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What does “complementary therapy” really mean? And does it work?

What does “complementary therapy” really mean? And does it work?

 

Greetings. My name is Victoria and I’ve starting blogging. Do share my blogs if you like them – thank you! I’m often asked for advice on how to deal with the various aches, pains and ailments that plague us on a regular basis, so look out for articles to help you feel better, or to point you in the right direction for support.

 

As a fully qualified specialist in clinical massage, medical acupuncture and sports massage, it’s my goal to find the cause of any pain or discomfort you may have. Discovering the root of the problem enables me to work towards eliminating it. Our bodies are quite complicated and simply treating the symptoms doesn’t work long term.

 

My job: I make YOU feel better. I can help you recover from injury, ideally enabling your body to adapt to a more beneficial way of moving that works towards saying goodbye to that “out of kilter” feeling you may have.

 

So, what is complementary therapy and how does it work?

 

Well, confusingly (annoying really), there is no strictly agreed definition but in a nutshell, and perhaps crudely put, my therapies are aimed at enhancing or literally complementing what conventional treatments may offer you. I differ from “the norm” as I treat you as a whole person. My approach is thorough and implemented with care: it’s not for nothing that our first meeting involves an in depth consultation, so do bear with me on this one.

 

All Good Things

Complementary therapies can be used to boost physical or emotional health, or to relieve the side effects of conventional medicine. Did you know that anecdotal evidence suggests that acupuncture, for example, can reduce the nausea associated with chemotherapy? Or that a relaxed mind and body produces less of the harmful stress hormone cortisol – you know, the one that does all the damage: it makes us fat (or fat in the wrong places) and generally out of sorts.

 

Taking Back Control

I’m going to be controversial here: many people report that complementary therapies enable them to play a more active role in their treatment. I find this immensely rewarding. Think about it. In addition to conventional treatment, how does deciding which therapy to use and how often you use it sound? Yes, it’s certainly more empowering than being completely in the hands of a Consultant and allowing them to make all the decisions, however excellent she or he may be.

 

Complementary therapies cannot cure serious illnesses. However, if you’re in pain, feeling unwell or very low, you may find that such treatments as Kinesiology, Myofascial Release, Acupuncture or Reflexology could boost your physical and emotional health.

My treatments are non-invasive and I aim to treat you as a whole person rather than just focus on your painful knee, sore back or stiff neck in isolation. The muscles in your lower leg may be affecting your posture, for example. Physical pain may be causing you emotional distress. Or stress may be causing digestive problems.

Let’s look at cure and prevention, enabling you to live well and enjoy the health that you deserve.

 

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Anatomy In Motion – AIM, Doctor In The House

Anatomy In Motion

Did you see Gary Ward on Doctor In The House BBBC1?

Have you ever hurt yourself and noticed how your body rearranges itself to take the pressure off the painful injury?  How clever that we can reorganise ourselves so perfectly when we get an injury to keep on walking, sitting, bending standing, running, whatever you need to do with your body .  But what happens if by rearranging the way you move, you are actually setting up an imbalance that is going to create more long-term pain.  Well I have been working with many clients recently because they have done just this.  They have then tried so many different therapies for this pain, yet end up still experiencing the same old discomfort because their body has simply forgotten how to move correctly.

If this is you then go to www.findingcentre.co.uk and you will get the benefit of Gary Ward and his unique FlowMotionModel that helps you start to reclaim the ability to get in touch with what is actually going on with all the joints in your body.

Every joint in your body should be able to move backwards and forwards, side to side and rotate left to right.  If just one joint in the body can not do one of these motions, it will have a knock on effect on all the other joints as they have to compensate and make up for the lack of movement.   To make life even more complicated, not only do all the joints need to move in all directions but they need to be in perfect timing with each other in specific cycles of movement.  So within one footstep, the body needs to go through six different postures.  If we can not access these postures then our body system does not get to access it’s optimum movement experience and challenges are set up for us to contend with on a footstep by footstep basis.  This is where exploring AIM could be the your best next step.

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Anatomy In Motion – AIM

Recently you may have seen the BBC TV programme Doctor in the House, with Gary Ward helping Ray get off 30 years of pain killers after a two and a half hour movement session

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