The Cornmill Complementary Health Centre, East Grinstead, West Sussex.

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Therapies

The Cornmill Health Centre offers the following Therapies in East Grinstead, West Sussex. If there is anything not listed please contact us as we may be able to assist you.

Please click on the + sign to expand and reveal a brief explanation of each.

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of healing which requires placing fine needles on specific points along the meridian pathways affecting vital energy, known as Qi, restoring balanced health and harmony. Acupuncture is known to release endorphins and other helpful chemical substances, therefore it is a natural healing method. It is used for many emotional and physical imbalances in the body and is also used as a preventative medicine. Emotions have long thought to be at the root of many diseases and conditions. In Chinese Medicine, the 5 cardinal emotions or 5 element phases of Joy, Anger, Worry, Grief and Fear are thought to be primary causes of diseases. Strengthening the Liver for example has the effect of reducing Anger, the Liver's associated emotion. Some of the Conditions that the treatment can benefit include: Restoring the immune system, Back Pain, IBS, Parkinson's Disease, Respiratory Conditions, Migraines, Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Sciatica, Insomnia, Diabetes, Gout, Stress and Menstrual problems.

Chinese Herbal medicine dates back many thousands of years. It involves the use of natural plants and minerals. Each has its own specific characteristics and particular medicinal use for treating diseases, to rectify the imbalance of the Yin and Yang and to strengthen the immune system. Herbal medicine can be used on its own or in conjunction with Acupuncture, together this is referred to as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Various herbs are combined to each person's individual needs and requirements. A consultation is necessary before herbs are administered. Some of the conditions that Chinese Herbal Medicine can benefit are: Skin problems, Sinus, Constipation, Asthma and also to aid circulation.

Practitioner: Annie Jenkins

Aromatherapy

Combines the senses of smell and touch to provide a therapeutic treatment. Massage is the ultimate feel good therapy and when combined with aromatic oils, the healing effect is more profound. The benefits of this treatment include reducing anxiety and stress, relieving muscular tension, stimulating circulation, boosting the immune system, insomnia, depression and many more.

Practitioner: Annie Jenkins

Acupressure

Acupressure is a hybrid of the ancient Oriental massage arts of Anma and Shiatsu. The application of using acupressure includes relieving pain, balancing body energy, and maintaining good health. Acupressure's healing touch reduces muscular tension, increases circulation, and enables deep relaxation. By relieving stress, acupressure therapy strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness. Acupressure is beneficial for specific conditions such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic muscular pain, mental stress, addiction recovery, learning disorders, trauma, emotional imbalances and more.

Practitioner: Graham Lines

Allergy Therapy – Allergy Testing and Treatment

Do you think you might have Allergies, Intolerances or Toxicity issues?

Food and environmental sensitivities are the cause (or part cause) of many common health problems, and these can be identified and remedied by allergy testing and treatment. Conditions include hay fever, eczema and asthma; also fatigue, weight gain and IBS, and many more.

The 'Bigger Picture':

During your consultation we will discuss your health and wellbeing in some depth. Many people with allergies have underlying issues which predispose them to react to things in an allergic way. We will consider your diet and eating habits, home and work environments, the impact of common toxins, lifestyle and stress factors, and so on.

The 'big picture' for you will provide the context for evaluating the results of your allergy test, and for the treatment and advice you'll receive.

Testing Methods:

You will be tested for a range of allergies. The method used is Diagnostic Kinesiology (sometimes referred to as ‘muscle testing’), a safe and non-invasive approach which is both accurate and versatile. It is ideal for children, including babies, as well as adults.

Additionally, if it looks like there are significant food sensitivities, a Diagnostic Elimination Diet is usually recommended. This takes the diagnostic process one step further and helps to confirm the results of kinesiology testing.

Laboratory Tests are also available (at additional cost), but these are only required in exceptional circumstances. They include blood and stool tests to further evaluate immune response and gut health.

Used individually or in combination, the above tests will provide an accurate picture of your allergy status.

Treatments:

The aim of testing and treatment is to reduce the toxic load in your body, and to strengthen your immune response to offending allergens. Health is restored (as required) by means of detoxification, attention to diet and to gut health, homeopathic allergy desensitisation, and nutritional medicines.

About Appointments:

Most people only need to see Robin once. The fee includes allergy and intolerance testing, as well as thorough case taking, in-depth discussion, and a personalised management and treatment plan for you to put into effect. It also includes follow-up email and phone support as required.

Robin sees all age groups. The consultation is 75 mins long for adults and young people, and up to 75 mins for children. Follow-up appointments are only occasionally needed, and are shorter.

Practitioner: Robin Ravenhill

Bowen Technique

Tom Bowen was born in Australia. He was the founder of the Bowen Technique in the 1950's. He is reported to have treated thousands of patients per year. His work is well known and is also used in some areas of the medical profession today because of its high success rate. A simple and powerful technique that helps relieve all kinds of pain, it is also so gentle that it can be used on anyone from newborn infants to the elderly. It can also be used for a wide variety of conditions such as Asthma, Hay fever, Skin Conditions, Back Pain, Sciatica, Rheumatism, Migraines, Tinnitus, Sinus, Frozen Shoulder, Whiplash, Digestive Problems, Fertility Problems, IBS, Breast Lumps and Pain, Colic in babies, Lymphatic Drainage.

Practitioner: Annie Jenkins

Crystal Healing

History of crystals
The word crystal is derived from the ancient Greek term "krystallos," meaning "ice," the crystal form of water. Crystals have been used for thousands of years. Ancient people believed they were gifts from the Gods and their magical properties have been recognised in almost every culture.

How they work
Crystals work with the energy field through vibrations and resonance, our bodies are mostly water and water is particularly good at holding vibrational patterns. Crystals gently restore the balance and harmony of the body bringing a state of wellbeing. Treatment would include a short consultation. Crystals are placed on or around the body and are chosen individually according to your needs. The therapist will work on the seven major charkras and hands on healing will take place if it is agreed by the recipient. Crystal healing works on the physical, emotional and disruption of harmony. The energies of specific crystals may be calming, energising, purifying or uplifting.

Practitioner: Annie Jenkins

Counselling

If you are feeling unhappy, counselling can help you understand what this is about. Being able to talk to a qualified counsellor freely can allow you to put things into perspective, as well as learning how you may be creating some of your unhappiness.

If you react and behave as you always do, it is unlikely that you are going to get different results. Counselling can help you understand your reactions and behaviours, with the view of learning new ways of doing things that would help you achieve more satisfactory outcomes.

Counselling can help with a variety of issues, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement, stress and infertility being just a few of them.

Practitioners: Urtzi Cristobal, Anita Webster, Sarah Kane, Michal Ann Abbott

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

The face is made up of numerous muscles capable of complex interactions. The insertion of fine acupuncture needles into the specific points of the face stimulate the flow of energy thereby increasing the blood flow, aiding lymphatic drainage, relaxes facial muscles and increases elasticity of the skin.

Benefits of this treatment are: reduction of lines and a more youthful complexion.

Practitioner: Annie Jenkins

Foot Health Care Practitioners

Specialising in Professional Footcare

- Corns and Callus
- Nail Cutting & Nail Infections
- Ingrown Nails
- Diabetic Conditions
- Painful & Aching Feet
- General Footcare
- Advice & Maintenance

Practitioners: Annie Jenkins, Graham Lines

Hypnotherapy (including Stop Smoking)

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness which results in a deeply relaxed state with significantly enhanced concentration and focus.

To comprehend how hypnosis works it is helpful to perceive the mind in two parts - the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind is the 'weaker' part that contains the temporary memory, reasoning capabilities, and the will power centre. The subconscious mind is the real 'powerhouse' - it controls the imagination, emotions and most importantly, the permanent memory. Hypnosis provides a pathway for accessing the subconscious mind. It allows the individual to pinpoint the issue at hand to focus on altering his or her perception of a particular activity or habit that needs improvement.

Practitioner: Don Ely

You Can Stop Smoking

A highly successful program to help people stop smoking. The program consists of two sessions two weeks apart with support of a CD recorded at the first session.

Smoking is a mental and physical addiction. To successfully stop both areas need to be addressed. Hypnosis helps to change both the physical and mental attitudes. Techniques to change the 'taste' of a cigarette combined with visualisation achieve dramatic results.

Hypnosis Works and Lasts

Hypnosis is designed to take away the desire to smoke. Instead of feeling that you're giving up something you enjoy you will feel that you're getting rid of something that isn't wanted.

You may have tried patches, substitute products, pills, gum, books, self-help tapes and even going 'cold turkey'. But you do not succeed in the long run.

Tailor Made

Because your addiction to cigarettes differs from the next person's, we tailor our hypnotherapy sessions to address your particular issues. You may use smoking as a coping mechanism for stress or you may find it replaces companionship or boredom. Two sessions focusing on your individual situation are usually enough to quit and remain a non-smoker.

Key to Success

You have to want to quit before I can help you. I have developed a highly successful system that can be applied to both heavy and occasional smokers - whether it's cigarettes, cigars or a pipe. A very large proportion of my clients are successful in the long-term.

My system consists of 2 sessions and the use of a CD

Session One

- Detailed assessment
- Practical advice to help over the crucial early days
- Hypnotherapy tailored to the individual - sessions are made more effective using a headphone system which greatly enhances hypnotic relaxation

Session Two (About 14 days later)

- Provides additional support and confirms that you have put smoking in the past

CD

You are advised to use my CD in the early days of non-smoking. This reinforces the message that non-smoking is permanent.

Let me help you stop.

I am accredited by the General Hypnotherapy Register, and am registered with the NHS to provide services through your GP.

Practitioner: Don Ely

Hypnotherapy McKenzie Clinical

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This is a very natural way of getting in touch with the right side of the mind which has unlimited potential and stores all the memories from the past as well as the automatic processes. This includes the bad habits as well as the good habits. It is completely safe and the techniques used bear no relation to stage hypnosis. During hypnosis you are aware of what’s going on at all times.

Treatments

Here is just a small sample of the range of treatments I offer hypnotherapy for, as well as boosting confidence before exams and job interviews.

Gut-Directed (IBS) Hypnotherapy

Some people think that this is a new illness perhaps caused by the pace of life and modern diet, but it has been around for many years and was originally known by another name. The two key facts about IBS are that it cannot be cured but it can be successfully managed. In recent research, 200 patients with IBS were monitored after undergoing gut-direct hypnotherapy, each recording quality of life, and levels of anxiety and stress before the treatment. The research found that 71% of patients responded well and most did not deteriorate over time. The research was carried out at the Withington hospital in Manchester, the first NHS hospital where a Hypnotherapy department has been established.

Stop Smoking

If Hypnotherapy to help you stop smoking is not for you, call me to discuss how I can help using BWRT®. This is a modern model of psychotherapy and psychology, created by Terence Watts MCGI There is no hypnotic trance involved, great for those who are a bit nervous about hypnotherapy. See my Facebook testimonial and web site pages for more information. I also offer Hypnotherapy if ts is your preference.

Performance Anxiety

We all have to perform sometimes, whether its in front of a large or small audience, anxiety can prevent us from performing as well as we know we can. Through a combination of BWRT® and Hypnotherapy, I can give you the confidence to stand in front of an audience and feel comfortable and in control. Banish the anxiety and allow you to shine.

For information about how I can help you to overcome the obstacles in your life, call me or drop me an email.

In exceptional circumstances I offer home visits at no extra charge within a 5 mile radius. Please call to discuss your needs and whether you would qualify for a home consultation.

Practitioner: Cathie Gordon

Homeopathy

Based on an effective scientific system of healing. Homeopathy is a safe and gentle form of treatment that treats the whole person both emotionally and physically. Thus you can be helped with both the cause of your illness and its symptoms, rather than merely relieving or suppressing the symptoms.

There is a lot of documented evidence to show success with many illnesses, both physical and emotional however severe or minor, including ones that modern medicine does not have cures for. Babies and children often respond very well.

It works on the principle of “like cures like” - that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to cure those same symptoms in illness. For example, one remedy which might be used in a person suffering from insomnia is coffee, a remedy made from coffee.

Practitioner: Emma Page

Hopi Ear Candles - Thermo Auricular Therapy

Hopi ear candling is an old native American Indian tradition used by the Hopi people since ancient times. There has been research into the use of ear candles since 1985 which is re-establishing their popularity in Europe. The benefits are well known and confirmed by doctors worldwide. How they work. Ear candles have a physical function. A light suction action and the movement of the flame creates vibration and generates a massage effect on the eardrum helping to balance the pressure in the ears. Includes a mini facial massage. Conditions helped. Excessive ear wax, sinusitis, rhinitis, loss of smell, stress, migraines, tinnitus, colds, flu, snoring, flying…

Practitioner: Annie Jenkins

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage dates back over 3,000 years and originated in India and China. This therapy embraces the philosophy of mind, body and spirit. Prolonged application of Hot Stones softens and relaxes the muscles allowing for a more intense massage. Basalt - thermal stones - are heated and placed on different areas of the body. The heated stones are then used in the massage giving a longer lasting effect with greater benefit to the muscles. Cold stones are used to reduce inflammation and stimulate circulation. This treatment gives a deeper level of relaxation.

Practitioners: Annie Jenkins, Graham Lines

Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage comes from the Hindi word Champi (head massage). It is an Ayurvedic healing system, practiced in India for over 1,000 years. This is a short, relaxing massage and the client stays fully clothed during this massage, which is used on the shoulders, upper back, neck, scalp and face. Various oils can be used on the scalp complimenting the therapy. Some benefits of this massage are: Blood and Lymphatic circulation improved, eyestrain, migraines, upper back and shoulder tension, promotes hair growth.

Practitioners: Annie Jenkins, Graham Lines

Kinesiology

Kinesiology
Balanced Health
Powerful techniques to improve your general health

Kinesology is a complementary therapy involving the use of muscle testing. This works on circulation, lymphatic’s, the nervous system, acupuncture meridians and also emotional blockages. We can use powerful techniques to test, detect and balance. It is based on the fact that the body language never lies, we can tune into this body and help facilitate the healing process. Nutrition can play a major part in Kinesiology (we are what we eat). We may be eating some foods which are causing us problems such as constipation, indigestion, headaches etc. We use food sensitivity testing to determine the foods that are right for you as an individual. Some of the conditions we can help are headaches, back pain, sciatica, insomnia, knee pain, digestion, emotional and many more. How many treatments are required? This depends on the length of time you have suffered from a condition amongst other factors.

Practitioner: Annie Jenkins

Life Coaching

Life Coaching is a talking therapy traditionally used for the purposes of personal development as a way of enabling you to achieve goals and dreams and move beyond issues. This method is even more applicable today than ever before. We live in times of great change where global consciousness surrounding the nature of the human experience - both in this life and beyond - is developing at a phenomenal rate. Many are now seeking to discover answers that go beyond material or physical results. According to one study, unhappiness is set to become the 'greatest disease of the 21st century'.

It is therefore relevant and extremely valuable to be able to incorporate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects when choosing to develop yourself.

Osteopathy

Osteopathic treatment is "hands on" and uses a variety of techniques, including soft tissue massage and stretching to reduce muscle tension and gentle articulation and mobilisation to increase joint mobility. Osteopaths are skilled in assessing the musculo-skeletal structure of the whole body, in particular the spine and joints, so conditions such as tennis elbow, knee and foot pain can be helped as well as the back pain with which osteopaths are commonly associated. Back pain and sciatica, neck pain and headaches, joint pain and stiffness, muscular tension, arthritic pain and sports injuries may all respond well to osteopathic treatment. Osteopathic treatment is safe and suitable for most people from childhood through to old age. Patients are advised regarding self-help such as stretching exercises.

Practitioner: Karen Pelling

Parenting support during Pregnancy and the first two years

Pregnancy and the first two years of life are vitally important in creating a solid foundation for your baby’s healthy emotional life.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the time you are most intimately connected with your baby. Your baby is experiencing the world through you, you are sharing the same bloodstream, which simply put can be a cocktail of stress or a cocktail of love. Good stress management and taking time to connect with your unborn baby will create peaceful and nourishing first home for your baby.

First Two Years

Simple parenting tools can help your baby develop healthy blueprints like the ones listed below:

- I am resourceful, competent and resilient
- I am wanted
- The world is a safe and abundant place.

Your child will carry that knowing about themselves, people and the world into their future relationships and the way they approach different circumstances. Our generation of parents is very lucky to have access to parenting tools that can help towards developing these healthy blueprints.

The Birth of the Mother

Pregnancy and early months of motherhood is the time of enormous change: your body is changing, you are experiencing new depths of emotion, you are adjusting your space, your life plans and all of your relationships. You are learning to read the cues of your newborn baby and to adapt to their changing needs.

Even though it is common to feel overwhelmed, exhausted and isolated during this time, it doesn't have to be this way. Transition into the motherhood can be peaceful, joyful and nourishing time.

Practitioner: Una Archer

Physiotherapy

Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders, e.g., Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI or Computer Related Injuries), Spinal Disorders (Neck and Back Pain), Whiplash injuries, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, Sports Injuries, Chronic Pain Conditions like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Arthritis, Stroke management, Geriatrics. Rehabilitation of CP, Spinabifida, Back pack injuries & postural problems in children, delayed milestones poliomyelitis etc. Specialising in chronic/Acute pain management.

Practitioner: Praveen Jayasimhan

Pranic Healing®

Pranic Healing® is a simple yet powerful and effective system of non-touch energy healing that utilises prana (also known as chi, ki, or life-force) to balance, harmonise and transform the body’s energy processes. It is based on the fundamental principle that the body is a self-repairing living entity that possesses the innate ability to heal itself and that the healing process is accelerated by increasing the life-force or vital energy on the affected part of the physical body. Pranic Healing® is applied on the bio-electromagnetic field known as the aura or energy body, which is a mold or blueprint of the physical body. This energy body absorbs life energy and distributes it throughout the physical body, to the muscles, organs, glands etc. The reason Pranic Healing® works on the energy body is that physical ailments first appear as energetic disruptions in the aura before manifesting as problems in the physical body. Pranic Healing® can be used to help in the healing of conditions affecting the immune, gastro-intestinal, respiratory, heart and circulatory, endocrine, reproductive, urinary, musculo-skeletal, brain and nervous systems.

Practitioner: Maeve Lynch

Pranic Psychotherapy®

Pranic Psychotherapy® is the application of Pranic Healing® techniques to help alleviate emotional and psychological imbalances. Pranic Psychotherapy® helps to facilitate recovery from conditions such as stress, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, phobias and addictions. It is very effective when used in conjunction with standard medical treatment or other complementary therapies.

Practitioner: Maeve Lynch

Psychological Services

There are a range of psychological services and therapies on offer at the Cornmill Centre provided by qualified practitioners who focus on supporting clients with a variety of emotional and psychological difficulties.

Practitioners: Urtzi Cristobal, Anita Webster, Sarah Kane, Michal Ann Abbott

Reflexology

Although the origins of reflexology date back to the ancient Middle East, it wasn't introduced as a therapy in the west until the early part of the twentieth century. Reflexology works on the feet as a method for activating the body's own natural healing powers. It is a safe natural therapy and once the body is in tune, regular treatments can help maintain health and well-being. This therapy is beneficial for back and neck pain, digestive problems, headaches and migraine, insomnia and stress related conditions.

Practitioner: Annie Jenkins

Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese word that means Universal Life Energy: Reiki is both a powerful and gentle healer and is usually felt as a warm and gentle feeling creating a deep sense of peace and relaxation. It calms the mind and emotions bringing us into balance and harmony, helping us to release negative thought patterns and habits.The benefits are felt on a Spiritual, Emotional and Physical level.

Practitioner: Annie Jenkins

Sports Massage

Sports massage - Origins Of Sports Massage

In ancient Greece, athletes used massage before and after competing while the Romans recognised the benefits for injured gladiators.

In 1900 the Finnish School Of Massage developed the first system of sports massage and in 1924 it was first brought to the public's attention when Paavo Nurmi won 5 gold medals in ONE day with only a 30 minute break between some events at the Paris Olympic Games. Nurmi credited special massage treatment as one of the important components of his training.

As professional or amateur competitors seek to improve their performances, many are now realising the importance of using a sports massage therapist.

About Sports & Remedial Massage

  • Sport & Remedial Massage includes the analysis of soft tissues to help prevent dysfunction, pain, limited movement, misalignment or injury. This is approached and maintained by physical and manual manipulation of the soft tissues including giving appropriate advice on exercise, training and rehabilitation.
  • Remedial massage covering minor conditions relating to muscles, tendons and ligaments, has been used effectively for thousands of years...dealing with aches and pains caused mainly by poor posture. If untreated, these issues become more serious and complex which eventually result in additional multi skeletal problems. Treatment has proven in the past to be an effective and successful way of overcoming these conditions, complementing the body's natural repair process. If a medical practitioner has diagnosed a serious injury, it is likely there is a secondary soft tissue condition involved due to the muscular system protecting or compensating. Therefore, as a complementary therapy, a good and successful recovery would require these issues to be addressed by means of remedial massage.
  • Sports massage uses a similar clinical approach as remedial massage with the emphasis on recovery from training and prompt identification and treatment of possible problematic soft tissue conditions. By applying massage, a thorough assessment of the condition of an athlete's soft tissues can be addressed such as monitoring posture and range of movement. The therapist can also monitor how an athlete is responding to training and assess how to apply specific exercises to avoid injury...enhancing maximum performance.

Some of the injuries I can treat:-

  • Neck ache and pain
  • Shoulder ache and pain
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Golfers Elbow(Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Joint Problems
  • Cartilage Problems
  • Posture Correction
  • Back ache and pain
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Ligament sprains
  • Ligament damage
  • Chronic injuries
  • Nerve impingement
  • Inflammation
  • Impact injuries
  • Tendon and muscle strain

Specialist Techniques:-

Muscle Energy Technique (MET):- is used to stretch and lengthen tight muscles including realigning areas of adhesive muscle fibres.

Soft Tissue Release (STR):- is a method of locking and stretching adhered part of muscle...avoiding unnecessary stretching of remaining healthy, aligned muscle fibres preventing possible overstretch.

Neuromuscular Technique (NMT):- is used with the nervous system, aiding release of localised tension and pain and Trigger Points are also deactivated using this method.

Myofascia Release:- is used to release tight, congealed and dehydrated connective tissue around muscles to become soft, mobile and hydrated. Pressure applied slowly, will create a physical and chemical reaction to the tissue, allowing it to return to it's normal resting length.

Can Everyone Benefit?

Yes...you don't have to be a sports person to receive the benefits of a good sports massage. For example, spending hours at a desk can cause muscular tension and over use which can be effectively relieved using sports massage.
If however you are involved in sporting activities, treatment would help overcome general aches and pain, rehabilitation after injury, pre and post event as well as preventative therapy aimed at reducing risk of injury.

Other Considerations

Other aspects are considered which could be affecting your condition such as medical history, general lifestyle, hobbies, diet, work and emotions.
The therapist will advise on a specific programme where necessary how to improve posture, stretch and strengthen their muscles.

Additional Treatment Incorporated With Sports & Remedial Massage

Ultrasound

How does Ultrasound Benefit Wound Healing?

Inflammatory

Ultrasound causes a degranulation of mast cells resulting in the release of histamine. Histamine and other chemical mediators released from the mast cell are felt to play a role in attracting neutrophils and monocytes to the injured site.These and other events appear to accelerate the acute inflammatory phase and promote healing.

Proliferative

Ultrasound has been noted to effect fibroblasts and stimulate them to secrete collagen. This can accelerate the process of wound contraction and increase tensile strength of the healing tissue. Connective tissue will elongate better if both heat and stretch are combined. Continuous ultrasound at higher therapeutic intensities provide an effective means of heating deeper tissue prior to stretch.

Frequency

As the frequency of ultrasound is increased, the penetration of the signal decreases. For most dermal wounds, it is preferable therefore, to utilize a frequency of 3MHz. 1MHz would be more effective on deeper structures.

What is Ultrasound?

Sound Waves

  • Sound waves consist of a to and fro movement of particles in the direction of a wave. This movement is set by a source, which is subjected to deformation. This source may be pigskin on a drum or a metal diaphragm. Pressure waves are set up which emanate as areas of compression and decompression
  • Audible range = 30 - 20,000 Hz - Ultrasound range = above 20,000 Hz - Many animals hear ultrasound. The therapeutic frequencies for ultrasound are 1MHz or 3MHz (1MHz = 1 million cycles per second)

Production of Ultrasound Waves

  • High frequency electrical current applied to certain crystals (Quartz or Barium Titanate) will produce distortion thus causing the crystals to "oscillate", i.e. to expand and contract at a high frequency, (this effect is termed the piezo-electric effect or PZT). These changes in the shape of the crystal cause movement of the metal end plate which in turn produces an ultrasonic wave.

Benefits of Ultrasound

I use ultrasound therapy specifically on:-

  • Sprained and torn ligaments
  • Inflamed tendons and tendon sheaths
  • Lacerations and other surface soft tissue traumas
  • Scar tissue sensitivity and tension (muscle spasm)
  • Strained and torn muscles
  • Inflamed and damaged joint muscles
  • Fasciitis

Taping and Strapping

Taping and strapping is often required after injury but sometimes to bring attention to correct postural awareness. It is also helpful to aid a sports person to compete in an event after suffering a mild injury.

Practitioner: Graham Lines

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage has long been a soothing effective therapy in both East and West. Massage is able to reduce pain by reflexes affecting the Central Nervous System. Relaxation of the muscles is attained reducing tension, stiffness and aches and pains, invigorating the circulation and releasing endorphins induce healing. Special attention may be needed for specific areas. Some benefits of this massage are:

Stress relief, boost to circulation, relief of shoulder and neck ache, general feeling of well being.

Practitioners: Annie Jenkins, Graham Lines