Complementary Health Therapies Acupuncture, Chiropody and Physiotherapy in Barnet, North London

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Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is a treatment based on old ayurvedic techniques involving work on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. A variety of massage movements are used to relieve accumulated tension, stimulate circulation and restore joint movement. It is also used to aid the condition and health of the hair, particularly when combined with the use of natural organic oils.

Indian Head Massage is used by practitioners to help reduce stress and fatigue, increase mental clarity, and relax and rejuvenate the receiver.

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Integrative Counselling

Integrative counselling has been born out of the idea that no one single theory can fully explain the complexity of human nature and existence, instead, the integrative model encompasses a variety of different theoretical models into one combined theory.

The integrative counsellor views their clients holistically, understanding that upbringing and genetic predisposition, social, cultural and historic context into which we are born influence our way of being, learning and maturing.

Integrative counselling reflects this view by creating a unique therapeutic experience for each client, to fit each client’s equally unique view of life. Importance is placed on the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client, through which clients learn about themselves in the context of human interaction. For the therapy to work there needs to be a sense of collaboration; the therapist does not posses the answers, but by asking the right questions, by listening and being supportive, the therapist can help the client to find their own answers. Integrative counselling can help clients to implement positive changes in their life when and where they are possible, but also to accept what cannot be changed and develop emotional resilience to deal and cope better with their issues, difficult situations, other people and life, ultimately leading to the sense of self-empowerment.

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Naturopathy (or Natural Medicine) is a holistic system of healthcare which recognises and uses the ability of the body to heal itself given the right conditions. A Naturopath would seek to establish the cause of a health problem and treat the cause, rather than simply suppressing the symptoms (headache, rash, blocked sinuses, indigestion, fever, etc.) To achieve restoration of the body’s equilibrium, the Practitioner employs a number of different approaches including:

  • Laboratory testing and further investigations
  • Physical examination (tongue, nails, facial signs)
  • Iris analysis to detect inherited predispositions (iridology)
  • Dietary recommendations
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Bach flower essences

Practitioner: Marina Townsley
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NLP: Neuro Linguistic Programming

Have you wondered why we do what we do? How we think? How we learn? Why we get angry, especially with those who mean so much to us? Neuro Linguistic Programming will help you open up choices, enhance communication and relationships. NLP is practical, about your experience, what it is and not what it should be. It enriches your own view of the world. Modelling in NLP addresses brilliance and quality. NLP is not just a set of techniques, it is a way of thinking, a frame of mind based on curiosity, exploration and fun. In order to model, NLP starts with curiosity and fascination connected with people and studies the structure of subjective experience.

NLP can be used personally and professionally in any field. The techniques and resources that you already have within you will become heightened with increased awareness, allowing you to balance the different parts of yourself that can be taken to all areas of your life.

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Nutritional Therapy

Good nutrition is vital for health, without it our bodies cannot function properly. Modern diets often lack high quality nutrients and rely heavily on processed convenience foods, quick snacks, and overcooked meals.

Nutritional therapy provides you with the latest scientific research evidence to help you adapt your diet and lifestyle to support optimum health.

The aims of a nutritional consultation are to help you with the causes of your health problems and to educate you about the right food choices to make. The nutritionist carefully analyses your symptoms, diet, lifestyle and health history to devise an individually tailored nutritional programme to meet your special needs. She believes that supplement pills should be used with respect and not as a substitute for healthy eating.

Practitioner: Marina Townsley

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Osteopathy is a well-established and safe system of diagnosis and treatment concerned with the structural integrity of the body as a whole. Any disruption in the body's structure can affect the way in which it functions leading to pain and disability.

Osteopathy uses many diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength, however, lies in the osteopath’s observational and palpation skills, which means that you are uniquely assessed from a postural, mechanical and functional standpoint.

Old and young benefit from osteopathy and some of the conditions osteopaths help to relieve are:
  • Back, neck, shoulder and joint pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Postural problems caused by pregnancy, driving or work strain
  • The effects of a difficult delivery on babies
  • Tension headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscular aches, pains and strains

Treatment is aimed at addressing the underlying cause of the problem, alleviating pain and restoration of function leading to improved health. To do this osteopaths work with their hands using a variety of specialised techniques which are tailored to meet the patient’s individual needs ranging from soft tissue work to specific joint manipulation. Gentle release techniques and cranial osteopathic techniques are used, particularly when treating the very young or elderly patients. Rehabilitation and general health advice is also provided to help speed up recovery.

Christine Guerrier

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Physiotherapists treat a wide variety of complaints and can help you overcome injuries and disease by correcting and improving the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, allowing you to return to a normal lifestyle after a period of incapacity or injury.

Listed below are some of the problems that physiotherapy can help:

Back and Neck Problems – including whiplash, “slipped” discs, wear and tear, sciatica, lumbago, trapped nerves, stiffness and referred arm and leg pain.

Muscle and joint problems – including pain, swelling and arthritic conditions of shoulders, hips and knees.

Sports injuries – including muscle, tendon and ligament strains and tears.

Work related problems – including repetitive strain injuries and postural related conditions.

Rehabilitation after surgery – including hip and knee replacements, abdominal operations and other surgery.

Fractures – to regain full function once the bones have healed.

Women’s health issues – including stress incontinence, ante- and post-natal exercises, advice and treatment for back pain during pregnancy, and post-surgery rehabilitation.

Gait and mobility problems for older people – to improve confidence and reduce the fear of falling. This is an important factor in helping you remain active and independent.

At your initial appointment, Karen our physiotherapist will establish the cause of your symptoms by taking a detailed case history and making an examination. Karen will assess what treatment will be best for you, although occasionally, you may need further tests such as an X ray or MRI, or to see a doctor. The treatment will depend on your individual needs and requirements, and may include:

  • Manipulation and mobilisation
  • Massage
  • Exercises such as muscle re-education and pilates
  • Postural correction and advice
  • Electrotherapy, such as ultrasound, interferential, TENS, muscle stimulation, biofeedback etc.

    Appointments can be arranged at a time to suit you and you’re guaranteed a warm, friendly and effective service. Karen can also arrange home visits if you are unable to come to the clinic.

    Like all Chartered Physiotherapists, Karen trained for several years in the NHS and passed state recognised examinations before starting to practice. As a Chartered Physiotherapist, Karen undergoes continuing professional development, and she is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as well as being a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.

    Practitioner: Karen Hallowell


    Podiatry is the profession that deals with conditions affecting the human foot.

    Podiatrists are educated to diagnose and treat a wide range of foot conditions.

    Podiatry is all about feet and ankles, the parts of the body that take a pounding every day. When a child suffers from "flat feet", he or she might see a podiatrist. When diabetics have poor circulation in their feet, they might see a podiatrist

    Caring for a variety of people with a variety of foot- and ankle-related ailments is what Podiatry is all about.

    Clinic visits cost £28.00 and home visits from £30.00.

    Practitioner: Maurice Leane

  • Psychotherapy

    Psychotherapy can enable you to express and resolve difficult life problems and feelings by creating a safe space to talk through your problems and work towards a fuller understand of them. Through your relationship with the psychotherapist and with reference to memories, dreams and feelings, your immediate and long-standing issues, concerns and relationships can be explored.

    By understanding your expectations, perceptions, and restrictive patterns of behaviour it can become apparent how the past affects the present. As the relationship develops, you will move towards new understanding and self awareness the resolution of unresolved issues.

    Psychotherapy can offer help with a range of emotional problems including bereavement, anxiety, depression, marital breakdown, redundancy, abuse, eating disorders, gender, race and sexual issues.

    Practitioner: Gill Abrahams

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    What is Reflexology?

    Reflexology is a gentle non-intrusive holistic therapy which has been practised for over 5000 years.
    It is based on the principle that the feet are a map of the body. There are specific reflex points in the feet and hands that correspond to each organ and part of the body.

    To see the reflexology foot map click here and follow link for the interactive foot and hand maps.
    Using gentle pressure and massage reflexology can help many health problems in a natural way.

    It is a method of activating the natural healing process of the body to promote balance/equilibrium within the body. This is achieved by working to normalise the body’s function to work effectively and efficiently.

    Who can benefit from Reflexology?

    Reflexology can work well for all ages. You don’t need a “problem” to benefit from reflexology as it is a therapy which helps reduce tension, alleviate stress and promote a sense of wellbeing and overall relaxation.
    It can help increase energy levels, improve circulation and encourage a stronger immune system.

    Reflexology may be effective for the relief of:

  • Stress related conditions
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Digestive disorders
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Migraine and headaches
  • Fertility issues
  • Sleep disorders
  • Support during pregnancy
  • Support for people with cancer

    Reflexology does not diagnose or cure but can support people living with health conditions and those wanting to optimise their wellbeing.

    Please ask the receptionists about our introductory special offers.

    Practitioner: Debbie Pettit

  • Reiki

    Reiki is a Japanese holistic, light-touch, energy-based modality. Working as a support mechanism to the body, Reiki re-establishes a normal energy flow of ki (life force energy) throughout the system, which in turn can enhance and accelerate the body's innate healing ability. Through a series of hand positions either directly on or just above the body, the energy worker allows for the flow of energy through their body. The client’s body then draws off the amount of energy that is required.

    The simplicity of a Reiki session may raise some scepticism, however, after experiencing it, many clients keep coming back for more of those relaxing feelings.

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    Sports Massage

    Sports Massage is a form of massage typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.

    It is intended to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Sports massage can help prevent those injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.

    Sports and therapeutic massage is especially recommended for acute and chronic sports injuries and a range of lingering conditions, including:
    • Muscular aches and pains
    • Back and joint pain
    • Sciatica
    • Repetitive strain injuries
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Neck stiffness
    • Headaches

    For minor injuries caused by overexertion and/or overuse of muscle groups, massage can address the core problems quickly and effectively and help prevent future injuries.

    Sports and therapeutic massage:
    • Improves blood circulation and lymphatic drainage which reduces inflammation leading to early recovery
    • Releases muscular tension, restores muscle balance
    • Breaks down fibrous tissue, encourages local circulation and helps to restore muscle flexibility and joint mobility
    • Provides holistic relief from stress and tension that hinder healing and compound health problems

    Practitioner: Christine Guerrier
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    Stress Management

    Many people feel overwhelmed by stress and don't know where to begin in leading healthier lives. Too often, stress affects health and leads to unhealthy behaviours and a downward spiral of more and more stress.

    Stress management can show you how to feel better right now, and give you a clear path to a healthier lifestyle.

    Practitioner: Gill Abrahams
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    Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of healing that developed in China about 3,000 years ago and has changed very little over the centuries. It's based on the idea that laws of nature can be used to understand the inner workings of the body.

    Your health, like the universe at large, is subject to constant battling between opposing forces such as heat and cold, male and female, joy and sadness, which manifest themselves in your body as too much or too little activity in particular organs. An imbalance between any of these forces can cause a blockage in the flow of your qi (chee) or vital energy travelling through your body along invisible pathways known as meridians.

    TCM practitioners typically use acupuncture and herbs to help unblock your qi and bring your body back into harmony and wellness.

    Practitioner: Adam Leighton

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