A Master Homeopath

Written by chris on March 10, 2012 – 5:06 pm - No Comments

Homeopathic medicine is one of the greatest medicines of our age and I believe that John Feissel is one of the best homeopaths of our day. If he isn’t yet, he’s on his way. I’ll be posting more regularly on homeopathy and directing my readers to consult with John personally.

Welcome to the web site of John Feissel’s homeopathic practice, located in Philadelphia, PA. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to schedule an in-person, telephone, or email consultation, please contact me:

Telephone: 215-375-7183

MedicinEvolution in the Tri-Valley

Written by chris on March 7, 2012 – 5:49 pm - No Comments

Health and Wellness – The Tri-Valley is Filled With It!

March 5, 2012 By Sammy Shrimali
Meet Chris Corrales, CMT
Founder of MedicinEvolution – bodywork beyond massage, in Dublin, California

The Tri-Valley is a not only a beautiful place to live, but it is home to some talented health-and-wellness professionals.
The fact that Chris Corrales works in the business of helping people find ways to relax and live pain-free is no surprise, given his calm, professional, relaxed demeanor. My team had the pleasure of meeting with Chris this week.
Describing the services of his Dublin, Calif., – based MedicinEvolution as a “complete and systematic approach to balancing the body,” Chris said that his methods of holistic body work and massage focus, in great part, on fascia.
Fascia, Chris explained, is connective tissue found in all parts of the body.
“It’s an organ of structure and an organ of support,” he said. “It supports the body from the general structure (of a system) down to the cellular level.”
To use Chris’s analogy, think of fascia as the pith of an orange, which is the soft white substance found throughout the fruit.
Pith is found in abundance as a protective coating under an orange’s skin, just as it is found between each section of the orange and surrounding each pocket of juice. Fascia, he explained, exists in at least as great abundance and in similar patterning throughout the human body.
“There’s superficial fascia surrounding groups of organs, and then there are layers and depths to it, surrounding organs and organ parts,” he said. “But working fascia can be difficult. You can’t just stretch it. You need pressure, heat and intention to release it.”
Intention, he said, is where much of his work as a Rolf practitioner comes into play. He works closely with patients to help them want and learn to move in ways they may not think they are capable, given their pain or discomfort.
“I work with patients who are dealing with everything from cancer to fibromyalgia, to joint pain,” he said. “But I’m working with human beings, and every human being is different and everyone brings different life situations.”
Chris’s practice offers a holistic approach to healing. While he values the importance of working cooperatively with physicians, he believes that long-term use of prescription drugs can lead to other diseases or problems than what those medications were originally prescribed to treat.
“I do massage, but I don’t want anyone to think that is all I do,” he said. “It’s really holistic, alternative medicine.
The Rolf method, in which Chris is specially trained, is the most holistic method in bodywork, he said.
“I focus on accessing the parasympathetic nervous system,” he said, explaining that within the autonomic nervous system are two branches – parasympathetic and sympathetic.
Sympathetic responses, he said, include adrenaline releases, which he describes as toxic.
“The parasympathetic nervous system responses are based on rest and relaxation, and that’s what we aim to access,” he said.
The 10-session Rolf techniques each build on one another and occur in the relaxed setting of Chris’s Dublin office.
He tailors each patient’s program to meet their needs and includes massage methods that address the frontal spine, the neck and many other parts of the body for creating overall structural integration for improved health.
Chris offers his services on sliding-scale fees and is open to discussing modified payment plans for individuals who may not be able to afford the traditional plans.
You can contact Chris for a consultation at 925-922-2246.

Massage and Bodywork: Put Things In Their Proper Place.

Written by chris on March 1, 2012 – 7:18 pm - No Comments

Modern medicine is a business and that’s fine, but patients have suffered. Principle has been abandoned for principal.

What I want to see.
I want to see a better triage process for people seeking health care needs. I want to see an enlightenment and better understanding of alternative and complimentary therapies including diet/nutrition, exercise, etc. I want to see more accurate referrals. Better communication between practitioners and more accessible patient notes and history of treatments and medicines used in order to narrow the chances of prescribing mistakes. A more holistic consideration and application of the causes and root sources of disease. An integrated mind-body approach. Healthier practitioners. A slower pace of patient intake and historical inquiry. Openness to the possibility of how healing may occur. I want the erasure of viewing disease as something to combat and disassociate from to accepting it as a reality and using it as a catalyst to move forward in various human aspects. I want to see people grow and become empowered by their experience of illness, trauma, etc.

The following is a compilation of data gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) from U.S. government statistics, surveys of consumers and massage therapists and recent clinical studies on the efficacy of massage.

Who Gets Massage, Where and Why?

According to the 2010 AMTA consumer survey, an average of 18 percent of adult Americans received at least one massage between July 2009 and July 2010, and an average of 28 percent of adult Americans received a massage in the previous five years.6
In July 2010, 25 percent of women and 10 percent of men reported having a massage in the past twelve months.4
Spas are where most people continue to receive massage, with 24 percent of those surveyed in July 2009 saying they had their last massage at a spa.4

While the use of massage decreased in 2010, people still recognize it as an important element in overall health and wellness. 4

Twenty-nine (29) percent of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2009 and July 2010 received it for medical or health reasons.
Of those that have ever had a massage, fifty-four (54) percent say they’ve used massage therapy at least one time for pain relief.
Of the people who had at least one massage in the last five years, 31 percent reported they did so for health conditions such as pain management, injury rehabilitation, migraine control, or overall wellness.
Eighty-six (86) percent agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
Eighty-five (85) percent agree that massage can be beneficial to health and wellness.

Consumers are increasingly seeking massage for stress reduction and relaxation.

In July 2010, 40 percent of adult Americans said they had at least one massage in the last five years to reduce stress or relax—up from 22 percent reported in 2007.

Massage and Healthcare
Healthcare providers promoted the benefits of massage to their patients slightly less in 2010.

In July 2010, over thirty-nine million American adults (16 percent) had discussed massage therapy with their doctors or health care providers, compared to 18 percent in 2009.4
Of those 16 percent, 31 percent of their health care providers strongly recommended massage therapy, compared to 35 percent in 2009. While physicians led the way in recommending massage (50 percent vs. 55 percent in 2009), chiropractors (35 percent vs. 48 percent in 2009) and physical therapists (42 percent vs. 40 percent in 2008) also recommended massage therapy when their patients discussed it with them.4
Nearly three quarters of massage therapists (73 percent) indicate they receive referrals from health care professionals, averaging 1.5 referrals per month.

Massage therapists and consumers favor integration of massage into healthcare.

More than half of adult Americans (58 percent) would like to see their insurance cover massage therapy.4
The vast majority of massage therapists (96 percent) believe massage therapy should be considered part of the health care field.5

Massage Therapy Research

The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be researched and studied. Recent research has shown the effectiveness of massage for the following conditions:

Cancer-related fatigue.11
Low back pain.12
Osteoarthritis of the knee.13
Reducing post-operative pain.14
Boosting the body’s immune system functioning.15
Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.16
Lowering blood pressure.17
Reducing headache frequency.18
Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.19
Decreasing pain in cancer patients.20

The American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) is the largest non-profit, professional association serving more than 56,000 massage therapists, massage students and massage schools. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.

Bring Me Your Healthiest: Structural Integration The New Wave Of Massage And Bodywork Therapy That Makes What You Do Better

Written by chris on February 29, 2012 – 12:58 am - No Comments

Invest when things are up and you won’t go down, or at least not as hard! Read these testimonials on Rolf Structural Integration.

“A physical therapist told me to look into Structural Integration to heal a long time running injury. I had tried several other therapies but they only provided temporary results. Structural Integration keeps my body aligned, preventing injury by not allowing my body to make compensations due to misalignment. It has improved my flexibility and keeps my hips loose, which increases endurance and speed. I have finally gone over a year without any running injuries!” – Lynn Acchione, marathon runner

Lesa sought out Structural Integration after a serious car accident left her unable to ski and in pain. She was back on skis a year later training with the Austrian National Ski team as a ski-racer. Lesa states, “Balance is the key ingredient to good skiing. A skier needs to develop a strong, balanced stance and flexibility that allows them to deal with constant changes in snow conditions, speed, direction, pressure and edging. Structural Integration can help a skier accomplish these attributes.” -Lesa Pensak, Certified ski-racing coach

“After my Structural Integration sessions it was great to experience total effortlessness and lightness, but at the same time feel compact and totally in control. I had increased energy, and skating took less effort. I found I had extra agility. My balance was better when doing turns on the ice.” -Brian Orser, World Champion Figure Skater

Sarah Wills has won eight gold medals in the Paralympics and is the most successful disabled ski-racer in the world. She started receiving Structural Integration sessions as part of her rehabilitation. She states, “Structural Integration enabled me to build more muscle, stretch easier, sit straighter and helped to maximize my workouts. Since skiing deals so much with balance and the forces of gravity, Structural Integration compliments the sport well.” -Sarah Wills, Paralympic Ski Racer

Hunter raced for over 17 years internationally and in the US, achieving over 40 victories throughout his career. In 1996 he retired as a professional cyclist and started Peaks Endurance Coaching. “There was an incredible amount of change in my muscles, they became more supple, less sore and didn’t fatigue as quickly.” says, Hunter. “I recommend Structural Integration to cyclists because it helps them to make changes in their body and ultimately improve their form.” -Hunter Allen, professional cyclist

“Structural Integration has really improved my running. I have become a more efficient runner and have increased my endurance,” Kirk says. “Structural Integration improves breathing capacity, which is critical to a runner. Also, Structural Integration improves alignment and balance of the body. The result is a smoother, less injury prone running form.” -Kirk Apt, Ultra-Marathon trail runner

In the year 2000 Alex was ranked #1 in the world in doubles. Alex has been receiving Structural Integration work for the past two years. He states, “after Structural Integration my body seemed more at ease, my serve was stronger, I had improved range of motion, I had increased agility and I used less energy getting to the ball- it was incredible.” -Alex O’Brien, professional tennis player

Structural Integration has given me a better presence than my competition. My posture has dramatically improved. My stance is firm. Not only has Structural Integration given me a mental advantage, it has increased my breathing capacity, improved my range of motion and I am more flexible. These are all qualities critical to becoming a winner in the Taekwondo sport. -Tim Thackery, US National Taekwondo champion

In 1985, Jean Paul had injured his body while roller skating, ending up with a fractured hip, shattered femur and a fractured wrist. For the next eight years he continued to have constant back pain. He received his first Structural Integration session in fall of 1994 and continued his sessions for six months thereafter. “After my Structural Integration sessions my back pain was gone, I breathed with greater ease and I felt much better. I began to feel like my old self again”
Two years later Jean Paul and his wife continue to return for ‘upkeep sessions’. “We are most thankful for what Structural Integration has done for us. I have referred other colleagues to our SI practitioner and after their treatment their reaction is as positive as mine. Structural Integration should be recognized for the great benefits that it could provide so many people.” -Jean Paul Patenaude



“Talk with your provider about alternatives to opioid painkillers.”

Written by chris on February 27, 2012 – 12:04 am - No Comments

CDC director: We can reduce prescription drug overdoses
Thirty years ago, I attended medical school in New York. In the key lecture on pain management, the professor told us confidently that patients who received prescription narcotics for pain would not become addicted.

While pain management remains an essential patient right, a generation of health care professionals, patients, and families have learned the hard way how deeply misguided that assertion was. Narcotics – both illegal and legal – are dangerous drugs that can destroy lives and communities.

Millions of Americans struggle with substance abuse. Across the United States, overdoses involving opioid painkillers – a class of drugs with narcotic effects that includes hydrocodone, methadone, oxycodone – have skyrocketed in the past decade.

Today, the United States consumes most of the world’s supply of opioid painkillers. By 2010, enough opioid painkillers were prescribed to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month. And every year, nearly 15,000 people die from overdoses involving these drugs… more than from heroin and cocaine combined.

Studies by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and elsewhere show that most of these deaths are not the result of people taking small doses of opioids for a short time. Typically, problems arise when people take large amounts of painkillers or use them over a long period of time.

About 1 in 20 people in the United States age 12 or older reported using opioid painkillers for non-medical purposes in 2010. Some of these people engage in doctor shopping – getting prescriptions for commonly abused drugs from several practitioners in a short time and having the prescriptions filled at several pharmacies. In this way, people can obtain dangerous amounts of a prescription drug rapidly.

And in addition to the heavy toll this can take on lives and communities, non-medical use of prescription painkillers costs health insurers up to $72.5 billion annually in direct health care costs.

We can do more as a society to help prevent overdoses involving prescription painkillers while making sure patients who need them have access to safe, effective treatment.

Health care providers should prescribe opioid painkillers only under specific conditions, as in the treatment of chronic cancer pain when other treatments have not worked, and in limited quantities.

Providers can also screen patients for risk and history of substance abuse before prescribing opioid painkillers. Drug addiction is a disease of the brain that can be treated.

But health care providers aren’t the whole answer. Insurers and health care institutions must set up systems to identify and take action when providers or patients are using prescription drugs in dangerous ways. Some states have passed laws to rein in rogue pain clinics (“pill mills”) run solely for profit, that attract drug shoppers from other states.

Individuals can help protect themselves and others by doing the following:

– Talk with your provider about alternatives to opioid painkillers.
– Use opioid painkillers only as directed by a health care provider.
– Make sure you are the only one to use your painkillers. Not selling or sharing them with others helps prevent misuse and abuse.
– Store opioid painkillers in a secure place and dispose of them properly.

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