Guest blogger James Raiher: What can osteopathy do for you?

Guest blogger James Raiher: What can osteopathy do for you?

James Raiher, Registered Osteopath and Clinic Director at The Practice at 322 in West Hampstead – – is explaing what osteopathy can do for you.

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment that concerns itself with the structure and function of the human body. It’s based on the idea that if the structure isn’t working efficiently then the body can’t function properly. When the body is balanced and running efficiently, it functions with the minimum degree of effort, so it’s less likely that injury or pain will occur.

Osteopaths don’t just look at the problem area – we consider the whole person. We take a detailed case history to find out as much as we can about your current health and then perform some physical tests to find out what is and what isn’t working. Osteopathic treatment is safe and gentle, combining a knowledge of functional anatomy with considered clinical testing to find areas causing problems and get to the root of the issue.

We specialise in:

  • Treatment of low back pain, arthritis and sciatica
  • Management of slipped discs (also known as lumbar disc herniations)
  • Treatment of sport injuries
  • Workplace ergonomic assessment
  • Shoulder and upper back problems
  • Running assessment for marathon runners, park runners and triathletes
  • Pregnancy-related issues

Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and also trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP or other specialist.

What’s osteopathic treatment like?

Treatment usually involves mobilisation and manipulation techniques, as well as guidance on exercise. Ostepathy also incorporates subtler techniques, including work in the cranial field, and is appropriate for people of all ages including pregnant women, children and babies.

Treatment is always tailored to your needs and presenting problem, and it is reassessed at each visit. It usually involves a mixture of joint articulation techniques to improve movement and function, and sometimes cranial osteopathic techniques or western medical acupuncture (also known as dry needling). When you see an osteopath you always have a say in which techniques are used and you are encouraged to ask questions if you need clarification of how techniques work.

How are osteopaths trained?

Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are recognised by the orthodox medical profession. We are recommended by the NICE guidelines for low back pain and neck pain. We undertake a rigorous university training lasting four to five years, including over 1200 hours of extensive clinical training, so you can be confident when you see an osteopath that you will be well cared for.

James has a lifelong interest in health and wellbeing and sees patients with a wide variety of problems, including adults, children or babies. He has a special interest in shoulder problems, back pain and sports injuries, and regular works with Pilates instructors, yoga teachers and personal trainers to find the right treatment plan for each patient.

If you’d like to find out more about osteopathy at The Practice at 322, visit their website or give them a call on 0207 0180 770.

Get a FREE pair of Pilates socks

Get a FREE pair of Pilates socks

We’re entering the season of giving gifts, but for many of us it can also mean a very busy and stressful time.

Following the saying “Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can today”, I suggest you book & pay now for your Pilates course, starting in January 2018. Giving you peace of mind over the holidays and making it easy to get into routine after the indulging Christmas break.

For every course payment of £60 I receive from now until 15 December 2018 you get a free pair of Pilates socks. You can sign up here: Course 1 2018 £60

Here are the course details:

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

  • 8:30 am Pilates
  • 9:40 am Mindful Pilates

Friday, 12 January 2018

  • 9:30 am Pilates with Ingrid
  • 10:30 am Pilates for Bone Health with Ingrid

Each class runs over a course of 5 weeks until Tuesday, 6 Feb / Friday, 9 Feb 2018, each course is £60.

Secure your space in your preferred class now and your free socks are waiting for you in the first class back in January 2018!

Click here for payment:

Best kept secret that makes you look younger

Best kept secret that makes you look younger

Many of us don’t want to get older. They want ‘eternal youth’. They hate wrinkles and worry about getting grey hair. Luckily we live in a time where we have access to various tools and little remedies to help us look younger than we actually are. We use cosmetics, fashion, accessories and some people even use a magic touch of a surgeon to work against time.

But all these enhancements are not the only way to keep up a youthful appearance. The way we move our body can give away our real age or make us look even older than we are.

A supple and toned body can take years off you! A body with good spinal flexibility and rotation can move smoothly through our daily tasks. Firm arms and legs with good joint mobility move with a lighter touch and imply youth.

Even if we can’t escape natural ‘wear and tear’ of our bones and joints but keeping our body in shape doesn’t only look good it also prevents us from various age related diseases.

Good core stability helps us maintaining good posture, a flatter tummy and eventually can prevent bladder incontinence. It also enables us to move with more lightness through the day.

Taking care of our spine and retaining its flexibility and mobility means we can bend and twist, stand tall and absorb impact generated by walking, running, jumping without experiencing pain.

I couldn’t agree more with Joseph Pilates who said:

“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60 you are young.”

Is it time to look after yourself?

Is it time to look after yourself?

Have you been on 24 hour duty over the last 10 years? Looking after the kids, helping with their homework, making sure the household is running smoothly, doing the school run twice a day and organising everyone’s social life. You hardly had a moment to yourself.

You deserve some me-time.

You know that with a bit of exercise and attention that niggling pain in the back would go away. Perhaps your doctor or therapist has recommended that you become more physically active.

Why not start with Pilates? It is a full-body workout and trains the entire body as an integrated system. With Pilates you improve strength, flexibility and you increase your range of motion in your joints.

We hope to see you in class very soon!

10 years – Couldn’t have done it without you

10 years – Couldn’t have done it without you

This autumn it will be 10 years since I started teaching Pilates. My very first clients were friends with children at the same primary school. None of the mums had ever done Pilates before and after the school run we rolled the mats out between the sofa and the tv in my living room and I taught them the basic Pilates exercises.

A few weeks later I decided to rent a space in the local area so I could grow the group. Ten years later I still run the classes at St Andrew’s Church Hall in Hampstead. But in the meantime most of those early clients & friends have moved away or went back to their home countries. Our kids – who we just walked to school every morning a minute ago – have completed their GCSEs and in some cases got their driver’s license…. time flies.

But let’s get back to my 10 Year Anniversary and celebrate with a special offer.

10 years Pilates experience, 10 years of continuous training & education, 10 years of constant grow – take advantage of 3 private sessions in your home for £200*.

Private sessions are great 

  • if you want to perfect your already existing Pilates practice.
  • if you want to get started, but joining a group feels a bit intimidating.
  • if you would like to give Pilates a try, but you are not sure if it’s the right thing for you.
  • if you are pressed for time and you’re not able to commit to a regular group class.
  • if you would like to share the session with your partner at a mutual convenient time.

3 one-to-one sessions for £200* and you get

  • private Pilates sessions in the comfort of your home
  • a programme tailored to your needs
  • to work in your own pace – no peer pressure
  • a written down programme after the third session to help you keep up your own practice

If you would like to sign up, please send me an email, so I can get in touch with you to arrange your three sessions and payment. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

* This offer runs from September to 30 November 2017 and is only available in the local area of Hampstead and West Hampstead (NW3 and NW6). The three sessions need to be booked in advance and are to be used within a period of 6 weeks after payment. Full payment in advance.

My new website is here – don’t miss the FREE offer!

My new website is here – don’t miss the FREE offer!

Have you visited my website recently? You may notice that it looks different now. The site was long due for an update. It has a more modern look & feel now and it is mobile responsive which means it looks great on your mobile phone too.

I hope you like what you see and easily find the information you are looking for.

Big welcome, if this is your first visit on my website!

Looking for ways to move more with less pain? You can find all my Pilates options I’m offering on the page “Work With Me”.

To get you started, sign up for my FREE 5 Day Challenge at the top of my homepage. You will receive a daily email over 5 days with tips, information and simple exercise videos. Simply put your name and email address in the ‘Join Now’ box.

And of course, feel free to suggest this website to your friends, colleagues and neighbours. Referrals are always welcome!

Are you on social media? You can find me on Facebook/Santispilates on Twitter and lately also on Instagram.

You may even want to join my Facebook group ‘Body, Mind & Movement’ for more tips on how to move more with less pain. I would love to meet you over there!

Please contact me for further info or with any questions. I’m looking forward to your email!

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