Chiropractic is a regulated primary healthcare profession. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. They have a specialist interest in neck and back pain, but when they assess patients, they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account.
Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.
Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions.
Iridology is the practice of studying the iris of the eye – such as patterns and colours – to determine information about a patient’s health as a whole.
While it has been practiced in various forms for hundreds of years, modern iridology takes advantage of both digital imaging and manual techniques to help determine a patient’s overall health level.
To make these observations, trained professionals called iridologists use iris charts. This divides the iris into zones that represent certain parts of the human body.
Iridology was first popularized in 1881 by Dr. Ignatz Von Peczley in his book Discoveries in the Field of Natural Science and Medicine, where he published the first iridology chart. Subsequently, Dr. Bernard Jensen compiled one of the first modern charts in 1950.
The practice is more commonplace in Europe than in North America, but is growing in its adoption. A study involving 800,000 patients discovered that iridology can be an effective form of diagnosis in as many as 85% of cases.
A trained iridologist can recognize and identify patterns in nerve bundles known as trabeculae which are pervasive in the iris. These nerves display information relayed by the oculomotor nerve from various organs and systems in the body to give an indication of their state of health.
When examining a patient’s eyes, an iridologist will generally look at ~
~Iris colour ~Brightness (i.e. lightness or darkness) ~Placement and shape of the trabecular fibers ~Rings and other discolourations/shadings in the white part of eyes
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is thousands of years old and has changed little over the centuries. Its basic concept is that a vital force of life, called Qi, surges through the body. Any imbalance to Qi can cause disease and illness. This imbalance is most commonly thought to be caused by an alteration in the opposite and complementary forces that make up the Qi. These are called yin and yang.
Ancient Chinese believed that humans are microcosms of the larger surrounding universe, and are interconnected with nature and subject to its forces. Balance between health and disease is a key concept. TCM treatment seeks to restore this balance through treatment specific to the individual.
It is believed that to regain balance, you must achieve the balance between the internal body organs and the external elements of earth, fire, water, wood, and metal.
A Naturopath is a health practitioner who applies natural therapies. Her/his spectrum comprises far more than fasting, nutrition, water, and exercise; it includes approved natural healing practices such as Homeopathy, Acupuncture, and Herbal Medicine, as well as the use of modern methods like Bio-Resonance, Ozone-Therapy, and Colon Hydrotherapy. At a time when modern technology, environmental pollution, poor diet, and stress play a significant role in the degradation of health, a Naturopath’s ability to apply natural methods of healing is of considerable importance.
Frequently, a Naturopath is the last resort in a patient’s long search for health. Providing personalised care to each patient, the naturopath sees humankind as a holistic unity of body, mind, and spirit.
Using a range of alternative methods of diagnosis, a Naturopath can often successfully pin-point a predisposition in the body, before the onset of acute disease, and treat the patient with specific therapies and changes in the patient’s lifestyle.
A Naturopath usually practices in a freelance environment, with the option to work in hospitals, spas, research, health care, administration, management in the retail industry, or in the media. One can find a Naturopath in a nutritional and family consultancy, as well as in a Beauty Clinic. Specialisation in infertility, skin problems, sports, children, or geriatrics is possible. The growing acceptance of Naturopathy world-wide, and greater movement and communication within the European Union offers a wealth of opportunities for future professional and personal development.
The principles of Naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400 BC. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure. It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles.
The healing power of nature – nature has the innate ability to heal Identify and treat the cause – there is always an underlying cause, be it physical or emotional Do no harm – a Naturopath will never use treatments that may create other conditions Treat the whole person – when preparing a treatment plan, all aspects of a person’s being are taken into consideration The Naturopath as a teacher – a Naturopath empowers the patient to take responsibility for his/her own health by teaching self-care Prevention is better than cure – a Naturopath may remove toxic substances and situations from a patient’s lifestyle to prevent the onset of further disease
An initial consultation with a Naturopath normally takes about an hour. During this time the Naturopath will ask questions about the person’s condition, medical history, diet and lifestyle, and any conventional treatments that they may be taking. The consulting Naturopath may then use Iridology (looking into the iris), or tongue and nail diagnosis to get a better picture of the complete health state of the client. If needed, pathology testing such as hair, stool, or blood analysis may be recommended.
Once all of the information is gathered, a treatment plan is formulated that addresses all areas of the person’s life, providing the body with the optimum chance to heal itself. The treatment plan may include advice on diet, lifestyle, exercise, herbal medicine, homeopathic treatments, or other suitable remedies. A Naturopath may also refer the client to other practitioners as part of an integrated health care approach.
Homoeopathy is an effective system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. The homoeopathic practitioner recognises that symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment not the disease. By using highly diluted substances the homoeopath aims to improve the patients’ symptoms, physical, mental or emotional, and restore them back to normal health.
“Aromatherapy is the power of “aroma”, through essential oils to improve your wellbeing “therapy”. Used in ancient cultures for thousands of years, the term aromatherapy was coined by a French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in 1937. Now gaining it’s rightful place in the science and medical arena, it’s more relevant for our wellbeing than ever before.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the life of the plant, highly volatile fragrant chemical compounds.
Why do plants have them?
Over millions of years, plants have evolved with essential oils playing a key part in allowing them to survive and flourish. Aroma, as we see in humans is used to attract, such as insects to pollinate or conversely to defend, the aroma on citrus skin fruit repels predators. We even see oils collecting on leaves in harshclimates to protect against water loss.
The antimicrobial use of essential oils has been well documented, evergreen trees in forests release phytoncides that protect them from harmful fungi and bacteria. We use many of the essential oils for the same or similar applications they were initially used for by the plant from which they came.
How does Aromatherapy work?
It’s all about the aroma. Our sense of smell is established to be 10,000 times more acute than other senses. Scent travels faster to the brain than both sight or sound, and registers even faster than pain. The sense of smell is linked directly to the power and the deepest parts of the brain and the mind. Essential oils are incredibly volatile meaning they becomes gases and spread quickly, going directly to the ‘limbic system’ in the brain, this system is our primary response unconsciously controlling elements such as our breathing, here the aroma alters out brain chemistry.
So before you have even registered the aroma in your conscious brain, a cascade of reactions has already happened, both physical and hormonal such as releasing endorphins to boost your mood or relaxing the central nervous system to instil calm, having a holistic effect on your wellbeing.”
As a form of self-care, this could involve looking at or handling things in colours you find calming. Anecdotally, people believe that while red promotes anxiety, blue can have a soothing effect. Others say that pink reduces aggression. Because everyone is different, it’s more important just to spend the time with the colours that you find uplifting, whether that’s by noticing them in nature or looking at pictures online.
There are also colour therapists, who focus more specifically on the idea that, because light moves in waves of varying lengths, each colour has a different wavelength and therefore we sense them all individually.
Colour therapists believe that different colours in the spectrum can harmonise or rebalance the body’s inner vibrations. A colour therapy session may look at ways certain colours are corresponding to aspects of your life, and invite you to talk about what that may mean.
Oxygen is vital to sustaining human life. Every cell in the body needs oxygen to complete the metabolic processes that give life. Oxygen provides the fuel needed by the brain to function properly, and it helps the body fight off infection by boosting the immune system.
Mild oxygen therapy provides a highly effective way to increase the volume of oxygen in the blood and thus increase the many beneficial effects that oxygen has on the body.
The pressurized environment of the hyperbaric chamber allows up to a tenfold increase in the oxygen level of the blood plasma. Hyperoxygenated plasma and red blood cells travel to compromised tissues so that cells and tissues receive the oxygen they need to regenerate and heal. Oxygen saturation also greatly increases the ability of blood cells to modify their shape so that they can pass through restricted blood vessels and swollen tissues to deliver healing oxygen inflamed tissue. As a result, healing is faster and more thorough.
Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy also helps the body heal by giving the immune system a needed boost. When the cells responsible for protecting the body against infection encounter a bacterium, they require additional oxygen to fight off and kill the harmful agent. If the immune cells have insufficient oxygen to carry on the battle, bacteria quickly overwhelm the immune system, and infection occurs. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy ensures that the immune system and its infection-fighting cells have all the oxygen necessary to keep the body healthy.
Past life regression is a technique used by some hypnotherapists to try to get clients to remember their past lives. Implicit in this procedure is the spiritual belief that souls exist and come back many times, living in different times and places, experiencing different genders, races, social classes and so forth in an attempt to learn.