What is homeopathy?

According to the O.M.S., health is defined as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. This definition represents  the very objective of Marie-France, which is being able to help people feel good by facilitating their evolution towards a state of global well-being.

Having received previous training in the field of allopathy (B. Pharm, M. Sc), Marie-France subsequently pursued her studies in the holistic field at the MICH school (www.michmontreal.com). For her, a holistic practice means seeing the individual and their disease as a totality. Passionate about the human being in all these dimensions (physical, emotional, mental and dynamic), she is committed to respecting the holistic principles of MICH which are:

–          Each person must be addressed as a whole

–          Everyone must be considered as unique

–          The approach must be personalized

–          The very essence of each individual must be at the heart of it concerns

–          Evolution must be accepted as essential to life

–          The principles are transpersonal, transdisciplinary, transcultural and non-denominative

Marie-France uses homeopathy as a working tool and faithfully follows the directive of its founder Samuel Hahnemann to find and treat the ‘totality of symptoms’ in all cases, rather than prescribing on individual symptoms that do not have any correlation with one another. The objective for each case is being able to find the central nucleus connecting the whole of the symptoms in a complete whole and this, following the Fundamental Laws of Hahnemann, that is to say; ‘The Law of Similars, the minimal dose and the singularity of the remedy.

In order to correctly identify the central nucleus connecting the symptoms (physical, emotional, mental) into a complete whole, it usually requires 2 to 3 sessions. You can be reassured that Marie-France will give heart and soul during each of the consultations with you.

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a Natural Complementary Medicine based on a thorough knowledge of the anatomy, biomechanics  and physiology of the human body. The goal of osteopathy is to treat the causes of pain and functional disorders in order to restore balance in the body to promote optimal health in people of all ages. 

Osteopathic treatment is unique to every person. The osteopath takes into account the totality of each individual and seeks to identify the cause or causes of their symptoms. The practitioner does not treat the disease, but the person. With their osteopathic vision, they focus on the health and recovery of people so that they can have the strength to maintain their health autonomously.  

 

Treatment

In practice, when the condition of the patient exceeds its capacity and understanding, the osteopath does not hesitate to refer to a doctor or other health professional. An osteopathic treatment begins with a complete history, which relates to the health history, associated conditions, symptoms and traumas that the patient has experienced in his life. Then, the osteopath performs an assessment of the posture as well as a biomechanical evaluation of the movements. They perform tests to determine the positioning, mobility and vitality of all body structures. Overall, the osteopath uses precise, gentle and safe manual adjusting techniques to restore optimal mobility to bones, muscles, fascia, nerves and organs. The techniques used are intended to enable the structures to perform their natural function. 

 

    

For who?

General Population

This approach, both preventive and curative, is appropriate for most conditions and for all ages. Here are the benefits of osteopathy:

  • Musculoskeletal pain (acute or chronic)
    • Tendonitis, bursitis, capsulitis
    • Back and neck pain (disc herniation, back pain, sprain, sciatica, neck pain)
    • Hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, neck, jaw (TMJ)
    • Promote and accelerate the healing of wounds (following a fracture, accident or sprain)
    • Maintaining good physical and mental health
    •  Addresses general disorders
      • Headache, migraine, neuralgia
      • Fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression (improvement of hormonal function)
      • Approaches the visceral functioning (respiratory, cardiac, digestive, gynecological, urological)

The child and adolescent

The osteopath assists them and ensures their healthy growth by allowing their body to move and live without problems. The osteopath can help children after a fall, a nasty virus, pain in the knee, neck or elsewhere by working gently to relieve sore areas.

Other benefits of osteopathy include :

  • Promotes the integration of orthodontic appliances
  • Addresses the difficulties of concentration
  • Addresses learning disabilities
  • Addresses anxiety disorders

The infant

The osteopath helps the infant overcome difficulties in such as swallowing or breathing, stomach pain, crying, earaches, flat head problems or heads that only turns on one side.

Other benefits of osteopathy include :

  • Facilitates breastfeeding
  • Facilitates digestion (reflux, colic, regurgitation, constipation)
  • Engine development assistance
  • Makes sleep easier
  • Approaches cases of plagiocephaly and stiff neck from birth
  • Promotes the integration of childbirth and interventions

For women

During pregnancy or after childbirth, women’s body undergo multiple rapid changes. Osteopathy offers pre and post delivery follow up to ensure the flexibility and integrity of the pelvis and spine.

For women in general, osteopathy can help premenstrual syndromes as well as abdominal pain.

Other applications of osteopathy in women include:

  • Addressing infertility disorders
  • Menstrual pain
  • Addresses pre-menopause and menopause
  • Pain in sexual intercourse
  • Preparing for childbirth
  • Pain in the coccyx and pubic symphysis
  • Postpartum depression

For sportive poeple

Osteopathy is able to identify imbalances to treat or help the athlete in their recovery and performance.

  • Prevents and accelerates the healing of injuries due to impact forces or over-use
  • Treatment of concussions
  • Treats symptoms of tendinitis, periostitis,  plantar fasciitis, sprain, etc.

 

Written by: Myriam Ménard

Therapists who offer this service:

Myriam Ménard,

Farah Belalia,

Jean-François Ladouceur 

 

Hypnosis and childbirth preparation

What is hypnosis for childbirth?

It is simply telling the body that ‘IT IS READY’ for the big day and this is on all levels; both physically and mentally! 

This preparation is a program in 6 meetings. After taking the time to know the birth plan of my client, to know what her fears, stress and anxieties… I completely personalize the follow-up! The future mom takes advantage of this follow-up to relax, to have all the tools necessary for the big day and to be serene during her pregnancy at the present moment, but also for the future at the idea of giving birth. 
The number of women who had the pleasure of telling me the difference between their first delivery (without hypnosis) and the second (with hypnosis), made a big difference:

 

– Faster delivery
– Easier to manage 
– Body more relaxed 
– Srene during pregnancy, but also at childbirth 
– Good contraction management 
– Delivery often without epidural 
Etc.

So why not tell the body that they’re ready!

Caroline Lebon Le Roy

Hypnotherapist & NPL

Running: Three reasons to consult acupuncture

Whether you are an amateur runner, a marathon runner or a triathlete, acupuncture can help you recover from your injuries and increase your performance. Almost 80% of runners are injured each year and therefore must stop or suspend their training. A large number of high-performance athletes also use acupuncture on a regular basis. Here are three good reasons.

Injury Prevention :

Regular acupuncture treatments will help the organs and the musculoskeletal system to function optimally by correcting imbalances before they worsen and result in injuries. When a muscle is treated in acupuncture, it will be more flexible and less strained, creating less stress on joints. This allows a better potential for contraction and muscle power, while decreasing the risk of muscle sprain or ligament tear. In addition, acupuncture will promote better recovery after training by helping to relax muscle tension and accelerating tissue regeneration.

Injury treatment:

Acupuncture can bring great relief by decreasing pain and inflammation. The goal of the treatment is to increase local circulation to promote tissue regeneration, restore the natural mobility of muscle fibers and relieve tension by disabling trigger points. In addition, symptoms of pain and fatigue may occur elsewhere than the cause of the problem. With its comprehensive approach, the acupuncturist will be able to deal with the problem at the source.

The main conditions dealt with by runners are :

  • Cramps and muscle tensions (calves, quadriceps, hamstrings, ilio-tibial strips)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles tendon tendinitis
  • Sprain of the ankle
  • Tibial periostitis (shin splints)
  • Muscle tears

The increase in performance :

A good performance requires a body in balance. Considering the individual as a whole, acupuncture treatments practiced on a regular basis, will rebalance the metabolism and maintain a good level of energy, promoting efficient and effective training. Whichever your level, to prevent or help heal your sports injuries, make acupuncture an integral part of your workout.

To learn more about what acupuncture can do for you or to take an appointment, contact Suzanne Binette.

 

References :

Douleurs et troubles fonctionnels myofasciaux, tome 1, J. Travell et D. Simons. Éditons Haug International, 1993.

Points-détente et acupuncture, approche neurophysiologique, Sylvain Cardinal, CCDMD, 2004.

 

By Suzanne Binette
Acupuncture

 

‘Tennis Elbow’ and kinesitherapy

Essentially, tennis elbow or outer epicondylitis is a pathology of repetitive motion (wrist rotation, extension and rotation, etc.). Although the name implies tennis, this assignment does not occur strictly during tennis. All people who use their hands for their work (carpenter, electrician, cabinetmaker, etc.) are susceptible to epicondylitis. If your work imports repetitive movements that involve rotations of extension and flexion of the wrist.

In tennis, the mechanism is simple. Let’s take a right handed player. In order to strike a backhand, just before the ball is in position to hit it properly, the body is in a rotating position to the left, the back almost turning to the other player. The right arm will be flexed towards the left pant pocket with the wrist completely bent (meaning that your extensors will be in a state of maximum extension, like a stretched elastic, ready to propel). Having a maximum extension of the extensors of the wrist followed by a maximal explosive contraction repeatedly can in the long run create microlesions at the point of attachment of the extensor muscles of the forearm which eventually becomes a epicondylitis.

Here are some symptoms:

  • Pain on the small tubersosity bone on the external part of the elbow
  • Pain can be irradiated in the forearm
  • Pain when using your hand (giving a handshake, lifting something heavy, opening a door, etc.)

The goal of Kinesitherapy is to help the client find his optimal sporting (or work) gesture; that is to say, to recover the full amplitude of motion, with a normal force, without pain. The Kinesitherapist will try to do this without preventing the client from doing his activity. On the other hand, rest may sometimes be necessary during the first weeks of treatment. This depends on the severity of the injury. In the first sessions, the goal will be to decrease the pain and create space in the body pattern to promote healing.
This will be accomplished by techniques in fascia anti-inflammatory therapy and myofascial stretching. Thereafter the objective will be to find a more optimal amplitude of movement. This will be accomplished by passive mobilizations and stretching of the muscle chains. In complementary, the Kinesitherapist will give you relaxation exercises to do at home to keep the work done in the clinic. Once the pain part and the amplitude of movement become normal, the secret is the maintenance and prevention. Do not wait until the pain is of an intensity that prevents you from doing the sport you love.

 

By Yanic Szoghy
Sports Kinesitherapist