Cosmetech offers the below range of complimentary (non-medical) fertility therapies.
Implement lifestyle and dietary changes to optimise your health and well-being.
At Cosmetech we have a strong focus on nutrition and diet as part of our well-being clinic. We have assembled a strong team of qualified nutritionists and health specialists in London who understand the demands and pressures of everyday life, and offer a collaborative process to meet your goals.
Relieve aches and pains, reduce stress and decrease swelling.
Pregnancy Massage, also referred to as prenatal massage, can reduce stress hormones in your body and help you to feel relaxed and loosen your muscles. During your pregnancy, regular massages can help you cope with discomfort as well as relieve insomnia, neck and back pain, joint pain leg cramping and sciatica. In addition, massages will encourage blood and lymph circulation, reduce stress on weight-bearing joints and help to relax nervous tension which can benefit your sleep.
Your therapist will know where your sore spots are likely to be and will tailor the treatment to your needs. If there are any other areas that need attention please let your therapist know.
Reflexology and how it works
Your feet are a perfect microcosm of your body. There are over 7,000 nerve endings in the feet and reflexology uses these reflexes to create positive change within the body.
Reflexology is an ideal form of treatment to prepare the body for pregnancy and birth and indeed to treat many general health conditions.
In pregnancy, your body will go through significant changes that will affect the emotional, hormonal and physiological balance of your body. Reflexology can help to alleviate discomfort arising from this imbalance and restore the body’s natural state of well-being.
Reflexology is a wonderful way of helping you through the myriad of changes of motherhood. It is, however, not recommended if there is a history of premature labour, severe hypertension, placenta praevia or recent vaginal bleeding. If you suspect any problems in your pregnancy it is important to contact your doctor or midwife.
Reflexology during pregnancy
Reflexology can be used for any of the following reasons during pregnancy:
- General relaxation
- Relief of stress and anxiety
- Increased energy levels
- Insomnia and sleep problems
- Reduce heartburn
- Relieve backache
- Nausea and vomiting
- High blood pressure
- Oedema (swelling, mainly of feet and ankles)
- Ligament and groin pain
- Symphysis pubis dysfunction
Reflexology and Labour
Research has shown that regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy can reduce the incidence of very post mature babies (after 41 weeks) and shorten the duration of labour, with many women requiring less pain-relief. Other benefits include:
- Helping to initiate labour
- Providing some pain relief
- Co-ordination and acceleration of regular contractions
- Reducing the chance of a retained placenta.
Reflexology post pregnancy
Reflexology can help to reduce postnatal problems for you and your baby. It is used to help with:
- Inadequate lactation
- Engorged breasts
- Urine retention
- Stress and anxiety problems
- Sleep problems
- Postnatal depression
Acupuncture is very safe to have during pregnancy and is an effective option at a time when many women choose to avoid taking medicine for minor ailments. It is essential that you choose an acupuncturist who is trained and a member of a professional body such as the British Acupuncture Council.
How can acupuncture help during pregnancy?
Many conditions which routinely crop up during pregnancy would benefit from a natural solution. Acupuncture, when provided by a trained practitioner, can give relief for a range of pregnancy related conditions:
- Morning sickness
- High/low blood pressure
- Tender breasts
- Migraine and other headaches
- Back ache
- Pelvic pain (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction)
- Varicose veins
Acupuncture can turn breech babies
An adjunct technique to acupuncture called moxibustion has been used for many centuries to turn breech babies. A herb called moxa is ‘compacted’ into a cigar shaped stick, one end of which is lit and it’s slowly smouldered directly above an acupuncture point on the little toe. Research is currently underway, but previous scientific studies have found promising results for the turning of breech babies; somewhere in the region of 80% success rate.
Acupuncture and labour
Acupuncture can be used to help to induce labour in overdue pregnancies. It should only be used for induction when the mother has passed her due date, and then only with the consent of the obstetric team in charge of the birth. This ensures that all medical factors are taken into account and that the appropriate facilities are in place if the treatment is successful in encouraging the natural process to start. Acupuncture treatment can occasionally have a very rapid effect, but generally speaking it may take at least a few days to work.
During labour acupuncture is used for pain relief and to boost the mother’s energy if the labour is a long one. Acupuncture can also be used to restart labour if it has slowed down or if contractions have stopped.
Acupuncture is used by new mothers to increase energy levels, to promote healing and to combat the ‘baby blues’. It also is very helpful in treating mastitis.
Research into acupuncture and pregnancy related conditions
- Acupuncture has been proven to reduce the symptoms of morning sickness. (2002, Adelaide University)
- Acupuncture has been found to reduce the experience of pain in labour. A secondary outcome of acupuncture was a shorter delivery time. (2002, Skilnand)
- Acupuncture has been proven to reduce pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy (2005, Institute for the health of Women and Children, Sahlgrenska Academy Gothernburg, Sweden)
- 70% of women responded postively to treatment with acupuncture for depression during pregnancy. (2004, Stanford University)
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