The practice of craniosacral therapy (CST) is quite rewarding. As a therapist, I have the honor and joy of participating with my patients in a transformative healing process. While therapists who utilize craniosacral techniques observe many positive effects on a daily basis, quality research supporting these practices has been sparse. That’s why I was so excited [...]
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines related to the prescription of highly addictive pain medications, called opioids. These drugs – including Vicodin and OxyContin – are responsible for 40 deaths from overdose each day in the United States. The guidelines are intended to equip doctors to make better choices about type and [...]
The list of benefits from exercise seems to grow every day. Recently, a study out of Denmark, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that exercise may fight cancer. While it may seem intuitive that the improved health that comes along with exercise may help to prevent cancer, researchers have grappled with the notion that in [...]
Scoliosis – defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a sideways curvature of the spine” – can be responsible for a broad spectrum of physical complaints, ranging from mild backaches to disabling pain and limited tolerance for physical activity. While many successful treatment options are available that improve dysfunctional curves of the spine, including bracing and [...]
According to a University of California at San Francisco press release, a study published on April 25, 2014 in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (the official journal of the American Urogynecologic Society) reports that a yoga training program, designed to improve pelvic health, can help women gain more control over their urination and avoid [...]
For women with severe pelvic pain related to fibroids, when all other treatment has failed, a hysterectomy is sometimes offered as an option. It is so very important to be educated in the risks and benefits of this option, along with the long-term effects on your health and well-being. As part of that education, I'd [...]
An interesting article recently appeared in The Wall Street Journal, highlighting research which shows that patients who are more involved in their medical care have better outcomes. Click here to have a look.
The American Board of Internal Medicine has launched a new educational initiative called "Choosing Wisely," in an effort to open a dialogue about the rising cost of health care, empower patients, and minimize unnecessary and ineffective medical treatment. From the ABIM Foundation website: Choosing Wisely ® aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping [...]
Getting an early start on maintaining and improving your balance can pay dividends later in life. So says this article in a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal. Check it out for some great, simple balance tests and exercises you can do anywhere.
A new study, which will be released in the February issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, shows that even one hour per week of moderate or vigorous activity in those middle-aged or older can help to prevent major chronic disease, memory loss and physical disability. "Exercise" was defined very broadly by the researchers, including [...]