Mind and Body practices can be described as a wide range of techniques or procedures that are taught or administered by trained practitioners. You can find acupuncture, massage therapy and relaxation techniques as well as tai-chi, yoga, tai chi, and spinal manipulation.
Research has shown that many mind-body practices can be helpful in a wide range of situations. Here are some examples:
- Acupuncture can help relieve chronic pain such as low back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee discomfort. Acupuncture can also reduce tension headaches and help prevent migraine headaches.
- Meditation can help lower blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome or flare-ups for people with ulcerative colitis. People with insomnia may also benefit from meditation.
- Tai Chi may improve balance, stability, knee pain, and quality of life for people with heart disease, cancer, or other chronic diseases.
- Yoga can improve people’s overall wellness by relieving stress and supporting healthy habits. It may also help with sleep and mental/emotional balance. Yoga can help with neck pain, low back pain, anxiety, depression, quitting smoking, quality of life, and other chronic conditions.
When done correctly by trained professionals or taught by qualified instructors, mind and body practices have a good safety record. But just because it is safe for others doesn’t mean that it is safe for you. A mind and body practice may not be safe if you have any medical conditions or are pregnant. Ask about the experience and training of the teacher or practitioner when you are considering mind and body techniques. Also, talk to them about your personal needs. You should not use mind and body practices to delay seeking out a doctor about a medical problem.
Talk to your doctor about complementary health methods you may be using. Take control of your health. You can all make informed, shared decisions together.
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