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About Alison Harvey

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Chiropractic



Chiropractic comes from the Greek, meaning “done by hand”. It is a collection of natural hands-on techniques, which do not make use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic is non-invasive and is primarily concerned with the functioning of the musculoskeletal system, which is the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage that form the physical structure of the body. Following assessment, treatment takes place using precise, very small movements (adjustments) to allow the joints to function normally; in addition massage and stretching techniques are sometimes used. Home exercises may also be recommended, along with dietary or nutritional changes to help the body to return to normal function more rapidly.Alison explaining treatment to a patient

The basic concept of chiropractic is that a spinal problem can have wide reaching effects through nerve disturbance. Most of the nerves to the limbs and internal organs originate from the spine. Thus a problem in the spine can lead to interference in nerve pathways and this in turn can cause pain or loss of function in the areas the nerves supply.

Chiropractic is now the third largest healthcare profession in the western world.

Chiropractic Education and Recognition

Alison Harvey and Edmund Kilday both followed a full time five year course at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth. Francesca Macari followed the programme at Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in Glamorgan, Wales.  They are all registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), a statutory body that has regulated chiropractic in the UK since June 2001. The GCC ensures only safe, properly trained practitioners can call themselves ‘chiropractor’, providing quality assurance for patients.  They are also all full members of the Scottish Chiropractic Association.

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Applied Kinesiology



Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system of muscle testing for evaluating the body. It tests structural, chemical and electromagnetic or energy functions of the body, based on the principle that the body is a self-maintaining and self-correcting mechanism.

AK uses muscles to test for basic mechanical defects, organ and gland dysfunction, cranial and pelvic distortions, allergies, toxicity problems and stress levels in the body. 

Treatment draws on the knowledge of various natural health therapies including manipulation, massage, cranial work, acupressure and advice on nutritional support, diet and the use of homeopathic remedies and herbs. This means the practitioner can approach the health concerns of the body in a holistic manner and consider not only the structure of the body (which is primarily addressed in chiropractic care) but also consider the chemical and emotional functioning of the individual.

The Triad of Health

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Sunflower Method



Alison treating a child while mother looks on

Information about the Sunflower Method will be posted here shortly.  In the meantime, please visit the Sunflower Trust website for general information on the treatment.  Please contact the clinic if you have any enquiries or wish to book an appointment.






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Visceral Manipulation is used to locate and solve problems throughout the body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, counteract the negative effects of stress, enhance movement of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism.

Visceral treatmentThere are times when one or more of the internal organs (viscera) is not functioning at an optimal level or is putting a strain on other parts of the body.  A person with asthma, for example, often is unable to breathe normally and therefore the lung tissues are restricted.  This, in turn, can cause altered rib motion that affects the spine, leading to neck pain or headaches.  Without intervention such a cycle will often continue as the internal organs, in this case the lungs, are in continuous use.

Visceral Manipulation is a gentle, hands-on therapy.  The therapist will apply gentle pressure to specific tissues in the body to encourage them to move normally, without interfering with other nearby structures.

These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of the particular organ, its role in the body and the structural balance of the individual. Due to the delicate and often highly reactive nature of the visceral tissues, gentle force precisely directed reaps the greatest results. As with other methods of manipulation that affect the body deeply, Visceral Manipulation works only to assist the forces already at work. Because of that, trained therapists can be sure of benefiting the body rather than adding further injury or disorganization.

For more information on Visceral Manipulation visit Barral Institute UK.

 

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CranioSacral Therapy


Click here for information about CranioSacral Therapy.

 

 

 




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Chiropractic Rates

Initial consultation including treatment as applicable    £49

Follow up appointments    £35

 

Alison Harvey Rates

Initial consultation including treatment as applicable £95

Follow up appointments  £50

 

 

 




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