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Spring Wisdom from Chinese Medicine

Spring Wisdom from Chinese Medicine

Have you started to notice the smell of spring in the air?  Maybe you have started to feel the urge to start spring cleaning?  There is a reason for this cyclical inspiration!

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Spring is transitional season and space; we keep one foot in winter and step one foot into summer.  Taking things slowly as we unfurl from the cold, dark winter and move upward and outward toward the expansiveness of summer.

The shift to spring is a subtle change that brings with it new energy and excitement for the warmer weather.  

We can think of the body as a small version of the universe around us – a microcosm of the macrocosm.  As the seasons change, so should we.  Humans should be adaptable; to flow with the seasons is to live in harmony.  Just like bare, dormant trees begin to grow buds and blossoms; we too can harness the power of spring to slough off the old and usher in a fresh, new experience of health, mental clarity, and emotional well-being.

In Chinese Medicine, Spring is associated with the wood element that governs the liver and gall bladder.  The liver and gall bladder work together to move blood and bile, and play pivotal roles in spleen and lung health (immune system and seasonal allergies), tendon health and our vision.  During these transitional months, disturbances may be manifested in these organ systems, and you may experience symptoms such as:

+ muscle tension

+ sciatica

+ headaches, especially migraines

+ visual disturbance

+ menstrual irregularities, PMS, fibroids

+ digestive disturbance


+ Get moving!

Spring is the time to slowly get moving again after the reduced activity of the cold winter months.  Movement is not only good for your physical health, it supports your emotional health by shifting stagnation and old hurts.

+ Spring clean

Take the time to engage in a little spring cleaning, whether this be your home, your e-mail inbox, or your digestive system.  Now is the time for “out with the old and in with the new”.

+ Make a to-do list

The energy of spring often brings with it a desire to start bringing the dreams of winter introversion to fruition.  Why not make a list and start taking steps toward creating the life your heart desires!

+ Eat your greens

The colour associated with Spring is green and the taste is sour, these are perfect places to focus your eating awareness.  Be inspired by the luscious green veggies of the local farmer’s market, when we eat according to the season, we restore inner and outer balance.


As we feel the urge to get moving again, we can become aware of some of the stagnations that have built up during winter.  One of the core aspects of CranioSacral Therapy is to support your body in restoring movement and flow.  This might be supporting the fluid to flow with ease through your central nervous system, nourishing your brain and spinal cord.  It may be supporting your immune system, hormones, or digestive system to move more easily and supporting inner health.  It may even be supporting you in letting go of hurts and anxieties that are lingering, so that you can move forward and thrive in your life!

At Evolve, we love nothing more than supporting you in finding your natural rhythm (did you know even the nervous system has a rhythm?!), so please reach out and let us know how we can support you move with ease into Spring.

From debilitating migraines to thriving!

From debilitating migraines to thriving!

The beginning of Evolve Manual Therapy

At the beginning of a new year can be really exciting to look forward!  The energy of the clock ticking over to 12.01am on the 1st of January can feel like a reset on the challenges and exhaustion we often feel at the end of a long year.  For me, early January is also a time to pause, reflect and look back for a moment – to appreciate everything that has happened to get me to the moment I am in right now.

This year even more than recent years, I felt this need deeply.  I found myself reflecting not only on the year just gone, but on the year leading up to starting my own business – 2008!  The thing I remember most about 2008 was how tired I was.  Exhaustion that felt bone deep….. and the migraines!  Migraines so debilitating that I spent many, many hours on the bathroom floor just hoping that the cold tiles might ease the pain a little.  I was working long hours 6 days a week, many of those days trying to be present for my clients through the fog of the migraine pain and aura.  Part of me loved my job, being able to help people felt like a wonderful purpose for my life!  Part of me was losing my passion fast.  Yet another part of me wondered why I couldn’t show the same compassion to myself that I showed to my clients.  Slow down a little, do the little self-care things I told my clients to do, receive regular treatment for my own chronic pain.

The turning point

I remember being called into a meeting one day with my boss (who was a wonderful boss!), but I was feeling dreadful from a migraine that had lasted almost 6 weeks at that point.  My boss offered me a promotion and I heard myself resigning in response, telling him that I had decided to start my own business!  Driving home I wondered what the hell I had done, but I also felt a sense of freedom I hadn’t felt for a long time.  Within a couple of hours of getting home, my migraine started to ease – a good sign, right?!

Starting Evolve

So, on a whim I started Evolve Manual Therapy.  Since then, Evolve has been my passion project, my space for both personal and professional growth and is now an evolving platform for practitioners and students to find their passion.  Above all, it is a space where everyone that chooses can start to find their own creative path toward health, wellbeing and fulfilment.

What happened to the migraines?!

I would love to tell you my migraines stopped then and there, what a great story that would be! The even better story is…..starting Evolve gave me my inspiration and passion back.  This then enabled me to start taking care of myself, investigate the causes of my migraines further and start carving a path forward where I felt well.  This path was complex, as the treatment for most chronic pain is.  There was no one thing and no linear path, but a constellation of approaches and people to support me.  As I tell my clients constantly, I could see 100 people suffering from migraines and there will be 100 different approaches needed.

CranioSacral Therapy was a huge part of it, perhaps even the foundation of it all.  Something I teach my students is to feel for the overdrive in the nervous system.  The “fight or flight” response that is so commonly switched on in people.  Stress, chronic pain, trauma…..all of these things can make it hard for our nervous system to feel calm and rested.  This was certainly true for me.  One of the first things that CranioSacral Therapy did for me was give me an opportunity to experience a level of calm in my nervous system I didn’t think was possible.  When I first experienced that calm, I also experienced a significant reduction in pain.  I was hooked!

Things that have helped me

Once I began to feel a little better, I felt more able to seek out other treatments.  These are the things that really helped me:

  • Naturopathy

Working with a really skilled Naturopath was a game changer for me.  Understanding how food was triggering my migraines, but also how I could use food to reduce my pain was key.  My go-to girl is Margherita Officer, and you can find her at Natural Health Medicine.

  • Exercise

We know in theory exercise is good for us, but when we are experiencing chronic pain it can feel next to impossible.  I have done many things that have been super beneficial – Yoga, Pilates and Crossfit.  Yep, you heard me…..Crossfit!  The combination of high-intensity cardiovascular exercise and heavy weightlifting has been the most amazing thing for my body, my chronic pain and my mental health.  My go-to guy is Nath Wiese, and you can find him at CrossFit Zenith.

  • Emotional and Spiritual Health

For me, looking at my emotional and spiritual health has been the glue that connects everything I do.  Not only for dealing with stress and trauma, but also for supporting a search for purpose and meaning.  I have found this in many spaces – working with a skilled Psychotherapist, finding a creative outlet and making sure that what I am doing in the world feels purposeful and aligned with my core values.

  • Nature

And last but not least, getting out in Nature.  We can become so disconnected from our natural rhythms due to a fast-paced life and the influences of technology.  For me it is imperative that I get out into nature regularly, preferably mountains and preferably somewhere really cold!! But that’s just me 🙂

So, I share a little bit of my story with you in the hope that there might be a little piece in there that helps you in your own journey.  I’m certainly a work-in-progress, I think we all are until about 7 minutes before we leave this earth!

My sincere wish for everyone I meet, whether it by on my treatment table, in my classroom or out on the street somewhere in this big, beautiful world is that you experience moments of joy and connectedness every day.  That you feel as though you are able to thrive in your life and that you feel a sense of purpose that fulfills you.

If I or the Evolve Team can ever help, please feel free to reach out.  

In peace and health,


Managing your chronic pain

Managing your chronic pain

At Evolve Manual Therapy, we understand the complexities of living life with chronic pain. Chronic pain is persistent pain which carries on for longer than 12 weeks, despite medication or treatment. It can be felt in nearly any part of your body and may be a constant, or an intermittent pain. Chronic pain disorders are the leading cause of disability and continue to increase in prevalence – it’s a growing health concern in our modern world.

Chronic pain and increased stress

Many of our Evolve patients have tried just about everything to help rid themselves of their chronic pain – multiple medical appointments to no avail, with little improvement to the frequency or severity of the pain. They’re really struggling to continue to enjoy normal life, within the confines of their illness. Evidence points to the fact that symptoms of chronic pain are heightened by our stress response and by feeling disconnected from society and those we love around us, which has of course been exacerbated throughout 2020.

Impact of disconnection and isolation on chronic pain

During the global pandemic, we know that there has been reduced access to treatment, which has meant that people have not been physically able to continue their chronic pain management routines. They’ve not been able to seek help to improve their symptoms from professionals, like our team at Evolve, but also from their nearest and dearest. We’ve also seen a significant impact on activity and movement due to people working from home, and spending increased time online, sitting down. Routines – heading to the local pool for a swim or walking the last block to work have been unable to be continued, meaning that normally active people are more sedentary, often causing chronic pain issues to flare up.

Factor contributing to chronic pain

Of course, it’s often a combination of factors which can exacerbate chronic pain. Changed lifestyle is clearly one, the other important element is the reduction in human touch. Central to the study of pain mechanisms, neurophysiological investigations have proven that touch increases humancommunication,bonding,andhealing. Thanks to neuroscientist, Edmund Rolls, we know that touch activates the brain’s orbitofrontal cortex which is linked to feelings of reward and compassion. Basic touch calms cardiovascular stress –it activates your body’s vagus nerve and even a simple touch can trigger a release of oxytocin (known as the love hormone). Science tells us time and time again that chronic pain can be helped by touch, why is why we see such great results with our clients at Evolve Manual Therapy.

CranioSacral Therapy – a gentle treatment for chronic pain

Derived from osteopathic manipulative treatment, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive treatment we practice here at Evolve. It holds a unique ability to normalise your sympathetic nervous system activity (something which is often increased in people with chronic pain) by supporting a shift to your parasympathetic nervous system. This part of the nervous system is responsible for rest and repair. Our practitioners use light touch to help release any blockages in your nervous system, and help to rebalance your body – often releasing years of tension or stress you didn’t even know was there, or connected to your chronic pain issue. It’s a treatment plan formulated to work with your body, not artificially against it. It’s a treatment brilliant for helping to reduce your chronic pain. If you’re struggling with chronic pain and aren’t sure where to turn to, give our friendly clinic a call to discuss how we can help you manage your underlying condition, and the symptoms surrounding it.

How Craniosacral Therapy helps beat stress and anxiety

How Craniosacral Therapy helps beat stress and anxiety

There’s little doubt that 2020 has brought with it, a substantial shift in the mental health of Australia’s population. Trends indicate that the numbers of people suffering from stress, anxiety and panic attacks is on the rise and is a true threat to the future state of Australia’s mental health.

Many of our patients arrive at our clinic with the classic but very real symptoms of stress and anxiety. Much of the time, people are aware something isn’t right but aren’t sure what the root cause is, or the extensive litany of symptoms that stress and anxiety can cause to our emotional, spiritual and physical selves.  Our patients find themselves manifesting in a myriad of different ways – becoming irritable, restless, suffering from fatigue, chest pains, insomnia and a racing mind amongst many other symptoms, all seemingly unconnected but potentially debilitating if not properly managed. It’s been estimated that stress related workers compensation claims have doubled in recent years, now costing over $10 billion each year. Let’s unpack the enormity of that number. The huge number of people impacted by stress and anxiety if the average payment is just $250,000. That’s an average of 40,000 people whose claims were so debilitating, that they went to court. Imagine the thousands of other cases, perhaps no less serious but of which we have no recording and we’ll understand the scale of the issue we’re dealing with. 

What does stress do to our body?

We try to help our patients understand that its normal to feel stressed and anxious in small quantities. It’s when we wait until stress and anxiety become overwhelming that issues start to become more marked in our bodies.  In our modern, digital world, stress triggers can exist on a constant level, which stimulates a response in our body. Stress and anxiety stimulate changes in our body and activates our ‘fight or flight’ response, leaving us constantly in an inflammatory response and unable to self-regulate our hormones and responses. In turn, the appearance of mental and physical stress symptoms can cause further stress and perpetuate a vicious circle, people feel unable to break.

How can CranioSacral Therapy help stress?

At Evolve Manual Therapy, we practice Craniosacral Therapy (CST) which is a light touch manual therapy which works with the body to promote greater wellbeing and health. It’s a whole of body approach which works to remove restrictions within the cranium and sacrum (head and pelvis) and helps shift the body out of stress mode into a calmer, more relaxed state. Our practioners gently apply manual pressure to help increase mobility and circulation within the craniosacral system. When the body slows down during a session, it’s like untangling a tightly knotted ball of wool – where the stressed and confused reactions and responses get a chance to unravel and rebalance. Our bodies have an innate ability to self-correct and heal and CST, as a non-invasive therapy allows our mind and body to correct in an absolutely safe, non-medicated way.

The science shows the enormous benefits experienced by a wide range of patients suffering with stress or anxiety related symptoms. At Evolve Manual Therapy, we encourage patients to seek support early, whatever the source of stress. We all need help from time to time.

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Making space for wellbeing in amongst digital demands

Making space for wellbeing in amongst digital demands

We live in an age of digital overdose. Our senses are constantly being fired up with noises, lights, sounds and demands. It’s normal to be always ‘on’, to never be out of reach and to sleep next to our mobile phones. But at what cost?

Think back to your last holiday – the one where you really relaxed. Where you lounged in a hammock, book and drink in hand or swam in the ocean with not a care in the world. How good did it feel? No stressing about the next meeting, tomorrow’s deadline or what to cook for dinner – you probably felt calm, peaceful and happy. You likely had time to spend with those you love, playing the board games you never normally get time for, sharing long walks in nature. It’s at times like these that we feel most connected to ourselves and to our families. Does this sound familiar?

Unfortunately for most of us, life isn’t a constant holiday of hammocks and reading by the pool. We have commitments, work, children, ageing parents, friendships to maintain and a whole host of other obligations we try to juggle.  All too often, at Evolve Manual Therapy, we see clients put themselves last, at the bottom of the list under the other responsibilities needing to be managed. Our therapists see clients arrive exhausted and overwhelmed at the sheer amount in their daily to do list, resulting in negative physical and mental health symptoms. Aside from seeking help from our expert team, there are ways we can positively impact our own wellness, in our own time and to the beat of our own tune.

Finding time to stay connected to yourself is critical – losing yourself under a sea of responsibilities is a common complaint we hear and sympathise with. We’ve got a few suggestions to get you started on maintaining your own wellbeing.

  1. Walk in nature – Scientists are beginning to find evidence that being in nature has a profound effect on our brain and on our behaviour. We are physically and mentally more healthy when outdoors – it decreases stress and anxiety, reduces blood pressure and has been shown to improve moods. As an added benefit, walking helps our body to release serotonin, known as the happy hormone.
  2. Reading a book or completing a jigsaw puzzle – We know that by taking time out, we reduce our ‘fight or flight’ response and allow our nervous system to relax. By focusing on something specific, we’re helping to block out the many other ‘lose ends’ constantly buzzing around in our heads – the appointment you need to book, or the project you need to finish, get pushed to the back of your brain.
  3. Catch up with friends – We’re a tribal bunch and most of us thrive on connecting with others. Socialising helps create positive neuron connections in our brain and just having a friend listen to a challenge can help to break it down and reduce the anxiety we feel about that activity or thing. 
  4. Have a soak in the bath – Take the time to relax in warm water to release many health benefits including reducing the workload of your adrenal glands and helping to restore balance within your body. Try using minerals and salts to help soothe, reduce toxins and heal.
  5. Practice meditating. Meditation has long been known to produce wellbeing enhancing benefits both mental and physical and using a guided meditation can help even a beginner to relax, release tension and enjoy a calmer mind.

The way you feel, becomes your essence of living. It’s time to push aside the constant digital demands and make space for our own personal wellbeing and health – when we don’t have time is exactly when we should practice self-love the most.

Feeling a little flat? Time for a natural pick me up

Feeling a little flat? Time for a natural pick me up

Life is a roller coaster of emotions – full of extreme highs and the inevitable lows. Life is unpredictable, yesterday’s highlight can easily become tomorrow’s challenge. As humans, we tend to pack our lives full of people, work, activities, hobbies and a long list of things we ‘should do’. But what happens when despite all our efforts, we feel flat, uninspired and isolated?

We’re genetically programmed to connect and for the most part, have some form of interdependence on one another. Profoundly shaped by our social environment, humans suffer when our social connections are severed, and social pain has been scientifically proven to translate into real pain. We have evolved in such a way that being social, has become a necessity, not just a luxury. We live busy lives in fast paced world and it’s increasingly common for us to feel under the weather, to not really enjoy the life we’re living, even if we’re not sure what’s causing our low mood. The advent of social distancing and isolation with COVID has induced two distinct personas – one is perfectly happy to snuggle down in pyjamas at home, revelling in the slower pace of life and the chance to do the jobs they’ve been putting off for a while. The other has become a little unravelled with the lack of contact and socialising, easily recognised by the constant calls and desperate attempts to find a coffee shop that’s open. Both are perfectly normal responses to what has been an uncertain and unprecedented time.

The power of connection shouldn’t be underestimated. At Evolve Manual Therapy, many of our clients have been coming to us feeling the disconnect between their body and the connection with themselves and others. Clients typically come into our clinic aware that they’re feeling low and a little flat but unsure how to restore their natural vibrance and a happier demeanour. Many are missing the healing power of touch – an essential feeling which ground us from day dot – a parent with their child, a couple in love, a Grandparent with their grandchild – we’ve been raised to enjoy, and even need human touch. Isolation over the past few months has deprived many people from the joy of human touch and has impacted upon the health and wellbeing of countless others. Medical research has proven that Neuroscience has shown touch lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increases the amount of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone. 

Raising your mood, gently and effectively

At Evolve, we practice a gentle, hands on approach called CST (CranioSacral Therapy) which is a delicate manipulation of the cranial bones and sacrum.  It’s non-invasive and works by helping the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system to be normalised and removes blockages or tension, enabling the body to heal. The relaxation of the body and brain during CST can have a positive effect on the regulation of mood and on the reduction of stress. As your body secretes the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin, your body is flooded with a feeling of wellbeing and calmness.

It’s a natural way of lifting yourself up, no cocktails of chemicals required, only a regular appointment with your favourite therapist.

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Breathe Easy and Find Your Calm

Breathe Easy and Find Your Calm

Innovative technique helps you to breathe easy

Evolve Therapist, Karen Leo is passionate about all things related to the jaw, mouth and breathing. Through her own experiences of the impact of tongue-tie on her life, Karen has spent many years pursuing training in Yoga, Breathwork, Orofacial Myotherapy, Buteyko Breathing Method and is also now returned to the university campus to complete a degree in Speech Pathology!

Working with the mouth and jaw not only assists with pain and dysfunction in these areas, restoring easy breathing patterns is essential to finding your calm and having a well regulated nervous system!

The Breath

Breathing is the life-force of a human being. From the moment we’re born, until the moment we leave this Earth, we breathe. Such an important essence is critical to maintain a good quality of life and stay connected with our physical body and the present moment. Many people assume that their breathing is fine (‘I’m still alive’) and don’t connect the worrying or frustrating symptoms they may suffer as a result of ‘not being fine’. Dysfunctional breathing can have an enormous impact on your wellbeing, even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a medical condition.

Have you noticed yourself snoring, yawning when you’re not tired, sniffing or sighing more frequently? Do you suffer from reflux, gastrointestinal symptoms or anxiety? All could be a sign your breathing is sub-optimal.

Karen’s role as a BBT therapist is to positively impact your breathing, and therefore your health.

Buteyko Breathing Technique (BBT)

The Buteyko Breathing Technique (BBT) is a set of breathing techniques and tools designed to assist people with breathing issues, to learn how to correct and remedy their breathing. It teaches people how to ‘breathe less,’ whilst still concentrating on their overall health and wellbeing and is currently a technique used in the National Health Service (NHS) in England to teach patients to take control of their asthma symptoms or breathing problems. We’re thrilled that Karen is one of very few qualified practitioners in South Australia! Especially helpful for people with asthma, hay fever, poor sleep quality or sleep apnoea, as well as oral restrictions such as tongue tie, BBT is also fantastic for other serious respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), hyperventilation, bronchitis and emphysema.

What to expect

In your initial consultation, Karen will assess your overall health and wellbeing to help in identifying if this technique can help you. You’ll learn the Buteyko Breathing Techniques (BBT) over a period of weeks, much like a gentle crash course in breathing. Each subsequent week will build on your brain’s ability to learn and change (neuroplasticity) until your breathing changes and adapts to the new rhythm. Your BBT training will start with Karen educating you on the following:

+ How to breathe through your nose: Whilst this sounds simple, it’s a technique many still need to master!
+ Relaxed breathing: Let Karen teach you how to slow and control your breathing.
+ The control pause: A simple breath test to provide feedback on your symptoms.
+ Restricted mouth breathing: Mouth breathing is often just a bad habit – BBT shows you how to decongest the nose by holding your breath, retraining your brain to breathe correctly through your nose permanently.
+ The Stop Cough: Learn gentle techniques to control your breathing and stop a cough or a full-blown asthma attack

Video Consultations Available

What’s really exciting is the ability to conduct consultations online, over zoom after your first initial meeting with Karen. Perfect for those who are busy with work, have little children at home or just want the convenience of no travel. Learning and practicing Buteyko Breathing Techniques can permanently correct your breathing difficulties and can be practiced anywhere – on your morning walk, your commute to the office or in bed at night before you settle down to sleep.

At Evolve, our highly trained therapists treat your whole body and address the root cause of your issues, not just find a quick bandaid fix that doesn’t last. BBT is a holistic, natural and safe way to improve your breathing and your quality of life. There are few problems we haven’t seen before and we love working with you to make your own wellness journey, that little bit easier. Call 0406 249 221 today or book an appointment with Karen online.

Pain in your head? You’re not alone

Pain in your head? You’re not alone

At Evolve, we’re increasingly seeing clients walk into our clinic with complex headache and migraine ailments. At best, clients are exhausted and in pain, at worst, they’re unable to function to their optimum capacity at work and at home. With over 2 million Australians suffering from migraines and another 7 million from tension headaches, you’re likely to have experienced the debilitating symptoms or know someone who has.

How are migraines and tension headaches different?

Migraines are moderate to severe headaches which can last upwards of 4 hours and up to 72 hours – often identified as being one sided headaches and accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light, smell or noise, they can leave sufferers bedbound. Originating from several factors such as poor posture and stuck joints at base of the head (causing limited fluid drainage and pressure in the head), migraines are seldom associated with one singular cause or symptom. 

Whilst milder in pain, tension headaches are felt at the front, sides and back of the head and neck and can be associated with stress, poor posture and muscular tension.

How can CranioSacral Therapy help your headaches?

Whilst it’s easy to reach for the medicine cabinet and pop a pain killer, research shows us that this merely puts a band aid over the root cause. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive treatment designed to treat your whole body and source the root cause of the head pain you’re experiencing to treat and prevent any negative pattern from repeating. Through gentle, receptive touch, CranioSacral therapists manually release restrictions in your body and source the root cause of the issue.  Importantly CST helps to calm the nervous system which in turn reduces the symptomatic pain experienced in the head.

The power of the simple Still Point

One technique our CST therapist Matt employs which is highly effective in the regulation of the nervous system, is the still point – a technique where he encourages the craniosacral rhythm to pause and reboot. It can be likened in simple terms to turning our technology off for a system update – upon turning back on, our system is refreshed and back in synch with our natural rhythm, allowing the muscles to relax and restrictions begin to soften.

Our team at Evolve has seen huge success with some extremely complex clinical presentations – our ethos is to send you home in a stronger, fitter state than when you arrive at our clinic. There’s no need to shut yourself in a dark room to try and rid of your migraine or headache, instead visit our friendly team at Evolve for an assessment and gentle, non-invasive treatment. Your head will thank you.

Schedule an appointment with one of our therapists: http://www.staging.evolvemanualtherapy.com.au/book-appointment/

Feeling a little tongue tied?

Feeling a little tongue tied?

At Evolve Manual therapy, we offer hands on, light touch therapy to remove restrictions in your body, enabling it to heal itself.

Many of our patients arrive through our door with a host of seemingly conflicting symptoms and niggles – it’s taken some patients months to seek help to help correct their symptoms and find out what’s really going on within their body. One issue that’s becoming more prevalent is undiagnosed tongue tie.

Tongue tie is when the tip of the tongue is anchored to the floor of the mouth causing restrictions to the lips or tongue – it can present itself in a few shapes and forms but breathing difficulties, headaches, shoulder and neck pain, digestive issues and anxiety are common symptoms. If untreated in childhood, tongue tie can cause a number of serious issues in adulthood.

How would I know that I have tongue tie?

Tongue tie is a frequent issue we see in our clients at Evolve Manual Therapy – it’s not an issue that will self-correct over time, meaning that many of our clients find themselves with consistent or worsening symptoms and often no idea what’s causing them.

Common symptoms can be:

  • Breathing difficulties and sleep apnoea– due to tongue impairment, smaller airways are common leaving sufferers to breathe through the mouth not the nose
  • Headaches due to the jaw moving sub optimally which can result in pain of the jaw, neck or head
  • Poor oral health – due to restricted movement of the tongue, people with tongue tie are more prone to dental cavities due to less saliva in the mouth
  • Speech issues – it’s extremely hard to speak clearly when your tongue doesn’t have a full range of movement 
  • Poor posture due to jaw positioning and range of movement – the ‘shoulder slump’ is common 

Kasia, one of our loyal clients came to us seeking a gentler treatment to correct symptoms which she now knows were related to tongue tie. 

These symptoms which had been causing significant impact on her children’s little bodies – poor posture with the head sitting forward and the jaw lowered, breathing through the mouth and not the nose, and breast pain when feeding her infant. Seemingly random symptoms, but ones which we at Evolve recognise as classic tongue tie symptoms. 

It was only after seeking treatment for her boys that Kasia realised that she too was suffering from tongue tie and sought treatment from our expert therapists. Within a short period of Kasia’s tie being released and CranioSacral Therapy (CST) practiced, gone were the headaches and in came a sense of calm and huge posture improvement. 

Kasia still visits us at Evolve on a frequent basis to maintain the great work by our therapists and is delighted to continue to see immediate positive results on each of her visits.

How do you treat tongue tie?

At Evolve, we use two gentle, non-invasive techniques. The first is CranioSacral Therapy (CST) which is a whole-body approach involving light touch manual therapy and the second is Orofacial Myotherapy which helps to regain and maintain orofacial muscle function leaving you able to eat, sleep, chew and move efficiently!

Both methods focus on restoring your body’s natural function through gentle therapies and tailored exercise programs to help rid of your symptoms for good.

As tongue tie doesn’t correct itself, it’s important to get yourself checked if you feel that something isn’t ‘quite right’. At Evolve, our expert therapists can diagnose and treat you in our welcoming, calm and clean clinic. Call +61 (0) 406 249 221 today or book an appointment online.

Connected body and mind – CranioSacral Therapy

Connected body and mind – CranioSacral Therapy

In our fast-paced digital world, many of us forget to regularly check in with ourselves. 

 We see many clients who arrive in our clinic with a host of symptoms and no idea as to the root cause, let alone how to fix them. 

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a growing practice around the world with over 125,000 practitioners in 106 countries now helping patients improve their structural alignment, function and reduce pain. Started by Dr Upledger, an Osteopath in the 1970’s, we’ve since seen a growing movement of people who are less inclined to embrace prescription medications and are looking for alternative solutions to treat their health issues.

CST is based on the principle that all systems are connected to one another. This includes the cranial bones, vertebrae and sacrum which move in an aligned way with the muscles and ligaments surrounding them helping to circulate the cerebrospinal fluid and keep your spine and systems healthy. Issues occur when this alignment isn’t synchronised, which is often the point at which patients connect with us at Evolve.

A welcoming place of nurturing tranquillity – that’s how one of our clients described our practice.

Gentle and non-invasive

We love CST for its gentle, non-invasive and hands on treatment system.  We’re shifting away from treatment models where the site of the symptoms is the sole focus for treatment and instead, therapists look at how your whole system is functioning. Far less daunting than some of the more exacting treatments you may have tried, CST works on the principle that the body can self-correct and heal with the right intervention.

During treatment, therapists place their hands on your body and through skilled assessment and techniques, gently listen to your body’s natural rhythm and find any restrictions which are the root cause of your health issues.

CST is used to safely treat a whole host of health issues, both physical and mental in both adults and children including:

  • Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
  • Stress and tension related disorders
  • Localised pain i.e. back pain, jaw pain
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia
  • Immune Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Migraines and headaches
  • TMJ syndrome
  • Tongue Tie

One of our experienced therapists recently treated Caroline, who arrived at Evolve trapped in a circle of poor health.

Initially her migraines were the main concern, but it quickly became apparent that her symptoms were far more complex, with irritable bowel symptoms, painful periods, insomnia, high anxiety and low energy levels. To make matters worse, Caroline was picking up every cold and virus around and had already seen a wide array of medical professionals – her GP, a gastroenterologist, Hormone Specialist and a Psychologist to try and resolve her symptoms. All the running around to appointments was making Caroline more stressed and her nervous system wasn’t coping very well. All of her symptoms could be related to a part of her nervous system related to the ‘fight or flight’ response being overactive. After her first treatment at Evolve, Caroline enjoyed a really great sleep, after three treatments, her migraines significantly reduced and with continued sessions over the next few months, her menstrual cycle became more regular and less painful and she began to regain her energy. The whole team at Evolve were delighted when Caroline came into our clinic, burst into tears and thanked us for helping her get her life back!  

At Evolve, we love a challenge. There are few problems we won’t try to solve and love working with clients on their journey to a healthier body and mind. Our expert therapists can diagnose and treat you in our welcoming, calm and clean clinic. 

Call +61 (0) 406 249 221 today or book an appointment online.