Next to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy is the second-largest system of medicine in the world today. It’s guiding principle is that ‘like cures like.’
A Homeopathic Practitioner matches the individual’s particular symptoms – mental, emotional and physical – to a remedy that represents an exact match from a repertoire of over 5,000 medicines. The smallest dose is then prescribed to assist the body to heal itself. The results are rapid, gentle and permanent. Homeopathy stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself by stimulating the immune system. It does not interfere with other types of medicines or treatments, and is therefore considered complementary to mainstream medicine in Ontario.
Safe and gentle to use; no side effects; can be used on people of all ages; cost- effective; one remedy at one time is all that is necessary; prescribed individually on the totality of symptoms presented & able to use with all other types of medicines and treatments.
Homeopathy in the Workplace
With 50% of a corporations’ profit margin being redirected back to employee healthcare through benefit packages, employers are keen to recoup some of these costs by ensuring that their employees remain healthy for maximum productivity. 87.5% of healthcare costs are said to be due to an individual’s lifestyle and if a proactive approach to healthcare is taken, can be avoided.
Benefits of homeopathy in the workplace include:
Increased productivity levels; reduced employee absenteeism; reduction in disability claims & reduction in healthcare costs; specifically drug costs.
References 1. The Homeopathic Revolution by Dana Ulmann 2. www.healthylife.com
Acupuncture is based on the belief that the body has different channels, or meridians running through it, which deliver energy, or “qi” to different organs, keeping the body healthy and balanced. When the meridians become blocked it causes stagnation in the qi, resulting in illness, weakness or disease in corresponding organs on the meridian map. During treatment, the acupuncturist will identify the potential underlying causes of blockages and select the most effective treatment methods, according to the individuals’ unique needs.
Acupuncture uses needling, heat application & stimulation at specific acupuncture points located along the meridian channels to release blockage, encouraging the body to heal itself. Acupuncture assists the body’s internal organs to adjust the upset flow in their function and correct imbalances of digestion, circulation and absorption. Needling the different acupuncture points along the body acts as a stimulus for the nervous system, releasing chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain, which in turn, trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.
Patients choose to have acupuncture for a large variety of reasons, the most popular being:
a) To treat stress-related conditions such as headaches, migraines and anxiety
b) Due to unsuitability to traditional pain killers
c) To combat side-effects of other medications
d) To compliment other forms of treatment or medication
Many claim to experience improved energy levels, physical health and emotional wellbeing after undergoing acupuncture treatment.
Craniosacral therapy is a hands-on treatment which evaluates and optimises the craniosacral system, a physiological body system. The craniosacral system is made up of cerebral spinal fluid and membranes that surround and protect the spinal cord and brain, stretching from the bones of the skull, face and mouth (called the cranium) to the tailbone (known as the sacrum).
During craniosacral therapy, a CST therapist listens to the rhythm of the craniosacral system and is able to pinpoint the source of an obstruction, or stress. Once the source has been located, the therapist’s touch can help with the natural movement of fluid and related soft tissue, to help the body correct itself and return to optimal functioning level.
CST has been found successful in treating a number of physical conditions such as; chronic pain, headaches, migraines, backaches, neck pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and generalized muscular pains. CST has also been helpful in calming unsettled or sleepless babies, treating learning difficulties and behavioural issues in children.
It has also been successful in treating underlying emotional traumas. CTS is able to release stresses and strains that have become imprinted and replayed over many years.
Massage Therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body in an effort to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain. It is a clinically-oriented health option that achieves undeniable results in the relief of an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes.
As a regulated health profession in Ontario, massage therapy should always be performed by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).
Individuals who suffer from the following conditions will greatly benefit from seeing an RMT:
Therapeutic massage is an important part of a health maintenance plan, by:
Massage therapy benefits people of all ages. While it benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, the real strength of massage therapy lies in prevention.
Health & Fitness Coaching can help clients make personal lifestyle changes that can be sustained. A Health & Fitness coach will help identify the things that keep you from achieving the results you desire and then help you create a plan designed just for you.
Health & Fitness coaches will work with clients to understand their health issues and concerns and work alongside them to make changes needed to be well and stay well. They also assist with risk reduction action plans and provide motivation to stick with it. Factors include:
Working with a Health and Fitness Coach results in:
Nutritionists monitor how food affects someone’s well-being and how it makes them feel – both physically and mentally. Nutritionists are able to identify and eliminate any health issues a client has been experiencing by recognizing symptoms. They are also able to detect food sensitivities, allergies or nutritional deficiencies.
Taking all of this into account, along with various food qualities, nutritionists look at a client’s constitution and put a meal strategy in place.
While advocating a potential diet change, a nutritionist may prescribe food supplements containing vitamins and minerals as well.
Even if a client doesn’t have a specific illness or condition, working with a Nutritionist acts as a preventative measure in staving off future illnesses. Ensuring that the body has adequate nutrients results in better sleep patterns, increased energy levels as well as healthier and stronger; skin, hair, nails, teeth and bones
Working with a Nutritionist decreases the body’s chances of contracting serious illnesses such as; heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Particular conditions can certainly benefit from nutritional therapy through the elimination of certain food groups or items and adding dietary supplements and exercise. These include:
Chronic conditions which have been present for some time can also be relieved and, in some cases, clients may be able to reduce their medication, in collaboration with their doctor.
An Ergonomist is a business health expert who specialises in designing comfortable and competent tools, apparatus, and furniture for various work environments. Ergonomists take a holistic approach to ensure that physical, cognitive, social, organizational and environmental factors are taken into account when making recommendations regarding the design or modification of a workplace.
Working with an Ergonomist:
Pilates is a holistic exercise method aiming to strengthen the body and restore it to balance. Based on an understanding of the muscular and skeletal systems, Pilates uses precise movements and focuses on core strength development and stabilisation.
Pilates operates on the principle that if core muscles (back and stomach area) are strong and working properly, the spine will be supported, relieving any pressure or back pain. To achieve optimum results, Pilates operates on six principles: centering, control, flow, breath, precision and concentration.
Basic, gentler classes are similar to yoga and tai chi, aiming to increase flexibility and promote core strength whereas more advance levels is a combination of both aerobic and anaerobic exercise including body-weight training and strength-promotion.
Pilates energises the body, while promoting harmony and balance. It can also assist in the healing process for particular conditions such as; osteoporosis, circulatory problems, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, anxiety and conditions associated with balance including aging. Some benefits of Pilates include:
Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years. It consists of Ancient Theories, observations and principles about the mind and body connection which is now being proven by modern medicine. Substantial research has been conducted to look at the many health benefits of Yoga – from the Yoga Postures (Asanas), Yoga Breathing (Pranayama), and Meditation.
Physiological Benefits of Yoga
Psychological Benefits of Yoga
Reiki is an ancient hands-on, holistic healing technique that works by balancing an individual’s energy systems- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It is a non-invasive therapy which aims to restore homeostasis, promoting the body’s own natural ability to heal.
It brings about deep relaxation, assists in the release of energy blockages and increases the vibrational frequency of the body to provide new vitality.
The five underlying principles of Reiki listed below, encourage a design for balanced living both with nature and with others.
Reiki helps with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions, as it puts the whole individual – body and soul – in the best position to create a more harmonious and well-balanced life style.
Physical conditions: Back pain, headaches, migraines, Fibromyalgia, general fatigue, chronic fatigue, skin disorders, auto-immune disorders and thyroid imbalances. Reiki is also known to speed up recovery after surgery and injuries.
Emotional conditions: Reiki has been known to treat people suffering from fears, panic, low self-esteem, emotional disengagement, remoteness, inability to cope, feelings inadequacy, anger, jealousy, grief and bereavement. Reiki has been found to soothe and comfort people in times of personal stress and crisis.
Mental conditions: Reiki has been known to help in the treatment of variety of stress-related conditions such as; anxiety, depression, confusion, lack of concentration, ADD & ADHD, sleep problems and negative thinking. Reiki has been found to aid in the promotion of inner clarity, wisdom, intuition and awareness, and some use this aspect to prepare for an exam or work challenge.
Spiritual conditions: Reiki has been used in treating those feeling; a disconnection from self & life, spiritual seeking, loss of personal power, not knowing life direction or purpose, being haunted by the past, unable to forgive, fear of death. There are many cases in which individuals with chronic and terminal conditions have chosen Reiki energy in their last moments to ease and help them accept the process of the process of death
Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals; hundreds are toxic, and roughly 70 can cause cancer. Tobacco smoke can cause serious health problems, numerous diseases, and can result in death.
Nicotine addiction is the most common form of chemical dependence in the United States. It is seen as a chronic condition that often requires repeated interventions, but effective treatments and helpful resources do exist and smokers can and do quit smoking.
A combination of prescription & non-prescription medication and counseling is used in an effective smoking cessation program.
Tobacco cessation is associated with the following health benefits:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbs, acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, massage, mind-body therapy, and dietary therapy to treat a wide range of conditions.
The most commonly used are Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture:
Underling the practice of TCM is a unique view of the world and the human body. This view is based on the ancient Chinese perception of humans as microcosms of the larger, surrounding universe—interconnected with nature and subject to its forces. The human body is regarded as an organic entity in which the various organs, tissues, and other parts have distinct functions but are all interdependent. In this view, health and disease relate to balance of the functions.
The theoretical framework of TCM has a number of key components:
In today’s fast- paced society, almost everyone is feeling the effects of stress. Stress Management Specialists work alongside their clients in the workplace in an effort to promote wellness, decrease healthcare costs and absenteeism and improve performance and enhance well-being. They help clients reduce, prevent and cope with stress to improve physical, mental and emotional symptoms improving an individual’s everyday life.
Many stressors in the workplace include: lack of job security; unclear work expectations; poor communication; urgent deadlines; workload, relationship conflicts; physical, mental and environmental work conditions and others.
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