Supportive Therapies

 

Supportive Therapies  include the Buteyko method for controlling asthma, Tui Na , and Kampo

The Buteyko Method

Buteyko Treatment is based on the observation that many people with breathing disorders unknowingly react to their breathing problem by breathing too much!

A scientific trail published in Australia in 1998 showed that asthma sufferers using the technique were able to reduce their need for reliever inhalers by an average of approximately 90% in less than three months by practising this method

What does it involve?

The first thing to understand is that Buteyko depends almost entirely  to your own commitment to make your self well. Like many other areas of life what you get out of Buteyko is related to what you are prepared  to put in.
Buteyko  practitioners work as teachers, guiding you through learning the  breathing exercises and advising you on how best to manage your  condition. However, without the dedication to practice by your self   you are much less likely to see improvements in your health. The  good news is that by following the exercise program the majority
of people will be noticing a significant improvement in their condition   within a couple of weeks.

The breathing techniques themselves are not physically demanding.  In fact the majority of the program is carried out sitting comfortably   in a chair. However it is usual for practitioners to focus on physical   fitness as well and most will encourage

Most people with asthma recognise that stress and emotion can play  a role in bringing on an attack and therefore learning to relax   effectively forms an important part of Buteyko training. Finally  most practitioners also advice on useful changes to the diet to  assist is restoring normal respiratory function as far as possible.

The Buteyko Method Useful Links

tui-naTui Na – Chinese manipulative therapy (massage)

Tui-Na is part of the Traditional Chinese medical system (TCM). The name ‘Tui-Na’ conveys the vigorous nature of this treatment: ‘tui’ means push and ‘na’ means grasp. It is a deep tissue massage which not only works on the muscles and joints but affects the flow of vital energy in the body. During a Tui-Na session, both tissues and muscles feel  relaxed and invigorated through stimulation of the body’s musculo-skeletal system and internal organs. (Can be done with oils or through loose clothing).

Tui Na Useful Links

Kampo – Japanese Herbal Medicine

Kampo is Japanese herbal medicine, which has a long history of clinical application. Kampo uses precisely measured herbs to treat illness, based on the skillful use of well-known formulae, valued for their impact on clear as well as vague conditions. (Kampo does not use rare or endangered plant or animal products). The distinguishing feature of Kampo is it’s method of diagnosis through abdominal palpation. Kampo medicine is based on the theory that diseases arise because of a disharmony in the flow of Ki (Chi). By stressing prevention, Kampo helps the patient to maintain good health according to natural principles.

Kampo – Japanese Herbal Medicine Useful Links