PHYSICAL MEDICINE

Physical Medicine pinpoints and treats the underlying causes of musculoskeletal pain, stiffness, and movement issues.  Treatment may vary from standard stretching, mobilisation and manipulative techniques, massage and bowen, to the use of biomesotherapy and biopuncture techniques. Importantly, follow-up exercises help maintain improvement and prevent recurrence. Specific exercise prescription for the affected area is therefore an integral part of physical medicine treatments. Types of physical medicine practiced at The Natural Patch include:

 

MASSAGE

Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities).

People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons – to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness. At Northwestern, you are not simply going to a massage school - you are studying to be a healthcare professional who provides massage therapy.

While there are several types of massage, two fundamental categories are:

  • Relaxation massage - also known as Swedish massage; practiced in settings like spas, wellness centers and resorts

  • Rehabilitative massage – also known as deep tissue, medical, therapeutic or clinical massage; practiced in many settings like clinics, hospitals and chiropractic offices

CUPPING

Cupping Therapy Is An Ancient Form Of Alternative Medicine In Which A Therapist Puts Special Cups On Your Skin For a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. The cups may be made of glass, bamboo, earthenware or silicone.

Cupping therapy it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.


During Cupping, Your Therapist Will Put A Flammable Substance Such As Alcohol, Herbs, Or Paper In A Cup And Set It On Fire. As The Fire Goes Out, He Puts The Cup Upside Down On Your Skin. As The Air Inside The Cup Cools, It Creates A Vacuum. This Causes Your Skin To Rise And Redden As Your Blood Vessels Expand. The Cup Is Generally Left In Place For Up To 3 Minutes. A More Modern Version Of Cupping Uses A Rubber Pump Instead Of Fire To Create The Vacuum Inside The Cup. Sometimes Therapists Use Silicone Cups, Which They Can Move From Place To Place On Your Skin For A Massage-Like Effect.


BOWEN THERAPY

Bowen Therapy is a holistic and multidimensional approach to pain relief and healing that has achieved remarkable results over the past 50 years. It is based on the recognition that the underlying cause or source of many musculoskeletal, neurological, neuromuscular and other health or pain problems could be found in the soft tissue or fascia.

The fascia is a specific type of connective tissue that forms a three dimensional web surrounding every tissue in the body. Fascia is the body organiser embracing all nerves, bones, arteries, veins and muscles. Therefore fascial dysfunction can affect every structure, muscle, nerve and organ in the body. Fascia has become the subject of increasing research and recent studies have shown it to be the largest sensory organ in the body. It is rich in a range of receptors that powerfully influence the body's neuro-muscular physiology in many and complex ways. 

Bowen Therapy, through specific soft tissue or fascial release and integration techniques, stimulate specific receptors that enable the body itself to correct dysfunctions and restore homeostasis (balance) on a holistic level. 

BIO-PUNCTURE

Biopuncture Is An Injection Therapy In Which Specific Body Zones Or Points Are Injected With Highly Dilute Natural Products, The Majority Of Which Are Derived From Plants, In Order To Regulate Inflammatory Processes And Support Natural Repair Mechanisms. Most Of These Injections Are Given Into The Skin Or Muscles. As A Specific Injection Method, Biopuncture Is Distinct From Other Injection Methods Applied In Medical Practice, Including Other Natural Injection Therapies Such As Neural Therapy, Mesotherapy, Prolotherapy, And Numerous Others. Although Biopuncture Has Been Used In Germany For More Than 50 Years, The Actual Term Biopuncture Was Not Introduced Until 1991 In Belgium. Today, Biopuncture Is Used By Practitioners All Over The World. It 

is primarily used to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries. Biopuncturists commonly treat problems such as neck pain, back pain, ankle sprains, muscle tears, tennis elbow, whiplash, and Achilles tendinopathy. Biopuncture also can be used to treat non-musculoskeletal disorders such as allergies, asthma, headaches, eczema, bronchitis, gastritis, sinusitis, and numerous other kinds of inflammatory conditions. 

Referred to as a “bioregulatory” therapy, a system of medicine that grew out of the homeopathic medical traditions in Europe, its objective is to restore normal functioning of the autoregulating systems which steer the basic physiological processes in the body. The body’s numerous autoregulating systems each have their own set points and the autoregulating process fluctuates to maintain homeostasis near that set point. Disease occurs when an autoregulating system is no longer oscillating near the set point. The goal of biopuncture is to restore autoregulation using the stimulus of injection. 

Whilst more research into exactly how biopuncture works is needed, research indicates biopuncture may work by stimulating your immune system to restart its innate healing capacities such as improved local blood circulation, tissue repair, relaxation of muscles, or local detoxification. The results of a scientific investigation published in Clinical & Developmental Immunology showed that one commonly used biopuncture medicine, known as Traumeel, works via the immune system by inhibiting the pro-inflammatory compounds IL-1ß and TNF-alpha.