Services

 

Pregnancy & Childbirth

 

Pregnancy and childbirth is an exciting and rewarding times for many women.

Though for some women and men, the stress of conceiving, morning sickness and the birthing process can be a traumatic and frighting time, not only for you but the developing child.

 

At Body Belief Therapies we may be able to assist you in the following areas;

  • Emotional Aspects of pregnancy (falling pregnant, the birthing process, fears and anxieties)

  • Fertility (male and female)

  • IVF support

  • Nutrition

  • Sleep

  • Morning sickness

  • Fatigue

  • Pre-natal supplements

  • Assist changes with the musculoskeletal system

  • Aching Muscles

  • Muscular Pain

  • Oedema or swelling

  • Cramping

  • Breast soreness

  • Headaches

 

 

Children

 

Childhood is one of the most critical times of a child's life. It's during this times behavioural, digestive problems and learning difficulties may develop and be identified. It's not only stressful for the parent but also the child.

 

Many concerns for parents include;

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Eczema

  • Neurodevelopment Delay e.g. Autism

  • Bed Wetting

  • Immunisation reactions

  • Fears & Anxieties.... and many more

 

Adolescence

 

Today's society places greater pressure on adolescence more than ever. Many adolescence experience pressures of having a part time job, presuming university, peer pressure, sporting commitments and personal expectations. These pressures can be over whelming and lead to break downs within a family as well as the pressures of parental divorcé.

It's common for many adolescence to experience one or several of the following concerns;

 

  • Emotional stress (exams, family, relationships) 

  • Skin disorders (acne, psoriasis, eczema)

  • Confidence

  • Digestive Complaints

  • Depression

  • Concentration                       

  • Learning problems                        

  • Sports Performance (Injury prevention & recovery) 

  • Headaches          

  • Female reproductive Issues (regulating cycle)

 

 

Adults & Elderly

 

Compared to children, adults tend to have many multi-directional reasons for their health complaints, including environmental and lifestyle stresses, exposure to pathogens, emotional stress, excess chemical exposure and structural stresses. Unlike children, these stresses have been developed over time and can lead to a decrease immune system, digestive complaints, organic dysfunction and disease, therefore it is important to address all aspects of an individual's health including emotional, nutritional and structural to help resolve these concerns.

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Naturopathy

 

Definition

 

Naturopathy evolved out of the ancient healing traditions of Europe, with its roots firmly grounded in early Greek medical philosophy. Naturopathy is increasingly being recognised by mainstream medicine as a valuable and effective system for treating a variety of disorders.

Naturopathy is guided by six foundational principles, including:

  • The healing power of nature

  • First do no harm

  • Find and treat the cause, not only the symptom

  • Always treat the whole person, not only their disease

  • Education

  • Prevention

 

Naturopathy maintains that the body can heal itself if it is given the right circumstances and conditions allowing the body to restore to a state of homeostasis. To achieve this state of balance your naturopath will customise a range of treatments or therapies to stimulate the body’s own healing ability. Treatment may include nutritional medicine, dietetics, herbal medicine, homoeopathy, lifestyle advice and tactile therapies, such as remedial treatments, acupressure and kinesiology.

Many of the foundations of naturopathy – such as the importance of diet, clean fresh water, sunlight, exercise and stress management are principles of the nature cure model which have now been adopted by conventional medicine.

 

Early detection and prevention of health issues


Naturopathy has a strong focus on the prevention of health issues and the early detection of a person’s likelihood of developing a health disorder (predisposition). Naturopathy is also very effective at treating acute and chronic health issues.

Naturopathy aims to:

  • Minimise symptoms

  • Support the body’s vital force (its capacity to self-heal)

  • Re-balance the system so that illness is less likely to occur in the future

  • Educate the patient to look after their own health and the health of their family

 

Commonly treated disorders


Naturopathic principles may be applied to almost any health concern, acute (eg. colds and flu) or chronic. Chronic conditions may particularly benefit because of their connection to diet and lifestyle behaviours.

The following conditions generally respond well to Naturopathic treatment;

  • Female reproductive problems such as endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome, and polycystic ovarian syndrome

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Skin disorders

  • Mood disorders and depression

  • Allergies and sensitivities

  • Behavioural problems

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Musculoskeletal complaints such as arthritis

  • Cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) problems

  • High blood pressure

  • Fertility problems - Male & Female

  • Endocrine disturbance

  • Hormonal imbalances, such as premenstrual tension and menopause



Assessment by our naturopath


At Body Belief Therapies your naturopath will want to know about your diet, lifestyle, family background and environment, as well as the history of your illness or complaint. This information is important to us so your naturopath can discover the cause of the complaint, not just treat the symptom . You are treated as a whole person not just the sum of your disorder or symptoms.

As well as taking a detailed health history, our naturopath may use other diagnostic techniques, such as:

  • Blood analysis

  • Stool and urine analysis

  • Hair analysis

  • Functional testing

  • Iris analysis

  • Kinesiology

 

Treatment by our naturopath


Our naturopath employs a range of non-invasive techniques and these include (but are not limited to):

  • Nutrition and dietary advice – one of naturopathy’s foundations. A poor diet stops the body from functioning well and a build up of toxins can lead to a range of illnesses. Whole, fresh and unprocessed foods are recommended

  • Herbal medicine – herbs are as potent as pharmaceutical drugs and can be used to great effect

  • Homeopathy – homeopathic treatments are used to stimulate the immune system

  • Hydrotherapy (water therapy) – another foundation of naturopathy. For instance, the use of hot and cold compresses might be used for certain conditions to influence the flow of blood and body heat

  • Physical therapies – such as Remedial therapies, Sports therapies, Bowen, Acupressure & Myotherapy

  • Kinesiology - is used to balance the muscoskleteal, nutritional and emotional systems of the body

  • Counselling techniques – emotional problems and stress can interfere with the healing process. Counselling techniques can include stress management strategies and life coaching.

 

 

Kinesiology

 

Kinesiology is a non-invasive therapy which utilises muscle testing to allow the practitioner to confirm & identify imbalances in the patient’s nervous system, muscoskeletal system, TMJ, cranial, lymphatic system, vascular supply to a muscle or organ, meridian system, nutritional excess or deficiency and/or a range of other imbalances in the body. An advantage of Kinesiology is the ability to find the imbalance as well as addressing a broad range of contributing factors which may be linked to unresolved health problems.

 

 

 

Our Kinesiology System – exclusive to Body Belief Therapies

 

At Body Belief Therapies, our kinesiology treatment protocols are uniquely tailored to the individual and designed to address the whole body as well as your concerns. We integrate a range of structural, chemical and emotional testing and treatment systems into each appointment ensuring you get the best and most responsive results in the shortest amount of time.

 

A major advantage to our systems is our integrative testing techniques which allows us to identify hidden imbalances in brain & body function, which may contribute too many reoccurring health complaints including structural problems, pain, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, toxicity and reoccurring emotional factors.

 

 

Aspects of Kinesiology

 

Structural Kinesiology addresses imbalances in the musculoskeletal system. Imbalances in this system are the leading cause of pain (back, neck, shoulder etc). When a muscle is imbalanced it can cause the body to recruit other muscles which bring about over-use injuries, compressed discs, joint degeneration, headaches, reactive muscles and poor posture. Structural Kinesiology looks at the cause for the imbalance, then corrects and resets the muscles memory, reducing or eliminating the reoccurring pattern therefore allowing the muscle to repair and function as normal. Structural Kinesiology can assist with acute pain as well as chronic pain, even if the pain has existed for years.

 

 

 

 

Biochemical Kinesiology addresses the nutritional and chemical imbalances in the bodies systems. When the body is imbalanced chemically and/ or nutritionally it leads to reduced energy, reoccurring health problems, learning problems, imbalances in the musculoskeletal and nervous system and reduce emotional stresses. Chemical kinesiol­ogy will assist the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis allowing for optimal health.

 

Emotional Kinesiology addresses an individual’s health from an emotion prospective. It looks at daily stresses, as well as past, present and future events. Emotional Kinesi­ology asks the individual what they want to achieve as well as making them aware of self sabotaging issues therefore allowing the patient to release the need for the problem. Body Belief Therapies unique emotional balancing procedures focus on all three major aspects; Conscious, Subconscious and Unconscious states as well as identifying whether they are brought about by personal experience or chemical imbalance.  An important part of our emotional balancing program is to not only balance the emotional stress response but too replace it with a positive emotion.  This approach allows our patients to step forward in life and leave the past behind.

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Western Herbal Medicine

 

Definition

 

Western Herbal Medicine involves using plants and plant material to create medicines to help prevent or treat various illnesses. Herbal Medicines may include the use of some or all parts of a plant, such as flowers, roots, fruits, leaves, and bark.

Western Herbal Medicine mostly emphasises the use of European and Native American herbs; however, herbs from other parts of the world are sometimes used in the formulation of medicines.

 

History

 

Traditional Western herbal medicine evolved mostly from the ancient Greeks, who were strongly influenced by Egyptian and Middle Eastern civilizations. Western herbal medicine also has roots in the indigenous practices of the British Isles and ancient Roman traditions. Well-known historical physicians including Hippocrates and Galen are thought to have used herbal medicine in their practices. The use of various herbal formulas is one of the oldest and possibly the most widespread form of medicine.

 

How they work

 

Whilst Western herbal medicine has a tradition, it has been significantly influenced and validated by the development of scientific technology and medical research. In the past 150 years the biologically active compounds found in plants have been utilized to synthesize many pharmaceutical drugs, however these active compounds can function effectively (and often more safely) when taken as teas, tablets, essential oils, ointments, extracts and tinctures. Herbal medicines act on the human physiology to influence bodily activity, enhance or inhibit organ function, and are prescribed with the aim of correcting imbalances and resolving patterns of dysfunction.

 

Herbs of the Western herbal medicine tradition are the subject of increasing interest in the medical community. Research is currently being conducted in the use of medicinal herbs for various medical conditions. For instance, garlic has been researched as a potential treatment for high blood pressure. In some studies, the whole herb is given to a patient, whereas in other studies, isolated active chemicals, or constituents of a plant, may be extracted, purified, and administered to the patient. Herbal constituents may be concentrated to deliver standardised set doses and may also be synthesised in a lab. They may also have their chemical structure changed and patented. This wide variety of herbal formulations used in clinical, in vivo, and in vitro studies is an area of concern for accurate analysis of research and determination of clinical recommendations.

 

Conditions

 

Herbal remedies are used for many suggested purposes such as improvement or general support of digestive, respiratory, circulatory, immune, endocrine, and nervous system processes. They are used for minor acute conditions such as colds and insomnia as well as Chronic conditions such as acne, asthma, chronic fatigue, eczema, psoriasis, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases, male and female infertility, rheumatoid arthritis, female reproductive problems such as endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome, and polycystic ovarian syndrome which have been shown to respond well to herbal medicine treatment.

 

Herbs are also used to purportedly remove waste and toxins from bodily cells or topically to promote healing of the skin.

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Nutritional Medicine

 

Definition

Nutritional Medicine is the relationship between food intake and the well-being of the human body. It encompasses the study of environmental effects on the quality of foods, and the impact of nutritional factors on the balance of health and disease through the use of diet, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

 

How It Works

Nutritional Medicine works to improve health by addressing the body's metabolic pathways through the use of diet and nutrients such as vitamins and minerals which act as coenzymes in promoting essential chemical reactions which play an important role in the maintance of every system of the body. They help regulate metabolism, assist in the formation and maintenance of bones and tissues, hormones, nervous system chemicals, and genetic material. Subtle nutrient deficiencies can occur before the onset of signs of classical deficiency. These marginal deficiencies may ultimately contribute to the development of dysfunctional health states and degenerative diseases. Nutritional medicine aims to optimise nutrition according to individual biochemical, environmental and health states. Once biochemical balance has been achieved through supplementation, it can be maintained with a balanced daily diet.

 

Conditions

  • Digestive Complaints (bloating, indigestion, reflux, nausea, flatulence, IBS, Colitis, Chrohns disease, Candidiasis)

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Blood sugar imbalance (Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Hypoglycaemia)

  • Cardiovascular disease (High cholesterol, High blood pressure)

  • Reproductive (Infertility, Pre-conceptual care, Pregnancy, Post pregnancy)

  • Poor immune function (Frequent colds and Infections)

  • Weight Management (Under or Overweight, Eating disorders)

  • Allergies or Food Sensitivities (Elimination diets)

 

Manual Therapy - Sports & Remedial Therapies 

 

 

Body Belief Therapies operates a highly qualified and experienced therapy service. All qualifications are maintained through ongoing education and training, providing its patients with the latest in remedial techniques, sports injury treatments, rehabilitation and pain relief.

 

 

Benefits of Manual Therapies   

 

  

  • Increase the blood’s oxygen capacity by 10-15%

  • Massage can dramatically aid lymph movement, which together with blood, supplies nutrients and oxygen and rids wastes and toxins

  • Help loosen contracted, shortened muscles and stimulate weak, flaccid muscles. This muscle “balancing” can even help posture and promote more efficient movement;

  • Speed recovery from exercise-induced fatigue;

  • Increase production of gastric juices, saliva and urine;

  • Increase excretion of nitrogen, inorganic phosphorus, and sodium chloride (salt). This suggests that the metabolic rate increases;

  • Balance the nervous system by soothing or stimulating it, depending on which effect is needed;

  • Improves function of the oil and sweat glands that lubricate, clean and cool the skin. Though, inflexible skin can become softer and more supple;

  • Indirectly or directly stimulating nerves that supply internal organs, can dilate the organs’ blood vessels, improving blood supply.

 

 

Manual Therapy, Injuries and Well-being

 

Manual Therapy helps recovery from soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. Tissue growth and repair is accelerated by efficient circulation and appropriate stimulation.

Everybody experiences some form of stress through work, family, the environment and society. Mental tensions, frustrations, and insecurity cause the most damage. Hormones released by stress actually shrink the vessels, inhibiting circulation. A stressed mind and body means the heart works harder. Breathing becomes rapid and shallow and digestion slows. Nearly everybody process is degraded. Studies show stress can cause migraines, hypertension (high blood pressure), depression, some peptic ulcers, etc. In fact, researchers have estimated 80% of disease is stress related. Soothing and relaxing massage therapy can counteract the effects of stress.

 

What Injuries can Manual Therapies Treat?

  • Headaches & migraines

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Sore shoulder and neck

  • Back pain & sciatica

  • Tennis and golfers elbow

  • Sprains, strains and tears

  • Over-use injuries

  • Shin splints

 

Manual Therapy Services

 

A range of massage services are outline below, we are sure you will find one to suit your needs.

 

Swedish/Relaxation - a relaxing flowing massage which uses gentle techniques of soft to firm pressure to create a indulgent massage and assist in the ease of tension and stress. Swedish massage is your classic spa style massage to leave you feeling calm, relaxed and centred. Let your troubles go with a Swedish massage.

 

Remedial Treatment - a deep massage which involves a range of techniques to assist in correcting the underlying musculoskeletal problems therefore reducing pain and increasing range of motion. This form of massage is designed to treat the musculoskeletal system and assist in the detoxification process thus speeding up the body’s own healing process.  One area is targeted during a remedial treatment.

 

Sports Massage - a vigorous massage that is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It is not just for the sports athlete, everyone who exercises can benefit from this type of massage from the regular walker to the gym junkie, a sports massage with help keep your body in peak condition. Please be aware this is not a relaxing massage.

 

Myofascial Release - a type of soft tissue manipulation technique designed for pain relief and to increase range of motion. It uses gentle techniques to release and stretch the fasica.

 

Trigger Point Therapy - is used in remedial, sports massage and myofascial release to relieve hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle. This technique involves applying pressure to the trigger point until the pain dissipates.

 

Lymphatic Massage - a very light massage designed to stimulate the flow of lymph through the body and speed up the removal of wastes. Lymphatic drainage has been shown to increase the immune response, reduce fluid retention and have calming effect on the nervous system.

 

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