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Acupuncture is one of the key components in Classical Chinese Medicine. It is mostly known in the West for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. This treatment involves inserting thin needles through your skin at specific points on your body as determined by the acupuncturist. In the traditional practice of acupuncture, the intention is to balance the flow of energy or life force which is believed to flow through pathways, or meridians, in your body. This flow of energy is called: Qi or chi (CHEE). The insertion of needles signals the body to correct imbalances in the flow of Qi and restore health and well-being. In western practices, most acupuncturists view acupuncture points as places to access nerves, muscles, and their connective tissues to stimulate the body’s own natural healing abilities.
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Ayurveda is a holistic practice of medicine whose goal is to balance the body, mind and spirit. Ayurvedic medicine uses a variety of techniques and herbal remedies to aid in the reconstruction of the body’s balance. Food and lifestyle routines are considered highly important within the practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Within Ayurvedic beliefs, every person has a unique pattern of energy.
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Chiropractic is an area of care that focuses on the relationship between the body structure and how the body functions. Although their approach to patient care is holistic and their treatment modalities may vary from person to person, most chiropractors focus particularly on the spine and spinal manipulation to benefit their patients. Chiropractors perform adjustments to the spine or other parts of the body in hopes of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain and improving function or range of motion.
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Counseling is a practice that uses a variety of methods to help people improve their well-being, reduce stress, alleviate painful emotional situations, resolve problems, and increase their quality of life. The focus during a counseling session is typically on individual problem-solving or learning techniques to cope with the patient’s problem areas. Counselors pay specific attention to emotional, social, developmental and health-related issues when meeting with a patient. Counseling doesn’t have to just occur with a counselor and a single patient; a counseling session can be done for married couples, a family, or in a group setting.
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Energy Therapy is the designation used to cover a wide range of holistically-oriented healing modalities that address imbalances and issues of the body, mind, and/or spirit. Overall, energy therapy treatments aim to help people become more healthy, relaxed, and emotionally stable by using the individual's own energy field in concert with that of the practitioner. The main goals of most energy therapies are to help people resolve dysfunctional habits, improve their state of mind, and relieve psychosomatic pain.
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Homeopathy (or homeopathic medicine) is a practice of medicine based on the principle of “like cures like” and similar to vaccination, its based on the minimum dose application. Created by the German Physician Samuel Hahnemann in 18th century, homeopathy treats individuals with highly diluted substances to trigger the body’s natural healing system. It is similar to the principle of treating a patient with ADHD by prescribing Ritalin: although Ritalin is a stimulant, it often helps people with hyperactivity issues. Homeopathic medicines are called Homeopathic Remedies and are prepared by special pharmacists using a process of dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking). Remedies are almost always based in natural ingredients.
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Massage therapy is the manipulation of the body and its soft tissues in order to reduce stress and fatigue, cause relaxation and improve bodily functions. Massage also improves blood and lymphatic circulation and can often help with injuries and chronic pain. Massage therapy encompasses a variety of styles and techniques.
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Meditation (also referred to as “mindfulness”) is a practice used primarily to increase calmness, focus and physical relaxation within the mind and body. These benefits are provided by learning techniques such as awareness of the breath, mindful postures, focused attention, open mental attitudes, mantras, and more. There are many varieties of meditation that are practiced and taught throughout the world.
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Movement therapy encompasses a wide range of techniques that use the body and its movements to improve muscle strength, coordination, mobility and overall body function. Movement therapy is a process that helps people to become more aware of their body, as well as strong and limber. The main goals of most movement therapies are to help patients resolve dysfunctional habits, improve posture, gain strength, and relieve pain.
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Naturopathic medicine is a complete healthcare approach that treats the patient as a whole person and employs the healing power of the body and nature to fight disease. Parts of naturopathy are used as complementary therapy alongside mainstream medicine. Like a medical doctor (MD), a naturopathic doctor (ND) may use x-rays, lab tests, physical exams, prescribe medicine (in some states) and other western medical approaches to diagnose and treat a patient. Some additional approaches that naturopathic doctors use to treat patients are based in nutrition, herbs, manipulation of the body, exercise, stress reduction, and acupuncture, among many others. Generally, naturopathy emphasizes holistic, nontoxic approaches, along with an emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness.
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There are two types of nutritional providers, a registered dietitian (RD) or a nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). What is usually known and referred to as a nutritionist could be either one of these providers. RDs usually work for large organizations like hospitals, and create meal plans for masses or communities. NTPs usually work one on one with individuals to create a personalized eating plan for their clients to help them achieve health goals and learn healthier eating habits.
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Osteopathic medicine works to treat and heal the patient as a whole, rather than focusing on particular system or body part. Doctors of osteopathy (DOs) most often use a treatment method called osteopathic manipulative treatment (also called OMT or manipulation for short), which is a hands-on approach to make sure that your body is moving freely. One of the core beliefs of osteopathic medicine is that when your body has free range of motion then all of your body’s natural healing systems are able to properly function. A DO is a physician who is licensed to practice medicine, perform surgery, and prescribe medication, and some work in integrative healthcare settings alongside medical doctors (MDs).
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Physical therapy is the practice of rehabilitation exercises typically used after an injury, surgery, or for other chronic or long-term pain problems. The goal of physical therapy is to help patients regain strength, mobility and fitness with whatever physical ailment or weakness they are suffering from. Treatment from a physical therapist (often called a PT) may also be considered as a possible alternative to surgery or pain medication.
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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the practice of applying ancient Chinese techniques to treat a wide range of conditions. TCM is partially based on the Taoist belief that everything in the universe is interconnected, which includes the human body’s systems working together to keep the body functioning. TCM believes that each person was born with the ability to heal themselves. Through the use of Traditional Chinese healing forms, TCM practitioners are able to recharge the self-healing functions in the body. The concept of Qi is also important within TCM practices. Qi (CHEE) is the vital energy force that flows through points, or meridians, in our bodies.
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A wellness coach is akin to a football coach — he or she is somebody who helps and encourages you to achieve your goals and have success in the physical and health areas of your life. Wellness coaches work to develop your strengths and abilities, rather than try to correct or force new skills upon you. They provide motivation and new ideas to help you achieve your own goals. Wellness coaches are not nutritionists or physical therapists, but work in service to help you make better and more healthful choices.
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