What is Audiology?
Audiology is the science of hearing, balance, and other related disorders. Audiologists are trained to work with all people from newborns to the elderly. There are numerous causes of hearing loss such as wax build up, hereditary causes, loud noise exposure, ageing, ototoxic medication, acoustic neuromas, head trauma, infections and illnesses such as Meniere’s disease. Audiologists can diagnose hearing loss and offer a variety of treatments.
Treating a hearing loss can include hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone anchored devices, middle ear implants or other assistive devices, and specialised advice such as counselling and listening strategies. Audiologists are also able to assess and provide management strategies and counselling for tinnitus, assess and treat auditory processing disorder and balance problems, and advise on hearing loss prevention.
Audiologists know when a hearing and/or balance problem requires a referral to another medical professional like your GP or an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist for further treatment. We work closely with other specialists including GPs, ENTs, Hearing Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs), Advisors on Deaf Children (AODCs), Paediatricians, Special Education Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) and Educational Psychologists.
What are the benefits of Audiology?
Unlike problems with our vision which are more easily recognised, often people are unaware of their developing hearing loss, and it may take an individual many years to get their hearing tested. A hearing loss can cause difficulty following a conversation especially when there is background noise. This can lead to withdrawal from social situations and make it difficult to maintain relationships.
The following are just some of the benefits of treating a hearing loss:
- Improving your engagement with others
- Reducing the awareness of tinnitus
- Reliving the strain of hearing/not having to concentrate so hard
- Reducing the risk of developing dementia
- Slowing down cognitive decline
- Reconnecting you with friends and family which helps reduce feelings of loneliness and depression
- Improved balance
- Greater independence
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a natural and non-invasive health care profession that assesses and effectively treats disorders of both the musculoskeletal and nervous system, with a focus on spinal health and function. Just to list a few, chiropractic care is commonly used for treating these complaints:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Joint pain
- Poor balance, movement & posture
Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises.
What are the benefits of Chiropractic?
To understand the benefits we need to first appreciate that the spine is a sophisticated structure and in order for it to function well between the demands of our modern lifestyle, it is understandable that it requires a great deal of control. Due to over or under-use, spinal problems can often progress for a period of time without signs or symptoms, similar to that of tooth decay. These issues if not managed can lead to the loss of the intricate control system which our spine requires, causing unwanted injuries, joint restrictions, pain and extra burden on an individual’s overall function.
“Spinal manipulation” or “chiropractic adjustment” is a gentle and controlled force that is manually applied to a restricted joint and is known to exhibit many benefits. These not only include the restoration of joint mobility and the alleviation of pain but also a positive impact on our nervous system and the control centre in our brain to restore control and function, thereby allowing our body to heal.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the use of very thin needles that are inserted into the body at precise points. This process is used to adjust and alter the body’s energy flow into a healthier pattern and is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions such as:
- Diffused musculoskeletal pain
- Joint aches
- Sports injuries
- Digestion disorders
- Seasonal allergies
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture works along a system of energy pathways or meridians to restore the balance of the human body. This enhances the flow and awareness of the body to promote healthier functioning and recovery. The treatment of acupuncture may also be used alongside other health care services.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalising those tissues. It consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.
Here are some core techniques of therapy used and why:
Swedish massage is the most commonly used form of massage and uses long gliding strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles in the direction of blood flow toward the heart. It is used to promote general relaxation, improve circulation and range of motion, and relieve muscle tension.
Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic patterns of muscular tension using slow strokes, direct pressure or friction directed across the grain of the muscles. It is applied with greater pressure and to deeper layers of muscle than Swedish, which is why it is called deep tissue and is effective for chronic muscular tension.
Sports massage uses techniques that are similar to Swedish and deep tissue, but are specially adapted to deal with the effects of athletic performance on the body and the needs of athletes regarding training, performing and recovery from injury.
Neuromuscular massage is a form of deep massage that is applied to individual muscles. It is used primarily to release trigger points (intense knots of muscle tension that refer pain to other parts of the body) and also to increase blood flow. It is often used to reduce pain. Trigger point massage and myotherapy are similar forms.
What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?
What is Psychology?
Psychological therapy is a series of interactions between a psychologist and the client which seeks to understand the client’s unique life experiences and how they have shaped the client’s current emotional difficulties. Therapy draws on the client’s strengths and is conducted collaboratively.
Psychologists gain the skills to understand the human brain, behaviour, emotions and patterns of interacting with others, so that they are able to support people who are facing emotional difficulties. Such support includes (and is certainly not limited to):
- Psychologists creating a safe talking space for exploring emotional issues.
- Helping clients to break away from ideas and beliefs which may be hindering their relationships, happiness and overall wellbeing.
- Providing clients support, space and time to become more aware of their emotional struggles and to develop effective coping mechanisms to deal with difficulty in their lives.
Psychologists use a variety of well-researched evidenced based approaches to help people with their difficulties.
What are the benefits of Psychology?
We face some tough situations in life - losing a job, ending a relationship or losing a close family member. Sometimes it is about transitioning into parenthood, being a new mother or father, struggling with post-natal blues or sadly, losing a child.
Our little ones also have big problems in their young minds - pressures of education, peer conflict, bullying or unfair and undeserved experiences of trauma, hurt and loss. Often psychological/emotional support can be helpful during these tough times.
Psychological therapy provides individuals/families/couples with the opportunity to overcome life difficulties by exploring their own worlds in a safe and supportive environment, improving relationships, achieving goals, and ultimately becoming content and/or happy. Therapy has also seen to be effective in supporting people with certain specific psychological and emotional issues such as:
- Anxiety and related difficulties
- Substance misuse
- Low mood
- Self-esteem and self-worth issues
- Parenting related difficulties
- Family relationships
- Life transitions
Sometimes physical and psychological difficulties are experienced together (such as injuries from traumatic accidents, chronic pain-causing low mood, etc.), and therapy may be used in conjunction with other healthcare services.
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