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How Acupuncture Helps you Lose Weight - 2015.10.28x

Acupuncture is an ancient art whose roots stretch back thousands of years into the realm of the Kingdom of China, and has been providing numerous benefits for those who undergo treatment much longer than modern medicines. With staggering numbers of people now overweight and spending billions of dollars trying to shed pounds, it could be helpful to know how acupuncture helps you lose weight. It’s natural, healthy, and effective!

It’s energizing

You know that feeling after working or taking care kids all day? That lethargic, I-don’t-want-to-do-anything-but-sit-down-and-relax feeling? We all know it all too well. Treatments of acupuncture have been shown to increase the flow of energy and give people that extra burst that they need to get things done. This not only helps people find motivation to hit the gym, but it also gives them the ability to stay awake during the day and not crash and burn when they come home.

It focuses on body balance

Many of us suffer from imbalanced energy, and this severely affects the performance of our bodily systems. A skilled wellness center will address these problems and help to get your body back in the right state. This will decrease the amount of water that you retain and help your body to digest, take out more nutrients and get rid of fat. Combined with traditional methods, this should help you shed pounds quickly.

It helps blood flow

To go along with body balance and its energizing effects, it also aids the flow of blood. While this might not seem like it matters for keeping the pounds off, it actually does. Greater blood flow means you are burning more calories during the day and that you system keeps working at peak performance around the clock. This will help you to burn more of the food energy that you take in.

When it comes to being in shape and healthy, nothing is better than diet and exercise. Sometimes, however, that just isn’t enough. Many of us can’t find the time or motivation and many more just can’t take the extra stubborn weight off. Now that you know how acupuncture helps you lose weight, all you have to do is contact our wellness center to schedule your appointment today and start down the road to a better life.


The Benefits of Acupuncture - 2015.09.15

Life is full of aches and pains, and we don’t always want to have medical procedures done or have to take potentially harmful medications. As people become more and more aware of the toxins and potential side effects of medications, they have begun to seek out alternative, natural methods to healing what ails them. The most popular solution being acupuncture. Tracing its roots back millennia to Ancient China, this form of medicine is more like a form of art. It is capable of treating a wide range of conditions using very fine needles that promote the body to naturally heal itself. Once you learn the benefits of acupuncture, you will want to experience it too.

It helps relieve pain

It doesn’t matter what you do with your life, we are all going to experience pain; lower back aches, neck pains, and shoulder pains just to name a few. By concentrating the points of needles onto the affected area, acupuncture promotes better blood flow, and encourages the release of endorphins. These are your body’s natural methods for dulling pain. Millions of people worldwide have used it as a safe, natural, and alternative method to pain killers.

It helps relieve stress

Isn’t it ironic that as life gets more modern and “easier”, our lives become more stressful? The average person is subject to far more stress these days than at any other period in history. This constant state of negative thought produces hormones in our bodies that make us imbalanced, angry, or even sick sometimes. It is necessary to relieve this pent up energy, and acupuncture can do just that. By helping the body relax and produce endorphins, you can lower the amount of stress hormones in your body. Even just short treatments can make a big difference.

It aids weight loss

Recent medical studies have shed light on how acupuncture can help with weight loss. The sad fact is that many people eat to quell their feelings of stress, anxiety, frustration, or depression. The studies, done by a West Coast university, showed that out of a group of 20 obese women, the ones that lost the most weight were all receiving acupuncture treatment. This is most likely due to the fact that it helps relieve all of those factors that drive people to overeat, as well as squashes the appetite when relaxing hormones are released. When combined with a proper diet, it can help you lose more weight.

Pain, stress, anxiety, and weight gain are all part of the lives that we live, and we are all going to inevitably face them as we get older. The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone. The benefits of acupuncture offer you a great opportunity to help combat all of these symptoms, and that’s why we are dedicated to providing it to you at our total health center.


What is Naturopathy? - 2015.08.03

Based on vitalism, a belief that a special energy known as vital energy or vital force is responsible for guiding various bodily processes, naturopathy favors a holistic approach to symptom resolution or improvement. Naturopathy dates back to Hippocrates, who believed in the “healing power of nature” and focuses on using a healthy diet, cleanliness, rest, and fresh air to treat the body, as opposed to constantly administering medications. The following provides a look at several of the top benefits associated with naturopathy.

Naturopathy is effective and safe for both children and adults.

Because naturopathy uses the body’s own ability to heal itself in order to return the body to normal functioning, naturopathic treatments are individualized to the patient. As a completely drug-free method of treating an illness, naturopathy does not introduce any unnatural substances to the body that could potentially be harmful. Instead, neuropathy utilizes changes in nutrition, as well as herbal medicines, homeopathy treatments, massage and chiropractic care, water therapy, and more to successfully treat a health condition.

Naturopathy doesn’t just treat your symptoms; it treats the root cause of your illness.

Instead of simply masking symptoms like so many conventional treatment options, naturopathy aims to treat the body as a whole in order to eliminate the cause of your condition. This may be an emotional, chemical, or structural cause. After an underlying disorder has been effectively treated, naturopathy can be used to maintain general wellness.

Naturopathy can be used to effectively treat a variety of conditions.

Naturopathy has been used to treat acute conditions, such as ear infections, as well as chronic conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. It can also be used to treat psychological conditions including depression and anxiety. It also can effectively treat:

Pain, stress, anxiety, and weight gain are all part of the lives that we live, and we are all going to inevitably face them as we get older. The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone. The benefits of acupuncture offer you a great opportunity to help combat all of these symptoms, and that’s why we are dedicated to providing it to you at our total health center.


What You Need to Know About Holistic Nutrition - 2015.06.30

Holistic nutrition is a multi-dimensional approach to ensuring that your body is getting all of the right nutrients while keeping unneeded or damaging nutrients out of your system.

This practice takes the physical body’s needs and both spiritual and mental wellness into consideration for an all-encompassing approach to supplying the body with the best possible nutrition.

What Is Holistic Nutrition?

Holistic nutrition involves eating natural and healthy foods to improve a vast variety of your body’s functions. In addition to eating healthy foods, natural supplements that promote enhanced nutritional absorption and the processing of nutrients in the body are also encouraged.

How Can Holistic Nutrition Benefit You?

By supplying the best fuels and nutrients that your body needs, all of its systems are provided with what they need to function at their highest possible level. This includes the processes that happen on a cellular level. This can bring significant improvements in how hormones are processed and bring balance to your body chemistry.

Many people who adhere to holistic nutrition practices see improvements in their digestive system, mood, ability to concentrate as well as mental clarity. It can improve health conditions such as diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological disorders, emotional and psychological conditions, joint related issues and many other physical or emotional problems.

If you’re looking to live better naturally, or for more information, contact one of the experts at Appleby Total Health today: 905-335-4141.


THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY - 2015.06.22

There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist. Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.

Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by:

  • Reducing or eliminating pain.
  • Improving joint mobility.
  • Improving circulation.
  • Improving lymphatic drainage.
  • Reducing muscular tension.

Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.

Massage Therapists today use their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat their clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.

The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:
Back, leg, and neck pain, Dislocations, Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain), Headaches, Fractures and edema, Insomnia, Muscle tension and spasm, Multiple sclerosis
Sports injuries, Whiplash, Post-surgical rehabilitation, Cancer symptoms
Asthma and Emphysema, Tendinitis , Stress and stress related conditions, Gastrointestinal disorders
Parkinson’s disease, Stroke , Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia
Strains and sprains, Palliative care, Kyphosis and Scoliosis, Anxiety and depression
Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis, Pregnancy and labour Support

Massage Therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program. This includes sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management, and more! Together, you and your therapist will develop a treatment plan based on your needs. The treatment plan can be changed at any time and you have no obligation to undergo any part of treatment. Your treatment begins after you've given your informed consent.

Massage Therapy is a Regulated Health Profession in Ontario, and Massage Therapy should only be performed by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). RMTs are primary healthcare providers in Ontario.


Alternative Therapies for Lower Back Pain - 2015.06.04

Lower back pain — also known as lumbago (from a seventeenth-century Latin term for weakness of the loins and lower back) — is one of the most common forms of pain in the world, with about forty percent of all people suffering from it at some point in their lives.

The pain can have varying causes and equally varying degrees of intensity and duration. Physicians thus classify back pain as acute, sub-chronic or chronic, and the source as being mechanical, non-mechanical or referred from some other part of the body.

Chiropractors have numerous methods of treating lower back pain, depending on the source and the type. If the cause is referred pain, of course, then the solution lies in treating the original source thereof. The chiropractic experts at Appleby Total Health will focus on effectively and permanently treating your back pain so that you don’t have to return regularly for a series of ongoing visits.

Other effective treatments for lower back pain can include massaging, acupuncture, naturopathy and other forms of alternative medicine.

Naturopathy involves the application of natural substances and techniques to stimulate the capacity of the body to heal itself. It aims at treating the underlying cause of pain or illness, rather than merely suppressing the symptoms.

Acupuncture, herbs and homeopathy all fall under the categories of natural treatments. As Hippocrates said long, long ago, “Nature cures, not the physician.”

Because of its effectiveness, natural and alternative medicine practitioners the world over are turning to acupuncture for treating lower back pain. Acupuncture is among the most powerful treatments for lessening pain in any part of the body, including the lower back.

Doctors may also call for lifestyle modification, including posture reform, for patients with lower back pain. Many, if not most, cases can be eliminated by changes in the behavior of the patient.

Whatever the solution may be, consulting an expert at Appleby Total Health is your first step to addressing your lower back pain issues. Give us a call at: 905-335-4141 and book your appointment today!


Naturopathic Treatment for Seasonal Allergies - 2015.04.27

The onset of spring is also the time many people suffer from seasonal allergies. Springtime allergic reactions are most often caused by airborne pollen particles, and can be quite debilitating. People who have seasonal allergies typically suffer from watery eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, and constant coughing.

While there are many standard drug-based approaches out there, more and more people are turning to naturopathic medicine options for a solution to their seasonal allergy woes.

There are various naturopathic options that can be used to treat symptoms of allergies during the spring - or anytime throughout the year for that matter.

Changes in Diet

Many naturopathic doctors recommend limiting meat and dairy products in your diet. Compounds in red meat and some dairy products can actually make allergy symptoms worse. Eliminating some types of foods from your diet with foods that have Omega-3 fatty acids is a great way to help relieve allergy symptoms, for example.

Vitamins and Anti-inflammatory Supplements

Certain nutrients contain natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatory properties that will help reduce the occurrence of allergies. Reducing inflammation is crucial to a person's overall health and makes one likely to suffer from seasonal allergies every spring.

Stress Reduction

Reducing stress is another way to help treat seasonal allergies. Stress combined with inflammation caused by various types of foods can easily be treated by using a variety of naturopathic medicine options. Under the care of an expert, seasonal allergies can be mitigated with the right naturopathic treatments. Every person is different, so it’s best to consult with a naturopathic specialist to find the solution that’s right for you.

Give us a call and book your appointment today: 905-335-4141.


Chiropractic Care for Sports Injuries - 2015.04.01

Chiropractic care offered by a qualified and skilled chiropractor can help to treat various sports injuries successfully, ensuring that you are able to get back into your exercise routine and favourite sports activities faster.

Common Sports Injuries

While engaging in sports activities and other exercise programs ensure your health and wellness, the same activities can lead to accidental injuries. Below are some common sports injuries you need to watch out for. Strains and Sprains

When you are engaged in a sporting activity and you overextend or sharply twist your joint, there is a good chance that you will suffer small tears in the connecting muscles and tendons. This is what is referred to as a strain. A sprain is when you suffer similar tears in ligaments. Strains and sprains can be uncomfortable and usually lead to swelling around the affected area.

Tendonitis

Common in athletic or sports professionals, tendonitis from over training can lead to the development of pain or dysfunction from joint abuse. Common tendonitis injuries include tennis elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, runner’s knee and carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms include loss of range of motion, soreness around the joint and swelling.

Chiropractic Treatment Methods for Sports Injuries

Stabilization of the Spine and Joints

When an individual’s joints are not correctly aligned, the joints will be unable to work together properly, leading to incorrect movement that will trigger an injury or pain. Chiropractic care administered by the hands of a skilled chiropractor will help to align the spine and joints correctly, alleviating pain and enabling safe movement.

Relieving Pain

Pain that results from a sports injury can be relieved through chiropractic care. A chiropractor can help to reduce inflammation and swelling while also supporting the natural healing process.

Reduced Risks for Future Injury

Chiropractic care can encourage corrective exercises which will help to strengthen your body core muscles therefore reducing the risk of future injuries. Chiropractic care helps in both treatment and prevention, and approaches sports injuries from a holistic perspective.