“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen and to bring home those who have lost their way.”

St Francis of Assisi

Pain Relief & Management

We provide holistic pain relief and management solutions in the comfort of your home.

At SD Care, we can offer both traditional and state-of-art pain relief and management therapies as well as lifestyle programs such as Tai Chi, Qigong and Yoga through our wholly-owned subsidiary, Omnia Lifestyle Limited.

Many of our clients suffer from acute and chronic pain. Sadly, only few effective treatment options are available and some, such as opioid painkillers have harmful side effects such as dependency and abuse. Others involve invasive techniques such as surgery that may be risky or unsuitable.

To address the need to offer our clients alternatives to medication and surgery as well as to encourage independence by self-healing through lifestyle changes, we created Omnia.

“The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure but to avoid pain.”

Aristotle

Omnia offers a blueprint for its clients to achieve ‘meaningful healing’. This can be viewed as a journey that takes clients from diagnosis to the restoration of functionality and ultimately, the achievement of harmony of mind and body to feely enjoy life.

The journey is centered around healing, lifestyle advice, and health screenings involving three overlapping approaches:

Omnia Therapies

Photobiomodulation
Compression Therapy
Ayurveda
Acupuncture
Osteopathy
Manual Therapy

Omnia Lifestyle

Diet Advice
Exercise & Fitness
Mind Body Connective Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Hypnotherapy

PNOE Metabolic Testing
Quadscan
Veda Pulse
RightEye Vision Tracking
Vestibular First
BME Assessment

Omnia Pain Relief & Management

TCM & Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the belief that illness is caused by an imbalance of Yin and Yang in the body. TCM practitioners determine the nature of this imbalance and restore balance through a variety of approaches including Acupuncture, herbal remedies, exercise and changes in diet & nutrition and lifestyle.

Acupuncture is a technique that involves the balancing of Qi, which is the natural vital force that flows through the body. If there is an excess of either Yin or Yang, then the Yang Qi and Yin Qi would be damaged leading to specific health conditions. The technique involves inserting ultra-fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific points called acupressure points to balance the flow of Qi through the body’s meridians. An analgesic effect results which increases the body’s release of natural painkillers such as endorphins and initiates a process called purinergic signalling, a system using ATP and purine for the signalling and regulation of all body organs and tissues.

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Many people choose Acupuncture for treating migraines or headaches, shoulder pain or lower back ache. Others when they feel their bodily functions are out of balance with no obvious diagnosis such as auto-immune diseases. Yet others for relaxation and to enhance their feeling of well-being. Acupuncture is most effective in the relief of acute and chronic pain reducing the need for drugs especially opioids which can be addictive and cause harmful side effects. The strongest evidence of its effectiveness arises when it is used in conjunction with conventional therapies such as physiotherapy and osteopathy.

Acupuncture is one of the safest alternative treatment modalities and is suitable for all ages including babies and children. Acupuncture is now available in many GP practices as well as in most pain clinics and hospices in the UK. The National Institute of Care Excellence (NICE) recommends Acupuncture as a treatment option for chronic tension type headaches and migraines. In 2009, NICE also recommended that Acupuncture should be made available in the NHS as a cost-effective, short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent, non-specific lower back pain.

A number of commonly used drug treatments for chronic primary pain have little or no evidence that they work and shouldn’t be prescribed, NICE has said in its draft clinical guideline published today (3 August 2020) on the assessment and management of chronic pain in over 16s. View NICE update here.

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Osteopathy

Osteopathy is suitable for a broad range of individuals, including the elderly and anyone needing pain therapy and management. Osteopathic care is delivered through a range of interventions which may include manual therapy, onward referral, health management advice, postural and ergonomic advice and exercises.

Manual therapy techniques employed may include gentle articulation and manipulation of joints and soft tissues. It is particularly good as part of a treatment plan for pain related illnesses. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines on managing lower back pain and sciatica state that manual therapy can be considered as a treatment option alongside exercise. NICE also recommends manual therapy as a possible treatment option for osteoarthritis, but osteopathy isn’t specifically mentioned.

An Osteopath takes a caring and personal therapeutic approach by spending time listening to you and adapting the treatment depending on your individual needs and presenting complaint. The key is to understand and treat the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms thereby allowing the body to heal.

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Photobiomodulation (PBM)

Photobiomodulation is the application of red and near infrared light to diseased or damaged tissue to enhance healing, reduce inflammation and induce analgesia (pain relief). We work closely with Thor Photomedicine the world’s leading specialist in the field of PBM.

PBM stimulates photochemical changes in the body in the same way photosynthesis effects plants, or sunlight effects vitamin D synthesis. PBM works predominantly on a protein in the mitochondria (cytochrome c oxidase) to increase ATP and reduce oxidative stress. A cascade of mitochondrial and intracellular downstream effects lead to improved tissue repair and reduced inflammation.

Globally, PBM technology has featured in over 5,000 laboratory studies, with over 700 published Randomised Controlled Trials using LED and 3b Laser devices. The treatment is non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, safe and extremely relaxing.

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Photobiomodulation for the treatment of Oral Mucositis

Oral mucositis (OM) is a common side effect of chemotherapy or radiotherapy used for treating head and neck cancer or before bone marrow transplantation. Symptoms usually start 5 to 10 days after chemotherapy or 14 days after radiotherapy and include dryness, halitosis, pain, inflammation and oral mucosa ulceration. Chemotherapy-associated OM can resolve within a few days after completion of chemotherapy, but radiotherapy-associated OM can last for weeks. OM can affect nutritional status (which may need enteral or parental nutrition) and quality of life, and can increase hospital stay. It can also require interruptions or dose reductions in chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment. View NICE guidelines.

PBM or Low-level laser therapy aims to treat or prevent OM by promoting healing, reducing inflammation and increasing cell metabolism. A hand-held probe is used to deliver light in the red or near-infrared spectrum to the oral mucosa. It can be delivered intra-orally or extra-orally, or as a combination of both approaches. During intra-oral treatment the probe, which is about the size of a dental curing light, is introduced into the mouth. For extra-oral treatment the probe is positioned close to the cheek. The procedure typically takes 20 to 30 minutes, and is delivered 2 to 5 times a week for the duration of the oncology treatment. The procedure may be started before treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy begins, with the intention of preventing OM.

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Lymphatic Drainage Using Compression Therapy

The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system. Tiny lymph capillaries take up fluids that leak out of the vein capillaries and transport this lymph fluid through larger lymph vessels to the blood for circulation. The lymphatic system quietly helps to maintain our health and well-being by performing three critical functions:

• Aids the immune system by removing and destroying waste, dead blood cells, pathogens and toxins.

• Absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system and delivers these nutrients to the cells of the body where they are used as fuel.

• Removes excess fluid and waste products from the spaces between the cells and organs of the body.

Lymphoedema is often caused by disease or physical damage to the lymphatic system. When a lymph vessel is cut or blocked or cannot function properly, fluid (oedema) builds up in the area under the skin. Inflammation and tissue changes including fat deposition and fibrosis reduce the function of adjacent lymph vessels. Limbs can become extremely large and heavy and if untreated, patients can become susceptible to dangerous infections.

Lympha Press® is a compact compression therapy device designed for home treatment that is clinically proven to treat health conditions due to a damaged lymphatic system such as lymphoedema, lipoedema and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

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Body Ballancer® is a versatile, relaxing and invigorating compression therapy system adapted from the proven principles of manual lymphatic drainage massage.

The Body Ballancer® uses patented inflating compression garments to apply a gentle or firm massage. Each garment contains 24 individual air chambers that overlap to apply fluent compression strokes that target every inch of the treated area. The

Body Ballancer® action accelerates the removal of toxins and excess fluid via the lymphatic system, reducing the appearance of cellulite, improving skin tone and reducing volume in areas affected by excess fluid retention whilst its gentle rhythmic actions promote relaxation and stress relief.

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Ayurveda

Ayurveda translates as the science or knowledge of life. Ayurveda originated in the mists of time in India and was passed down as an oral tradition from one generation to the next until it was committed to text in the Sanskrit Vedas, which are among the oldest works of literature. The focus of the treatment is to find out the root cause behind the symptoms of a disease and accelerate the healing process using a combination of massage, diet, and herbal medicine.

In Ayurveda, health is defined as a state of well-being in which the three Doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are aligned and your soul is in harmony with the five senses and mind. Once you have identified your Dosha type, you can tailor your medication, lifestyle, and diet to maintain your Dosha type.

Our experienced practitioners perform relaxing and strengthening Ayurvedic massages using medicated herbal oils as well as offer lifestyle and diet advice using proven and time-tested Ayurvedic principles.

Our leading Ayurvedic practitioner, Dr Palitha Serasinghe, holds a First-Class Honours degree in Ayurvedic Medicine awarded by the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka as well as a PhD in Medicine and Pharmacology from Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University in Japan. This unique combination of study and training has enabled him to bridge the elusive divide between traditional and modern medicine.

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My treatment has been World class

“I have been in consultation with the Ayurvedic doctors at Omnia since May, following a month in hospital with Lyme Disease. My treatment has been world class with caring and knowledgeable practitioners. All the staff are incredibly helpful and the environment welcoming. I highly recommend Ayurvedic treatment at Omnia for anyone suffering chronic illness. Most importantly, the treatment is working. I am recovering, and I credit the staff at Omnia for this.”

Rebecca W

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VedaPulse

Vedapulse® is a health screening device that uses the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) method recommended by the European Society for Cardiology (ESC) and the Heart Rhythm Society formerly known as the North American Society for Pacing & Electrophysiology (NASPE) to conduct pulse analysis for an assessment of the functional state of the health of the body. For Ayurveda, it can provide detailed Dosha assessments. It also provides an objective measure of stress levels which can help us assess the effectiveness of many of our treatments as well as offer recommendations on lifestyle changes and diet & nutrition.

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Shirodhara

Shirodhara (dripping of oil in the area of the forehead) is an Ayurvedic massage technique used for balancing the body and the mind. The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of the oil allow the body, mind, and nervous system to experience a deep state of rest akin to meditation. This therapy is beneficial for many conditions including treating anxiety and stress due to chronic pain especially those caused by auto-immune diseases. We offer this treatment in the comfort of your own home using Shirobliss®, an automated Shirodhara-administering system that regulates the variables inherent in the application of the oil such as flow and temperature allowing the client to experience this soothing therapy without any distraction.

Ayurvedic Shirodhara (Chakra Healing) is not only beneficial to people who are ill or suffer from bad health. It also benefits people with a healthy disposition by assisting them to maintain wellbeing and wellness.

The main effect of Shirodhara (Chakra Healing) is on the 6th Chakra (Agya Chakra). This is the junction between personal consciousness and collective consciousness.

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