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FAQ’s About Chiropractic, Massage, Psychotherapy, Homeopathy, Naturopathy

Chiropractic

What is chiropractic and how does it work?

Chiropractic is a natural non-invasive approach to your health care. It is based on the scientifically supported fact that the body actually has the innate ability to heal itself but this ability depends greatly on a healthy spine and nervous system. Spinal adjustments correct subluxations which can typically reduce pain and reducing or removing irritations to the nervous system that cause nerve interference which in turn hamper normal communication between the brain and body. Chiropractic is well known for helping people reduce problems like back and back pain as well as neck, shoulder and leg pain. However, there are numerous reasons for spinal stress which can lead to a wide range of health problems.

Is it true that chiropractic is a safe method of health care?

Yes. Chiropractic treatment has a great deal of science behind it. There are numerous studies, that are have been done, both privately and government funded, that conclude chiropractic to be highly effective, safe and cost-effective. Spinal adjusting is one of the most researched health care interventions. Studies constantly indicate that chiropractic treatment is very safe.

What research does this method have to support its effectiveness?
Several university studies (see link below for details) have been done investigating the primary chiropractic method we use called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) or Network Care. One study analysed the results of over 2800 people who had received NSA and found a statistical improvement in dozens of aspects of health. In fact, it demonstrated that “Network Care appeals to highly motivated individuals who are interested in alternative care as a means to achieve holistic health enhancement.” It found “… 95% of respondents reported their expectations had been met.”
 
The researchers also concluded that “… these findings provide substantial evidence that Network Care should be included among those practices with established health benefits.”
 
For more details on this research into NSA please see this article on our website http://optimalhealthcanberra.com.au/network-spinal-analysis-nsa/
Your method is reported to be very gentle. How can I know just how gentle it is?
NSA uses gentle touches of the practitioners finger or thumb with pressure to specific locations on the back or neck that use no more force than what could be comfortably put on your eye with the eyelids closed.  Done properly, this results in spontaneous corrective movements in the spine. These can be very subtle or quite obvious.  Either way after just a few sessions the result is usually an obvious reduction in stiffness, tenderness and pain in the back and neck leading to improved posture, increased strength and a greater sense of wellbeing.
 
For more details on NSA please see this article on our website http://optimalhealthcanberra.com.au/nsa-gentle-chiropractic-treatment/
Can I receive your treatment and be assured that you won’t crack my neck?
We understand that some people are uncomfortable with the idea of having their neck “cracked” with the traditional chiropractic method of adjusting the spine. The Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) method can incorporate the traditional chiropractic adjustments once it has helped the spine achieve a greater state of ease and flexibility. We have been told many times that this makes receiving traditional adjustments more comfortable. The traditional chiropractic adjustments have been around for over 100 years for good reason- they are safe and they work. However, we know some people just don’t want the “cracking” type of manual adjustments. In cases like this we will make a note in red pen on the treatment sheet saying “No Adjustments”. 
 
In many cases NSA is so fast and effective at correcting problems in the spine that no manual adjustments are needed, even when the patient has indicated that they are quite happy to receive those manual adjustments.
Can children be chiropractic patients?

Yes! Chiropractic care is based on the basic physiological and biological sciences, which apply to children, right from birth, just as they do to adults. Chiropractic care benefits children the same way it benefits adults, and it can be very beneficial to have them checked by a chiropractor experienced in working with children. Both Jason and Judy have worked with children as young as a few days old. The methods they use are very gentle and safe for children.

What type of education and/or training does a chiropractor have?

Education requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. Because chiropractic care demands highly skilled adjusting, a major portion of time is spent in the clinical technique training to master these important procedures. Doctors of Chiropractic are educated as primary contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis/treatment of musculoskeletal system and nerves system conditions.  Both Jason and Judy were trained in the USA with over 5000 classroom hours.

How long will I need to receive chiropractic care?
Every one has a different history of injuries and emotional stress that can affect the rate of progress.  We have seen some people respond very rapidly while others respond more slowly. However, we find the wondrous nature of the healing process is so exciting that most people are delighted either way. 
 
How long you stay in care will always be up to you. You will receive an initial detailed physical and symptomatic assessment as well as intermittent re-evaluations in order to monitor your progress.  Together we will discover what your goals are and once reached you will be asked if you would like to (a) make further progress, (b) maintain the progress you’ve been able achieve or (c) stop care altogether. Some people decide to stop care once they reach their initial goals. Others enjoy the experience of profound relaxation and better health that can be experienced with each treatment session. Continued care helps keep people at their optimal personal level of vitality and so they choose to receive care once a month or so.
 
Research into NSA summarised in this article http://optimalhealthcanberra.com.au/network-spinal-analysis-nsa/  found that “there was no ‘ceiling’ to the results over time for the health and wellness categories investigated.”  This indicated that even after 3 years of care people were still making progress towards a greater experience of wellbeing. Many people are very pleased to learn that not only the young but also seniors can improve their mental and emotional wellbeing as well as get stronger and more flexible as they age rather than decline.  The media is full of stories about how, no matter what our age, we can improve our mental ability with brain exercises and our health with physical exercise. NSA is another effective method that can be added to that list. Perhaps this is because NSA will typically help us to restore our spine’s ability to move more fully and freely, thereby allowing better  nerve communication, which in turn controls so many functions of the human body.  
 
This means that should you choose to continue to receive our care it is likely that you could continue to experience more and more wellbeing in the ways listed from that research.  Please take a quick look at the above research summary to see the many exciting possibilities for improved health and quality of life.
What is a subluxation?
A chiropractic subluxation is a misalignment in your spine that will irritate the nervous system resulting in overall malfunction or disharmony. Subluxations affect your nerve, disc, ligament and joint health; it weakens muscles; it causes you to have a decrease in the energy flowing from your brain and nerves to all parts of your body. Your if your muscles and internal organs receive abnormal nerve communication they will not function optimally and a range of symptoms can result that may lesson or resolve when your subluxations are corrected with chiropractic care in order to reduce the nerve interference.  Nerve interference can exist and be causing health problems without symptoms. This is why many people visit their chiropractor on a regular basis just for a check up and to feel the benefits of improved performance or simply a greater sense of wellbeing.
The above statements are  supported by the scientific literature. For example, this study called “Dysfunction Without Pain” concluded “Nerve root compression can exist without pain. Mechanical changes lead to circulatory changes.  Inflammatogenic agents may cause chemical radiculitis. (This means it could cause inflammation that leads to pain in the area supplied by that nerve.) There may be disturbed CFS flow. The influence of the sympathetic system may result in synaptic sensitisation of the central nervous system and peripheral nerves, creating a vicious cycle.” (Hause, M., “Pain and Nerve Root” Spine 1993; 18 (14):2053)

FAQ’s About Massage

Massage

Can anyone have massage therapy?

Yes, massage therapy is suitable for all ages – this includes infants, children, and the elderly. There are some situations and conditions that massage therapy is not advisable for. A qualified massage therapist is trained to recognise such cases.

Many massage therapists will work with people to support them with a variety of conditions while other massage therapists focus on a specific conditions such as pain and restriction from arthritis or fibromyalgia. Still others focus on athletes as well as people with disabilities and the very young to seniors. When you are booking your first consultation, make sure you tell the massage therapist what assistance you are looking for. Also, inform the massage therapist if you have been referred by a medical practitioner.

I’m not sure I’m comfortable with a stranger touching me

It is common for first-time clients to be anxious about their massage therapy. However, the majority of clients will lose this apprehension within a couple of minutes after treatment starts. The massage therapists at the Optimal Health Centre are all trained professionals who respect your feelings and will do their best to make you feel comfortable.

What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?

In addition to pain relief, there are many massage therapy benefits including: decreased muscle tension and stiffness assistance in the recovery of strained/sprained joints, greater joint flexibility; improved range of motion; improved athletic performance. There may even be faster healing after surgery/injury and we are willing to assist with this if it is under the direction of your medical specialist or GP. Massage may also help to reduce swelling and pain, improved circulation as well as many other benefits.

In some cases people report mental/emotional benefits of massage therapy which may include benefits such as a more relaxed state with improved conceptual alertness and improved awareness of the connection between mind and body. Other benefits may include reduced stress, overall increased wellbeing, more ease in doing daily tasks and an increased feeling of well being.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy involves working with your soft tissue. Soft tissue of the body includes the following: ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Massage therapy helps to alleviate soft tissue discomfort that is associated with daily stresses. Utilizing the services of a qualified massage therapist, within a short time of an injury or ailment, can be beneficial in reducing the resulting symptoms.

Will I experience muscle soreness after a massage therapy treatment?

Most people report feeling very relaxed and it is common to experience relief from aches, pains and stress after your massage. However, some people will experience mild muscle soreness for a couple of days, especially when deep-tissue massage is done. Once the soreness is gone, it is common for people to notice an increase in energy levels along with improved range of motion. If you know that you have a lot of tender areas or are sensitive to massage, please discuss this before you start and the amount of pressure can be modified.

Will I have to remove all my clothing for my massage?

No; personal comfort and safety is the first concern of your massage therapist. Massage therapists can provide key treatments with or without your clothing on, so it’s up to you how much clothing you remove. In many cases the removal of most clothing can be very advantageous, as this allows for the therapist to have a better understanding and feedback from your body as the treatment progresses but this will always be up to you. All massage therapists are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is always respected.  Your comfort and relaxation is key for your treatments, this will allow the massage to be most effective. If you are uncomfortable in anyway, please talk to your massage therapist regarding your concerns before your treatment.

FAQ’s About Naturopathy

Naturopathy

How often do I need to see my Naturopath?

There will be many factors that determine how often you will return to see your naturopath. There is no set pattern for treatments as each treatment protocol is unique to the individual.


How will my visit proceed and what fees can I expect from my visit?

Your first visit will be longer than any subsequent ones (60 – 90 minutes) because we need to get your patient history and all of the details relating to your condition in order to be more effective in designing your treatment plan. If you need a follow-up consultation, it will usually be 2 to 4 weeks after the initial visit.

During your initial detailed consultation your goals will be discussed along with treatment options. 

The follow up visits are typically 30 minutes in length.

Is Naturopathy different from Homeopathy?

Yes; Naturopathy is not the same as Homeopathy, but the two are often confused.

A Homeopath is exclusively trained to practice Homeopathy; however, a Naturopath will be trained in several natural therapies that may include homeopathy.

 

What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a health care system that looks at assessment and treatments from a natural and holistic approach with an emphasis on prevention and maintenance. With naturopathy the focus is on the innate ability of the body to properly ‘know’ and ‘respond’ to health problems.

Rather than suppressing symptoms, naturopathy seeks to find the cause and the treatment is done accordingly.
These are the principles of Naturopathy:

  • Do no harm.
  • To do a thorough initial broad assessment of your health.
  • To take into consideration any current medical treatment. (And if you would like this many include liaising with any medical practitioner that you may be seeing.)
  • Act in cooperation with the healing power of nature.
  • Address the primary causes of your condition.
  • Help the whole person to heal through individualised assessment and treatment.
  • Teach the principles of healthy living & preventive care.
Who goes to a Naturopath?

People of any age and from all walks of life can go to a naturopath. They can have acute or chronic conditions or they may even be healthy and looking to further enhance their health. A naturopath looks at the body systems as a whole and the underlying cause of the condition by utilizing various laboratory tests and a variety of approaches to treatment such as nutritional and herbal supplements as well as lifestyle counselling.

FAQ’s About Homeopathy

homeopathy

Do I have to stop taking my medication prescribed by my doctor?

It is advisable to continue with any current medications you have been prescribed, both conventional and natural.

There are no documented contraindications or drug interactions for homeopathy when used with other medicines or therapies.

Please note, it is also advisable that you don’t* begin any new treatments at the same time as starting homeopathy so that your homeopath can be more confident that your progress is due to your prescribed remedy.  This will assist ongoing assessment and treatment.

*Always seek medical advice in emergencies, for any ongoing chronic condition or in case of severe acute symptoms.

What happens in a homeopathic consultation?

You may choose either a brief 45-minute initial consultation or the comprehensive 90-minute initial consultation; however, an initial consultation of 90-minutes is recommended, so that there can be an in-depth history taken.

During this time your homeopath will be very interested in your whole family’s medical history as well as your unique physical, mental and emotional symptoms.  This facilitates the selection of a remedy, which has been proven to produce those same symptoms.

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a safe, natural and holistic system of natural medicine which is over 200 – years old and is widely used and trusted throughout the world.  It was developed by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician and chemist by confirming the already known principle.

For example, the plant Monkshood, or Aconitum Napellus, when taken by a healthy person will produce feelings of panic, restlessness and thirst – similar to the flight or fight response known as a panic attack.  When this plant is highly diluted and specially prepared as a homeopathic remedy, it can be used to restore balance in certain people who present with similar symptoms.

What will happen after I take the remedy?

It is important for you to take note of the following:
1. Changes of:

  • Energy
  • Attitude
  • Relationships
  • Symptoms

2.Any new symptoms
3. Any recurrence of symptoms you have previously experienced.

The course of recovery varies from person to person.  It is therefore important to report significant changes to your homeopath, as there may be a need to change:

  • The strength of your prescribed remedy
  • The frequency of the dose
  • The remedy

(If there is any urgent concern for your health, please, contact your GP and inform your homeopath.)

Why do I need Follow-up consultations?

After four to six weeks your homeopath will need to review your response to the remedy in case it needs to be modified.  Communication regarding responses in acute conditions and any significant changes or concerns are welcome before this time by phone or email.

(Your homeopath also is happy to liaise with your medical practitioner)

If you have any other query, Call us today at (02) 61622919 (Braddon) or (02) 62470070 (Ainslie). You can also fill and submit the query form included on this page, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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