Holistic Approach to Pain

Do you suffer from headaches, back pain or joint pain? Are you frustrated with the traditional treatment approaches that only focus on the symptomatic areas and give temporary or limited pain relief? Are you looking for a treatment which is safe, effective, long-lasting and non-invasive?

Pain is complex and one of the most common reasons that people consult with a doctor.  The source of chronic pain often derives from past impacts to the body. Typically, there is a cumulative effect from multiple injuries, such as a previous sports injury, a bad fall, or multiple accidents.

We often do not realize that the pain is the effect, rather than the cause, especially in chronic or multifaceted cases. Every individual’s body has a difference in terms of its structure, need and history of injuries, as well as the interconnectedness of different parts of our body. Do you think traditional approach which only addresses the present pain good enough to get relief from the pain?

As a physiotherapist who uses a holistic approach, I do not just look at an individual’s symptoms, movement and posture; I consider the whole body and treat the root cause of pain. The goal is to create long-lasting sustainable changes in an individual’s health and movement, so that you can return to a full and active life. All treatment programs are individually customized to the unique needs of your body. Here are some examples of my treatments below:

Lower Back Pain: Traditional approaches often use heat or cold treatment, local massage, local manipulation or exercise in an attempt to decrease pain. Unfortunately, these modalities only give you temporary pain relief.

By using the “whole body” approach, I can further investigate the possible underlying factors that contribute to your back pain. For example,

  • There can be fascial tension or old scar tissue in the abdomen, lower back and pelvis which often develops as a result of previous falls, injuries or surgeries that are creating strain patterns to the back region.
  • The position of the lumbar vertebrae and the sacrum can have “shifted” which then fails to give a solid foundation to the back muscles to act on.
  • The sacroiliac joints and/or hip joints can be “locked up” which limit the overall mobility of the lower back.

As all our body parts are inter-connected, back pain can even develop as a result of over-compensation to an old sprained ankle, which did not heal properly. In these cases, applying gentle hands-on techniques such as Integrative Manual Therapy and Craniosacral Therapy help to release the tension in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and other soft tissues, as well as to promote the circulation to and drainage from the regions.

Mobilization and manipulation techniques can also be used to restore the normal alignment and movement of the associated joints. With the proper positioning of the bones and decreased inflammation in the region, it will be easier for the muscles to relax and contract in a proper manner.

Headaches/Migraines: Do you experience any of the following?

  • Pain or pressure in your head
  • Nausea or dizziness with head movements
  • Hypersensitivity to light and sound
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tinnitus
  • Losing your temper easily

These may stem from past head traumas, but it is also just as possible that they are caused by frequent infections in eyes, ears or sinuses, which could be related to the headaches.

I use Cranial Therapy and other techniques to improve drainage and circulation in your body, to relax the nervous system and to strengthen the normal cranial rhythm, which can relieve the discomfort in the head.

My holistic treatment approach is not only limited to the therapies I offer within the clinic but also includes proper nutrition advice, regular exercise, healthy lifestyle and positive mind practices.

By providing an optimal environment for the cells within our body to recover, reset and rejuvenate, optimal healing can occur and the chance of any recurring symptoms will be significantly reduced.

Are you ready to take a holistic approach to your current health issues?