Barbara Hummel is first and foremost a Physiotherapist. With the NHS moving away from "hands on" Physiotherapy in the outpatient setting there is an increased need for hand on care in private clinics. This might include supervised exercise and rehabilitaion for the post operative person, the elderly person or someone getting their confidence back after a fall, and those who might not feel confident in the gym setting. Physiotherapy as a profession is ideally placed to provide these services. It has evolved and developed over one hundred years from the need for nurses to get wounded soldiers on their feet after World War One. Over the years Barbara has broadened her scope of practice to include various holistic therapies including Medical Acupuncture, Hatha Yoga, and Reflex Therapy. Barbara prides herself in integrating traditional Physiotherapy and Holistic Complementary therapies for the maximum benefit of the patient.
Traditional hatha yoga started in the 15th century in India. Traditionally this was a holistic therapy using physical postures (asana), purification procedures (shatkriya), poses (mudra), breathing (pranayama), and meditation. Modern day hatha yoga practiced in the West consists of mostly physical postures and exercises. It is recognized as a stress-reducing practice, and is mainly used to improve flexibility and core stabilty.
One to One Hatha Yoga tuition is available at the Highland Chiropractic Clinic; Classes are held at Carrbridge and Grantown on Spey.
What Can I expect from a treatment
Our therapist will take a full case history, including any injury details, privacy and professionalism is at the forefront of all treatments.
They will then develop, discuss and administer a treatment package tailored to the individual client requirements.
The treatment package could incorporate a combination of the disciplines our therapist are trained in.
The Holistic Therapies, Reflex Therapy, and Hatha Yoga are provided by our Physiotherapist Barbara Hummel.
Most Holistic therapies have evolved over centuries. These evolve over time, where therapists spot patterns of outcomes, and reject that which does not give the desired result. Typically holistic therapies will not have large scale randomised controlled trials to support them, so they remain complementary to orthodox medical treatments.
Reflex Zone therapy is in principal similar to reflexology, (it is the name given by the Physiotherapy profession for this technique). This treatment is thousands of years old and is based on the theory that each area of the body has a reflex point in the foot. Stimulating these points using pressure or massage type techniques is thought to improve the function of the corresponding area of the body. Traditionally this therapy has been used for menstrual pain, bladder problems, stress and tension, hormonal irregularities and digestive disorders, once serious medical causes have been ruled out. Lymphatic Drainage massage is often incorporated into the treatment when fluid retention, swollen legs and ankles are present in the patient.