Physical therapies unblock energy pathways
in the body -
E.g. Deep tissue massage,
rolfing, reflexology, exercise, chiropractic, acupuncture, acupressure, applied
kinesiology, Reiki, Tai chi, yoga, spinal manipulation.
Acupuncture – In this treatment
from traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncturists insert thin needles into
strategic, energy-balancing points on the body. These acupuncture points have a
dramatically reduced electrical resistance compared with the surrounding skin
(10 kilo ohms compared to 3 Mega ohms).
Acupuncture can prevent and treat nausea and vomiting and help relieve
many types of pain, including that from osteoarthritis, low back pain, neck
pain, headaches and postsurgical pain. Patients who receive acupuncture
typically receive up to 12 treatments, usually given once or twice a week.
German researchers tracked more than 3,000 patients with hip or
knee osteoarthritis and found that those receiving acupuncture experienced
significantly more pain relief than those who did not receive acupuncture
the meridians are a large number of pressure points that act as "valves" for the
flow of chi. The stimulation of these points, when properly performed, acts to
restore balance to the internal environment, thereby relieving symptoms.
Deep Tissue Massage
massage therapist manipulates the body's soft tissue (i.e. muscle, skin and
tendons) using fingertips, hands and fists. Massage treats anxiety and low back
pain and improves postsurgical healing. Studies conducted at the University of
Miami's Touch Research Institute show that massage can help relieve back pain
and strengthen the immune system in women with breast cancer by increasing
levels of natural disease-fighting cells.
Spinal Manipulation -
chiropractors, osteopaths (medical doctors whose training allows them to correct
structural problems in the musculoskeletal system) and physical therapists, this
hands-on technique adjusts the spine to properly align the vertebrae with
muscles, joints and nerves. Spinal manipulation is an accepted medical practice
for low back pain, but the evidence supporting its use for other medical
problems has been somewhat conflicting.
At the University of California, Los
Angeles, School of Public Health, a study of 681 patients with low back pain
showed that chiropractic care was as effective as medical care, including
painkilling drugs, in relieving discomfort.
Tai chi -
exercise, derived from Chinese martial arts, consists of a series of defined
postures and movements performed slowly and gracefully. Medically, it is used to
improve balance in older people who are prone to falls.
In a study of 278
elderly people at Vrije University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, those who
performed tai chi three times a week for six months had 50% fewer falls and
fewer injury-causing falls.
specific stretching postures and breathing exercises, which
originated in India, help calm body and mind. Yoga is particularly effective for
stress relief, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, anxiety
In a study
conducted at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, 98 people
with heart disease or diabetes who practiced the postures and breathing
techniques of yoga had significant reductions in total cholesterol and blood