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List of Alternative Medicine and their Definitions

Alternative medicine is any type of treatment offered using unconventional practices that are separate from the realm of conventional medicine. There are more than 135 therapies falling under this category, which bear different descriptions like folk medicine, indigenous medicine and traditional medicine depending on region.
More than 100 forms of alternative medicine are still in use around the world. Some of these practices have been adopted in different countries due to their healing effects, but some are specifically used in their areas of origin.

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Alternative medicine relies on health beliefs, theories, practices, and modalities. Various forms of alternative medicine have been converted into conventional medicine since they have been proven to offer safe and effective ways of healing. Different societies have their own thoughts regarding what is alternative medicine and what is not. In that case, what might be regarded as an alternative form of treatment may be considered a conventional form of medicine.

Shockwave Therapy
We’re one of the few clinics in Toronto, to offer Shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy uses pressure waves to mechanically stimulate cells in the body responsible for healing. The advantages of shockwave therapy is that it is a non-surgical intervention, it accelerates healing, and has no side effects. It can be used for a wide variety of conditions including: Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonopathy, Tennis Elbow, Jumpers Knee, Stress Fractures, Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis, Bursitis, Trigger Point Therapy, Non Healing Ulcers, Non Unions, Mortons Neuroma, Scar Tissue Treatment, Hallux Rigidus, and more 

Examples of alternative therapy

Acupuncture is a form of therapy that involves insertion of needles into the body to specific depths for medical purposes. This treatment is done by targeting pressure points in the body enhancing the flow of energy. Heat, pressure or mild electrical current may be applied with the needles to make the treatment effective.

It is believed that blockage of chi is what contributes to diseases. Therefore, unblocking these pathways or meridians by using acupuncture helps to bring back the balance.

Acupuncture is a short treatment that may take 15 to 30 minutes depending on the provider. Part of the treatment involves finding out the source of pain and the acupuncturist establishes this by asking questions related to the problem.

Chiropractic treatment
Chiropractic treatment is an alternative form of medical treatment that involves proper alignment and movement of the body’s musculoskeletal structure specifically the spine, allowing the body to heal itself.
This form of therapy is used to treat pain mainly experienced in joints, muscles, bones and connective tissues. Although this treatment may be used on its own, it can also be implemented in conjunction with conventional medical treatment for more effective results.

Some chiropractors incorporate the nutritional advice and exercise in their treatment. Chiropractic treatment mainly involves the use of controlled and sudden force to improve their patient’s range and motion.

Laser Therapy
Back in Balance Clinic is also a laser clinic in downtown Toronto. Laser uses light energy to stimulate cells in the body to produce chemicals that are involved in the healing process. Because of this, laser can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions from musculoskeletal to non-musculoskeletal. It helps heal the body much faster than it normally would.

This is the method of establishing metabolic changes occurring inside the body using machines. This type of therapy is essential in the treatment of stress-related conditions like asthma, migraines, and high blood pressure.

Both physical and mental health problems are can be treated using this procedure. The most commonly used procedures of biofeedback include electromyography, neuro-feedback, and thermal biofeedback.
In biofeedback, the patient is connected to electrical sensors that help the medical practitioner know more about the patient’s bio. This information is important since it helps the medical practitioner make changes are necessary for causing healing.

This treatment involves the use of substances that are capable of producing symptoms of illnesses in a healthy person that are similar those of a sick person.

Homeopathy is the second most popular treatment used in the world. Medical practitioners first establish the physical and psychological state of the patient before coming up with a remedy that will be capable of curing the illness.

Remedies used in homeopathy are derived from plants, animals, and minerals.

Myofascial Release Therapy
myofascial release therapy that is localized to the area of complaint will be a part of chiropractic treatment. Like a deep massage, myofascial release therapy works on trigger points or tight bands of muscle that have built up toxins such as lactic acid, and render the muscle dysfunctional. It can help relax the tight bands of muscles, break up scar tissue from micro-trauma, restore blood flow and lymphatic drainage, and help restore motion to the area.

Detoxification is the type of treatment that involves the removal of toxins from the body. Accumulation of harmful substances in the body results to numerous conditions. However, by avoiding specific foods such as excessive fats, carbohydrates, juices, herbs among other foods might help the body purify itself.

Complete detox of the body is required when the harmful substances in the body have accumulated to overwhelming levels. Effective methods of detoxification that may be used include drinking adequate amounts of water, eating colorful vegetables and fruits and using detox devices. Elimination of metals from the body is an evolving concept in alternative medicine, which aims to help people suffering from diseases like cancer or chronically ill patients.


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