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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.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession designed to help people regain and build skills that are important for independent and productive living. Occupational Therapists (OT's) are trained in...

Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics is the medical specialty concerned with diseases, injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system in both children and adults. This system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and...

Osteopathy

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a 'whole body' system of health care, based on unique biomechanical principles, which uses a wide range of techniques to treat musculo-skeletal problem. It also plays a role...

Pharmacotherapy (pain relief - drug therapy)

Pharmacotherapy (pain relief - drug therapy)

In Australia, there are certain medications available to be purchased without a doctor's prescriptions, or "over the counter." These include: Paracetamol - Works purely as an analgesic (pain killer) and...

Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy

Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy

Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy is a healthcare profession concerned with the assessment, maintenance and restoration of the physical function and performance of the body. Working in conjunction with physicians, physiotherapists...

Pilates

The Pilates Method, developed in the 1920s by athlete and physical therapy pioneer, Joseph H Pilates, is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the whole body...

Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is a natural non-surgical method of assisting the body to heal injured tendons and ligaments. "Prolo" is short for proliferation, because the treatment causes the proliferation (growth, formation) of...

Qi Gong

Qi Gong aims to cleanse or purify the flow of qi (the essential life force of Chinese medicine) along the meridians, which are the body's focal points and channels through...

Reflexology

Reflexology originally known as zone therapy, is an ancient natural healing art based on the principle that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet, hands and outer ear...

Reiki

Reiki is an ancient, natural healing art and science of channeling universal life energy to promote spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being. Healing energy is transmitted through the hands and...

Rheumatology

Rheumatology is the medical specialty concerned with the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders. Rheumatologists are specially trained to find the cause of swelling and pain. It's advisable...

Rolfing

Rolfing, or structural integration, is an original and scientifically endorsed system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organises the whole body in relation to gravity. It works on...

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a gentle but powerful holistic Japanese form of bodywork designed to heal and promote health by influencing and improving the state of natural energy in the body. Literally...

Surgery

People who have tried conservative methods without success and continue to have ongoing disability may be candidates for surgery. The most common procedures are: Laminectomy is performed on the lower...

Traction

The basic theory of traction is that it stretches the vertebrae and surrounding muscles in order to provide relief and to return the spine to its original form. There are...

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a gentle form of martial art. This slow-intensity form of exercise is a complete holistic therapy and art, bringing balance and health to the body and mind...

Water Exercise

Water exercise is one of the best low-impact activities that improves our fitness and overall well-being. The faster you move, and the harder you push and pull, the more resistance...

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis ('spondyl' = spinal + 'olysthesis' = with slippage) is the forward slippage of one vertebra on the vertebrae below. The most common involved is L5 (the 5th lumbar vertebra...

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