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Have you got your health team?

Do you need a multi-disciplinary team to support you?⁠
A multi-modal approach to health management is shown to deliver the most effective results when compared with single-modality treatment on its own. (Pieh, 2014) ⁠
So what does this mean for you?⁠
Well, it means that you may benefit from a combination of therapies by different therapists to treat your condition. Pain disorders and many other chronic, longstanding conditions we observe in clinic daily are being managed with a team of different health professionals. ⁠

My introduction into nursing showed that best health outcomes relied on a multidisciplinary environment. When i diverted my career path into TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) we studied alongside Osteopaths and I found in student clinic that our patients achieved great results but when coupled with Osteopathic treatment for musculoskeletal conditions the results were even more outstanding. I then went on to studying psychotherapy and witnessed how essential delving into the psyche was sometimes essential alongside treatment of acupuncture. An internship in Jiangsu provincial hospital in China showed me at a deeper level how well integrative therapies of western and Chinese medicine, acupuncture, massage and rehabilitation work together to benefit the patient. In the Oncology department our patients would come for herbal medicine after receiving chemotherapeutic treatment and take the herbs to help deal with the side effects of their medications and to address nausea, fatigue and pain.

The mutual respect between the ‘Western’ medical Doctors and TCM Doctors was evident and the integration of both medical systems incredibly supportive to the patient. We’ve still got a long way to go in Australia before integrative health care becomes the ‘norm’, but there are signs of progress. The more our patients discuss success of treatment of adjunctive care and the more we can expand on positive research in our fields the support for allied and complementary health care will surely grow. 

With so many people suffering with medical conditions that require medication a multidisciplinary approach can provide adjunctive health care treatment.

Currently at the clinic we work closely with GP’s to treat those with Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue and many other chronic conditions that require medications that create a combination of side effects. Our services often help to manage conditions, provide relief of side effects of medications and improve the quality of one’s life and we so often see our patients being able to adjust and reduce medications under GP supervision.

A multimodality clinic, like Red Orchid Wellness Clinic, uniquely offers family and the community a combination of therapies, under one roof.  We have extended our network beyond our clinic to collaborate with GP’s, Specialists, Physiotherapists, Psychiatrists, psychologists, Integrative GP’s, Pharmacists, Chiropractors and we often use these referral sources. We have an amazing local health-care community. This can help our patients feel supported that we seek out on an individual basis what suits their condition. As your condition changes over time the composition of the team may need to changed according to where you are at in your health. 

Find your team. Leah


Pieh, Neumeier, Loew, (2014) Pain Practice. ‘Effectiveness of a multimodal treatment program for somatoform pain disorder. Mar2014, Vol. 14 Issue 3, pE146-E151.⁠

History of Osteopathy

What is the history of osteopathy?⁠ Osteopathy was created by Dr Andrew Taylor Still in 1874. In the late 1800s none of today’s⁠ miracle drugs, such as antibiotics, were available. Out of necessity, Dr. Still looked first to⁠ nature’s own ability to heal and through deep study of anatomy sort ways to access this⁠ ability within the body via manual medicine. Still saw this self-correcting potential as a⁠ cornerstone of his osteopathic philosophy. He envisioned a totally new medical system that⁠ acknowledges the relationships of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. What we now call the⁠
biopsychosocial model.⁠

Still, a pioneer of his time, believed that the human body was to be treated as a whole, not as⁠ individual parts. He took into account his patients’ lifestyles, sleep, and diet before treating⁠ them. He believed in the inherent natural cycles of the body and that nurturing and⁠ supporting one’s function created changes on multiple levels.⁠ Dr. Still realised that optimal health is possible only when all of the tissues and cells of the⁠ body function together in harmonious motion.⁠

“To find health should be the objective of the doctor. Anyone can find disease”. – A.T. Still⁠
MD, DO⁠.⁠
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Andrew Taylor Still



This post is a small meditation on the gifts we can gather from winter before it passes us by and we are caught up in the momentum of spring and then summer’s rich intensity. 

This post is a small meditation on the gifts we can gather from winter before it passes us by and we are caught up in the momentum of spring and then summer’s rich intensity. 

What gifts has the winter season been offering you? 

Personally, I want to make sure I am receiving what I see as one of winter’s prime messages….to slow down enough, to rest inwards, to be reflective.  To restore and take into myself the sense of ‘less is best’ before the resurgence of busyness, and possible pressure, that seems more prevalent in our lives from spring to Christmas.  

Here I am, taking a moment to pause with one of the few winter flowers in my Southern Highlands garden, where most plants relax back into the earth to hibernate before their push upwards and outwards to spring. This is the winter rose (or hellebore) a quiet, magical, late winter bloomer. 

What gifts are you gathering from winter, before it disappears, and spring brings it’s own unique mix of demands and delights?

This is the winter rose, or hellebore, a quiet, magical, late winter bloomer.