Different Types of Alternative Treatments & Therapies

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by G, Aug 27, 2002.

  1. G

    G New Member

    I had done some research long ago and made a list of the alternatives that we can use alongside our treatments by our doctors. Always consult with your doctor on such treatments & therapies.


    REFLEXOLOGY....
    Is manipulation and massage of the feet to ascertain and treat disease or dysfunction
    elsewhere in the body.


    PHYSIOTHERAPY....
    Is treatment of injury and disease by physical means such as exercise, heat,
    manipulation, massage, and electrical stimulation.


    MASSAGE THERAPY....
    Is the manipulation of bodily tissues (as by rubbing, stroking, kneading, or tapping)
    for relaxation or treatment especially with the hand or an instrument.


    NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE....
    Naturopathy is the facilitating of the natural self-healing processes of the body.
    Naturopaths are the GP's of alternative medicine and often refer clients to other
    specialists, particularly in manipulative therapies, to complement their own work of
    seeking, through diet, the prescription of natural medicines and supplements, and
    lifestyle counseling, to restore or augment the vitality of the body and thereby it's
    optimum health.


    HYPNOTHERAPY....
    The use of hypnotic trance and post-hypnotic suggestions to relieve stress-related
    conditions such as insomnia and hypertension, or to break health-inimical habits or
    addictions.


    CHINESE MEDICINE & ACUPUNCTURE....
    Acupuncture system of inserting long, thin metal needles into the body at predetermined
    points to relieve pain, as an anesthetic in surgery, and to assist healing. The needles
    are rotated manually or electrically. The method, developed in ancient China and
    increasingly popular in the West, is thought to work by somehow stimulating the brain's
    own pain killers, the endorphins.


    HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE....
    Homeopathy system of medicine based on the principle that symptoms of disease are part of
    the body's self-healing processes, and on the practice of administering extremely diluted
    doses of natural substances found to produce in a healthy person the symptoms manifest in
    the illness being treated.


    HOLISTIC MEDICINE....
    Umbrella term for an approach that virtually all alternative therapies profess, which
    considers the overall health and lifestyle profile of a patient, and treats specific
    ailments not primarily as conditions to be alleviated but rather as symptoms of more
    fundamental disease.


    HYDROTHERAPY....
    Is the use of water, externally or internally, for health or healing. It will be used to
    treat disease, alleviate pain, promote relaxation and to maintain an general good health.

    For therapeutic purposes, cold and hot water may be used, as well as ice or steam. A
    variety of treatments can include the following techiques:

    1. hot tub soaks
    2. mud baths
    3. steam baths
    4. immersion bath, done usually in cool water
    5. sitz baths
    6. saunas
    7. needle showers
    8. pressure hosing
    9. salt rubs
    10. hot & cold packs
    11. drinking water that has special qualities, as in
    mineral waters that are used in European spas
    as an aid to digestion.

    Hydrotherapy will be used to relax muscles and joints, to soothe anxiety, relieve stress,
    and promote mobility. Swimming and doing underwater exercise will help arthritis and other
    joint and muscle disorders, to extend patients range motion.

    Pain management programs can use warm water baths in an darkened room can help patients
    focus on beathing exercises and other methods of pain control.

    At home, using some of these techiques, promotes aid to relaxation, as well as soothing
    minor aches and pain, and can induce sleep.

    Water aerobic exercises and modified aerobic dancing in the low end of the pool, are
    popular forms of hydrotherapy.

    You should avoid hot tubs, saunas and steam baths if you are pregnant or have high blood
    pressure, any chronic coronary condition, as well as having diabetes.


    VISUALIZATION....
    Use of guided mental imagery to activate and focus the body's natural self-healing
    processes. When used in the treatment of cancer patients, together with complementary
    techiques, some remarkable remissions have been attributed to visualization.

    Meditation is an mental discipline that is aimed at promoting relaxation and an
    alternative to tranquilizers and pain medication to manage emotional stress as well as
    physical pain.

    One can take classes in different forms of meditation techiques, check in you area to see
    if you can take classes, as well as reading books about visualization and meditation.
    There are many good books on different techiques.

    It has been indicated through research that it can produce changes in the nervous system
    that are the opposite of the< fight or flight response to danger. It appears to
    specifically reduce the body's production of cortisol, reduced levels foster relaxation.

    To concentrate on breathing to the exclusion of all other activities also has an calming
    effect. The ability to focus on taking in and letting out one deep breath at a time, can
    overcome anxiety and relieve panic attacks.


    LIGHT THERAPY....
    Focuses on the use of either natural or artificial light to treat various disorders, which
    can include skin diseases to soft bones, seasonal affective disorder(SAD), sleep disorders
    and then there is biorhythm problems that are often experienced by people working at night.

    It may be administered by psychiatrists, general practitioners or their assistants, and can
    be done at home with an qualified health professional, who will instruct how it is done.

    Exposure to bright sunlight and to ultraviolet ray of the sun lamps has been used as an
    treatment to treat skin diseases for many years. Using varying levels of light will affect
    all human beings. Lack of sunshine in humans can have an profound psychological effect than
    was recognized till in the 1980's. Daylight stimulates the human brain to produce hormones
    and other brain chemicals that are essential for our emotional well being.

    Daily exposure of special fluorescent and ultraviolet lights can show an marked improvement
    and is quickly effective than anti-depressant medication. The light will help strengthen
    bones and help counter depression.

    There are precautions that you should be aware of which are:

    1. This therapy is only effective with specifically designed lights for these purposes.
    Sun lamps, halogen and bright lights are not suitable.
    2. Do not look directly into the light source, and always cover the eyes of babies to
    aviod eye damage &/or eye irritation.
    3. Due to the increased risk of cancer, an doctor should be used to carefully monitor
    when using ultraviolet lights.


    MUSIC THERAPY....
    The use of music as an adjunct to relaxation therapy, or in psychotherapy to elicit
    expressions of suppressed emotions by prompting patients to dance, shout, laugh, cry, or
    whatever, in response.

    There are also excellent relaxation and meditation CD's that will be an blessing in
    disguish. I have 5 that I play & they relax me so fast as well as soothe the body and the
    pain.


    PET THERAPY....
    I can't say enough on how much having an pet or pets can be so amusing at times as well as
    them be so in love with you. As we all know that it is said that "laughter is the best
    medicine", this can be so true when you have an pet or two. I have in my life three
    wonderful pets and they do put on an show at least once an day. Pet Therapy is an good
    thing when you are very sick and in pain. They will be loyal as well as watching over you
    very closely when you are alone at home. They can also help prevent an accident from
    becoming an bad one.

    So in getting an pet, chose an loving and caring pet making sure you both will fall in
    love with each other over an short period of time. They are very trustful of you and you
    of them, after all you are helping each other in more ways than one.


    HERBAL MEDICINE....
    Herbalism is prescription and use of plants and their derivatives for medication. Herbal
    products are favorite by alternative practitioners as "natural medicine", as opposed to
    modern synthesized medicines and drugs, which are regarded with suspicion because of the
    dangers of side-effects and dependence.


    SOUND THERAPY....
    Is the treatment based on the finding that human blood cells respond to sound frequencies
    by changing color and shape, and the hypothesis that therefore sick or rogue cells can be
    healed or harmonized by sound. The therapy was developed and researched by Fabien Maman
    (French musician and acupuncturist), and Joel Sternheimer (US physicist). It is claimed
    that sound frequencies applied to acupuncture points are as effective as needles.


    CHIROPRACTIC....
    Is the technique of manipulation of the spine and other parts of the body, based on the
    principle that disorders are attributable to aberrations in the functioning of the nervous
    system, which manipulation can correct.


    SUBLIMINAL TAPES....
    You can find these at your local record stores as well as health stores. Ask your doctor
    for an recommendation of an good choice to have. You can find "meditation tapes &/or CD's
    which can be very helpful for anyone, healthy or sick. Give these an try and you may
    surprise yourself on how you can relax and therefore helping you with stress &/or pain in
    your daily life.


    I hope these can be helpful in your learning of alternatives.

    G
  2. G

    G New Member

    I had done some research long ago and made a list of the alternatives that we can use alongside our treatments by our doctors. Always consult with your doctor on such treatments & therapies.


    REFLEXOLOGY....
    Is manipulation and massage of the feet to ascertain and treat disease or dysfunction
    elsewhere in the body.


    PHYSIOTHERAPY....
    Is treatment of injury and disease by physical means such as exercise, heat,
    manipulation, massage, and electrical stimulation.


    MASSAGE THERAPY....
    Is the manipulation of bodily tissues (as by rubbing, stroking, kneading, or tapping)
    for relaxation or treatment especially with the hand or an instrument.


    NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE....
    Naturopathy is the facilitating of the natural self-healing processes of the body.
    Naturopaths are the GP's of alternative medicine and often refer clients to other
    specialists, particularly in manipulative therapies, to complement their own work of
    seeking, through diet, the prescription of natural medicines and supplements, and
    lifestyle counseling, to restore or augment the vitality of the body and thereby it's
    optimum health.


    HYPNOTHERAPY....
    The use of hypnotic trance and post-hypnotic suggestions to relieve stress-related
    conditions such as insomnia and hypertension, or to break health-inimical habits or
    addictions.


    CHINESE MEDICINE & ACUPUNCTURE....
    Acupuncture system of inserting long, thin metal needles into the body at predetermined
    points to relieve pain, as an anesthetic in surgery, and to assist healing. The needles
    are rotated manually or electrically. The method, developed in ancient China and
    increasingly popular in the West, is thought to work by somehow stimulating the brain's
    own pain killers, the endorphins.


    HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE....
    Homeopathy system of medicine based on the principle that symptoms of disease are part of
    the body's self-healing processes, and on the practice of administering extremely diluted
    doses of natural substances found to produce in a healthy person the symptoms manifest in
    the illness being treated.


    HOLISTIC MEDICINE....
    Umbrella term for an approach that virtually all alternative therapies profess, which
    considers the overall health and lifestyle profile of a patient, and treats specific
    ailments not primarily as conditions to be alleviated but rather as symptoms of more
    fundamental disease.


    HYDROTHERAPY....
    Is the use of water, externally or internally, for health or healing. It will be used to
    treat disease, alleviate pain, promote relaxation and to maintain an general good health.

    For therapeutic purposes, cold and hot water may be used, as well as ice or steam. A
    variety of treatments can include the following techiques:

    1. hot tub soaks
    2. mud baths
    3. steam baths
    4. immersion bath, done usually in cool water
    5. sitz baths
    6. saunas
    7. needle showers
    8. pressure hosing
    9. salt rubs
    10. hot & cold packs
    11. drinking water that has special qualities, as in
    mineral waters that are used in European spas
    as an aid to digestion.

    Hydrotherapy will be used to relax muscles and joints, to soothe anxiety, relieve stress,
    and promote mobility. Swimming and doing underwater exercise will help arthritis and other
    joint and muscle disorders, to extend patients range motion.

    Pain management programs can use warm water baths in an darkened room can help patients
    focus on beathing exercises and other methods of pain control.

    At home, using some of these techiques, promotes aid to relaxation, as well as soothing
    minor aches and pain, and can induce sleep.

    Water aerobic exercises and modified aerobic dancing in the low end of the pool, are
    popular forms of hydrotherapy.

    You should avoid hot tubs, saunas and steam baths if you are pregnant or have high blood
    pressure, any chronic coronary condition, as well as having diabetes.


    VISUALIZATION....
    Use of guided mental imagery to activate and focus the body's natural self-healing
    processes. When used in the treatment of cancer patients, together with complementary
    techiques, some remarkable remissions have been attributed to visualization.

    Meditation is an mental discipline that is aimed at promoting relaxation and an
    alternative to tranquilizers and pain medication to manage emotional stress as well as
    physical pain.

    One can take classes in different forms of meditation techiques, check in you area to see
    if you can take classes, as well as reading books about visualization and meditation.
    There are many good books on different techiques.

    It has been indicated through research that it can produce changes in the nervous system
    that are the opposite of the< fight or flight response to danger. It appears to
    specifically reduce the body's production of cortisol, reduced levels foster relaxation.

    To concentrate on breathing to the exclusion of all other activities also has an calming
    effect. The ability to focus on taking in and letting out one deep breath at a time, can
    overcome anxiety and relieve panic attacks.


    LIGHT THERAPY....
    Focuses on the use of either natural or artificial light to treat various disorders, which
    can include skin diseases to soft bones, seasonal affective disorder(SAD), sleep disorders
    and then there is biorhythm problems that are often experienced by people working at night.

    It may be administered by psychiatrists, general practitioners or their assistants, and can
    be done at home with an qualified health professional, who will instruct how it is done.

    Exposure to bright sunlight and to ultraviolet ray of the sun lamps has been used as an
    treatment to treat skin diseases for many years. Using varying levels of light will affect
    all human beings. Lack of sunshine in humans can have an profound psychological effect than
    was recognized till in the 1980's. Daylight stimulates the human brain to produce hormones
    and other brain chemicals that are essential for our emotional well being.

    Daily exposure of special fluorescent and ultraviolet lights can show an marked improvement
    and is quickly effective than anti-depressant medication. The light will help strengthen
    bones and help counter depression.

    There are precautions that you should be aware of which are:

    1. This therapy is only effective with specifically designed lights for these purposes.
    Sun lamps, halogen and bright lights are not suitable.
    2. Do not look directly into the light source, and always cover the eyes of babies to
    aviod eye damage &/or eye irritation.
    3. Due to the increased risk of cancer, an doctor should be used to carefully monitor
    when using ultraviolet lights.


    MUSIC THERAPY....
    The use of music as an adjunct to relaxation therapy, or in psychotherapy to elicit
    expressions of suppressed emotions by prompting patients to dance, shout, laugh, cry, or
    whatever, in response.

    There are also excellent relaxation and meditation CD's that will be an blessing in
    disguish. I have 5 that I play & they relax me so fast as well as soothe the body and the
    pain.


    PET THERAPY....
    I can't say enough on how much having an pet or pets can be so amusing at times as well as
    them be so in love with you. As we all know that it is said that "laughter is the best
    medicine", this can be so true when you have an pet or two. I have in my life three
    wonderful pets and they do put on an show at least once an day. Pet Therapy is an good
    thing when you are very sick and in pain. They will be loyal as well as watching over you
    very closely when you are alone at home. They can also help prevent an accident from
    becoming an bad one.

    So in getting an pet, chose an loving and caring pet making sure you both will fall in
    love with each other over an short period of time. They are very trustful of you and you
    of them, after all you are helping each other in more ways than one.


    HERBAL MEDICINE....
    Herbalism is prescription and use of plants and their derivatives for medication. Herbal
    products are favorite by alternative practitioners as "natural medicine", as opposed to
    modern synthesized medicines and drugs, which are regarded with suspicion because of the
    dangers of side-effects and dependence.


    SOUND THERAPY....
    Is the treatment based on the finding that human blood cells respond to sound frequencies
    by changing color and shape, and the hypothesis that therefore sick or rogue cells can be
    healed or harmonized by sound. The therapy was developed and researched by Fabien Maman
    (French musician and acupuncturist), and Joel Sternheimer (US physicist). It is claimed
    that sound frequencies applied to acupuncture points are as effective as needles.


    CHIROPRACTIC....
    Is the technique of manipulation of the spine and other parts of the body, based on the
    principle that disorders are attributable to aberrations in the functioning of the nervous
    system, which manipulation can correct.


    SUBLIMINAL TAPES....
    You can find these at your local record stores as well as health stores. Ask your doctor
    for an recommendation of an good choice to have. You can find "meditation tapes &/or CD's
    which can be very helpful for anyone, healthy or sick. Give these an try and you may
    surprise yourself on how you can relax and therefore helping you with stress &/or pain in
    your daily life.


    I hope these can be helpful in your learning of alternatives.

    G
  3. Cactuslil

    Cactuslil New Member

    That is great. I'm fixing to print it out. Sorry it took me forever to get to your post! Excellent. CactusLil'
  4. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    G, I use a lot of what you have here, and learned a lot more from your post too!

    Since I can't take prescription meds, this is great.

    Like Lil, will print it out for future reference.

    Shalom, Shirl
    [This Message was Edited on 08/27/2002]