Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine

The Importance of Breathing Well

Breathing is so vital, so natural a process to us that we hardly ever even stop to think about it, and so it may come as a surprise to us that most people in our culture breathe improperly most of the time.

How to Give a Great Back Massage

Most people hold much of their tension in their back, neck and shoulders. Back pain is one of the most common forms of chronic pain suffered by people today. Massage therapy can help relieve the pain and stress in the back. Once that pain and stress is eliminated, you'll feel much better and more relaxed.

Massage helps loosen tightened muscles relieving muscle tension. It helps break up adhesions in muscle fibers and helps relax knots. It pushes wastes out of the tissue and helps move nutrients into it.

7 Healing Gemstones and Their Uses

Since the beginning of time, gemstones and crystals have been used to heal the mind, body, and spirit. Gemstones heal by way of vibrations, and each stone resonates at a different level. These vibrations are therapeutic not only for the human body and mind--they heal on a spiritual level as well. For centuries, gemstone healing was actually a common practice, and in today's world, many people carry on the tradition of this natural form of healing. There are many gemstones to choose from. Here are seven gemstones that are commonly used for healing purposes. These particular crystals are easy to obtain and will undoubtedly prove to be beneficial companion healers.

Amethyst

Amethyst is a beautiful crystal that can be found in varying shades of purple, ranging from very light to very dark. Amethyst can be used to strengthen and promote strong spiritual connections and psychic abilities, and it works wonders for those suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, and other chemical imbalances. For those who are grieving a significant loss, amethyst can help one deal with profound sadness. Physically, amethyst can be used to treat respiratory infections, improve lung function, and cleanse the blood.

Carnelian

Carnelian is a deep orange or red stone and it is known as the stone of courage. Choose carnelian when you struggle to face fear head-on. It's a gentle, powerful ally to have by your side. It is good for calming oneself, keeping a level head, and known for its ability to control feelings of anger. It is also a good stone to use to treat depression. For the physical body, carnelian can kick-start sluggish metabolism, ease symptoms associated with arthritis, and aids in keeping the kidneys healthy.

Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase is a lovely light green stone that can be used to develop your own inner intuition. It aids in creative endeavors, and can help heal individuals suffering from mental illness. For the physical body, this gemstone promotes overall heart health, aids in digestion, acts as a natural blood cleanser, and helps decrease swelling and inflammation.

Labradorite

Also known as spectrolite, labradorite crystals are usually gray, blue, and black with hints of yellow when the light hits them a certain way. If you would like to develop your natural psychic abilities, this is an excellent crystal to work with. It promotes spiritual awareness and is known to stimulate creativity. Labradorite also helps one adapt to new situations and positive changes. It can help with problems caused by stress, depression, and anxiety disorders- and can alleviate headache pain, PMS, and irritating symptoms caused by the common cold.

Moonstone

As its name implies, moonstone follows the cycles of the moon. This gemstone is usually white, cream, or pale yellow, and it can be used to enhance intuition and psychic ability. Moonstone encourages us to accept and appreciate new beginnings- out with the old, in with the new. A balancing crystal, moonstone is a good choice for calming overly-aggressive behavior. For women, it promotes healthy pregnancies, aids in the birthing process, and maintains the health of the reproductive organs. Moonstone can be used to treat problems within the digestive system, and it can also be used to cure insomnia.

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is known all over the world as the stone of love. It promotes self-love, as well as love for all beings- universal love. It is a heart stone, and can be used to help heal all conditions associated with the heart. Rose quartz is also excellent for maintaining a clear complexion, soothing burns, respiratory ailments, and a good stone for patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.

Smokey Quartz

Smokey quartz crystals range in color from gray to very dark brown, and many of them have a subtle "golden" hue to them. Smokey quartz helps one stay grounded to the physical plane, increasing the ability to focus and keep a clear mind. It is a calming stone that can ease anxiety and soften feelings of fear- and it can be very useful in eliminating negativity. It can also be used to treat depression and bipolar disorder, headaches, and stomach problems brought on by stress. It helps with hearing issues, and is helpful for patients with any type of cancer.

How to Use Gemstones for Healing

Gemstones and crystals can be used in a variety of ways. They can be worn as jewelry- such as a pendant or ring. You can carry a small gemstone in your pocket, hold one in your hand while meditating, or simply place it on the part of the body that needs healing. Another way to use a crystal is to put one under your pillow while you sleep. You can also place crystals in your home or office--use your own intuition when deciding where to place them. If it feels right, then go with it!

Cleansing Your Gemstones

You should always cleanse your gemstones and crystals after using them for healing. You can do this in a variety of ways. Clear them with water- rain water, if possible. You can also cleanse them with a sage smudge stick or incense--use the smoke to clear them. Another method of cleansing is by way of the moon or sun--place the stones under the direct light to clear them effectively. Some gemstones should not be placed in direct sunlight as it can fade the color of the stone. Do your research before using this method. You can also bury your crystals in the earth- find a safe place in your backyard, garden, or even a potted plant if you live in an apartment. You can also cleanse stones by intention- a simple visualization of a cleansing white light will work if you are unable to physically cleanse them.

Gemstones are not only beautiful to look at; they have many healing properties as well. Choose a crystal that calls to you and heal your mind, body, and soul with a piece of the earth itself.

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How an Applied Kinesiologist Uses Neuro Lympathics to Improve Health

First before we talk about Neuro-lympathics, we need to talk about lymphatics and the lymphatic system, what they are and their role in your health.

Lymph is a clear colorless liquid carrying microscopic particles such as white blood cells, food, protein, and other substances such as water necessary for the cell’s health; also it may contain bacteria , viruses, toxics and other foreign material. This lymph is collected by a system of collecting tubes located near our organs, and muscles that drain the lymph is called the lymphatic system.

In this system of collecting tubes are lymph nodes; lymph nodes produce a type of white blood cell that engulfs and destroys invaders like bacteria or viruses. The lymph nodes are concentrated in areas such as the neck, shoulder axilla, elbow, groin, behind the knee, and in the abdomen. Most people at one time or another have had swollen glands around the neck; the lymph nodes are actively helping to control the infection

So your lymphatic system has two major functions: to maintain the fluid balance in our bodies and to help w/ our immunity.

There are neurologically controlled muscle fibers in the large lymph vessels. Contraction of the vessels helps propel lymph drainage into the venous system.

Neurologic reflex points thought to affect lymphatic drainage were developed by an osteopath, Frank Chapman, in the 1930s who believed that manipulation of tender spots in the body could increase lymphatic drainage in different organs and improve health

Goodheart who founded Applied Kinesiology started working w/ Chapman’s points and found that working these points also affected muscles as well as organ drainage. Goodheart started observing (for example) that points for stomach drainage also helped the pectoralis clav. muscle. Goodheart continued his research and found that there was a organ-muscle- lymphatic connection for each organ and muscle.

For example: let’s talk about muscular imbalance and postural distortion in the upper chest and neck region. Imbalance in this area may interfere with the proper movement of one’s rib cage in respiration. Movement of the rib cage, along with diaphragm contraction, makes a major contribution to lymphatic drainage; it is especially important in the vital function of lung lymphatic drainage.

Chronic muscle strains & back pain, chronic infections, how much water is the patient drinking, poor circulation, nighttime urination, tingling in extremities. allergies are all clues to an Applied Kinesiologist that the lymphatic system may be involved and that stimulation of neuro-lymphatics points are needed to help the patient.

© 2011-Dr. Vittoria Repetto

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How to Give a Foot Massage

A foot massage can be one of life's little luxuries. And yet, they are too seldom given and enjoyed. The reason why? Few people believe they know how to give a foot massage. No need to be tentative - it's easy to give a fabulous foot massage if you just know the basics.

Spinal Pain Not Being Helped? See an Applied Kinesiologist; It May be a Fixation

At least 5-8 times a year, I’ll get a patient in that tells me that they have seen a chiropractor for their upper neck pain (or another part of their spine) but it never resolved.

I smile and do the usual orthopedic and neurological testing along with muscle testing neck muscles like the cervical erector, the SCM & the Scalene Anticus.

And then I go and test muscles bilaterally such as the Psoas muscle a major muscle of locomotion or the Gluteus Maximus; both of these muscle being strong postural muscles

And sure enough one of these muscles will test weak bilaterally. I then ask the patient to place two fingers (or therapy localize) on two different segments (vertebrae) bilaterally and then re-test.

If the muscle being tested is strengthened, then I know that the problem is not a subluxation where one or two vertebrae are misaligned and fixed in that position but a fixation where two or three vertebrae are fixed on each other.

Adjusting each vertebrae individually does nothing until you adjust both vertebrae at the same time in order to break up the fixation.

Your local certified Applied Kinesiologist who is either a chiropractor or an osteopath has trained in this technique and can help you greatly.

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The Art & Science of Muscle Testing in Applied Kinesiology

As some of you know, muscle testing is a basic in AK. When you test a muscle, you test not only the condition of the muscle itself, but the joint it crosses or moves, the spinal innervations of that muscle, the Chinese meridian (acupuncture energy line) associated w/ that muscle and the organ associated w/ that Chinese meridian and some cranial-sacral faults.

In order to derive this information, muscle testing must be done accurately. You must have a firm knowledge of anatomy (the science) and practice on hundreds of people before muscle testing becomes a skill (or an art); just like driving a car or cooking. Practice makes perfect!

This was hammered into my head the other month by a chiropractor who though she advertised that she did AK; it was obvious by her muscle testing that she did not have the knowledge or the skill.

First the muscle must be tested in the best position for that muscle to hold a contraction. If there is a weak muscle, patients have a natural tendency to recruit other muscles and they will shift their body position to gain an advantage.

Second it’s important that the doctor use the amount of strength appropriate for that patient If a patient has been sick for a long time or frail or a lot smaller then the doctor needs not to overpower the muscle being tested. The doctor needs to make sure the patient understands which way the doctor is pushing (or pulling) and the position in which the extremity needs to be held.

The test should not be done at such a fast rate that the patient never has a chance to develop their resistance vs. the direction of the muscle test. There is danger of muscle or tendon or joint injury if you try to overpower a muscle.

The doctor also needs to stabilize the patient and make sure that the stabilizing hand is not on a tender or painful area as this can cause the patient to let go during testing. Also the doctor needs to careful not to repeatedly test on a painful or pathological joint such as bursitis or a rotator cuff tear. The doctor should take the joint through a full range of motion before testing.

Many of the chiropractic colleges teach Applied Kinesiology as a class however that is not sufficient to master the art and science of muscle testing.

One of best ways to know that the chiropractor you are seeing has been trained properly and is committed to the practice of AK  is to see if they have been certified by the founding organization of Applied Kinesiology which is the International College of Applied Kinesiology (www.icak.com & www.icakusa.com ).

The organization authorizes certification courses to licensed doctors (chiropractors, medical doctors, dentists, osteopaths) w/ rigorous practice of technique and knowledge of muscle anatomy and physiology and then both a written and practical test. These doctors are listed at www.icakusa.com/doctors

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