Ayurvedic Medicine: A 5,000-year-old system of natural medicine that first originated from the Vedic culture in India. It is based on the premise of three doshas: Kapha, Pitta, and Vata. Illness and disease are thought to originate from an imbalance in the doshas. Ayurveda uses herbal medicine, and other practices such as meditation, yoga, and diet recommendations.
Acupuncture: A therapy that stems from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In this practice, an acupuncturist would stimulate specific points on the body by inserting needles into skin or tissue.
There are also different variations of acupuncture, including electro-acupuncture where light electrical stimulation will flow through the needles. Other times no needles are used, and the fingers and hands are used. This is simply called acupressure.
Acupuncture is one of the most studied forms of TCM. For instance, research shows that it prevents cognitive decline, treat insomnia, improve recovery after chemotherapy, just to name a few.
Animal Chiropractor: A field of animal healthcare that specializes in manual therapy and focuses on preserving the health of the neuro-musculoskeletal system. It is developing animal healthcare that can improve the quality of life of your pet or racing animal; however, it is not meant to replace your vet.
Athletic Therapy: Certified athletic therapists is a form of emergency care focused on professional and elite athletes. Whether on-field or in the clinic, athletic therapists are very effective at treating musculoskeletal injuries. They are also experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation.
Craniosacral Therapy: Craniosacral therapy is also sometimes called cranial sacral therapy. It is a type of bodywork that relieves compression in the bones of the spinal column, sacrum, and head. Gentle pressure is applied on the back, neck, and head to relieve pain and stress. Many osteopaths, physical therapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors perform craniosacral therapy. This therapy can be part of the treatment for a number of conditions, including migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and mood disorders.
Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic care is one of the most popular alternative treatments. Chiropractors are doctors who specialize in detecting and reducing spinal misalignments that cause inflammation of the nerves and joints. Many people can benefit from a chiropractor, and it can help treat conditions such as back pain, neck pain, frequent headaches, joint pain, and osteoarthritis, and injuries due to trauma or accidents.
Fitness: Fitness is the condition of being healthy and physically fit. As a result, physical fitness can help you maintain a healthy weight, increase muscle strength, increase flexibility, and prevent certain diseases. Components of fitness include cardiovascular exercises, muscular strength training, endurance training, and stretching.
Personal Trainer: A personal fitness trainer is an individual with a passion to help clients achieve exercise, fitness, and overall health goals. They provide exercise prescription and instruction, and sometimes nutrition guidelines. Trainers have varying levels of certifications with degrees of knowledge about fitness, exercise, and nutrition.
Homoeopathy: Homeopathy is a 200-year-old holistic medicine system that uses very potent and highly diluted naturally active substances from plants, minerals, and animals. Homoeopathic remedies follow the principle that “like cures like.” This is where substances that cause symptoms of a disease in healthy people would also treat symptoms during sickness. A homoeopath treats the whole person by retrieving emotional, mental, and physical symptoms during a session while recommending an effective, safe, and individualized remedy.
Hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy, or hypnosis, is a therapy where a licensed and certified hypnotherapist guides the client into relaxation and also uses the power of suggestion to help explore the physical or emotional ailments of the client. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat many health problems, including anxiety, depression, stress reduction, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), obesity, quitting smoking, insomnia, and much more.
Hair and Scalp Specialist ~ Trichology: As a branch of dermatology, a trichologist is a hair and scalp specialist. They are able to diagnose and treat hair and scalp conditions, including baldness, hair thinning, or diseases of the scalp.
Home Care (Personal Care Services): Personal care services is a health care benefit that helps clients with everyday activities, such as walking, bathing, dressing, eating, or going to the toilet. A personal care worker would also help clients with laundry, light housework, and making meals.
Martial Arts: Martial arts are systems of combat that are practiced for self-defense, physical fitness, military and law enforcement, and spiritual development. Types of martial arts can include karate, ju-jitsu, judo, wrestling, boxing, taekwondo, Muay Thai, and kung fu.
Holistic Nutritionist: A holistic nutritionist is a natural health and wellness practitioner that incorporates evidence-based methods for diet, supplementation, lifestyle, and detoxification. They conduct a throughout analysis of their client that not only includes their diet, but their lifestyle, work habits, emotional history, and environmental exposure to toxins. Holistic nutritionists are not government regulated; however, practitioners have diplomas as a registered holistic nutritionist (RHN) and certified nutritional practitioner (CNP).
NLP ~ Neuro-linguistic Programming: Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or NLP, is a method of psychotherapy, personal development, and communication. Neuro means neurology; linguistic is language, and programming is a reference to the function of neural language. NLP is considered learning the language of the mind.
Optometrist: Optometrists are healthcare professionals who can provide vision care where they can give sight tests to diagnose, treat, and manage vision changes. An optometrist has a doctor of optometry (OD) degree; however, they are not considered a medical doctor. Optometry often involves performing vision tests and eye exams, while also detecting certain eye abnormalities, prescribing medications for certain eye diseases, and prescribing corrective lenses.
Osteopathy: Osteopathy is a non-invasive, manual therapy that helps improve the health of a client by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. Osteopaths will focus on the spine, muscles, and joints. Treatment also has a positive effect on the lymphatic, circulatory, and nervous systems. As a result, osteopathic physicians can help treat a variety of health problems, including arthritis, headaches, back pain, postural problems, and digestive issues.
Physiotherapy: A physiotherapist helps restore movement and function when someone suffers from an injury, disability, or illness. Methods used by a physiotherapist include physical therapy, massage, exercise, and heat treatment. Physiotherapists take a “whole person” approach to patient’s wellbeing, health, and overall lifestyle. They can improve a wide range of conditions, including sports injuries, back pain, whiplash associated disorder, rehabilitation after a heart attack, and neurological disorders, such as a stroke.
Pilates: Pilates is a physical fitness routine developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. This exercise method puts an emphasis on controlled movements, breathing, alignment, improving coordination, and developing a strong core. It also helps build strength, improves flexibility, and develops endurance and control of the body.
Psychologist: A psychologist specializes in the treatment of the emotional, mental, and cognitive health of a patient. They can diagnose or treat many aspects of mental health problems, including social and behavioral problems, stress and anger management, addictions, marital and family problems, and cognitive problems. Some psychologists work as a researcher and part of the faculty in a university, or government or non-government organization.
Psychotherapy: A psychotherapist treats emotional challenges, mental health problems, and certain psychiatric problems. They aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of a patient, or resolve their troublesome thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, emotions, and compulsions, and improve their social skills and relationships. Treatment for a psychotherapist uses “talking” rather than medication. Psychotherapists may be mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, or professional counselors.
Pet Care – Veterinarian: A veterinary physician, also called a vet, veterinarian, or veterinary surgeon, practices veterinary medicine by treating injuries, disorders, and diseases in animals. Veterinarians often treat all types of animals, such as pets, zoo animals, equines, or livestock.
Qigong: Qigong is a form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that involves gentle movements, fluid exercises, and mindful and meditative postures. Among its benefits, qigong can lower stress, build strength and stamina, enhance immunity, and reduce joint pain. This practice is most popular among middle-aged and older-aged adults.
Reiki: Reiki is an ancient Japanese energy healing therapy that is based on the principle that “life force energy” can be channeled with a light touch or hovering the hands over to one emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. As a result, this activates the natural healing processes to restore welling. Reiki has been found to reduce stress, fatigue, pain, and anxiety.
Registered Massage Therapy: Registered massage therapy (RMT) is a regulated health profession. RMTs are required to be registered with a local massage therapy college. Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body, including joints, ligaments, tendons, connective tissues, and muscles.
Rubenfeld Synergy Method (RSM): The Rubenfeld Synergy Method (RSM) combines bodywork with talk therapy to help manage someone’s emotions, memories, and overall wellbeing. It is based on the mind-body connection, and therefore thoughts, emotions, and memories are stored in the body’s senses, organs, and nervous system.
Social Worker: Social workers collaborate with clients to address challenges through assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation. Social workers are responsible for helping individuals, families, organizations, and communities cope with problems and improve their lives.
Senior Wellness Care: Senior wellness care is personal care for seniors that help assess and manage their health and overall wellbeing. Senior wellness programs offer ideas and tips for improving the quality of life and optimal performance for seniors. Some of these programs offer low-impact exercise classes, movie matinees, and knitting and crochet groups.
Senior’s Fitness: It is never too late for a senior or older adult to start a low-risk fitness program. A senior fitness and training program will include safe fitness tips and exercise modifications for strength training, cardio, and balance exercises to help prevent injury, decrease pain, and reduce the risk of health problems in their senior years. Some examples of low-impact exercises include water aerobics, walking, and chair yoga.
Shockwave Therapy: Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical procedure using acoustic waves on the body to speed recovery and treat various conditions, such as chronic plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, and kidney stones. It is used in physiotherapy, orthopedics, urology, sports medicine, and veterinary medicine.
Tai Chi: Tai chi is a specific type of qigong, which combines controlled breathing with a slow and gentle, flowing martial arts style. A tai chi practice can range from 10 minutes to two hours in length. Tai chi can help older adults regain flexibility and strength, while also helping people with chronic stress, fatigue, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, joint pain, muscle aches and pain, low immunity, and lymphatic, circulatory, and digestive problems.
Tapping: is a combination of Ancient Chinese Acupressure and Modern Psychology that works to physically alter your brain, energy system and body all at once. The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points while talking through traumatic memories and a wide range of emotions. Tapping helps anxiety and stress.
Yoga: Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines meditation, controlled breathing, and body postures. There are a variety of schools of yoga that all derive from Hatha yoga. Some of the more popular schools of yoga include Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Bikram (hot yoga). Modo yoga is another derived from Bikram. Each type has its own unique styles, principles, benefits, and methodologies. There are hundreds of studies on yoga, which have found this practice beneficial for reducing stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, while improving sleep quality, flexibility, blood flow, and digestive function.
Yoga Teacher Training: Yoga teacher training allows practitioners to deepen their practice, and become instructors themselves. Yoga teacher training programs require the student to complete a certain amount of hours. Some yoga studios also offer yoga teacher training programs, while some practitioners choose to complete their training in another country, such as India or Thailand.