The Creeping Stiffness, the Cost of Aging

The Creeping Stiffness, the cost of aging There’s a phenomenon that I call the ‘THE CREEPING STIFFNESS. It’s a time sensitive problem which noticeably worsens each year. Routine physical movement is  accompanied with stiffness, groans and gnashing of teeth. For myself,I noticed basic functions such as bending over to tie my shoelaces had become a […]

The Best Muscle to Train for Knee Pain

The Best Muscle to Train for Knee Pain Gluteus Medius,the most important hip muscle you’ve never thought about The Author My name is Mark Williams, I’m a registered acupuncturist specializing in the treatment of chronic pain. Previously I was a fitness instructor and personal trainer for 3 decades. Staying fit has always been in my […]

Sleep Problems and Complementary Approaches

Mind and Body Practices There is evidence that relaxation techniques can be effective in treating chronic insomnia.In a preliminary study, mindfulness-based stress reduction, a type of meditation, was as effective as a prescription drug in a small group of people with insomnia. Preliminary studies in postmenopausal women and women with osteoarthritis suggest that yoga may be helpful for insomnia. Some practitioners who treat insomnia […]

Relaxation Techniques to Conquer Stress

The holiday season can be a stressful time, so it may be a good time to learn some relaxation techniques. These techniques often combine breathing and focused attention on pleasing thoughts and images, with the aim of calming both your mind and your body. Guided imagery, deep breathing exercises, and progressive relaxation are examples. Like […]

Tai Chi and Qi Gong May Help To Manage Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

  Tai chi and qi gong, two traditional mind and body practices from China, combine certain postures and gentle, dance-like body movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation. These practices may be helpful in managing some health problems, including osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, occurs most often in […]

Activities to Ease Depression

Health Articles - Activities to ease depression

If you’ve seen a doctor or therapist about your depression there has probably come a point when he or she mentions getting active — something along the lines of, “How much exercise are you getting?” If you experience depression, the very act of doing something, as opposed to sitting or lying in bed, can feel […]

What’s the Difference Between Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

Health Articles - Doctor speaking with patient about the difference between complementary and alternative medicine

  So many terms are used to describe non-traditional medicine, but what do they all mean?  There is scientific evidence to support traditional “Western” therapies, but what about the so-called “alternative” medicines? Nearly 40 percent of adults report using CAM, so it’s important to understand this field.   What’s the Difference Between Complementary and Alternative […]