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Manipulative and Body-Based Practices
Manipulative and body-based practices are based on working with one or more parts of the body. Some examples include:
  • Massage: Manipulation of tissues with hands or special tools
  • Chiropractic care: A type of manipulation of the joints and skeletal system
  • Reflexology: Using pressure points in the hands or feet to affect other parts of the body.
Energy Medicine
Energy medicine is based on the belief that the body has energy fields that can be used for healing and wellness. Therapists use pressure or move the body by placing their hands in or through these fields. Some examples are:
  • Tai chi: Involves slow, gentle movements with a focus on breathing and concentration
  • Reiki: Balancing energy either from a distance or by placing hands on or near the person
  • Therapeutic touch: Moving hands over energy fields of the body.
Whole Medical Systems
These are healing systems and beliefs that have evolved over time in different cultures and parts of the world. Some examples include:
  • Ayurvedic medicine: A system from India emphasizing balance among body, mind, and spirit.
  • Chinese medicine: Based on the view that health is a balance in the body of two forces called yin and yang. Acupuncture is a common practice in Chinese medicine that involves stimulating specific points on the body to promote health, or to lessen disease symptoms and treatment side effects.
  • Homeopathy: Uses small doses of substances to trigger the body to heal itself.
  • Naturopathic medicine: Uses different methods that help the body naturally heal itself.
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