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Acupuncture Chinese Herbal Medicine Counselling Massage Therapy Myotherapy Nutrition Remedial Therapy

Acupuncture
Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points on the skin, usually by the insertion of needles. In its original form acupuncture was based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese medical writings describe acupuncture channels which transport energy (qi) around and through the body. Traditional Acupuncturists believe that gentle stimulation at precise acupuncture points when applied on the basis of correct diagnosis, will aid the body's own defensive and self healing systems, thus promoting and maintaining good health.

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on concepts of yin and yang and of Qi energy. Chinese herbs are ascribed qualities such as 'cooling' (yin) or 'stimulating' (yang) and used, often in combination, according to the deficiencies or excesses of these qualities in the patient.

Counselling
Professional counselling is a safe and confidential collaboration between qualified counsellors and clients to promote mental health and wellbeing, enhance self-understanding, and resolve identified concerns.

Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy is the treatment of the soft tissue of whole body areas to bring about generalised improvements in health, such as relaxation or specific physical benefits, such as relief of muscular aches and pains.

Myotherapy
Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, which may cause muscular dysfunction and pain thus affecting movement and mobility. Myotherapy involves a comprehensive physical evaluation and an integrated therapeutic approach of effected muscles, joints, nerves and associated viscera (organs) based on the individuals needs. Myotherapy is used in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and pathologies, to restore optimal pain free movement; it is also used for preventative management and patient education. Myotherapists have an extensive knowledge of anatomy, pathology and musculoskeletal (acute and chronic) conditions that can be treated to restore the muscles, fascia and biomechanics. Myotherapists utilise a range of treatment techniques including myofascial dry needling, trigger pint release, electro-mechanical therapies (TENS), cupping, joint mobilization and various soft tissue manipulations, thermal (heat/cold) therapies, passive and active stretching and corrective rehabilitative exercise to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia).

Nutrition
Nutritional medicine is based on the traditions of food as medicine and dietary planning. It combines these disciplines with scientific advances in the treatment, management and prevention of disease using food and nutrient as therapeutics.

Remedial Therapy
Remedial Therapy is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. It is performed to create favourable conditions for the body to return to normal health after injury and is defined by the premises that the treatment can reasonably reverse certain physical effects a patient may be presenting. A range of manual therapy techniques may be employed in treatment, such as deep connective tissue massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Direct and Indirect Myofascial Techniques, and Neuromuscular Facilitation, (as well as techniques ranging from Swedish to specialised massage for athletes, babies and pregnant women. Specialists may also practice, Shiatsu Techniques to achieve improvement throughout the body. Aromatherapy and wholistic approaches such as Kinesiology may also be used).
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