BACK CARE & SPINAL HEALTH

    “It is time to re-think, re-educate and successfully recover from the escalating global burden and epidemic of back pain.”
    Osteopath Jarvia

    “Back pain is now the number one cause of physical disability worldwide.”
    (World Health Organisation)

     

    The spine is the most important communication system in the body. When it comes to protecting your spine, prevention really is better than the idea of a cure. I see and treat many of the same types of spinal injuries and back problems in both my professional worlds. My approach to successfully resolving back pain and spinal problems is informed by more than 25 years of clinical experience, training and education, working across different disciplines and systems of medicine, diagnosing and treating pain from a variety of perspectives. Your back care, spinal health and posture are dynamically inter-related.

    I take a dynamic, integrated and evidence based approach to resolving back, neck and spinal pain, injuries and recovery. A successful recovery from back &  pain conditions requires a whole person, integrated approach to adequately address the many factors involved with a person’s symptoms, pain intensity and pain experience.

    It is estimated that 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their life. Most people recover within 6 weeks however of those affected 1 in every 5 will go on to develop chronic back pain or chronic disability. According to the Global Burden of Disease and The World Health Organisation, lower back pain is now the single leading cause of physical disability worldwide and it is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor (outnumbered only by respiratory infections).

    Why has back pain become the number one cause of physical disability worldwide? It is time to re-examine the importance of pain and prioritise making a full recovery, resolving pain or symptoms. The traditional structural neuro-anatomical approach to back pain has clearly failed many patients. This model considers back pain in terms of how the structures in your spine appear on a scan, but scans do not always show or explain ‘pain’, but especially when it comes to back pain. It is clearly established that MRI findings have a very poor correlation in explaining back pain, with a known physical cause being found in 10-12% of all back pain patients.

    My clinical observations demonstrate time and time again just how important addressing posture is in successfully recovering from back pain and spinal injuries. I believe posture to be the elephant in the ‘back pain epidemic’ room. Many people instinctively know their posture could be better, but many fail in knowing how to achieve this. It is not unusual for many people suffering with back pain to not seek professional help for many years. Many ignore pain and stiffness, hoping it will get better over time. However, over time the body will respond, adapt and suffer from ignoring these stress and pain signals from your body. Over time, back pain and weak posture can cause serious spinal injuries & degeneration, nerve problems and many other associated symptoms and dysfunction such as depression, reduced respiratory rate, digestive issues, chronic pain, immobility, balance problems, injuries, herniated discs, sciatica and many more health issues.

    Since beginning my career in 1993, I have worked extensively in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain, spinal injuries and other related health conditions and disease states. I have worked extensively within: Medical Imaging | Interventional | A&E | MSK | Surgery: Spinal | Neuro | Orthopaedic | Pain | Cardiac | Vascular

    My clinical and hospital work give me valuable experience to see patients at every stage of their care and recovery, from admissions, to surgery, to outpatients and follow-ups. I have worked in adult & paediatric hospitals in both the public and private healthcare sectors, here in the UK and abroad. I have been lead radiographer since 2010 at London’s International Spinal and Pain Neuro-Modulation Symposiums where I work with a great team of spinal and pain experts. I am trained in UK diagnostic & surgical procedures & protocols.

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    BACK CARE & POSTURE

    “It is time to re-think, re-educate and successfully recover from the escalating global burden and epidemic of back pain.”
    Osteopath Jarvia

     

    The spine is the most important communication system in the body. Your back care habits, spinal health and posture are dynamically and continuously inter-related. Posture regulates almost every physiological function in our bodies. Posture influences every function, including movement, balance, blood pressure, digestion, respiratory rate and quality, sex hormone and stress hormone levels, mood and cognitive function. Posture is a complex phenomena controlled, co-ordinated by multiple systems and structures within the brain, spine and body. Movement happens relative to posture, and optimal alignment and balance of the parts helps relieve physical stress on the body. Prolonged sitting with poor posture compresses the diaphragm and creates upper respiratory distortion and breathing patterns. Sitting badly reduces how well we breathe, the mechanics of breathing known as respiration, and thus the efficiency of how well we ventilate, or the chemistry of our breathing. This can have a negative impact on energy levels, health, pain, aging, mood and emotional states. My clinical observations confirm time and time again just how important addressing weak posture is in successfuly recovering from back pain and spinal injuries. Is posture the elephant in the ‘back pain epidemic’ room.

    When you learn how to improve your posture, you will notice how the accumulation of stress from weak posture, e.g. pain/stiffness/injuries, dissipates and supports the healing process and treatment. For some types of injuries, such as a lumbar disc injury, a treatment only approach is almost pointless, in terms of a successful recovery, if postural problems are a feature. Many people instinctively know their posture could be better, but many fail in knowing how to achieve this. It is not unusual for many people suffering with back pain to not seek professional help for many years. Many ignore pain and stiffness, hoping it will get better over time. However, ignoring important pain and stress signals rarely leads to a positive recovery and can accumalte further problems oveer time. You only have one spine so when it comes to back care, posture and spinal health, prevention really is better than the idea of a cure.

    It is estimated that 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their life. Most people recover within 6 weeks however of those affected 10-13% will go on to develop chronic back pain or disability. According to the Global Burden of Disease and The World Health Organisation, lower back pain is now the single leading cause of physical disability worldwide and it is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor (outnumbered only by respiratory infections). 

    Improving your posture helps put the brakes on developing back & neck injuries and associated health problems with weak postural. There is no ‘perfect’ posture, but there is a type of posture which helps improve function, balance and health, as well as reducing stress, pain and injuries. This type of posture relieves stress, inflammation and pain. The health consequences of postural decline is an overlooked modern day Public Health epidemic. Your posture is the result of a combination of factors, including your genes and has an emotional and physical legacy in terms of your experiences, what you do, how you do it and much of something you do or don’t do with your body.

    My Posture Rehab Programme is an effective solution to reverse or reduce the accumulation of stress on your spine from weak posture. You will re-learn powerful ways to improve your posture to support a healthier, happier and more flexible spine. I assess your posture, spine and needs. I combine treatment, ergonomic design and rehab programmes specific to you and your work life.

    Taking steps to prioritise and reduce accumulating physical stress on your spine and body by improving your posture is a powerful health decision and a serious game changer for your immediate and long term health.

     

    BACK CARE & ERGONOMICS

    I take a dynamic and functional approach to promoting better back care, spinal health, posture, ergonomics and workplace practices. Implementing postural ergonomic design allows you to experience a myriad of health benefits, including better comfort at work, less pain and joint stiffness during and after work, more energy levels and a reduction in occupational injuries.

    Postural Ergonomics puts people first and furniture second. There is no such thing as a ‘good chair’ if we do not know how to sit well on it. Putting people first is the solution to getting better results to overcome the ill health effects associated with too much sitting. Your body is simply not designed to sit for 30-50 hours during work. “Good ergonomic equipment” is less effective when the worker has bad posture while using it. Better posture is a fundamental component in sustaining a healthier spine.

    The spine is the most important communication channel in the body. Your back care habits, spinal health and posture are dynamically and continuously inter-related. Posture regulates almost every physiological function in our bodies. Posture influences every function, including movement, balance, blood pressure, digestion, respiratory rate and quality, sex hormone and stress hormone levels, mood and cognitive function.

    In 2006 I trained in Neuro-Muscular Rehabilitation with my mentor Professor Eyal Lederman; in 2008 I studied Proprioceptive Medicine; in 2014 I trained in clinical pilates with Moss Pilates London. My interest in posture deepened over the years with my clinical observations in how significant weak posture is with many injuries and pain conditions I treat in clinic. With a rapidly changing culture, shifting towards greater technology use & unhealthy digital device habits, new patterns of pain and injuries were emerging. This shift lead me to pursue expert education in posture and ergonomics. In 2017 I joined The American Posture Institute and am currently studying Postural Neurology and Postural Ergonomics (expected to qualify in 2019).

    PREGNANCY CARE - OBSTETRIC OSTEOPATHY

    I enjoy working with pregnant women and couples, at every stage of the process, from family planning to pre- and post-natal care. I offer multiple treatments and therapies, including osteopathy, acupuncture and neuroacoustics, for expectant and new mums. I also provide regular Gong Siestas for sleep deprived parents (bookings available for individual 1:1, couples and private group bookings).

    In 2008 I completed a BSO Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetric Osteopathy. My 2 year undergraduate research, supervised by renowned superhero Osteopath Dr Steve Sandler. I explored current osteopathic treatment and management approaches for Pregnancy Related Pelvic Pain (PRPP), including SPD, compared with standard UK NHS care options. In 2007 I attended a week long International Osteopathy Symposium with renowned Obstetric Osteopaths and Obstetrician Dr Michel Odent, where we explored all aspects of osteopathy treatment and care in obstetric healthcare.

    SLEEP & GONGS

    Sleep | Gongs | Mental Health

    I shine a light on the important role sleep health plays in your health, illness, pain, recovery and wellbeing. I play large live gongs which help people drift into a natural, deep state of rest.

    The gongs help relax the brain into slow-wave sleep. This is the optimal brain state for healing, repair and regeneration and synthesis. This type of rest helps reduce stress, tension and inflammation in your body and mind and is an effective intervention for treating sleep problems, sleep deficiency, stress, pain, low energy, mood, memory, creativity, weight, aging and performance.

    We combine gong therapy with relaxing Breathing & Nervous System Techniques & Strategies, proven to help reach better levels of sleep quality.

    My special interest in sleep began in 2010 when I learned how fundamentally important sleep deficiency is in the onset and progression of mental illness and psychiatric conditions. My fascination with sleep deepened further from consistently observing the profound effects the gongs had on my patients and clients alike, enabling even patients with extreme pain and discomfort to reach deep states of rest. This paved the way for my work in frequency medicine, neuroacoustics and sleep health. I have trained with Mental Health charities MIND and Rethink Mental Illness in Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health First Aid (adults and children).

    Sleep is one of the fundamental pillars in physical, emotional and mental health. Improving the quality and quantity of your sleep plays a key role in health promotion and disease prevention. Sleep Health is fundamental to how well you feel, think, look, move and respond to the challenges of your life.

     

    Sleep Health seldom gets the proper attention it deserves, despite being the most treatable precursor to depression, pain and chronic illness. There is a great opportunity now to put contemporary research findings to work for the public good by raising awareness about the importance of sleep, by promoting natural, non-pharmaceutical interventions like Gong Siestas to the nation’s health agenda.

    GONG SIESTAS

    Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

    GONG SIESTAS

     30 MINUTES | 60 MINUTES

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    Individual 1:1 | Couples | Private Groups | Office | Corporate | Events

    Book In > Turn Up > Lie Down > Tune In > Switch Off > Refresh

    Jarvia plays 3 large gongs: 42″ Earth Gong; 38″ Mercury Gong; 36″ Symphonic Gong

    WELCOME TO GONG SIESTAS

    Sleep affects every aspect of our lives and it is a fundamental pillar in wellbeing, health and recovery. This is why Osteopath Jarvia is committed to providing Londoners with a powerful and natural sleep practice called Gong Siestas.

    Not getting enough sleep can have serious consequences on our mental and physical wellbeing. Sleep deficiency is one of the most treatable precursors to mental and physical illness, we all know how good it feels to catch up on those lost hours of sleep. Getting healthy doesn’t get easier than lying down to tap into a restorative sleep as live Gong sounds and frequencies wash over you, allowing your body, mind and brain to relax deeply.

    Book In > Turn Up > Lie Down > Tune In > Switch Off > Refresh

    Don’t struggle without enough sleep, come and join us every Saturday lunchtime from 1-2pm. This type of rest is also the optimal healing state, when important repair hormones get released. One hour in this type of sleep can be more therapeutic than a night’s sleep. We provide yoga mats and blankets. We recommend you wear warm clothing for your restful comfort during a Gong Siesta.

    WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GONG SIESTAS?

    • Reduces levels of stress in the mind and body
    • Increases energy levels
    • Improves mood
    • Improves concentration
    • Improves memory
    • Improves pain tolerance
    • Improves healing capacity/recovery
    • Helps reduce inflammation
    • Cleans the brain of certain toxins responsible for neurodegenerative conditions
    • Helps with metabolism and weight regulation
    • Reduces the risk of conditions associated with sleep deficiency & dysfunction
    • Reduces the effects of jet-lag
    • Comforts grief

    Sleep affects every aspect of our lives, from how we feel to how we function. My special interest in gongs and sleep began in 2010 when I learned how fundamentally important sleep deficiency is in the onset and progression of mental illness and psychiatric conditions. This paved the way for my work in frequency medicine, neuroacoustics and sleep health. My fascination with sleep deepened further from observing the consistently profound effects which the gongs had on my patients and clients alike…even enabling patients with extreme pain and discomfort to reach the deepest stages of the sleep cycle. I have trained with Mental Health charities MIND and Rethink Mental Illness in Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health First Aid (adults and children).

    As an Osteopath I take a mind-brain-body approach to recovery and wellbeing. In 2013 I trained in Gongs and Sound Therapy in the tradition of Yogi Bhajan with Don Conreaux, anthropology musicologist Esteban Valdivia, Tom Soltron and Sheila Whittaker. My work with the gongs paved the way for my work in frequency medicine, neuroacoustics and sleep health. As an Osteopath I work with sound (using low frequencies with gongs) to help people reach the healing stages of the sleep cycle, to promote better levels of health. As a radiographer I work with sound to diagnose health problems, using ultrasonic frequencies with Ultrasound. 

    Why not treat yourself to a new sleep habit by scheduling in 60 minutes regularly for a deeply restorative rest at a GONG SIESTA?

    Improving the quality of your sleep will benefit your immediate sense of wellbeing and is known to be a fundamental component in long term wellness. Improving your sleep health helps improve mood, memory, pain levels, inflammation, stress levels, metabolism, blood pressure, skin, emotional balance, concentration, creativity and performance.

    DURING A GONG SIESTA you simply lie comfortably on a yoga mat while the rich live tones, overtones and harmonics from the gongs wash over and through you, allowing you to drift easily into a deep, restorative state of rest.

    GONG SIESTAS are an effective alternative to the pharmaceutical options for sleep dysfunction and deficiency.

    This enjoyable sleep practice plays an important role in the early intervention and prevention of chronic conditions associated with poor sleep health. This type of rest is the optimal brain state for healing, repair, regeneration and synthesis. It will benefit your immediate and long term health, recovery and sense of wellbeing. It is also a powerful practice for people suffering chronic conditions such as chronic pain conditions, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.

     

    “Sleep is one of the fundamental pillars in physical, emotional and mental health. Improving the quality and quantity of your sleep plays a key role in health promotion and disease prevention. Sleep Health is central to how well you look, think, feel and respond to the challenges of your busy life. Sleep Health seldom gets the proper attention it deserves, despite being the most treatable precursor to depression, pain and chronic illness. There is a great opportunity now to put contemporary research findings to work for the public good by raising awareness about the importance of sleep and by promoting natural, non-pharmaceutical interventions like Gong Siestas to the nation’s health agenda.”
    Jarvia Foxter

    STRESS & HEALTH

    Jarvia’s approach to stress is grounded in osteopathic and functional medicine, neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology and Buddhist wisdom. Her therapeutic approach to stress is focussed on promoting balance within the nervous system. She does this by combining treatments, therapies and proven self-management techniques.

    The parasympathetic nervous system, cased within your spine, is designed to turn on your body’s relaxation response, to rest and digest. Your behaviours and thoughts can prevent your body’s natural relaxation response from operating in a state of balance or at its best. Overtime this will affect your immune system. Getting your body to relax on a daily basis for even brief periods can prevent the accumulation of stress in your body and mind. Learning how to relax your nervous system can help your body’s systems become more effective.

     

    “Thank you Jarvia for treating my stress and work related injuries during the filming of Embarrassing Bodies with your fabulous skills! I’ve been recommending you to all and sundry.”

    Vicki, TV Producer

     

     

    Successful stress management is not about trying to stop stress, but about being aware of stress and accepting that life can be stressful, whilst developing awareness and techniques to manage the types of stress which are personal to you, to improve how well we respond to them. Learn what stress and signals are personal to you. By having a better understanding of the different types of stress and how they manifest for you in your body and mind, you will become aware and more responsive to reducing stress, by implementing effective self-management habits and practices.

    The stress response or “fight or flight” response is the emergency reaction system of the body. It is there to keep you safe in emergencies. The stress response includes physical responses to your perception of various situations. When the stress response is turned on, your body releases substances like adrenaline and cortisol. Your organs are programmed to respond in certain ways to stress and situations that are viewed as challenging or threatening.

    The stress response can begin to work against you. You can turn it on when you don’t really need it, like perceiving something as an emergency or threat when it’s really not. It can turn on when you are just thinking about past or future events. It can be conscious and unconscious. Harmless, chronic conditions can be intensified by the stress response activating too often, with too much intensity, or for too long. Stress responses can be different for different individuals. Below is a list of some common stress responses can be different for different individuals. Below is a list of some common stress related responses people have.

     

    Physical Responses To Stress

    Muscle Aches | ↑ Heart Rate | Weight Gain | Hyperventilation | Constipation | Muscle | Twitching | Low Energy | Tight Chest | Dizziness | Stomach Cramps | Insomnia | Headache | Nausea | Dry Mouth | Weight Loss | Weakness | Diarrhea | Trembling | Chills | Sweating | Choking Feeling | Leg Cramps

     

     

    SYMPTOMS OF ACUTE STRESS

     

    The most common type of stress is acute stress, which is short-term, specific and the cause is often immediately apparent. Acute stress will be triggered by an imminent emotional or physical threat, such as work demands on your schedule or the pressure that comes from being in an upsetting situation. Acute stress becomes negative when it becomes too frequent, affecting your psychological and physical state.

    • Tension headaches
    • Muscle tension
    • back / neck / jaw pain
    • Emotional distress, such as feeling agitated, anxious or depressed
    • Stomach irritation, such as heartburn, constipation or diarrhea
    • Sweating, especially your palms, underarms or forehead
    • Rapid heart rate
    • Elevated blood pressure
    • Shortness of breath
    • Heart palpitations

     

     

    SYMPTOMS OF EPISODIC ACUTE STRESS

    When acute stress becomes regular episodes in life, you may feel like you are one step away from absolute disaster, you could be dealing with episodic acute stress. Even though episodic acute stress is most often created by taking on too much or doing things that put you in repeated stressful situations, the symptoms can be just as alarming, and this ongoing stressful lifestyle can lead to physical and psychological problems.

    • Constant feelings of being on edge
    • Irritable
    • Chronic fatigue or difficulty sleeping
    • Migraines and tension headaches that happen on a regular basis
    • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat and elevated blood pressure
    • Personal relationship problems
    • Depression

     

     

    SYMPTOMS & HEALTH RISKS OF CHRONIC STRESS

    People struggling with chronic stress can face a lot of negative health consequences. This is partially because those with chronic stress often neglect self-care, often partaking in behaviours that are unhealthy, such as overeating, smoking and alcoholism.

    • Lung disease
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Hypertension
    • Drug and alcohol dependence
    • Some types of cancer
    • Suicide
    • Accidents
    • Significant weight gain or weight loss