Monday, November 24, 2008

New Treatment protocols for IBS

Soluble Fiber, Antispasmodics And Peppermint Oil Should Be Used To Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Nov. 24, 2008) — Fibre, antispasmodics and peppermint oil are all effective therapies for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and should become first-line treatments, according to a study on the British Medical Journal website.

National guidelines on the management of IBS should be updated in light of this evidence, say the authors.

IBS is characterised by abdominal pain and an irregular bowel habit, and affects between 5% and 20% of the population. Because the exact cause of IBS is unknown it is difficult to treat. A wide range of therapies are currently used including fibre supplements, probiotics, antidepressants, hypnotherapy and laxatives.

Because of a lack of suitable drug treatments, international and national guidelines promote the use of complementary and alternative treatments, including the recently published National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on the management of IBS. More...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

UCONN and Therapeutic Touch

Taking a scientific look at how Therapeutic Touch affects cells

by Carolyn Pennington - November 17, 2008

A study by a Health Center researcher takes a scientific look at a therapy that is often considered unscientific – hands-on healing.

Gloria Gronowicz, professor of surgery, found that Therapeutic Touch performed by trained energy healers significantly stimulated the growth of bone, tendon, and skin cells in lab dishes.

Her findings are published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research and The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. More....

Friday, November 7, 2008

CranioSacral In The News

While use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is well-documented in the elderly, little is known about the use of specific modalities other than chiropractic and acupuncture or of practice patterns of allied health professionals who integrate CAM into their clinical practice. Craniosacral therapy (CST), a derivative of osteopathy, was selected for study as over 50,000 health professionals have received training in this modality. more...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 4,000 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most widely researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine in the U.S.
According to Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body.
Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of this type of therapy include:

  • Pain reduction

  • Relaxation of body and mind

  • Stress and tension relief

  • Increased blood circulation

  • Increased energy levels

  • Aids with digestion and toxin removal

  • Improved internal organ function

  • Relief from bad habits and addictions

  • Greater sense of overall well-being

Therapeutic Massage

Massage Therapy is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.

Spiral Touch Therapies tailors the specific needs of each client and each session by using a variety of massage techniques such as Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Pre/Postnatal Massage, Infant Massage, Sports Massage, Post injury massage, and Facilitated Stretching. Integrative Care with your phyisician is also an option for those with more complicated medical conditions.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a very gentle bodywork method that focuses on gently stimulating your craniosacral system (membranes and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord) to heal the body by improving the functioning of the central nervous system. CST effectively complements your body’s natural healing process, and has been known to help alleviate a wide variety of problems including:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Sensory Processing disorders
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