COVID-19 Update at Rebalance Wellness

We are certainly in uncharted waters.  

It is a vulnerable time with so much uncertainty.  

I hope you are all taking care and doing your best to remain calm during this trying time.  

I wanted to keep you all informed of the protocols I am keeping in place to ensure your utmost safety while we are experiencing the COVID-19 Pandemic.  

I am currently still open and offering sessions. My clinic standards of high hygienic practices remain in place, this was how I was trained and I would never compromise this integrity. I am of course putting in place even higher precaustions to ensure the highest standards of hygiene.  

Every booking has a 15 minute window either side so that O can fully sanitise the table and all other surfaces, change the linen and essentially prepare the room for each appointment. Given that I have no reception, waiting room or other staff members you will only ever be seeing myself in the sessions.  

I also ask for all people experiencing flu like symptoms, or if they have been overseas in the last 21 days to please contact me and we can reschedule your booking.   For these people, or for anyone else currently practicing social distancing, I am now offering Skype of Phone consultations for Herbal Medicine (that can be posted) and nutritional and lifestyle advice.  

Personally, I am practicing social distancing in all other areas of my life. I am taking the responsibility of being in the healthcare field very seriously. In addition to social distancing, I am making sure that I am taking care of my health in terms of eating a highly nutritious and low inflammatory diet of whole unprocessed foods, taking immune supportive Chinese herbs, making sure I am exercising daily, sleeping well and using other tools to lower stress levels. These are all immune supportive practices to ensure I am in my highest state of health to best serve the people I treat.  

Please know that I am here and will be offering support in any way that I can. For those of you unable to make it into the clinic at the moment, please continue to keep up your self care practices and know that you are welcome to reach out to me at any time. I want to be in service as much as possible so please do not hesitate to contact me should you need to.  

On a closing note, please do not forget that there are so many tools available for you to boost your health and immune system. From diet, exercise, adequate sleep, mindfulness practices and so much more. It is important that we stay informed, but equally important that we allow ourselves moments of rest and calm amongst the chaos. Continue these practices as now more than ever do we need to support and nourish our health.  

In this fearful time try and remind yourself that life is ultimately cyclical. There will be an end point. There will be recovery. During times of darkness I often refer to an old Taoist poem I learned whiled studying in China.  

It has many times helped me to find peace in times that have troubled me. It reminds me that in the dark days, there is light coming and that in the moments that seem so hard and so difficult, there exists a pivot point ~ easier days will eventually come. I hope this helps in some small way today ~  

“Like a golden beacon signalling on a moonless night, Tao guides our passage through this transitory realm. In moments of darkness, sit quietly behind your wooden door my friend. Spring will come again”


Acupuncture For Neck Pain

Acupuncture For Neck Pain

Neck pain and stiffness is such a common condition in clinic. We have all experienced some form of discomfort in this area, whether it be from a poor nights sleep, direct trauma such as a sporting injury or whiplash, long hours driving or extended time on the computer – so many conditions can affect this area of the body.

Neck pain is often accompanied by stiffness and limited range of motion, which is incredibly uncomfortable as it can effect so many areas of our life. Driving can become hard, lifting things or looking up can go from easy day-to-day movements to painful and limiting actions.

One of the most commonly involved muscles is the Medial Scalene (pictured above). This tiny little muscle on the side of your neck is often the reason behind your neck pain ~ when it tightens you can experience painful, stiff and restricted movement of the neck and it often significantly contributes to tension headaches.

When I release this muscle in my sessions, people often feel they can breathe deeper ~ as you can see in the imagine the medial scalene attaches to the first rib so any tightening or shortening can also affect our depth of breath!

My treatment of neck pain includes a thorough manual assessment where I assess movement and strength of your neck and shoulder muscles, in addition to palpating for any tender areas. From here, specific acupuncture will be applied, often accompanied with a gentle electrical pulse into the belly of the muscle to help ease any tension. Therapeutic Infra-red heat will also be used to soothe the area, as well as soft tissue work such as cupping or massage.

Depending on the chronicity of your condition, I usually find 3-6 treatments are the most common treatment plans for neck pain ~ some people may need less or slightly more sessions depending on your own unique presentation.


The Psoas and Hip Flexor Pain

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Hip Flexor Pain and tightness is an extremely  common condition. One of the deeper hip flexors is the Iliopsos, commonly referred to as the Psoas. The Psoas connects our lumbar vertebrae to the femur and is an extremely common contributor.

The Psoas can become chronically tight from sitting most of the day ~ think desk jobs or driving for extended hours. It can also become tight in overload of activity such as sit-ups, cycling and other weight training postures.

Tightness in the Psoas can lead to postural problems, causing it to shorten and therefore “pull” the lower vertebra forward and down towards the femur of the leg. This commonly leads to lordosis (overarching of the lower back).

This muscle contributes significantly to lower back, groin, hip and pelvic pain and I am often releasing it’s tension in my treatment of these conditions.

It is also significant to note the Psoas is often referred to as “our emotional core”, where latent emotions are stored. The release of the muscle is therefore said to not only relieve tension but potentially help clear old, harboured emotions.