Saturday, 23 March 2019

Manual Therapy

March 23, 2019
Manual therapy: Manual therapy is an effective technique for increasing the circulation of oxygen in the bloodstream, which produces a feeling of calm and relaxation.

Manual therapy refers to the assessment and treatment of neurological, cardio-respiratory and orthopedic problems through the use of hands-on techniques like manipulation and mobilization. These techniques are used to reduce pain, increase the range of motion, reduce or eliminate inflammation and facilitate the ease of movement. Physical therapists focus on the nerves, soft tissues and connective tissue (fascia), and/or on enhancing joint movement beyond its range of motion with the use of high velocity, low amplitude force. Manual therapy can also involve prescribed exercises—in the clinic or at home.
If you have either sudden or ongoing pain in 

your spine, neck, shoulder, 
foot/ankle or knee, you can benefit from manual therapy. It helps muscles relax, breaks up scar tissue and improves flexibility. Manual therapy can also increase your joint movement where a range of motion has been previously restricted, and reduce painful muscle spasms.
Orthopedic manual physical therapists treat acute and chronic pain conditions affecting all areas of the body. When an injury causes soft-tissue and joint restrictions that produce pain during movement, manual therapy can improve mobility, reduce pain, and restore normal functioning of the soft-tissues and joints
Benefits of Manual therapy: 
·        · Manage pain: Chronic pain can be one of the most frustrating conditions to experience, especially if the underlying cause is unknown. However, physical therapy techniques and therapeutic exercises can help mobilize your joints and soft tissue and restore muscle function, reducing aches or eliminating pain altogether. And when patients continue to perform the prescribed physical exercises regularly, it can keep the pain from returning.

·       · Avoid surgeryWhile surgery is unavoidable in some cases, physical therapy can help avoid surgery for others. By eliminating pain, assisting with healing, and improving physical health, physical therapy can help heal injured tissue and facilitate mobility all on its own, thus eliminating the need to go under the knife. And in case you’ve already had surgery, PT can get you into good shape and help you recover faster.

  • ·   Prevent injuries: One of the key aspects of physical therapy involves assessing the weak areas in the patient’s body, and formulating a PT plan that helps strengthen these vulnerable points. By recognizing the areas of muscular or skeletal weakness, a physical therapist can analyze how likely it is that a patient will suffer injury, and create an exercise regimen that targets and strengthens weak muscle groups and joints, thus preventing future injuries in these areas.

·       ·Improve mobility and balance: Often, after a serious injury or a big surgery, it can be hard for patients to get back on their feet. Mobility can be restricted and simple activities like writing, eating, or balancing the body can prove to be a challenge. This is when physical therapy comes in handy. Therapeutic exercises can restore mobility, make walking and moving around safer, and can even improve coordination and balance in patients who are at high risk for falls.

·      ·  Tackle general health issues: One of the less obvious advantages of physical therapy is that it helps handle and manage many age-related health problems including joint pains, arthritis, and osteoporosis. PT is a safer and more conservative approach for older patients, as it gives them a less traumatic alternative than undergoing joint replacement surgery. Physical therapy benefits have also proven to be effective for patients suffering from cardiac issues, as it improves cardiovascular function.

·     ·   Manage age-related issues: Many times as an individual age throughout their lives, many people may develop arthritis and osteoporosis. Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain and help recover from getting a knee, hip or joint replacement.
·        Maximize your movement: Physical therapists are able to identify, diagnose and treat movement-related issues. Each treatment plan is custom designed for each person's individual challenges and outcome goals. The benefit of physical therapy can help you live pain-free and increase your quality of life. Your physical therapist also should work collaboratively with the patient.

·       · Avoid dependence in pain medication: Often when someone goes through surgery, there can be long term pain issues that need to be addressed. To reduce the risk of dependence on pain medication, physical therapy is often a great safe alternative choice to address the pain issues from surgery. Even the CDC (center for disease prevention and control) recommends using physical therapy instead of pain medications.
·       · Regain original capabilities: Many times as part of the healing process through physical therapy one is able to regain capabilities that were once lost. Although this does not happen quickly, after a few years of physical therapy under the supervision of an expert physical therapist. In addition, physical therapy is great because it helps not just regain original capabilities but because it will help significantly improve the overall fitness and health of a patient.

Most Common Reasons for Physical Therapy

Many of the common reasons people get physical therapy are varied but here are the most common: reduce or eliminate pain, avoid surgery, improve mobility, recover from a stroke, recover from a sports injury, improve balance strength muscles to prevent falls, pre-diabetes management, managing age-related issues.
Benefits of Physical Therapy after Surgery
Some of the most common benefits of post-surgery physical therapy are: to restore function (both normal and joint function), building up strength in your muscles and surrounding muscles, take away pain and ease the swelling in very sensitive areas, to help with ADL (activities of daily living), help with healing through increased circulation, avoiding blot clots.


March 23, 2019

Osteopathy is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.

It’s a system of complementary medicine involving the treatment of medical disorders through the manipulation and massage of the skeleton and musculature. An osteopathic physician will focus on the joints, muscles, and spine. Treatment aims to positively affect the body's nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. Manual medicine means that both diagnosis and treatment are carried out with the hands. Osteopath uses touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body's own healing mechanisms. Osteopathic intervention can help treat arthritis, back pain, headaches, tennis elbow, digestive issues, and postural problems. Treatment can also assist with sleep cycles and the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic symptoms.

Benefits of Osteopathy:

    1. Osteopathy uses natural treatments

The primary advantage of osteopathy is that it does not utilize invasive procedures and substances. The treatments are all natural because osteopaths apply pure manipulation of your joints, muscles, and bones. No drugs are necessary and, in fact, if you are undergoing treatment from a regular physician, osteopathic care will not interfere with it.Osteopaths deal with the philosophy that the human body has the natural ability to heal itself. You need not worry about chemicals being induced into your body, which may cause some side effects later on.

2. Relief from pain
Most people will go see a doctor primarily because they are experiencing pain or sickness. Osteopaths can offer assistance for people who seek relief from pain, be it recent (acute pain) or recurring (chronic pain).
Two of the most common conditions patients seek comfort from, and wherein osteopaths are often called for, are back pain and neck pain. Most adults, due to various sedentary postures like prolonged sitting, experience stiffness of the spine resulting to aches and unpredictable spasms. The goal of the osteopath is to trim down the tensions in the muscles and ligaments of the spine in order to bring back its mobility, thus making your neck and back ease up from the stiffness.

3. Keep you functional
You may think that the pain you are experiencing is not caused by stress, but if you allow it to linger and worsen, then it will become a source of stress for you. With the many sources of stress our modern living entails, you cannot assume that your body is going to be always free from tensions. The simple act of prolonged sitting in an office chair or driving a car for a number of hours has a tremendous impact on your postural health and musculoskeletal condition.
One of the objectives of osteopathic treatments is to maintain your functional lifestyle – if necessary and when applicable, to keep you from experiencing debilitating body aches.

4. Minimize risks of injuries
Whether you are a person who is engaged in strenuous sports activities or who is satisfied with doing a daily jog or walking, there is always a risk of possible injury. If ever such injury happens, it can take weeks or months for you to recover and perform your usual activities.
Your visit with an osteopath once in a month or every 2 months can minimize the risk of injuries. The regular therapeutic exercises and stretches, body massage treatments, and the professional advice the osteopath employs on the patient can get your entire body parts to work together as one. The application of massage can alleviate the tensions your body endures from the physical activities, allowing it to regain its optimum condition.
If in case an injury does happen, your body which has received maintenance treatments from osteopathic care can easily recover from the trauma. Rehabilitation is much faster and softer than with someone who did not have regular osteopathic maintenance.

5. Osteopathy treats health and wellness as a whole
When we talk about complete wellness, we cannot deny the necessity to deal with the various aspects of human health. You need to take care of the overall – physical, mental, emotional, and nutritional. There is another aspect that is often ignored, and this is the MOTIONAL aspect. Motional means the body movements, and they too are pivotal to a human being’s health of mind and body.
In osteopathy, the practitioner focuses on treating your health and wellness in their entirety. He/she does not only deal with one dimension of the problem but takes a look at it on how it was caused and how it affects the whole physique. Thus, osteopathy allows your body to take on the healing process faster and with better results.

Final Note
Pains and aches are just symptoms that the body has incurred obstructions with its normal functions. Modern living is copious with stresses and stress-causing agents. There are pollution and waste products in both the air we breathe and the food we consume. Osteopathy can help with detoxification by improving our blood circulation. Body tightness or stiffness, scared tissues, inflammation or swelling, bad posture, and vices all contribute to making obstructions complicate further.     


March 23, 2019

Chiropractic:  Is a system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignment of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are believed to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs. 

Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body's musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Studies show that chiropractic care can help reduce pain better than many medications. It can assist in the relief or even the treatment of some health and body issues like sciatica, neck pain, ear infections, scoliosis, lower back pain, headaches, and frozen shoulder syndrome.

Benefits of Chiropractic:

· It helps relieve the torture inflicted by strenuous exercises:

As you cheer and watch your favorite athletes perform in the arena, what you don’t understand is the fact that they subject their bodies to unimaginable torture and endure lots of muscle and body pains. However, thanks to chiropractic care, athletes no longer have to live with these pains. This is because the procedure helps relieve pains and torture. And yes, according to our Orange County chiropractor, athletes also suffer spinal pains due to the stress they subject their bodies to while performing. All this is easily treated with chiropractic care.

· It can treat various injuries:

Chiropractic care help reduce the chances of one getting injured. And yes, the practice also helps the body to heal fast from both minor and major injuries. How is that? Chiropractic care helps the muscles to relax and also helps in enhancing proper blood circulation. All these are paramount if at all an athlete is to perform perfectly. With care focused on spinal manipulation, it also heals headaches, ankle pains, and spinal pains. Therefore, it is crucial for any athlete to visit a chiropractor every now and then in order to stay away from these complications.

· It is non-invasive and drug-free:

Given an option, it is crystal clear that most of us would prefer to not opt for taking medications. This is because drugs are not so good for our bodies. For that reason, this therapeutic procedure is non-invasive and drug-free, making it quite convenient for athletes. This is, in fact, a major benefit since it does not pose side effects to one’s body. And yes, being non-invasive implies that one can get into action immediately they come from this procedure as opposed to invasive procedures where one has to give their body some time to recover.

· It prevents injuries and enhances performance:

In case you visit a chiropractor, you will not only get treatment but also get into a program that will ensure that you do not get injuries easily. In fact, your performance will be enhanced using chiropractic care. How is that? Well, studies have shown that chiropractic care greatly helps enhance the whole body performance.

· It reduces pain:

As pointed out earlier, chiropractic care focuses on spinal manipulation. From science, it is obvious that the spine is basically the nervous system. For that reason, with the manipulation of the spine, one could have their pain greatly reduced. All this is achieved thanks to chiropractic care. Therefore, this is a great way to relieve pain.

· It increases strength:

Although initially meant for treatment purposes, studies indicate that chiropractic care also helps in increasing the strength. In fact, it has been proven that who uses this practice is stronger than those who doesn’t. And yes, strength and performance are almost synonymous; one can never work without the other. It follows that being strong translates to great performance.


March 23, 2019

A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

Reiki works on different levels the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual enhancing everything in life. ... This ancient Japanese method of healing uses energy to balance the body and mind, and its benefits can be felt by both Reiki practitioners and their clients.It is a powerful and effective modality in both clearing and re balancing the energy centers of the body. One of the most effective ways to clear blocked chakras is through the powerful practice of Reiki.

Benefits of Reiki:

Reiki helps to promote harmony and balance. It is an effective, noninvasive energy healing modality that enhances the body’s natural healing ability whilst energizing and promoting overall wellness. Reiki works directly on restoring balance on all levels and works directly on the problem and condition instead of just masking or relieving symptoms.

    1- Promotes Harmony & Balance

Reiki helps to promote harmony and balance. It is an effective, noninvasive energy healing modality that enhances the body’s natural healing ability whilst energizing and promoting overall wellness. Reiki works directly on restoring balance on all levels and works directly on the problem and condition instead of just masking or relieving symptoms.When we chat about balance, we mean mental and emotional balance, left and right brain, masculine and feminine, labeling things as good or bad, positive or negative etc.

    2- Creates Deep Relaxation and helps the body release stress tension.

What many people enjoy about a Reiki treatment is it allows them time to themselves where they aren’t ‘doing’ but just ‘being’. Clients have reported feeling more clear, peaceful, relaxed and lighter in themselves.Reiki provides a space where you can be more aware of what is going on inside your body and mind. To learn to listen to your own body and make wise decisions regarding your well-being from this place. Being more present means you are in your body, which helps you to access even more that inner knowing and wisdom that we all have!

   3- Dissolves Energy Blocks and promotes natural balance between mind, body, and spirit.

Regular Reiki treatments can bring about a calmer and more peaceful state of being, in which a person is better able to cope with everyday stress. This mental balance also enhances learning, memory, and mental clarity. Reiki can heal mental/emotional wounds and can help alleviate mood swings, fear, frustration, and even anger. Reiki can also strengthen and heal personal relationships. Because Reiki enhances your capability to love, it can open you up to the people around you and help your relationships grow.

4- Assists the Body in cleansing itself from toxins and supports the immune system.

We spend so much time in stress-reactive fight/flight phase that it becomes our ‘norm’ and our bodies literally forget how to return to balance.Reiki reminds our bodies how to shift into parasympathetic nervous system (rest / digest) self-healing mode.Rest/digest doesn’t mean you have to stop being active and productive or ‘do nothing’. It allows you to sleep better and digest better which is important to maintaining health and vitality. The more you are in this space, the more you can be active and productive without being stressed, exhausted or burnt-out.

5- Clears the mind and improves focus as you feel grounded & centered.

 Reiki can support you in staying centered in the present moment rather than getting caught up in regrets about the past or anxieties about the future. It can strengthen your ability to accept and work with the way events are unfolding even when they don’t follow your desires or timetable. You begin to react to situations, people and yourself in a supportive way rather than acting out of habit.

6- Aids Better sleep.

The number one outcome of receiving a Reiki session is relaxation. When we’re relaxed, we sleep better, our bodies heal better, we think more clearly, and we relate to each other more genuinely. Often clients will experience deep relaxation during their Reiki session and sometimes a deep sleep during the session as well.

7- Accelerates the body’s self-healing ability as you start to return to your natural state.

Reiki healing quickly returns you to your natural state or at least gets your body moving in the right direction. That means your breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure improve. Breathing deeper and easier is one of the first things to happen during a self-practice or treatment received from someone else. When we breathe better, our minds naturally settle. Science supports that. As your respiration deepens your body moves into parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) dominance i.e. the rest/digest phase. Your body was made to function primarily in the rest/digest phase rather than the more commonly experienced fight/flight phase.

8- Helps relieve pain and supports physical body healing.

   On the outside looking in, a Reiki treatment might appear to be merely a sequence of hand placements; it works to restore balance on the deepest possible level. It encourages your system to improve your body’s vital functions (breathing, digesting and sleeping) so your physical systems function optimally.

 On the physical level, Reiki helps to relieve pain from a migraine, arthritis, sciatica just to name a few. It also helps with symptoms of asthma, chronic fatigue, menopausal symptoms, and insomnia.

9- Helps spiritual growth and emotional cleansing.

·  You do not need to be into spirituality to enjoy the benefits of Reiki. Yet, for many, they receive Reiki treatments to support themselves through their self-healing journey i.e. spiritual growth / personal development.Reiki addresses the whole person, rather than targeting individual symptoms. It can create profound, often subtle shifts from deep within your own being. What does that look like? Guidance about what to do around difficult situations can come more easily. Or it may inspire a change in attitude or belief about your situation. Suddenly, you see your condition from a fresh perspective and are able to deal with it in a more positive way. Or it might direct you to the right kind of action needed which is guided from within.

10- Compliments medical treatment and other therapies :

     Reiki is a wonderful compliment to conventional medicine and helps relax patients on the levels of the mind and physical body. When a patient is relaxed the healing process is accelerated. People sleep much better and are calmer following Reiki treatments. The beauty of Reiki is that it is non-invasive and is administered in a very gentle manner. The Reiki practitioner can give Reiki without touching the body in cases where patients have burns or major injuries.
Reiki is safe to use if you have medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or heart conditions. You may receive Reiki treatments if you are undergoing chemotherapy. A pregnant woman can have Reiki treatments to support them through all stages of the pregnancy. Reiki is for everyone!


March 23, 2019

Cupping: a therapy in which glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction and believed to stimulate the flow of energy. People use cupping therapy with the purpose of pulling toxins out of the body and thereby improving health, immunity, and performance.

Gentle pulling of tissue during cupping is a particularly relaxing sensation, making this an ideal treatment for stress, anxiety and high blood pressure. ANTI-AGING: Instead of expensive creams or face-lifts, you can reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate your face with this all-natural treatment.

Benefits of Cupping:

    • Relaxation:  

Suction cups provide negative pressure on the skin, muscles, and fascia. This is in contrast to the positive pressure of the deep tissue massage and can be a very relaxing and soothing experience. 

    • Promotes blood circulation speeds up muscle recovery. 

The negative pressure from the suction allows new blood to flow into that area of tissue with several benefits :

    • Provides a feeling of relief from physical and emotional tensions.
    • Begins the healing and regeneration process - the exchange of blood allows the removal of toxins and dead cells.
    • Enhances circulation.
    • Warms the skin, and softens tissues to regain elasticity.
    • Reduces inflammation.

Full body massage: Relax & enjoy a full body massage with your favorite scented oil

March 23, 2019

Massage therapy is a treatment approach which is considered a mainstream treatment option, this form of therapy involves hands-on techniques to increase circulation, relieve tension, reduce stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, and promote relaxation throughout the entire body, as well as many other benefits. 

The body’s soft tissue areas include the muscles, tendons, connective tissue, etc. If someone is tense and in need of a release, or they have been injured and have extensive muscle and/or nerve tissue damage that plagues their body, massage therapy might be worth exploring. Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It may range from light stroking to deep pressure. 

Benefits of Massage:

1. It Is Relaxing  

When the body is tense and under stress, it produces unhealthy levels of the well-known stress hormone, cortisol, which can contribute to weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, and headaches. Massage therapy has been shown to decrease cortisol levels in the body. This enables the body to enter a recovery mode. Moreover, this form of therapy also triggers lasting feelings of relaxation, improved mood, and reduced stress levels.

2. It Reduces Stress

 Not only can massage therapy help with stress relief, but regular massage sessions over a prolonged period of time can boost energy levels, reduce pain, and stimulate individuals on physical as well as emotional levels.

3. It Can Help Lower Blood Pressure 

Regular massage therapy sessions have been found to reduce blood pressure levels. In fact, some long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can reduce both systolic (upper number) and diastolic (lower number) blood pressure. In turn, lower blood pressure levels can also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and/or kidney failure, as well as many other health issues.

4. It Promotes Muscle Relaxation  

The purpose of massage therapy is to target the source of the body’s pain via eliminating tense muscles, increasing flexibility, and providing relaxation to the affected muscles as well as the body as a whole. Massage also promotes circulation to the affected or injured muscles, which increases nutrients and oxygen to the damaged tissues. In turn, this increased activity to the affected sites reduces stiffness and edema (swelling) in the muscles and joints, as well as increases flexibility to help reduce pain.

5. It Can Help Improve Circulation 

The long-term benefits of massage therapy are not to be underestimated. Improved circulation is part of a snowball effect that occurs in the body as a result of receiving regular massage therapy on a consistent basis. This is because proper circulation brings damaged, stiff, and tense muscles the rich blood supply they need to promote healing.

6. It Can Help Improve Posture 

 Moreover, massage also promotes improved circulation via the use of hands-on pressure, which moves the blood through the damaged and congested areas of the body. In turn, the release of this same pressure causes new blood to flow into tissues. Furthermore, the squeezing, twisting, and pulling action of the massage technique also removes lactic acid from the muscle tissues. As a result, this action improves the lymph fluid circulation, which carries metabolic waste products away from internal organs and muscles. In turn, this results in lower blood pressure levels and improved overall body function.

7. It Can Help Strengthen the Body’s Immune System 

It Can Help Improve Posture – Many Americans experience back, neck, and muscle pain from a variety of sources. However, the primary cause of this pain results from poor posture. In fact, chronic back pain, which is the number one reason for missed work days and second most common cause of disability, is often the result of incorrect or poor posture while standing and/or sitting. Moreover, being overweight, poor posture, and repetitive or overuse movements can also contribute to the strain on the back and other potential problem areas. As a result, the added strain often causes spasms, pain, and tense muscles in the hips, back, neck, and legs.     

       Massage therapy can help get the body back into proper alignment. It can Help Strengthen the Body’s Immune System – Regular massage sessions provide many benefits to the human body. It is a well-known fact that individuals who experience high levels of stress are more vulnerable to illness and injury. When stress is combined with sleep disturbances and poor nutrition, the impact is directed at the body’s immune system. Its ability to naturally protect itself against infections, pathogens, and bacteria is greatly reduced. Some might wonder how massage therapy benefits the immune system. Studies have indicated that regular massage sessions not only help reduce stress but can also boost the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and enhances the body’s ability to deliver nourishment. Moreover, massage therapy can be a great addition to any exercise program. Much like regular exercise can keep the body fine-tuned, regular massage therapy can help keep the immune system strong and resilient.

    Also, studies have found that massage is helpful for:

     Anxiety. Digestive disorders. Fibromyalgia. Headaches.  Insomnia related to stress. Myofascial pain syndrome. Soft tissue strains or injuries. Sports injuries.