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Here you will find information on all the treatments we provide.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine and has been used in China for over 3,000 years. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy, called Chi or Qi, flows freely through the body in channels called meridians. When there is a blockage in the channel the energy becomes stagnant and causes illness. Stimulation by an acupuncture needle at specific points on these meridians helps to restore the healthy flow of energy in the body.
Modern science has shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals (endorphins). These assist the body to heal itself and give pain relief. The NICE guidelines also recommend acupuncture for chronic back pain and acupuncturists treat a wide range of conditions in a holistic way.
During a session, very fine needles are inserted into points on your skin. These needles may be left in for up to a few minutes while you relax.
Acupuncture at The Carrick Clinic
Simon Littlejohn uses acupuncture as part of his treatment for pain relief in the lower leg and foot. This can be included as part of his podiatry and biomechanics sessions. Please contact us for more details.
Aromatherapy is a type of massage using essential oils. Essential oils have been used as far back as Roman and Egyptian times for their health giving properties and are distilled from aromatic plants. Aromatherapists create a blend of oils specifically for you which are then diluted in a carrier oil (like Grapeseed Oil or Sweet Almond Oil). The oils are then massaged into the skin and the body can benefit from their medicinal properties.
Aromatherapy is deeply relaxing and can be a very indulgent treat, but it can also be used to help alleviate many troublesome common ailments.
So that they can choose the best blend of oils for you, the aromatherapist will go through a consultation with you, checking any medical conditions you may have or any pharmaceutical medicine you may be taking. They will then carefully select and blend your unique mix.
Learn more about Lynsey Mounce, aromatherapist at The Carrick Clinic.
Aromatherapy at The Carrick Clinic
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In Biomechanics we examine foot function and the effect this has on the rest of the body. By assessing your posture and analysing your gait, our therapist can see whether any misalignment in the foot is causing problems further up the body.
The solution is prescription orthotics – custom made insoles. These insoles can correct any misalignment and relieve stress on the skeleton, leading to pain relief.
The assessment is carried out by our Health Professions Council registered podiatrist Simon Littlejohn who also supplies any orthotics required.
Most people require a biomechanical assessment because they are experiencing pain in the lower part of the body. The pain could be anywhere from the feet themselves, up to the lower back or hips. For more information, or to talk to Simon, contact us at the clinic and we’ll be pleased to help.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help to support you to come to terms with many difficulties in life. We offer a range of options at The Carrick Clinic to help you move forward in your life. Sessions are run by Christine Walker, Chartered Psychologist, who has over 30 years experience in NHS and local council settings. She specialises in the following techniques:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
A well recognised form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of challenging and breaking negative cycles of thoughts, feelings and behaviours and finding new ways to deal with a range of problems, including depression and anxiety.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
A specialised psychotherapeutic approach which uses a set of standardised protocols that incorporate elements from different treatment approaches which have proven extremely effective for helping to target and process upsetting events and memories. EMDR was originally developed to treat trauma, but is now also used for a variety of psychological problems.
Solution Focussed Brief Therapy
This innovative approach was developed to access and harness an individual’s positive experiences and resources to facilitate changes in negative perceptions and behaviours which permit growth in self-confidence, goal setting and problem solving.
Complicated Grief Therapy (CGT)
This is a specialised evidenced based treatment for persistent, prolonged or complex bereavement. It follows a carefully structured treatment programme which has been researched and developed over many years, incorporating key elements from different therapeutic techniques. CGT has achieved international recognition as the current most successful treatment for this very distressing problem, which can otherwise leave an individual suffering and isolated.
We are also proud to be the Ayrshire base for Cruse Scotland – the charity that provides bereavement counselling in Scotland. If you have been bereaved and are struggling to come to terms with it, please contact Cruse directly to access their services. All the details are on their website.
Your hair and skin directly reflect your inner health. Illness, stress and hormonal changes can take their toll and lead to dull, lifeless hair and skin. Thinning hair and hair loss can be very distressing and there are a bewildering number of expensive products on the market that claim to help. Hair regrowth after pregnancy, thyroid problems or treatments like chemotherapy can be problematic and the new hair may be nothing like you are used to! Conditions such as alopecia (hair loss) whether global or patches can affect confidence badly and conventional treatments are limited. At The Carrick Clinic, we offer one to one consultations with hair stylist and beauty therapist Lisa Ann McAllister who is specially trained to look at your hair and scalp, along with your lifestyle and diet and to write a personal programme for you. She offers prescription treatments from renowned company La Biosthetique that can help to solve challenging hair problems.
Lisa often works hand in hand with our medical herbalist Pamela Spence to look at what hormonal issues may underpin hair changes and whether there are medical conditions that need treatment – either by herbal medicine if appropriate, or by referral to your GP.
If you feel that hair loss or thinning hair is getting you down, please get in touch to book an appointment with Lisa who will be happy to talk things through with you.
What’s involved in a hair analysis consultation?
- Initial consultation £40 / 60 mins - We will look at your hair, scalp, lifestyle and diet to provide you with the best programme to achieve healthy hair and scalp.
- Hair Follow up service / maintenance appt 30 mins £20
- TLC Hair £40 / 60 mins - Full review of your hair and scalp health including your products, lifestyle and diet.
- TLC Skin £40 / 60 mins - Full review of your skincare regime, addressing any skin care problems you may be experiencing and the best solution for you and your skin.
- Skin follow up service/maintenance appt £20 / 30 mins - A follow up to check your progress and to ensure you are using your products in the best way to suit you and your lifestyle.
After each consultation you will receive your personal product recommendations along with advice on how best to use them.
Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine known to man. It means using whole plants – leaf, root, berry, flower and bark to create medicines. Countless drugs are still derived from plant sources and more than 80% of the world’s population still depend on herbal medicine for survival.
Herbal medicine can support the body to heal itself or while it is undergoing orthodox treatment. Some people prefer to use herbal medicine as a lifestyle choice. Some people turn to herbal medicine to assist them with a chronic illness, often where orthodox medicine has been unable to help. Patients with long term conditions can find a new level of wellbeing using herbal medicine either alongside or in place of their orthodox treatment.
Medical herbalists are taught to diagnose medicine in the same way as orthodox doctors but believe in treating a patient holistically to achieve the best results. This means treating the person, not the disease and getting to the root cause of the problem not just relieving symptoms. Herbalists encourage patients to play an active role in their own wellbeing. Herbalists mix individual medicines for each patient. They have studied herb/drug interactions and know which plants can be used safely with specific pharmaceuticals. They can work in partnership with your GP or other health care provider. As balanced, natural products, herbal medicines have few side effects and are often more gentle on the body than modern drugs. However, herbs are powerful and it is always recommended that you consult a fully qualified medical herbalist rather than self-medicating as the strength and potential interactions of some herbs may be missed. Our herbalist, Pamela Spence is a Member of the National Institute of Herbal Medicine. This means she has completed a stringent training regime to degree level, alongside a minimum 500 hours of clinical practice. Members must adhere to a strict code of ethics and a robust programme of Continuing Professional Development.
What’s involved in a herbal consultation?
- An initial consultation lasts for one hour. This allows the herbalist to get a complete picture of your overall health as well as focusing on the specific health problem. A blood pressure reading will usually be taken.
- The herbalist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your particular needs and the appropriate herbal medicine will be dispensed. Dietary and lifestyle changes may be discussed.
- Medicine is usually in the form of a tincture (taken 2-3 times/day).
- A follow-up appointment is arranged for 3 weeks later to monitor progress and supply more medicine. Subsequent visits if required follow at 3 or 6 week intervals.
- The length of treatment varies with each individual case.
- All clinic records are securely kept and patient information treated with absolute confidentiality.
A Holistic Facial is wonderfully relaxing, pampering treat that will leave you feeling truly special. A combination of gentle massage and plant based oils helps boost the circulation to your skin, increase detoxing and help your skin to appear plumped up and glowing.
It’s not just all about beauty! Having a Holistic Facial is a great way to help relieve tension that builds up in the forehead and temples and can help to alleviate headaches and muscle tension.
Lynsey Mounce is a qualified Holistic Therapist with years of experience to help ensure that you feel incredibly relaxed and restore your sense of wellbeing.
Holistic Facials at The Carrick Clinic
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Using Hopi Ear Candles can also be known as Thermo Auricular Therapy. Holistic Therapist Lynsey Mounce inserts the candles gently into the opening of the ear where their warmth creates a pleasant, non-invasive way to treat a variety of conditions in the ears and sinuses.
Hopi Ear Candles are made from natural beeswax and work like a chimney – drawing impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. They can help to equalise the pressure in the head and ears and can effectively reduce wax build up, sinusitis and sinus headaches.
Hypnotherapy is a natural way to access our subconscious thoughts in order to change unwanted negative behaviour and remind ourselves about the positive strengths and talents we may have forgotten. Hypnotherapy is an ideal solution to aid weight loss, stop smoking and overcome fears and phobias.
Our hypnotherapist Morgan Donald who is trained to lead people into a state of hypnosis where they can change restrictive beliefs or unwanted habits. A person under hypnosis has full control at all times and the sensation is similar to daydreaming.
Areas in your life where hypnotherapy can help include:
- stopping smoking
- performance anxiety
- healthy eating – including the popular ‘Gastric Band’ process
- stress reduction
Please contact us for more details.
Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) and Connective Tissue Release (CTR) are methods developed by Physiotherapist Hugh Gilbert.
KCR is a fully clothed and gentle experience, suitable for children and adults of any age. Athletes may find KCR a beneficial addition to their training regime.
If you have had KCR then our therapist, Janet Mclellan may suggest a follow up session of Connective Tissue Release (CTR). CTR is based on John Barnes Myofascial Release techniques and Hugh Gilbert further developed these creating a gentle and very effective method of further relieving tight adhesions in the connective tissues throughout the body. CTR is best applied following KCR, freeing physical and sometimes emotional restrictions in a deep yet relaxing and supportive way.
Please contact us for more information.
A Hot Stone Massage is a very relaxing treatment that uses heat to reach muscle tension at the deepest level, allowing the muscles to relax more quickly than with normal massage. Smooth, volcanic stones are heated in water and placed on energy centres on the body, called chakras, while others are used to perform the massage.
The deep sense of relaxation also helps to relieve mental stress and give a feeling of wellbeing. Blood and lymph circulation is increased in the tissues, assisting the body’s natural detox process. As with any massage, benefits include relief of aches and pains, reduced feelings of stress and less muscle tension.
Lynsey Mounce is qualified to give Hot Stone Massage at The Carrick Clinic.
Hot Stone Massage at The Carrick Clinic
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Remedial massage is a deep tissue massage that is used to target specific back and limb problems. The massage helps the body to detoxify by increasing blood and lymph circulation to the tissues. This helps the body to release toxins into the circulation where they can be carried out of the body.
Remedial massage therapists have comprehensive training in anatomy and physiology and are able to identify which muscles to concentrate their massage on to relieve tension and improve tone.
Regular massage can be an important part of any health regime and helps to alleviate pain and strains caused by old injuries, poor posture and physical tension.
Sports Massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasises prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons. Karl Grimm is the Sports Massage Therapist at The Carrick Clinic.
But you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted movement. The treatment will usually concentrate on a specific problem area and will use some elements of Swedish Massage as well as stimulating trigger points to break down adhesions (muscle knots). Karl also uses stretches and joint mobilisations and will often advise a series of exercises to help.
If you are an athlete, you can use Sports Massage at specific times in your event calendar:
- Pre-event – a short, stimulating massage 15 – 45 minutes before the event directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.
- Post-event – within an hour or two of the event, to normalise the body’s tissues and help prevent lactic acid buildup.
- Restorative massage – during training to allow you to train harder and with less injury.
- Rehabilitative massage – aimed at alleviating pain due to injury.
Sports Massage at The Carrick Clinic
Karl uses a combination of mobilisations, massage and an interferential machine in his sessions as part of the Carrick Clinic Clinic. If you are a sports person with specific training needs, please contact us to discuss this with Karl.
Swedish Massage is one of the most common types of massage and combines various techniques including kneading and friction to help break up muscle knots, called adhesions. Plant based oils nourish the skin and help the therapist to work on the body. The massage can be slow and gentle or more vigorous, depending on the client’s wishes.
The father of Swedish massage was Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839), a physiologist and fencing master. He developed a system called ‘Medical Gymnastics’ which included this form of massage and became known as the ‘Swedish Movement Cure’. Today it is simply known as Swedish massage or classic massage.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fibre) and vibration.
Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis. It can also be used to increase circulation.
Swedish Massage at The Carrick Clinic
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Neurofeedback (NFB) is a non-invasive technique that helps children train their brains to function more effectively. NFB helps children to manage tasks that require concentration – like schoolwork. It is particularly successful for children who have AD(H)D and hyperactivity. Most importantly, NFB is fun and children really enjoy their training sessions.
During a session a child’s brain activity is measured by sensors on their scalp and they can see their brainwaves moving on a screen. The NFB trainer analyses the brainwaves to see whether any are too high, or too low. They will then set levels for the child to achieve during the session. The aim is to enable conscious control of brainwave activity. Our mental state depends on our brainwave activity. Some frequencies assist us to be focussed and concentrated while others can make us feel nervous and panicky. Hyperactive children typically have more of the waves that cause anxiety and panic and too few waves assisting focus and concentration. NFB can help them learn how to modify these waves to promote calm and concentration.
When a child manages to match the more positive brainwaves they get immediate feedback to let them know that they have done well. The feedback can be winning points in a computer game or even moving cars on a real toy race track.
There has been research into using NFB to help:
- ADHD with full range of symptoms
- Poor concentration
- Behavioural disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Emotional instability
‘An imperial college study showed that 97 students at the Royal College of Music had significantly improved instrumental technique after a course of neurofeedback.’ - The Times, September 30th 2006
‘The use of EEG Biofeedback in schools can provide an effective alternative to psycho-stimulant medications (for ADHD). It can become part of the student’s scheduled, weekly activities’ - Journal of Neurotherapy (2-4) 6
‘…the clinical effects of neurofeedback in the treatment of ADHD can be regarded as clinically meaningful… in line with the AAPB and ISNR guidelines for rating clinical efficacy, we conclude that neurofeedback treatment for ADHD can be considered “Efficacious and Specific” (Level 5) with a large ES for inattention and impulsivity and a medium ES for hyperactivity. - Journal of Clinical EEG & Neuroscience, July, 2009
Neurofeedback at The Carrick Clinic
Karl Grimm studied Neurofeedback at the Neurofeedback Institute Switzerland (NIS) and with Sue Othmer of the EEG Institute and established the successful NFB training centre at Salem International, Germany for five years. He also initiated specialist holiday camps for children with ADHD in Germany which he still helps to run today. Contact us to have a chat with Karl about how NFB might be able to help your child.
Many of us will have come across physiotherapy in hospitals or doctor’s surgeries. Physiotherapists help patients with movement difficulties resulting from illness, injury, aging or disabilities. Patients can be of any age and may be stroke patients, people with sports injuries or who have recently been in an accident and have injuries resulting from this.
A physiotherapist can identify the root cause and work with you using a range of techniques from massage, movement, exercise prescription and ultrasound to help improve movement and function.
Foot health is extremely important, particularly as we get older and if we have health conditions like diabetes. The Carrick Clinic offers a full podiatry service from our Health Professions Council registered podiatrist Simon Littlejohn. This includes not only routine chiropody but also nail surgery.
Simon also specialises in Biomechanics – assessing gait and creating custom made orthotic insoles to help relieve pain and stress on the joints. Routine Podiatry
- Toenail cutting
- Thinning/thick toenail treatment
- Fungal foot/nail treatment
- Callous (hard skin) removal
- Corn removal
- Verruca treatment with Cryo-spray
- Nail surgery (under local anaesthetic)
Diabetic foot care
Monitoring circulation and nerve supply and footcare advice.
Suitable for many instances of arthritic joints; poor circulation; restless legs; shin splints; Compartment Syndrome; tendonitis; heel spur/plantar fasciitis; trapped nerves and painful scars.
Podiatry at The Carrick Clinic
Contact us for more details and to make an appointment.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy where the therapist applies pressure to specific points on the feet, and sometimes on the hands, that encourage the body to heal itself and bring itself back into balance (homeostasis). This ancient technique is based on the idea that the feet and hands are like miniature maps of the whole body – each area corresponding to a different body part. By applying pressure to these areas using the fingers and thumbs a reflexologist can stimulate healing in the corresponding area of the body.
Reflexology is deeply relaxing and is a gentle, non-invasive way to help increase overall wellbeing.
Reflexology at The Carrick Clinic
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Reiki has become a very popular, relaxing treatment over the last 10 years in the West although it has been known for much longer than that in Japan. Reiki is a gentle, energetic treatment that helps the body to regain balance and supports it to heal. Following the system of energy centres, or chakras, in the body, the Reiki therapist places their hands near the body and allows Reiki energy to flow through their hands.
People can have very different experiences while having a Reiki treatment. Some notice a gentle tingling sensation, a feeling of warmth or coolness while others simply feel deeply relaxed. It is common for a person to be lulled to sleep by the treatment and to then wake up feeling full of energy.
As Reiki is a totally non-invasive therapy, there are really no contra-indications to having a treatment. Your body remains in control of the energy flow at all times.
Reiki at The Carrick Clinic