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Pregnancy, Baby and Beyond with Bridgeham Clinic

Crawley based Bridgeham Clinic have put together an informative article on how osteopathy, acupuncture and Pilates can help both mother and child.

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A unique combination of osteopathy, acupuncture and Pilates will inspire and energise you as you journey through pregnancy and beyond. Learn how to move effortlessly, with strength, flexibility and ease.

Acupuncture

How can acupuncture help in pregnancy?

Acupuncture is used for a wide variety of problems and many people now seek support from acupuncture either as a stand-alone or alongside IVF as well as during pregnancy and post-natally.

Some women are referred by their midwife, most often towards the end of pregnancy to help them prepare for labour and delivery. Post-natally women want to return to optimum health and recover quickly from early days anxiety.
Acupuncture is safe to use throughout pregnancy.

“The whole treatment was very relaxing and my son was born at 10.59 pm that night so I can say it was very effective. Amazing!”

What about babies?

Babies and children can be treated using acupuncture or non-invasive techniques that do not puncture the skin. Advice can be given to further support treatment using simple techniques at home.

Osteopathy

Can I choose Osteopathy during pregnancy?

The body undergoes extensive mechanical and physiological changes during pregnancy to accommodate the needs of the growing baby. Therefore, it comes as no surprise when new maternal aches and pains arise. Commonly, mums-to-be report low back pain (with or without sciatica), neck stiffness, symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and the dreaded pelvic girdle pain NCOR, 2012). It is known that some pregnancies have a higher risk of miscarriage around specific weeks. For this reason, your osteopath may avoid booking in pregnant patients in their 12th and 16th week.

What happens during a treatment?

A full medical history is taken, and the osteopath conducts an assessment to ascertain what is the cause of symptoms (this generally involves some movements and non-invasive tests). After your treatment session, it is common to recommend specific exercises or stretches you can safely perform to maintain the progress made during the treatment.

“Bridgeham was amazing at sorting out my pregnancy related sciatica & PGP. My osteopath made me feel totally at ease. I just wish I’d gone in my 1st pregnancy then I might not have been house bound for the last 2 months! Pilates is also amazing.”

Osteopathy for babies?

Osteopathy can be helpful for babies who are:

  • unable to turn their neck fully to feed
  • not filling dirty nappies efficiently
  • struggling to relax, or seem to have generalised tension (wincing, grunting, wriggling etc whilst asleep)
  • unsettled babies
  • feeding difficulties

“Bridgeham was amazing at sorting out my pregnancy related sciatica & PGP. My osteopath made me feel totally at ease. I just wish I’d gone in my 1st pregnancy then I might not have been house bound for the last 2 months! Pilates is also amazing.”

Pilates and Garuda

Pilates and Garuda 1:1 machine sessions are tailored to support your body and movement through the three trimesters, practising suitable birth positions, honouring your hopes and aspirations for parenthood and ensuring your emotional, mental and physical wellbeing is aligned and grounded in centred, balanced movement.

As a “mum-to-be”, use your regular 1:1 machine studio sessions to touch base with yourself and become aware of the incredible changes your body is going through and to enjoy the journey and marvel at life.

Once your baby has arrived we can help you to observe baby’s movement patterns e.g. rolling, commando crawling and creeping. You can bring in your baby for a play in our movement studio. The fun you will have learning and copying from them and their developing movements is all part of Bridgeham’s service.

We also look at how to best lift car seats, find supportive feeding positions, pick up bubba from the cot, push prams, ensuring you set off with good healthy movement patterns for your whole parenting life! Grandparents are welcome to attend too!

“I came for 1:1 Pilates sessions after the traumatic birth of my first child. The intention was to get help to recover physically. What I didn’t expect was a totally holistic approach to my treatment that addressed all the emotional aspects as well. I cannot say how wonderful my instructor was. She drew on her own birthing experiences, her wealth of knowledge of how the body works and the impacts of pregnancy.

“The complete focus on me (and the baby) during each session was so far removed from the rushed and fragmented medical care I had had. I cannot recommend Bridgeham highly enough, it has truly been a life changing experience turning to them for help.”

We would be honoured to work with you during your journey from pregnancy to motherhood, and help the rest of your family too.

Community

Local volunteers drive GPs to essential home visits in Crawley

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Image: Dr Phoebe Danes and volunteer Chris Ball.

Local volunteers have stepped up to help drive clinicians to home visits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative was launched by local GP federation Alliance for Better Care, who have rented black cabs to provide essential transport for clinicians attending patients’ homes. 

The taxis, which have been adapted to make them easier to clean, are driven by volunteer drivers who have come forward via various community Facebook groups.

Thanks to the layout of the cab, drivers are completely separated from the clinician who is also afforded extra space in the cab to put on PPE and write up notes. 

Matt Cullis, practice manager at Leacroft Medical Practice said:

“Our surgery is still open to treat patients, however, home visits have become particularly important for those who are shielding and not wanting to leave their homes. This service saves us time and allows our doctors to travel to appointments in an environment that can be easily cleaned and has room to put on PPE.”

Alliance for Better Care is the GP federation for Crawley, Horsham, Mid-Sussex and East Surrey and so far the project has been rolled out at Leacroft Surgery in Crawley and throughout Burgess Hill, with plans to extend it to East Grinstead and Horley in the coming weeks.

Katherine Saunders, ABC chief executive said:

“We have been overwhelmed with the number of volunteers who have come forward and we’d like to thank them all for offering to support this service. We are, of course, committed to protecting both our volunteers and our clinicians. We insure drivers and carry out all necessary checks while also providing PPE. This is a valuable resource for our clinicians, and increases our capacity to reach more patients.”

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