Our health is our most valuable asset. Without it, we would not be able to enjoy our family and those we love to our fullest potential, embrace life and all it has to offer, participate in hobbies, sports and activities that define who we are. Our health is precious and we must do everything we can to protect it.
One of the key ways we can protect our health is to be proactive. We know there are certain factors like stress, lack of exercise, viruses and injury that contribute to and affect our overall sense of wellbeing. Being aware of these factors, dealing with them proactively and minimizing their impact can make a huge difference in your overall health.
So, how do you get ahead of what life throws at you on a daily basis. You can do this by putting together your own health plan that is diverse and well rounded. Some of the things you may want to consider as a part of your overall health plan are:
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is the most widely practiced form of acupuncture. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the human body is mapped with “channels” also called meridians through which the energy of the body flows just like blood, lymph or electrical current through our nervous system. Acupuncture consists of inserting fine sterile stainless steel needles into specific points called acupuncture points to remove blockages and imbalances in the body’s energy flow, therefore positioning the body to heal itself.
For the ones of us who like science…
Clinical trials have shown that the insertion of a needle in an acupuncture point stimulates the central nervous system causing the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins (Beta-endorphin, Dynorphin; natural opiates estimated to be 10-200 times stronger than morphine), serotonin-norepinephrine and encephalin, all substances involved in pain mechanisms.
The use of acupuncture comes with many benefits; it addresses the source of the problem along with its symptoms, it reduces healing time significantly enabling patient to resume normal activities faster and it reduces the incidence of undesirable effects caused by pharmaceutical drugs and the cost associated to them.
Myofascial release consists of gentle targeted stretching techniques applied to the fascia (thin envelope surrounding organs and muscles). When injury occurs, the fascia becomes uneven, shorten and tight creating pressure up to 2000 lbs per square inch. By stretching the fascia, contracted muscles can relax, proper motion is then restored, an efficient blood and lymphatic circulation is reestablished, tissue healing is facilitated and pain relief is obtained.
Lymphatic drainage is the natural function of the lymphatic system, which is an essential part of immunity. If this function isn’t working properly, it can cause a build-up of fluid in tissues as well as more serious medical problems like lymphagitis and lymphoma. Therapeutic massage called Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) helps this system work and treats some of the conditions associated with the lymphatic system.
Whether applied to the skin, inhaled or ingested, essential oils can their therapeutic properties can help to heal, soothe, and relax.
Gentle Yoga is derived from a yoga style that was invented by B.K.S. Iyengar, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest yoga masters in the world. Generally speaking, gentle-style yoga is ideal for people with movement limitations and/ or chronic pain; arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, bad posture or lack of coordination, recovering from surgery, illness or injury, for seniors, new practitioners and those seeking stress-reduction, energy boost or weight management.
Tai Chi/Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The slow gentle movements of Qigong forms can be easily adapted for the physically challenged and practiced by all age groups. It is based on the meridian system used in acupuncture, emphasizes the importance of adding mind intent and breathing techniques to physical movements. Western scientific research confirms that the gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions offering its practitioners the benefits of reduced stress and hypertension, increased stamina and enhanced immune system.
Herbal teas and the ingredients used to create them are designed with healing in mind. The therapeutic properties of the ingredients can help the body heal, soothe and relax.
Guided meditation types involve focusing attention on a single object which could include the breath, an inner or external image, a movement pattern, a sound, a word or a phrase that is repeated silently (mantra). Based upon more than 30 years of scientific research as well as theoretical understanding, meditation is considered to be one of the better therapies for many stress-related conditions such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain syndromes, chronic fatigue, lack of concentration, hypertension, headaches and much more.
Our vision at East West Healing Solutions is to provide services and treatments to help you achieve the goals you have for your overall wellbeing. From Acupuncture to Yoga and everything in between can help stay ahead of the negative effects of stress, illness and injury. We want to help you heal so you can start living the life you want. Give the gift of health to yourself or someone you love this year!
Curious about what may work for you? Schedule a free consultation with us, where we can assess your situation and help you design the best plan for you!
About Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl.Ac.
Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl. Ac. is one of the most recognized practitioners in Palm Harbor as a “non-pharmaceutical” pain specialist.
Born and raised in Quebec City Canada, Dr. Perkins received her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from University Laval in 1993.
Her passion led her to leave everything behind and immigrated to Florida in 1995. She proceeded with acquiring her Massage Therapy license from Bahkti Academy in 1999 and her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004.
Her goal for founding East West Healing Solutions was to be a pioneer in the community working at bridging the gap between Eastern and Western Medicine. She has established strong partnership with Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Orthopedic Surgeons, Neurologists, Pain Management Physicians, Doctors of Chiropractic, Rehabilitative Specialists, Athletic Directors, Coaches and Personal Injury Attorneys in the community proving not only that it can be done but also that a cohesive team approach is often the most efficient way to help a patient.
Over the years I have continued to add to my knowledge in order to be able to help as many patients I possibly could. Most of the time, a joint effort from Western and Eastern Medicine is required to obtain optimal health. For that reason, patients should proactively seek a team of highly trained professionals in various fields, all working toward one common goal; the PATIENT’S best interest. Your health portfolio should be built with the same concepts as your financial portfolio; diversification is the key!,” Dr. Marie Perkins tells her patients.
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