Osteopathy is a hands on approach to healthcare recognising the important link between the structures of your body & the way it works. Osteopaths focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation work together to improve your health & well-being. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissue.
Osteopaths take a case history for each patient. They observe how the patient's body functions when they sit, stand and lie down, as well as physically examining the patient using palpation to determine which areas of the body are functioning well and those that are not.
An Osteopath also observes the spine, shoulders and etermines if the pelvis is symetrical. At the initial consultation, the Osteopath will devise a treatment plan for the patient, if he or she determines that the Osteopathic treatment is suitable for the patient. They may refer the patient back to their GP for a referral or another health professional.
Osteopaths may assist a wide range of patients, from children to the elderly. They may also assist pregnant women by helping to reduce back pain as well as readying the body for childbirth.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body's meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the patient. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage, in order for the qi flow to return to normal.
Acupuncture has been used to treat a range of health conditions from pain relief to fertility and IVF support. Some people feel only slight discomfort briefly as the needles are place, and others feel nothing at all. Once the needles are in position, they should be no pain at all. There may be a sensation of tingling and warmth and this is a good sign. These feelings are associated with improved treatment outcomes. Most people describe a generalized feeling of relaxation and wellbeing during and after their treatment.
Most Chinese Medicine Practitioners/Acupuncturists are also trained to use a number of adjunctive therapies such as heat therapy using either a lamp or moxibustion to warm and improve circulation and reduce soft tissue pain. Cupping is used to improve local circulation adn reduce pain. Sometimes electro-acupuncture is also used to stimulate the needles at a certain point.
During your first consultation, a complete history and detailed evaluation of your condition is taken. The practitioner may feel your pulse, examine your tongue and also palpate your abdomen or check for tender points, colour and temperature changes along the meridians of the body.
Massage is simply the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body - the muscles, tendons and ligaments. A massage therapist's hands are the most important tool through which they not only treat the patient but also detect any physical and emotional problems. The massage therapist palpates the patient's body to determine the condition of the tissues and the likely source of any pain, and thus the correct form of remedial treatment.
The massage therapist will talk through your problem areas and discuss how long you have been affected. They will look and listen for clues in order to provide an effective treatment plan, looking for the original biomechanical dysfunction, and so healing the cause of the disorder, as well as the symptoms.
If you have an injury or painful point that needs work, don’t expect the therapist to only work on that body part – for instance if you have a sore thigh muscle, you may favour the other leg imperceptibly to avoid causing more pain to the original affected area, thus causing strain on the other leg. Also, you may be feeling pain in one part of the body that is “referred”, meaning that isn’t the part that is in fact injured. Remedial massage aims to correct chronic imbalances.
The techniques may be gentle or firm, deep or shallow, depending on your preference and what the issue requires.
Remedial massage can holistically address the whole body to ease out tension, and repair damage to muscles, joints, tendons and soft tissue.
Using advanced techniques and evidence-based care, physiotherapists assess, diagnose,
treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders.
Physiotherapy helps repair damage, reduce stiffness and pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life. Physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise.
During an initial session, your physiotherapist will seek to gain a good understanding of the source of your discomfort and will start by providing a full examination. It is a good idea to bring any relevant documentation with you as you will likely be asked a few questions on your medical history and general health at the start of a consultation.
Patients should wear loose, comfy clothing that will not restrict movement, and your physio may ask you to perform a few movements or exercises so they can correctly assess your level of mobility. You may also be asked to walk a short distance so your physician can assess if your condition is affecting your gait.
Clinical testing such as reflex and nerve testing may also be carried out depending on your condition. If the area of your body causing you pain is covered by clothing, you may be asked to remove it so the physiotherapist can gain a better understanding of your problem. Clothing such as cotton shorts, leggings and t-shirts are advisable to be worn.
After observation, your physiotherapist will likely outline a proposed treatment plan for you. The number of sessions needed is determined by the individual, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to treatment. A single session usually lasts 30 minutes but may last longer if the practitioner deems it appropriate.
Bowen is a holistic technique that works on the soft connective tissue (fascia) of the body. A Bowen treatment consists of sequences of small moves, each at a specific site on the body.
The moves are gentle, but purposeful. Bowen Technique addresses the entire body, by restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
Your practitioner will ask you about your health history and reason for the visit so as to find out if there are any moves or procedures that are contraindicated for you, the best procedures to apply, how much of the work your body is likely to be able to assimilate without overloading you. The hands-on work usually lasts between 15 and 45 minutes.
The pressure used by the practitioner is almost always less than you would expect. On occasion, you might feel a momentary twinge. Be sure to tell your practitioner if you are uncomfortable at any time.
Application of the technique involves stimulation of precise points on the body, in groups of 2 – 8 points at a time. Your practitioner will leave the room between groups of moves, to allow your body time to assimilate the work. The most common reaction to Bowen Therapy is a deep sense of overall relaxation and lessening of muscular tension and pain. These result from the body’s balancing and improved flow of internal energy. The restorative process begins once the body is relaxed. It is common for people to fall asleep during a session.
TREATMENT FOR ALL
TREATMENT FOR ALL
Holistic Medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person -- body, mind, spirit, and emotions -- in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to the holistic medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health -- the primary goal of holistic medicine practice -- by gaining proper balance in life.