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Do pain & discomfort need to be part of your pregnancy?

29 March 2017

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Since the dawn of time pregnancy and musculoskeletal pain have gone hand in hand.  But what if I told you it is possible to decrease the level of discomfort and in some cases even prevent the majority of the pain that is associated with pregnancy.

Pregnancy creates a huge postural change.  Your centre of gravity shifts and with it – yes, you guessed it – your spine, as well as the muscles used to keep you balanced and upright.

Chiropractic is a natural way to obstetrical treatment.  It can help you to decrease the tension on your body, increase your mobility and improve your health.

To help you on your way I have included a few top tips and pieces of advice to help you with your everyday movements during pregnancy:

  • Symmetry is the buzzword that will be a recurring theme during these tips. Assume a good postural position whenever you sit down.  Try not to cross your legs and keep both feet flat on the floor.  That comfy side-lean you do on the sofa with your feet up and your arm propping up your neck and head in front of your favourite soap – yep, that’s forbidden!  This causes a plethora of postural and muscular imbalances.  Remember, symmetry!
  • Your pillow will be your best friend when trying to sleep comfortably. Place a small soft pillow between your knees in order to keep the correct symmetry in your spine.  You can buy specifically designed ones these days, but any ordinary pillow will do the trick.
  • Is your partner still letting you carry the shopping? First of all, have a word with them about that.  Secondly, if you do find yourself carrying shopping through town or to and from the car – think symmetry.  Use both of your arms.  The objective is to put the same amount of weight on both legs and through each side of your core.

Keep Moving!  But Move Well!

  • Being pregnant is not a prison sentence nor is it a disease. If you are not bedridden, 30 minutes of light aerobic exercise 1-4 times a week can be great for you.  A brisk walk, some swimming, low impact or aqua aerobics are all fantastic forms of exercise during your pregnancy.  Tired of the same old?  Why not try yoga, Pilates or Body Balance?
  • You know your body better than anyone else. Stay attuned to your body and adapt the sport or activity you are doing according to what your body is telling you.
  • Avoid leaning forward. You can’t see your knees anymore?  Don’t worry; I assure you they are still there.  Think of them when you need to pick something up from the floor or when you are putting on your shoes.  Bend at the knees and not the back or hip.  Lift with your legs not your back.

Crucial Advice for Your Pelvic Floor

Your pelvic floor is the kind of thing that you finally discover when you are pregnant and it seems to be the main concern of every woman so you are not alone.

Fear not, it might be annoying but it is so important.  If you don’t want to hear about it when you are older follow this tip; use it and engage it every time you need to change your position.  Engage your core by contracting your lower abdominals.  The sort of contraction you do when you need to go to the toilet but have to hold it in.

Do You Fancy Trying Chiropractic Treatment?

Do you want to be pain free?  Remain active and healthy?  More tips, advice and guidance?  As a chiropractor I specialise in pregnancy care.  I can help you to decrease your musculoskeletal pain and at the same time increase mobility with soft tissue work as well as gentle and specific chiropractic adjustment such as S.O.T (Sacro Occipital Technique).  I can also give you more tips and good, safe exercises.

So don’t wait until you are in pain, chiropractors are experts in the spine and can find the dysfunctions in your joints that can negatively impact on your nervous system and child.

 ~ Laetitia

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Mourya Varma
Mourya Varma
20:27 24 Jan 19
Having previously had chiropractic treatment a long time ago, I know how important it is to find a good chiropractor who you are going to trust with your body and schedule regular treatment with. The treatment costs are reasonable and considering this practice is one of the best in Leeds and the work they do, the expertise and knowledge they have I believe its worth every penny. I have been at the gym for over a year, I have moved house and really pushed my body to the limit and this has caused me tremendous pain in my hip flexor and lower back along with stress! I made my initial appointment and got to the practice. The reception team were very friendly and professional. Mark has been amazing so far and I continue regular ongoing treatment. I can not recommend this practice enough, I've told all my friends and family about it.read more
Laura Dosil
Laura Dosil
09:27 23 Nov 18
I always go there when I'm miserable and in pain and I leave not only with less pain, but also more relaxed. Letitia always explains everything I need to do at home to get better, and it's always the best advice.read more
Silvia Tarchi
Silvia Tarchi
07:34 07 Nov 18
I have been struggling for many years with back pain and hip pain. Tried may different approaches with zero results. My GP told me to try a Chiropractor and i remember a few years back it had helped me. So i found Headingley Chiropractic Clinic and have been going now for a couple of months, what a change!! I have almost no pain, i walk so much better and managed to get myself back to the gym. I have more energy and am so happy that my sciatic pain is almost gone! Mark has been absolutely wonderful for the very beginning and i find going there very relaxing and always walk out feeling great. The team at the reception is also very welcoming and they remember you by name. I would definitely recommend this practise! They are also very accommodating with the times so that the sessions don t take time away from work.read more
Francesca de Bernart
Francesca de Bernart
21:24 25 Oct 18
In just a few sessions Mark fixed me and I am back to a free from pain and happy life again. I couldn’t ask for more, I didn’t expect it to work so well and so fast, after months of severe pain. I would definitely recommend it to everybody and will always be grateful to my friend Marianthi who suggested it to me in the first place. Mark is extremely professional and luckily really able to help, where anyone else and everything else (gp, drugs ...) failed. Highly recommended +++read more
Steve Larkin
Steve Larkin
18:36 23 Oct 18
I was struggling for several months with pain passing down my left arm from the shoulder, along with pins and needles and poor mobility. Six short sessions with Mark over four weeks had me cured.read more
Ana Filipa Neto
Ana Filipa Neto
09:10 11 Oct 18
I’ve had sciatica problems before that caused severe back spasms and inability to walk. I’ve seen other chiropractors for this and got worse and therefore scared to ever go again. When I was about 3 months pregnant this happened and I literally couldn’t move! The pain was enormous and because I still had 6 months to go, I thought I really needed to find help! I went on Google and found this clinic that had good reviews for normal Chiro treatments but had someone specialised in pregnancy care. I rang the clinic to make sure she had other experience as I was so traumatised! The receptionist was a dear and said not to worry, she had plenty of pregnant ladies coming in and all very happy with the treatment! It was the best decision I’ve ever made! Dr Laetitia was very understanding, supportive and a great professional overall. I couldn’t walk and after the first session I was able to walk home, about an hour walk, I couldn’t believe it! I’m very grateful for all her care, I recommend her treatment all the time! Even my midwife was surprised and started recommending it to other ladies! Very happy! I’m looking forward to keep up with the treatments in due course!read more
darren dobson
darren dobson
17:00 04 Oct 18
Mark is brilliant. He has fixed me so many times when my GP couldn't! The best chiropractor in Leeds.
Pawel Koziorowski
Pawel Koziorowski
12:33 28 Sep 18
I had excruciating pain in my back and i turned to Headingley Chiropractic Clinic which helped me 6 years ago as well. Chiropractor Mark took good care of me which included effective treatment and exercises to prevent the problems in the future and to strengthen my core muscles. I would recommend this clinic to anybody as they are very professional and nice to work with. 5 stars without a doubtread more
yosef Habib Hafiz
yosef Habib Hafiz
20:26 21 Aug 18
Professional place, clean, friendly and reasonably priced. I’ve had costochondritis for over 4 years now & pain in the sciatic nerve. Mark does a really good job. I was amazed at how he got rid of that nasty sciatic pain with his skilful acupuncture session. As for my complicated costochondritis issue. The flare has died down significantly after a couple of sessions. I’m now able to have many good night’s of sleep. Along with his excellent work and the NHS checkups combined, I hope to treat it once and for all. Verdict: Would recommend.read more
Keith Gordon
Keith Gordon
13:20 11 Jul 18
Second review from me, but Google asked. In my particular case, I think 10 visits to a physiotherapist is equivalent to just one here with Sarah. Again, a brilliant session - feel and move so much better, thank you.read more
Helen Frazer
Helen Frazer
22:50 12 May 18
Great treatment provided and explanation for what/why need - great approach to help patients understand root cause and self help to prevent re-occurrence. 👍read more
Alex Barry
Alex Barry
23:42 23 Apr 18
Absolutely fantastic. Caring and genuinely want to help
Keith Gordon
Keith Gordon
06:33 25 Feb 18
The best chiropractor I have visited in 25 years- Sarah is excellent and very professional. Throughly recommended over all others I have visited.
Marian Gheorghe
Marian Gheorghe
21:40 08 Feb 18
I came to see Mark Butterworth agonising with back pain, including lower back and the neck. Both, the entire spine and muscles around the neck were stiff and painful, making me unable to sit, stand and sleep more than a couple of hours over night. Mark assessed me very thoroughly and professionally, prescribing at the end a treatment over several weeks. After two weeks, my situation significantly improved: the muscles becoming more relaxed, spine more flexible and my entire body more able to move freely, without pain. The progress is obvious. Mark is not only very knowledgeable and professional, but also methodic in what is doing, caring about any detail and providing advice when requested. I would recommend Mark and his colleagues without any hesitation as one of the best clinics of this type I have ever encountered.read more
Mohammed Zabair
Mohammed Zabair
20:05 18 Jan 18
Very thorough and very informative, Highly professional yet relaxed atmosphere. Tea and coffee offered on several occasions, just made the whole experience very pleasant. Mr Butterworth is very knowledgeable and passionate about his craft. Highly recommended A+++read more
Iram Ali
Iram Ali
23:24 10 Nov 17
After months of being in pain, I went to see Mark at the Headingley Chiropractic Clinic. I can honestly say it has made a huge difference. I may have a while before I'm 100% but I definitely feel like I have some normality back in my life. Oh and Stephanie is a godsend with her cups of coffee :)read more
thornton andrew
thornton andrew
09:27 13 Sep 17
I retired from work in 2012 and had terrible back problems from not sitting correctly at computers. Mark gradually manipulated the muscles back into something like normality and I now go once a month to keep the muscles freed up and have a completely pain free existence. I have also had a long standing knee problem going back to a leg break in 1987. Mark actually managed to manipulate the joint back into line and since then i have had no problems with either my knee or hip, thus avoiding potential surgery. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire practice, all the staff are charming and couldn't be more helpful. Worth every penny for a pain free life. Many thanks to all the staff.read more
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