Osteopathy is a system of health care which recognizes that the self-healing, self-regulating ability of the body is dependent upon a number of factors, including favourable environmental conditions (both internal and external) adequate nutrition, and normal structural integrity. It utilizes generally accepted medical methods of diagnosis, as well as certain specialized ones developed to facilitate accurate structural assessment.
A refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head.
NUTRITIONAL and ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE
What is Nutritional and Environmental Medicine?
Nutrients are the building blocks of human physiology and play a key role in a person's health and wellbeing. Current medical literature increasingly bears out the fundamental role of nutrition in health-optimisation and the prevention and treatment of many common conditions.
“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”
--Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)
Although as quoted above it can be understood that perhaps current knowledge is finally catching up to ancient wisdom!
This area addresses the body's:
External environment - allergies, sensitivities, toxicities and level of ability to detoxify
Internal environment - the GI tract - gut flora, integrity of intestinal wall, nutrient absorption and the immune system
Environmental Medicine is concerned with those physical and psychological symptoms that result from allergy or sensitivity to various inhalants, foods, beverages and numerous chemical substances in air, water and food. The central nervous system, with its rich blood supply, is particularly susceptible to the effects of allergens and toxins. Consequently, individuals exhibiting physical or mental illness are suspected of having a sensitivity to some environmental factor that is upsetting the balance of nutrients within the body.
Environmental toxins are eliminated as far as possible. For optimum results, a regular program of physical exercise and relaxation is advised. Stresses of emotional, psychological and social origin must also be dealt with, as part of a total treatment program.
Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
is defined as the study of the interactions of both nutritional and environmental factors with human physiology, biochemistry, pathology and anatomy and the clinical application of these interactions in the optimisation of health and the prevention and treatment of disease. This may involve the removal of certain foods or chemicals from the patient's environment, the use of rotation diets and the provision of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and essential fatty acids,herbs or other nutritional supplements. Excesses or deficiencies of any nutrient or the presence of basic chemicals or electromagnetic radiation results in cellular dysfunction and illness. The underlying philosophy is closely aligned with Naturopathic principles and is a form of drug free Natural Medicine.
How can Psychology Help?
A psychology consultation can help you with support and assistance in difficult times. Our psychology sessions will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your emotions, feelings and concerns, and receive professional psychological support and treatment.
• Mental skills for injury rehabilitation.
• Dealing with change, loss, stress and anxiety.
• Building resilience, mental toughness and self-esteem.
• Dealing with difficult people and situations.
• Performance enhancement and mental development.
• Team building and leadership.
• Communication skills and conflict resolution.
• Career transition and outplacement.
• Work/life balance.
The gentle Australian healing system, Bowen Therapy, is applied to treat a broad range of physical ailments including muscular, structural and visceral complaints.
It is a dynamic fascial and muscle release modality, with single, gentle cross-fibre moves being applied to specific muscles, tendons and ligaments to improve flow of blood, lymph and energy. These moves are usually applied in precise Sequences. When required, these Sequences often create self-correcting structural changes to promote overall body balance.
It is a minimalist approach to bodywork, doing away with the need for repetitive and often invasive action. It is especially useful with its ability to be effectively applied when many other therapies cannot, such as with extreme trauma, frail, elderly people and very young babies.
The philosophy behind the modality is based on the osteopathic principle that the structure of the body governs its function. Correcting the structure to improve overall well-being is often the aim.
The visceral impact of correcting basic structural imbalance can, in itself, often be profound. Add to this, specific Sequences aimed at visceral dysfunction and a truly holistic approach to many health problems results.
During a treatment the practitioner applies gentle ‘rolling’ moves on very specific points on the muscles, tendons and ligaments. These moves are often applied in special Sequences. These initiate relaxation of the muscles, flexibility of the fascia and increased circulation of essential fluids and serve to bring about the often profound results positively affecting many conditions in the whole body.
At specific times during the treatment, the practitioner may allow the body to rest; they may even leave the room. This can be an important part of the treatment, when the body is given time to react. It also is a time to relax – the recipient may wish to ‘tune-in’ to how the body may be responding to the work. Bowen Therapy is applied to treat a broad range of physical ailments including muscular, structural and visceral (internal) complaints. It is especially useful because it can be effectively applied when many other therapies cannot, such as in cases of extreme trauma.
A wide variety of complaints usually respond extremely well to Bowen Therapy, including:
- Low, middle or upper back pain or stiffness
- Neck pain or stiffness, including wry neck and whiplash problems
- Shoulder or arm problems, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (pain, numbness or tingling in hands or fingers)
- Headaches, migraines, dizziness
- Sinusitis, eye, ear or nose and throat problems
- Sciatica, pain in the groin, hip or buttock
- Thigh, hamstring or knee problems
- Lower leg, ankle, foot and toe complaints
- Lymph and circulatory problems
Bowen Therapy often alleviates asthma and other respiratory problems, plus colic in babies. Also its impact on other visceral (organ) problems can be profound e.g. kidney, bladder, stomach and lung problems.
There are many other benefits of Bowen Therapy, particularly for pregnant women and people with degenerative complaints such as:
ArthritisMultiple Sclerosis (MS)Parkinson’s DiseaseFibromyalgia
You can now be eligible to receive up to 5 (five) Osteopathic treatments per year through Medicare. You must first be referred by your GP. Call us for more details.
We have a HICAPS Terminal at this Practice so don't forget to bring you private health fund card with you, on the date of your appointment, for your fast on the spot health fund refund.
(Check with your private health fund if they participate.)
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Remember to get a Doctors referral to this clinic prior to your initial treatment.
Remember to get a Doctors referral to this clinic priorto your initial treatment.