5 natural therapies that complement traditional medicine

This article is sponsored by Casey Health Institute

In recent years, a debate raged between natural therapies and traditional medicine when it comes to treating patients. Many believe the traditional approach of taking modern medicine is the way to heal the body, while others believe in the healing powers of natural therapies.

In this debate, however, both sides are right. What is even better, is that the two complement each other very well.

Casey Health offers many natural therapies to compliment traditional medicine and primary care.

Below are five of them:

1.) Behavioral health

When a person is struggling with injury, whether it is physical, mental or emotional, it can be overwhelming to the point where seeking professional medical help is necessary. And while there are medications to help treat symptoms, making changes in the person’s behavior will create a long-lasting change that could impact not just now, but the rest of your life as well.

Behavioral health therapies, often referred to as, “lifestyle medicines,” not only treat the physical pain, but take a careful look at things like your diet, physical activity, sleep, social interactions, as well as your environmental conditions where you live, work and socialize.

When you treat the root of the problem, the surface is also able to heal.

2.) Massage therapy

Stress is not just isolated to the mind, but can spread throughout the body, causing tension in muscles that in turn can cause further injury to the inner workings of the body.

Experiencing a therapeutic massage is a great complementary therapy that can help to alleviate many physical and mental ailments.

In recent years, research has shown that massage therapy provides benefits to many health situations. And according to experts at the Casey Health Institute, regular therapeutic massages can reduce blood pressure and heart rate, the propensity for anxiety, depression and pain. Massage has also been shown to provide pain relief, as well as improve mood for patients in advanced stages of cancer.

3.) Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, stemming from early traditional Chinese medical practices. In the West however, acupuncture was thought of as one of the less-effective practices, until recent research has suggested otherwise.

This simple practice is designed to engage the body’s natural healing powers by stimulating specific acupuncture points, awakening receptors in the brain that release hormones and natural neurochemicals. Acupuncturists at Casey Health work to address specific health issues such as allergies, back and neck pain, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, insomnia, IBS, fertility issues and stress to name a few.

As a result of this age-old method, patients have seen a reduction in pain, and they have been able to regulate their endocrine system, calm the nervous system, regulate serotonin levels, stimulate the immune system and regulate the heart’s rhythm. Patients who have had to endure the pains of chemotherapy have been able to receive relief during this tumultuous time through the use of this complimentary healing method.

4.) Yoga & Yoga Therapy

Yoga is also a practice that has been around for thousands of years, and it has often been used as a form of meditation.

And while meditation is a fantastic way to settle the mind, relieving stress on the body, yoga is so much more than sitting in one pose. Yoga is about movement and balance; it is about flexibility and building muscle; it is about helping the body and all of its functions from head to toe to work more cohesively so that the body can heal.

Many yoga therapies are designed to addresses health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and low back pain.

Casey Health offers therapeutic yoga classes designed to specifically treat many of these conditions.

5.) Chiropractic

The body has so many functions that work together to make us work properly, and one very important part that we often forget about is our skeletal system. Yes, our bones are what keep us upright — they are the foundation for everything else to hold on to, and when things are out of line, other things are negatively affected. This is where chiropractic exercises can help.

Chiropractic is a natural method of care that focuses on the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine. It takes into consideration how the health of your spine affects the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and can even be a more conservative approach to healing than going under the knife.

Through chiropractic practice performed by a licensed professional at Casey Health, you can have function restored, improving your general health.

Wellness is more than just physical. It’s also social, spiritual and emotional. By utilizing professionals trained in the complementary healing practices of traditional medicine and natural therapies, you can give yourself the best chance at living the healthy and fulfilling life you’ve always dreamed of having.

If you are interested in learning more about the 5 natural therapies or traditional primary care, contact Casey Health at 301-664-6464.

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