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Bodywork for Migraines

When treating migraines from a holistic approach, sufferers may wish to consider bodywork and physical treatments to alleviate symptoms and frequency of attacks. Several techniques are available from practitioners and specialists to relieve migraine pain, control physiological responses and eliminate nerve inflammation.

The Chinese Medicine Practice of Acupuncture has shown much promise for the treatment of migraines. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles through the skin at reflex points to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue for the relief of migraine symptoms. Clinical trials have shown acupuncture to help reduce headache pain by targeting the health of blood vessels involved in migraine attacks.

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Similarly, the practice of Acupressure is also effective in treating migraines. Acupressure uses the same reflex points as acupuncture, but the areas are stimulated with gentle pressure using fingers, hands or small seeds instead of needles. Points can be held, rubbed or tapped during an acute attack to relieve migraine pain. Acupressure can self-administered or migraine sufferers can attend sessions by a certified acupresure specialist to prevent migraine frequency.

The alternative medicine technique called Biofeedback is another option for the treatment of migraines. Biofeedback aims to condition the body’s response to the onset of imbalances. Biofeedback focuses on connecting your mind to physical reactions from the body and helps train it to control bodily functions such as muscle tightening and heart rate. During a treatment session, an individual has electronic sensors that measure biological feedback, including migraine stress triggers. Learning to control your body’s response to stress can help prevent or stop a migraine attack.

Lastly, treating migraines with Chiropractic therapy can significantly help migraine sufferers. Chiropractic therapy offers spinal alignment to help keep the body balanced and functioning optimally. When used for migraine treatment, chiropractors align the vertebrae in an attempt to alleviate nerve irritation. Chiropractors believe that nerve irritation along the spine can create chemical imbalances in the brain, which are perhaps the number one cause of migraines. When specific attention is given to posture and restoring spinal alignment, the nerves function freely and without interruption.

Visiting a chiropractor migraine headaches can include a single or multiple visits to correct spinal misalignment. Most sessions provide immediate relief from symptoms associated with migraines but proper posture, consistent stretching, and good spine health are required for more permanent relief.

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Nutrition for Fibromyalgia

Forming a solid nutritional plan is vital for Fibromyalgia sufferers who may be nutrient-depleted. Pain from FMS can be so debilitating that one’s appetite may be quite low, making it easy to skip meals.

An anti-inflammatory, plant-based diet focusing on fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains is highly advised for the treatment of Fibromyalgia.

In order to reduce inflammation in your diet, begin a food journal. Identifying specific foods that trigger pain associated with FMS can help reduce internal inflammation and prevent future reactions. Gluten is a common example that sets off an inflammatory response in the gut. You may consider having your doctor test your blood for a gluten allergy and also for other food sensitivities.

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Sugar is another potent source of inflammation for the body. Sugar and refined grains or processed foods that break down into sugar, can activate an inflammatory response and promote the overgrowth of Candida yeast in the gut. This can further the inflammatory process and disturb digestion. Therefore avoiding sugar in your diet may significantly reduce Fibromyalgia pain.

There is a strong connection between the inflammation seen in Fibromyalgia patients and those suffering from Irritable bowel syndrome or poor intestinal health. Maintaining a healthy intestinal tract can reduce total body inflammation and is key for treating FMS.

Probiotics are often recommended to normalize the gut by replacing bad bacteria with good intestinal microflora.

Digestive enzymes may also prove helpful for the body to digest food more completely and maximize nutrient absorption.

Lastly, Fiber is an essential part of your nutritional plan to manage FMS. It is vital for overall bowel health and can help bind and remove toxins in the intestine from the body.

For more information on Nutrition and Fibromyalgia, please visit Natural Holistic Therapies for Fibromyalgia.

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Remove Makeup with The Oil Cleansing Method

Rachael Pontillo speaks often about her battle with acne when she was younger. Clearly (no pun), she’d won the battle and by using natural products.

In this video posted on her website, HolisticallyHaute.com, she details two common myths when it comes to facial oil cleansing. She also walks through the process of removing her own makeup using jojoba oil.

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3 Exercises for Shoulder Bursitis

Bursitis may make joints feel achy or stiff, and there may be pain when one moves or presses on these areas. Dr. Mandell exhibits three simple exercises that can help in recovering specifically from shoulder bursitis.

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Food Scores

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Their mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.

EWG has introduced a new online tool, Food Scores, that scores food on three factors: 1.) Nutrition, 2.) Ingredient Concerns, and the 3.) Degree of Processing. Details on the methodology can be found here.

Food Scores includes 80,000 foods, 5,000 ingredients and 1,500 brands, and has taken more than 3-years to produce. Foods are rated on a 1 to 10 scale, with the best foods scoring 1 and the worst foods scoring 10.

This video explains how consumers are now empowered to make healthier food choices.

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Yoga for Hip Bursitis

In this video by Suzanne Morgan, she demonstrates 5 yoga poses specifically to help people suffering from hip bursitis.


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Essential Oils Kill Bacteria by Dr Steuer

Two simple plant-based essential oils have the ability to break-up and kill certain bacteria.

Bacteria have the ability to change their genetic makeup overtime, for their own self preservation, they have their own defense mechanism. The result is that, once very useful antibacterial medications are no longer effective.

Dr. Steuer explains in this video that by combining melaleuca (tea tree) and oregano creates a very effective anti-bacterial solution.

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3 Techniques to Naturally Get Rid of Migraines [video]

Tammy Lawrence-Cymbalisty of ReikiAndYoga.com in this video exhibits 3 techniques to naturally get relief from a migraine headache – a herb, hydrotherapy and acupressure.

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Baby Teething Tips & Homeopathy

Dr. Pam Middleton, a holistic pediatrician in Newport Beach, CA, offers tips to naturally relieve the discomfort of baby teething.

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Fire your Doctor?

Dr. Peter Glidden says that it is time to fire your typical medical doctor. In his opinion, MD’s are not qualified to treat chronic diseases.

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A Better Yoga Chair Pose Twist

Chair pose is a popular yoga pose. In this video, Mel of SmarterBodies shows you how it is traditionally done with a twist. Then she shows how to do the twist and not put undue stress on your neck, shoulders and knees. The result is greater emphasis on the core muscles with a fuller and safer twist.

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Guided Meditation for Migraines

Migraine headaches can be debilitating and cause significant pain for hours and up to days. They are often brought on from stress.

Meditation is one of the best forms of relaxation and stress management that is easily approached and reliable.

The following video from Mind Space offers an 8-minute guided meditation to help relieve the pain a migraine causes.

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