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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.



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.


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.


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.

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Neurokinex Gatwick wins national award

Neurokinex Gatwick – a leading provider of activity-based rehabilitation for spinal cord injury – has won the 2018 National Fitness Awards’ Best Rehabilitation Facility of the Year category.



Four members of the 10-strong team were at the Award ceremony on Friday November 30th to receive the Award.

The Best Rehabilitation Facility category is open to gyms and sites who are dedicated purely to the rehabilitation market and/or who employ specially trained consultants to deal with GP referrals. Neurokinex was chosen as a finalist from 100s of entries and was up against four other finalists.

Neurokinex underwent a rigorous assessment process, which involved a site visit by a member of the awards’ team who toured the facility, chatted to clients and staff and examined all areas of the business. Detailed reports were then compiled and passed on to an expert judging panel which decided the winners.

Neurokinex Gatwick team receives National Fitness Award for Best Rehabilitation Facility

“I am very proud and happy that our Gatwick team has won this very important award,”

says Harvey Sihota, founder and director of Neurokinex.

“This achievement is testament to the hard work of the entire team. We know our ground-breaking protocols and activity-based rehabilitation therapies are redefining possibilities for adults and children with spinal cord injury. But to have this independent validation from industry experts that our work is of a national award-winning quality is an honour: I am delighted our work has been recognised this way.”

Neurokinex is a charity and a not-for-profit organisation.

The Gatwick site, which opened in 2016, sets out to redefine possibilities for people with a spinal cord injury.

Its programmes stimulate and load the entire nervous and musculoskeletal systems through carefully crafted, task-specific exercises with the assistance of skilled therapists. Neurokinex clients take part in activities such as active standing, cycling, walking and rowing, tailored to their neurological impairment.

This offers people a multitude of benefits including improvements in neurological function, muscle bulk and quality, cardiovascular health, strength and stamina, balance and trunk control, skin and bone health, range of motion and psychological wellbeing.

“Neurokinex stood out to us as a life-changing facility which combines cutting edge tech with highly-skilled and compassionate trainers,” says Judith Halkerston, Event Director, National Fitness Awards.

“It is evident that Neurokinex is changing the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Its broad client base of adults and children as young as 18 months, plus international clients who are travelling to the facility for this treatment, proves that it is offering something very special indeed. They should be very proud of their achievement and I wish them continued success going forwards.”

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