Available Treatments

Herbal Medicine

 

Plants (herbs) can be effectively used in the treatment of health conditions and enhance well-being.  Herbal medicines can be used to treat a range of conditions including, but not limited to, mild depression, anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, migraines, arthritis, hormonal imbalances and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

 

Used correctly, herbal medicines have a gentle, modulating and profound effect on the body.  Some herbs can act on the body as powerfully as pharmaceutical drugs and need to be treated with care and respect.  In fact, many pharmaceutical drugs are based on synthesised versions of specific constituents found in plants.  For example, the heart medication digitalis is derived from Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).

 

Herbal medicines should always be administered by a well trained Naturopath or Herbalist.  Self prescribing herbal medicines without understanding the indications, contraindications and potential interactions could result in an adverse reaction.  Just because something is considered "natural"  does not automatically translate to it being safe.  In addition, many over-the-counter products containing herbal medicines do not always have the correct therapeutic dosage and therefore not be as effective.

 

Always consult a qualified Naturopath or Herbalist before taking any herbal medicines.

 

Nutritional Medicine

 

Is the study of food, its nutrients and how diet affects health and well-being.  A Naturopath views food, diet and nutritional supplements from a therapeutic potential and may prescribe dietary advice and/or prescribe specific nutritional supplements to assist in treating a broad range of health conditions and for the prevention of certain diseases.

 

The study of nutritional medicine involves an understanding of key biochemical pathways of the body and how specific nutritients are utilised in supporting these biochemical pathways.  For example, vitamin B6 (amongst other nutrients) is required to convert the amino acid tryptophan to serotonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) to melatonin (helps you to get a good night's sleep). An understanding of deficiencies, excesses and toxic elements affecting these biochemical pathways is very important in effectively utilising nutrients in the treatment of health conditions.

This is why it is important to consult a qualified practitioner, such as a naturopath or nutritionist, when it comes to prescribing nutritional supplements as they have a good understanding of nutrients and how they are utilised by the body for various important biochemical processes.

Diet and Lifestyle



What we eat is not limited to just the nutritional value of the food. The way we grow, transport, store, prepare and eat our food can have an impact on our health.  Many foods, especially fruits and vegetables, contain thousands of phytochemicals (natural plant-based constituents).  These phytochemicals can have a profound impact on our health and well-being.  Research in the new field of nutrigenomics has demonstrated how these plant constituents interact with our DNA by switching certain genes on or off, and the impact this has on our overall health and well-being.  The way the food has been processed can impact on the quality or levels of these phytochemicals.  Not only is it important what we put in our mouths, it is equally important what we don't put in our mouths.

 

Our lifestyle can have a significant impact on our current and future health states.  A sedentary lifestyle devoid of any significant movement can be detrimental to overall health.  As is widely acknowledged now, smoking significantly contributes to various illnesses such as emphysema, cancer and cardiovascular disease.  What we do, and also what we don't do, in our lives can have a significant impact on our overall health and well-being.

 

A Nautropath will help not only identify dietary and lifestyle factors that may be contributing to or sustaining current ill health, but also identifying dietary and lifestyle factors contributing to increased risk of future adverse health events.  Prevention is much cheaper and easier than the cure!

 

Flower Essence Therapy

 

Flower essences are an excellent catalyst for change and work by subtly enhancing the positive qualities of mind and emotions.  In many ways they help to heal emotional imbalances. These imbalances can either positively or negatively contribute to an individuals' overall health and well-being.

 

You may have heard about the mind-body connection and how the state of the mind can affect the body and vice-versa. An example of this is the way blood pressure is affected by strong emotions.  When someone is in a state of anger it is likely that his/her blood pressure will also go up. Flower essences are useful in balancing these emotions and to reduce the impact that negative mental/emotional states have on the physical body.

 

Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy is a gentle and effective physical hands-on technique that aims to treat the cause of joint pain, muscle issues, sports injuries, and ongoing and intermittent pain.  It is also very helpful in assisting with balancing hormones, improving sleep quality and relieving stress and relaxing the body.  The practitioner applies gentle rolling-type moves using the thumbs and fingers on precise points on the body, usually over muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments.  The technique has a specific effect on the fascia, which is the soft connective tissue surrounding muscles, muscle fibers and organs and creates a network in the body.  Each move the practitioner makes at specific locations on the body delivers signals to the nervous system. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue.

During treatment there are short breaks between groups of moves allowing the body to rest and to give it time to respond and accept the information received.  These short rest periods are an important part of the treatment and gives the body the chance to make adjustments, re-balance and relieve tension.  Following treatment it can take up to 48 hours for the treatment to take effect and four days for the body to start the healing process.

Outcomes from Bowen Therapy treatment range from long-term rapid relief and permanent remission, to significant improvement in mobility, stress, pain and general well-being.  Many recipients of Bowen Therapy report having a good night's sleep after a Bowen treatment and often have increased energy, improved circulation and feeling more balanced.

McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release Technique (MSTR®)

The McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release Technique (MSTR®) is an innovative, gentle and effective technique producing lasting changes in scar tissue.  It can be used to treat all types of scars no matter how old the scar is.   MSTR® can be considered for:

  • Post-surgical scars - including laparoscopic keyhole surgery, appendectomies, spinal surgery, hysterectomy and C-sections.

  • Injury or trauma scars- sports injuries, accidents, plantar fasciitis and micro fascia tears.

  • Burn scars

  • Stretch marks

  • Cultural scarification

  • Skin grafts

MSTR® can also be used to treat cellular memory scars, such as the trauma and reminder of the incident surrounding a scar.

The look and feel of scars may be unpleasant, and they may even have emotions attached to them due to the traumatic events that created them.  Scar tissue may contribute to what seems to be unrelated problems, such as:

  • restrictions in range of motion

  • muscle weakness

  • Low self esteem

  • tingling or numbness

  • reduced lymph and blood flow

  • restrictions in the fascia

  • reduced chi or energy flow (in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory)

According to research conducted by K. Lewit and S. Olsanka (Clinical Importance of Active Scars: Abnormal Scars as a Cause of Myofascial Pain - 2002), if a scar is left untreated it may be the cause of therapeutic failure and recurrence.  What this means, no matter what physical therapy intervention is used (i.e. Bowen Therapy, Physiotherapy, Remedial Massage Therapy, etc.), untreated scars may thwart any efforts to remedy related pain and restrictions in mobility.

 

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