Acupuncture is the technique of inserting thin needles through the skin at specific points on the body (meridians) to positively affect the body’s energy, called chi. This technique is a time-tested, safe, drug-free way to eliminate pain. Acupuncture also treats musculoskeletal problems as well as internal medical disorders including infertility. Dr. Glenn Smith also provides pain management services with acupuncture at FHN Memorial Hospital.
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Everybody has different nutritional needs to heal current symptoms and maintain homeostasis. Physical findings, laboratory work-ups, and an in-depth questionnaire help determine specific nutritional recommendations for each patient. Recommendations may include specific foods, herbs, supplements or stress reducing lifestyle changes.
The 5,000-year-old practice of traditional Chinese medicine is based on cultivating and stimulating the body’s natural energy and balance. Services offered include Chinese manipulation and movement to bring about health and healing of the organ systems, called Tui Na. Chi Gong exercises are designed to cultivate and attract the body’s vital energy through movement, breathing and relaxation. The age-old practice of using herbs and plants as medicines, called herbology, can naturally restore health to the body. Acupuncture is also part of traditional Chinese medicine
A chiropractor works to stimulate and maintain a healthy relationship between the body’s spinal column and nervous system. Disorders or misalignment of the spinal column can affect the function of the nervous system and the related organ system. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment, including flexion/distraction for treatment of disc disorders.
Cold Laser Therapy
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects numerous individuals each year. The FDA has approved the use of cold laser therapy to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. AIH Complementary Medicine has the most advanced cold laser on the market. It uses light (or photon) energy with the unique ability to penetrate up to two inches below the skin surface. This stimulates the tissue (and the cells that form it) and increases the cells’ energy output, helping the body heal itself. Cold laser therapy is performed in our office by a trained healthcare provider. There is no recovery period, no risk of infection and no complications from surgery. Other uses for cold laser therapy include pain management, neuropathic pain and wound healing.
Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM)
In use for over 15 years, microcurrent therapy has proven effective for the relief of pain and inflammation and in helping to speed the healing process. This painless treatment is very effective for treating muscular and neurological pain. An injury to the body disrupts normal electrical activity. Microcurrent therapy produces electrical signals like those that naturally occur when the body is repairing its damaged tissues. By applying similar electric currents, microcurrent therapy can help the body heal itself as well as reduce pain and swelling.
Massage Therapy chair
AIH Complementary Medicine offers massage services through a NAME chair. This chair provides shiatsu, reflexology, kneading, compression, traction and heat. Muscle and connective tissue compose about 75% of the body weight. An imbalance or injury in the body’s soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) can have a profound effect on overall health. Instead of using drugs, therapeutic massage uses pressure and friction on muscles and connective tissue to restore the natural balance of the body.
Naprapathy is manipulation of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in order to alleviate tension and promote fluidity of motion. This method is distinct from chiropractic in that it focuses on the manipulation of connective tissue.
Naturopathy & Physiotherapy
Naturopathy is a system of therapy and treatment which relies exclusively on natural remedies such as sunlight, air and water, supplemented with diet and therapies such as massage. If you are searching for a natural way to maintain your health and increase your body’s resistance to infection, naturopathy is the answer.
Physiotherapy is the use of physical modalities to assist in the healing of body tissue and function. Methods of treatment include muscle stimulators, ultrasound, diathermy, laser, microcurrent, vibration, heat, cold and light. Treatment will aid in relieving pain and will help the patient regain range of movement, restore muscle strength and return to the normal activities of daily living.
AIH Complementary Medicine offers two types of Smoking Cessation Therapy – Laser Therapy and Acupuncture Therapy.
Laser Therapy is a non-invasive treatment involving the use of a low-powered laser on patients’ hands, face, body and ears. The therapy works to help the patient through the first physical withdrawals from nicotine. Smoking Cessation Laser Therapy at AIH Complementary Medicine includes an initial consultation and two laser treatments—an initial treatment and a follow-up treatment within a week. The therapy also includes two dietary supplements to provide herbal support and detoxification in the month after quitting.