Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hydrotherapy for Feet



Hydrotherapy is described as the use of water to treat disease or illness. In the case of the feet and lower legs hydrotherapy may help to improve circulation and bring relief from inflammation and swelling.


The Cold Foot Bath

In the cold foot bath the feet are immersed in cold water up to the calf. Some spend only a few minutes with their feet in the cold water, but all should remove their feet when you can no longer feel a "cold" sensation from the water. After the soak a nice walk can be very pleasurable. An alternative is "walking in water," which could take place in a cool mountain stream, in the ocean, or a shallow pool. This style of Hydrotherapy is commonly used for: circulatory problems, sweaty feet, varicose veins and edema or swelling of the tissues. Those that suffer from cold feet, have diabetes or other vascular or nervous system conditions should consult their doctor before use.

Another style of Hydrotherapy is the alternating warm and cool foot baths. In this case you can collect 20-30 rocks when you're next at the beach (or you can purchase polished river rocks at the craft store). Divide them evenly between two foot tubs (large dishpan basins work well too), and in one add warm water. In the second foot tub add cool water, with perhaps a few ice cubes nearby to keep the water cool. Start with the warm water, soak for a few minutes while pressing the feet into the smooth rocks. Then switch to the cool water, again, pressing your feet into the smooth rocks. Alternate several times, always paying attention to your comfort level. This method can help balance excess perspiration in the feet, revive your whole body, and feels great after a long walk or a run.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

See a Reflexology Treatment with Amy

Last year I joined Cathy Wong, ND, in Boston for a chance to demonstrate Reflexology on camera. Dr. Wong writes for About.com's Alternative Medicine section. In this video you will catch a glimpse of what goes on in a Reflexology session.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Chiropractic Helps New Mothers Produce Milk

"An article in the March 2007 issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, presents three documented case studies of chiropractic care helping new mothers who were unable to produce adequate mother`s milk. A reduction in mothers milk, known as "Hypolactation" can be a serious problem that can create health issues for both the mother and child.

The first case was a women who went to the chiropractor on the referral of her midwife. She had given birth 10 days earlier to her second child and unlike her first, she was unable to establish a milk supply for her second baby. The patient had no other medical issues other than difficulty in swallowing a glass of water.

An examination determined that she had a subluxation, and specific chiropractic care was initiated to correct that issue. After her second visit the patient commented that she found it much easier to swallow. By the third visit she noticed visible changes in her breast and the production of milk. This improvement resulted in a positive weight gain for the infant who was forced to depend of formula until the mothers milk issues were resolved.

The second patient went to the chiropractor for upper back pain but was also unable to produce sufficient milk to feed her one month old infant. Her examination showed no medical history for her problems, however, the chiropractic portion of her exam showed subluxations.

She began a series of specific chiropractic adjustments for subluxation correction. By the forth visit the patient was noticing breast enlargement and the production of milk. She also became pain free from the upper back pain she was experiencing.

The third case was a women who came into the chiropractor`s office with her daughter six days after birth. She was sent there on the recommendation of the hospital lactation consultant. As in the previous cases, subluxations were found and care was initiated to correct them. In this case it took only 24 hours for the positive
results to show, and for this mother to be able to feed her infant naturally.

Based on their case studies and the volumes of previous research, these researchers concluded that subluxations and the neurological interference they cause play a major role in Hypolactation. The researchers suggest, "Chiropractic evaluation for subluxations would be a key element in the holistic assessment of the failure to establish milk supply in the post partum patient."

Visit my referrals page for two chiropractors I enjoy working with.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Computer Back

Dr. Jolie Bookspan is the Director of Neck and Back Pain Sports Medicine and Instructor at Temple University. In her article Stop Back and Neck Pain from Long Sitting-
Desk, Trains, Planes, Cars, Buses, Computers, Internet Cafe, and TV
, she clues us in on some easy ways to improve posture and reduce upper and lower back pain. A must read if you spend a lot of time sitting!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Walking


I am reminded how popular this form of exercise is every time I am at the clinic this time of year. Lake Quannapowitt is frequented by many walkers who enjoy walking "around the lake."

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, walking is the most popular form of exercise. For tips on making the most out of your next walk, including shoe fitting tips, cool downs and your ideal heart rate visit their article Walking: Rx for Health, Happiness.

Reflexology is an excellent tool for the walker - it helps to improve circulation of the lower leg and foot while being a nice treat after "pounding the pavement." Some clients find Reflexology helpful for foot complaints such as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs and general aches and pains of the feet. However, open wounds and sores or deep vein thrombosis are contraindicated in a Reflexology session. If you are unsure if Reflexology is right for you consult your doctor. Feel free to contact me for any information available in Reflexology research and your condition.