Supporting Your Body: 3 of the Best Alternative Therapies

Alternative practices offer a wealth of benefits to people at all stages of life. They have been proven to help those working to rehabilitate a sporting injury and overcome illness. Many people also use them to improve and maintain their general health. Whether you’re on the road to recovery or in peak fighting form, it’s important to take time to give your body the support it needs. Here we take a look at three of the best therapies available to help your body and make sure you are the healthiest you possibly can be.

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  • Chiropractics

The activities we do everyday shape our bodies, whether we’re pounding the pavement at dawn to sitting at a computer screen for twelve hours a day. We build muscles up unevenly and put unnecessary pressure on our joints and spines. Chiropractors work with the musculoskeletal system to correct these imbalances. There are a variety of approaches based around two main types of practice; traditional and symptom relief.

The traditional approach is a great choice for people looking to improve their general wellness. Traditional practitioners focus on the spine. They perform adjustments to support optimum function of the nervous system.

As the name suggests, symptom relief chiropractors target specific issues. They perform adjustments to increase central nervous system function in particular areas of the body. Both practices can relieve everything from general aches and pains to chronic headaches. Whatever practitioner you choose, whether they work out of a North Portland Chiropractic center or from home in Denver, all practitioners have to register with a central body. This means you are guaranteed a professional service and a great level of care.

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  • Acupuncture

The ancient Chinese healing art of acupuncture encourages and maintains the body’s natural equilibriums. It uses very fine needles to stimulate pressure points and encourage the flow of energy around the body. This practice is based on the Meridian Chart, a map of all the energy lines connecting each aspect of the body to others. Acupuncturists believe that symptoms presenting in a certain part of the body might not originate there. They investigate the issue to determine whether it is the result of a blockage in the Meridians caused by another part of the body entirely.

Since it is a non-invasive treatment, acupuncture is suitable for most people. It can be a fantastic support to children dealing with growing pains and a great way to relax during pregnancy. Athletes to have reported improvements in sports injuries following treatment.

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  • Homeopathy

Homeopathy assists and supports the body’s natural healing processes, giving your body the tools it needs to heal itself. A holistic approach, homeopaths take into consideration every aspect of your health before devising a treatment. Homeopathic treatments are crafted from entirely natural substances. They are based on the concept that ‘like cures like’. This means the substances administered are known to cause the symptoms displayed. It might sound counter-intuitive, but many people report dramatic improvements following treatment. Indeed, homeopathy is known to benefit sufferers of everything from period pains to chronic fatigue.