Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

There Is an Alternative A Beginner's Guide to Some of the Most Popular Therapies

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

There Is an Alternative A Beginner's Guide to Some of the Most Popular Therapies

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Byline: By Helen Sturdy Evening Gazette

OSTEOPATHY

Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating damaged parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints.

Osteopaths look at the 'bio-mechanics' of a body - the movement of the skeletal structure and the surrounding muscular tissue - and their relationship with underlying organs.

It is aimed at improving mobility and/or reducing inflammation by using gentle manual osteopathic techniques on joints, muscles and ligaments, according to the General Osteopathic Council.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Traditional Chinese Medicine works on the principle that the physical body also has a system of energy lines, called meridians.

TCM practitioners believe that the efficiency of these energy flows affects our physical health and assessing these energies by pulse, tongue and general disposition can determine which organs are under or over functioning and the strength of their vitality.

It aims to restore balance to the body to help a range of problems including skin and respiratory complaints, pre-menstrual syndrome, anxiety, depression, stress-related diseases and insomnia.

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into pressure points in different parts of the body.

It works on the principle that energy circulates through the body via channels called meridians, and when these channels become blocked we become unwell. The aim of the treatment is to put this balance right.

Acupuncture can work in a number of ways. For example, it may relieve pain or inflammation, relieve nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and improve mood. It may also be used to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes.

AROMATHERAPY

Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic essential oils obtained from plants. …

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