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Acupuncture & Eastern Therapies have evolved over the past 3,000 years into a complete healing system that may be new to western ideas of health. These ancient therapies treat the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Optimal health and harmony occur when the correct quantity, quality and movement of Qi (pronounced “chee”) resides throughout the body. Qi means “vital life energy” and animates the body and protects it from pain, illness and disease; however, when the quantity, quality and movement of Qi is reduced, our health suffers. Qi can be normalized by treating prescribed acupuncture points unique to your constitution and health concerns, and there are approximately 400 acupuncture points in the human body. Acupuncture and eastern therapies have evolved in different parts of the world, and a variety of styles have emerged. All styles aim to rebalance and harmonize the body, mind and spirit; however, each style differs in its diagnostic protocol and specific treatment method.
Acupuncture treatments include the gentle insertion of very thin, sterilized single-use, stainless steel acupuncture needles, small seeds or tacks and/or by the application of heat and moxa to several prescribed acupuncture points. Moxa or “moxibustion” is a therapeutic technique used to warm specific body parts and acupuncture points with mugwort (botanical name artemisia vulgaris), a medicinal plant.
The late Dr. J.R. Worsley studied in China, Singapore and Korea in the 1950’s and brought Classical Five Element Acupuncture to the United States. The Five Element philosophy is based on the Elements found in the natural world – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Each Element creates, supports and influences the other Elements, thereby maintaining an entire balance. When these Elements are out of balance, unhealthy sign and symptoms often occur. Five Element Acupuncturists focus on how the Elements are interacting with each other in each unique person. For example, a fire requires a certain amount of wood to create a good flame. Not enough wood can leave you without enough flame to keep you warm, while too much wood can burn out of control. By diagnosing and treating the main element that is out of balance, Five Element Acupuncturists uncover the underlying cause or “Causative Factor” of your symptoms. Classical Five Element Acupuncture is one of the finest systems of preventive medicine and is an effective treatment to enhance sleep, reduce food cravings, experience greater vitality with fuller energy reserves, have a fuller sense of yourself, and enjoy more nourishing relationships and freedom from pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is one of the most commonly practiced styles of acupuncture and diagnosis which is based on the Eight Principles – guiding factors used to determine the correct course of care. The Eight Principles help your acupuncturist know whether a health concern is in the body’s interior or exterior, if it relates to excess (acute) or deficient (chronic) problems, hot or cold symptoms or yin and yang. (Yin and yang are eastern concepts representing two parts of the whole and are linked - both opposite and one within the other as illustrated in the yin yang symbol. Wholeness is achieved through the healthy interplay of both yin and yang.) Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis includes four main methods – pulse diagnosis, patient observation (skin and tongue diagnosis), asking questions and physical examination. By diagnosing and understanding the cause of imbalance and disharmony, the acupuncturist uses a variety of techniques - acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, acupressure and cupping - to restore and maintain health. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for a wide variety of health conditions, and studies show its efficacy with treating anxiety, panic disorders, depression, insomnia, hypertension, osteoarthritis, chronic pain syndromes including fibromyalgia, migraines and headaches, as well as obesity and nausea during pregnancy and chemotherapy.
Shonishen is a non-invasive form of Japanese acupuncture based on Chinese medical theory specifically for babies and children. Shonishen means “little children needles,” but no needles are used in this treatment. A typical Shonishen treatment involves the use of small blunt tools that provide different types of stimulation. The acupuncturists uses small blunt tools to gently brush, press, roll and tap over acupuncture points or along Qi or “vital life energy” pathways. Tui Na (Chinese massage) may also be incorporated. Shonishen works both as preventative care as well as for an effective treatment for specific conditions including allergies, asthma, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bed wetting, constipation, diarrhea, diabetes, headaches, toothache and pneumonia.
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture, this style of acupuncture uses the ear as a microsystem of the human body meaning body organs, structures or functions can be treated using specific ear acupuncture points. De-Stressing & Seeds of Wellness Acupuncture treatments may benefit many health complaints by reducing chronic pain, headaches, depression, anxiety and stress; improving sleep; supporting weight reduction and control, reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms from smoking, medication and illicit drugs and enhancing sense of well being. Auricular (ear) acupuncture is an evidence-based practice that has been effectively used to decrease anxiety in high stress situations and is used in drug and alcohol detoxifications programs worldwide. Acupuncture needles are placed on specific points within the ear and are removed after 15-45 minutes. After 9/11 and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, auricular (ear) acupuncture was used with thousands of survivors to help relieve symptoms of acute and post-traumatic stress.
Seeds of Wellness Acupuncture is ideal for people who want to try acupuncture, but may be nervous about acupuncture needles. Instead of acupuncture needles, ear seeds are applied to specific ear acupuncture points with small pieces of adhesive tape that can remain on the ear for up to a week - the usual interval between treatments. In follow-up appointments, any remaining seeds are removed, and new ear seeds placed on the opposite ear. Ear seeds can sustain the results between treatments by providing continuous mild stimulation to ear acupuncture points, and you may gently rub or press them for added effect.
Massage Services. The root of the word “massage” means to touch. Massage therapy is the scientific art of assessment and application of manual techniques to the body’s soft tissues – the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and organs. Manual therapies including massage therapy have always been an integral part of the art of medicine. Therapeutic massage was first mentioned in writing about 2000 B.C., and most ancient cultures around the world practiced some form of healing touch for injuries and disease. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, advocated massage as did Asclepiades, another prominent Greek physician who relied exclusively on massage in his practice. Today, there are a great variety of massage therapy styles with specialized techniques and adaptations for specific populations. Some styles of massage stand alone as a treatment while other styles are blended together to meet each patient’s unique health needs. Current trends suggest massage therapy is an increasingly popular treatment for stress reduction and musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
Arvigo Technique™ Maya Abdominal Therapy is a lineage of ancient techniques taught by Dr. Rosita Arvigo to facilitate normal blood, lymph, nerve, and energy flow through the core of the body for both women and men. Maya Abdominal Therapy is effective for treating a number of common complaints including low backache, chronic indigestion and heartburn, gastritis, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophogeal reflex, Crohn’s disease and chronic urinary tract infections. For women, Maya Abdominal Therapy addresses the “tipped” or prolapsed uterus, painful, irregular menses or ovulation, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), low back pain, headaches and dizziness with menses, chronic miscarriage, difficult pregnancy, infertility, painful intercourse, endometriosis, endometritis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, hysterectomy and difficult peri-menopause and menopause. For men, this treatment can be effective for early stage of prostate swelling, benign prostatic hyperplasia and mild prostatitis. The initial appointment is an 90 minutes and includes instruction in self care abdominal massage. Follow up appointments are typically one hour. Maya Abdominal Therapy is not recommended if you have an intrauterine device (IUD), or experience abdominal pain not yet evaluated by your physician.
Breast Massage is a therapeutic treatment for optimal breast health. Breasts, in both women and men, depend on blood and lymphatic circulation for optimal health, yet breast tissue has no internal muscle or joint movement to move the tissue and promote circulation. Tight clothing that restricts normal tissue motion and poor posture may further diminish breast tissue circulation. Pain and degenerative tissue change may result. Breast massage is indicated for tender and/or painful breasts; fibrocystic breast discomfort and lumps associated with menstrual cycles; breast discomfort due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weaning and mastitis; breast congestion and edema; pain management and scar tissue reduction following diagnostic procedures, surgeries or breast trauma; poor pectoralis major muscle tone following submuscular breast implant; integration of post surgical changes and new body image and the personal goal of becoming more comfortable with your breasts. The treatment includes education in self breast massage. Breast Massage is not a breast exam for the detection of breast health problems.
CranioSacral Therapy enhances the functioning of the craniosacral system that protects the nervous system and consists of the bones, membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord. Imbalances or restrictions in the craniosacral system may cause a number of sensory, motor and other neurological conditions include headaches, chronic pain, eye difficulties, and learning disabilities. CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on method of detection and correction that facilitates optimal functioning of the craniosacral and nervous systems. CranioSacral therapy is indicated for the treatment of head injuries, TMJ dysfunction, tooth pain, body trauma, and post-traumatic disorder.
Deep Tissue Massage is a variety of massage techniques that focus on the deeper layers of muscle tissue and fascia within the body with the intent of reducing pain, soft tissue adhesions and chronic tension patterns in the body. Deep Tissue Massage techniques tend to be slower and more focused on specific body areas and may include a variety of deep tissue techniques like Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, and deep cross fiber friction to fit each patient’s unique needs. Deep Tissue Massage is an effective treatment option for soft tissue pain as a result of injury, overuse, or poor posture. Deep Tissue Massage is not intended to be painful and is applied at a nurturing and effective therapeutic depth for each unique patient.
As the name says, in Integrative Massage, all aspects of the patient’s experience are integrated with the facilitation of the therapist. This style of massage therapy may include both verbal and non-verbal communication as the therapist assists the patient with a creative visualization to help relax tension or stress. The therapist may also help the client recognize a holding pattern by placing a hand on an area to encourage increased awareness. Integrative Massage also uses active, guided breathing to facilitate insight and relaxation in the body. Integrative Massage is ideal for people who want to increase their self awareness through the use of therapeutic massage.
LaStone® & Hot Rock Massage. With LaStone® Therapy or Hot Rock Massage, approximately 30 polished stones of various sizes are sanitized, heated, oiled and placed on, along, and under the body in a beautiful pattern. While the patient is relaxed and warmed by these stones, the therapist massages with other stones in a slow rhythm. As the stones cool throughout the massage, the therapist replaces them with warm stones until the massage is complete. LaStone® & Hot Rock Massage offers a deeply therapeutic, relaxing and rejuvenating experience. LaStone® Massage is a 90 minute session while Hot Rock Massage is a 60 minute session.
Medical Massage Therapy focuses on alleviating pain and discomfort associated with many medically diagnosed conditions. It is especially effective with medically diagnosed conditions that are exacerbated by stress and also have symptoms of soft tissue pain and dysfunction. Medical massage therapy is recommended for people living with migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, cancer and its treatment, osteoarthritis and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Specific massage therapy techniques are appropriately modified to the patient’s diagnosed medical condition. For a patient receiving Medical Massage Therapy, our staff works closely with the patient’s physician and other health care providers to coordinate care and improve the patient’s quality of life.
Myofascial Release is a manual therapy that can relieve soft tissue pain and increase range of motion and function. “Myo” means muscle, and fascia is the body’s continuous soft tissue web that connects the muscles, organs, and bones from head to toe. Injury, stress, inflammation, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction in both muscles and fascia. Additionally, since fascia is a continuous soft tissue web, myofascial restriction in one area of the body may affect other places in the body. Myofascial Release techniques tend to be slower in pace to find, isolate and manipulate restrictions and adhesions between muscles, fascia, organs and bones. Active and passive stretching techniques may also be included to further increase range of motion and restore soft tissue function.
Neuromuscular Therapy is an effective way to reduce pain and restore optimal function of the neuromuscular system. Nerves control the contraction and stretch of muscles, and Neuromuscular Therapy focuses on interrupting painful nerve impulses and normalizing muscle tone and function with techniques including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, muscle energy techniques (post isometric relaxation and recriprocal inhibition), positional release and hydrotherapy (hot and cold water therapy). Neuromuscular therapy is often blended with other styles of massage therapy to meet a patient’s unique needs.
Oncology Massage is the educated use of massage techniques to address the effects of cancer and cancer treatment for both the current cancer patient as well as the long-time survivor. Techniques are appropriate adapted for the type of cancer and its treatment, and may also help patients who are living with cancer effectively manage common cancer treatment side effects such as nausea, fatigue, pain, anxiety and depression. Oncology Massage can also promote relaxation and a sense of well-being when living with cancer. Our therapists provide Oncology Massage to Longmont United Hospital inpatients and outpatients and also collaborate with oncology physicians and staff.
Orthopedic Massage addresses conditions such as broken bones, whiplash, frozen shoulder, disc herniation, as well as orthopedic surgeries including shoulder, knee and hip replacements. Orthopedic Massage includes massage therapy techniques that can decrease pain and inflammation associated with these orthopedic injuries and conditions. Orthopedic Massage can also be an integral therapy during recovery and rehabilitation from surgery to restore optimal musculoskeletal function. Our staff works closely with orthopedic physicians and other health care providers to coordinate our patients’ care.
Pediatric Massage focuses on massage for children ages 2 to 18 years old and the significant developmental transformation from birth to adulthood. In Pediatric Massage, massage is adapted to treat children’s aches, pains, and injuries as well as meet the special needs of children living with asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, developmental challenges and recovering from childhood illnesses and abuse. Pediatric massage is a wonderful way to support a child in developing a positive body image and facilitating a positive attitude toward healthy touch. Our staff works with children, parents and caregivers by teaching them specific massage techniques that can be used at home.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage. Pregnancy massage safely and comfortably relieves stress and strain from the profound changes of pregnancy while also fostering deep relaxation. Therapists use a variety of specially designed techniques and positions to meet the needs of pregnant women in any week of pregnancy. Benefits include less back pain, enhanced sleep, reduced anxiety, improved circulation, normalized blood pressure, decreased chance of stress related pregnancy complications, and a general sense of well being. Postpartum massage facilitates the body's adaptation from pregnancy and birth, speeds up recovery after birth, encourages breast milk production, and alleviates muscular tension and pain from newborn care. For post-Cesarean mothers, specific techniques can reduce scar tissue as well as assist with the healing of the incision site. Postpartum massage also provides a new mother with rest and rejuvenation so that she cares in this way for her baby. Our therapists provide Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage to Longmont United Hospital inpatients and outpatients and also collaborate with obstetric physicians and staff.
Reflexology is based upon to the work of two American physicians, Dr. William Fitzgerald and Dr. Joe Shelby Riley from the 1920’s and the theory of specific reflex areas in the feet and hands correspond to specific areas in the body. Their studies showed that skilled application of pressure to the feet and hands cause physiological and psychological changes in the body. Eunice Ingham, Dr. Riley's assistant, created diagrams of the feet and hands showing the corresponding reflex to each body part. In a reflexology treatment, the therapist applies thumb and finger pressure to specific points on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and body parts. Benefits of reflexology may include release of stress and tension, improved circulation, enhanced nerve impulses, and improved organ and gland function.
The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words - Rei meaning “universal” and Ki meaning “vital life energy.” Reiki is an ancient healing therapy that uses hands-on techniques to balance this energy and to restore energy movement which governs vital organ function and well being. In Reiki, the therapist’s hands are placed on or slightly above the patient's body in a series of different hand positions. Reiki may be integrated with other styles of massage therapy or work effectively alongside conventional medical treatments. When Reiki is used as a stand alone treatment, the patient may be fully clothed.
Shiatsu means “finger pressure” and is an eastern hands-on therapy based on the same theories as Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture. Shiatsu is traditionally performed on a futon on the floor, but in our clinic setting, it is offered on a massage therapy table with the patient wearing loose clothing for active stretches included in the treatment. Shiatsu is a rhythmic massage that uses finger, palm and thumb pressure applied to acupuncture points throughout the body. Patients report deep relaxation and a clearing of stagnation that may have previously manifested as pain or discomfort. Shiatsu is wonderful introduction to the experience of feeling vital life energy improve with hands-on techniques and without the use of acupuncture needles.
Sports Massage enhances recovery from strenuous activity and facilitates healing from injuries sustained while participating in or training for sports or physical activities. For a fitness enthusiasts and amateur athletes, Sports Massage can relieve or prevent injuries and optimize performance. Common sports injuries that can be effectively treated with Sports Massage include tendonitis, strains and sprains, iliotibial band syndrome, piriformis syndrome and plantar fasciitis. For elite athletes, Sports Massage is an integral part of training and recovery for maximum performance and can be utilized prior to, during and after competitive sporting events.
Swedish Massage was originally developed in the early 1800’s by Pehr Henrik Ling, a Swedish physiologist and gymnastics instructor. Today, it is the most popular style of massage therapy in the United States. Swedish Massage includes five basic strokes - effleurage (gliding strokes), petrissage (kneading and compression), tapotement (percussion), friction and vibration – which are applied with oil or lotion to the skin and underlying soft tissues. Swedish Massage can assist the body’s normal function by increasing relaxation, increasing delivery of blood and oxygen, decreasing tension and reducing pain in the soft tissues throughout the body. Swedish Massage is often combined with other styles of massage depending on the individual needs of the patient.
Trigger Point Therapy was developed by Dr. Janet Travell in the 1940's and is the use of deep, static pressure to tender muscle tissue to relieve tension, pain and dysfunction. There are two types of trigger points - active and latent. Active trigger points cause pain referral and other neurological phenomenon (numbness and tingling) to another area of the body. For example, headache pain can be cause by trigger points in the trapezius muscle in the neck and shoulders. Latent trigger points only exhibit pain when compressed. Trigger points are common and may be caused by injury, trauma, poor posture, overuse and other chronic physical and emotional stressors. The therapist applies pressure to trigger points until the patient notices a reduction in pain and actively communicates with the patient about the appropriate amount of pressure. Trigger Point Therapy is often combined with other massage therapy modalities.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a protocol of specific soft tissue techniques designed to assist the lymphatic system’s function. Lymph fluid movement is essential for proper immune function, tissue repair, and cellular health. Gentle, slow, repetitive strokes lightly stretch the skin and lymph vessels in both a parallel and a perpendicular direction to encourage more efficient lymph fluid movement. Manual Lymphatic Drainage techniques are precise, rhythmic, and applied in a prescribed direction and sequence to enhance lymph circulation. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is used for general wellness, to enhance healing, and to treat lymphedema. Indications for Manual Lymphatic Drainage include post-surgical swelling, traumatic injury, sinus congestion, fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic pain, tinnitus, scleroderma, complex regional pain syndrome, ulcers, burns, scars and stress reduction. For the treatment of lymphedema, Manual Lymphatic Drainage can be effectively used as a stand-alone treatment or with Combined Decongestive Therapy.
Healing Touch is an energy-based therapy intended to balance and harmonize the body’s vital energy. This therapy involves hands-off techniques around the patient’s body to find and restore vital energy where it may be diminished, blocked or unbalanced. The caring human interaction between the patient and therapist combined with the intent to balance and harmonize the patient’s vital energy may optimize the patient’s healing experience. Healing Touch is beneficial for a range of health concerns such as chronic pain, stress-related conditions, heart conditions and high blood pressure. Healing Touch is often combined with other styles of massage therapy to meet a patient’s unique needs.
Complete Decongestive Therapy is a treatment for the management of lymphedema. Lymphedema is an accumulation of water and protein in the tissues and is caused by mechanical insufficiency of the lymphatic system. Lymphedema often presents in an arm or leg, but may present anywhere in the body. Complete Decongestive Therapy is applied as a two-phase program - an intensive phase and a maintenance phase. The intensive phase is applied daily over a two to four week period and includes daily Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment, compression with specialized compression bandages, skin care and decongestive exercises. The compression bandages are applied at the end of each treatment and prevent re-accumulation of fluid that has been manually evacuated during each Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment. Daily treatments continue until fluid volume is reduced to a more therapeutic level. In the second maintenance phase of Complete Decongestive Therapy, the patient wears compression garments to prevent lymph re-accumulation. The patient continues proper skin care and decongestive exercises at home. If you suspect that you have lymphedema, we recommend that a physician diagnose your condition before initiating Complete Decongestive Therapy.
Daily diet and the condition of the digestive tract directly influence a person's state of health or disease. In Nutrition Therapy Consultations, patients learn how to improve their health through the addition or subtraction of specific foods and nutritional supplements with the guidance of a Nutrition Therapist. Nutrition Therapy Consultations are ideal for people who want to use food as their medicine and enhance their health through the daily practice of eating healthier foods. We also recommend these consultations for patients living with food allergies and sensitivities, gastric reflux, GERD, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, weight loss or gain, insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, endocrine imbalances and cancer.
The name Watsu® is derived from the words, Water and ShiaTSU. It is the original form of aquatic therapy created by Harold Dull in 1980. Watsu® is a passive form of body work provided in Longmont United Hospital’s Health Ambitions warm water therapy pool. The warmth of the water promotes circulation while generating a deep state of relaxation for the patient. Slow, rhythmic, fluid movements are performed to promote gentle, yet deep stretching for the patient. This combination of touch, stretching and buoyancy aids can help patients release physical and emotional tensions leading to a decrease in pain, anxiety and stress while increase flexibility and muscle relaxation. Watsu® is beneficial for people living with anxiety, stress, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, and poor circulation. It is also effective in helping to treat chronic conditions including multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, chronic pain and those recovering from injury or surgery. Pregnant women also benefit from Watsu® and the warm water therapy pool.
Choice Therapies are services that you choose and pay for at the time of service. We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. Gift cards are also available.
Prescriptive Therapies are services prescribed by your physician. To initiate the process of utilizing Prescriptive Therapies, we require the following: