The word acupuncture comes from the Latin word for needle (acus) and it means “puncturing of bodily tissue for the relief of pain”. Physiotherapy use of acupuncture in the form of dry needling is often confused with the Eastern medicine practice of acupuncture. While Chinese acupuncture is based on healing through correcting the energy flow of a person, dry needling involves relieving muscle trigger points and is practiced by physiotherapists based on Western medicine principles.
Dry needling involves locating myofascial trigger points and aiming to release the spasm in that muscle at the trigger point with the needle. The needle only stays in for a few minutes. The muscle may sometimes twitch in response to the dry needling technique.
Dry needling is an effective form of treatment for many sports injuries as well as back pain, joint pain and headaches. Dry needling can be performed on most muscular trigger points in the body ranging from the upper trapezius muscle around the shoulder where dry needling may relieve headaches caused by upper trapezius muscle spasm, all the way down to gastrocnemius trigger points below the knee that may be responsible for calf pain and knee and ankle stiffness. With dry needling technique, pain can often be reduced or relieved immediately. It usually takes just a few sessions of treatment for the pain relief to become long-lasting.
The way dry needling works is threefold. Firstly, it works by reducing the toxic levels of pain causing chemicals that are located in a muscle trigger point when the needle goes into the trigger point. A reaction is caused in the body which helps eliminate the pain causing chemicals and this helps the muscle to relax and spasm and pain are thus eased. Secondly, dry needling a trigger point immediately increases blood flow to that area which speeds up the healing process. And thirdly, the needle can act as a blocker to the nerves that are sending pain signals from the brain to the trigger point. By blocking the nerves, the needle serves to “trick” the brain into stopping sending the pain signals.
Although dry needling is very effective in many patients at relieving their pain symptoms very quickly, patients have to be screened before beginning this type of therapy. Some medical conditions such as infectious diseases, immune disorders and skin problems can sometimes be contraindicated for this procedure. Patients on blood thinning medication should seek medical clearance before commencing dry needling therapy. Contact us at Shape and Strength to discuss the suitability of this treatment for you.
Any kind of ulcers either in the mouth or inside the body organs like esophagus, stomach, duodenum or colon can be completely cured even without medicines or lotions. This wonder therapy is called acupressure.
What is Heatstroke?
Heatstroke occurs if your body temperature continues to rise. It is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures or by doing physical activity in hot weather.
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Diagnosis of Heatstroke involves the following tests:
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Homeopathic treatment is useful in both acute and the chronic effects of heatstroke and in headache which return in hot weather. Homeopathy balances body temperature and water and electrolyte balance mechanism. It stimulates the heart and vaso-motor centers in the medulla very quickly. Some of the homeopathic remedies for heatstroke are:
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If any treatments to lower your body temperature make you shiver, your doctor may give you a muscle relaxant, such as a benzodiazepine.
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If you’re outdoors and nowhere near shelter, soaking in a cool pond or stream also can help bring your temperature down.
What is Gaucher’s disease?
Gaucher’s disease occurs when certain harmful fatty substances accumulate to excessive levels in your body’s organs and tissue such as liver, spleen, lungs, bone marrow and, less commonly, brain.
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Deficiency of the enzyme glucocerebrosidase which is responsible for breaking down a fatty substance called glucocerebroside.
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Diagnosis of Gaucher’s disease involves the following tests and procedures:
Precautions & Prevention of Gaucher’s disease
There is no known way to prevent Gaucher disease.
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Homeopathic Treatment of Gaucher’s Disease-
Homeopathy balances the metabolism. It relieves complaints and improves body functions. It treats the person as a whole. Treatment is constitutional. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. It balances the energy system, improves immunity and body functions. It naturally cures the root cause of disorder. Some of the homeopathic medicines for treatment of Gaucher’s disease are:
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In the conventional and allopathic treatment, the oral medication miglustat (Zavesca) has been approved for use in people with Gaucher’s disease. Enzyme replacement therapy is also done. It replaces the deficient enzyme with artificial enzymes. These replacement enzymes are administered in an outpatient procedure through a vein (intravenously), typically in high doses at two-week intervals.
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The surgical treatment of gaucher’s disease involves Bone marrow transplantation. In this technique, blood-forming cells that have been damaged by Gaucher’s are removed and replaced, which can reverse many of Gaucher’s signs and symptoms.
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Gaucher’s disease
What is Flatfeet?
The absence of an arch is known as flatfeet. It allows your entire foot to touch the floor when you stand up. All children are born with flat feet. After the age of three, children begin to develop an arch. It is also known as Fallen Arches.
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Diagnosis of Flatfeet involves the following tests:
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Homeopathy may help supportive and relieve complaints like pain and swelling. It treats the person as a whole. Treatment is constitutional. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. It balances the energy system, improves immunity and body functions. It naturally cures the root cause of disorder. Some of the homeopathic medicines that can be used for treatment of are:
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In the allopathic treatment of flatfeet, over-the-counter pain relievers are prescribed until the pain subsides. Over-the-counter arch supports may help relieve the pain caused by flatfeet.
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If you are experiencing disabling pain from a severe posterior tibial tear, you may need tendon surgery.
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What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic disorder. It is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
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There is no lab test to confirm a diagnosis of fibromyalgia but your doctor may want to rule out other conditions that may have similar symptoms. Blood tests are recommended which may include complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and thyroid function tests.
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Homeopathy provides safe, natural and lasting cure of fibromyalgia. Homeopathic treatment for fibromyalgia depends on the person’s physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. It strengthens the vital force of the body that balances many functions and provides protection from illness. Some of the remedies for fibromyalgia are:
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Acupuncture and acupressure helps to relieve pain symptoms caused by fibromyalgia. The acupuncture needles helped to increase blood flow in fibromyalgia patients to a much greater degree than in the healthy controls. This increases the blood circulation helped to reduce the number of tender points and increase muscle health.
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Anxiety and stress have a negative impact on fibromyalgia patients. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one type of psychotherapy. It helps to ease pain symptoms. it can also help you to take control of the extent to which pain, tiredness, or other symptoms interfere with your life. Hypnotherapy quickly relives deep psychological issues causing or aggravating fibromyalgia. It also helps by working on pain tolerance.
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Conventional or allopathic treatment can help reduce the pain of fibromyalgia and improve sleep. Analgesics, Antidepressants and Anti-seizure drugs are prescribed by the doctors. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen sodium are also recommended.
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Fibromyalgia
What is Fetal alcohol syndrome?
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a condition that results from alcohol exposure during pregnancy. When a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy, she risks giving birth to a child who will pay the price in mental and physical deficiencies for his or her entire life.
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When you’re pregnant and drink alcohol, it enters your bloodstream and reaches your developing fetus by crossing the placenta. It interferes with the delivery of oxygen and optimal nutrition to your baby’s developing tissues and organs, including the brain.
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Fetal alcohol syndrome can be diagnosed before a baby is born. Your doctor can assess the health of mother and baby during pregnancy. If you let your child’s doctor know that you drank alcoholic beverages during your pregnancy, he or she can watch for signs and symptoms of this syndrome in your child’s initial weeks, months and years of life.
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The following precautions can help prevent fetal alcohol syndrome:
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Homeopathy may play a supportive role. It can prevent as well as provides significant relief in complaints like promoting normal physical and mental development and body functions. Some of the homeopathic medicines for fetal heart syndrome are:
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Heart abnormalities may require surgery.
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Female sexual dysfunction occurs when a woman is not able to fully, healthily, and pleasurably experience some or all of the various physical stages the body normally experiences during sexual activity.
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Diagnosis of Female sexual dysfunction involves the following tests:
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Homeopathic treatment of female sexual dysfunction has helped multitudes of women to overcome their suffering and lead a normal sexual life once again. Lack of libido and inability to become aroused show good response to treatment with homeopathy. Some of the homeopathic medicines for female sexual dysfunction are:
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Female sexual dysfunction-
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles in your skin at strategic points on your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will rebalance. It may have positive effects on women with sexual pain disorders. It also helps to improve libido in women with low desire.
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Psychotherapy treatment includes education about normal sexual response, ways to enhance intimacy with your partner, and recommendations for reading materials or couples exercises. It may helps you gain a better understanding of your sexual identity, beliefs and attitudes, relationship with your partner, communication and your overall emotional health. Hypnotherapy quickly resolves deep psychological issues and help in regaining normal sexual function. Sex therapy is very helpful in having a good sex life.
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Female sexual dysfunction-
The allopathic treatment of female sexual dysfunction involves treating thyroid problems or other hormonal conditions, optimizing treatment for depression or anxiety. Treatment also includes estrogen therapy and Androgen therapy.
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What is Female sexual dysfunction?
What is Febrile Seizure?
A febrile seizure is a convulsion in young children. It is triggered by a fever. Fortunately, febrile seizures aren’t as dangerous as they may look. They’re usually harmless and typically don’t indicate a long-term or ongoing problem.
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Diagnosis of febrile seizure involves the following tests:
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Monitor your child’s temperature. At the first indication of fever, give proper medication to prevent a seizure.
Treatment of Febrile Seizure
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Homeopathic Treatment of Febrile Seizure-
Homeopathy relieves fever and seizures. Homeopathy can prove life saving. It treats the person as a whole. Treatment is constitutional. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. It balances the energy system, improves immunity and body functions. It naturally cures the root cause of disorder. Some of the homeopathic medicines for febrile seizure are:
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Medicines such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen can only lower fevers in children to prevent seizures.