Some people call them muscle spasms, some refer to them as a charley horse, but a muscle cramp by any name is still painful. They can occur in the middle of the night, during a tennis match or following a long run. You don’t have to be a dedicated athlete to have a muscle cramp; it’s a “pleasure” we all get to experience.
In today’s world, even healthy children are vulnerable to common allergies, illnesses, and viruses, and, more often than not, antibiotics are used to treat them—a practice that can lead to overuse. Bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics when they are over-prescribed, leaving these children susceptible to stronger, more resistant bugs.
Massage in the Media
Two recent issues of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self Healing favorably mention massage therapy and bodywork. The first addresses complementary approaches for weight loss. While Weil et al. emphasize that eating less and exercising more are still the primary factors in shedding pounds and keeping them off, there are several integrative therapies that can help reduce stress levels and control emotional healing. Weil addresses acupuncture, cognitive-behavioral therapy, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, mindfulness meditation, yoga, and, of course, bodywork.
Arthritis is an insidious disease, eating its way into the joints of nearly 70 million Americans, or nearly one out of every three U.S. adults. It is considered one of our most prevalent chronic health problems, costing the economy more than $124 billion in healthcare and lost wages each year.1 One of the more unnerving aspects of this disease is the fact its prevalence has nearly doubled in the past two decades,2 adding 23 million more to its “hit list” in the past seven years alone.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has brought together a team of experts from Japan, China, and South Korea to standardize acupuncture points. The 2,000-year-old Chinese therapy is now used around the world, but there are placement discrepancies for 92 of the 361 basic points on the body. (Traditionally, there are 365 acupuncture points; the WHO recognizes 361.)
Addiction experts say smoking is a habit more formidable than cocaine or heroin. Of the 46 million American adults who indulge, close to three-quarters of them say they want to quit, and nearly half of those hooked make at least one annual attempt to curb the habit. Yet even when their addiction confines them to tiny, dark rooms or takes them outside in sub-zero temperatures, dedicated smokers can’t seem to restrain their impulse to light up.
A new study by the National Institutes of Health shows significant improvements in the pain management of degenerative osteoarthritis through the use of acupuncture, the ancient Asian medical practice of inserting fine needles at key energetic points along the body. The study included 570 patients with knee osteoarthritis who were either taking anti-inflammatory drugs or other pain relievers.
While the U.S. spa industry has consistently struggled with the definition of “spa,” the market continues to expand, explore, and test the boundaries of consumer expectations and demands. Although “mind, body, and soul” is the mantra many spas have used throughout the last decade, the “mind” aspect of the spa movement was rarely a priority until energetic services began to attract clients’ intrigue and dollars.
"Stressed-out” and “anxiety-ridden” might describe a mother’s emotions when her child is scheduled for surgery. But according to researchers from Yale University, that uneasiness may be lessened through auricular acupuncture. This technique incorporates the use of needles or scopes on specific points along the outer ear thought to directly influence brain patterns. Of the 66 women who participated in the study, more than half received the treatment 30 minutes before their children’s surgery, while the control group received sham acupuncture.
Energy healing is often discussed as a new, somewhat unexplainable therapy. Truth is, energy work is an effective bodywork that is as ancient as healing itself.