Read our FAQ to discover more about our Brisbane natural health clinics
When you know more, you can make informed decisions about the best ways to take care of yourself and your family. We have shared some questions our patients frequently ask us, to help you learn more about how our naturopath, nutritionist, acupuncturist and remedial massage therapist can help you.
If you can’t find the answer to your query, please contact one of our Brisbane natural health clinics.
Do you have an actual clinic?
Yes, we do! In fact, we have two. One in Springwood and one in Eatons Hill. We love providing easily accessible spaces for our clients to come and receive the best possible professional care.
Do you offer Consultations outside of Brisbane?
Absolutely. We believe that distance should not be a barrier and offer Skype and telephone consultations to patients who are unable to attend one of our clinics in person. We also have a mobile clinic service and hold clinics in Gladstone and Alstonville on a monthly basis.
Do you have on line ordering for products?
Yes. Whilst we offer an extensive range of products at our clinics, we also offer an on line delivery service Australia wide and also Internationally. Some products however remain strictly clinic only such as herbal mixes and Qld only products, which we despatch to you directly from our clinics.
Are your products TGA Approved and do I need a Prescription?
Yes, on both accounts. Generally speaking, all our products are TGA approved and require a Prescription from a registered Practitioner. We also compound a number of products to meet specific patient needs and to keep costs low and these also require a Prescription as they usually contain a mixture of TGA approved products.
What is Naturopathy and what does a Naturopath actually do?
Natural Medicine or Naturopathy which includes nutrition is an amazing form of natural health care that utilises numerous disciplines to treat most health disorders and help you achieve optimum health and wellbeing. Treatments vary and often include nutritional supplements, herbal medicines, and homeopathy. Natural therapies are able to effectively prevent and treat a wide range of acute and chronic health disorders and can also support patients receiving conventional treatment or recovering from surgery.
Naturopaths are guided by six fundamental healing principles:
- First, to do no harm, by using methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
- To treat the causes of disease, by identifying and removing the underlying causes of illness, rather than suppressing symptoms.
- To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine, by sharing knowledge with patients and encouraging individual responsibility for health.
- To heal the whole person through individualized treatment, by understanding the unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors that contribute to illness, and customizing treatment protocols to the patient.
- To emphasize prevention, by partnering with the patient to assess risk factors and recommend appropriate naturopathic interventions to maintain health and prevent illness.
- To support the healing power of the body, by recognizing and removing obstacles to the body’s inherent self-healing process.
What can I expect at my first Naturopathic appointment?
At your first appointment your Naturopath will discuss your concerns and requirements and will conduct a number of tests including Live Blood Screening, Urinary Indican, Zinc Testing and if necessary Iridology and Cellular Health Analysis. At your time of booking you will be asked to complete a Wellness Review on line which forms part of your initial appointment. All test conducted on the day and your Wellness Review are included in your initial appointment cost. Your treatment will also begin at this appointment.
What other tests do you conduct?
At Olea we are big on testing! Whilst others may rely on their intuition, we add another layer of treatment through testing, to insure you get the most appropriate and specific treatment available to suit your particular need. This is also a much more cost effective treatment process. Apart from those tests conducted at your initial and subsequent consultations, we offer Heart Health Screening, Food Intolerance and Allergy Testing, QRMA, Thyroid, Fertility and a large variety of Pathology tests if required and only as necessary. ‘We Test, Don’t Guess, and You Benefit.’ Check out our web site for more information or contact a clinic near you.
What are the benefits of Remedial Massage?
Remedial Massage is more than just a massage it is a great way to relax and is actually beneficial to your health and wellbeing by way of Reduced Tension, improved Vascular and Lymphatic Circulation and regulation of the Nervous System.
Remedial Therapy is used to improve neuro-muscular dysfunctions, muscle health and includes deep soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, joint mobilisation, dry needling and posture advice. Muscle Health plays a big part and will often exhibit tension and stress symptoms as a result of something else. For example:
- A simple but painful headache may be a result of disorders including poor digestion, blocked sinuses and muscular trigger points.
- Pain, tingling or numbness in your arms and fingers may be a result of disorders including cardio-vascular problems, poor circulation and trigger points present in your neck muscles.
- Often when your muscles are being overworked, stressed or ignored, other symptoms can present at the same time. These may include:
- Insomnia or poor sleep patterns
- Nausea from toxin build up
- Radiating pain due to nerve infringement
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture works on the internal energy of the body, which is called Qi (Chi). Qi flows through the body via pathways called meridians which can be likened to electricity running through wires. Qi can vary in intensity from very strong to very subtle. It is along these meridians where various acupuncture points are located.
Fine acupuncture needles are used to target treatment areas, from muscle tension, stress and anxiety plus fertility problems. To maximise the effect of your treatment other techniques may be used including Chinese cupping, moxibustion and electro stimulation. Chinese herbs are also often used to assist your health and wellbeing. Disposable needles are used in every consultation for hygienic purposes.
Benefits include drug-free pain relief, assisting and preventing disease, treating the cause as well as the symptoms and effectively treating a wide range of common ailments. Some of the conditions acupuncture is effective for include:
- Facial Paralysis
- Cold and Flu
- Headaches and migraines
- Sporting injuries
- Lower back pain and sciatic pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Frozen shoulder and tennis elbow
- Lack of energy
- Stress, depression and anxiety
- Menstrual problems including PMT
- Infertility and gynaecological issues
- Quit smoking
What is your Heart Health Screening about?
We use Pulse Wave Analysis to help indicate the health of your cardiovascular system. It is designed as a preventative test for those who may have a family history of early onset heart conditions or are just concerned about the health of their Heart.
While smoking, high blood pressure and being overweight make cardiovascular problems much more likely, many people become victims of heart disease without possessing notably abnormal risk factor patterns or symptoms. Olea Health’s Heart Health Check is designed for non-symptomatic patients with any one of these factors:
- High Blood Pressure
- Kidney disease
- Family history of CVD or stroke
- High cholesterol
- Psychosocial factors – stress, depression, loneliness
- Advancing age (over 45 Years)
A Pulse Wave Analysis sits between a Stress Test and an Echo-Cardiogram is non-invasive and is taken at rest.
Dr Ross Walker – Cardiologist
For the past 25 years, newer technologies have been researched and introduced in the detection of heart disease, a central one being Pulse Wave Analysis (PWA). PWA is a simple, non-invasive test that measures each pulse emanating from the heart. This is conveniently measured at the wrist, thus not requiring disrobing, lying down or exercise. The computer then takes the information detected at the wrist and converts it (via a process known as a transfer function) to a central pulse. From the central pulse information, small and large vessel stiffness is measured and this has been shown in numerous studies to be an accurate predictor for future cardiac risk. Cholesterol, blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes and family history are frequently used to evaluate the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, over the past decades there have emerged newer, more accurate screening techniques that have a much greater predictive value than traditional methods. “Although these basic risk factors are vital aspects of a preventative assessment, they are not always strong enough to predict who will and who won’t go on to some form of cardiovascular disease,” Dr Walker said. “Similarly, for too long, people have relied on the ‘executive stress test’ which has little predictive value in a population of people with no symptoms. However, two key screening tests have emerged in the last ten years; CT scanning of the coronary arteries (looking for the amount of coronary artery calcium) and Pulse Wave Analysis (PWA) which measures arterial stiffness.” Coronary calcium scoring using CT scanning is more expensive and involves radiation but is a highly accurate predictor for future cardiac risk. PWA is less expensive, completely non-invasive, doesn’t involve radiation, and is painless. “The stiffer your arteries as measured by Pulse Wave Analysis, the more atherosclerosis (fat build up in the wall of your arteries) present in most cases. There are now a number of well conducted peer reviewed scientific trials attesting to its accuracy.” The difference between PWA and stress testing is that PWA looks at the wall where the disease is building up for decades before it in fact ruptures to cause a clinical event. PWA is therefore a legitimate screening test for heart disease whereas stress testing is not. Techniques such as PWA screening are more accurate predictors of risk than is the commonly used stress testing. More information is available on our web site or contact your nearest clinic for further details.