Oriental medicine (OM), also known as Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a healing art that existed in some form or other for more than 3,000 years. Some of the earlier texts date back from the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 ACE). In the western world, it is commonly known as acupuncture. However, acupuncture is only one of several modalities that physicians of TCM use to treat patients. TCM emphasizes the role of the body in the healing process and uses herbs and natural agents to maintain health. It is an effective form of treatment and a particularly safe form of therapy. TCM is a complete medical system that takes into account every aspect of human life to promote health and well-being. It sees the body as one whole entity like a “Garden” and encompasses its physical, emotional, energetic, as well as its spiritual aspects. It emphasizes on the “Vis medicatrix” the “healing power of nature” better known as “the inborn ability of the human body to respond to the insult of illness or injury and restore itself to health in most episodes of disease or trauma (Whorton, 2002, p. 6).” The goal for treatment is boosting the ecological condition to favor self-regulatory capacity. Physicians in the eastern world are trained to examine skin, complexion, bones, channels, smells, sounds, mental state, preferences, emotions, tongue, pulse, demeanor, and body build to discern patterns that underlie a patient’s complaints. TCM’s wholistic approach to healing addresses the underlying cause of disease, and allows the body to heal itself naturally. Physicians are taught to treat the cause not just the symptoms of an illness so that the body can function more efficiently and therefore ensuring true health.
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Though we don't remember it, we've all experienced child birth firsthand. This is a very traumatic experience. Whether by C-section or by natural birth, chances are, there was a significant amount of pulling, tugging, and jerking of various parts of our bodies involved. It is important to promote proper joint function and alignment in newborns and children early on to help ensure that proper joint motion is maintained in their growing bodies. Newborn babies often suffer from neck and back pain, but unfortunately, it can be difficult for them to communicate this to their parents. Many babies that seem to cry incessantly are suffering from these symptoms. Some other signs that your baby may be in pain include difficulty sleeping through the night, "failure to thrive" and trouble nursing.
Adjustments of newborns and children usually involve the use of a small, low force adjustment tool called an activator that is gentle enough to use on the tiniest spines! Often times just a small amount of pressure with the fingers on certain areas of the spine is enough to relax the muscles, provide movement to the joint spaces, and significantly improve your baby's pain. Find out more by scheduling your first visit with Dr. Fleming. She will explain the benefits of chiropractic care and answer any questions you might have about treatment for your little ones. Be sure to also check out the tabs on pregnancy and chiropractic for information on easing labor and delivery, as well as the tab on children and chiropractic to learn the benefit that chiropractic care may have for their health.
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL
Source: American Chiropractic Association. Increasing numbers of children receive pediatric chiropractic care. January 2009.
Dr. Fleming is a family chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is passionate about preventative health care and nutrition and enjoys empowering her patients to improve their health and fitness, one day at a time!