Chiropractic

The word Chiropractic derived from a Greek word meaning “done by hand,” refers to a method of health care that stresses the relationship between structure and function in the body.

Chiropractic is a system of therapy in which disease is considered the result of abnormal function of the nervous system. The method of treatment usually involves manipulation of the spinal column and other body structures. To achieve this, the practitioner uses his or her hands or an adjusting tool to perform specific manipulations of the vertebrae. When these bones of the spine are not correctly articulated, resulting in a condition known as subluxation, the theory is that nerve transmission is disrupted and causes pain and illness manifested in the back as well as other areas of the body.

History of Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a form of spinal manipulation, which is one of the oldest healing practices. Spinal manipulation was described by Hippocrates in ancient Greece. Chiropractic was developed by Daniel David Palmer in 1895, he believed that 95% of all health problems could be prevented or treated using adjustments of the spine (spinal adjustments), and 5% by adjustment of other joints, to correct what he termed vertebral subluxations. He, and his son B.J. Palmer, proposed that subluxations were misaligned vertebrae which caused nerve compression that interfered with the transmission of what he named Innate Intelligence. Doctors of chiropractic, who are also called chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, use a type of hands-on therapy called manipulation (or adjustment) as their core clinical procedure.

The basic concepts of chiropractic can be described as follows:

• The body has a powerful self-healing ability.
• The body’s structure (primarily that of the spine) and its function are closely related, and this relationship affects health.
• Chiropractic therapy is given with the goals of normalizing this relationship between structure and function and assisting the body as it heals.

Chiropractic Schools College Institute Office/ Training/ Certification Chiropractic training is a 4-year academic program consisting of both classroom and clinical instruction. At least 3 years of preparatory college work are required for admission to chiropractic schools. Students who graduate receive the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) and are eligible to take state licensure board examinations in order to practice. Some schools also offer postgraduate courses, including 2- to 3-year residency programs in specialized fields. The Council on Chiropractic Education, an agency certified by the U.S. Department of Education, is the accrediting body for chiropractic colleges in the United States.

Side effects in chiropractic treatment:

Patients may or may not experience side effects from chiropractic treatment. Effects may include temporary discomfort in parts of the body that were treated, headache, or tiredness. These effects tend to be minor and to resolve within 1 to 2 days. Health insurance and chiropractic treatment Compared with CAM therapies as a whole (few of which are reimbursed), coverage of chiropractic by insurance plans is extensive. As of 2002, more than 50 percent of health maintenance organizations (HMOs), more than 75 percent of private health care plans, and all state workers’ compensation systems covered chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors can bill Medicare, and over two dozen states cover chiropractic treatment under Medicaid. If you have health insurance, check whether chiropractic care is covered before you seek treatment. Your plan may require care to be approved in advance, limit the number of visits covered, and/or require that you use chiropractors within its network

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a kind of therapeutic massage where pressure is applied with the thumbs and palms on the areas of the body as in acupuncture.

Definition of Shiatsu

“Shiatsu technique refers to the use of fingers and palm of one’s hand to apply pressure to particular sections on the surface of the body for the purpose of correcting the imbalances of the body, and for maintaining and promoting health. It is also a method contributing to the healing of specific illnesses.” Japanese medical department of the Ministry of Welfare (Current Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare) in December 1957 This manipulative therapy Shiatsu developed in Japan. It is the incorporation of anma (Japanese traditional massage), acupressure, stretching, and Western massage. In Shiatsu pressure is applied on specific areas or special points on the body to sustain physical and mental well being or treat disease. Shiatsu reduces stress and alleviates nausea and vomiting. It also improves circulation and the immune system. Shiatsu also proved helpful in treating diarrhea, indigestion, constipation, disorders of the gastrointestinal tract; menstrual and menopausal problems; chronic pain; migraine; arthritis; toothache; anxiety; and depression; neck and back pain; insomnia. The Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare acknowledged shiatsu as a beneficial treatment, and licensing was established for practitioners. Side effectsWhen performed properly, shiatsu is not associated with any significant side effects.

Education/ Certification/ Standardization in Shiatsu therapy

Tokujiro Namikoshi founded the Japan Shiatsu College in 1940 and systematized a form of Shiatsu therapy based more on Western anatomy than traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine.  In Japan, anyone who practices Shiatsu therapy must be licensed with the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Shiatsupractors are required to study at least three years/2,200 hour educational program of Shiatsu therapy in the universities or colleges which authorized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and pass the national exam to be licensed. In the U.S., one professional organization for Asian Bodywork Therapy (including Shiatsu) is the AOBTA (American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia). This organization is seeking statewide standardization of Asian Bodywork licensure requirements. To date, the AOBTA has been named specifically in the licensure laws of Illinois and Washington, DC. The AOBTA is also working with the NCCAOM (National Certification Council for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) to introduce mandatory, standardized national board certification to the profession.

Colonic : Irrigation Therapy – Cleansing Hydrotherapy

Colonics or Colon Hydrotherapy/ Colonic Irrigation, is generally the internal cleansing of the large intestine with water. Similar to an enema, it involves the introduction of discrete amounts of purified water, sometimes infused with minerals or other materials, such as organic coffee, into the colon using medically approved class II colon hydrotherapy devices with sanitary, disposable speculums or gravity-fed enema-like systems inserted into the rectum.

The fluid is released after a short period, and the process will be repeated multiple times during the course of a treatment. A colema is a type of colon hydrotherapy performed by oneself using a bucket with an attached hose, while lying on a board positioned over a toilet, into which the contents of enema are released. Colon’s purpose in human body is to collect all fermented and putrefied toxic waste from every part of the anatomy and, by the peristaltic wave of its muscles, remove all solid and semi-solid waste from the body.

Causes that slow down bowel transit time:

• Intake of high-fat, low-fiber diet.

• Over processed and over cooked food.

• Drinking less water.

• Consuming food that dehydrates the bowel like, caffeine in coffee, tea, chocolate, and colas etc…

• Mental and emotional stress.

When colon hydrotherapy is performed, the body is rejuvenated, toxic debris is removed and over time, the colon is returned to its natural shape and function ability. Colon Hydrotherapy also restores pH balance to the body, stimulates the immune system, allows free passage of nutrients into the blood, prevents toxic absorption into healthy mucosa and strengthens natural muscular contractions in the colon as well.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy (CST) or Cranial Osteopathy, this healing modality uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body. Craniosacral therapy (CST) or Cranial Osteopathy is used by massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors and osteopaths, who manually apply a subtle movement of the spinal and cranial bones to bring the central nervous system into harmony.

This therapy includes the bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissues of the cranium and spinal area.

It is believed that movement of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) can be restricted by trauma to the body like, through falls, accidents, and general nervous tension. In Craniosacral therapy (CST) or Cranial Osteopathy, by gently working with the spine, the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia, the restrictions of nerve passages are eased, the movement of CSF through the spinal cord can be optimized, and misaligned bones can be restored to their proper position.

General Guideline in Craniosacral therapy (CST) or Cranial Osteopathy

(1) analyzing the base (existing) cranial rhythm,
(2) creating a still point in that rhythm at the base of the skull,
(3) rocking the sacrum,
(4) lengthening the spine in the lumbar-sacral region,
(5) addressing the pelvic, respiratory and thoracic diaphragms,
(6) releasing the hyoid bone in the throat, and
(7-10) addressing each one of the cranial bones. The practitioner may use discretion in using which steps are suitable for each client, and may or may not follow them in sequential order, with time restraints and the extent of trauma being factors.

Some conditions where craniosacral therapy is a suitable treatment approach

• All back dysfunction
• Asthma
• Blood pressure
• Digestive disorder
• Incontinence
• Infant disorder including colic, sleeping, feeding, speech, ear and behavioural problems
• Migraine and headache
• Neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, Bells Palsy and Cerebral Palsy
• Pain
• Pregnancy care
• Rehabilitation after trauma and accident
• Soft tissue injury
• Stress and panic disorders

Side effects in Craniosacral therapy (CST) or Cranial Osteopathy
Some people may experience mild discomfort after a treatment. This may be due to re-experiencing a trauma or injury or a previously numb area may come back to life and be more sensitive. These side effects are temporary.

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