Here at the Alma Vale Centre we hold a special interest in women’s health. We have practitioners working across multiple therapies who have special expertise in this area.
Originating in China, traditional acupuncture has been considered by many to be an effective form of treatment for over 2000 years. There is now an ever-growing body of research in the Western World also testifying to the benefits of acupuncture. Research shows that acupuncture can help with fertility issues.
We have a special interest in how acupuncture may be able to help men and women who would like to conceive. Jill Glover and Helen Fielding have shared their expertise (accumulated over 30 years) on BBC News 24, Radio Four and the Discovery Channel. Julie Kelham, Jill’s associate, has specialist knowledge and a wealth of experience working with fertility issues.
Giving birth and bringing a baby into the world is generally considered a time of happiness. As a new parent however, you might not experience this straight away. Often, parents go through a period of exhaustion, shock and stress following the birth of their baby, and may initially feel emotional and tearful as they come to terms with such a life changing experience.
This period of ‘baby blues’ is very common among new parents and usually only lasts for a few weeks. However for some, the baby blues develops into a much deeper and longer-term form of depression known as postnatal depression (PND).
Counselling for postnatal depression provides an outlet for sufferers to talk about their thoughts and feelings with the help of a professional therapist. Our counsellors and psychotherapists can help clients to understand their PND in terms of their relationships or what has happened to them in the past. Counselling for postnatal depression allows sufferers to feel comfortable enough to open up about their illness without feeling ashamed or judged.
For Reproductive Health, the massage increases circulation to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, thereby promoting hormonal balance. It helps to correct misalignment of the uterus, assists the body in eliminating old stagnant blood and gently breaks down adhesions and scar tissue. It has traditionally been used to support optimum fertility and is very beneficial for preparing the womb for pregnancy and in realigning the abdominal organs postpartum.
Reproductive Reflexology is a structured reflexology programme that is used to enhance male and female natural fertility. It can also be used alongside more conventional medically supported cycles such as clomid, IUI, IVF and ICSI.
Aimee Campion and Victoria Gazzard‘s reproductive reflexology treatments involves gentle yet firm pressure on the feet. It is often described as very relaxing and grounding, often leaving clients feeling emotionally balanced with a more positive outlook.
Pregnancy massage and reflexology can support women through this amazing period of transformation by helping to alleviate pregnancy related problems and most importantly by providing a time and space where the nurturer can feel nurtured.
Contrary to popular belief pregnant women can have massage, even in the first trimester by a specially trained professional. Our therapist, Victoria Gazzard, offers pregnancy massage which is most commonly conducted in the side lying position. As well as using traditional massage strokes Victoria will also use stretches and joint mobilisation where necessary. She may also incorporate the use of a pregnancy ball into the session which allows deeper pressure on the lower back and sacrum to relieve pain in these areas which can increase as the pregnancy develops.
Women’s Health Physiotherapy covers all areas of pelvic floor rehabilitation relating to obstetrics (pregnancy) and gynaecology. As many as one 1 in 3 women will experience pelvic health problems in their lifetime, particularly during the life transitions of motherhood and the menopause.
A women’s health physiotherapy assessment involves taking a full history of symptoms and completing a comprehensive physical examination. This includes an internal examination to fully assess the strength, tone, endurance, flexibility and co-ordination of pelvic floor muscles. Manual therapy, an individualised home exercise programme and advice on lifestyle modifications are some of the treatment options available.
If you would like to discuss any women’s health concerns, please contact our therapist Helen Hodder on 07753 620179.