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The health of the parents before and during pregnancy is of utmost importance to health of the baby.

Most mums experience morning sickness which resolves by the 12th-14th week. Some mothers continue to suffer throughout the pregnancy. This will result in altered eating habits to calm the nausea which will mean the baby is low on certain vitamins. Taking supplements including folic acid and vitamin D3 should help.

Smoking is obviously not good during pregnancy. Babies are likely to develop smaller in smoking mothers and more likely to succumb to cot death. Children of parents who smoke are more likely to suffer from bronchitis and asthma.

Alcohol ingested by the mum can be harmful to the baby particularly within the first 8 weeks potentially causing foetal alcohol syndrome. Alcohol consumption creates damage to the central nervous system causing learning difficulties in the child and predisposes them to mental health problems and drug addictions.

When the mother gets ill during pregnancy, sometimes the illness and the medications taken for it can have an impact on the developing baby. Acute infections and diabetes can have effects on baby.

Drugs such as cocaine, LSD, heroin etc. taken during pregnancy have a direct effect upon the nervous system of the foetus and can delay development. It must be remembered that opium derivatives are prescribable and strong painkillers and sedatives should be avoided during pregnancy if possible.

Severe asthma in the mother with her experiencing attacks can temporarily deprive the oxygen levels to the baby can have a lasting effect. Thus it is important to keep asthma well managed during pregnancy.

Emotional stress during pregnancy can affect the base line levels of hormones such as cortisone and adrenalin as the mothers constant hormone levels set base line for baby thus creating a baby that is more tense, clingy, irritable and restless.

Within the womb, baby should be completely surrounded by amniotic fluid and thus protected from external pressures. When there is large baby vs a small uterus or twins there may be consistent compression from the uterus or from the presence of the sibling. This can cause moulding of the baby which can be commonly seen in children with a cone head or plagiocephalic/brachiocephalic presentation.

If you feel a consultation would be of benefit to you or your baby contact Elite

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The Traumatic Effects of Labour Upon The Baby


The traumatic effects of labour upon the baby


People commonly think that babies are born perfect without any structural strains because they are so young and flexible. This is actually not true.

Labour is not just a difficult process for the mum it is also extremely traumatic for the baby. Its first experience before it enters the wide world.

It goes from an environment where the baby is cushioned and protected by amniotic fluid into the world where it first experiences gravity and tractions, lumps and bumps.

During labour, the uterus exerts tremendous forces in order to expel the baby plus he/she must pass through the natural resistance of the birth canal and the mother’s bony pelvis. Quite a journey!

Most of the stresses and strains experienced by babies during labour are naturally released slowly afterwards. But some strains within some babies can remain unresolved. The child grows around these strains causing them to grow in a distorted way.

It is said the aesthetics of health and beauty is symmetry of the body and the face. If you carefully study the majority of people’s faces you can see facial asymmetry as one eye lower than the other, a bent nose, a flat head on one side. Assuming they haven’t receive any kind of trauma to the head or face, then they are reflections of remnant strains that the child had to accommodate during their growth phase.

The stresses and strains relating to labour can be easily and quickly resolved with osteopathic treatment when they are babies as tissues are very pliable but as the body gets older the stresses and strains become more embedded and the tissues less adaptive so can be very difficult if not impossible to eliminate in the adult.

A paediatric osteopath can help by using a variety of gentle and subtle manipulative techniques to help release the strains within the cranium. The younger the child, the easier and quicker the resolution of these stresses.

It is in the authors opinion that all babies should be osteopathically checked to ensure the musculoskeletal system and cranium is neutrally aligned.


If you feel a consultation would be of benefit to you or your baby contact Elite

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MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

Multiple Sclerosis is a lifelong condition that usually affects the young aged between 20-40 years of age, usually females more than males.
MS is an autoimmune condition where the immune system becomes confused and attacks the myelin coating of the nervous system. Where the attacks happen, plaques and lesions are left behind on the nerve and sometimes the nerve itself can be damaged.


The damage and the presence of the plaques cause the nerve impulses that travel along the nerves to slow down, become distorted or even stop.
Therefore the symptoms experienced by sufferers varies between people depending upon the degree of damage and which nerves have been damaged.
Some symptoms are:
• Optic neuritis
• Loss of balance
• Difficulty walking
• Dizziness
• Urinary incontinence/retention
• Bowel incontinence/constipation
• Fatigue
• Memory loss/difficulty concentrating
• Depression
• Pain
• Sexual disturbance
• Muscle stiffness/spasm
• Speech difficulty
• Difficulty swallowing
• Tremor

Once the damage to the nerves has been done, the damage is unlikely to reverse as the recovery rate for neural tissue is incredibly slow.
Orthodox treatment approach are disease modifying drugs such as Beta-Interferon injections, Glateramer Acetate and Tysabri venous infusions. These should be discussed with your doctor.
Although MS cannot be reversed that leaves patients in a difficult position as they must still manage their symptoms.
Osteopathy and Chiropractic and also Acupuncture can help patients manage their symptoms of pain, muscle stiffness and spasm, speech and swallowing difficulty and fatigue. With treatment and time patients may even notice improvement in concentration, mood, emotional disturbance and general mobility and flexibility.
Sufferers would also benefit from Pilates, Callanetics, meditation, exercise, modified diet.

If you need help with MS symptoms, contact us at Elite
0203 514 8957

Carpal Tunnel – What to do?

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Carpal Tunnel – What to do?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be extremely painful and debilitating.

We use our hands all the time and for everything, so experiencing pain and loss of sensation within the hands can be very agonising for the patient.

Carpal Tunnel is usually diagnosed way after less invasive methods of intervention can be deemed to be useful. This is because people tend to leave their symptoms hoping they will go away until the pain, and other related symptoms, become unbearable. But if caught within good time, carpal tunnel can be easily resolved with gentle manual techniques.

wrist xray showing carpal bones of the wrist

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is compression of the median nerve in the space at the front of the wrist. The median nerve controls muscles of the hand and supplies sensation to the skin of the hand. Thus compression of this nerve leads to pain and weakness of the hand and loss of sensation with numbness or pins and needles.

The compression occurs because the space at the front of the wrist becomes congested usually by thickening of the soft tissues that run through that area i.e. forearm muscle tendons and their sheaths.

The biomechanics of this relate to the frequent and repetitive use of these muscles causing the tendons to thicken, the muscles to bulk up and shorten and thus compression of the many small bones of the wrist. All of these changes over time can reduce the space and increase the friction within the carpal tunnel reducing the efficiency of the mechanics of the wrist itself.

It is these biomechanics that cause Carpal Tunnel to be common in those who are office workers, PC users, musicians and those in the building trade. However it can also occur via pregnancy and via endocrine disorders such as Hypothyroidism and Diabetes Mellitus.

The traditional medical approach to Carpal Tunnel is corticosteroid injection and rest. If symptoms do not subside from this, surgery is advised. However the recovery time for this is 6 months and if you suffer on both sides that’s a year of recuperation!! A very long time to avoid using your hands!!

The best way to deal with carpal tunnel is to catch it early and prevent onset. If you are in the above categories of people, consider yourselves to be in a risk group for Carpal Tunnel.

Do exercises every day to stretch the forearm muscles and keep the wrists mobile. Try prayer pose and reverse prayer pose, holding for 20 seconds whilst deep breathing. Do wrist circles to encourage mobility of the wrist.

stretch for forearm flexor muscles

stretch for forearm flexor muscles

If you work with PCs, use an Ergomouse rather than the traditional style. Use a wrist rest whilst typing on consecutive days. Ensure you have had your workstation setup accurately by the relevant specialist at your workplace.

If you are in the building trade, avoid overuse with heavy vibrational tools. Ensure you are not using them every single day.

If you are concerned about potential symptoms described or if you feel you are at risk of Carpal Tunnel, make an appointment at the Elite Clinic London where we can help.

0203 514 8957



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Osteoporosis – Prevention is key

A report just out from the International Osteoporosis Foundation claims that women may be living longer but their quality of life is at risk unless they protect their bone health. 
With an increasingly ageing population the number of osteoporosis sufferers is  to increase by 23%  across the world by 2030. 
Women over 50 are particularly at risk as  at the menopause the hormonal changes that occur create an imbalance of bone reabsorption and new bone being laid down thus creating a massive decrease in bone mass and thus creating bone weakness. 
This increases risks of bone fracture following even a minor trauma. Quality of life can be massively reduced by a fracture leading to reduced confidence and a withdrawal from society and usual day-to-day activities. 
Given that 20% of patients suffering from a hip fracture die within one year it is so important to protect our bone health and prevent this potential inevitability. 
Pre-menopause is the time to take action. 
Increase vitamin D, calcium consumption, take regular exercise, increase muscle building exercises, get healthy and sensible amounts of sunshine. 

Improve mobility to reduce the likelihood of falls via osteopathic or chiropractic adjustment. 
Increase your consumption of greens, dairy and oily fish and fruit and fortified foods.
For more information visit nof.org


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Did you know…?


Did you know the body can sometimes attack itself?These are called Autoimmune Disorders. This is when the immune system recognises body cells as being alien rather than as self and attacks them as if they were an antigen.

Examples of autoimmune disorders are Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Type I Diabetes.There has been recent research into how autoimmunity affects the nervous system.

It has been long thought by scientists that the nervous system exists independently from the immune system. This is because it was only discovered in the 1990s that antibodies could cross the blood-brain barrier.

Now there is an accepted linking between certain nervous symptoms e.g. muscle spasms, memory lapses and autoimmunity.This is opening doors on theories that certain psychiatric illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia may also be of autoimmune cause.

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Another great thing about sleep!

The brain is our most metabolically active organ and it has a waste removal system all of its own.

While we and our brains are awake and active, we accumulate metabolic waste within the interstitial spaces between cells.

When we are asleep the volume of interstitial space expands allowing more fluid to flow through to clear out the waste.

This means that when we sleep, we are literally cleaning up our brains of the waste and rubbish accumulated through the day.

No wonder we need so many hours of sleep!

6-7 hours is a healthy nightly amount