obtain osteopathy vouchers at special prices as detailed below:

£67 now £60 Face-to-face osteopathy voucher
£35 now £30 – Tele-osteopathy via video call voucher
£100 now £80 – Face-to-face and video tele-osteopathy combo voucher

These vouchers have no expiry date and can be gifted to family and friends. Those who participate in the scheme will have the vouchers credited to their clinic account (for convenience and infection control purposes). An account statement will be sent as confirmation.

I would like to repeat my thanks to those who have already supported this scheme. We have almost reached the first £1000 milestone of this funding project. Our target is £6000 by 28th May 2020 when the scheme ends.

Here are some ideas if you are interested in supporting our clinic in anyway.

1. Read our pay-it forward story and share it via facebook / social media. Also leave a review on our Facebook page. You could also share this email with contacts that may be interested.

2. Visit our pay-it forward crowd fund page to purchase reward vouchers as described above. You can leave a small donation if you want to support us but would rather not pay for treatment at this time.

3. Book online now to make an appointment for when we re-open. You can check each osteopath’s availability online.

4. Do you know of any reliable suppliers of infection control consumables or PPE to primary care / allied health professionals. Please let us know and introduce our clinic.

5. If you know of a local business who would like some help setting up a paying forward crowd fund page – put them in contact with me.

Our osteopaths will be available during second phase of COVID-19 lockdown

Update on temporary clinic closure & planned re-opening date

We are pleased to announce that our osteopaths will be available during the second phase of COVID-19 lockdown.

The clinic will be open from the 26th May 2020.  You may book a future appointment now!  We will be working at reduced capacity to achieve social distancing for visitors.  Those of you who were in the middle of a treatment plan will be contacted by phone and offered appointments as priority. We plan to do these calls within the week commencing 18th May 2020.

Book appointment online now!

As many of you are aware, the clinic has been closed since 23rd March 2020. Osteopathy is an essential healthcare and the clinic would have been permitted to stay open. However, without the necessary modifications to equipment and processes, this was not appropriate.

The date for re-opening is constantly under review and we will keep you  updated if the above plan changes.

What has changed to enhance infection control?

  1. We have purchased clinic equipment that can be easily sanitized after every appointment.
  2. Clinic linen will no longer be used, patients will be asked to keep one comfortable layer of clothing on during treatment.
  3. Osteopaths will be wearing face masks, gloves and aprons.
  4. The clinic shop will not be open for passing trade until further notice.
  5. We will stagger patient arrival and departure so that social distancing rule is observed in the shop.
  6. Reception staff will be wearing face shields or face mask.
  7. We will require you to pay in advance of your appointments by electronic invoice
  8. Team members will not come to work if there is a suspicion of being infected with the virus or knowingly had contact with anyone within their social distancing bubble who has symptoms.
  9. Patients will be asked not to attend appointments if there is any suspicion of viral infection.  They will be asked to cancel their appointment as soon as possible.  There will be no cancellation fees for short notice cancellations.
  10. We are trying to reduce paper passed between the clinic and patients, we will use electronic communication for form filling, appointment notifications, receipts, etc.

Options for people who need our help but need to be shielded; do not want a face-to-face appointment; or do not live locally to the clinic.

We have introduced Tele-osteopathy appointments via video calls. This has been used during lockdown for some very painful acute cases and have proved to be very effective.  Tele-osteopathy appointments are 30-minutes duration for a fee of £45.

First of all, you will have a 10-minute phone triage to make sure your condition is within the scope of a tele-osteopathy appointment. If your condition is out of scope, we will signpost you to the appropriate services.

You will be given instructions to help you prepare for the video call.

Options to get osteopathy help before the clinic opens

If you are unsure about what to do next, you can contact us via WhatsApp chat by using this link Clinic WhatsApp

Tele-osteopathy appointments can be booked now. Click here to book a tele-osteopathy appointment online

Virtual Osteopathy Clinic is Open!

Our virtual osteopathy clinic is open! Via video consultation, we have helped a few people with acute conditions during the first weeks of covid-19 outbreak.   At the moment we are doing video consultations for free to support our community.  We are particularly keen to provide this service to key workers in the NHS – please pass the message on.

We plan to re-open the clinic for face to face consultations on 4th May 2020 with new operating procedures to keep staff and patients as safe as is realistically possible.  Initally we will have to book fewer appointments per day to allow for people spacing and additional cleaning.  You can book appointments up to 4 weeks in advance by phone or online.  If you would like a brief chat about your condition, please connect via the clinic WatsApp account.

Watch the video.  My daughter directed, filmed and edited it #homeschooling.

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 https://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