Women’s health issues such as Pregnancy related pain, Endometriosis, Fertility issues, Incontinence, Post-Mastectomy pain, and childhood related conditions for example Colic, Reflux, Flat Head etc.
- Pregnancy related pain/movement dysfunction
- Delivery/Birth related pain
- Period and Ovulation related pain
- Endometriosis related pain
- Fertility issues, especially where there are pelvic and or abdominal adhesions/scar tissue
- Prolapse of pelvic organs
- Post-Mastectomy Rehabilitation (Shoulder/Neck/Trunk-Rib pain and muscle strength imbalances. Lymphoedema/swelling of the arm)
Soft tissue mobilisation techniques such as visceral mobilisation/myofascial release/craniosacral therapy, and joint mobilisation techniques such as muscle energy technique and maitland joint mobilisation techniques, can be invaluable in addressing these types of issues. Appropriate therapeutic exercises and education are also utilised.
INFANTS/CHILDREN CONDITIONS TREATED:
- Sleep Issues
- Torticolis – head side-bent to one side and rotated to the other side
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Growing Pains
- Flat Feet (including insole/orthotic prescription if appropriate)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
- Speech & Motor delays
- Plagiocephaly and brachycephaly (flat head syndrome)
‘I had a baby with reflux. After 8 months I finally brought her to Anne. After a few treatments I have a new baby. I can’t thank Anne enough. I’d recommend Anne 100%.’ Bridget
Babies sometimes develop a flattened head when they’re a few months old, usually as a result of them spending a lot of time lying on their back.
This is known as flat head syndrome, and there are 2 main types:
- Plagiocephaly – the head is flattened on 1 side, causing it to look asymmetrical; the ears may be misaligned and the head looks like a parallelogram when seen from above, and sometimes the forehead and face may bulge a little on the flat side
- Brachycephaly – the back of the head becomes flattened, causing the head to widen, and occasionally the forehead bulges out
These problems are quite common, affecting around 1 in every 5 babies at some point. In most cases they are not a major cause for concern, as they don’t have any effect on the brain. Your baby won’t experience any pain or other symptoms, or any problems with their general development.
What causes Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly?
The skull is made up of plates of bone that strengthen and join together as a child gets older. A young baby’s skull is still relatively soft and can change shape if there’s constant pressure on a particular part of their head.
Reasons why this may happen include:
- sleeping on their back – the back or side of a baby’s head can become flattened as a result of always sleeping on their back, but it’s important they do this to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- problems in the womb – pressure can be placed on a baby’s head before it is born if they’re a bit squashed in the womb or there’s a lack of amniotic fluid to cushion them
- being born prematurely – premature babies are more likely to develop a flattened head because their skull is softer when they’re born, and they may prefer to rest their head on 1 side at first as they’re not yet able to move their head themselves
- neck muscle tightness – this can prevent a baby turning their head a particular way, meaning 1 side of their head is placed under more pressure
What you can do to help:
- give your baby time on their tummy during the day – encourage them to try new positions during play time, but make sure they always sleep on their back as this is safest for them
- switch your baby between a sloping chair, a sling and a flat surface – this ensures there isn’t constant pressure on 1 part of their head
- change the position of toys and mobiles in their cot – this will encourage your baby to turn their head on to the non-flattened side
- alternate the side you hold your baby when feeding and carrying
- reduce the time your baby spends lying on a firm flat surface, such as car seats and prams – try using a sling or front carrier when practical
If your baby has difficulty turning their head, physiotherapy can help loosen tight neck muscles and other connective tissues restrictions that are contributing to the abnormal forces that are distorting a baby’s head shape. Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release and Visceral Mobilisation Therapy all help resolve this helping the cranial bones to mould more normally. I have treated children as old as four, who gained significant improvement with this issue.
‘I first went to see Anne when I had multiple issues including chronic fatigue, headaches, chronic PMS, and anxiety. Over the course of my appointments with Anne, each of these issues subsided. My energy levels returned to what they’d normally have been, and I felt like I was getting back to myself. Aside from the treatment with Anne, the conversations we had during each session really put my mind at ease and helped me to overcome the anxiety that I was feeling about these health issues. Having had such a positive experience myself, I brought my two children to see Anne. Neither of them were great sleepers to begin with. Each child had 4/5 sessions with Anne and we haven’t looked back since. In addition to helping with the sleep issue, Anne always interacted so kindly with them and had lots to chat about with them. The kids being so at ease with Anne helped immeasurably. All in all, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Anne to anybody and have already passed her details to multiple friends and colleagues.‘ LD
‘Anne helped my newborn over come the stresses of coming in to the world and various discomforts she had. Really recommend a treatment for newborns! Thanks Anne.‘ Cláir Ní Chonchubhair
‘Highly recommend Anne. Very professional and deals with a wide range of ailments! Have been myself over the last number of years for various issues but also highly recommended for babies with sleep issues, reflux and colic. Certainly made a huge difference when my kids were suffering as babies with these issues.‘ Deborah Walsh
‘Anne looked after my newborn and helped her with wind and sleeping. Anne was a pleasure to deal with. She is now looking after me and her treatment works wonders. Highly recommend Anne.‘ Lou Jones
‘I had need of Annes services and she came highly recommended. I found her to be expert in traditional physiotherapy while also using holistic therapies very effectively. I found my health greatly improved in a far shorter time that I had initially thought. Several members of my family have availed of her services since including two of our children. In each case, she achieved great results quickly.‘ Neil Sutton
‘I was extremely delighted and pleased with the treatment I received from Anne. I suffered an ankle injury, which left me in extreme pain and found it very hard to walk. My GP recommended painkillers and anti-inflammatories and physio. Anne measured and fitted me for orthotics. The results were fantastic and almost immediate, I no longer needed medication and was able to walk pain-free. Anne’s treatment was extremely effective, her knowledge and professionalism gave me great confidence. She also successfully treated my baby son for sinus problems.‘ Sam