Massage can help treat symptoms of many illnesses and conditions, but not all treatments are created equal. When Phoebe Holmes’ adult daughter with special needs experienced a fall, Holmes caught her, preventing her daughter from suffering any physical injury. Holmes, however, was not so fortunate. Her shoulder burned with pain, and so she sought medical attention. Initially, she was sent for an MRI to ensure there were no tears in the shoulder, but when the results came back clear, her chiropractor diagnosed her with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a type of arthritis that causes inflammation, and suggested therapeutic massage. “I started once…

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Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine and involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin. While traditional Chinese medicine focuses on how acupuncture balances the flow of energy, Western medicine has found that acupuncture can work as a treatment for many conditions, but has not fully determined how it does so. According to New York City-based acupuncturist Noah Rubinstein, DCAM, LAc, “We are learning from science that there are real, physical tissues that not only mirror the same pathways of Chinese energy, but that tissue is incredibly reactive in the places we consider acupuncture points.” Rubinstein, who serves…

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Essential oils are a popular part of homeopathy, but using them safely requires research and caution. Many people enjoy using essential oils as part of their wellness routines, but before you reach for the lavender, take some time to learn about using essential oils safely and wisely. Whether you intend on diffusing it in your air or applying it to your skin, knowing what you are doing can mean the difference between relaxation or a rash. 1. Essential Oils Have Potential Side Effects Like any other product, essential oils can cause rashes if you are allergic to them. For this…

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