Acupuncture is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that dates back more than 3,000 years. It is a gentle, safe and effective method of holistic healing that addresses the physical, emotional and psychospiritual levels of your health and well-being. It consists of the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points which have shown to be effective in the treatment of various health issues.
Acupuncture is helpful before, during and after cancer treatment. It can help relieve many of the common side effects of cancer treatment including, but not limited to:
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) plays a vital part in managing lymphedema. Dealing with lymphedema after treatment for cancer can seem daunting. Knowledge can free you from unnecessary anxiety by providing clear guidelines for therapy and practical instruction in approaches to ongoing self-care. The more you know about therapies to manage lymphedema, the better your outcomes will be.
MLD uses a precise manual therapy technique to help move fluid away from swollen, congested areas and toward healthy lymph nodes. It is gentle, relaxing, and supportive of the whole lymphatic system.
Combined with properly fitted compression garments, exercise, and skincare, MLD is a cornerstone of any lymphedema management plan.
Signs and Symptoms of Lymphedema
Surgical removal of lymph nodes, radiation scarring, injury, and infection can cause lymph to accumulate in the tissues rather than move along fluid pathways. Depending on the site of the surgery or radiation, swelling may occur in the leg, trunk, face or abdomen. This kind of edema – lymphedema – may show up as:
If left untreated, lymphedema can lead to tissue damage and increased risk of infection.
The touch of reflexology communicates caring and comfort and is always sensitive to each patient’s medical status and tolerance. Reflexology stimulates the circulation, improving the nerve and blood supply to areas of the body which is congested. Reflexology can do no harm, it only helps bring the body back into a state of balance by giving the body back its resources through improved circulation. This means providing sufficient nutrients to parts of the body. It is just like improving the soil quality with nutrients so that the plant may thrive.
Reflexology can be combined with other therapies and is appropriate for patients at any stage of cancer, including end-stage disease. It is not appropriate for patients who have deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) of the lower and upper extremities, thrombocytopenia (low platelets), or bruising, rashes, severe edema or wounds of the ankles or feet.
Benefits of Reflexology include:
CranioSacral Therapy is:
Applied with Gentle touch
Very relaxing to mind and body
Safe to use in conjunction with medical treatments
Empowering your body to heal itself
Developed by Fritz Smith, MD in the early 1970s, Zero Balancing is a powerful body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body. The practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize. Zero Balancing focuses primarily on key joints of our skeleton that conduct and balance forces of gravity, posture, and movement. By addressing the deepest and densest tissues of the body along with soft tissue and energy fields, Zero Balancing helps to clear blocks in the body’s energy flow, amplify vitality and contribute to better postural alignment. A Zero Balancing session leaves you with a wonderful feeling of inner harmony and organization.