Misnomer Alert: Alternative Medicine

We find the phrase alternative medicine problematic when describing what we do here. The phrase already brings to mind very specific ideas about who and what we are. None of which fit us.

 

First, let’s define the word alternative:

something available as another possibility where each option is mutually exclusive

 

– a behavior that is considered unconventional and seen as a challenge to traditional norms

 

We do not view ourselves as the other possibility that must be signed up for in lieu of something else. We view ourselves as complimentary to many paths and disciplines. We do not want you to quit going to see other people in deference for us. We view ourselves as a compliment to the care you find in many places and offices. We definitely do not consider ourselves mutually exclusive.

 

As far as the second definition, any of the modalities offered at our location are no longer classified in the unconventional or challenge to traditional norms category. All of our modalities have been in this country for quite some time and are accepted modes used by many people. More and more people know what acupuncture and Rolfing ™ are; not only know what they are, but use them as well.

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Second, the word medicine:

  • the science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease

 

We do not prevent, cure, treat, or diagnosis any western diseases. The practitioners here, by law, are not allowed. None of them are M.D.s, the only people who can do the things listed. We do talk about the body in terms of energetics and have our own method for interfacing with the body in these terms.

 

So, what are we, if not alternative medicine?

 

We are advocates for health and longevity; we are visionaries who see the body and mind working together in one totality; we are complimentary care. Come and visit and tell us what your definition is!

What’s In Your Carton?

If you’re like most people, before buying eggs at the grocery store you open the carton to check for broken shells. You’re probably not too surprised when you come across a cracked egg or two and you simply continue your search, rendering the previous carton useless. As you proceed, you notice that some cartons contain 1 broken egg, others contain 2, and still others have 3 or more. Finally you find what you came for, a carton with a perfect dozen eggs inside.

Why must you go through the process of opening each carton? Because you can’t tell anything about the contents by simply looking at the outside packaging. Every carton looks identical from the outside, yet theyeggscan be very different on the inside. To randomly choose any carton without knowing what’s inside would be a foolish and unnecessary risk.

The body is like our egg carton. It is often so good at compensating for imbalances, that what might look healthy and in balance from the outside can actually be masking underlying problems or symptoms. If left undetected, these imbalances can lead to chronic sickness, degeneration, and disease.

When it comes to our health, we’ve been taught that what you see and feel is what you get. If things look okay on the outside and you don’t have any symptoms, you must be healthy, right? We’ve come to learn that this is not the case. Many diseases and disorders such as cancer and heart disease have no symptoms or warning signs until the sickness is well into the advanced stage. Imbalances are no different.

Meridian imbalances are known as “silent problems”. They often go undetected because many times they are painless and reveal few outward signs or symptoms, yet all the while they are affecting your life-sustaining meridian system.

If there are enough cracked eggs in a carton, and they are left inside long enough, eventually they will begin to soak through and reveal themselves. Similarly, uncorrected imbalances will eventually show themselves as symptoms.

The only way to know for certain whether or not you have meridian imbalances is to either wait for your carton to soak through, or to open the carton and look inside with a acupuncture examination.

If you wouldn’t take a chance on a $3.00 carton of eggs, you certainly shouldn’t risk your most precious and priceless commodity: YOUR HEALTH!

Pain! Pain! Go away!

By A.J. Crolli

Who has not asked pain to go away?  Pain can be debilitating and numbing to so much of life.  But what do you do when it just won’t stop?

Pain can be viewed as a form of energy or information that the mind processes.  Sometimes, as with any form of information, pain information gets misdirected.   People who suffer from chronic back issues, knee problems, chronic myalgias, etc. may become victims of pain-energy redirection. pain loop 

The term pain-loop, as coined by Dr. Levine and Dr. Philips, basically implies that if a pain signal is not relieved within a short amount of time, then a pain signal loop is set-up in the primitive, subconscious parts of the brain.  This works like a corrupt program on a computer hard-drive.  The brain keeps running this loop over and over again even though the original reason for this information may now no longer exist.  

Our data base corruption is different for each of us because we all perceive events or stimuli differently.  Our perceptions of traumatic events and internal and external stimuli are based upon our belief systems and these system’s chain reactions.  Our beliefs come from our family lives, culture, religion, etc.  These beliefs then generate our feelings; our feelings then generate our emotions; our emotions then can condense in our physical bodies if we hold on to them instead of releasing them naturally.  When a triggering event occurs, all the previous traumas of our lives that are stored in the brain’s survival zones are also now in play.

As an example, if you had a traumatizing hospitalization in your childhood years, it could predispose you to panic attacks and an excess perception of pain even from routine dental visits.  Many people in chronic pain didn’t learn in their formative years a methodology on how to cope with uncomfortable or distressing experiences.  It’s the fear about pain or any negative physical reaction that sets the stage for the chronic pain loop.  It’s very real and we become what we fear the most.  Emotional and physical pain operate in the same parts of the brain; even a chronic negative response pattern can be traumatizing and very real.  

Part of our defense mechanisms are the primal responses of flight-fight-freeze.  Many experts talk about the flight-fright response but not so much about the freeze.  A freeze response can precipitate into a condensing pattern, like a turtle tucking itself in its shell.  It shows up in the body with the crunching of the shoulders, the tucking of the head, and possibly a paralyzing or numbing feeling.  This response can even be seen in the musculoskeletal system.  The corresponding mental freeze response would be feeling stuck or trapped in a particular situation and too paralyzed to change it.  You then start to shrink from triggering situations, people, places, or things.  All three can spin off various other reactions in the mind/body when they get stuck in a chronic state.  And these all can cause pain.  By unlocking the pain-loop cycles, much relief can be generated in the body as well as the mind.  And then we can sing that pain away!