FEEL, MOVE, LIVE BETTER
Treatment is Diagnosis
Diagnosis is Treatment
- Japanese Acupuncture axiom
My acupuncture is largely based on the work of the Japanese Acupuncturist Kiiko Matsumoto. This treatment style emphasises practicality, pragmatism and biofeedback in the form of cross-checking potential treatment points against tender reflex areas, or against tension or pain on performing a specific movement.
In general, any point needled is chosen to reduce either pressure pain or pain on movement, in real time. I often use 'press tack' needles that can comfortably be retained for a few days or more to enhance and extend the effectiveness of my treatments. My patients typically report there is no or minimal sensation from the needles and certainly no pain.
I have worked for years with Meridian Therapy using contact needling (no needle insertion) - often using no 'needles' at all (making it an excellent choice for the needle-phobic); Shonishin (Paediatric Meridian Therapy), Cupping, Gua Sha; Scalp, Ear and Hand acupuncture systems.
A typical acupuncture treatment consists of several stages- a constitutional or 'root' treatment for your general well-being, aimed at reducing pressure pain on diagnostic sites on the belly and around the body; adjunctive or supportive treatment on the back, followed by localised treatments for symptom reduction, pain control; massage, passive and active movements to relax and restore neuromuscular control, movement and breathing patterns.
I've also studied and worked in various massage styles (Remedial Massage, Tui Na Chinese Massage, Acupressure) for decades and have a profound interest in treating and alleviating the restrictions and constraints of structural imbalances such as scoliosis and kyphosis, as well as learning modern diagnostic and treatment systems like NeuroKinetic Therapy to enhance as well as simply restore the body's capacity for balanced movement, strength and coordination.
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or physical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy using heat from smouldering prepared mugwort leaves or other sources to warm the skin, invigorate the circulation and relax the body. It has a range of therapeutic effects including increasing micro-circulation and improving the action of white blood cells in the immune system.
Bodywork is an over-arching term that includes remedial and relaxation massage, soft tissue manipulation, passive and active movement as well as specialised breathing exercises. It is the term I use to describe the work I do in myofascial release, trigger point therapy, proprioceptive facilitation and partnered movement and stretching work.
NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) is a system of manual muscle testing, diagnosis and corrective movement practises designed to identify and correct dysfunctional movement patterns. A great deal of our pain comes from faulty patterns of motor control, stored in the Motor Control Centre of the brain. NKT can reprogram these faulty movement patterns at the level of the brain to address pain and dysfunction.