Alternative Medicines

These are practices that differ from conventional medicine. Some alternative medicine practices are homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and herbal medicine.

Alternative medicine practices may be based on non-traditional belief systems or philosophies, and some may not follow the scientific method. They may incorporate spiritual, metaphysical, or religious underpinnings, untested practices, pre-modern medical traditions, or newly developed approaches to healing.

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Massage therapy involves the manipulation, rubbing and kneading of the body’s muscle and soft tissue to enhance function of the tissues and promote relaxation. Massage can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, pain and fatigue.

There are many different types of massage such as Swedish, therapeutic, neuromuscular, trigger and point massage.

The Wellness Center offers free massages to our students each week. Stop by or call to find out the times that they are offered.

Acupressure

Acupressure is a treatment in which the acupoints lie along invisible meridians. These meridians are said to be channels for the flow of vital energy or life force called qi (pronounced “Chee”) that is present in all living things. Acupressure and other elements of Asian bodywork have the goal of restoring health and balance to the energy flow. There are claims that acupressure can be used to treat the body, mind, emotions, energy field, and spirit.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a technique in which very thin needles of varying lengths are inserted through the skin to treat a variety of conditions. Sonopuncture is an acupuncture technique that uses sound waves to stimulate the acupuncture sites, or acupoints. Electroacupuncture uses tiny electrical charges, with or without needles, to stimulate the same acupoints that are used in traditional acupuncture.

Resources

National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine

The Alternative Medicine Homepage

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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