Do you believe in alternative healing practices? I do. I have personally benefited from acupuncture, chiropractic, hydrotheraphy treatment , and massage therapy.
Here are some alternative and complimentary healing practices for you to consider:
- Acupressure: Practitioners use their hands, elbows or feet to apply pressure to points along the body’s “meridians.” Meridians are channels that carry life energy (qi or chi) throughout the body. This reasoning holds that illness can occur when a meridian is blocked or out of balance. Acupressure is thought to relieve blockages, so energy can flow freely again, restoring wellness. More research is needed, but some pilot studies have found positive results: Acupressure might decrease nausea for chemotherapy patients and reduce anxiety in people scheduled to have surgery.
- Acupuncture: Though “acupuncture” may immediately bring needles to mind, the term actually describes an array of procedures that stimulate specific points on the body. The best-known technique consists of penetrating the skin with thin needles. Some studies have found it helpful for chronic pain and depression.
- Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy uses essential oils (concentrated extracts from the roots, leaves, seeds or blossoms of plants) to promote healing. The oils can be inhaled, massaged into the skin or in rare cases taken by mouth, and each has a specific purpose. Some are used to treat inflammation or infections and others are used to promote relaxation. Some studies suggest aromatherapy might reduce pain, depression, and anxiety.
- Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy involves the use of water for therapeutic purposes. It’s based on the idea that water benefits the skin and might treat a range of conditions, including acne, pain, swelling and anxiety.
- Chiropractic: Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, including pain in the back, neck, joints, arms, legs, and head. The most common procedure performed by chiropractors is “spinal manipulation” or adjustment, which involves applying controlled force, typically the chiropractor’s hands, to joints that have become “hypomobile.” The idea is that joints’ movements become restricted when surrounding tissues are injured. Chiropractic adjustments of the affected area are intended to restore mobility and loosen the muscles, allowing the tissues to heal and the pain to resolve.
- Massage Therapy: Massage therapy is used to help manage a health condition or enhance wellness. It involves manipulating the soft tissues of the body. Massage has been practiced in most cultures, both Eastern and Western, throughout human history, and was one of the earliest tools that people used to try to relieve pain.
Do you believe in alternative healing practices? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.
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