Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of healing which requires placing fine needles on specific points along the meridian pathways affecting vital energy, known as Qi, restoring balanced health and harmony. Acupuncture is known to release endorphins and other helpful chemical substances, therefore it is a natural healing method. It is used for many emotional and physical imbalances in the body and is also used as a preventative medicine. Emotions have long thought to be at the root of many diseases and conditions. In Chinese Medicine, the 5 cardinal emotions or 5 element phases of Joy, Anger, Worry, Grief and Fear are thought to be primary causes of diseases. Strengthening the Liver for example has the effect of reducing Anger, the Liver’s associated emotion. Some of the Conditions that the treatment can benefit include: Restoring the immune system, Back Pain, IBS, Parkinson’s Disease, Respiratory Conditions, Migraines, Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Sciatica, Insomnia, Diabetes, Gout, Stress and Menstrual problems.
Chinese Herbal medicine dates back many thousands of years. It involves the use of natural plants and minerals. Each has its own specific characteristics and particular medicinal use for treating diseases, to rectify the imbalance of the Yin and Yang and to strengthen the immune system. Herbal medicine can be used on its own or in conjunction with Acupuncture, together this is referred to as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Various herbs are combined to each person’s individual needs and requirements. A consultation is necessary before herbs are administered. Some of the conditions that Chinese Herbal Medicine can benefit are: Skin problems, Sinus, Constipation, Asthma and also to aid circulation.
Practitioner: Annie Jenkins
Do you think you might have Allergies, Intolerances or Toxicity issues?
Food and environmental sensitivities are the cause (or part cause) of many common health problems, and these can be identified and remedied by allergy testing and treatment. Conditions include hay fever, eczema and asthma; also fatigue, weight gain and IBS, and many more.
The ‘Bigger Picture’:
During your consultation we will discuss your health and wellbeing in some depth. Many people with allergies have underlying issues which predispose them to react to things in an allergic way. We will consider your diet and eating habits, home and work environments, the impact of common toxins, lifestyle and stress factors, and so on.
The ‘big picture’ for you will provide the context for evaluating the results of your allergy test, and for the treatment and advice you’ll receive.
You will be tested for a range of allergies. The method used is Diagnostic Kinesiology (sometimes referred to as ‘muscle testing’), a safe and non-invasive approach which is both accurate and versatile. It is ideal for children, including babies, as well as adults.
Additionally, if it looks like there are significant food sensitivities, a Diagnostic Elimination Diet is usually recommended. This takes the diagnostic process one step further and helps to confirm the results of kinesiology testing.
Laboratory Tests are also available (at additional cost), but these are only required in exceptional circumstances. They include blood and stool tests to further evaluate immune response and gut health.
Used individually or in combination, the above tests will provide an accurate picture of your allergy status.
The aim of testing and treatment is to reduce the toxic load in your body, and to strengthen your immune response to offending allergens. Health is restored (as required) by means of detoxification, attention to diet and to gut health, homeopathic allergy desensitisation, and nutritional medicines.
Most people only need to see Robin once. The fee includes allergy and intolerance testing, as well as thorough case taking, in-depth discussion, and a personalised management and treatment plan for you to put into effect. It also includes follow-up email and phone support as required.
Robin sees all age groups. The consultation is 75 mins long for adults and young people, and up to 75 mins for children. Follow-up appointments are only occasionally needed, and are shorter.
Practitioner: Robin Ravenhill
Tom Bowen was born in Australia. He was the founder of the Bowen Technique in the 1950’s. He is reported to have treated thousands of patients per year. His work is well known and is also used in some areas of the medical profession today because of its high success rate. A simple and powerful technique that helps relieve all kinds of pain, it is also so gentle that it can be used on anyone from newborn infants to the elderly. It can also be used for a wide variety of conditions such as Asthma, Hay fever, Skin Conditions, Back Pain, Sciatica, Rheumatism, Migraines, Tinnitus, Sinus, Frozen Shoulder, Whiplash, Digestive Problems, Fertility Problems, IBS, Breast Lumps and Pain, Colic in babies, Lymphatic Drainage.
Practitioner: Annie Jenkins
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Practitioner: Annie Jenkins
If you are feeling unhappy, counselling can help you understand what this is about. Being able to talk to a qualified counsellor freely can allow you to put things into perspective, as well as learning how you may be creating some of your unhappiness.
If you react and behave as you always do, it is unlikely that you are going to get different results. Counselling can help you understand your reactions and behaviours, with the view of learning new ways of doing things that would help you achieve more satisfactory outcomes.
Counselling can help with a variety of issues, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement, stress and infertility being just a few of them.
Practitioners: Urtzi Crystobal, Michal Ann Abbott
I am a highly skilled Hypnotherapist having spent well over a decade training and researching and treating thousands of clients, I specialise in helping people deal with Emotion issues and shedding unhealthy and unwanted habits:
Emotion Issues such as emetophobia, health anxiety, social anxiety, confidence issues, panic attacks and fear of flying.
Unhealthy habits such as: smoking, nail biting, over eating and binge drinking.
Practitioners: Alex Severn
Powerful techniques to improve your general health
Kinesology is a complementary therapy involving the use of muscle testing. This works on circulation, lymphatic’s, the nervous system, acupuncture meridians and also emotional blockages. We can use powerful techniques to test, detect and balance. It is based on the fact that the body language never lies, we can tune into this body and help facilitate the healing process. Nutrition can play a major part in Kinesiology (we are what we eat). We may be eating some foods which are causing us problems such as constipation, indigestion, headaches etc. We use food sensitivity testing to determine the foods that are right for you as an individual. Some of the conditions we can help are headaches, back pain, sciatica, insomnia, knee pain, digestion, emotional and many more. How many treatments are required? This depends on the length of time you have suffered from a condition amongst other factors.
Practitioner: Annie Jenkins
Practitioner: Annie Jenkins
In ancient Greece, athletes used massage before and after competing while the Romans recognised the benefits for injured gladiators.
In 1900 the Finnish School Of Massage developed the first system of sports massage and in 1924 it was first brought to the public’s attention when Paavo Nurmi won 5 gold medals in ONE day with only a 30 minute break between some events at the Paris Olympic Games. Nurmi credited special massage treatment as one of the important components of his training.
As professional or amateur competitors seek to improve their performances, many are now realising the importance of using a sports massage therapist.
About Sports & Remedial Massage
- Sport & Remedial Massage includes the analysis of soft tissues to help prevent dysfunction, pain, limited movement, misalignment or injury. This is approached and maintained by physical and manual manipulation of the soft tissues including giving appropriate advice on exercise, training and rehabilitation.
- Remedial massage covering minor conditions relating to muscles, tendons and ligaments, has been used effectively for thousands of years…dealing with aches and pains caused mainly by poor posture. If untreated, these issues become more serious and complex which eventually result in additional multi skeletal problems. Treatment has proven in the past to be an effective and successful way of overcoming these conditions, complementing the body’s natural repair process. If a medical practitioner has diagnosed a serious injury, it is likely there is a secondary soft tissue condition involved due to the muscular system protecting or compensating. Therefore, as a complementary therapy, a good and successful recovery would require these issues to be addressed by means of remedial massage.
- Sports massage uses a similar clinical approach as remedial massage with the emphasis on recovery from training and prompt identification and treatment of possible problematic soft tissue conditions. By applying massage, a thorough assessment of the condition of an athlete’s soft tissues can be addressed such as monitoring posture and range of movement. The therapist can also monitor how an athlete is responding to training and assess how to apply specific exercises to avoid injury…enhancing maximum performance.
Some of the injuries I can treat:-
- Neck ache and pain
- Shoulder ache and pain
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Golfers Elbow(Medial Epicondylitis)
- Joint Problems
- Cartilage Problems
- Posture Correction
- Back ache and pain
- Muscle imbalance
- Ligament sprains
- Ligament damage
- Chronic injuries
- Nerve impingement
- Impact injuries
- Tendon and muscle strain
Muscle Energy Technique (MET):- is used to stretch and lengthen tight muscles including realigning areas of adhesive muscle fibres.
Soft Tissue Release (STR):- is a method of locking and stretching adhered part of muscle…avoiding unnecessary stretching of remaining healthy, aligned muscle fibres preventing possible overstretch.
Neuromuscular Technique (NMT):- is used with the nervous system, aiding release of localised tension and pain and Trigger Points are also deactivated using this method.
Myofascia Release:- is used to release tight, congealed and dehydrated connective tissue around muscles to become soft, mobile and hydrated. Pressure applied slowly, will create a physical and chemical reaction to the tissue, allowing it to return to it’s normal resting length.
Can Everyone Benefit?
Yes…you don’t have to be a sports person to receive the benefits of a good sports massage. For example, spending hours at a desk can cause muscular tension and over use which can be effectively relieved using sports massage.
If however you are involved in sporting activities, treatment would help overcome general aches and pain, rehabilitation after injury, pre and post event as well as preventative therapy aimed at reducing risk of injury.
Other aspects are considered which could be affecting your condition such as medical history, general lifestyle, hobbies, diet, work and emotions.
The therapist will advise on a specific programme where necessary how to improve posture, stretch and strengthen their muscles.
Additional Treatment Incorporated With Sports & Remedial Massage
How does Ultrasound Benefit Wound Healing?
Ultrasound causes a degranulation of mast cells resulting in the release of histamine. Histamine and other chemical mediators released from the mast cell are felt to play a role in attracting neutrophils and monocytes to the injured site.These and other events appear to accelerate the acute inflammatory phase and promote healing.
Ultrasound has been noted to effect fibroblasts and stimulate them to secrete collagen. This can accelerate the process of wound contraction and increase tensile strength of the healing tissue. Connective tissue will elongate better if both heat and stretch are combined. Continuous ultrasound at higher therapeutic intensities provide an effective means of heating deeper tissue prior to stretch.
As the frequency of ultrasound is increased, the penetration of the signal decreases. For most dermal wounds, it is preferable therefore, to utilize a frequency of 3MHz. 1MHz would be more effective on deeper structures.
What is Ultrasound?
- Sound waves consist of a to and fro movement of particles in the direction of a wave. This movement is set by a source, which is subjected to deformation. This source may be pigskin on a drum or a metal diaphragm. Pressure waves are set up which emanate as areas of compression and decompression
- Audible range = 30 – 20,000 Hz – Ultrasound range = above 20,000 Hz – Many animals hear ultrasound. The therapeutic frequencies for ultrasound are 1MHz or 3MHz (1MHz = 1 million cycles per second)
Production of Ultrasound Waves
- High frequency electrical current applied to certain crystals (Quartz or Barium Titanate) will produce distortion thus causing the crystals to “oscillate”, i.e. to expand and contract at a high frequency, (this effect is termed the piezo-electric effect or PZT). These changes in the shape of the crystal cause movement of the metal end plate which in turn produces an ultrasonic wave.
Benefits of Ultrasound
I use ultrasound therapy specifically on:-
- Sprained and torn ligaments
- Inflamed tendons and tendon sheaths
- Lacerations and other surface soft tissue traumas
- Scar tissue sensitivity and tension (muscle spasm)
- Strained and torn muscles
- Inflamed and damaged joint muscles
Taping and Strapping
Taping and strapping is often required after injury but sometimes to bring attention to correct postural awareness. It is also helpful to aid a sports person to compete in an event after suffering a mild injury.