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Acupuncturists
Chiropractors
Massage Therapists
Naturopaths
Nutritionists
Yoga Instructors

Acupuncturists
Acupuncturists gently insert hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to help stimulate the flow of one's qi (pronounced "chee"), or natural healing energies. While considered a non-traditional treatment in Western medicine, acupuncture has been practiced in China for thousands of years. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems including: digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, neurological and muscular disorders, and urinary, menstrual and reproductive problems. Additionally, acupuncture can be especially useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress and emotional conditions. Visit the following web sites for more information about acupuncture:

http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/acu_info/articles/nccaminfo.html
http://www.holisticonline.com/Acupuncture/acp_home.htm

Chiropractors
Chiropractors work with the bones of the spinal column and the nerves of the spinal cord, locating points of misplaced spinal vertebrae that impinge on the nerves that travel down the spinal cord. Once these nerve impingements (subluxations) are located, the chiropractor, using highly specialized techniques, realigns the vertebrae, releasing pressure on the nerve. Through adjustments of the spine and joints, chiropractors can influence the body's nervous system, enabling the body's natural healing powers to alleviate pain and promote improved overall health. Visit the following web site for more information about chiropractic care:

http://www.amerchiro.org/

Massage Therapists
Massage therapists manipulate soft tissue, which helps promote healthy blood circulation, cleans toxins from muscle tissue, and provides overall relief from muscle tension. Massage reduces muscle tightness and restrictions, improving flexibility and muscle balance. It also stimulates the release of endorphins, brain chemicals that are the body's natural painkillers. The direct mechanical effect of rhythmically applied pressure and stretching elicits the relaxation response of the nervous system, which in turn strengthens the body's immune system. Visit the following web site for more information about massage therapy:

http://www.holisticonline.com/massage/mas_home.htm
http://www.amtamassage.org/

Naturopaths (coverage available in Connecticut only)
Naturopaths treat most health problems (acute and chronic) by attempting to use non-invasive methods that are in harmony with the body's natural healing processes. Naturopathy treats illness and restores health using a variety of natural medical therapies. Some of these therapies include clinical nutrition, which utilizes diet modification and food supplements, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, massage, homeopathy, and stress-reduction techniques. Educated in both conventional and natural medical sciences, naturopaths treat the whole person, not simply the area where symptoms have appeared. Visit the following web site for more information about naturopathic care:

http://www.pandamedicine.com/medicine.html
http://www.dralexvasquez.com/naturopathic-medicine.htm?source=overture
http://www.naturopathic.org/
http://allianceworkbook.com/

Nutritionists
Nutritionists help prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits, scientifically evaluating patients' diets, and offering diet modifications. Most experts agree that good nutrition, including nutritional supplements, may be effective for a variety of illnesses, injuries, and age-related problems. Visit the following web site for more information about nutrition:

http://1stholistic.com/Nutrition/nutrition.htm

Yoga Instructors
Yoga instructors lead exercises that are a complex and interwoven series of exact and controlled movements of major muscle groups (arms, legs, back, stomach) that affect the alignment and structure of the body. This system of personal development encompasses the body, the mind, and the spirit through its unique meditation, stretching and breathing exercises. Precise techniques of breath control are used in the postures, as a separate discipline, to teach concentration and meditation. Yoga has been proven to help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and regulate heart rate. Visit the following web site for more information about yoga:

http://holistic-online.com/Yoga/hol_yoga_home.htm
http://www.amtamassage.org/



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