- Acupuncture & Cupping
- Allergy Testing and Treatment
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- Clinical Psychology
- Craniosacral therapy
- Herbal Medicine (Western Herbalism, Ayurvedic Herbal Tradition & TCM Herbs)
Rebecca Adlington, Olympic Gold Medal winner, uses acupuncture to help her shoulder injury...
A British Acupuncture Council video providing an insight into how Adam works and treats his patient John Joseph, who has suffered from back pain for many years.
The principle aim of acupuncture is to treat the whole person not just the title of disease and to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual self.
This is achieved with a diagnosis based on information relating to, for example, past and present emotions, diet, life style and a health history starting as early as childhood.
Acupuncture techniques have been used for over 2,000 years. Although refined and adapted over the centuries, it has retained a simplicity which is still applicable today. This is possible due to the interpretation of signs (what the practitioner sees) and symptoms (what the practitioner is told).
Acupuncture was thought by the Ancient Chinese to alter energy flow through a system of channels or meridians which course through the body. The Chinese believe that the circulation of this energy or life force (‘Chi’) influences health and well-being. Although the precise mechanism is unclear, it is probable that Acupuncture exerts an effect through the central nervous system. By the stimulation of very fine nerves which run beneath the skin it is possible to modify nerve impulses to the spinal cord and brain. This may facilitate the release of certain chemical transmitters, thereby easing many symptoms for which Acupuncture can be effective.
Adam utilises cupping, which is a very old technique spanning the continents and was used in far eastern countries, Africa, north and south America and across Europe. It is recorded that the founder of the Royal Marsden hospital, Dr William Marsden, used cupping extensively during the 1930's. Adam has found cupping to dramatically help with conditions such as diarrhoea, constipation and abdominal bloatedness. Additionally, it is extremely beneficial for muscular-skeletal problems like back pain, frozen shoulders and tightness in thigh and calf. He has also found it very useful for those suffering from respiratory problems, facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy) and other complaints.
Adam uses the more traditional way to apply the cups, which requires a flame to be placed inside the cup (via a lit cotton wool bud soaked in methylated spirit) thereby burning away the oxygen which results in a vacuum . The cup is then quickly and strategically placed against the patient’s body, usually where a light dab of baby oil has been applied in order to assist the process of the cup 'sticking' to the body. The cups come in varying sizes and can be used on adults and children alike.
Another ancient technique Adam uses is Moxibustion. Moxibustion is a therapy that uses moxa, which comprises predominantly of a herb called mugwort. It comes in various forms, shapes and sizes but typically Adam uses it either in a stick form that resembles a cigar or as a small solid cone shape placed on the end of the needle. In either instance the herb is lit and provides a concentrated heat that is usually extremely comforting. This sensation may be localised or can spread superficially or deeper into the body. This technique is called 'indirect moxibustion' because it is not placed directly on the skin; where it is placed on specific acupuncture points on the skin is known as 'direct moxibustion'. Adam tends to use the Japanese technique for 'direct moxibustion' called Okyu. This treatment utilises tiny rice grain sizes of moxa. lit on strategic locations to maximise the benefit.
It is suggested that moxibustion was used before acupuncture with needling supplementing moxa around 200 B.C.E. One of the first books reportedly written about the specific use of moxibustion as a therapy was around 500 B.C.E. by Bian Que a famous doctor of antiquity and one of the first specialist in moxibustion. In Modern China the use of Moxibustion is now inseparable from Acupuncture. However some practitioners of Classical Chinese Medicine still only use Moxibustion as their way of treating illness, which is a testament to the effectives of this therapy. There are numerous studies into the use of Moxibustion and possibly the most popular and widely recognised use is its ability to, in some pregnant women, facilitate the turning of a breach babies, thus preventing the need for caesarean section.
Adam uses Moxibustion because from a TCM perspective it moves the qi and blood to clear obstructions and stagnation in the body; as moxa is warming it is Yang in its energetic quality and so when the body is affected by external pathogenic factors, especially cold it will help remove the restrictions that cold causes which results in the stagnation of flow of qi and blood. In Chinese Medicine, when qi and blood do not flow, it often leads to pain. Sometimes the qi and blood of the body will flow counter to its normal course, this can be the cause of many problems such as nausea, headaches and even panic attacks. Moxa [and acupuncture] can rectify the course of qi and blood. Furthermore if there is a lack of warmth or Qi in the body, symptoms such as weakness, lack of energy, poor circulation, body chills, poor digestion, frequent urination and/or bowel movement, infertility and other problems can result. The warming properties of moxa can help tremendously to restore vitality and energy.
A technique that has developed much more recently is electroacupuncture. This is a form of acupuncture that uses a low frequency TENS type machine providing an electrically stimulated sensation, through the needles, into acupuncture points to produce analgesia and anaesthesia to treat a vast array of painful conditions. Adam has found this therapy hugely helpful for numerous complaints including back pain, frozen shoulders, peripheral neuropathy, Bell's Palsy, knee and ankle injuries/pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
According to David Mayor, an acupuncturist who started using electroacupuncture in the late 80's and who is Editor of Electroacupuncture: A practical manual and resource (Churchill Livingstone 2007). Electric currents have three effects: chemical, physical (or stimulatory) and thermal. These can influence the body at different levels: cellular, tissue, segmental and systemic. Adam has found that electro-acupuncture can have a profound benefit and positive outcome that may not be achieved by acupuncture without stimulation.
Finally it is worth noting that a recent, 2017, comprehensive review supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture has been collated in the 'Acupuncture Evidence Project', an 81 page document viewable online. There is a summary 5 page version which is also available online. The co-authors opinion is that 'it is no longer possible to say that the effectiveness of acupuncture is because of the placebo effect, or that it is useful only for musculoskeletal pain'. Adam's 21 years as a practitioner in North London (in addition to studying full time for 3 years) corroborates the authors view of acupuncture.
Practitioner: Adam Leighton
An allergy is a reaction to a specific substance. These substances may include pollens, dust particles, molds, foods, latex rubber, insect venom, certain medications, animal hair, or even chemicals that are used in every day household products. When the immune system is working properly it is able to identify the substance and categorizes it as harmful or helpful. However when the immune system is not functioning properly all substances become “harmful” and a reaction then occurs.
Testing is done by the use of simple muscle testing to identify the substances to which you may have a sensitivity or allergy. Then homoeopathic preparations of these substances are used to desensitise your body to them.
For appointments please contact the clinic.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a type of therapy that can help people to identify and change their unhelpful negative thoughts and beliefs by reframing and replacing them with more helpful, useful thoughts and beliefs that can help improve moods, stress levels, reduce suffering and make positive changes.
It is proven by research that if you train your brain away from stress and pain, you can reduce the future pain. According to Psychology Today research when we catastrophise emotional or physical pain this leads to greater pain because it amplifies pain processing in the nervous system. Through this therapy you will learn practical skills how to harness body’s potential to heal itself if you use them regularly ‘pain reactions’ and ‘stress reactions’ could be reprogrammed to help you support better health and wellbeing.
What’s different about CBT to other types of therapy?
CBT is a short-term therapy which is focused on ‘here and now.’ It involves cognitive restructuring and reframing of negative thoughts and beliefs in conjunction with behavioural changes addressing the core issues and changing the perception and reaction to them. It is very structured, collaborative, which means that a therapist and a client work together in collaboration to find solutions, it is goal-focused, the benefit is that the client learns the valuable techniques and strategies, therefore can become his/her own problem-solver, more solution-focused in the long run and become equipped to deal with negative emotions and stress effectively.
What are the benefits of CBT?
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Feet are vital to your independence and an important aspect of overall health care. A wide range of conditions are treated from simple corns, callus and nail conditions to more complicated ailments, such as biomechanical dysfunction and the removal of painful ingrowing toenails under local anaesthetic.
Chiropody is the treatment of feet, addressing specific problems like corns, verrucas or nail care to other general problems like arthritis, leg pain, back pain, sports injuries and disabilities. Chiropody can help people of all ages especially the elderly or physically impaired, to maintain mobility and independence.
The foot is a highly complex structure which is used every day and can be put under high stress. Feet can develop problems themselves and cause problems such as bad posture leading to back or neck pain. Feet can also be affected by many general medical conditions. Chiropodists have a good working knowledge of the whole body, in order to assess the causes and general health implications of the foot problems facing them.
Mobility – and the freedom it brings – is essential to the quality of life and should not be considered a luxury. Unfortunately, immobility is very common due to painful feet and lower limbs.
Clinic visits cost £29.00 and home visits from £32.00.
Practitioner: Maurice Leane
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a straight-forward, safe and effective technique that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, their effects on the nervous system and general health. The purpose of chiropractic care is to realign and rebalance your body to relieve pain and discomfort, and increase mobility.
How Can Chiropractic Help?
Spinal joint misalignments can interfere with the nervous system and result in many different conditions of decreased health.
Manipulation is the technique used in the chiropractic adjustment to correct the misalignments and fixations of a joint to reduce nerve impingement and increase optimum health.
The chiropractor will assess and treat the cause of the symptoms and not solely the symptoms themselves.
The chiropractor will decide if it the patient will benefit from other techniques which can be incorporated with chiropractic to maximise treatment outcomes. These include massage, mobilisation, stretching, exercise and advice.
Can Chiropractic Help you?
Chiropractic has been proven to be effective in the treatment of:
- Acute, sub acute and chronic low back pain
- Cervicogenic headaches
- Cervicogenic dizziness
- Extremity joint conditions
- Acute / sub acute neck pain
- Chronic neck pain
Please see further information at www.harlowchiropracticclinic.com
Practitioner: Lee Crocker
Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology
Clinical psychologists undergo a doctoral training course to fully equip them to use a range of psychological models to treat a range of mental health difficulties. Georgina is qualified and experienced to use the following psychological therapies.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured, target driven evidence based approach which is recommended by NICE guidelines and is effective in working with depression and anxiety disorders.
Behavioural Therapy is used for younger children and is effective in working with younger children including toddlers who have problems with sleep, toileting and eating difficulties.
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is a specialist approach used to work with children who have suffered complex trauma related to childhood abuse. It is used predominantly with children who are adopted or are in foster care and have behaviours that fall into an attachment disorder diagnosis. It is also used to work with birth parents and their children where attachment issues underlie the difficulties.
Autism assessments - ADOS-2 and the ADI can be used to carry out a comprehensive assessment for childhood autism.
Cognitive assessments - cognitive testing to gain an understanding of a child's academic ability. This is often in response to concerns raised by a school or parent that a child is performing behind their peers in certain areas. A cognitive assessment can identify specific strengths and weaknesses and can give an overall level of intelligence.
Many people find that they benefit from sharing their troubles with a trained counsellor. Being able to talk about thoughts and feelings, without fear of being judged or criticised, can be a tremendous relief.
To feel valued and accepted by the counsellor, and not to be given advice can lead to a new energy and acceptance of oneself. A trained counsellor can help to unravel old and new conflicts alike, help someone decide what they want for themselves, without feeling guilty or beholden to others.
Sometimes people need to re-visit past traumas, as a way of coming to terms with them and moving on. A counsellor might be able to help someone cope with bereavement or loss.
The aim of Integrative counselling is to create a unique therapeutic style of working to fit each client’s equally unique view of life and being in the world. In our work together we would aim to help you implement positive changes in your life wherever and whenever possible, as well as help you build or strengthen your emotional resilience and ability to cope better with your situation. We may explore your early life experiences and their impact on the creation of the person you are today and their possible contribution to your current struggle, combining this with the focus on the ‘here and now’ of your issues; or perhaps examining your negative thought patterns and the associated behaviour that is causing the difficulties in your life.
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Craniosacral therapy is a gentle yet powerful therapy which has evolved over the last century from the work of the osteopathic profession. The patient lies fully clothed on a couch while the therapist applies a very light touch to various parts of the body, mainly the cranium, the sacrum, and the back.
It is based is the idea that contrary to popular belief, the bones of the cranium are not fixed, but expand and contract with the gentle rhythm of the craniosacral fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord. Because nerves go to and from the brain and spinal column to and from every organ, tissue, membrane, and cell of the body, the fluid reflects and is reflected in the state of every part of the body.
The implication of this is that the craniosacral therapist, in feeling fluctuations, asymmetries, twists, turns, stops and other anomalies in the craniosacral system can assess the energetic imbalances in the body . She can then prompt the system to correct itself. The therapist is the facilitator, the body is the healer.
Craniosacral Therapy can be beneficial for people suffering from a whole range of conditions. This therapy is suitable for any age group from newborn to the elderly. An assessment within two weeks of being born is highly recommended. Treatment is not recommended immediately following strokes, clots or aneurysms. This should be discussed with the practitioner.
Practitioner: Rachael Leffman
Herbal Medicine is the oldest traditional form of healthcare in practically every culture and every country. Roots, barks, flowers, leaves, fruit and berries of plants that had been observed to have particular medicinal properties were historically used to improve health and treat illnesses. Modern phytotherapy (herbalism) incorporates the best tried and tested by time herbal traditions as well as scientific evidence that has become available on the efficacy of various medicinal herbs and herbal formulations for specific health conditions.
Please read my article Why Use Herbal Medicine to better understand the principles and benefits of Herbal Medicine.
Western Herbalism uses European and Native American herbs. It has its origins in the herbal practice of Ancient Greeks, who in turn were influenced by the Egyptian and Middle Eastern civilizations. Western herbal medicine also has its roots in the indigenous practices of the British Isles and ancient Roman traditions.
Herbal remedies have been used to improve and support the digestive, respiratory, immune, circulatory, nervous, endocrine and reproductive body systems. Herbs have also been used to remove waste and toxins from the body by moving the bowels, inducing sweat, enhancing the work of the liver and the kidneys. Pharmaceutical companies are showing increasing interest in medicinal western herbs and research is being carried out to discover the active ingredients in these plants and their efficacy for specific health problems.
With the advances in pharmacology and scientific research, Western herbal medicine has organically evolved into Phytotherapy and stepped into the 21st century. Herbal remedies are routinely recommended by physicians to their patients in many European countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Scandivania and Eastern Europe. Britain is experiencing the herbal renaissance too. Why? Because herbal preparations are often safer and gentler than their synthetic counterparts. Because our genes know many of these phytochemicals, and our body knows how to handle them. If our foods are chemically complex, then should not our medicines be?
Ayurvedic Herbal Tradition arises from the ancient holistic medical system of India which encompases healing of the body, mind and spirit through diet, lifestyle and cleansing. Ayurveda means ‘The Science of Life’ and teaches us to recognise the elements of the Universe – Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth – within ourselves and keep them in balance.
The three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) represent all physical manifestations in the world as well as in our bodies. The equilibrium of the three Doshas can be disturbed by the wrong lifestyle and the wrong type of food we eat, leading to disease state. The Doshas can be brought into balance through herbal therapies, particular diet and life practices.
Under the principle that like increases the like, herbs with the same qualities and the energies as the Dosha increase those qualities in the body. For example, cold and dry aggravate Vata, heat increases Pitta, and cold and damp increase Kapha. The balance of the Doshas is the foundation of the Ayurvedic healing tradition and is the path to optimal health of an individual.
This tradition is more than 5,000 years old, it is still practiced today in modern India and is becoming increasingly popular in the UK.
TCM Herbs are used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine in a similar way to Ayurvedic herbal tradition. The appropriate herbs are selected to alleviate the underlying cause of the disease. The herb’s energies are matched up with that of a person, the disease and its cause. For example, a cause of a headache may be:
- liver congestion
- stomach upset
- weakness in the body.
The cause varies from person to person. Bupleurum and feverfew ease headaches due to liver congestion; catnip relieves headaches due to due to stomach upset; valerian alleviates tension headaches; and cinnamon eliminates headaches due to weakness.
Each of these herbs is different, yet each relieves a headache due to its unique cause. The energy of each herb has different aspects that give the herb a unique personality. These aspects are heating or cooling energy, the five tastes, the four directions, organs and meridians entered, other special properties.
Science is now corroborating the energetics of herbs as it discovers their biochemical components and justifies their traditional uses. Many hospitals in China integrate both modern and traditional medicine by using modern medicine for surgery, acupuncture for anaesthesia and herbs for recovery. Acupuncture and herbal medicine complement each other and go hand in hand in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The first opens the energy channels in the body and the second supplies the active substances which will go in to those channels to correct the imbalance and restore health.
Practitioner: Marina Townsley
Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine developed by Samuel Hahnemann over 250 years ago. It is based on the law of similars, “treat like with like”. This states that any substance which can cause symptoms, whether physical, emotional or mental to appear in a healthy human being can restore to health an individual showing similar symptoms. Hahnemann named the practice homeopathy from the Greek homoios (the same) and pathos (suffering).
For example: If you peel an onion you may produce tears and your nose may run. When these symptoms are present in the common cold or hayfever, Allium Cepa (the homeopathic remedy made from onion) may be prescribed.
So in order to heal you a homeopath has to find the remedy that matches your symptoms.
The homeopathic medicines, or remedies, are made out of plants, minerals and other natural substances. These are highly diluted during a process called potentisation. During this process the remedy is succussed, or shaken, in order to trigger the reaction within the remedy which makes it so potent. The more a remedy is diluted and succussed, the more potent or powerful it becomes.
Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine which means that it does not treat individual symptoms or a named diagnosis but rather a complete picture of the whole individual, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Practitioner: Rachael Leffman