Complementary therapies(often known as holistic medicine) play an important role at Fenway Health. Our medical providers and complementary practitioners work together to determine how acupuncture,chiropractic and massage can benefit patients experiencing chronic pain as well as those striving to maintain good health.
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Acupuncture, a traditional medicine of China, is a method of using very fine, sterile, stainless steel needles to stimulate the body's own natural healing process. The vital energy of the body is known as QI (pronounced 'chee'). Symptoms arise when the flow of the body's vital energy—QI—becomes obstructed. Acupuncture's goal is to remove these obstructions and encourage the QI energy to again flow smoothly. Research has shown that stimulating acupuncture points trigger several measurable changes in various body systems such as the nervous system. Acupuncture "stimulates" the brain's neurotransmitters which are known to reduce pain, help lift mood and emotions, and promote sleep.
Chiropractic is the science of manipulating the spinal or extraspinal structures to alleviate pressure or stress which may be blocking the delicate communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. When the nervous system is impaired, it can cause disharmony throughout the body. Doctors of Chiropractic work to restore the body's natural ability to heal itself by locating and removing these interferences. These interferences can include spinal stresses and headaches, as well as stresses from sports, occupational, or repetitive trauma.
Massage therapy works to improve the body's energy with physical touch and manipulation of the muscle tissue. Massage therapy helps to relieve tension, stress and muscle soreness by breaking down the lactic acid that builds up in muscles. Massage increases circulation of blood throughout the body, and promotes a general sense of well-being. Massage therapy is excellent for maintaining good health, as well as fostering healing in those with medical afflictions.