A natural choice for managing injury and providing relaxation while moving the body toward wellness. Massage positively affects circulation and psychological well-being while reducing tensions and the effects of stress. It realigns joints and muscles, improves recovery time and is successful in resolving many chronic conditions such as headaches, carpal tunnel, back pain and neck injuries.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture employs a range of modalities including herbal medicine, acupuncture, lifestyle and dietary consultation. It is capable of treating a wide range of disorders from chronic to acute including but not limited to pain, stress-related disorders, digestive disorders, etc. Recommendations such as dietary guidance as well as activity may also be prescribed.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest systems of healthcare in the world, based on thousands of years of empirical study and clinical evidence. It is based on a holistic view of the body and health, with the goal of treatment to restore proper function to the body and guiding each patient into optimal health. This takes into consideration many different aspects of our wellbeing, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, to address the root cause of illness and disease. Modern TCM practitioners also receive training in Western anatomy and physiology. Modalities used include acupuncture, herbal medicine, acupressure, cupping, guasha, moxibustion, qi gong, tai chi, food therapy, and lifestyle counseling.
Acupuncture is one of the primary methods of treatment in TCM, involving the placement of fine, sterile needles into acupoints in the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. Treatments are typically painless and relaxing, stimulating our body’s own ability to repair itself while relaxing the nervous system to provide the rest needed to heal. Acupuncture can be used in the treatment of pain, orthopedic injury, stress, mental health disorders, digestive disorders, cardiovascular health, hormonal imbalances, infertility, allergies, stroke recovery, and a wide range of other conditions.
Osteopathic manual therapy encompasses a range of methodologies and techniques based on palpatory assessment. A main concept of osteopathy is to release obstructions and realign structures by working with the inherent rhythms of the body, thereby promoting self-regulation. This may include alignment of bone and visceral/organic structures, releasing tension in the muscles and fascia, assisting nerve pathways and passage of vital fluids such as arterial, venous, and lymphatic systems, as well brain and spinal fluid via the cranio-sacral mechanism.
A comprehensive health interview is done along with a full body assessment to look for areas in possible relation to symptoms, as well to examine significant events which the body has been through, involving compensation or adaptations, or even the influence of gravity on posture, or repetitive activities. Important events could be surgeries, illnesses, injuries (e.g. falls or whiplash), and even emotional events can stress the body. Past events can relate to, or compound current symptoms and addressing them can assist with improvements. An example is scar tissue preventing mobility, or causing a pull to distant structures.
Others who might consider osteopathy are those experiencing chronic pain, digestive symptoms, headaches, fatigue, hormonal disturbances, or who have an interest in maintaining a healthy body and physical function. Additionally, any individual can benefit from the opportunity to experience more balance between the sympathetic ‘flight-or-flight’ state of this busy ‘modern world’ and the ‘rest-and-digest’ parasympathetic state, being increasingly recognized as decreasing inflammation.