How many new parents are told “oh it’s just colic, they’ll grow out of it”? Leaving the parents of an unhappy baby, anxious and sleep deprived.
How many mums are assured that their pregnancy related backache and pelvic pain will go away after the birth? Only to find that it gets worse, interfering with the care of their baby.
Often, women simply ‘put up’ with pregnancy-related symptoms believing that they are just part of the process. However, many of these common pregnancy ailments are not only treatable but also result in a much healthier pregnancy, birth and baby.
For first time mum Amanda Burnham, a misdiagnosed Pubic Symphysis Disorder (also know as Pregnancy related Pelvic Girdle Pain), left her on crutches after a 56 hour labour and unable to hold her baby. Amanda says, "as I was unable to lift my baby by myself or carry her for any length of time, there were also bonding issues and post-natal depression to contend with. I was issued with a pair of crutches, given a support belt and a prognosis of recovery in around 12 months!"
Amanda is now the healthy, pain-free mum of three happy kids, and she wants to share what changed her life with other Edinburgh mums and dads. Following the incredible relief both she and her unhappy baby received after visiting an osteopath, Amanda made the life changing decision to switch careers. She became an Osteopath herself, graduating from the London School of Osteopathy in 2009.
Osteopathy is a gentle manual therapy which is particularly suitable for treating mothers and their babies both during and after pregnancy. Amanda Burnham is registered with the General Osteopathic Council, ensuring patient safety, practitioner competence and fulfilling statutory requirements.
The clinic also offers acupuncture as an adjunct where required. Acupuncture can be effective in reducing nausea, labour preparation and for pain relief. Acupuncture is administered by Charmaine Shepherd, a member of the British Acupuncture Council.
Amanda said, “even in the easiest of births, there is a lot of force involved and, when birth becomes complicated by unusual presentations, interventions, or is very fast or very slow, or ends with caesarian section, these forces can be exaggerated. Some babies enter the world looking bruised and shocked…”
Osteopaths believe that many problems common to babies such as difficulties latching on or feeding and digestive problems such as reflux may, in part, be due to these compressive forces.
Patients must call into the clinic for an appointment or book online using the online booking system available on the Centre‘s web site www.centre4holistichealth.co.uk. Once an appointment is scheduled for a consultation, the Osteopath will decide on the best treatment strategy for the condition.
Post-Natal check up for mum & baby £50
Follow up session for mum & baby £40
Baby only initial consult/check up £35
Baby only follow up £25
The Centre for Holistic Health also offers an Acupuncture Community Clinic as well as the Mum and Baby Clinic. Therapies include: acupuncture, biofeedback, EFT (emotional freedom technique), osteopathy, bodywork, reflexology, homeopathy, herbalism, reiki, massage and Bach flowers. Available at our Centre located at 5aYork Place, Edinburgh.
Amanda Burnham BSc.(Hons) Osteopathy
Amanda qualified as an Osteopath in 2009 from the London School of Osteopathy following a five year degree course prior to which she worked in the music industry. The catalyst for her rather drastic career change was a demanding first pregnancy. In addition to working with mums and babies, Amanda practices structural, cranial and visceral osteopathy and also uses Western Medical Acupuncture as an adjunct where appropriate. Amanda comments, "osteopathic treatment does not simply treat the ‘sore bit’ but looks at how and why those symptoms have arisen. Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if your body is in good structural balance."
Contact details: Centre for Holistic Health, 5AYork Place, Edinburgh,EH1 3EB Tel: 0131 556 8440 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org