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 programmes such as Tai chi through our wholly-owned subsidiary, Omnia.

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 centred around healing, lifestyle advice, and health screenings involving three overlapping approaches:

Omnia Lifestyle
Omnia Therapies

Photobiomodulation
Compression Therapy
Ayurveda
Acupuncture
Osteopathy
Manual Therapy

Omnia Lifestyle

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

Omnia Performance

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

TCM & Acupunture

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.

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).

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.

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 Lympha Press & Body Balancer

Lympha Press is a high quality compression therapy system which compliments manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) treatments, to dramatically improve patient health.

This therapy has been clinically proven to treat lymphoedema, lipoedema and vascular/circulatory conditions. It is now the most used compression therapy in Europe and the USA. The device applies pressure in sequence from the distal part of the limb towards the body. The pressure wave is created by overlapping inflatable chambers inside a special garment, ‘sleeve’, which is fastened around the area to be treated.

The lymphatic system quietly helps to maintain our health and well-being by performing three critical functions: Aiding the immune system, Absorbing fats and fat soluble vitamins needed for cells and Removing excess fluid and waste products.

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VedaPulse

VedaPulse is an analytical tool which helps several disciplines including Ayurveda, Acupunture and natural health focused therapies. I uses an analysis of the heart’s pulse wave which changes based on electrical and mechanical stimuli. This analysis can help form recommendations around rehabilitation, evaluation of stress and the functional state of the body. As part of this, recommendations for diet, food supplements and other lifestyle adjustments can be made. For Acupuncture, Veda Pulse helps create a visualization of biological active points to target.

Essentially this equipment can perform analysis of the functional state of the body and can be used in many ways to target the best holistic approach to treat pain and manage it over time.

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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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