Acupuncture - is the procedure of inserting and manipulating filiform needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. Different variations of acupuncture are practiced and taught throughout the world. Acupuncture has been the subject of active scientific research since the late 20th century but it remains controversial among conventional medical researchers and clinicians. The World Health Organization published a review of controlled trials using acupuncture and concluded it was effective for the treatment of 28 conditions and there was evidence to suggest it may be effective for several dozen more. There is general agreement that acupuncture is safe when administered by well-trained practitioners using sterile needles,and that further research is appropriate. http://www.pinellaslife.com/medical/acupuncture.asp
Acutonics - System of vibrational sound healing rooted in Oriental Medicine and philosophy that utilizes tuning forks and symphonic gongs tuned to the planets, Tibetan bowls, bells, drums, and rattles. Connecting body, mind, and soul in the journey toward optimal health, harmonic attunement or at-one-ment with all things in the Universe. http://www.acutonics.com/certified-practitioners.php
Aquatic Therapy - is performed in the water. Aquatic therapy use the resistance of water instead of weights. It aims to rehabilitate patients after injury or those with chronic illness, avoiding the amount of weight placed on the joints by exercise outside the water.It allows patients previously limited in attempts at land-based therapy to improve their strength, range of motion and general movement patterns so they may eventually return to more functional activities onland. Examples of aquatic therapy techniques include: Ai Chi, Aquatic PNF, the Bad Ragaz Ring Method, Fluid Moves, the Halliwick Concept, Swim Stroke Training and Modification, Task Type Training Approach and Watsu.http://www.aquaticpt.org/about-aquatic-physical-therapy.cfm
Biofeedback - a method of treatment that uses monitors to feed back to patients physiological information of which they are normally unaware. By watching the monitor, patients can learn by trial and error toadjust their thinking and other mental processes in order to control "involuntary" bodily processes such as blood pressure, temperature,gastrointestinal functioning, and brain wave activity.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy - involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which they say allows them to tune into what they call the craniosacral system. The practitioner gently works with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position. Cranio-sacral therapists use the therapy to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions.
Hippotherapy - is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes. Equine movement provides multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control, balance, building overall postural strength and endurance, addressing weight bearing, and. motor planning. Equine movement offers well-modulated sensory input to vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile and visual channels.
Hypnotherapy - uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person's attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention -- with the help of a trained therapist -- on specific thoughts or tasks.
Massage Therapy - is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body. Massage is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing. These effects provide a number of benefits: reduction of muscle tension and stiffness, relief of muscle spasms, greater flexibility and range of motion, increase of the ease and efficiency of movement , relief of stress and aide of relaxation, promotion of deeper and easier breathing, improvement of the circulation of blood. http://www.massagetherapy.com
Naturopathy - is an alternative medical system that focuses on natural remedies and the body's ability to heal and maintain itself. Patients use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability toward off and combat disease, reduce pain and heal. Naturopathic philosophy favors a holistic approach and minimal use of surgery and drugs.
Occupational Therapy - is concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation. Occupational therapists use careful analysis of physical, environmental, psychosocial, mental, spiritual, political and cultural factors to identify barriers to occupation. Occupational therapy draws from the fields of medicine, psychology sociology, anthropology, ethnography, architecture and many other disciplines in developing its knowledge base. http://www.aota.org/
Physical Therapy - is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention,treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well being. An individual's history and a physical examination are used to arrive at a diagnosis and establish a management plan and, when necessary, incorporate the results of
laboratory and imaging studies. http://www.apta.org/apta/findapt/index.aspx?navID=10737422525
Qigong or Chi kung (气功or prana force) - is the philosophy and practice of aligning breath, physical activity and awareness for mental, spiritual and corporeal health, as well as the development of human potential. It includes certain forms of martial arts and the spiritual awakening to one's true nature. http://www.qigonginstitute.org/main_page/main_page.php
Reiki - is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring healing energy in the form of ki through the palms. Reiki is available through some hospitals.
Tai Chi - is sometimes described as "meditation in motion" because it promotes serenity through gentle movements — connecting the mind and body. Originally developed in ancient China for self-defense, tai chi evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and to help with a variety of other health conditions. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/taichi/introduction.htm