Acupressure and Shiatsu: What’s the Difference?

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Accupuncture | 0 comments

Acupressure and Shiatsu are both Asian forms of healing that have gained great popularity all around the world for helping to balance the flow of Qi, or vital energy. When the natural energy in our bodies is blocked, the consequences can range from tight muscles, to headaches, to cramps, as well as disease. The Difference Between the Two Many people ask about the difference between the two forms of bodywork, as they both involve using pressure, stretching, and manipulation to create better overall health. They indeed have many elements in common, with the practitioner stimulating points in the body with the hands, knuckles, knees, elbows, and even feet, but their biggest difference is in the method of diagnosis and the application of technique. Acupressure A diagnosis with acupressure is similar to that of acupuncture, where the tongue is looked at and the body’s pulses are felt to determine where blockages may be. As a part of Asian medicine for thousands of years, practitioners are aware of the 364 traditional acu-points and thousands of extra points on the body where stimulation and healing can occur. Pressing on any one of these points will increase circulation, release tension, and promote deep healing in the area. Using the same points as in acupuncture, acupressure is applied without needles. Points are stimulated primarily with the fingers, promoting a soothing effect as endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers, are released. As energy begins to flow in blocked areas, pathways are cleared to help nutrients penetrate the cells and to release metabolic waste in order to create essential cleansing necessary for health. An excellent way to reduce stress, acupressure is wonderful for helping to strengthen and tone the muscles through increased circulation. It also helps to reduce stress and problems such as headaches, cramps, and insomnia. Shiatsu Shiatsu means finger pressure in Japanese. With its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this practice also stimulates acupuncture points through deep manual massage in the area. A profound healing protocol, Shiatsu can be more elaborate in its application than acupressure. Some of the effects of this treatment include creating more suppleness in muscular tissue, resolving problems in the skeleton, promoting better function of the nervous system, regulating the endocrine system, and stimulating the normal function of the organs. With circulation increased throughout the body, Shiatsu’s effect on the skin often results in a healthy glow due to the stimulation of the blood supply. With Shiatsu, a person is traditionally diagnosed through points on the abdomen, though sometimes other areas are included for determining where imbalances exist. Often used in sports medicine for pain management, Shiatsu is usually done on a mat or futon on the floor. No oils are used and the client will stay clothed to experience varying degrees of pressure along meridians or channels located on the body that help free and balance the flow of energy needed for healing. Contact Us For more information on these time-honored protocols, please call (610)...

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How to Deal with Anxiety in a Natural Way

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Anxiety is a common theme these days, especially as it relates to money, health, work, family, and relationships. Negative thoughts about the future, worries about the present, and guilt about the past have become a constant theme, with many people turning to pharmaceutical medications for help. Eliminating Stress At Its Root We believe that there are extremely effective ways to deal with anxiety in a natural way. By treating the person from a holistic standpoint, it is possible to eliminate chronic stress at its root. Mind/Body Release Anxiety generally goes hand in hand with physical symptoms such as muscular tension, fatigue, headaches, irritability, insomnia, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, and the like. A mind that works overtime and the inability to cope with stress and fear can cause a myriad of problems that manifest themselves in the body, and that can be treated by various methods that provide a mind/body release. Eliminating Blocked Energy Age-old techniques such as acupuncture, acupressure, and deep tissue massage can help break the patterns of anxiety so that you can live a more balanced life. Without the fear of side effects, these treatments help to release blocked energy and internal waste products that when cleared allow the body to relax, positively affecting neurological and mental activity. Deep Healing Protocols We believe that learning new coping methods for stress through non-medicinal therapies are ideal for correcting imbalances that disable us from handling problems and worries. From yoga, meditation, and deep breathing to other relaxation exercises, there are many ways to find inner peace. These modalities, however, are often better choices once you are already on a deeper healing protocol provided by a professional trained to deal directly with anxiety and its symptoms. Acupressure and Acupuncture Acupressure and acupuncture are two of the most effective treatments for anxiety healing as they deal with unblocking energy pathways in the body. By putting pressure on specific points either through the use of the fingers or needles, stagnant energy is released, thus returning the body and mind to much needed relief. Therapeutic Massage Therapeutic massage is another powerful way to lessen pain and anxiety. Through manipulation of the tissues, impurities are released as built-up toxins are driven out of the body. Myofacial release is an even more potent modality where the practitioner works on the most profound layers of fascia to get to deeply seated blockages that may have been residing in the body for years. By releasing the pressure and pain from these areas, the body begins to soften whereby nerves, glands, and circulation start to function more normally. Applied Kinesiology Stress always affects the autonomic system, as well as the areas we think we can control. When anxiety is left untreated, our neurological, circulatory, and respiratory systems are compromised. Applied kinesiology can help determine imbalances by muscle testing to better understand the affect of anxiety on the nervous and immune systems, helping to determine the most effective way to heal mind and body. Contact Us For more information on dealing with anxiety naturally, contact us at (610)...

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Take Care of Your Spine – Regular Care Improves Your Health

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Back Pain, Chiropractic, Exercise, Healing, Health Tips, Main Line, Neuropathy, Pain, Philadelphia Area, Sports Injuries, Therapy | 0 comments

Take Care of Your Spine – Regular Care Improves Your Health

Care of your spine is like care of your teeth, a must. Neglected teeth leads to deterioration, which looks bad, feels bad and is very costly when you finally decide to take care of them. The spine, with its 24 vertebrae, houses your spinal cord, part of your central nervous system. Emanating from the spinal cord between each pair of vertebrae are pairs of spinal nerves that lead to your organs, muscles, skin and every single inch of your insides. These nerves control and monitor every activity in every part of your body. Between each pair of vertebrae is a disc. The discs are made of fibrous ligaments with a soft gelatinous center. The spinal nerves lie next to these discs. If a vertebrae gets moved out of alignment, or if a disc bulges (‘slipped disc’), pressure is put on the spinal nerves, and whatever structures those nerves lead to gets compromised. Chiropractic spinal adjustments, along with spinal muscle release techniques as I perform them, free the spine and align the vertebrae for optimal nervous system control of your body. Furthermore, any kinks, knots, stiffness, sprains or strains of your neck or back left untreated can lead to a progression of deterioration, ultimately leaving you with early debility. You do not want to be one of those people that looks and feels old before their time, stiff, inflexible and unable to live life freely. How does a neglected spine lead to early arthritis and debility? Stiffness and knots create decreased range of motion and, because vertebrae are being rocked out of alignment, pressure is put on the nerves and discs as well. This starves the discs of nourishment because less fluid gets into the spinal joints which, due to lack of blood supply, rely on movement for their lubrication. This leads to disc thinning, bone spur formations and eventual immobility in that area. We’ve all seen seniors who are hunched over, or can’t turn their heads or bend over to tie their shoes. Many people take better care of their cars than their spines. Maintenance is the key! Give your spine regular ‘adjustments’ BEFORE issues arise. This will keep the body, including your immune system, digestion and all bodily functions operating at optimal levels AND slow down spinal aging! Maintenance is how we treat our teeth, our cars and our spines. Regular maintenance for your spine means coming in for a special gentle chiropractic spinal treatment with Dr. Martin Orimenko every four to six weeks. Keep your spine limber and your body functioning at its peak with regularly scheduled spinal adjustments....

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How to Work Out Your Lower Back for a Youthful You

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Exercise | 0 comments

Lower back pain can be quite common in adults and is often due to muscle strain, injury, improper posture, or staying in one position for too long. At Live Well Holistic Health, we believe that everyone can maintain a youthful body through proper exercise and good maintenance protocols.A youthful body is one that is both elastic and strong. Training the body to be flexible and agile are key to pain and injury prevention. That said, we would like to recommend some gentle strengthening exercises for the lower back that also target abdominal area, buttocks, and legs.Strengthening the lower back not only helps to improve overall physical health, but it also helps to prevent wear and tear on joints and reduce the possibility of injury. In the following exercises, you will be working on fortifying this area while also developing your core muscles for better overall alignment and support.

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Doctors Using Holistic Remedies for Pain Management

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Pain | 0 comments

At Live Well Holistic Health, we are proponents of using holistic remedies to manage pain. As believers in alternative methodologies that are non-invasive and do not require surgery, we are able to provide deep relief for our clients suffering from chronic or sudden injuries.

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How to Control Your Hormones Holistically

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Holistic Health | 0 comments

The importance of hormone health cannot be underestimated. At Live Well Holistic Health, we often see the symptoms of hormonal imbalance in our patients. This includes wide shifts in mood, weight gain, bowel dysfunction, skin issues, trouble sleeping or too much sleeping, and infertility.

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Workouts That Are Easy on Your Back

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Exercise | 0 comments

At Live Well Holistic Health, most of our patients have problems with their spines, whether nagging or chronic. Besides receiving gentle chiropractic adjustments that help the spine find a natural and healthy alignment, we recommend supporting your treatment with workouts that are easy on your back.

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Say Goodbye to Your Lower Back Pain with These Treatments

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Back Pain | 0 comments

Lower back pain is an extremely common problem, often the result of poor posture, inactivity, internal problems, obesity, emotional stress, or bone loss. It can also flare up due to a sedentary lifestyle or staying in unnatural positions for lengths of time. Effective Alternative Treatments as something that can go away on its own, lower back pain can also become a chronic condition. Many people dealing with this kind of discomfort turn to painkillers or even surgery to resolve the problem. At Live Well Holistic Health, we encourage our clients to consider the highly effective alternative treatments that are available. Addressing the Root Cause Though debilitating, lower back pain can be treated without the intervention of medications. The natural treatments we offer at our clinic have been created to address the root cause rather than treating just the symptom. Supporting positive permanent changes to your physical structure rather than providing mere temporary relief, these protocols have no side effects and are administrated with the utmost attention to the benefit of your overall welfare. Chiropractic Adjustment Accidents, sports injuries, and even a simple misplaced movement can trigger lower back pain. At Live Well Holistic Health, we offer gentle chiropractic care, where we manipulate your spine and joints in order to take the pressure off nerves and muscles. These adjustments are also designed to positively affect biological processes within your body, helping to correct functionality at the deepest levels. As the spine is adjusted, subluxations or blockages are released, allowing for greater blood flow to the area that has been compromised. Once the pain abates, adding specific stretches to your daily activities will help the area stay limber and fluid, thus helping you to avoid future problems. Massage Professionally administered massage helps to lessen lower back pain by loosening tense muscles and taking the pressure off the nerves. Additionally, this practice assists in improving your range of motion, increasing blood and oxygen circulation, and increasing endorphin levels in order to help you feel better so that you can more easily manage the discomfort until it has dissipated. A good massage will penetrate deep into the muscle tissues, causing any contractions or inflammation to abate. Through regular massage treatments, lower back pain can be managed as the body acclimates to a healthier state. Acupuncture This ancient Asian method of increasing overall health has become more widely accepted in Western culture for its long-term benefits and lack of contraindications. Helping to reduce the intensity of pain, as well as relieving the base cause, fine needles are inserted at specific points on the body to relieve the area of stress and increase energy throughout the body in order to remove blockages that cause pain. Maintaining Relief and Developing Resistance to Injury At Live Well Holistic Health, we offer a wide range of techniques designed to return you to the ultimate in well-being. Additionally, we help you to understand your body so that you can maintain relief and develop greater elasticity and resistance to injury. Contact Us For more information on the treatments we offer, please contact us via our online form or scheduling tool at, or call: 610 896...

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The Natural Way to Overcome Chronic Colds

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Natural Healing | 1 comment

Headaches, stuffy or runny nose, cough, sore throat, itchy eyes, fever, and muscle aches are all symptoms of the common cold. Instead of taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs to treat the symptoms, we at Live Well Holistic Health recommend overcoming the chronic cold naturally by using some common sense methods.

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Natural Ways to Cope with Early Menopause

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Natural | 0 comments

Menopause generally occurs when a woman is between the ages of 45 and 55 years old. When symptoms begin to occur at an earlier age, this is often called premature menopause, and because it generally arrives unexpected, it can cause a great deal of anxiety and worry. Menopause results when the ovaries are no longer producing eggs on a monthly basis. The signs are an irregular menstrual cycle and finally the cessation of bleeding altogether. When the ovaries are not producing eggs anymore, this means they are also not producing estrogen and testosterone, which leads to a myriad of changes as a woman goes from one stage of her life to another. Vaginal dryness, hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, and changes in the skin are some of the symptoms associated with menopause. Early menopause can happen when a woman suffers from an autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, or when there are chromosomal abnormalities present that cause the ovaries to stop producing eggs. The symptoms can often be demoralizing, especially if a woman is seemingly too young to experience them. We at Live Well Holistic Health want you to know that there are natural ways to cope with early menopause, and here are some of the ways to alleviate discomfort, whether physical or emotional: •Exercise every day, using your energy to engage in physical activity is an excellent way to offset menopausal symptoms, channeling them into something positive and helping to maintain bodily functions. •Practice relaxation techniques such as those associated with yoga or Tai Chi. Through the repetition of calming exercises, you can help reduce feelings of anxiety, as well as relive the symptoms of depression. •Reduce your alcohol, caffeine, and spice intake and stop smoking if you are a smoker, as these can be triggers for mood swings and other debilitating factors. • Follow a regular sleeping routine in order to regulate your sleep cycle. Getting to bed at a reasonable hour helps instill a balanced sleeping habit. Take a warm bath or shower before going to bed in order to regulate your body temperature. If you have trouble sleeping, drink Chamomile or Lemon Verbena tea to calm the nerves and induce a more tranquil state. • Consult with your doctor to make sure you are taking the right amounts of Vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D plays an extremely important role in helping to absorb calcium in order to build bones and avoid osteoporosis, which is a risk factor in menopausal women. Vitamin D also helps protect against heart problems, disease, and also has positive effect on mood and cognitive performance. •  If you find that you are experiencing anxiety levels that you cannot control, join a support group, find a professional, talk to an empathetic friend or family member in order to vent your emotions. Contact Us Today For more information on natural ways to keep yourself balanced and healthy, please contact us today via our online form or scheduling tool at, or call: 610 896...

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