Massage Therapy is the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique that is used to diagnose and treat illness as well as prevent disease and improve well-being. Acupuncture originated in China more than 5,000 years ago. It is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. Needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either decrease pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Traditional Osteopathy, as presented by the Canadian College of Osteopathy, is defined as:
“A natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of his/her palpation and works with the position, mobility and quality of the tissues.”
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (R.TCMP & R. Acu) is based on ancient Chinese Taoism and views a person as an energy system in which, the body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. In TCM, a person's health is influenced by the flow of Chi (energy) in the body, in combination with the universal forces of Yin and Yang. If the flow of Chi is obstructed, excessive, or unbalanced, pain and illness occur.