Therapies on Offer

Let us help you to discover a life without pain. O'Sullivan's Complementary Health Clinic offers a range of different therapies to ensure that you receive the right treatment.

Acupuncture

As the way in which acupuncture works is being uncovered through modern research, it is becoming increasingly accepted and integrated into general medicine.

In the West, acupuncture is mostly used to treat acute and chronic pain conditions. Research has shown that acupuncture modifies the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain and increases the release of the body’s natural painkillers. There is also evidence to show that acupuncture can affect most of the body’s systems, such as: the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

Traditional Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese acupuncture as practiced in modern-day Chinese hospitals is based on ideas first developed over 2,000 years ago. The ancient Chinese believed that a body’s innate energy (Qi) flows through a network of channels connecting all parts of the body. This flow of Qi can become blocked or imbalanced for a number of reasons ranging from stress, physical trauma, illness, poor diet or through emotional upset. Acupuncture restores the free-flow of Qi to relieve pain and induce a sense of well-being.

Myofascial Release

MFR is a safe and very effective hands-on therapy. Gentle sustained pressure is applied to soft tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. During treatment, the therapist is informed by the energy waves generated by the client’s body as tensions are released. This means that each treatment is entirely unique.

MFR therapy focuses on fascia which is a type of connective tissue that surrounds every muscle fibre, organ, bone, nerve and blood vessel in the body. Fascia forms an uninterrupted 3-dimension MFR therapy web throughout the body providing form, cohesion, separation and support.

Physical trauma, repetitive strain, poor posture or inflammation can cause fascia to solidify and shorten. Restrictions such as these drag on the 3-dimensional fascial web like a snag in a jumper, pulling the body out of alignment and predisposing it to further injury. The result is often pain and dysfunction which may or may not be at the site of the original injury.

Blood vessels and nerves can become trapped within fascial restrictions leading to ischaemic or neurological conditions. At a cellular level, fascial restrictions compromise the body’s ability to nourish, defend and repair itself.

The Mind-Body Connection

Fascia contains many sensory neural structures that continuously feedback the status and position of the body to the mind. The mind therefore knows where the body is restricted and out of alignment. As fascial restrictions are released during treatment, the patient may tap into this subconscious knowledge and find that their body begins to spontaneously move and unwind. Unwinding can be a very profound experience which allows the patient to heal at a very deep and sometimes emotional level.

To learn more about Myofascial Release, you can visit Myofascial Release UK.

Clinical Hypnotherapy

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Simply speaking hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. Clinical Hypnotherapy, therefore, is the use of an altered state of consciousness, or trance, for therapeutic endpoint.

All hypnotic states are characterised by a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation, which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the part of the mind known as the subconscious. Under hypnosis, the conscious, rational part of the brain is temporarily bypassed, making the subconscious part, which influences mental and physical functions, receptive to therapy. During the trance state there is heightened concentration for the specific purpose of maximising potential, changing limiting beliefs and behaviours and gaining insight and wisdom.

Clinical Hypnosis practised by a trustworthy and professionally qualified therapist is completely safe. Nobody can ever be hypnotised against their will and even when hypnotised, people still remain in complete control of any suggestions given.

How does Clinical Hypnotherapy work?
The subconscious mind is the source of many of our problems and self images. Our beliefs, habits and behaviours are stored as information. The subconscious is a tremendous reservoir of our unrecognised strengths and knowledge. Hypnosis is a natural and effective technique for accessing and giving suggestions to the subconscious mind, the key to unleashing our potential, changing our unwanted habits and behaviours and finding solutions to our problems and concerns.

What happens in a hypnotherapy session?
You and your therapist will agree the outcomes you would like to achieve. You will be given a full explanation of hypnosis and have plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you may have before the session begins.

Usually, you will lie on a couch and the therapist will talk to you in a slow and soothing voice. You may be asked to visualise yourself in a relaxing situation or asked to focus on certain sensations within your body. You will feel very relaxed but remain in control and aware of
your surroundings at all times. To return to full consciousness, which you can do all by yourself at any time, the therapist may count up from 1 to 10. The number of treatments you will require varies. Relatively simple problems such as nail-biting can often be successfully treated in one session whereas other problems, such as panic attacks, may take up to 5 or 6 sessions.You will need to allow an hour and fifteen minutes for each treatment. You may be taught self-hypnosis or given a CD to listen to at home to†reinforce your treatment.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming

If your words and behaviours are not serving you in a way that is beneficial, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) can help you to become the person you really want to be. Brendan, an experienced NLP practitioner, will help you to achieve your full potential.

Emotional Freedom Technique

EFT forms a bridge between talking and physical therapies. It is sometimes described as a psychological version of acupuncture. Under the guidance of a therapist you will learn how to tap on a number of acupuncture points to restore emotional and psychological balance.

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