"Has been a lifesaver so many times!"
- Catherine Rampell, student @ University of Washington
"Exactly the help I needed."
- Jennifer Hawes, student @ San Jose State
"The best place for brainstorming ideas."
- Michael Majchrowicz, student @ University of Kentucky
Millions of people around the world are living with pain that could be
prevented with the use of alternative therapies. As a result many of
these people use harmful or ineffective drugs and surgeries in an attempt
to cure their ailments. With a steady schedule of massage therapy,
acupuncture, and healthy foods, people can lead a healthy and invigorating
life without drugs or surgery. During the time of the ancient Roman
gladiators, massage therapy was used to treat everything from headaches to
sports injures on them. Today massage therapy is widely recognized as a
sensible alternative to traditional medicine, in that it relieves pain and
soreness otherwise helped by taking pills or other medicines. Massage can
help everyone, including premature infants according to USA Weekend,
"premature infants who get regular massages in the hospital gain more
weight and leave the hospital sooner then unmassaged babies"(McNichol,22).
I firmly believe that massage therapy is one of the best preventative
measures that a person can take to avoid most medical problems involved
with aging, physical exertion, and the stress of everyday life. Some
doctors agree by saying, "If you have a massage every week, you will have
2/3 less illness"
(H. Gruenn, M.D.).
There are many different types of massage therapy including relaxing
Swedish massage for relieving stress, sports massage for treating sports
related injuries, and therapeutic massage to name a few. Relaxing Swedish
massage is one of the most effective ways to deal with that invisible
killer, stress. By applying smooth gentle stokes or other non-invasive
massage techniques, the Swedish massage practitioner can relieve the
client of the every day stresses of life that can be fatal if not dealt
In sports massage, the use of more advanced massage techniques can
relieve athletes of lactic acid and other wastes that accumulate in the
muscles due to exertion. Other therapeutic massage techniques such as
Neuromuscular, Myofascal, and Lymphatic drainage can aid in the recovery
of injured clients.
Another form of alternative therapy is the ancient Chinese healing art of
acupuncture. Acupuncture was first experimented within the First Imperial
Medical College of China during the Sui Dynasty in 589 AD. "In Chinese
medicine, and therefore in acupuncture, health is determined by a persons
ability to maintain a balanced and harmonious internal environment."(Mills
pg. 8). This theory of internal harmony is expressed through the
principles of Ying and Yang and itís five separate phases: wood, fire,
earth, metal, and water. Internal harmony is also based on the
uninterrupted flow of the "Qi", or vitality. The Qi is responsible for all
of the bodyís spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical processes. The Qi
flows up and down channels of the body called "Jingluo", or meridians.
Twelve particular meridians run up and down the body in a continuous
circuit connecting the internal organs of the body known as "Zangfu". If
the acupuncturist knows the correct point along the meridians, the Qiís
flow may be returned to normal by using the needle.
I have experienced acupuncture first hand and I do believe it is an
effective tool for relieving pain and diseases that effect the body.
Overall, the basic principle of acupuncture and all of Chinese medicine is
to restore the balance of Ying and Yang. Acupuncture works best in
conduction with massage therapy and a good diet of healthy foods. How many
times did your mother have to tell you to eat your vegetables? "In fact,
scientists say that a little more attention to our diets might slash the
death rate for heart disease by seventy percent."(Michaud,28). As a result
of all the junk food in the world, clogged arteries, overburdened hearts,
stone filled gall bladders, ruined livers, and many other chemical enemies
are eating away at our health. As the well known saying goes, "An apple a
day keeps the doctor away", because apples and other fruits can lower
cholesterol, prevent gallstones, and protect against certain cancers. Dr.
Neil Stone, M.D., says "Itís important to eat a balanced diet rich in
fruits and vegetables" (Wild,29). Among other healthy fruits there are
apricots that combat constipation and bananas that heal ulcers and prevent
strokes. Experts state that, "Fortunately, bananas are the overwhelming
fruit snack of Americans. Americans have increased the consumption of the
fruit by about 30 percent over the past couple of decades"(Michaud, 38).
Vegetables such as beans lower cholesterol and can even control appetite.
Berries may also prevent certain cancers and also battle arthritis and
urinary tract infections. Carrots and cherries may also help lower
cholesterol levels that can result in heart attacks. Many other tasty
entrees such as fish and other meats may prevent iron deficiency anemia
View Full Essay
Manual therapy, Pseudoscience, Mindbody interventions, Traditional medicine, Massage therapy, Massage, Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicine, Therapy, Alternative therapies for developmental and learning disabilities, Thai massage, Draft:Oasis Wellness Center
More Free Essays Like This