What We Do

Our Treatments

Each of the treatment types at Smart health is individually effective for a multitude of conditions. Equally, it may be that a combined approach will improve conditions more rapidly.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a registered primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s healing properties by releasing endorphins, natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic substances. The dietary and lifestyle advice  is given to the client to empower them to participate in their own healing process.

Massage

This is a hands-on therapeutic treatment that relieves everyday stress and promotes deep relaxation. It can also treat specific complaints such as frozen shoulder, back pain, neck and shoulder tension, joint pain and arthritic conditions.

Our Treatments In More Depth

Some more detail on the treatments that we are able to provide.

The following conditions can benefit from chiropractic care:

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Pain, discomfort and stiffness in joints
  • Migraine
  • Muscular aches
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritic pain

Chiropractic is a registered primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine.

The McTimoney method of chiropractic was developed by the late John McTimoney over 50 years ago and is taught only at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon, near Oxford. It is well known for being a precise, whole body approach to chiropractic care. The gentle nature of the McTimoney method makes it especially suitable for people of all ages.

Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly and re-establish balanced movement patterns. Traditionally, Chiropractic adjustments are performed to reduce the interference to nerve supply that can potentially effect the health and function of the body.

Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may recommend  a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle. Chiropractors may treat all the joints of the body, but more commonly the muscles, joints and ligaments of the spine often with manual therapy using their hands to perform a wide range of skilled, precise manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques.

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Acupuncture is only one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Other modalities that can be used are:

Patent Herbal Medicine

This involves the prescription of Chinese ‘patent’ medicines, which are standardised mixtures of natural herb extracts in pill form. Based on ancient herbal formulas, many medicines are available to address a wide range of symptoms. Carole can prescribe 60 pre-prepared herb mixtures. For more information contact her directly.

Massage

This is a hands-on therapeutic treatment that relieves everyday stress and promotes deep relaxation. It can also treat specific complaints such as frozen shoulder, back pain, neck and shoulder tension, joint pain and arthritic conditions.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu – ‘finger pressure’ – is a Japanese bodywork technique using finger, thumb and palm pressure, stretches and other elements of massage. It can help with muscle pain, stress and emotional issues. Treatments are given on a futon mat with patients fully clothed.

Moxibustion & Cupping

These are given as part of acupuncture treatments. Moxibustion is the heating of moxa (mugwort herb) near acupuncture points in order to warm the area and stimulate the flow of ​blood. Cupping involves suction cups being placed on points, creating a partial vacuum and dispelling blood stagnation.

Body Massage

Traditional Swedish massage is incorporated  with advanced clinical techniques – such as deep forearm massage and stretching – to help ease muscle tension

  • Full body   1 hour
  • Back and shoulders   35 mins

Lymph Drainage

Gentle movements are used to stimulate the lymphatic system, helping to remove excess fluids from the body’s tissues.

  • 1 hour

Indian Head Massage

Carried out while you are seated, this treatment covers the back, shoulders, neck and face. Ideal for those who find it uncomfortable lying on a massage couch.

 

Reflexology

This pressure point treatment on the feet is very relaxing and a great de-stresser

Our Process

Due to the complex and often chronic nature of the conditions we aim to treat, it is important that we follow a plan and ensure that patients are supported and involved throughout the whole process of treatment.

1.

Assess

An oral assessment of your general health, previous conditions and current presentation.

2.

Examine

Physical examination • we will ask your permission to conduct a thorough physical examination (this will include neurological and orthopaedic tests, if necessary)

We may refer you for x-rays or other tests performed by your GP if they are needed.

3.

Treatment

Treatment is very much a partnership between you & your therapist.

Before treatment begins, your therapist will discuss the most appropriate treatment plan with you and try to give you an idea of what is involved.

4.

Support

Often, it has taken a long time for the symptoms of pain or dysfunction to manifest, usually when the body has run out of options in its battle to compensate for all the years of trauma, injury, poor posture and lifestyle choices. This means that it can become an ongoing process for you to manage your body to a level where you can prevent a return of the original symptoms.

During the course of your treatment, your practitioner will consistently evaluate your progress and give you a realistic expectations regarding your future needs. This could be based on suggested exercise regimes, ongoing occasional treatment, or consulting with your GP for an alternative intervention.

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