Ante Natal exercises is just as important for the mother as it is for the child. Hormones in pregnancy increase the flexibility of the muscles, without adequate strength to hold the joints in place, women end up with pain. Pregnancy should be an enjoyable time in any woman’s life and when pain is present it often becomes not pleasant Here at Head2Toe we offer techniques to reduce the chance of pain or treat the pain when it occurs. Antenatal Pilates can be used to aid in the strengthening of the abdominal muscles which will allow your body to support itself, stabilising the core and reducing back or pelvic pain. Regular exercise toward the end of the pregnancy may aid your baby to move into the correct position ready for birth. As pilates generally is about control and relaxation, breathing techniques may aid you in labour
Post natal Pilates once your baby is 6 weeks old can be used to aid in both recovery of you and baby. Pilates as does exercise release endorphins into your bloodstream which can reduce the chances of getting post natal depression, obviously any exercise will help you to lose any weight you gained during your pregnancy. As with the antenatal pilates post natal pilates can help to stabilise your core and reduce your chances for injury. The classes also boost your energy levels and can improve your strength and stamina allowing you to look after your baby with more confidence and energy. Post Natal care includes designing exercise based therapies to aid weight reduction and core stability keeping the new mums healthy and active to enjoy their arrivals.
Pilates is a form of exercise which is aimed at strengthening the body as a whole. There is a particular emphasis placed on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Pilates exercises can be performed using a mat or specialist equipment. Developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected pilates has become a popular form of exercise and can be used for treat a wide range of medical and musculoskeletal injuries including lower back pain. Regular pilates practise or class can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension and combined with regular strength training can help to reduce the risk of injury.
Personal training is a form of training that encompasses a wide variety of training methods including strength and conditioning, flexibility, endurance, power, and plyometrics. Personal training is a very personalised 1:1 training programme encompassing every element of health and well being from exercise repetitions and sets to nutrition. The trainers are able to motivate their clients by setting goals and providing feed back and accountability to you as the client to aid you achieve your goals.
Manual Therapy involves a wide range of different techniques aimed at alleviating pain and joint stiffness. a few of the techniques we use at the clinic include joint mobilisations and muscle energy techniques.
Joint mobilisations are techniques which involve grading the movement performed into either a small or large joint motion to reduce the pain and overall joint integrity with the aim of returning the client to full joint range of motion and daily function. This involves moving the joint through its natural range of motion and applying forces through any resistance found.
Muscle energy techniques are used to aid in the restoration and reduction of function and pain. When injury occurs a restriction in joint movement and an excess of dysfunctional movement. Muscle energy techniques aid in decreasing the muscle tone caused by restricted joint movement. The technique involves specific muscle contraction and relaxation to position the joint in the anatomical place and mobilise the affected joints. Muscle energy techniques are supported by specific stretching and exercise to ensure effective long term results.
As part of the initial assessment we require information regarding the issues the client has come to see us with. A thorough orthopaedic assessment and conversation about your signs and symptoms will be carried out to determine the correct diagnosis and treatment plan in order to help you regain normal functional movement patterns and reduce symptoms within the appropriate time scales. The treatments that Refitt offer include manual therapy, joint mobilisations and manipulations. Manual therapy involves hands on techniques such as massage, myofascial release, trigger points. Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy that aims to relax tense muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles. Another technique used in treatment includes trigger points. These are areas of muscle fibres that are hyperirritable to change and tension in skeletal muscles. Joint mobilisations are used to reduce the stiffness within the joint by reducing muscle tension or guarding, stimulates synovial fluid which increases range of motion.
K or Kinesiology tape is a method of supporting the joint and body from injury or protecting the injured area from further damage. it is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. It is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. K tape is safe to apply on the vast majority of people as it is latex-free and because the client will wear it for days at a time, K Tape has become popular with treating a wide range of patients from pediatric to geriatric with particular succession in treating a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The tape works by targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, this alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas. Kinesiology tape is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows kinesio tape to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of your movement.
A nutrition assessment is an in-depth evaluation of both objective and subjective data related to an individual’s food and nutrient intake, lifestyle, and medical history. Once the data on an individual is collected and organized, the practitioner can assess and evaluate the nutritional status of that person. The assessment leads to a plan of care, or intervention, designed to help the individual either maintain the assessed status or attain a healthier status.
the assessment will include objective measurements of body muscle and fat, weight and height and skinfold measurements of several areas of the body are also taken. As part of the assessment questions will be asked about the individual’s lifestyle—including the number of meals eaten daily, where they are eaten, and who prepared the meals. Information about allergies, food intolerances, and food avoidances, as well as caffeine and alcohol use, should be collected. Exercise frequency and occupation help to identify the need for increased calories. Asking about the economics of the individual or family, and about the use and type of kitchen equipment, can assist in the development of a plan of care. Dental and oral health also impact the nutritional assessment, as well as information about gastrointestinal health, such as problems with constipation, gas or diarrhea, vomiting, or frequent heartburn.
Combining all this together and with the use of optional laboratory tests we can produce an individualised nutritional report and meal plan.