Multiple Sclerosis and Light Therapy

inflammationOver the past several years, medicine has only been able to offer minimal treatment methods to improve people with neurological-degenerative conditions such as, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s and  Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).

 

Many people looking for alternative therapies may find light therapy a way to help prevent muscle pain, strengthen weak limbs, improve speech impairment and improve loss of body function. Many factors contribute to the onset of these diseases. Infection, neuro-toxins, unresolved emotional imbalances, and even injuries.

 

Cold-Laser-TherapyLight therapy combined with microcurrent therapy can help improve conditions because, light and microcurrent can penetrate cells and produce a natural healing response by stimulating protein in the cells to allow nutrients into the cells and help relieve pain. Reported effects are, increased energy circulation, pain relief, improved range of motion, improved coordination and feeling of enhanced emotional wellbeing.

Light therapy studies have shown to improve immune modulation in Multiple Sclerosis patients and improves oxidative stress in neuro-degenerative conditions.

I helped a client who had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 8 years ago. He came to me for pain in his hip, numbness down his leg, impaired speech, cramping of his oblique muscles in his stomach, lack of coordination and range of motion problems.

He was treated using combination of tuina massage and applied color light therapy to specific acupressure points on areas corresponding to his condition. After a 45-minute session, the client was able to get up off the massage table and walk around without pain, experienced improved coordination and substantially improved his speech. He was treated once a week for a whole year and his condition improved about 80%. He still had days where he would relapse however, we did improve his quality of life. If you know someone who has this condition and would like to try a session, feel free to contact me.

 

Judy Bloom contact: 408-666-5776

Email: judybloomacupressure@gmail.com

 

Resources:

Light as Medicine:

http://www5.uwm.edu/news/2013/10/17/light-as-medicine-uwm-researchers-explain-how/#.VNhWiig8CbU

Italian Doctor may have found cure to MS:

http://www.gizmag.com/ccsvi-multiple-sclerosis-ms-cure-zamboni/13447/

 

 

 

 

Back Pain Relief In Massage

Ever wonder how massage could benefit your type of back pain?

About one half of all working adults experience some sort of back pain. Stress, lifestyle, poor posture, diet,  and lack exercise. These can be just some of the factors that cause back pain to develop, which can be debilitating.

I cannot stress enough that preventing or treating disease can be prevented without the use of medications. This is true for back pain as well. You can address the root cause of your problem by changing your lifestyle, diet and adding massage into your routine.

Different types of massage can address different types of back pain. Swedish, Deep tissue, Trigger point therapy, Neuromuscular therapy, Shiatsu, Acupressure and Tuina massage can all be beneficial, especially with low back pain or injuries.

Swedish massage offers long sweeping strokes, friction, oil, and pressure. Swedish massage is great for stress, cramped or tense muscles. This massage may not be appropriate for you if you suffer from osteoporosis, deep vein thrombosis, skin infections, open wounds, or severe arthritis, or ruptured disc injury.

Deep tissue massage uses knuckles and elbows, to strip out muscle tissue as far to the bone as possible. It is extremely invasive and is good for athletes who are considerably harder on their bodies than the average person, aids in the breakdown of scar tissue, but is not recommended for ruptured disc injuries or people looking for a relaxing massage or osteoporosis, or ruptured disc.

Trigger point therapy, is a type of therapy that focus on pressing and releasing constricted areas in the muscles to relieve pain. Benefits areas of soreness, or tension. Chronic muscle pain and tension.

Neuromuscular therapy, a type of soft tissue manipulation, focusing on chronic pain of the muscular and nervous system. Trigger points are addressed, circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems, such as repetitive stress injuries. Neuromuscular therapy can be painful, but can help get more oxygen and blood flow to specific areas.

Shiatsu massage, a type of massage originating from Japan. It combines gentle stretches, with finger pressure, to work on different pressure points. Its focus is to improve energy flow to the body and relieve pain. Calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system.

Acupressure, based on Chinese Medicine, focuses on reducing pain by administering light or deep pressure with hands and fingers. Some devices are also used for pain relief.  Acupressure stimulators consist of hand held probes, electrical probes, microcurrent acupressure machines used with pad or probe techniques, lasers or color light therapy consisting of infra-red or LED lights. Acupressure is a safe and focused treatment, similar to acupuncture, but without the use of needles and can be beneficial to help relieve many types of low back pain. Can be beneficial for low back, or soft tissue injuries.

MASSAGE CAN RELAX TENSE MUSCLES

Tuina massage, means push and grasp areas of tension or pain.  A massage based upon the Yin and Yang principles of Chinese Medicine.  Techniques used are grasping, pinching, pulling, rolling, tapping and smoothing of the muscles, which allow the free flow of energy to be dispersed through acupuncture meridians. This helps to give muscles the optimal chance of repairing itself. Great for many ailments, especially low back pain, muscle fatigue, cramping, tension and stress.

 MASSAGE INCREASES CIRCULATION

 Thai massage uses stretching types of techniques similar to yoga. It is one of the most invigorating types of massage. The therapist uses every part of his or her body, hands, knees, legs and feet to stretch the body, and loosen joints. Improves energy, flexibility, overall health and wellbeing. This type of massage is great for strengthening muscles in the low back.

A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that massage substantially relieved lower back pain over the long term for people who suffered moderately severe chronic pain. After an hour of massage once a week for 10 weeks, participants in the study found their pain levels had dropped dramatically by nearly 50 percent. With the reduction of pain, participants also improved their ability to carry out daily tasks by about 50 percent. A 2008 review of 13 studies found that massage may be beneficial for low back pain, especially when combined with exercises and education. 

Before getting massage therapy, ask your doctor if there’s any reason you should not have a massage. As with any bodywork, don’t be reluctant to tell your therapist if she’s exerting too much or too little pressure, if the pressure feels too painful, or if there are any areas she should avoid. Also, discuss any conditions you have with your massage therapist, who can recommend the best types of massage for you.

How often should you get a massage for back pain? Severe back pain could require several sessions. The beneficial effects may last longer than you might think.

Come try a session of Acupressure and Tuina Massage. I specialize in pain relief methods that can help eliminate your back pain and relieve your stress.

My contact: 408-666-5775  Email: judybloomacupressure@gmail.com

 

 

Eating healthy in the Seasons

 Eat well for the seasons! prevention goes a long way!

tree-316519_640Eating with the seasons is vital in protecting our immune system and preventing disease.  For thousands of years, Chinese Medicine realized the energetic properties of food, which correlate with the changes in the seasons. The organs are seen as pools of energy, which vibrate at different frequencies. They are related to what’s called the five elements; seasons, emotions, colors, voice, taste and the organs of our body.


fitness-332278_640You may have been blessed with a great immune system or great genetics passed on from your parents, yet you may not have felt any ill affects from your diet or from changes in the seasons. This is because you have good strong kidney energy. The kidneys are what help keep us healthy, strong and protects us from disease,  but it also can age our bodies fast if we abuse them.

Protecting our bodies before we get sick, which means paying attention to the foods we eat, during the changes in the seasons can help build a stronger immune system.

The foods we eat have different energetic properties based on yin and yang, which correlate with the seasons. Foods in Chinese Medicine are not just evaluated for fat, protein, and calories, but how food energies act on specific organ function, flavor and movement.

apple-15796_640In Summer, the heart and small intestine channels are affected. Great foods include; apples, carrots, dates, figs, grapes, kidney beans, olives, peaches, pears, squash, string beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and walnuts.

 Late summer, the spleen and stomach are affected by extreme heat. Incorporate cooler, easier to digest foods such as, millet, apricots, scallions, squash, adzuki beans, yellow peppers, yellow zucchinis, pears, apples, watermelons, turnip, onion, cabbage, peas, pumpkin, parsley, fennel, horseradish, vanilla, walnuts, chicken. round, yellow/orange, naturally sweet veggies are optimal earth phase foods. Enjoy naturally sweet foods which support healthy spleen/pancreas energy, and avoid refined sweets such as, donuts, soda pop, or potato chips.

spices-541970_640In autumn, the lung and large intestine channels are affected. Include; green onions, root vegetables such as, potatoes, carrots, garlic and onions, chinese yams, mangoes, cayeene, ginger promote digestion and elimination. sour foods like pineapple, apple, grapefruit and lemon have astringent properties and thus prevent the loss of body fluids.

In winter, cold can enter the kidney and bladder channels. Avoid banana’s and frozen foods and Juicing! the kidneys don’t like cold! Consume more warming foods such as, chicken, eggs, beef, rice, soups, nuts, ground seeds, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, fennel seeds, and adzuki beans.   Too much cold and dampness can bring out arthritic conditions, increase low back pain, or pain in general throughout the body. 

In Spring,  considered the windy season and the liver and gallbladder channels  are affected. If we don’t adapt to changes in spring, we can develop flu, colds, or relapse of chronic conditions. Include foods such as, kale, celery, beets, celery, onion, carrot, dandelion, turnips, leeks, mustard greens, chinese yam, wheat, dates, cilantro, mushrooms, sprouted seeds. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, it can be very damaging to the liver.

The aging, and people with weakened immune function or autoimmune disease may feel climate changes way before a stronger or healthier person might, however, if we abuse our bodies overtime, eating the wrong foods in the wrong seasons such as, ice cream or iced drinks in winter, eating too much spicy food in summer, drinking too much alcohol or not get enough sleep, eventually we will burn down our main source of energy, the kidneys and adrenal glands.

fireChanges in hot, cold, damp or dry weather can hinder the protecting mechanisms of our immune system, which easily can be invaded by pathogens, colds, and flu. Incorporating foods for the seasons can improve and maintain a healthy immune system.    This refers not to the state of food, but its effect on our bodies. You can have too much or too little of an element, causing illness, physical, pain and emotional difficulties.

 The road to health lies in strengthening what is already correct in the body. By “tonifying” or strengthening kidney qi. So eat well! be well! and focus on prevention and happiness! a little of each goes a long way. Blending diet, exercise, such as yoga, qigong, tai chi, acupressure or tuina massage can also help protect the body from disease.

Judy Bloom, CMP, Contact: 408-666-5775

Email: judybloomacupressure@gmail.com

 

Eating the Wrong Foods Can Increase Pain

Don’t add more fuel to the fire!

fireMany people don’t realize that consuming non-organic or highly processed foods can harm their body. There is evidence that many of the foods we eat can contribute to increased inflammation, resulting in painful conditions such as, fibromyalgia, arthritis, allergies, muscle pain, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, skin disorders and cancer.

Pain is a warning sign that something is out of balance. Taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs or running out to get cortisone shots or surgery may not always be the answer. Look at your diet!  It may be one of the contributing factors that is causing your pain and inflammation.

sugar candyAccording to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming high amounts of sugars and high glycemic starches can contribute to:

Increased inflammation

Increased pain

Cause overheating and swelling of joint tissue.

Raise insulin levels

Increase cortisol levels

Creates chronic inflammation.

High amounts of sugar in the diet increase advanced glycogen end-products, or AGEs, a protein glucose molecule, which results in damaged, cross-linked proteins.

As the body tries to break these AGEs apart, immune cells secrete inflammatory messengers called cytokines. Depending on where the AGEs occur and your genetic predisposition, they could eventually result in arthritis, cataracts, heart disease, poor memory, wrinkled skin and even cancer.

pesticide residuesMany processed foods contain viral and bacterial components that increase inflammation setting the body up for  disease.

Studies are showing that GMO,  (Genetically Modified Food) products are linked to Leukemia and other serious illnesses. ( See Resources). Also; be careful where you buy your organic foods, because they are being sprayed with bacteria eating viruses.

BUY CERTIFIED ORGANIC!

produceLook for sustainable, local farms that treat their animals with respect where they graze and see sunshine. Where they eat natural food that they are supposed to eat, don’t need antibiotics to fight back infections, because they don’t get infections and parasites from their living quarters. Look for ‘certified organic food ‘and ask questions of the manufacturer about heavy metal toxins, toxic sprays, and known carcinogens.

If your experiencing pain, avoiding these foods can be the first step in decreasing inflammation:

 Wheat

Gluten

Corn

Dairy with antibiotics

Sugar and Idaho Potatoes.

Allergenic foods

Vegetables containing pesticides

Genetically Modified Foods

Hormone injected animal products

Shellfish products

Highly charred or smoked food

Carbonated sweetened drinks

Saturated fats such as:

Canola Oil

Soybean oil

Alcohol

Mayonnaise

Check labels at grocery chains as the foods in these stores contain many hidden allergens and processed ingredients, which can cause inflammation.

Corn oil

Cottonseed oil

Also avoid foods containing these ingredients: (FD&C Red No. 40, Tartrazine, or Blue No. 1) and artificial sweeteners (like saccharin, aspartame, or sucralose) all Linked to cancers.

corn-syrupHigh Fructose Corn Syrup

 The liquid food supplement ‘Ensure’ and hospital feeding tube formulas all contain high fructose corn syrup.  Other harmful ingredients include: corn syrup, corn maltodextrin, sugar (Sucrose), corn oil, sodium & calcium caseinates, soy protein isolate and artificial flavor.

Most cereals contain a lot of these hidden ingredients.

For a healthier alternative to Ensure try: ‘Liquid Hope’ Developed by a Chef, supported by Dietician and Physician. http://functionalformularies.com    and see http://healingwithdrcraig.com blog/liquid hope

 Another great product: Orgain liquid food supplement can found at Whole Foods Market.

Before buying, check the ingredients in:

yogurts, breads, crackers, cereals, flavored oatmeal, beverages and salad dressings. They all can contain unwanted hidden contaminents.

 Frozen Foods contain hidden allergens such as,

Shellfish

High Fructose Corn syrup

Phosphates

Food processing factories use a lot more sugar, salt, oil, and unrecognizable ingredients that you would use to flavor these foods at home.

Salad dressings in restaurants can also contain high fructose corn syrup.

Yellow No. 5 is sometimes added to smoked fish to impart color. To help protect people who are sensitive to Yellow No. 5, FDA’s regulation for Yellow No. 5 states that any food for human use that contains Yellow No. 5 must specifically declare the presence of the color additive by listing it as an ingredient. If Yellow No. 5 is added to smoked fish but is not declared unsafe.

People sensitive to Yellow No. 5 can experience symptoms that can range from mild to moderate severity, nausea, pain, fatigue, hives and joint pain, etc.

Rainbow fruitDon’t risk it, you’re better off eating a rainbow of organic vegetables:

Red radishes,

Orange yams

Purple cabbage

Avocados-1Dark-green veggies are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants that stop inflammation. Focus on steaming. Lightly cooking cruciferous vegetables such as, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, etc. Avacados are a great choice, because they are loaded with Indole 3 Carbonol. Great for reducing inflammation. Steaming cruciferous vegetables allows us to break down enzymes easier and absorb nutrients in these foods. It also takes stress off the thyroid gland. Eating too much raw cruciferous vegetables can prevent the thyroid gland from producing important hormones, which regulate dozens of important body functions, including metabolism, and temperature.

Choose Healthy Organic Foods!

Berries

Green Beans

Tomatoes

Buckwheat

Choose oils from:

Olive

Coconut

Grapeseed

Flaxseed

These foods can help with pain relief, fight bacteria, viruses and keep you healthier.

Ginger

Onion

Garlic

Olive leaf extract

Horseradish

Habanero

Zinc
Grapefruit seed extract
Wild mountain oil of oregano

Apple cider vinegar

Peppermint tea’s

Individually, their effectiveness is astonishing.

Pay attention to spicy foods as sometimes garlic, horseradish, habanero are too hot for specific conditions. If you feel better eating them then do so. Your body will let you know.

Make sure they say Certified Organic

Olive oil is a great source of oleic acid, making it a powerful anti-inflammatory oil.

There are plenty of healthy foods that taste good!

According to health and wellness practitioner, Dr. Weil a practitioner of alternative medicine for the past thirty years, suggests an anti-inflammatory food pyramid of:

Certified Organic foods:

Feta and goat cheese

Yogurt with no sugar

Omega 3

Skinless chicken

Lean meats baked or broiled

String beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, peas, carrots, celery, bok choy, apples, oranges, strawberries, grapes, red dates, seeds, such as; sunflower, ground flaxseeds, baked butternut squash, and bone marrow broths made with organic beef bones.

Herbs and spices:

Garlic

Ginger

Turmeric  ( not for stomach ulcers)

Cinnamon

Shitake mushrooms

Miso made from organic sources

Beans, legumes

When in doubt, research and educate yourself on health and prevention! Don’t wait till you get sick or are in severe pain. For more information contact Judy Bloom, http://www.judybloomacupressure@gmail.com or (408)666-5775.

Read my next blog on, ‘Foods for the Seasons in Chinese Medicine.’

  RESOURCES

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/20/health/food-cause-pain-daniluk/inc

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02995/Dr-Weil-Anti-Inflammatory-Food-Pyramid.html

http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/sick-patients-are-pumped-full-feed-tube-formula-corn-syrup-thats-produced-nestle

http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2013/may/16/new_study_links_GMO_food_to_leukemia/

http://www.naturalnews.com/045557_virus_spray_Listex_organic_food.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/045557_virus_spray_Listex_organic_food.html

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/UCM252439.pdf

How does Healing Light get Into The Body?

Light Therapy Promotes Energy

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????When light travels through the eyes it reaches not only the visual centers of the brain, but also the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the brain’s brain. It organizes information from the body’s external and internal environments, initiates a stress response, regulates immune function, reproduction, thirst, hunger, temperature, emotions, and sleep patterns. It houses the biological clock, controls most of the functions of the pituitary gland, and controls the autonomic nervous system. Light energy is converted to electrochemical impulses, which are then sent to the pituitary and pineal glands.

The pineal gland is the body’s light meter, and the only gland in the body not controlled by higher neurological centers. It transforms retinal perceived light waves into neuronal impulses and hormonal messages that produce melatonin. Melatonin is both created and released by the pineal gland in response to light and darkness. The pineal gland and melatonin provide the physiologic and hormonal connection to the environment and the universe.

Light Can Heal Damaged Tissue

healing lightAccording to Dr. Tiina Karu, affiliated with The Laser Technology Center in Russia and University of California at Berkeley, has been researching light on the cells since the 1980’s. Dr. Karu determined that there are photoreceptors at the molecular and cellular level, which when triggered by light, activate a number of biological reactions, DNA/RNA synthesis, which increase protein and collagen and cellular proliferation. The results are rapid regeneration, normalization and healing of damaged cellular tissue. (Pg1.)

Light is so important for our body to function as seasons change with the direction of the sun, we get light, warmth, dark and cold. Our bodies try to change with the seasons and if we don’t get enough sunlight we are susceptible to illness, may become depressed and develop more physical ailments.

Modern Medicine now recognizing benefits of light therapy

The effectiveness of color light therapy is most effective when applying specific color light frequencies on the body’s acupuncture points. Energy is absorbed and distributed through the body along the same meridian system used in Chinese medicine mapped out centuries ago.  In the past half a century, conventional medicine has crossed over and introduced light therapy for healing purposes. The U.S. military is now using color light therapy in treating specific pain conditions with successful results.

Light therapy more effective when combined with other modalities

Adding color light to other modalities such as acupuncture, acupressure and massage enhances healing, because they address both symptoms and their root causes of disease, thereby offering more permanent relief.The human body is a virtual electromagnetic field. Any stimulation of the acupuncture points and portals with these two methods sends a current of information along the associated pathways, affecting the flow of life force. All intercellular communications are based on light energy. Negative energy imbalances and blockages, caused by emotional and physical trauma and stress, build up in our electromagnetic field, where they can trigger emotional and physical disease. Today, the field of modern energy medicine includes different light treatments like color irradiation and low-intensity lasers.

As a noninvasive, nontoxic healing modality, color therapy can be administered to individuals who are phobic about needles and thereby resistant to submitting to a full course of acupuncture treatments.

Color light therapy is proving beneficial for patients suffering from jetlag, eating and mood disorders, including bulimia. In psychiatry, research has validated light therapy administered through the eyes as the most effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder.

Do you want more energy, want less pain?  Take away your depression? Reach out with any questions you may have.

Our contact number is (408)666-5775   Email: Judybloomacupressure@gmail.com

Thank you!

Resources:

http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=28302

 

Is light therapy safe for the body?

How Safe is Light Therapy?

Cold-Laser-TherapyWhen we think of light therapy, we may think of UV light, tanning beds or heating lights. When light therapy is used for therapeutic purposes, we’re talking about LED light ( Light emitting diodes), infrared light, Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy, (LLLT).

The LED light that is used for healing purposes uses diodes instead of having a filament to provide light, which protects the body from delivering to harsh of a light.  What is a diode? A diode hosts electrons that move inside of a semiconductor material, which generates a light. The light created within these diodes is a cool light and does not emit heat as opposed to the heated light that is used in hot lasers used in surgery, or heat emitted from TV’s, cell phones, or computers etc.  The rest of the light spectrum includes, microwaves, UV rays, x-rays, and gamma radiation, which are invisible to the naked eye, which can be damaging.

Some people claim that tanning beds help ease seasonal affective disorder symptoms. But this hasn’t been proved to work. Visible light, not the UV light released by tanning beds is used in light therapy to help many disorders. The type of light released by tanning beds can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer, because it emits high levels of radiation.

“Infrared or LED Light Therapy can be Very Healing”

microlight-for-webMany of these invisible waves of radiation can be harmful if people are over exposed to them. However, the rays used in infrared or led light therapy are very beneficial and do not harm the body in any way. Cool lasers, also a form of light therapy emit biophoton energy and infrared light, these forms of light are not as dense or concentrated and even though they penetrate into tissues, they do not heat or cause inflammation. They reduce inflammation.

Led therapy administered in low concentrations are not required to be used under a medical or Doctors supervision, however, it’s important that you advise your practitioner if you are photosensitive,  particularly if you are using a retinol cream or taking medications that make you more sensitive to light, such as tetracycline.  Light therapy can create more sensitivity if you are taking these medications, or present with autoimmune conditions such as, Lupus. Although, light therapy can be beneficial for conditions such as MS, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and arthritis.

LEDs Boost Energy Into Cells and Accelerate Healing

Alternative therapists such as, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists are now incorporating light therapy into their treatments and seeing amazing results. Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin are examining how light technology helps hard to heal wounds, such as serious burns and severe oral sores caused by chemotherapy and radiation. The LEDs boost energy to the cells and accelerate healing without any adverse side effects.

“Don’t be afraid to try light therapy, it may improve your condition.”

color lightOverall, light therapy is safe and can be especially beneficial after surgery, injury, fatigue, and depression. If your body feels better with light therapy, you know you’re doing something healthy for it. If you would like to try the benefits of acupressure with color light therapy, feel free to give me a call.

Would you like more information? check out the resources below, or contact Judy Bloom for additional questions. Contact: (408)666-5775. Email: Judybloomacupressure@gmail.com

                                                                            Resources

http://acupuncturejournal.com/AJASple3.htm

Colored Light Therapy: Overview of its History, Theory, Recent Developments and Clinical Applications Combined with Acupuncture

LED light therapy accelerated healing pain reduction red near infrared

http://www.elixa.com/light/healing.htm

Massage Magazine on Color Light Therapy

http://www.massagemag.com/color-light-therapy-12791/#sthash.UftkTUv5.dpuf

Academician of Russian Academy of Laser Sciences

http://www.isan.troitsk.ru/dls/karu.htm

 

Light Therapy Can Help Pain Relief

Are you suffering with pain or chronic pain and haven’t gotten any relief? 

back painThere is a newer technology that is extremely helpful for pain relief.

It’s called “Color light therapy.”

Color light therapy is really not that new, however, light therapy has been studied since the late 19th century, when researchers first experimented with UV light, they found it has bio-stimulatory effects that promote healing in the body.

Bio-Stimulatory Effects That Promote Healing Capacities in the Body

Recently, numerous studies have been done to support the concept that light, has bio-stimulatory effects that promote healing capacities in the body. This includes increased energy circulation and regeneration of normal tissue healing and substantial pain relief.

The benefits of using light therapy include:

  • Increased blood circulation
  • Increased oxygen enriched blood
  • Stimulation of ATP production, (Adenosine triphosphate), responsible for
    increased energy production,
  • Building collagen to help regenerate our cells and tissues
  • Triggering a natural healing response, similar to the effects that acupuncture delivers, but without the use of needles.

If you work in a physically intensive profession like construction, nursing or landscaping…

Enjoy running, swimming, biking, tennis or golf…

Then you probably have experienced:

  • knee painChronic Joint Pain
  • Joint Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Knee Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If so, you definitely want to try light therapy!

Many people whom work in these active professions or participate in sports suffer from repetitive stress injuries and are living in chronic pain caused by inflammation.

It is not normal to live in pain. Pain is usually a warning sign that something is imbalanced in the body and if left untreated can turn into a more serious problem down the road.

Light therapy offers much more relief than pain medication or steroid injections. Light or color light therapy can help reduce inflammation, improve energy and provide
modest benefits for people with diverse sources of chronic pain.

Confirmed Results

Here are a few responses from some of our clients who have experienced pain relief through color light therapy:

Meet Jim H.

Jim H. is a retired Psychiatrist who had fallen down in his back yard and suffered a lower back and hip injury. Jim visited his doctors several times trying different methods, such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve his pain, but had no resolution.

Referred by a friend

On the referral of a friend, Jim decided to try Acupressure and Tuina Bodywork.  After two sessions of tuina massage and color light therapy, Jim was able to walk better, his flexion and extension improved and he was able to bend over and tie his shoes for the first time in two months, without pain! 

Jim returned for three additional sessions to maintain his results.

Joint stiffness in fingers and hands

During one of Jim’s visits he mentioned he had joint stiffness in his fingers and hands, which had been stiff for over ten years. He was unable to bend or close his fingers to make a fist.

We applied the color lights to specific acupressure points in between the joints of his wrists and fingers for just a few minutes and for the first time in ten years he could actually make a fist and move his fingers.

Lasting results

He was so excited and couldn’t believe the results were so quick. The last time I spoke with Jim, he was still able to move his fingers and had no pain return in his hip, or lower back.

Meet Frank L.

baseball playerFrank L. is a retired Major League Baseball Player and golfer who suffered with shoulder pain and plantar fasciitis. Frank was unable to walk or play golf without pain affecting his shoulder and feet.

Limited Range of Motion and Plantar Fasciitis

On his first office visit his range of motion in his shoulder was limited, because of tendonitis compounded by the fact that he had excruciating pain in his right foot, because of plantar fasciitis.

Acupressure – Tuina Massage – Color Light Therapy

acupressureWe applied several techniques using Acupressure; Tuina Massage and Color Light Therapy. We focused on specific acupressure points with his foot, lower back and shoulder meridians.

Now Without Pain

After four sessions Frank had significant improvement in both his foot, shoulder and back. He is now able to golf, walk and work without pain. He is very excited about the results and is now living a happier and active lifestyle.

Meet Joe C.

Joe C. is a 54-year-old landscaper who had dislocated his shoulder and tore his rotator cuff in a motorcycle accident. Joe had been to physical therapy and had two steroid injections and several sessions of physical therapy.

Shoulder and Arm Pain

Joe visited my office, because he was unable to move or extend his shoulder and arm without severe pain.

Acupressure and Color Light Therapy

We applied acupressure and color light to some specific acupressure points on his shoulder, arm and hand, thoracic and lumbar spine regions and added some massage. After about 10 minutes he could lift his arm above his head without any pain.

Joe was treated a total of 6 times and on his final session, he was able to move his arm freely and was able to return to work pain free.

Meet Naomi G.

Naomi G. a 17-year-old student had been suffering with lower back pain and chronic bladder inflammation. She had been to several doctors and found no relief from her pain.

Lower Back Pain and Bladder Inflammation

Even with a doctor’s clean bill of health, Naomi still had lower back pain and bladder inflammation. She had to leave class 6-10 times a day to urinate. Naomi’s mother had heard about color light therapy and decided to see if it could alleviate some of her symptoms.

Tunia Massage and Acupressure

I performed a combination of tuina massage, acupressure and color light therapy.  After her first session there was a significant improvement in her pain. Naomi came to see me twice a week for a month to maintain her relief of pain. Every session improved her well being.

Excited By The Results

The last session her bladder function improved to the point of where she went from urinating ten times a day to only twice a day. Naomi and her mother were very excited at her results.  After one year, Naomi continues to be pain free. If you would like to discuss your own pain issues with me, please give us a call at (408) 666-5775 or contact us online. Judybloomacupressure@gmail.com

Light Therapy Can Help Mood and Depression

depressed womanDon’t Be SAD!

Light therapy has been found to help mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, including seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

During the winter months many people can develop depression, because of the shorter days of sunlight, making us stay indoors more often.  Sunlight is very important to nurture our bodies.  Light affects our every mood. Color light particularly has been found to affect the vibrational energy that flows through every organ in the body.   Scientists are finding that  color has a direct positive effect on the pituitary and pineal glands in the brain.

Soothing Your Nervous System

The pituitary and pineal glands release hormones, which can affect the body in various ways.   If the body is in a constant state of stress, applying color light such as,  red or blue can help sooth the

sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, which can help calm excess cortisol levels that create stress on these organs, which can cause anxiety and depression. There are many tools we can use to help facilitate color for natural healing purposes. Candles, color fabric, gemstones, bath treatments, colored glass or colored lights such as, light emitting diodes (LEDs) can be helpful in alleviating many of these stress disorders. Use of Acupressure and color light is very effective in stimulating a natural healing response to our bodies and our brain.

Applying Color Light to Acupressure Points on The Spine Triggers Positive Emotions

happinessGenerally, we apply LEDs with color light, using two acupressure probes, which are applied to specific acupressure points on the spine. The acupressure points on the spine connect to the central nervous system and the brain.   Adding color to these specific points for 5 seconds trigger positive emotions depending on the chemicals being released.

This results in the disappearance of negative emotions linked to that situation or memory.  Emotional blockages resulting form trauma, stress or depression can cause physical symptoms through brain signaling and electrical pathways, which can also cause blocked Qi or energy. When the meridian is corrected through acupressure or light therapy, the emotional block resolves leading to improvement in the nervous system, immune system, and organ function. You may need a few sessions to correct the imbalance, but results are usually seen after the first session.

Safe and Natural Healing Through Light

Light therapy is very safe, however, individuals with serious stress or psychotic disorders must be evaluated by a physician prior to engaging in light therapy. Light therapy can help stimulate a natural healing response, but not guaranteed as a cure all for serious mental health conditions.

Do you or a loved one suffer from Depression, Anxiety or Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD) ?  Please reach out to me with any questions that you might have. Our phone number is (408) 666-5775 or by email at judybloomaccupressure@gmail.com. “Please don’t suffer when a natural resolution to your problem could be helped.”

Resources:

http://www.anxiety-and-depression-solutions.com/articles/complementary_alternative_medicine/color_therapy/color_therapy.php

http://naturaltherapyweb.com/color-therapy-for-depression-how-much-does-color_influence-your-feelings/

http://healing.about.com/od/colormethods/a/letcolorheal.htm

http://www.ehow.com/way_5727958_color-therapy-depression.html

http://hubpages.com/hub/color-therapy

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