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Ashwagandha: An Indian Herb for Stress and Anxiety

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Natural Healing, Stress | 1 comment

A small evergreen perennial herb growing up to five feet tall with oval leaves and yellow flowers, Ashwagandha is actually a member of the tomato family. As one of the most powerful adaptogenic herbs, its roots have been used in Aryuvedic medicine for thousands of years for its remarkable properties. An Herb of Many Properties Ashwagandha’s properties are many, working on the entire body rather then just a single area. Used to relieve stress and anxiety, increase resistance to fatigue, strengthen the immune system, stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol, reduce brain cell degeneration, and function as an anti-inflammatory and anti-malarial medicine, it is an extremely vital herb that is loaded with potent antioxidants. Boosting the Entire System Also called Indian Ginseng because of its rejuvenating properties, Ashwagandha helps to protect the body’s cellular structure, as well as the integrity of DNA. Protecting the nervous system, the herb helps to neutralize environmental toxins and boost the entire system when poor nutrition has been the norm. Protecting Brain Cells, Fighting Cancer Scientific studies show that Ashwagandha protects brain cells against stress and that it can possibly be a viable alternative when treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Seeking and destroying free radicals that cause aging and disease, it has also undergone Western research to validate its anti-carcinogenic properties. Treating the Nervous System Safely We advocate avoiding the use of pharmaceuticals for depression and anxiety, as they often cause negative side effects. Instead, using Ashwagandha to eliminate stress is an effective way to treat the nervous system safely. Far-Reaching Properties Used in the over 5,000-year-old healthcare practice of Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is often prescribed for increasing energy, stamina, and greater sexual dynamism. When used in appropriate strengths, its properties can be extremely far-reaching, with patients reporting immediate relief of stress, anxiety, low energy, and diminished brainpower. Matching the Highest Organic Criteria Of course, one of the most essential factors in using the herb is to first make sure of your source. Ensuring that it is grown from a certified organic producer in a completely organic manner will guarantee that you get the most out of its properties. This means that all practices match up to the highest organic criteria, including management, cultivation, harvesting, production, and packaging. If you are buying Ashwagandha in capsule form, the capsules should be made of vegetable material and the contents should be without fillers or additives. A pure product will provide much better results than one of lesser quality. Providing the Best Products Native to dry areas of India, Northern Africa, Middle East, Ashwagandha is now grown in mild climates, including in the United States. Working with Aryuvedic medicine here at Live Well Holistic Health, we are able to provide you with the best products in order to help you achieve the balance you deserve. Contact Us For more information on Ashwagandha and how it can help relieve stress and enhance the immune system, call us today at 610 896...

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Myofascial Release Techniques

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Massage | 0 comments

Myofascial release is soft tissue therapy that helps those with limited mobility and muscular pain become more flexible as they gain relief. With a light or deep touch, the technique relaxes muscles that are contracted while helping to improve blood and lymphatic circulation. What is Fascia? Fascia is a layer of connective tissue that encases muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. Fascia helps to bind structures together or allow them to slide effortless over each other. When the fascia is constricted, consequences arise in the area that can cause diminished movement and pain. Experiencing Relief When fascia is compromised due to injury, stress, overuse, infections, or inactivity, it can create muscle tension, overall body pain, and a diminished blood supply. Because myofascial release techniques work by applying force to the area, practitioners are able to get the adhesive tissue to become suppler through stretching and elongating it during manipulation. Muscle and fascia are impossible to separate, which means that when either one is stretched, the action affects other areas of body. When the fascia is loosened and stretched, restrictions are often lifted as tension is released, allowing the entire body to experience relief. This kind of healing protocol requires going through several layers of fascia to reach the deep tissues where the problem originates. Perhaps you are familiar with Rolfing, a technique created by Ida Rolf in the 1950’s to balance the body by stretching the skin. By releasing tension in this way, the muscles and skeleton can to go back to a “normal” place, thus improving posture and structure in general. As Ida would say, “put the tissue where it should be and then ask for movement.” Indirect Myofascial Release Rolfing has evolved over time with practitioners bringing their own style, technique, and experience to the table. Another facet is “indirect myofascial release,” which is gentler than deep tissue work. Here only a bit of pressure is applied to allow the given area to unwind naturally. Following the path of least resistance, the practitioner maintains a light pressure as the fascia stretches and movement is achieved. As the body releases tension, a softening of the tissue is felt, with the sustained pressure creating a healing heat. Respecting the Process There are many ways to arrive at a healthy body, and all of them require respect for the process. When a body has arrived at chronic pain, this is because problems have developed and multiplied over time. With patience and regular sessions, relief will come as the body entrains to the delight of finding its way back to proper alignment. Chiropractic manipulation, acupressure and acupuncture, shiatsu, myofascial release, and other similar protocols, when professionally applied, can all be exceptionally powerful when it comes to guiding the body back to a pain-free and easy state. Contact Us For more information on any one of these modalities, please contact us at (610)...

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What is Kinesiology and How Does it Work?

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Holistic Health | 0 comments

When it comes to holistic healing, the premise is generally that one looks at the entire person, rather than just the area that is in pain. Many chiropractors are choosing to incorporate “applied kinesiology” to gain greater sensitivity to the body and its often hidden messages. Often combining this with chiropractic manipulation can mean the difference between taking care of the root of the problem versus just treating the symptoms. The Spinal Column and the Nervous System The spinal column is one of the most crucial areas when it comes to the health of the entire nervous system. When it is confronted with an interference of any kind, the body’s natural defenses will tend to lower, which means we might start to feel discomfort, pain, and even illness. By adjusting the spine to remove subluxations, normal nerve function will usually return as the body relaxes into a more natural state. Diagnosing Treatment Applying the principals of kinesiology can be an extremely powerful way to help determine what’s going on inside the body in order to properly diagnose treatment. There are actually two aspects to kinesiology, the first is that it is the study of how we move in order to understand our physical, mechanical, and psychological states of being. Through this awareness, a doctor can find the best way to rehabilitate the body in order to eliminate stress and pain. Applied Kinesiology The second aspect is known as “applied kinesiology,” which is a technique that helps to diagnose a problem through testing muscles surrounding a given area in order to determine weakness or strength. If, for example, there is a problem with a specific organ, there is usually a weakness in the corresponding muscle. By finding the weak muscle, a doctor can then decide upon the best type of treatment. Through strengthening weak muscles, the organs that have a direct relationship with them will often also get stronger. Determining Imbalances Applied kinesiology can also help determine if a particular food or nutrient will strengthen or weaken a patient. By the patient simply holding the substance in the hand and holding the arm in a fixed position, the healer can try to push the arm out of position, observing the level of resistance from the patient in order to determine the level of internal balance or imbalance regarding the substance. Testing for Disruption of Energy Flow The idea that muscle weakness is often caused by a disruption of energy flow in the body is a fundamental principal in using applied kinesiology as a healing protocol. By testing the body in this way, a doctor can assess such things as damage to the nerves, chemical imbalances, glandular problems, a poorly functioning lymphatic system, and more. Using this technique, a person can also be tested for food and environmental sensitivities. Contact Us For more information on applied kinesiology, chiropractic, and other healing protocols, please contact us through our online form or call (610)...

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What to Ask a Chiropractor

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Chiropractic | 0 comments

Seeking a good health care professional is something to be taken very seriously. Putting yourself in the hands of someone you don’t know requires careful questioning, attention to recommendations, and listening to your intuition. Understanding the Different Techniques When it comes to selecting a chiropractor, there are several things to keep in mind. Remember first of all that a doctor’s role is to recommend the best course of care. Understanding what the different chiropractic techniques involve is a good way to know if a particular doctor’s work fits well with you. Getting Recommendations First, research the chiropractors in your area. Ask friends, family members, and co-workers for recommendations. Though opinions are subjective, you know you are on the right track if enough people are recommending the same person. Avoid Surprises Choosing the best chiropractor for you is key to your healing process. When you feel an affinity for his or her technique, as well as a good personal rapport, you are already open to receiving the benefits of the work. Conduct a telephone interview, or ask for an in-office consultation to learn all you can before you begin treatment. You don’t want any surprises, so make sure you have all of your questions ready in order to make the best decision. What to Ask a Chiropractor We have devised several questions that we feel are key to determining if a particular chiropractor is right for you: •    Find out how long the doctor has been in practice and what experience s/he has treating problems similar to yours. •    Ask what kinds of techniques are used. Often chiropractors use a combination of strategies to maximize the healing process on a given individual. Familiarize yourself with what some of these techniques are, or ask for them to be explained. Additionally, some chiropractors use a quick manipulation technique that creates a popping when a subluxation is corrected. Others use a lighter touch, and still others use instruments to move the spine instead of just the hands. •    Ask what kind of training and experience the doctor has had in the techniques s/he applies. Check to see that her/his education comes from a school accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education. •    Does the doctor perform an exam before treatment? Are x-rays used, and if so, are they digital for pinpointing problems and minimizing treatment frequency? •    How much time before an improvement is noticed and how can you contribute to the healing process? •    Will the doctor work with your family physician, and is this necessary? •    Could other treatment options be more valuable, such as Shiatsu or acupuncture? •    Does the doctor offer other types of wellness information such as advice on nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction? •    What type of payment plan is offered and are insurance claims accepted? If they are, are they submitted electronically or must you submit them yourself? If you find that the doctor answers all your questions with openness and courtesy and is a good listener, you are many steps closer to making an informed and intelligent decision. Contact Us For information on our chiropractic services, feel free to contact us at (610)...

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How to Turn Your Life Around

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Energy | 0 comments

We often hear that our clients are worn out, run down, and feeling weak and depressed. Through our experience, there are just few steps that when taken, will absolutely turn your life around. It starts with the premise that you are important, and that if you don’t attend to yourself, you will be giving and receiving much less than your potential allows. Finding Balance and Harmony By attending to yourself, we mean body, mind, and soul. Finding a balance and harmony where we can function at our highest potential requires daily consciousness. What you put into your body, your mind, and your soul is the determining factor for a life well lived. It Doesn’t Take Much We want to remind you that paying attention to just a few elements can make all the difference in the world. Without too much effort, you can find health and peace of mind through simple protocols that can easily become pleasurable habits. Diet The first is diet. Eating a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed foods is the way to properly nourish your entire system. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, wild fish rather than farmed, and organically fed chicken are ideal. Avoiding fried foods, sautéing your vegetables lightly in good cooking oils such as coconut or olive, steaming whenever possible, and baking or broiling your fish and chicken is the best preparation. Avoiding red meat if possible will help you maintain a healthy heart. Low-fat cheese, especially goat cheese, is a good way to keep cholesterol down while getting appropriate amounts of calcium. Exercise The second is attending to your body through regular exercise. Staying fit is essential for keeping weight down, blood and oxygen flowing, and maintaining a good mental attitude. Psychologically, we always feel better when we’ve done something active. Physically, we are doing our bodies a huge favor as exercise helps to regulate the circulatory, respiratory, neurological, and digestive systems. Removing Blockages The third is making sure that blockages are removed from the body so that energy can properly flow. When energy, or Qi, is not functioning well, pain and illness often occurs. We all suffer from blockages to a greater or lesser degree, especially given our stressful lives. Fortunately, there are many protocols that help to manage the flow of Qi. Allowing Energy to Return Whether you chose chiropractic, acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu, massage, or other similar techniques, the physical manipulation of specific areas of the body will provide a release that, in turn, allows energy to return. The healing and energizing results that come from a professional touch will make all the difference in returning your skeletal structure, as well as the organs and nervous system, to a balanced state. Contact Us Today When all of the above becomes a part of our lifestyle, we are on a solid road towards health and longevity. To find out more, please contact us at (610) 896...

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