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Articles below are compiled by editor felicity wood (non medical practitioner - but chronic pain sufferer) from Government Health Authorities, respresentative Alternative Medicine Associations and Natural Theraoy Teaching Centers.

Sciatica

Sciatica

The sciatic nerves are the largest nerves in the body, almost ¾' wide. They supply sensation and motor control to your buttocks, hips and legs. Starting in the lower spine...

Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)

Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)

Everyone's spine has natural curves. These curves round our shoulders and make our lower back curve slightly inward. A spine with scoliosis has abnormal curves with a rotational deformity. The...

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition caused by the narrowing of spaces in the spinal canal that results in pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. This may be localised...

Spinal Infection

Spinal Infection

Infection of the spinal column is a very broad topic and includes those diseases that arise spontaneously and those that are secondary to some inflamed event. True infections are uncommon...

Spinal Tumors

Spinal Tumors

The spinal cord contains bundles of nerves that carry messages between the brain and the body. Because the spinal cord is rigidly encased in bone, any tumor that grows on...

Spondylolysis

Spondylolysis

Spondylolysis ('spondyl' = spinal + 'olysis' = with a hole or crack) is the deficient development or degeneration in a specific part of the spine's facet joint, called the pars...

Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture as a profession is over 5,000 years old, but recently it has become the most widely used alternative therapy by western health care practitioners, and may be more appropriately...

Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a very simple and practical method of improving ease and freedom of movement, balance and co-ordination. It's a method that helps a person to explore the...

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils as a 'holistic' treatment, balancing the physical, mental and emotional dimensions of every individual person treated. Essential Oils are extracted from different parts...

Art Therapy

Art Therapy

At times people find themselves overwhelmed by their emotions and have difficulty dealing with their situation. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that offers an opportunity for emotional expression...

Biofeedback

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is an outstanding way to change behaviour that directly creates physical symptoms such as pain and tension. Biofeedback - as a 'mind over matter' form of therapy - is...

Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy is a simple but effective body balancing system. Through gentle moves on soft tissue at a series of key points on the body, it stimulates energy flow that...

Chiropractic

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a philosophy, science and art; a system of adjusting the vertebrae of the spinal column by hand for the correction of the cause of disease. The examination of...

Clinical Ecology/Environmental Medicine

Clinical Ecology/Environmental Medicine

The specialty in medicine in which doctors assist patients in uncovering the cause and effect relationship between their environment and their ill-health, and help them learn to avoid those inciting...

Counselling/Psychotherapy

Counselling/Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy looks at the whole human being and the many complex factors that have contributed to making every person unique. It is a learning process of discovery. This process helps...

Electrotherapy (TENS & NMS)

Electrotherapy (TENS & NMS)

Electrotherapy (TENS & NMS) is the use of electrical stimulation of the peripheral nervous system to override pain messages or evoke muscle contractions. This modern, non invasive, cost effective, drug-free...

Exercise

Exercise

Exercise is a critical component in both overcoming and preventing back problems, and today we know that when back pain strikes, activity beats rest as a treatment. Many people suffering...

Feldenkrais

Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais Method teaches, through gentle, non-invasive movement, how we can improve our capabilities to function in our daily lives. This is achieved by the adaptability of our nervous system...

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