Acupuncture -Chiropractor vs Doctor/Diplomate of Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture is a complex science that is thousands of years old and is a therapy that is totally natural and drug free. During an acupuncture treatment, needles are inserted into various points in the body to treat almost any illness or relieve discomforts. It is a treatment that has long been practiced in China and there are different variations of acupuncture that are practiced throughout the world. Though acupuncture has been the subject of active scientific research, it still remains controversial treatment with conventional medical researchers and practitioners. Acupuncture due to its invasive nature of treatment makes it difficult to create studies that use proper scientific controls. The perception of the western world has changed and as people turn towards alternate forms of treatment, acupuncture is no longer dismissed as a folk remedy but is now considered as a scientific and valid form of medical therapy. A chiropractor who practices acupuncture is usually certified to perform acupuncture while a doctor/diplomate of Oriental medicine is a licensed practitioner. A chiropractor is a practitioner of medicine who deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and may use acupuncture as an adjunct therapy to treat these disorders. A doctor of Oriental medicine, on the other hand, is a practitioner of medicine who not only uses acupuncture as a treatment of various ailments but is also versed in herbal medicine. Before a doctor of Oriental Medicine can attain a license to practice acupuncture, the practitioner must graduate from a state accredited school of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, which is a course lasting between 3 and 5 years. It includes graduate level education in both Western and Traditional Chinese medicine. It also requires the practitioner to get at least a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The whole course includes about 3000 hours of classroom and between 1000 and 2000 hours of supervised clinical internship. Diplomates/doctors of Oriental Medicine also have to pass both written and practical exams and are required to complete many hours of continuing education to maintain a license. A chiropractor who practices acupuncture, on the other hand, gets a certification by doing roughly 300-450 hours of classroom training. Chiropractors usually are not required to undergo any exams; nor do they have to complete any hours of internship or continuing education in acupuncture. Most of the certified practitioners of acupuncture use acupuncture as an alternative means to treat their patients. The main difference between the two is that doctors of Oriental medicine are fully qualified to diagnose, treat, and create individualized treatments plans using acupuncture, herbs, and bodywork to assist their patients on their roads to recovery. Chiropractors who have not completed the full training to become doctors/diplomates of Oriental Medicine typically use pre-established protocols and patterns during their acupuncture treatments instead of individualized treatment plans. Receiving acupuncture from either a doctor/diplomate of Oriental Medicine or a chiropractor can be beneficial and help patients during their healing journeys, yet sometimes, if the situation calls for it, patients may wish to consider utilizing the practitioners for their unique specialties. In other words, going to a chiropractor for acupuncture can be like going to a typical grocery store to purchase organic food. Sure, you can find organic food there, but your choices are usually more limited and may not be as fresh as the stores that specialize in organic products. Now you are more empowered when making decisions about your healthcare. Good luck!

Ballroom Dancing -Why you should take that first step

Did you know that ballroom dancing is not only good for your body, but it is also good for your mind? According to experts, ballroom dancing can make you more flexible, help you build lean muscles, and increase your ability to burn fat. At the same time, dancing also helps your mind stay sharp.

According to a studies, people who danced were less likely to develop dementia than their non-dancing counterparts.

Although it is still unclear as to how ballroom dancing helps ward off dementia, here are a few theories:

  • Ballroom dancing increases blood flow and oxygenation to the brain
  • Dancing can help to reduce stress. Also, socializing while dancing can ward off loneliness and depression
  • Cooperating with a partner requires communication skills, which in turn requires the ability to think creatively
  • Ballroom dancing engages your mind and body at the same time. This can build neural pathways that may have stayed dormant otherwise.

How many times have you been at an event and thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could go out there, command the floor and impress others?” Be honest. Remember, dancing is a social skill, and others will react accordingly to your abilities. Never miss out on a chance to dance and look great again!

Dancing is a wonderful activity that will benefit your mind, body, and soul. It is one of the few truly pleasurable activities that is good for you in every way.

Here is a list of some of the tremendous benefits dancing will bring to your life:

  1. Dancing is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that will use all your major muscle groups.
  2. It encourages good posture and body alignment, and will strengthen your body’s core abdominal muscles.
  3. You will become more flexible, more agile, and more graceful both on and off the dance floor.
  4. You’ll burn calories while you’re having fun. It’s invigorating!
  5. Ballroom dancing will also benefit your mental and emotional health.
  6. You’ll spend your evenings on the dance floor instead of alone in front of the TV.
  7. You can discover a new passion and joy in your life at any age.
  8. You’ll learn to dance with a variety of partners, many of whom will become your friends. It’s a terrific way to meet new people who share your same interests.
  9. Dancing will make you smarter. Researchers have found that ballroom dancing improves mental acuity throughout a dancer’s life and can even help prevent Alzheimer’s disease in senior citizens! It’s like two swords sharpening one another – the body helps the mind work, and the mind takes care of the body.
  10. You’ll become more musical and learn to appreciate musical timing and phrasing.
  11. You will discover a rhythm and grace in your own body you didn’t know you had.
  12. Ballroom dancing will make you stronger, happier, healthier, and smarter. It will bring you joy.

The overall benefits of dancing are numerous… I’ve listed just a few. Once you start dancing, you’ll see yourself trim up, think faster, and be happier! Try it! Once you get the ball rolling, you’ll know it’s the right decision for you!