Acupuncture

What is Traditional Acupuncture? Traditional acupuncture is a holistic approach to health based on over 2,000 years of development and refinement in the Far East. The tradition is as much about the maintenance of health as the management of disease. Western or medical acupuncture is a more recent development practiced predominantly by doctors and physiotherapists, which uses acupuncture techni... Read More

What is Traditional Acupuncture?
Traditional acupuncture is a holistic approach to health based on over 2,000 years of development and refinement in the Far East. The tradition is as much about the maintenance of health as the management of disease. Western or medical acupuncture is a more recent development practiced predominantly by doctors and physiotherapists, which uses acupuncture techniques within their existing scope of practice on the basis of a western medical diagnosis. Although sometimes described merely as a means of pain relief, traditional acupuncture is actually used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall wellbeing of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. The skill of an acupuncturist lies in their ability to make a traditional diagnosis from what is often a complex pattern of disharmony. The exact pattern and degree of disharmony is unique to each individual and so following diagnosis, the acupuncturist puts together a personalized treatment plan. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy – known as qi – moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin. The flow of qi can be disturbed by many factors, physical, mental and emotional: anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help to restore its natural balance.

What will happen on my first visit?
Your first consultation may be longer than subsequent sessions. The acupuncturist needs to assess your general state of health in order to identify the underlying patterns of disharmony and give you the most effective treatment. You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history and that of your close family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. Once enough information has been gathered to determine the likely causes of your problems, the acupuncturist can select the most appropriate treatment. To discover how the energies are flowing in your body, the acupuncturist is likely to feel your pulses on both wrists, noting their quality, rhythm and strength. The aim is to discover which energy channels need adjusting for your specific complaint to improve, and which require treatment to boost your overall energy and vitality. Stimulating specific acupuncture points may affect the functioning of certain organs in the body. However, those points may not be close to the part of the body where the problem is experienced. For example, although you may suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand. There are around 365 such acupuncture points on the body. A properly trained and experienced acupuncturist will use a selection of perhaps ten or twelve of these for each treatment. It is quite usual for different points to be selected as the patient’s condition changes during a course of treatment.

The acupuncturist may supplement needle treatment with acupressure massage techniques particularly suitable for small children or for people with a fear of needles.

It is helpful to wear loose, comfortable clothing for your treatment and you should be aware that your acupuncturist may need access to points on your torso as well as on your arms and legs.

What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to the needles used in injections and blood tests. They are much finer and solid, not hollow. When a needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Needles may be inserted and immediately removed, or may be left in place for thirty minutes or more, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients commonly experience a heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, as well as better appetite and sleep, and an enhanced sense of overall wellbeing.

“Balancing the Body for Optimal Wellness”
A balanced body is a healthy body. Our goal is to optimize your health and wellness by balancing your entire body, mind and spirit. We believe that while ailments have localized or branch symptoms, they all have underlying root causes. These root origins are imbalances, which, over time, manifest in varying symptomatic problems throughout the body. We treat both the root and branch causes. Our treatment methods utilize thousands of years of Chinese Medicine to balance the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Balance is healthy.

Traditional Acupuncturist
Matt Cassidy Lic. Ac, R. Ac


Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy? Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, to achieve a therapeutic response. Massage Therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain... Read More

What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, to achieve a therapeutic response.

Massage Therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain (Ontario Massage Therapy Act, 1991). It is a clinically-oriented health option that achieves undeniable results in the relief of an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes. There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist. Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from acute or chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being as well as your quality of life.

Massage therapy is the application of various techniques to the muscular structures, soft tissues and joints of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using primarily the hands, although massage therapists do use other areas of the body, such as the forearms or elbows. In addition to manipulation techniques, massage therapists are also trained in hydrotherapy and remedial exercise. All of these techniques are used for the benefit of the musculo-skeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body.

Do I need a Referral?
Every private insurance health plan group policy is different. Some policies require a referral and some do not. It is important to get in contact with your private health insurance company to determine what your specific policy plan requires.

Is Massage Therapy Regulated?
Massage therapy is not currently a regulated profession in Nova Scotia however, the Massage Therapists’ Association of Nova Scotia has been strongly advocating for the regulation of massage therapy in Nova Scotia for several years.

Our Massage Therapists
To find out whether massage therapy might help you, contact a Registered Massage Therapist at the clinic, or ask your physician for a referral.

Massage Therapists
Judith Forget RMT
Ellie Scott RMT


Osteopathy

Why Choose Osteopathic Manual Therapy? Osteopathic manual therapists assess and treat your body as a whole, not just the sight of pain and symptoms. This is primarily because: pain and symptoms do not always express the true nature of the issue you are having. Often there is more than one factor contributing to the pain or symptoms you are experiencing. Therefore osteopathic manual therapis... Read More

Why Choose Osteopathic Manual Therapy?
Osteopathic manual therapists assess and treat your body as a whole, not just the sight of pain and symptoms. This is primarily because: pain and symptoms do not always express the true nature of the issue you are having. Often there is more than one factor contributing to the pain or symptoms you are experiencing.

Therefore osteopathic manual therapists must assess all the inter-related systems of the body to determine the exact mechanism of injury, thus allowing osteopathic manual therapists to be more effective and efficient in their treatment. To be inclusive of the whole body we have four main treatment techniques: soft tissue manipulation, osteopathic articular technique, cranial osteopathy and visceral manipulation. For a more explicit/detailed explanation of each area of treatment please go to this website: http://www.osteopathyontario.org and click on the heading Manual Osteopathic Treatment Methods in the About Osteopathy section.

NOVA SCOTIA ASSOCIATION OF OSTEOPATHS (MANUAL PRACTICE) MEMBERS’ STATEMENT:
➢ We are members in good standing of the Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO)
➢ As a member of the NSAO, we are not an Osteopathic Physician, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO, formerly Doctor of Osteopathy), nor do we practice Osteopathic Medicine
➢ In Nova Scotia, Osteopathic Manual Practice is not regulated by the government, however the NSAO is actively seeking government regulation to protect the public and our profession
➢ Osteopathic Manual Practitioners are not members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS)

An Osteopathic Appointment
Your first appointment with an osteopathic manual therapist will consist of the following:

A full history taking:
This entails a complete history taking of your previous and current health status.
An examination:
The osteopathic manual therapist will perform a physical evaluation to determine your condition and ensure that you are safe to receive osteopathic manual treatment.
Osteopathic manual therapists will assess the structures of your body for: mobility, position, vitality/quality of tissues and develop a treatment plan.
Together, you and your osteopathic manual therapist will review the results of your physical examination and determine the appropriate treatment plan for you.

Be sure to wear comfortable loose fitting clothes such as shorts and a T-shirt, tank top or sports bra.

Who Benefits from Osteopathy?
We treat all ages and many different conditions, however we see many patients who have plateaued with other treatments. These include chronic spinal conditions, headaches, TMD and post whiplash/ MVA. We also treat babies and children.

Here is a more comprehensive list of some of the common conditions we treat:

Children’s Issues
colic
spitting up
sucking difficulty
birth trauma
otitis media
torticollis
Pain
neck pain
back pain
sciatica
headaches and migraines
jaw pain and TMJ syndromes
acute and chronic pain
pelvic pain dysfunction
Systemic Problems
digestive disturbances
edema and swelling
circulatory problems
urogenitial problems
neurological syndrome
Pregnancy Issues
back pain
pelvic pain
edema and swelling
digestive disturbances
Respiratory Issues
asthma
bronchitis
pleurisy
allergies
Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
chronic ear infections
sinusitis
tinnitus

Our Osteopathic Manual Therapists
Jocelyn Glover BSc. Kin, BSc. AHN, D.O(M.P)
Julie Sainsbury, B.Ost (UK)
Angela Clee, B.Ost (UK)


Physiotherapy

One on One Treatment Approach Our practitioners believe that one on one treatment can best speed your recovery and provide efficient, effective treatment. All of our treatment sessions are 30 to 60 minutes of one on one care in private treatment rooms. Our experienced physiotherapists are trained to treat a wide variety of injuries, both acute and chronic. Your first visit will consist of a co... Read More

One on One Treatment Approach
Our practitioners believe that one on one treatment can best speed your recovery and provide efficient, effective treatment. All of our treatment sessions are 30 to 60 minutes of one on one care in private treatment rooms. Our experienced physiotherapists are trained to treat a wide variety of injuries, both acute and chronic. Your first visit will consist of a comprehensive medical history and musculo-skeletal assessment to determine a physical diagnosis and complete a treatment plan.

Treatments may include the following
Manual Therapy
Physiotherapists use a wide variety of manual therapy techniques to increase joint and muscle mobility. Ken Long has extensive training in osteopathy and uses osteopathic manual techniques to compliment his physiotherapy practice.

Exercise
Our physiotherapists can design specific exercises to help you regain strength, stability, balance and flexibility. Our emphasis is to teach you appropriate exercises that you can continue at home or in a gym independent of us. Exercise programs help improve function following soft tissue and bone injury, and can help alleviate pain and stiffness secondary to surgery, degenerative changes and chronic health conditions. Exercise can improve and strengthen posture, enhance performance and promote health and wellness.

Acupuncture
All of our physiotherapists are trained in Acupuncture at the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. Acupuncture may be included in your treatment plan to reduce pain and inflammation, and is billed as part of your physiotherapy session.

Modalities
These may include ultrasound, laser, TENS, IFC, heat and cold. Modalities are used to help alleviate pain and promote soft tissue healing.

Education
This is an important part of physiotherapy practice as our goal is to teach you how to manage and prevent injury and disability. This encourages you to take an active role in recovery and health.

Regulations of Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy practice is regulated by the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists. The College’s role is to protect the public and ensure that standards of practice are met.

Our Physiotherapists
Ken Long P.T
Amy Heffernan M.Sc. P.T.


Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an approach to health that originated in India as the “sister science” to yoga. Ayurveda is based on the belief that everyone has a unique constitution, and that constitutions can be grouped into types based on dominant qualities. This means that what is considered to be optimal health for one person will not look exactly like optimal health for another person. In Ayurveda, we... Read More

Ayurveda is an approach to health that originated in India as the “sister science” to yoga.

Ayurveda is based on the belief that everyone has a unique constitution, and that constitutions can be grouped into types based on dominant qualities. This means that what is considered to be optimal health for one person will not look exactly like optimal health for another person.

In Ayurveda, we believe that the constitutions of two people differ because each individual possesses a unique combination of the 3 energies, called doshas, which govern the body and the mind. The 3 doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha.

Vata is the principle of movement and change in the body and mind. It governs circulation and the eliminatory system in the body, as well as the movement of thoughts in the mind and one’s sensitivity to stimulation. Individuals with a vata constitution are creative, expressive, and spontaneous, but can be prone to anxiety, overwhelm, and exhaustion when out of balance.

Pitta is the principle of transformation and metabolism in the body and mind. It governs digestion of food and cellular metabolism in the body, and intellect and focus on a mental level. Pitta people are natural leaders, speak eloquently, and are often very organized and efficient, but can be prone to anger, critical, and argumentative when out of balance.

Kapha is the principle of structure and support in the body and mind. It governs the respiratory system, immune system, and provides lubrication and hydration to all the body’s tissues. It gives the mind a calm, easy-going and generous disposition. Kapha people are relaxed, supportive, and loving, but can be prone to lethargy, stubbornness, and resistance to change when out of balance.

Everyone has some amount of all 3 doshas, but the amount of each determines which qualities stand out the most in your physical, mental, and emotional makeup. An individual can have one or two dominant doshas, or in rarer cases, can have 3 equally dominant doshas.

The amount of each dosha that you have also determines what your optimal health picture looks like. For example: A person with a kapha constitution will usually have a larger build and more body mass than a vata individual, who is more prone to wasting and weight loss and often has very long and lean features, or is very petite. What we would call a healthy body weight for a kapha individual will be different from the healthy body weight of a vata individual, simply due to a difference in constitutional makeup.

Understanding your doshic makeup can provide insight into how you can best manage stress, what kinds of exercise might be most enjoyable and beneficial for you, what foods might be aggravating or balancing, and what kinds of routines and lifestyle habits might help you to feel your best. In an assessment with an Ayurvedic practitioner, we would determine your unique constitution, figure out if anything is out of balance, and then discuss practices and strategies to help you find more ease and wellbeing in your life.

If you are interested in learning more about whether Ayurveda would be a good fit for you, book your free 15-min discovery call with Rebecca by emailing her at r.davieswilson@gmail.com.

Ayurvedic Health Counsellor
Rebecca Davies-Wilson – AHC



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