Acupuncture is one branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been developed and practiced in China, Japan and other Asian countries for more than 2000 years. It has grew and increasing popularity in the West over the last 2-3 decades, which has led to more and more clinical trials being performed that have certified acupuncture's efficiency.
The theory behind acupuncture treatment is that the healthy functioning of the body is governed by the flow of “qi” (often translated as “energy”) through a system of channels under the skin. When this flow of qi is impaired, illness occurs, by inserting fine needles at various points along the channels, the body’s balance can be restored and the illness resolved.
Acupuncture is effective because it is a holistic therapy that addresses the root cause of the problem as well as the symptoms. This means that as a result of acupuncture treatment you will experience a general progress in the wellbeing as well as, relief from pain and discomfort.
During an acupuncture treatment, very small, fine, and sterile needles are inserted just below the surface of the skin to stimulate certain points. The sensation of acupuncture can feel like a numb, tingling, or dull aching sensation which lasts only for a few moments. I use a variety of different acupuncture methods depending on individual needs and what is required to produce the desired results. These may include the following: Balance Method; Master Tung acupuncture, blood pricking, and Motor Point acupuncture. I may include with acupuncture treatments massage or cupping, if necessary to get optimal results.
Conditions we can treat:
DRY CUPPING THERAPY
If you watched the Rio Olympics 2016, you perhaps remember the responsiveness caused by the deep red circles seen on the backs and shoulders of Michael Phelps and other athletes.
These circles, are evidence of dry cupping, led to a renewed interest in the alternative therapy; however, it is important to understand that dry cupping has been used by many cultures, for many thousands of years to treat pain, increase blood flow, loosen stiff muscles, and even improve degenerative disorders. Because of its effectiveness at reducing pain, dry cupping has surged an attractiveness as a traditional alternative to medical intervention.
What Is Dry Cupping?
Dry cupping is a manual therapy that consist of placing a cup on the skin and creating a vacuum to apply negative pressure. This negative pressure increases blood flow to the area. Dry cupping can be done with either a heated cup that generates a vacuum as it cools, or a simple system involving a cup and a manual hand pump, which creates the negative pressure once the cup is applied.
Benefit of Dry Cupping
Techniques & Methods used in Dry Cupping
WET CUPPING OR HIDJAMA OVERVIEW
Wet Cupping or Hidjama is a therapeutic medicine, safe, no- invasive and at the same time quite an effective treatment for many illnesses. Cupping therapy as a whole has been in practice for several thousand years. The earliest written evidence was by the ancient Egyptians and also by the Chinese. Cupping or Hijdama practice was not limited to the above cultures, it has been quite extensively practice in the Muslim nations throughout history. The Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him (pbuh) is reported to have been a fervent user and advocate of Hijdama therapy.
Benefits of Wet Cupping/ Hidjama
Sport Therapy Including Graston Massage Techniques (IASTM)
Sport Therapy & Holistic Medicine
Graston Massage Techniques, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation or Simply (IASTM) is a new range of tools which enables therapist to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction. The technique itself is said to be a modern evolution from Traditional Chinese Medicine called GuaSha. Graston (IASTM) is a therapy and technique that is rapidly growing in popularity particularly in the sport world. As it is no invasive technique it can be effective and efficient while, with its own indications and limitations. The Graston tool amplifies the texture of the tissue under the skin, certain region will feel stiffer than others. This often means that these exact areas are where the soft tissue adhesions are located and may be the source of altered mobility or pain.
Most people are accustomed with massage therapy and physiotherapy adjustments. Not everyone is knowledgeable about the application of techniques like dry cupping (myofascial decompression) and the Graston techniques (IASTM), Graston & Motor Points Acupuncture, and Graston & Wet Cupping. The combination of those therapies are very effective and safe treatments modalities. However, they can be applied as a separate intervention, but are most often applied along with other treatments, such as; joints manipulation massage as well as, myofascial release techniques and exercises. Sport Therapy can enhance performance and can also help recovering from sports injuries, or after a surgery. More efficiently, Sport Therapy can be applied to any musculoskeletal issue.
Graston reduces overall time of treatment and recovery it cuts down on having to take anti-inflammatory medication. It is also known to resolve chronic conditions that once were thought to be permanent. It can supports speedier recovery from sport injuries or rehabilitation. The combination of Graston techniques therapy and other therapies can be applied as a treatment therapy to the same treatment area at the same visit. Sport therapy is great treatment to correct biomechanical deficiencies and musculoskeletal imbalances.
What does motor point acupuncture do and what are motor points?
The easy answer to this is that they release hypertonic or tight muscles and strengthen weak skeletal muscles, basically, the muscle gets restarted to function properly, it’s like a little restart button for muscles. The more scientific explanation is that motor points are the entry site of the motor nerves into the muscle where acupuncture needles can be used to retrain neuromuscular function that has been lost due to an injury. With this way of acupuncture, patients with musculoskeletal issue can heal much more efficiently and have increased range of motion, can regain muscle strength, and have improved ADLs (activities of daily living) faster than with just regular acupuncture.
Motor points can be an amazing and efficient way to treat musculoskeletal issues and can offer fast relief and fast recovery. It helps to restart muscle function and increase a range of motions, Motors Points Acupuncture can also treat stress in the neck, jaw, headaches, migraines and stress causing or caused by muscles that are overstretched and stiff.
Conditions to treat
Hi, my name is Malika and I’m qualified colon hydrotherapist and registered member of ARCH, CNCH and GNC. I also practice holistic Naturopathic medicine such as; cupping therapy, Hidjama, acupuncture, as well as many other techniques. I believe in the holistic view and the healing powers of natural therapies, Holistic (meaning the whole person – mind body and soul. In holistic healing, the whole person is taken into account, in the management and prevention of diseases. My primary goal is to provide and encourage a relaxing experience that re-establishes the mind-body-spirit connection. In my clinic I apply many philosophies and proven techniques in order to meet the needs of the individual client. By focusing on prevention and complementary care, we can provide the knowledge and skills for improved daily and lifetime self-care habits. Modern medicine seeks only to treat part of the person; we need to do more than just treat the symptom … we need to eliminate the cause of the disease.
As a professional therapist, I enjoy what I do, and hope to put you at comfort enabling you to relax, enjoy and achieve the best results possible from your treatment. All treatments include a thorough consultation and a full medical history will be taken to ensure your treatment is appropriate.
About the Colon
Health begins in your colon, so it’s important to keep it clean. Colon hydrotherapy is one of the best ways that can help improve your body’s overall health and wellness, and keep your body in tip top condition. Everyone, young, old, male or female can benefit from the treatment and you don’t need to be ill to gain those amazing health benefits.
The colon is the large intestine that forms the last part of the digestive tract. The colon is responsible for the absorption of water, the assimilation of nutrients and minerals, as well as the synthesis of vitamins it completes the digestive process. The colon is responsible for the elimination of food and other waste and it is the major organ in the excretory system. The colon is also our emotional seat. It’s the gut-brain connection where good health starts. The large intestine fulfils a number of vital functions, however, this system can be easily upset by stress, diets, medications, lifestyle choices, alcohol and smoking.
How Can Colonic Irrigation Benefit Me?
Colonic Irrigation can be extremely beneficial in treating ailments such as acid reflux (heartburn), bloating, candida albicans, constipation, diarrhoea, halitosis (bad breath), IBS, indigestion, leaky gut and so much more.
Colon hydrotherapy or colonic irrigation releases faecal matter, gas and toxins from your body by gently bathing the colon in purified water.
People who have had a colonic cleanse tend to experience a boost in energy and get a better night’s sleep. This is because your body is no longer using energy to force waste through the intestines; providing relief from lethargy and fatigue.
When the colon is cleansed, it allows waste to pass through your system and allows good nutrients to be absorbed into the colon once again. Colonic hydrotherapy also hydrates the bowels and helps to eliminate built up waste, preventing constipation.
Every year more than 16,000 people die of bowel cancer in the UK. In fact, it is the leading cause of cancer death in non-smokers in the western world. Colon cleansing forces all the toxins out of these organs and decreases the risk of cancer developing in the colon and gastrointestinal tract.
The majority of people have too high and acidity level in their bodies due to high protein diets of meat, dairy and grains. Colonic irrigation can help to alkalise the body and maintain the recommended balance of ph. An alkalised body helps to prevent disease, improve energy levels and help your skin look more youthful.
A clean colon allows purely water, nutrients and vitamins to be absorbed into your bloodstream
Colonic hydrotherapy assists in the disposal of waste and toxins from the body, leading to feelings of lightness, increased energy and an overall sense of healthier wellbeing.
Colonic irrigation can help to speed up your metabolism and can result in significant weight loss due to the release of waste material from the colon.