Health concerns everyone whether good or not so good. There are many routes to achieve the goal of health and wellbeing when the body or mind slips from homeostatic balance. Complementary or Alternative medicine gets its name because it provides either an alternative approach to maintaining or achieving wellness or from the fact that alternative medicines such as kinesiology, herbal medicine, homeopathy and naturopathy are all very supportive of traditional, allopathic medicine, assisting in enhancing treatment effects, helping the body manage chronic treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, as well as limiting negative effects to healthy cells and body parts, when taking medications.
All complementary methods are non invasive bringing the body back to balance over time. With non invasive methods each modality supports and complements any treatment that you might be having with your medical doctor, or provides the foundation for building the immune system to maintain health and wellbeing in the world in which you live. Alternative therapies all take into consideration the whole person including lifestyle, diet and any stresses. Lets face it, you have to be living in a cave on a remote mountain to avoid not having any stress! We look at how the body functions as a whole and therefore address the whole person rather than the symptoms. The following case study gives you an understanding of how different modalities work as well as results achieved using combined osteopathy and kinesiology treatments for restoring health, balance and wellbeing along side traditional medicine.
Fifty-three year old widowed lady with two full grown children, suddenly, for no apparent reason began to suffer from severe back pain with the pain extending intermittently down the right leg. The right hip and groin were painful and it was difficult for her to sit any period of time. As a result quality of sleep decreased and dropped to no more than five hours per night. To manage the pain she takes pain killers prescribed by her doctor. In addition she has high blood pressure and is prone to depression, for both of which she is on prescribed medication. On the first consultation she described her general state of health as “poor”. Besides the pain she was constantly tired, and had several bouts of infection in her chest. The thyroid was checked and no abnormalities found. Prior to this situation she was active and walking up to five kilometres per day. Has a part time job, which she has been unable to do since the pain began in her back, groin and legs. She neither smokes, nor drinks alcohol, and drinks between 1.5-2 litres of water daily. Diet is varied with something like porridge and banana for breakfast, a sandwich with yogurt or fruit for lunch and dinner of sausage, mash and beans. Since the onset of pain she has been unable to prepare vegetables as it requires standing for too long, increasing the pain. Thus her diet is suffering, further compromising her state of health.
She is currently being treated both by me as a kinesiologist, as well as seeing an osteopath, and as needed her medical doctor. Bi weekly osteopathy sessions have relieved some of the pain in the back, groin and leg and now the client is walking more freely, for longer distances, with less pain. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together. Osteopathic treatments stimulate the body into self healing and restoring balance.
Kinesiology uses muscle movement to identify where there are blockages in the body, to remove the blockages and then stimulate the body to heal itself. Kinesiology revealed deep grief leading to “injury” (blockages) on the physical and emotional levels. For this she was prescribed a herbal plant formula and several flower formulas to take daily over a month. After the third week she was already feeling “lighter” with a lessened amount of pain and a positive outlook to continue with the treatment.
For the first year, our client was treated with both osteopathy and kinesiology on a monthly basis. Within a year of following the treatment protocol she was back to work, walking more, as well as cooking vegetables. Therefore, having a more healthy diet and able to lead an almost normal life, suffering only very occasional pain. Not only this, she is one less person in the doctors waiting room! The next goal is to reduce her medication through treatment with nature’s herbs. All of which are natural, have no side effects and restore health through addressing the root cause, as opposed to keeping the client reliant on taking medication daily for the rest of their lives! As she describes her state of health as “good”, her consultations are once every two months for kinesiology and as needed for osteopathy.
There are no magic bullets to maintain and restore health and wellbeing, but there are a lot of routes at your fingertips to choose from to either support your local doctor’s good work, or use as powerful individual treatments in their own right. Any chosen approach whether allopathic or alternative will only be effective if you take responsibility, are committed and dedicated to getting well.