Complementary to Medical Health Services
It is a good time to join the growing movement of people who are realizing the benefits of alternative health practices as a complement to regular medical health services. SAGE offers a range of holistic treatments and mind/body practices to supplement and complement, not replace, established medical treatment interventions and programs. Such services include hypnotherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy and chiropractic services.
The importance of using alternative health practices as a complement to medical health services is quickly gaining popularity as individuals have been increasingly recognizing the role that such therapies can play as complementary interventions to support mainstream medical therapies.
Services in Four Key Classifications
Through its network of recognized service partners, SAGE offers services in four key classifications areas as identified by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the agency that funds scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine. These include whole medical systems, mind-body medicine, manipulative and body-based practices, as well as energy medicine.
Manipulation and Body-Based Practices
These methods use the human touch of highly specialized holistic health experts to move or manipulate specific parts of the body to promote healing, pain relief, as well as overall health and well-being. SAGE Inc. body-based services include chiropractic manipulation, as well as deep tissue massage.
Chiropractic care is a system of healthcare that promotes whole-person wellness, physical fitness, and spinal health. Primarily using human touch to move or manipulate the spine, chiropractic physicians treat ailments without the use of prescription medication or surgery and can recommend a range of natural, mechanical, and nutritional health care methods. Chiropractic adjustments of key body structures including the spinal column, serves to relieve the nerve pressure that lead to various health problems. Chiropractic care has been known to be effective for a range of issues including chronic back pain, muscle spasms, tension headaches, and some forms of leg pain (CPMDQ, 2013).
Deep Tissue Massage
While many massage techniques induce relaxation with soothing and gentle kneading, Deep Tissue Massage involves more intense muscle manipulation, which can restore mobility and relieve chronic pain. Through realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, it is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas. Massages are customized to the client’s specific needs, focusing on their “problem” areas such as stiff necks, lower back pain, and sore shoulders.
Some benefits of the treatments may include:
- Relief from chronic pain
- Improved mobility
- Support in recovering from injuries such as whiplash, falls, or sports injuries
- Relief for repetitive strain injuries
- Improved posture
- Reduced muscle tension or spasms
The services are confidential and will usually be made available within five days of the request. Fees charged are often reimbursed by client insurance plans, or other third party referral agents.
Whole Medical Systems
These practices centre on a philosophy of health based on the power of nature and energy to heal the body and mind. Examples of such practices offered through SAGE include homeopathy, naturopathy and acupuncture which offer non-invasive treatments to help the body do its own healing and promote practices that include use of natural healing substances, herbal remedies, exercise and lifestyle counselling.
Homeopathy and Naturopathy
Homeopathy and naturopathy provide a complementary alternative, holistic approach to healing and overall health. The practices use natural supplements, along with lifestyle suggestions such as dietary modifications to detox the body and encourage both physical and mental wellness. As a holistic treatment system, it focuses on the relationship between the mind, emotions and the body by using one comprehensive approach to alleviate and treat multiple issues. Using natural and very simple remedies, the body’s own immune system is naturally stimulated to cure ailments and alleviate the symptoms of health conditions. Homeopathy and naturopathy can be used in combination with, or to complement, other forms of treatments and can serve to alleviate the symptoms of a wide range of physical and mental health conditions including the flu, seasonal health issues, infections, chronic arthritis, colitis, menopause, insomnia and many more. Homeopathic interventions and counselling services are designed to help clients recover from their ailments and return to long term health and wellbeing by using and strengthening their body`s own healing systems.
Based on traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is founded on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Acupuncture may correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin to prompt the body`s own healing mechanisms. Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations through the use of thin, metallic sterile needles that serve to puncture the surface of the skin.
Acupuncture treatments can be useful as a complementary adjunct treatment or as an acceptable alternative to alleviate pain and treat a wide variety of health conditions including:
- Adult post-operative conditions
- Chemotherapy nausea
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Menstrual cramps
Used to promote a deep state of relaxation, hypnosis allows a trained professional to suggest new ideas and behaviors to promote positive change. While in a state of hypnosis, you remain in control of your thoughts and actions, meaning that you have the ability to choose to accept and integrate the suggestions. The practitioner will only suggest changes that are relevant to your own goals and based on your desired changes. Because you are in control, it is a state from which you can emerge at any time and there can be no information divulged from your own thoughts without your intention to do so.
Hypnosis is very effective in:
- Developing new and healthier behaviors
- Improving self-esteem and self-confidence
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Overcoming fears, phobias and panic attacks
- Overcoming bad habits and compulsions
- Eliminating negative feelings and promoting positive thoughts
- Assisting in pain management
- Smoking cessation
- Weight reduction and controlling eating habits