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Medicine, traditional chinese medicine, chiropractic manipulation, and energy healing --which is legit?
All legit at times: Obviously "medicine is "legit" but that does not mean it is the only valid approach & many conditions are not helped much by conventional medicine.There is scientific research confirming that tcm, chir. And energy healing can be beneficial, but it depends on the condition. Like medicine, each of these can each help some conditions more than others & some practitioners are more skilled than others. ...Read more
Chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy - which is the best treatment for back pain?
All and none: Everything depends what is the cause for pain. If your family doctors rules out serious pathology, i.e. Fracture, cancer, infection, etc., then try acupuncture, pt, chiropractor, depending on your preferences. Stay away from motrin, alive, celebrex, (celecoxib) etc. There is no inflammation with back pain. Use of this type of drugs actually proven to delay healing in spite of "helping"(more like masking) pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not necessarily: Massage can be useful in managing myofascial type pain. It promotes relaxing spastic muscles and may also improve blood flow in the muscle. The latter can further enhance tissue healing if there is injury to the muscle. Adding oil may enhance the experience and decrease rough friction on the skin which may be irritating otherwise. However, it may not directly improve the benefit on its own. ...Read more
What are the differences between surgery, aromatherapy, acupuncture, orthopedic therapy and pediatric therapy?
Too broad for answer: Your ? Asks for descriptions involving several therapies for an unknown condition. Without specific background information, no comments can be made. Public site answers are also limited to 400 characters, making a synopsis of all disciplines unrealistic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not the way you mean: Fibromyalgia is a brain problem, not a joint, muscle, tendon or bursa problem. Massage doesn't "help" fibromyalgia the way it may help muscular soreness after vigorous exertion. The pleasurable sensation merely acts as a counter-sensation to fibromyalgia & is only temporary. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with no "cure," only symptomatic treatment at the neurochemical level, ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are facial massages beneficial ? Some claim improvement in nasolabial folds , sagging ect? One specific program called "tanaka message ?"
Yes: Facial massages at least can be beneficial in terms of relaxation which has a wide range of health benefits. Should increase blood flow to facial skin which also may have some benefits. ...Read more
Major myofascial pain w/TrP's (have confirmed late Lyme). Nothing releases them or shoulder spasms (phys ther, accup, chiro, massage etc). HELP!
Do It Yourself: Myofascial release techniques press on muscles, tendons and other soft tissue to release tension and relieve pain. Instead of having someone do this for you, you can do this yourself with balls or foam rollers. At home, at work or in the car. Rig up your seat. Or lay down on the floor. The humble tennis ball can help you heal. Take a deep breath and then sigh with relief. It feels great! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could!: Massage therapy is very good at getting one relaxed. Tense muscles could tend to lead to strain and pain and thus inhibit recovery. It certainly could be adjuctive to the physical therapy and promote healing. If it eases your mind and relaxes you then you are more able to heal overall. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yoga is good: What are your goals? If you are worried about your bone density, then would focus on weight bearing exercise. Yoga is a good exercise in general and definitely activates the muscles as well so would be good for you. Would also consider adding in some light weighttraining as well. ...Read more