Dry Needling use within Osteopathy

The practice of using dry needling within Osteopathy is a constantly growing and is an effective treatment modality. Needle penetration at specific sites within muscular tissue results in mechanical stimulation of the surrounding tissues and consequent physiological and psychological responses. It is a minimally invasive procedure, typically lasting between 5-10 minutes and aids in reducing musculoskeletal pain and restore the bodies capability for movement. Musculoskeletal pain arises from many different

Nutrition in ADHD – part 2

Nutrition in ADHD. Food and nutrition plays a key role in human health. We need to eat well to provide the nutrients required for our complex bodies to function. Neurodivergent persons needs are even higher, and yet it is even more difficult for us to eat right. Food is addictive, in more ways than one. When we eat for ADHD, we look for that dopamine kick. When we add in

Natural medicine in ADHD – part 1

Natural medicine in ADHD. This is a complex disorder where 3 neurotransmitters are in imbalance and the prefrontal cortex has reduced function. Natural medicine can support you to live a healthier mental and physical life. Learn how.

Eat Well to Be Well: Meal Prep for Busy Lives

By Sophia Gerontakos The number one priority in maintaining health and wellbeing is what you eat.  Our bodies run on  specific nutrients and without quality sources of these we simply cannot function well.  Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are needed for every biochemical pathway, for energy production and for the synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters, so what we eat plays a critical role in both our physical and mental health.

To Coffee or Not to Coffee?

As a naturopath I find people often seem to feel a little guilty about disclosing their coffee intake to me, and the debate on whether coffee is good or bad seems to be quite a hot topic so I’m here to rescue the coffee lovers… kidding! Well, sort of. It’s very hard to label most *natural* food/beverage items as good or bad, because ultimately it depends on the dose.  As

Some questions answered about the Thyroid

The thyroid gland is one of our largest endocrine glands, located in the neck and shaped like a butterfly. It contributes to regulating our metabolism, producing energy and maintaining healthy calcium levels. The most common problems include an underactive thyroid, referred to as hypothyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, referred to as hyperthyroidism. Pathology tests which measure thyroid function include TSH, fT4 and fT3. Sometimes there can be an autoimmune component

Is the food pyramid upside down?

Many people believe the common (and logical) misconception that eating fat makes you fat. However, current research shows us that high fat, high protein and low carbohydrate diet reduces hunger, increases energy levels, assists with weight loss, improves athletic performance, and in some cases, may even reduce the need for diabetes medication. Scientists have encouraged us to follow the Australian food pyramid guidelines, which recommend that we reduce fat and

Spiced Beetroot-slaw

This is best made at least a day ahead and gets better over the next week when it becomes more like a raw relish … Place the balsamic vinegar, macadamia or olive oil, honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves in a wide mixing bowl and whisk to combine.Pour the dressing over the beetroot combination and allow to marinate in a covered container in the fridge, at least overnight. 4 fresh Beetroot

What is Naturopathy

Naturopathy is one of the most popular forms of complementary medicine in Australia. Naturopaths receive over 4.9 million consultations per year, but many people still feel unsure about what naturopathy actually is, and what it can offer them. Naturopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare. It is an art, science, and practice – but it is also much more.

Kava – is it right for you?

A client recently asked about Kava, as she had been doing some reading about it and wondered whether it might be appropriate for her. There has been a fair amount of contention about this herb in the last few years, a fair amount of it undeserved. Kava has been used medicinally and recreationally in Papua New Guinea for many years. It has anxiety-relieving activities (proven in clinical studies), and scientific

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