Osteopathy is a versatile, hands-on approach to conditions affecting the musculo-skeletal function of people of all ages. It recognises the important link between the structures of your body and the way it works.
Osteopaths take a case history for each patient. They observe how the patient's body function when they sit, stand, and lie down. In addition, they examine the patient using palpation to determine which areas of the body are functioning well and which ones are not. Moreover, they can provide specific exercise prescriptions and advice for rehabilitation and enhancing one’s general health.
A person’s skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, and circulation must work together to improve your health and well-being. Hence, osteopaths manually evaluate the patient’s condition and use a wide range of methods to identify and treat dysfunction in the body. The treatment then utilises techniques such as stretching and massage, along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissue.
The osteopath must also observe the spine and shoulders and determine if the pelvis is symmetrical. During the initial consultation, a treatment plan will be devised should the patient determine that osteopathic treatment is suitable for him or her. If not, the attending professional may refer the patient back to their general practitioner for a referral or to another health professional.
Assisting a wide range of patients, osteopaths may attend to children and the elderly. They may also assist pregnant women by helping reduce back pain as well as readying the body for childbirth.
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Chinese herbal medicine is an ancient system of primary health care that has an uninterrupted history of continual development for more than 2,000 years. It is a holistic approach to understanding a person’s health and disease processes and gives as much attention to the prevention of disease as to its treatment.
With acupuncture treatment, fine, sterile needles will be inserted into specific areas along the body's meridians called acupuncture points. This helps clear energy blockages and encourages the normal flow of qi through the patient. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods such as moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation, and massage in order for the qi flow to return to normal.
The acupuncture method is used to treat a wide range of health conditions, from pain relief to fertility and IVF support. Some people feel a slight discomfort briefly as the needles are placed, while others feel nothing at all. However, once the needles are in position, there should be no pain at all—only a tingling and warm sensation, which is a good sign.
These feelings are associated with improved treatment outcomes. Most patients describe a general feeling of relaxation and well-being during and after their treatment. Acupuncture is also meant to break the pain-inflammation cycle by relaxing the stiffness in the muscles and increasing blood circulation.
During your initial consultation, we will determine your complete history and perform a detailed evaluation of your condition. Our practitioner may feel your pulse, examine your tongue, and palpate your abdomen. He or she will also check for tender points, colour, and temperature changes along the meridians of your body.
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- Pregnancy-Related Conditions
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- Postnatal Difficulties
Massage refers to the manipulation of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body. A massage therapist uses his or her hands—the most important tool—to treat the patient and detect any physical and emotional problem. The patient’s body will be palpated to determine the condition of the tissues and the source of pain.
Our massage therapist will talk through your problem areas and discuss how long you have been affected. He or she will look and listen for clues in order to provide an effective treatment plan. To heal the cause and symptoms of the disorder, he or she must also look for the original biomechanical dysfunction.
If you have an injury or painful point that needs to be worked on, do not expect our therapist to only work on that body part. For example, if you have a sore thigh muscle, it might mean that you favour the other leg imperceptibly to avoid causing more pain to the originally affected area. This then causes a strain on the other leg.
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. Overall, massage can holistically address the whole body to ease out tension and repair damage to muscles, joints, tendons, and soft tissue.
Bowen therapy is a holistic technique involves working on the soft connective tissue (fascia) of the body. The treatment consists of sequences of small moves on a specific site on the body. These moves are gentle but purposeful, addressing the entire body and restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system.
We will ask you about your health history and reason for visiting so as to find out if there are any moves or procedures contraindicated to you and your lifestyle. Moreover, we want to find out the best procedures to apply and how much of the work your body can assimilate without overloading you. The hands-on work usually lasts between 15 and 45 minutes.
The pressure applied by the practitioner is almost always less than you would expect. You may feel a momentary twinge occasionally. Be sure to tell your practitioner if you feel uncomfortable any time.
Bowen therapy involves stimulation of precise points in the body in groups of two to eight at a time. The practitioner will leave the room between groups of moves to allow your body time to assimilate the work.
The most common reaction to this therapy is a deep sense of overall relaxation and lessening of muscular tension and pain. These are results of the body’s balancing and improved flow of internal energy. The restorative process begins once the body is relaxed. It is common for patients to fall asleep during a session.
Physiotherapy rehabilitates and improves movement disorders through natural methods such as exercise, motivation, education, and adapted equipment. Moreover, other modalities such as massage and heat treatment may also be utilised.
During our initial session, the physiotherapist will have gained a good understanding of your source of discomfort. We will start by performing a full examination. It is a good idea to bring any relevant documentation with you as we will likely ask a few questions on your medical history and general health.
Patients are advised to wear loose, comfortable clothing that will not restrict movement. Your physiologist may ask you to perform a few movements or exercises so that they can correctly assess your level of mobility. This might include walking 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 causing you pain is covered by clothing, you may be asked to remove it so that the physician can gain a better understanding of your problem. We suggest that you wear clothing such as cotton shorts, leggings, and t-shirts.
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 be longer if the practitioner deems it appropriate.
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Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole being of a 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 by gaining proper balance in life. This is the primary goal of holistic medicine practice.