The Etherow Clinic provides a range of services. Click on each service to find out more information about what they are, and how they can help you.
Andrew Jackson MCSP BSc (Hons) HCPC Dip.Ac.BAcC MSc
Chartered Physiotherapist and TCM Acupuncturist
What is Physiotherapy?
Treatment Room 1
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession which takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the general lifestyle.
This principle is at the heart of our philosophy for patient treatment. Our focus is patients’ involvement in their own treatment plan through education, awareness and collaboration.
Our goal is to help the patient by reducing pain and maximizing functional movement, thereby improving independence and quality of life. We use a range of techniques such as manipulation, massage therapy, heat, ultrasound, electro therapy, kinesiology taping and exercise programmes; individually prescribed for each patient.
Physiotherapy is used to help symptoms related to and many conditions such as:
- Back pain
- Chronic pain
- Falls & fractures
- Neck pain & whiplash
- Respiratory illnesses
- Cardiovascular disease Occupational Health
Taping and Strapping
Taping and strapping has been used by sports men and women for many years, however, it has become more popular in recent years and is now widely used as part of physiotherapy treatment to help speed up recovery from injury, enabling people to remain active while they are injured.
The tape is applied, where appropriate, to the injury site and nearby lympathic system. This helps to relieve pain which occurs at the injury site by minimizing inflammation and providing support for the specific injury. Therefore, for athletes wishing to continue training while their injuries heal, this can be an extremely effective method of treatment.
Although the tape may seem easy to apply, a physiotherapist who is trained in this method knows what tension is required according to the injury being treated, to ensure the treatment is effective. Taping helps for many reasons as follows:
Helping to position muscles and joints
Reduces over-stretching of muscles
Allows range of movement
Taping can benefit many conditions such as:
- Muscle injuries
- Plantar Faciitis
- Shoulder Impingement
- Tennis/Golfers elbow
- Ankle sprain
- Knee Pain
Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Acupuncture has an extraordinary ability to change people's lives and its effectiveness is the reason for its increasing popularity and acceptance by orthodox health practitioners. A survey recently in the Times described acupuncture as one of the best researched and most effective of the complementary medicines.
It is not painful to have done. Acupuncture is often used in combination with other physiotherapy techniques, such as massage or joint mobilisations. All needles are sterile and single use only.
Acupuncture as practised at The Etherow Clinic and by members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), is an holistic approach to health, based on over 2,000 years of development and refinement in the Far East. The tradition is as much about the maintenance of health as the management of disease.
Although sometimes described merely as a means of pain relief, traditional acupuncture is actually used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall wellbeing of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. The skill of an acupuncturist lies in their ability to make a traditional diagnosis from what is often a complex pattern of disharmony. The exact pattern and degree of disharmony is unique to each individual and so following diagnosis, the acupuncturist puts together a personalised treatment plan.
Moxibustion is a procedure whereby moxa, a dried herb, is used on specific acupuncture points. At our clinic, the herb is lit and placed on the end of the acupuncture needle. As it smoulders slowly, heat and vibration permeates into the body and affects the flow of energy and blood in the area being treated.
The choice of when, where and which form of moxibustion to use is a matter of clinical judgement for the properly trained practitioner as care is needed to ensure that the burning moxa does not make direct contact with the skin.
Moxibustion produces a smoke while being applied. If you have any concerns with this type of therapy, please speak to one of the therapists prior to your treatment.
Ear acupuncture is a unique complimentary therapy that originated in China 3000 years ago. Over the years ear acupuncture has always been a popular method of treatment in China, however, much research and development has been carried out in Europe over the past 50 years. Therefore, it is now considered effective by both Chinese and Western Medicine.
Ear acupuncture is a very effective holistic method of treatment for most chronic complaints. This sophisticated mechanism aids the body's natural healing process in many ways.
For further information on how acupuncture, moxibustion and auricular acupuncture may help you, please call us on the above telephone number for a free, no obligation, consultation.
Julie Jackson RSHom VTCT/IIHHT Dip.
Registered Homeopath and Holistic Therapist
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating an individual with highly diluted substances, given either in liquid or tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing.
It is based on the principle that you can treat ‘like with like’, that is, a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat similar symptoms. For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, so according to this principle, when made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms. This concept is sometimes used in conventional medicine, for example, the stimulant Ritalin is used to treat patients with ADHD, or small doses of allergens such as pollen are sometimes used to de-sensitise allergic patients.
Homeopathic medicines (remedies) are prepared by specialist pharmacies using a careful process of dilution and succussion (a specific form of vigorous shaking).
What to expect at your homeopathic consultation
My job, as a homeopath, is to get a thorough understanding of your health and the exact symptoms you are experiencing, so that I can find a homeopathic remedy which matches you and your symptoms as closely as possible.
During this confidential, in-depth ‘case-taking’ process I will want to know precise details of your current illness, but I will also ask about other aspects of your health including your past medical history, diet, lifestyle and personality.
Homeopathy is a holistic medicine and as such I consider all aspects of your symptoms and how you experience them before making a prescription. Your first consultation will usually take approximately 1 to 11⁄2 hours, depending on the amount of information needed and your symptoms. You will be asked many questions and some of them will seem strange for those not used to homeopathy. This is so that I can build up a picture of your unique make up, a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.
The first follow-up consultation will usually be around four to six weeks after the first prescription, although in some cases it may be sooner. The session may be shorter, and I will ask about changes that have occurred.
The number of consultations an individual may need is difficult to predict – it depends on a number of factors such as your age, how long you have had your symptoms and your individual response to the remedy prescribed.
Full Body HealthCheck
Our Full Body Healthcheck is carried out using a system of bioenergetic analysis. Quite simply, this is a method of measuring the body's own physical energy to the emotional and psychological well-being of the person.
In order to achieve emotional health, energy must be permitted to flow freely through the mind and the body. A person's physical symptoms manifest when the personality balance we have established is challenged or doesn't work in relationships, we begin to feel anxious, compulsive, depressed, unfulfilled, surpressed or generally dissatisfied.
After a discussion of your symptoms or concerns, the test is carried out and a report of results is provided. Using this method of diagnosis, provides a non-invasive and effective measurement of how well the body is functioning energetically. The programme detects any areas where there may be stress or blockages and provides an evaluation of the following:
- Acid/alkaline balance
- Allergies and foods
- Bacterial and viral infections
- Candida, yeasts, moulds, fungi, parasites
- Lymphatic stress
- Immune deficiency
- Organ stress
- Vitamin, mineral or trace element deficiencies
At the Etherow Clinic, we use this system of testing in addition to our professional expertise so that we can provide the best treatment advice. This may be dietary and lifestyle guidance or we may recommend a course of treatment tailored to the individual.
Allergy & Food Testing
Many people experience symptoms due to food sensitivities and allergies. So common now are these problems, we have developed a stand-alone test specifically for this purpose, using our bio-energetic system of detection (see BodyHealth Check for details).
Following an assessment of your symptoms, we are able to test a wide range of environmental sensitivities including foods, chemicals, pesticides, moulds and animal hair to identify those which may be causing a problem.
Reactions to allergens and food intolerances are becoming an everyday occurrence. Food intolerance, unlike true food allergy, can have a number of different causes. Food intolerance is much more common than food allergy. The onset of symptoms is usually slower and in allergy, the patient cannot usually tolerate even a small amount of the offending food without suffering symptoms due to a reaction by the body's immune system.
Many ailments and everyday symptoms can be caused through allergy and food intolerance, common symptoms include:
- Constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, pain; IBS, Diverticulitis
- Sinusitis and Rhinitis
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, general aches and pains
- Muscles and joint pains, aching, swelling, cramping
- Skin rashes, inflammation, itching, burning
- Lungs - asthma, burning, twitching, coughs, COPD
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, general lethargy
- Brain fog, loss of words, poor memory, impaired processes
Following the test, a report is provided and advice given on the best approach to help alleviate symptoms, with useful tips on alternative foods and how to avoid offending substances.
Whatever your problem, please contact us for a free, no obligation, consultation
on 0161 430 3697, or email:
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