Practice News – June/July 2007 Karuna-maya Medicine Tree has grown in the nearly 2 years we have been in our nice new building and many of the people who come through our doors may see one or another of our practitioners but not really understand what else we do here. So, we thought we would take this opportunity to explain a couple of things. First of all there are currently 9 health practitioners working from Karuna-maya Medicine Tree. There are 3 general practitioners; Darren Fahroedin, Peter Ryder and Suzana Kareva-Lega and we hope to increase this number in the not too distant future with Dr Frank Ryan set to join us for the longterm later in the year. We have 2 physiotherapists; Ross Piper and Sarah Kenagy; a naturopath, Traci Brown; psychologist Belinda Gough; Shiatsu practitioner Kyla Vinton and healing touch practitioner Louise Soltau. We also offer acupuncture, hypnotherapy, emotional freedom technique and BodiHealth – electroregenesis treatment. You may have seen our recent adverts in the Geelong Advertiser for the BodiHealth therapy so maybe if we start there… What is it? BodiHealth technology is an electrostimulation technique which can have a remarkable effect on wound and tissue healing, operating at a cellular level. (TGA listed) Clinically proven to: Speed injury recovery time Repair wounds and bone fractures quicker Aid post operative recovery How does it work? BodiHealth technology uses ultra low electrical currents similar to those used by the body. These act on cells helping restore their normal energy and function. The device creates a free flow of electrons for the body/cells to utilise if needed. This is then taken up by the cells helping restore their normal energy and function. The two key actions that are well understood are the increased production of cellular energy (in the form of ATP) and its role as an anti-oxidant (to stabilise free radicals that would otherwise damage cells in the body). In other words, it enables the cells in the body to function optimally so the body can then heal itself. It is most appealing because of this ability to facilitate the natural healing response our bodies have. What has been demonstrated consistently is that given the right circumstances, the body has an amazing capacity to heal itself. This technology has been in Australia for over 3 years (an Australian invention) and Dr Fahroedin has been following its progress over that time before purchasing the equipment to be used here at our clinic. (We are the only medical clinic with this equipment in Victoria) The technology has been shown in clinical studies to have the ability to stimulate regeneration of tissues as well as reduce the chemicals that aid the aging process in the body. When tissue regeneration occurs on the cellular level healing occurs in every aspect of the body. By altering the frequency and current used the devices are individually programmed for the individual’s condition. What happens? Water is utilised as a conductive medium in order to conduct the current through the body. This is achieved by applying a moist conductive foam wrap to the parts of the body between which the current is to be channeled. Most patients feel nothing, but sometimes a slight tingling sensation may be experienced. The devices are safe, easy to use and free of side effects. Treatment time and number of sessions required can vary. Acute sports injuries often only require a couple of one hour sessions. More chronic conditions such as leg ulcers or chronic pain conditions may require 2.5 hour long treatments 3 times a week over a much longer period as well as an initial health consultation and assessment. Interesting, this could help but what do I do now? Telephone Karuna-maya Medicine Tree on (03) 5261 4146 and have a chat with our support staff or check out the www.bodihealth.com for more information. By Louise Soltau – Healing Touch Practitioner My room may be little but big things seem to happen in there. I am always humbled by the stories people bring to a Healing Touch session :- maybe life feels stagnant, in a rut and you want help moving forward; maybe a relationship has ended and you need help letting go; maybe you have cancer and you want to do more to help your healing than only medical t treatment; maybe you have fears of dogs, heights, water and you don' want these fears anymore; maybe you cannot sleep because your mind will never quieten; maybe you feel there is more to life.....; maybe you constantly feel tired, drained of energy.......Ah, energy! That is where the magic really all begins. What I do is to work with my chosen tool of helping the body energy. We hold all our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing in our body energy. All our memories, our experiences, our potential. All our answers are carried with us. Sometimes we just need help to see those answers. So you come to see me - what next? Well, we chat. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. By sharing your story, I can focus on helping you find the next step. Then the magic begins! You rest on a couch while I tune into your body energy, only seeing what you have given me permission to see. We chat further while my hands are guided through your energy to where they are needed. Sometimes images and words are presented for us to explore their meanings. Emotions may come and go, memories may come and go - hopefully peace will come and stay. So the session ends with both of us gaining insight into the magic of our human lives, and hopefully you leave feeling a little lighter and a little wiser. ! " Karuna-maya Medicine Tree Physiotherapy provides quality care for all types of physical problems. The types of problems treated range from sporting injuries, post surgical issues, posture related problems to just your everyday aching necks and backs. Ross and Sarah provide hands on care on a one to one basis. They will thoroughly assess your problem and then determine the most appropriate treatment for you. Treatment usually includes manual soft tissue and/or joint mobilisations, advice for home/work/sport and home exercises specifically designed for you and your problem. Ross Piper has worked as a Physiotherapist in the Torquay and Jan Juc region since 1996. He is well aware of the types of physical complaints frequently found in this community. The diversity of his clinical experience, having practiced both here and overseas in rehabilitation and private practice, has given him considerable skill in diagnosing and managing physical problems. Ross especially enjoys treating children, sporting injuries and neck and lower back pain using a variety of hands-on techniques and exercise strategies. He is skilled in navigating the Workcover and Transport Accident Compensation (TAC) systems. Presently he is the Senior Clinician at the Hydrotherapy facility at McKellar Centre in Geelong whilst working part-time at the Karuna-maya Medicine Tree. Ross considers himself a mediocre mountain bike rider, a worse surfer, a disastrous cook and a happy father of two. Sarah Kenagy is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, this means she has done Post Graduate study to specialise in the treatment of joints, particularly the spine. This includes neck and neck related headaches, the lumbar spine (or lower back) and pelvic region. Sarah especially enjoys working with the physical complaints relating to the pre and post natal period, which commonly involve pelvic dysfunctions. Sarah has also done further study into the various types of exercise appropriate for women as they progress through the different stages of life. Significant changes to regular exercise should occur during the child bearing years and then again approaching menopause to promote optimal bone density. Certain exercises are recommended during these times while others should be moderated or avoided. For advice and recommendations regarding exercise and provision of a personalised exercise programme please make an appointment to see Sarah. For any of those new or nagging problems, like a sore shoulder, tight neck, achy back, dodgy hip or dickey knee please come and see Ross or Sarah. They will provide quality care to achieve the best results for you.