The Healing Power of Hugs by April Thompson Hugs don’t just feel good; they do good. A simple embrace can boost our health and mood, connect us spiritually and even help mend society. Hugs and other types of affectionate touching can provide numerous benefits in the face of threats or stress, according to Michael Murphy, Ph.D.,
Relieves Osteoarthritis Symptoms Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), a spiky, cucumber-shaped fruit, has traditionally been used in Asian countries to lower blood sugar.
Dr. Justin Griffin, owner of Greenville Network Spinal Care, is now accepting new patients. “Though network care has been in the Upstate in years past, Greenville Network Spinal Care, which opened in July, is currently the only exclusive network care practice in the Greenville area,” Dr. Griffin relates.
by Roberta Bolduc Doug Allen, a licensed massage therapist, qigong practitioner and CranioSacral Therapist, is the owner of Harmony and Fusion, LLC, in Greer, South Carolina. QiGong, as described by the National QiGong Association, is a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound and focused intent.
by Amber Lanier Nagle Dustin Sulak, D.O., opened a private osteopathic manipulation, hypnotherapy and integrative medicine practice in Hallowell, Maine, in 2009, the same year the state’s voters expanded its medical cannabis law. At that time, he was one of the few physicians in Maine willing to certify patients to use cannabis legally.
Massage Keeps a Dog at Peak Health (scroll to bottom for article regarding massage for cats) by Karen Shaw Becker Animals have performed massage on themselves or others since the dawn of time through natural grooming behaviors,” reports the Northwest School of Animal Massage, in Vashon, Washington. “Any animal’s quality of life can be enhanced with massage.”
Pure Balance Float Spa in Greer is one of the first float spas in the Upstate. Floating may seem like a new treatment for reducing stress, detoxing, managing pain, and muscle recovery just to name a few; however, it has been used in the United States since the 1950s. Floating is currently a preferred method of muscle recovery for professional sport teams.
Integrative Approaches Enhance Healing by Marlaina Donato Modern chiropractors are often seen primarily as pain specialists, yet their care can encompass much more. While the common focus is better health through spinal manipulation, the origins of chiropractic are manifold. Typical approaches for structural issues and injuries include spinal adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound and heat therapy, but some practitioners also embrace nutrition.
Health Benefits of Needlework Knitting can alleviate the blues, slow the onset of dementia and distract from chronic pain, according to a survey published in The British Journal
Cuts Painkiller Use Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that receiving music therapy can significantly lessen a patient’s need for opioids