Integrative Health Care Articles

Massage for PTSD creates space for healing

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PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is commonly associated with soldiers and other people in war-torn areas but it doesn’t take a war to manifest. Massage for PTSD is a powerful treatment form. Any sort of prolonged chronic stress, from…

Massage for knee arthritis eases pain

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Cartilage is our friend. Protective cartilage on the ends of our bones cushions the bones and allows easy movement. Over time, though, this firm yet slippery tissue wears down, and the rough surface creates friction. Friction creates pain.…

What is Ear Acupuncture?

The eyes may be a window to the soul but the ears are a gateway to the whole human organism. Ear acupuncture involves stimulating five points on the ear to help lessen pain and illness, much like foot reflexology. The ears, like the feet, contain…

Acupressure Improves Insomnia

A simple acupressure intervention, pressure applied to a point on each wrist, improved sleep for residents with insomnia in a long-term care facility during a five-week study. The study involved 50 residents of two facilities in Taiwan who…

Guided, gentle stretching exercises create foundation for wellness

This 11-minute audio podcast guides listeners through a series of simple, gentle stretching exercises that release tension in the neck, shoulders, chest, back and spine.  The way we stretch helps determine the quality of motion we display. Beginning…

Mindful breathing energizes our minds as well as our bodies

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Babies are better at breathing than almost all of us. They instinctually breathe with their whole bodies, flooding every cell with oxygen. As adults, most of us have forgotten what a full breath feels like. But breathing is crucial not only…