Are you the type of person who goes to a fitness class and cannot get over how some people can contort themselves like a pretzel, while you can hardly imagine touching your toes? Good news for you, it turns out you can actually become more flexible. With a steady stretching routine, you are on your way to touching your toes.
Have you ever been crippled by pain in your legs, feet, back or anywhere else in your body? It can be debilitating, especially if it is never-ending.
What is pain exactly? On the surface, it is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.
Early in school, we learn about the basic survival needs: food, shelter, oxygen, water, and sleep. Until recently however, little was understood about the functions of sleep and how it affects our physiology. We all know how miserable it feels when we don’t sleep well, decreasing our mood, energy, and ability to focus. Recent scientific research has proven the vital importance of sleep on nearly every human function.
Two disciplines for total fitness
When I was introduced to yoga twenty-four years ago, a love affair began. Yoga was my introduction to mind-body connection. At the time I was not exceptionally good at any type of physical endeavor, but yoga changed that.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in China over thousands of years. As a TCM practitioner, I use herbal medicine to treat and prevent health issues or as a complementary health approach to other modes of treatment.
Many people come to me when they have the “I don’t feel good-it is,” after they have gone to many other doctors’ offices with little results. Problems such as: a headache after a concussion a year from the incident, a backache that won’t improve, overall weakness and tiredness, stomach issues, infertility. So what do I do? With the patient, I focus on the diagnostic portion, and everything that is spiritual, emotional or mental becomes secondary.
Life doesn’t pause when we get sick. We have people that depend on us and places to be. Most of the time, we cannot stop and rest to let our body recover from the cough, nasal congestion, and headache. This can make the illness worse and possibly last longer. Our immune system is taxed by poor sleep, stress, low quality food, and exterior illness. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs strengthen your immune system and, if you are sick, can help you get better faster.
Those of us fortunate to live in Summit County know that the older we get doesn’t mean the slower we get. In fact, Summit County breeds highly active older adults. Many mature bodies take classes in my Pilates studio, and in 14 years I’ve realized that a healthy foundation keeps you moving as you age. We’ve all heard strength, exibility, and balance are pillars in healthy aging, but what exercises, and where do the motivation and inspiration come from? Pilates and Ballet Barre are the perfect groundwork to keep your body healthy, as well as enhance your physical activities down the road.
First let’s look at the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary definition of allopathy which is: “a system of medical practice that aims to combat disease by use of remedies (as drugs or surgery) producing effects different from or incompatible with those produced by the disease being treated.” Basically we refer to allopathy as western medicine.
Chinese medicine is a system of healing that often takes the patient on a journey of self- discovery. The physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of each individual are examined together in this natural approach to medicine. After twenty-five years of practicing acupuncture, I have witnessed many instances where illness or physical pain resolve when a patient’s emotional issues are simultaneously addressed with the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 75 million Americans, or 29 percent of adults, have high blood pressure or hypertension. In addition, nearly one of three adults has prehypertension. High blood pressure costs the United States $46 billion each year.
Doctor Jeffrey Auth, D.C. has been a chiropractor for more than twenty years. He opened Auth Chiropractic & Vitality Center in Dillon in 2000. Prior to that, he was a professional high diver and entertainer, competitive mogul skier and mountain biker. In the summer of 2014, the high-impact lifestyle caught up to him. Dr. Auth was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, three herniated discs, and suffered from severe sciatica. He explained his pain as a constant sharp, burning sensation.
Moxibustion (moxa) is the method of burning herbs on or near the body at acupuncture points. The most common form of moxibustion uses the mugwort plant (artemisia vulgaris) dried and ground into a moxa-wool. This herb has been used in moxibustion for the last 2,000 years, and it is now common to assume mugwort is used when referring to moxibustion.