Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy is a process involving the use of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. For the most common forms of heavy metal intoxication, those involving lead, arsenic or mercury, the standard of care in the US dictates the use of DMSA.

EDTA treatment has been around since the 1940’s, when it was developed to treat lead poisoning.
Chelation is a chemical process in which a substance is used to bind molecules, such as metals or minerals, and hold them tightly so that they can be removed from a system, such as the body. In medicine, chelation has been scientifically proven to rid the body of excess or toxic metals. For example, a person who has lead poisoning may be given chelation therapy in order to bind and remove excess lead from the body before it can cause damage.
In the case of EDTA chelation therapy, the substance that binds and removes metals and minerals is EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid), a synthetic, or man-made, amino acid that is delivered intravenously (through the veins). EDTA was first used in the 1940s for the treatment of heavy metal poisoning. EDTA chelation removes heavy metals and minerals from the blood, such as lead, iron, copper, and calcium, and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating lead poisoning and toxicity from other heavy metals. Although it is not approved by the FDA to treat CAD, some physicians and alternative medicine practitioners have recommended EDTA chelation as a way to treat this disorder.

EDTA chelation therapy and side effects
When used as approved by the FDA (at the appropriate dose and infusion rate) for treatment of heavy metal poisoning, chelation with EDTA has a low occurrence of side effects. The most common side effect is a burning sensation experienced at the site where the EDTA is delivered into the veins. Rare side effects can include fever, hypotension (a sudden drop in blood pressure), hypocalcemia (abnormally low calcium levels in the blood), headache, nausea, vomiting, and bone marrow depression (meaning that blood cell counts fall). Injury to the kidneys has been reported with EDTA chelation therapy, but it is rare. Other serious side effects can occur if EDTA is not administered by a trained health professional.

 

Massage Therapy – manipulating muscles soft tissues

Massage therapy is a practice that dates back thousands of years. There are many types of massage therapy; all involve manipulating the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. In the United States, massage therapy is sometimes part of conventional medicine. In other instances, it is part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This Backgrounder provides a general overview of massage therapy used as CAM and suggests some resources you can use to learn more.

Types of massage
Anma – Traditional Japanese Massage
Introduced to Japan about 1300 years ago. Shiatsu massage grew out of this rich tradition. Anma is deep tissue work using no oils and is based on kneading movements.

Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage
Ayurveda is Practiced in India for more than 5,000 years, ayurvedic tradition holds that illness is a state of imbalance among the body’s systems that can be detected through such diagnostic procedures as reading the pulse and observing the tongue. Nutrition counseling, massage, natural medications, meditation and other modalities are used to address a broad spectrum of ailments. Ayurvedic Massage, also known as Abhyanga is usually performed by two therapists working in harmony, using a heated blend of specially selected herbal oils.

Barefoot Deep Tissue
Barefoot Deep Tissue is a blend of Eastern barefoot techniques with Western manual medicine. the therapist apply a broad range of pressure with ease and does not have to strain, more effort and concentration can be used to sense and manipulate tissue, release fascia, as well as search for and attack trigger points and other problems, regardless of client’s size or build.

Bowen therapy
Bowen Technique involves a rolling type movement over fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints.

Cachunga Massage- Traditional Persian Massage
Cachunga introduced to the Achaemenid Empire of ancient Persia by Darius the 8th. This is a massage that primarily focuses on the breasts of females. Cachunga is a deep tissue massage used with oil. It is based on a fondling motion, and is usually performed in the direction of the heart to promote circulation.

Chair massage
Chair massage, also known as corporate massage, can be a convenient method of massage therapy. Chair massage promotes better circulation, muscle stimulation and stress relief. This form of massage reduces tension in the back, neck, shoulders, head, arms, hands, legs or feet, providing a deep relaxation effect. A chair massage session typically lasts 10-25 minutes, and is performed while fully clothed.

Chinese Zhi Ya massage
Zhi Ya is a form of Chinese massage based on acupressure. It is similar to Tui Na massage except it focuses more on pinching and pressing at acupressure points.

CranioSacral therapy
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system.

Deep muscle therapy
Deep muscle therapy aims to restore the circulation with its healing properties to the cellular level. Deep muscle therapy (by Therese Pfrimmer) emphasizes specific set of movements applied to all muscles and concentrating on all layers of the muscle that have become depleted of their regular blood and lymphatic flow. Deep muscle therapy is also used to treat the ailments like carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and back pain, headaches, poor circulation, whiplash, and more.

Deep tissue massage
In Deep tissue massage the practitioner can access deeper layers of the soft tissue for more focused massage work with a specific joint, muscle or muscle group.

Effleurage
Effleurage consists of long, flowing or gliding strokes, performed with open hands. In many massage sessions, effleurage is used as the initial type of stroking, as it has a calming effect when performed slowly. Effleurage is usually performed in the direction of the heart to promote circulation and lymphatic drainage.

Esalen Massage
Esalen Massage is combined with the bodywork approach developed by Charlotte Selver, which emphasizes the deeply relaxing and emotional responses of the body when a conscious, structured and pleasant touch is applied. In addition, gentle rocking of the body, passive joint exercises and deep structural work on the muscles and joints, together with an energetic balancing of the body.

Foot or sole massage
Foot massage as practiced by the Chinese is performed in the context of chi. Each spot on the sole of the foot corresponds to an internal organ, and the applied therapy is healing to one’s overall well being. The theory behind foot massage maintains that the ailment of an internal organ will be associated with the nerve ending on the sole of the foot.

Fur massage
Fur massage is an ancient touch healing therapy in which couples therapists employ fur massage to focus patients’ attention on the importance of touch and to sensitize specific areas of the skin. Holistic spas use fur massage to stimulate the lymphatic system by exciting the skin.

Hot Stone Massage
In Hot Stone Massage, heated stones are used as a tool for healing. The application of heat to the body and the relaxing effects this has on muscles and the nervous system has been recognized by numerous ancient civilizations.

>Indian Head Massage
The art of Indian Head Massage is an Ayurvedic form of healing and relaxation which is used widely in Asia to relieve tension and stress. The Indian Head Massage harmonizes the body’s natural balance, helping to promote physical and psychological wellbeing.
Lomilomi — Traditional Hawaiian Massage
Lomilomi massage is an ancient art from the Hawaiian healing specialists.
Maalish
Maalish is also called ‘champi’, a rough form of massage practicsed in India. It is many times performed by the barber after a haircut on the head, shoulders and neck.

MA-URI massage
MA-URI has its roots in Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi Nui dance and it is created by Hemi Hoani Fox in 1990. MA-URI increased so-called energy flow within the body and mind.

Mayan abdominal massage
Mayan abdominal massage originated in Latin America. Mayan abdominal massage mainly involves abdomen region. Mayan abdominal massage helps to improve digestion, correct digestion related problems, and to help the reproductive organs.

Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is one of the techniques used by sports massage therapists.

Myofascial Release
Myofascial release frees fascial restrictions, and allow the muscles to move efficiently. Myofascial release is usually done by applying shear, compression or tension in various directions, or by skin rolling. This is one of the techniques used by sports massage therapists and physical therapists.

Myoskeletal alignment technique
MAT was developed by Erik Dalton. Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT) identifies postural distortions to improve and prevent pain conditions. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and myofacial techniques are used to lengthen tight/facilitated muscles while fiber activation techniques tone weak/inhibited muscles.

Neuromuscular therapy
NMT was developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Stanley Leif. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is used for pain relief and specific problems. Structural and postural imbalances are identified through an initial postural assessment.

Petrissage
Petrissage is one of the five basic strokes of a Swedish massage. Petrissage warms tissue for deeper work, increases circulation, supply of nutrients and oxygen to muscle, softens superficial fascia, decreases muscle tension, and restoring mobility by decreasing adhesion.

Roman Massage
At the Roman Baths, bathers would be rubbed with oil(s) and then massaged by a specialised slave.

Rolfing
Rolfing is a massage technique using deep manipulation of the fascia (connective tissue) to restore the body’s natural alignment. Rolfing enhances vitality and well-being.
Scalp massage
It is mainly practiced in India and Hong Kong in barber shops.

Shantala massage
Shantala massage was introduced into Western society by Dr. Frederique Leboyer, the renowned French obstetrician, in a book “Loving Hands: The Traditional Art of Baby Massage”. Shantala massage is an ancient Indian massage technique with a rhythmic character, given to massage babies and children.

Shiatsu
Shiatsu is the most widely known form of acupressure, shiatsu has been used in Japan for more than 1,000 years to treat pain and illness and for general health maintenance.

Soft Tissue Therapy includes The Assessment, Treatment and Management of Soft Tissue Injury, Pain and Dysfunction. Soft Tissue Therapy is one of the techniques used by sports massage therapists.
Sports Massage and Sports Therapy
Sports Massage and Sports Therapy are the fastest growing forms of treatment for athletes for the prevention of injuries, enhancing performance and in rehabilitation.

Stone massage
In Stone massage hot or cold stones are used to massage the body. When heated stones are used muscles relax allowing the massage therapist to work deeper into the muscle without the discomfort of regular deep tissue massage. Sufferers of sinus congestion usually find relief when cold stones are placed on the sinuses. Energy work is sometimes incorporated into Stone Massage. Stones may be placed on key energy points, such as Chakras or meridians, in order to improve energy flow and healing. Mainly in Stone massage basalt or marbles are used.

Structural muscular balancing
In the Structural muscular balancing, the nervous system is triggered to release contractions through compression applied to muscles placed in a shortened position.

Esborrachastinen massage
Esborraschatinen massage is designed to increase circulation and blood flow.

Tai Ji / Tai Chi Massage
Tai Ji Massage
Tai Ji Massage was developed by Richard Wickes, Li Cun De. Tai Ji / Tai Chi Massage is massage using the natural principles of Tai Ji, Yin and Yang to achieve balance in the energies of the body, leading to a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

Thai massage
this form of massage is also known as Thai ancient massage, traditional Thai massage, Thai yoga massage, yoga massage, Thai classical massage, Thai bodywork, passive yoga or assisted yoga. Thai massage usually soothing because of its emphasis on stretching and loosening the body.

Trigger point therapy
Trigger point therapy diminishes migraine pain, mock sciatica, mock carpal tunnel syndrome and other pain syndromes, and other symptoms that may have been misdiagnosed. This work is based upon the trigger point research and manuals of Dr. Janet G. Travell, President Kennedy’s physician.
Sometimes this work is incorporated into other styles of massage therapy such as neuromuscular therapy (NMT) or even Swedish.

Watsu
Is the combination of Water and Shiatsu developed by Harold Dull in his time spent at Harbin Hot Springs, California. The work is done in skin temperature water with both the therapist and practitioner in the water, usually a pool which is between 3.5 ft to 4 ft. (100–120 cm) deep. The work entails much movement in the water and incorporates the activation of the energy lines derived from Shiatsu.

Licenses and Certifications
Licenses or certifications for massage therapists include:
• LMT Licensed Massage Therapist
• LMP Licensed Massage Practitioner
• CMT Certified Massage Therapist
• NCTMB Has met the credentialing requirements (including
passing an exam) of the National Certification
Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork,
for practicing therapeutic massage and bodywork
• NCTM Has met the credentialing requirements (including
passing an exam) of the National Certification
Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork,
for practicing therapeutic massage

Biofeedback

In biofeedback ultra-modern sophisticated instruments are used to measure physiological responses. by this technique a person learns how to regulate certain body functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, or brain wave patterns, that are normally considered to be involuntary. So we may say, biofeedback is a method for learning to increase one’s ability to control biological responses, such as blood pressure, muscle tension, and heart rate. The name biofeedback refers to the biological signals that are fed back, or returned, to the patient in order for the patient to develop techniques of manipulating them.

Biofeedback enables a person to gain some element of voluntary control over autonomic body functions. It may be used clinically to treat certain conditions, such as hypertension and migraine headache.

Biofeedback may also be useful for the following health problems:

• anorexia nervosa
• anxiety
• asthma
• autism
• back pain
• bed wetting
• chronic pain
• constipation
• depression
• diabetes
• fecal incontinence
• epilepsy and related seizure disorders
• head injuries
• high blood pressure
• learning disabilities
• motion sickness
• muscle spasms
• sexual disorders, including pain with intercourse
• spinal cord injuries

Biofeedback has been used to successfully treat a number of disorders and their symptoms, including temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Raynaud’s syndrome, epilepsy, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), migraine headaches, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury, and sleep disorders. Illnesses that may be triggered at least in part by stress are also targeted by biofeedback therapy. Certain types of headaches, high blood pressure, bruxism (teeth grinding), post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, and some anxiety disorders may be treated successfully by teaching patients the ability to relax and release both muscle and mental tension. Biofeedback is often just one part of a comprehensive treatment program for some of these disorders. NASA has used biofeedback techniques to treat astronauts who suffer from severe space sickness, during which the autonomic nervous system is disrupted. Scientists at the University of Tennessee have adapted these techniques to treat individuals suffering from severe nausea and vomiting that is also rooted in autonomic nervous system dysfunction. Side Effects of Biofeedback There are no known side effects to properly administered biofeedback or neurofeedback sessions.

Training & Certification in Biofeedback Individuals wishing to try biofeedback should contact a healthcare professional trained in biofeedback techniques. Licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, and physicians frequently train their patients in biofeedback techniques, or can recommend a specialist who does. In some cases, a licensed professional may employ a biofeedback technician who works under their direct guidance when treating patients. There are several national organizations for biofeedback therapists, including the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, which also certifies therapists in the practice. Types of biofeedback instrumentation Electromyogram (EMG)An electromyogram (EMG) is a test that is used to record the electrical activity of muscles. When muscles are active, they produce an electrical current. This current is usually proportional to the level of the muscle activity. An EMG is also referred to as a myogram. EMGs can be used to detect abnormal muscle electrical activity that can occur in many diseases and conditions, including muscular dystrophy, inflammation of muscles, pinched nerves, peripheral nerve damage (damage to nerves in the arms and legs), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (also known as Lou Gehrig disease), myasthenia gravis, disc herniation, and others. An Electromyogram is the most common form of biofeedback measurement. Galvanic skin response trainingWith Galvanic skin response training, sensors measure the activity of your sweat glands and the amount of perspiration on your skin alerting you to anxiety. This information can be useful in treating emotional disorders such as phobias, anxiety and stuttering. This is the method most commonly used by lie detector machines. It is the most popular form of biofeedback, with over 500,000 hand-held GSR2 units having been purchased by consumers since the early ’70s; it is also one of the biofeedback methods used by Calmlink and the video game series Journey to Wild Divine. Galvanic Skin Response meters are also now gaining popularity in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy practice where subtle physiological changes indicating emotional arousal can be more easily detected than by observation alone.

Electroencephalography (EEG)Brain waves are attributed to electrical activities of the brain which are manifest as alternating potential differences at the scalp surface. When acquired through scalp electrodes, such potential differences result in time-continuous signals termed electroencephalogram (EEG). From a physical point of view, it is opportune to model the wave-like qualities of EEG as a finite sum of harmonic oscillations at discrete vibration rates triggered by a central pace-maker. Hence, brain-waves can analoguously be interpreted like sound waves in acoustics which consist of a fundamental oscillation superimposed by higher harmonics. Each of these partial tones is uniquely characterized by 2 quantities, its frequency (“pitch”) and its amplitude (“loudness”). An EEG monitors the activity of brain waves linked to different mental states, such as wakefulness, relaxation, calmness, light sleep and deep sleep.

Reflexology

Reflexology is based on the idea that each of the body’s organs and glands are “linked” to corresponding areas of ears, hands and feet. Applying pressure on these points results in the energy being restored to the body which helps in strengthening of the immune system and in the natural healing system of the body functioning effectively.

In zone therapy, a reflexology chart shows the reflex zones found on the soles of the feet. Similar maps exist for the position of the reflexes on the hands.

The representation of the color codes are as follows:

This image is drawn and colorized by Jimmy Louie.

Brain        Stomach
Sinuses        Spleen
Voice        Liver
Pituitary gland        Gall Bladder
Neck and Throat        Adrenal Gland
Eyes        Pancreas
Ears        Kidney
Armpit        Ureter
Shoulder and Arm        Bladder
Lung and Breast        Colon
Heart        Small Intestine
Thyroid and Bronchial        Coccyx
Solar Plexus        Sciatic Nerve
Diaphragm        Peyer’s Patches
Appendix

Side effects of Reflexology

Because reflexology is intended to normalize the body functions, the therapy does not cause a condition to worsen.

Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. In the process, reflexology not only quells the sensation of pain, but relieves the source of the pain as well.

Reflexology organizations worldwide

Academy of Reflexology Austria

Association of Finnish Reflexologists

Chinese Society of Reflexologists

Hellenic Association of Reflexologists

Indian Society for Promotion of Reflexology

International Council of Reflexologists (HQ: San Diego, USA)

Israeli Reflexology Association

New Zealand Reflexology Association

Polish Instytut of Reflexology (Polish Language)

Reflexology Association of America

Reflexology Association of Australia

Rwo-Shr Health Institute International (Malaysia)

The South African Reflexology Society

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