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Acupressure

Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system. Acupressure releases tension increases circulation and reduces pain. I highly recommend acupressure therapy for chronic pain relief. Ask around to see if someone close to you has used a practitioner that they like. And if it feels right, give it a try.

http://www.acupressure.com/

Acupuncture

A system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin with very thin needles, acupuncture is used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Through the years, I have had many clients use acupuncture and it is also a modality I have used personally.  My advice is to go into with an open mind and know you are part of the answer. Do your research, ask people who have used an acupuncturist to refer you, or ask your physician for a referral list. 

Acupuncture can help with pain and discomfort, helps encourage healing after surgery, and can even help calm your mind. 

Does acupuncture work for everyone? No, but don't let that stop you from trying. If your intuition is pushing you in that direction give it a try. Who knows what you will learn! 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/acupuncture/basics/definition/prc-20020778

Acutonics

This energy-based, non-invasive approach is rooted in Oriental medicine, psychology, science and sound.  Precision calibrated tuning forks are applied on or over acupuncture points. trigger points, or points of pain. The tuning forks represent a natural harmonic series that is based on the orbital properties of the Earth, Moon, Sun and planets. The sound waves of the forks travel deeply into the body along energy pathways that have been proven to impact the physical and emotional body. The rich resonance and vibration of these tuning forks connects with and supports the body's natural frequencies, stimulates and balances the body's physical and subtle energy field, and promotes wellness, deep inner harmony and a feeling of Harmonic Attunement® or at-one-ment.

https://acutonics.com/sound-tools/tuning-forks/use-and-application/

Aging and senior care resources

Based on conversations with community leaders across the US, many aging adults are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help maintain their independence and quality of life. So we created a free resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and care options that are available. Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. They have been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet

 

 https://www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living

https://www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living/new-hampshire/bedford

https://www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-options-for-people-with-disabilities/

Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change movement habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for creating ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities. I find it can be helpful for chronic pain and realigning your muscular-skeletal system to fire in sync with your nervous system. I find it works for some but not for others.  With treatment being all out of pocket, it makes it difficult for everyone to access. Do your homework and see if it might benefit you.

http://alexandertechnique.com/

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils extracted from plants and herbs to treat physical imbalances, as well as to achieve psychological and spiritual well-being. The oils are inhaled, applied externally, or ingested. This is something I use myself. Being that there are so many different ways to use them, I like to use a diffuser and choose the oils that I feel relax my mind, or just simply make a room smell clean and fresh. Some people use the oils as a rub on the skin for pain relief and some will even ingest the oils. If that is something that sparks your interest, make sure that you do your research first. Some companies sell their oils with specific uses and will guide you through the process. Remember, there is no "one size fits all" for healing.

http://www.aromatherapy.com/

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.

http://www.arttherapyblog.com/what-is-art-therapy/

Ayurveda

The traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/ayurvedic-treatments

 

Barbara Brennen Healing

The Barbara Brennan School of Healing is dedicated to the evolution of the human spirit. Brennan Healing Science—a holistic healing modality based on the Human Energy-Consciousness System and its relationship to health and disease. This work combines High Sense Perception skills and hands-on energy healing techniques to assist individuals with their personal process of healing. It touches every aspect of a person’s life to improve the quality of life.

 

http://www.the-energy-healing-site.com/Barbara-Brennan.html

BioFeedback

A relaxation technique involving careful monitoring of vital functions (such as breathing, heart rate and blood pressure) in order to improve health. By conscious thought, visualization, movement or relaxation, one can learn which actions result in desirable changes in these vital functions. Biofeedback is used for medical problems related to stress and for conditions such as incontinence, irregular heartbeat and epilepsy.

 

https://www.drweil.com/

Body Work

Body work is the use of therapies and techniques in complementary medicine that involve touching or manipulating the body. There are many types  of body work available. Look through all the different types I have listed and do your homework. If it feels right, give it a try but don't buy into outcomes. Know your body, know what your body needs and then shoot for the skill set to help, not the miracle cure and your results will be more positive.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/what-is-bodywork-3089663

Breema Bodywork

Breema is a simple, natural form of touch and body movement supported by universal principles. The aim of Breema is to bring us to a tangible experience of presence that becomes our foundation for a new dimension of health, consciousness, and self-understanding. Breema bodywork exercises use nurturing touch, tension-relieving stretches, and rhythmic movements to create physical, mental, and emotional balance. Breema’s commonsense wisdom guides the practitioner to support the body’s instinctive healing energy, nurturing vitality instead of focusing on symptoms of illness or imbalance.

http://www.breema.com/

 

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the belief that such a disorder affects general health via the nervous system. What do I think of Chiropractic? So much to learn, so little time. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? 

Repetitive motions, weak cores, old injuries, surgery, etc. have tissue restrictions that pull us out of alignment. This creates not only chronic pain but can be responsible for chronic illness over time. I believe that everyone should learn about Chiropractic to see if it's a good fit for them. 

When healing from pain, having someone who can help ensure the body is lined up and healing correctly is a gift in itself. Chiropractic work can help to reduce physical limitations that occur from muscular injuries after you heal. This will make it less likely to re-injure yourself. Also, I am a firm believer if your body is not lined up, your tissue is pulling on the skeleton and making it misaligned. Over time, this will send the body into a downward spiral of chronic pain and illness as you age. Always follow up chiropractic sessions with tissue work from a massage therapist, physical therapist, or a personal trainer who specializes in chronic pain so you can rid the problem, not just hold it at bay!

If you have any kind of chronic pain, I would ask around to people you know and respect and get a referral to see if it is right for you. 

There are many types of chiropractors, just like doctors, so do your homework. 

Classes at your Local Hospitals/Medical Centers/Senior Center/Karate

Check your local hospital website to find basic Tia Chi, yoga, nutrition, support groups and so much more

Colon Hydration

Colon hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method of removing waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs. By introducing filtered and temperature-regulated water into the colon, the waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation through natural peristalsis.

This process is repeated a few times during a session.

http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/natural-colon-cleansing-is-it-necessary

Color Therapy

A system of alternative medicine in which colors and their energy frequencies are used to correct psychological or physical imbalances; also called chromopathy, chromotherapy, or color healing.

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/color-therapy

Core Strengthening

Core strengthening could be a program that includes components of balance and stability, abdominal and lower back work, and all the muscles of the trunk.

Core is Life! Did I say that loud enough? CORE IS LIFE! Balance, Stability, Flexibility, Strength all come from your core. My motto is "Strong core or nursing home!'"You choose!

This link is a great place to start to really understand how important it is and how anyone can start to learn without aggressive exercise.  

Try the basic exercises and in a week, pay attention to little things like getting out of a chair or moving up and down the stairs. It does not take much to wake it up. Then do more homework, learn about and try new exercises. If you have no idea what to do, seek professional help from a physical therapist or personal trainer. Your long-term health depends on it.

 

 

http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/5-fundamental-core-and-abdominal-exercises-for-beginners

 

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a system of alternative medicine intended to relieve pain and tension by gentle manipulations of the skull regarded as harmonizing with a natural rhythm in the central nervous system.

https://www.craniosacraltherapy.org/

Cupping

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

I have personal experience with cupping and find it to be really useful when done by a massage therapist to help with scar tissue and myofascial restrictions. It can help improve range of motion, joint function and relive chronic pain.

http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/cupping-therapy#1

 

Dance Therapy 

Dance/movement therapy (DMT) or dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) is the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance to support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body. As a form of expressive therapy, DMT looks at the correlation between movement and emotion.

https://adta.org/

Doctor Radio 

Real doctors helping real people powered by NYU Langone Medical Center

This is one of my favorite resources. I listen to it all the time to find out the latest in medicine along with learning about all the different modalities in medicine, how they work.

The shows are different experts every hour or two with guest speakers talking to you at a human level even letting you call in for a free second opinion. I also enjoy it a lot when other practitioners call in and ask the experts questions. It humanizes medicine and the professional to make you feel more comfortable in questioning your own care.

http://www.siriusxm.com/doctorradio

 

Egoscue

The Egoscue Method is postural therapy. We believe that pain, both chronic and acute, is due to misalignment in the body as it loses its designed posture. If you are someone who has suffered from chronic pain or can see that your job weakens your posture, this is a great modality to help you stretch in alignment and keep the pressure off joints to encourage healing. Anyone can use the Egoscue method so even if you are not in pain and you want to age gracefully, upright, and stable, this is a good fit for you!

 http://www.egoscue.com/

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories (PTSD.) 

http://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/

Exercise as You Age

As we age, we lose muscle tone at a much faster rate than when we were young. Move it or lose it is the most appropriate phrase for anyone who is aging. That means all of us! 

Here are resources to help you start to find your way. My advice to anyone 50+ is to seek out a personal trainer for a program and then follow up once in a while to keep you on track. It's the best money you will ever spend! 

http://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise-for-seniors

 

Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais Method® is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement.

http://www.feldenkrais.com/whatis

Foam Rollers

Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique that is used by athletes and physical therapists to inhibit overactive muscles. Foam Rollers, the endless tool! If you are achy after a day's work, workout, or from sitting too much, don't go for the anti-inflammatory. Take your roller out and get to know your body. Rollers can be a bit painful to some so take it easy. Use resources like Youtube and the link below as a guide. Foam rollers are great for everyday aches and pains, recovery from workouts, injury rehabilitation, and those old stubborn injuries that you may feel you have no power over. Take it slow and roll it out.

http://www.prevention.com/fitness/strength-training/foam-roller-strengthen-muscles-and-relieve-pain

 

Graston Technique

Graston Technique® is an innovative,  instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to detect and effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions, as well as maintain optimal range of motion. Graston is used mostly by physical therapists and chiropractors. It is a great resource if you are having a hard time healing an old injury or your muscles seem to be very fibrous and unable to stretch. 

Practitioners use tools to soften the tissue and increase blood flow to help accelerate healing. There are many uses so if you are struggling and have never used any form of alternative medicine, this is a great place to start. Ask people you know or a practitioner you respect to send you in the right direction. If not, go on the Graston website to see who is certified in your area. 

http://www.grastontechnique.com/about

Guided Imagery

Guided Imagery is the use of words and music to evoke positive imaginary scenarios in a subject with a view to bringing about some beneficial effect.

http://www.healthjourneys.com/Main/Home/What-Is-Guided-Imagery

 

Herbal Therapy

Also known as Herbalism, it is the study or practice of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants and plant extracts that may be eaten or applied to the skin. This method has been used to treat illnesses and assist in bodily functions, now especially as a form of alternative medicine.

http://www.wisegeekhealth.com/what-is-herbal-therapy.htm

Homeopathy

The treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of disease.

http://www.homeopathycenter.org/learn-about-homeopathy

Hydrotherapy

The use of exercises in a pool as part of treatment for conditions such as arthritis, movement therapy, elderly exercise, and many more reasons.

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/hydrotherapy

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. It is typically used in therapy to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behavior by suggestion, but is considered controversial by many. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique.

Does Hypnosis work? I have personally never tried it, but over the years I have had many clients gain success in quitting smoking, helping with overeating, and helping to modify behaviors that complicate their daily living. The one observation I have made is that it is important to keep an open mind going into the session. The willingness of the individual to own their healing as well as the skill set of the practitioner are important aspects of Hypnotherapy. 

My advice to you is if you are interested is do your homework. Don't expect the practitioner to fix you. You have to be part of it and ask around to find a reputable practitioner.

http://www.apa.org/topics/hypnosis/

https://www.verywell.com/what-is-hypnosis-2795921

 

Infrared Heat Therapy

Infrared Heat Therapy, also called thermo-therapy, is the use of heat in treatment, such as for pain relief and health. It can take the form of a hot cloth, hot water bottle, ultrasound, heating pad, hydro collator packs, whirlpool baths, cordless FIR heat therapy wraps, and others. It can be beneficial to those with arthritis and stiff muscles and injuries to the deep tissue of the skin. Heat may be an effective self-care treatment for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. It also aids in the post acute phase of healing, and increasing blood flow. The increased blood flow to the affected area provides proteins, nutrients, and oxygen for better healing. Heat therapy is most commonly used for rehabilitation purposes. The therapeutic effects of heat include increasing the extensibility of collagen tissues; decreasing joint stiffness; reducing pain; relieving muscle spasms; reducing inflammation. 

 

Infrared Heat is used widely by practitioners as well as home use. It penetrates the heat into the joint or muscles for pain relief or detoxes the body when you use it as a sauna. I know many people who faithfully use an infrared sauna in their homes as a whole health tool. There are also pads, blankets, and other tools to investigate.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12265/6-benefits-of-infrared-sauna-therapy.html

Integrative Manual Therapy

Integrative Manual Therapy is a unique set of techniques, approaches, and methodologies that address pain, dysfunction, disease, and disability.

Anyone who has read my book, The Body Within Healing Series, Volume 1, knows my personal connection to Integrative Manual Therapy. What I love about this methodology is if your doctor or physical therapist have no options left for you, Integrative Manual Therapists are your go-to people for more answers and resources. 

Is this your only answer? No. But if you are in a chronic situation with no relief, and Integrative Manual Therapist will jump start your body to help it remember to heal and help you heal yourself. Integrative Manual Therapists are physical therapists in a lot of areas so that can help with health care costs.

https://www.imtwellnesscenter.com

 

Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu® physio-philosophy is an art of harmonizing the life energy in the body. It is a Japanese healing art that balances the Body, Mind, and Spirit by using our hands.

https://www.jsjinc.net/

 

Lymphatic Therapy

Lymphatic massage, also called lymphatic drainage or manual lymph drainage, is a technique developed in Germany for treatment of lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, most often a mastectomy for breast cancer.

https://www.drweil.com/

 

Magnetic Therapy

Magnetic therapy, a.k.a. Magnetic Field Therapy, is an alternative medical practice that uses static (i.e. unmoving) magnets to alleviate pain and other health concerns. So-called therapeutic magnets are typically integrated into bracelets, rings, or shoe inserts, though therapeutic magnetic mattresses and clothing are also on the market.

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/tc/magnetic-field-therapy-topic-overview

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=22961

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities.)

The link below offers a great website on the different types of massage. There are a few missing which I feel are important: Maya and Rolfing. I am adding these to the list because if you are someone in chronic pain, Rolfing is great at structural assessment and helping to figure out where the pain is coming from.

 

Maya Massage is a focus on abdominal massage. If you have had children or any type of belly surgery, this is ideal for you. The adhesions in your stomach can wreak havoc on you back, neck, shoulders, and even your hip movements, along with balance. It is a bit odd to have a belly massage, but the benefits are incredible. 

 

Massage is great to help the body detox and just come back to balance from the crazy world we live in. 

Do your homework. Ask people you know for references. If you are in pain, make it a part of your life. If you do not have chronic pain, do it to detox and release your tissue for increased flexibility. Your body will thank you! 

 

http://www.medicinenet.com/massage_therapy/article.htm

 

 

*Shiatsu Massage

A form of therapy of Japanese origin based on the same principles as acupuncture, in which pressure is applied to certain points on the body using the hands.

 

http://www.shiatsusociety.org/treatments/about-shiatsu

 

 

*Trigger Point Massage

Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.

 

http://myofascialtherapy.org/myofascial-therapy/index.html

Meditation

Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment.

Meditation is something we all are told we should do to reduce stress, quiet our minds, and find answers to life's questions. 

Personally, I have met many amazing people who meditate on a daily basis and swear by its effects. On the other hand, I have met many people that have tried meditation and found it stressful to do, causing more stress than before. 

I say, like anything, read about it. If you are curious, seek out something so simple as a phone app to help you get started and if you like meditation keep learning and growing with it. 

If you don't like meditation, maybe a walk in the woods will do as much for you as an hour of quiet reflection does for someone else. There is no right or wrong. There is only learning what is right for you!

 

http://www.withandrewjohnson.com/

https://www.headspace.com/

The MELT Method

The MELT Method® is a simple self-treatment technique that is designed to reduce chronic pain and help you stay healthy, youthful, and active for a lifetime. 

The Melt Method is another great self-help tool. I believe that if you put the time in, the benefits are endless. If you sit all day, stand all day, or have aches and pains, this is a good fit for you! Take it one exercise at a time work within your limitations. Soon you will see you are not as limited as you thought you were. 

http://www.doctoroz.com/article/melt-method-naturally-end-your-pain

Movement Therapy

Movement therapy refers to a broad range of Eastern and Western movement approaches used to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

So much to learn, so little time. Check out the link below and if it does not feel right, create your own.

Movement is life and as we age, it gets harder or we have don't have as many reasons to do so. Create some! Put on music and dance, set goals for walking up a number of stairs a day. You can walk laps around the house, or do leg lifts in a chair. If you sit more than you move in a day, then it is time to get up and get moving.  

 

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/movement+therapy

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a professional. Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music.

http://www.musictherapy.org/

 

Naturopathy

Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine employing a wide array of "natural" modalities, including homeopathy, herbalism, and acupuncture, as well as diet and lifestyle counseling.

My feeling on using a Naturopath is first to ask yourself: "what am I looking for and do they fit my expectation of what I believe they can accomplish." I have had so many clients fed up with Western medicine and go to a Naturopath and expect the miracle they did not get with medicine. Naturopaths can help; my concern is most people do not go into seeing one by understanding what they do first.

I feel that seeing a Naturopath has a lot of benefits to help you sort through your treatments and help support you through all your medical choices. Naturopaths take a lot more time with you to listen and sometimes do different tests than what your Western doctors believe are needed. They can help you nutritionally and work to bring your body back to balance.

The downside is insurance companies are only beginning to see Naturopaths as an equal treatment as your doctor so you could accrue out of pocket expenses that you were not prepared to shoulder. 

With that said, if I had a chronic illness and was undergoing cancer treatment a naturopath would be an adjunct to the treatments I was already using. 

 

http://www.naturopathic.org/content.asp?contentid=60

Nutrition

The process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.

Nutrition is life. I am a firm believer in food is fuel, first and foremost and the rest will follow. Here is my take on a balanced way to eat, and please take it as it is. It is my opinion, and through your travels, you will find many more. If it feels right, try it. If it does not, move on and do more research. 

The best part about the world we live in, is choice. Choose, learn, and continue to choose again.

 

Nutrition for Life

Nutrition Counseling

Is an ongoing process in which a health professional, usually a registered dietitian, works with an individual to assess his or her usual dietary intake and identify areas where change is needed.

http://work.chron.com/nutritionist-vs-nutritional-counselor-17862.html

 

Online Health Courses

There is a multitude of courses that you can find online if you are unable to make it to a classroom. Usually, these courses are self-paced, which allows them to fit into many different lifestyles. The link below allows you to research online public health courses from the world’s leading universities as well as lessor known yet reputable institutions. Continuing Education Credits are available with most of the free options. Remember, not all courses will not be free.

 

http://mphprogramslist.com/awesome-free-online-public-health-courses/

Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate the injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. ​

http://www.osteopathic.org/inside-aoa/Education/OGME-development-initiative/Pages/what-is-osteopathic-medicine.aspx

 

Personal Trainer

Personal trainers are fitness experts who lead individuals or very small groups in many forms of exercise. From Zumba to Yoga, to weightlifting and calisthenics, personal trainers work with people of all ages and abilities to make them more fit.

Personal trainers talk with their clients and to find out their exercise goals, their ability and work with them to create personalized plans for attaining those goals, which may include diet and nutrition information. As the client(s) visit, again and again, personal trainers help them track their progress. Many personal trainers work in gyms, but some will work in a client's home

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-walker/choosing-a-personal-trainer_b_6085318.html

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.

Physical therapy is the first place to start for any pain management issue. I find most doctors won't send you unless you ask; especially if it is an ongoing issue. Physical therapy is very important in healing physical injuries. The biggest misconception is that all P.T. is alike. Keeping in mind; if balance is an issue at any age, I would first make sure that you can learn how to help yourself regain core strength and stability before beginning. 

Make sure you do your homework and learn about your injury and the best type of physical therapy for it. You can then talk to your doctor about it to make sure you get the best possible outcome. An example of that would be: If you have abdominal surgery, physical therapy is usually not recommended. From years of experience, abdominal surgery weakens the core and if not rehabilitated correctly, you could end up with lingering effects to your long term health. Consider asking your doctor to refer you, so you can get the best possible outcome.

 

http://www.apta.org/PTCareers/RoleofaPT/

Pilates

A system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.

Pilates. What do I want to tell you about Pilates? I personally find it to be a great way to strengthen your core, regain lost flexibility in your muscles, and increase your balance and stability. 

If you have chronic pain, I find it a must because it really focuses on realigning your posture, which takes a lot of pressure off your aching joints, along with making space to keep them aligned. All of those benefits, and it makes you look long and lean too!

The best way to start is to seek out a professional to make sure you understand the principles and form. If that is not possible, there are many resources such as Youtube and books.

 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/pilates-for-beginners/art-20047673

Plant Spirit Medicine

Plant Spirit Medicine is the shamans’ way with plants. It recognizes that plants have spirit and that spirit is the strongest medicine. Spirit can heal the deepest reaches of the heart and soul. This ancient practice, long forgotten in the West, has now been remembered, revitalized, and reintroduced by American healer and shaman, Eliot Cowan and has proved as effective in today’s world as in times past.

http://plantspiritmedicine.org/

Polarity Healing

A blend of modern science and complementary medicine, Polarity Therapy is a comprehensive health system involving energy-based bodywork, diet, exercise and self-awareness. Scientifically, it works with the Human Energy Field, electromagnetic patterns expressed in mental, emotional and physical experience.

 

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Polarity+Therapy

Pranic Healing

Pranic Healing® is a highly evolved and tested system of energy medicine that utilizes prana to balance, harmonize and transform the body's energy processes. Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life-force. This invisible bio-energy or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health.

http://pranichealing.com/

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental or emotional illness by talking about problems rather than by using medicine or drugs.

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-psychotherapy.aspx

 

QiGong

QiGong is a Chinese system of physical exercises and breathing control related to tai chi.

QiGong is one of my favorite self-healing modalities. If you are seeking healing from chronic pain, chronic illness, or just looking to keep yourself healthy and balanced, QiGong is a great practice to add to your life. 

The unfortunate part is as much as it exceeds any results you would get from Tai Chi, or any other healing modality, it is less popular and harder to access. I recommend you seek out a Karate studio in your area and ask if they know of someone or start with a home program and see if it is a good fit. If it is a good fit,  you will have to put some time and energy into learning a solid practice, but do not feel that is is unachievable. Just keep on the home program and believe it or not your Body Within will kick in and show you more than a Master will. 

QiGong will spark the self-healer in you and help you on your journey.

 

 

http://nqa.org/about-nqa/what-is-qigong/

Reiki

Reiki is a therapy often described as palm healing or hands-on-body healing in which a practitioner places hands lightly on or over a patient's body to facilitate the patient's process of healing. I have had a lot of clients through the years use Reiki for stress relief, pain management, and all over healing. It can be beneficial for most anyone! If you know of someone who is a practitioner, ask for a session to see if it is right for you! You never know unless you try with an open, curious mind. who knows you may like it enough to become a practitioner yourself.

http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/reiki

http://www.reiki.org/faq/WhatIsReiki.html

 
 

Stability Training

Stability training refers to performing exercises while on an unstable surface with the goal of activating stabilizers and trunk muscles that may get neglected with other forms of training.

Stability ball training. Who should have a ball? Everyone! For stretching, strengthening, or just sitting to help with posture, it can benefit anyone. The only drawback is that it only works when you use it!

Any sporting goods store, Walmart, or online stores will carry the balls. You can also use online sources to find an endless supply of videos and ideas on how to use the ball and how to make it benefit you the most. My job is to tell you it exists. Your job is to learn about it and make it work for you. Your Body Within will love you for it!

 

http://www.shapefit.com/exercise/stability-ball-training.html

Stretching

Basic Stretching. Why should anyone do basic stretching? I believe that if you can take the time at the end of every day and adopt a basic stretching program, it can help to realign your body from all the trauma of the day. It will relax you for a better night's rest and makes you aware of your body. As you become more aware of your body, you will be more in tune with what is in alignment and what is not. So, when something happens you are able to be aware of the severity and if it heals properly. Basic stretching is one of the keys to becoming your own healer. 

 

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1261

Sleep Disorders and how to pick the right mattress

 

 

How important is your sleep?  Are there things you can do to improve on getting a good night rest?

Did you know there are many sleep disorders that can be treated to help you sleep better? Did you know picking the right mattress plays a huge role in getting a good night’s rest?

 Healing comes from keeping your body in balance. Having a good night’s rest is one of the most important places to start.

Check out the resources below and really start to understand how important sleep is, to not only healing your body but aging gracefully.

 

 

https://medlineplus.gov/sleepdisorders.html

Mattress and Bedding Guide for Physical Therapists

 

Mattress and Bedding Guide for People with Disabilities

 

Does Your Mattress Matter When You Have Back Pain?

 

Mattress buyers guide

 

Tai Chi

Tai Chi, as it is practiced in the west today, can perhaps best be thought of as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined.

I have had many clients through the years enjoy all the benefits of Tai Chi and more. As we age, our balance is of the utmost importance and Tai Chi is a wonderful way to stay limber and balanced. 

Check out your local hospitals, wellness centers, and even adult community centers for affordable classes. If there is nothing in your area, a DVD is always a good option. Just give it a try before you make a decision on whether it is right or wrong for you. Let your Body Within decide! 

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/a-z/tai-chi-and-chi-gong

http://www.taichichih.org/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/tai-chi/art-20045184

Tennis Ball Work

A tennis ball! What can one do with a tennis ball to help with chronic pain and flexibility issues? The link below has a few ways to use the tennis ball, but don't be afraid to search for more uses. Once you realize help is a tennis ball, life is much better!

My only observation on this site (linked below) is that I would not lie on a hard surface. Try a softer surface like a bed and just ease into the ball and let the body relax. You will feel better results with less chance of injury. Just relax and breath and let you body guide you. 

 

http://www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/natural-pain-relief-tennis-ball

Thera Cane

A Thera Cane is a therapeutic self-massager with 7 strategically placed balls so you can apply pressure to treat muscle dysfunction. There are tennis balls, and then there is the Thera Cane. Another great choice for those hard to reach trigger points and it keeps you self-sufficient. Pain is uncomfortable, but most can be managed by the individual learning about their body and discovering a way to help themselves. 

This is a great tool to help with chronic pain. Use it alongside a roller, stretching, or core stability training, and you will feel like a new person. ​

 

http://www.theracane.com/

ThermaCare

This has to be my most favorite for old injuries and tough scar tissue areas. It is a pricey option, so use it to your advantage. 

If you have an old injury, use the Thermacare patch for a day. Before you take it off, spend some time stretching and massaging the area after it has been softened. You will see a change in the stiffness and flexibility. Be your own healer, don't just band-aid the problem!

http://www.thermacare.com/why-heat-therapy

Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic Touch, or TT, is a noninvasive method of healing that was derived from the ancient technique of "laying hands". In TT, the practitioner alters the patient's energy field through an energy transfer that moves from the hands of the practitioner to the patient.

 

http://therapeutic-touch.org/

Topical Pain Relief.

So many choices for topical pain relief, so little time. Here are a few that I have seen work with clients over the years. 

Are there more? Yes. Does it mean I don't recommend them? No! It just means I have no feedback. My goal is to let you know they exist and learn to see if you can find a good fit for your pain. There never is a one size fits all. So take a walk on the wild side and learn. 

 

http://www.bindependent.com/biofreeze_guide.htm

http://www.tigerbalm.com/us

 

Yoga

A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.

Yoga is one of my favorite ways to destress and open the joints and spine for flexibility and strength. I do caution that yoga is a practice, so be mindful to take your time with each pose. Learn the breathing, know that it could take years to get the results you want. Also, if you have had a lot of injuries or surgery's, seek out a professional to help you and back up your yoga practice with massage to get the most out of your practice. 

Having a lot of tissue restrictions can cause pain when trying to work through them. 

 

http://americanyogaassociation.org/general.html

http://www.yogajournal.com/article/health/count-yoga-38-ways-yoga-keeps-fit/

http://life.gaiam.com/article/getting-started-yoga-beginners

http://www.gaia.com/bio/rodney-yee