Acupuncture is 4,000-year-old healing methodology from China that treats patients using the insertion of thin, sterile, filiform/solid needles into specific points on the body called acupuncture points. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), stimulating these points can correct imbalances in the flow of qi (vital life force or energy) through channels known as meridians to restore health. By inserting these fine needles into the skin, the acupuncturist can redirect the flow of your body’s healing energy.
Current scientific research indicates that acupuncture treatment is effective in the relief of certain types of pain and post-operative nausea. Acupuncture’s use, for certain conditions, has been endorsed by the United States National Institutes of Health, the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Acupuncture Treatment and TCM may be used to treat:
● Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
● Back, neck or chronic pain
● Depression and anxiety
● Fertility assistance
● Irritable bowel syndrome
● Menopausal symptoms
The most common sensation that is felt is a small ‘mosquito bite’ feeling as the needle penetrates the skin, followed by a dull ache as the needle is brought to the proper depth. This sensation typically fades as the needles are retained for a period between 15 to 45 minutes, and patients report a deep sense of relaxation during that time. Qi moves through the body in a series of channels called meridians, not unlike the way your blood flows through arteries and veins. The needles encourage the qi to flow out of areas that are congested to areas that are empty, to regain balance in the meridians.
“When there is flow, there is no pain. When there is pain, there is no flow.” Ancient Chinese Adage
Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization
Anodyne Therapy treatment is an FDA cleared treatment that uses an infrared medical device that increases circulation and decreases pain. Preliminary studies indicate that Anodyne Infrared Therapy may help diabetic peripheral neuropathy, soft tissue injuries, wound healing, and more. Anodyne is used in hospitals, clinics, physical therapy centers, long-term care facilities, and by private healthcare providers, including our military.
Statistically, 16 million people, or one in every 20 people, in the U.S. has diabetes and the prevalence of diabetic peripheral neuropathy is approaching 100% at five years after diagnosis. In addition, many patients have neuropathy and its debilitating complications before they are even diagnosed with diabetes. As people age, the prevalence grows. In fact, in the Medicare population, the incidence of diabetes is 20%.
The following conditions have been researched with the Anodyne Treatment, which has been proven to be beneficial in all cases:
● Diabetic neuropathy
● Increased microcirculation
● Increased wound healing (ulcers)
● Neuropathy (loss of protective sensation resulting in gait imbalance and falls)
● Neural function (nerve conduction velocity)
● Pain control
You may find more detailed information regarding these studies on the Anodyne Therapy website.
Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy
Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy / Spinal Manipulation, or “adjustment,” refers to gentle pressure or a high-velocity low-amplitude thrust to help restore function and motion to a joint that has become restricted. The manipulation also stimulates the nervous system to help reduce pain and relax local musculature. The noise that can be heard with an adjustment is that of release of nitrogen gas from a joint capsule.
It has been researched and documented that motion is restored following an adjustment but no bones are moved for this to happen. There have been many studies that have proven its effectiveness, safety, and high levels of patient satisfaction. As a result, in 1994 the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research published this technique as a gold standard for low back pain. Since then more research has been done on neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, infantile colic and rehabilitation, all supporting the role of Chiropractic and its manipulative procedures.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. Practitioners apply pressure no greater than five grams, about the weight of a nickel, to the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system to slowly release restrictions. These restrictions can be detected and corrected by easing the motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord, and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CST treatment is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions.
CST has proven effective in treating:
● Brain and spinal cord injuries
● Chronic fatigue
● Chronic neck and back pain
● Infant and childhood disorders (Autism, torticollis and plagiocephaly)
● Learning disabilities
● Migraines and headaches
● Neurological impairment
● Orthopedic problems
● Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
● Stress and tension-related disorders
● TMJ Syndrome
Cupping therapy (Ba Gua) is the application of small glass cups or plastic suction cups on the skin for the purpose of loosening tight muscles, encouraging blood flow and sedating the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure).
Suction is created by either a handheld manual pump (suction cupping) or by lighting a flame onto an alcohol-soaked cotton pad and placing the empty cup over the flame to create the suction (fire cupping). Flames are never used on or near the skin. Once the suction has occurred on the skin, the cups can be gently moved across the skin (sliding cupping) or left still (stationary cupping). The procedure takes about 10 minutes and is commonly combined with acupuncture but it can also be used alone.
By targeting the meridians, cupping therapy strives to ‘open’ these channels — the paths through which life energy (qi) flows freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother and more free-flowing qi.
Cupping therapy is commonly used to treat conditions including:
● Back and neck pains
● Congestion from a common cold
● Pulmonary tuberculosis
● Respiratory contiions
● Stiff muscles
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) treatment is a technique used to promote proper activation and coordination of the neuromuscular system by stimulating specific reflex zones to restore the structural and postural alignment of the body’s neuro-musculoskeletal system by invoking the proper Global Motor Patterns. This has yielded amazing success in treating pain syndromes as well as various neurological conditions.
DNS is derived from a technique pioneered by Drs. Vaclav Vojta, a Czechoslovakian neurologist and Pavel Kolar, PhD, PT. Dr. Vojta developed a unique therapy that was originally intended to treat children with cerebral palsy. Since its inception in the 1960’s, it has grown and expanded and is now indicated for a variety of conditions in both children and adults. Dr. Pavel Kolar further evolved and expanded this technique to make it more dynamic and to yield faster results.
Graston Technique therapy is a patented instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization technique that breaks down scar tissue and soft tissue restrictions using stainless steel instruments designed to specifically locate and effectively treat areas that exhibit soft tissue fibrosis and chronic inflammation.
In using Graston Technique therapy, you will witness a decreased amount of treatment time and experience faster rehabilitation and recovery of the complaint. Graston Technique therapy also reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medications and resolves chronic conditions that in the past were thought to be permanent in nature. Given the ability to detect fascial (tissue) adhesions and restrictions, Graston Technique therapy has been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, such as:
● Achilles tendonitis (ankle pain)
● Carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist pain)
● Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
● Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
● Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
● Medial epicondylitis (golfers elbow)
● Patellofemoral disorders (knee pain)
● Plantar fascitis (foot pain)
● Rotator cuff tendonitis (frozen shoulder/shoulder pain)
● Scar tissue
● Shin splints
● Trigger finger
Visit the Graston Technique website for more information.
Hypnotherapy, derived from the word “hypnosis,” meaning sleep in Greek, is a widely accepted form of treatment by which you may access your inner potential by addressing your subconscious mind while in a relaxed state. Hypnotherapy treatment is a calming and powerful healing tool that enlists the power of your own imagination by using a wide range of techniques from storytelling, metaphor, direct suggestion or symbolism toward a beneficial change. It is generally considered helpful if you are personally motivated to change.
Hypnotherapy treatment has been proven helpful with the following conditions:
● Fear of examinations and public speaking
● Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
● Lack of confidence and low self-esteem
● Stress, anxiety, panic and phobias
● Unwanted habits and addictions (smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse)
Although there remain many other areas of human suffering in which hypnotherapy may bring relief, there are instances in which it may be contra-indicated. These could include some manifestations of depressive illness, epilepsy, psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia) and some breathing problems. Hypnotherapy treatment can be used in conjunction with, but is not a replacement for, counseling or the mental health care received by a psychologist or psychiatrist.
The Kinesio Taping® Method is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. Kinesio Tape provides a latex-free long wearing tape designed to extend soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
Kinesio® Tex Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.
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