How Korean Hand Therapy Helps Relieve Chronic Pain

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Perhaps not as well-known as acupuncture and reflexology, but with many similarities to the two, is Korean Hand Therapy. Other names for the treatment are Korean Sooji Chim, or simply Soojichim. It is based on the belief that “the hands are a micro-cosmos of the body”.

Mapping different “points” on one’s hands to different functions of the human body is similar to acupuncture and reflexology. In Korean Hand Therapy, it is believed that there are 345 of these acupuncture points on our hands, regulating our internal organs.

One way Korean Hand Therapy differs from other similar pressure-point therapies is that the stimulation of these points may be done in a variety of ways; hand needles may be used, but so may magnets, special rings, and even through one’s mind (called “Cyber Hand Therapy”).

The country has certainly had stormy relationships with many of its Asian neighbors; the Korean War split the country itself in two, and the Vietnam War, which followed not too long after, had hundreds of Korean troops fighting in neighboring Vietnam, a sensitive topic to many Koreans due to the numerous accounts of their war brutality and Vietnam comfort women.

The uniquely Korean Soojichim, however, was certainly a spin-off from other, more ancient alternative therapies practiced throughout Asia for hundreds of years. It’s a fairly new alternative health treatment, having been developed in 1975 by acupuncturist Dr. Tae Woo Yoo, who was looking for an alternative to the large, painful needles required by traditional acupuncture.

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It is said to be very effective in treating everything from arthritic pain to allergies to infertility.

KHT is free from any danger and side effects. It is not involved with any habitual and toxic application. Therefore, KHT is very safe to perform for self-treatment as well as the patient’s treatment in the clinics. KHT is very effective for increasing immunity. As the immune strength increases by applying KHT, KHT can effectively be used for complementing Western Medicine by lessening the side effects of chemotherapy or radiological treatment in cancer patients and relieving nausea, so that the patients can continue to receive the treatment. (Source)

Since gaining worldwide popularity in the 1980s, practicioners of Korean Hand Therapy are easy to find in most cities around the globe.

Learn the Easy ways to Reduce Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain is an experience that everyone might have. If you are unlucky one suffering from chronic illness, the following can be a great help to you. But remember that these suggestions may only reduce pain and improve the quality of your life but not an alternate for professional medical care.

  1. Practice Relaxation. For some people it a sill that be must learned.
  2. Make a deep Breath. Learn the power of Inhaling and exhaling the proper way.
  3. Make yourself busy and distract yourself (e.g., loud music) for temporary relief from pain.
  4. Engage yourself to things that you enjoy be it a hobby, movies, surfing the internet and learn something new everyday. It can somehow help you forget the pain.
  5. If necessary, take medication to control your pain. If you are using tranquilizer, remember that the more you utilize it, they become less effective overtime.
  6. Investigate nerve stimulation techniques. Acupuncture, massage, and electrical stimulation through a TENS unit are often helpful. Consult professionals who work in these procedures.
  7. Ice is a goof first aid. If there is area of your body that is pain, apply ice on it. The ice can lessen the pain for hours.
  8. Get moral support from your loved ones and friends. Don’t keep the pain all alone. Have a shoulder to lean on.
  9. Care for your mental and spiritual health. Keep your life positive: surround yourself with positive ideas and people. Involve yourself in your religion if that it is important to you. Study psychology and learn about how the mind can be used to control feelings and perceptions.
  10. The key to a healthy life is by choosing healthier lifestyle. Eat healthy and nutritious food. Exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Do not engaged in bad routine like smoking, over-eating, too much alcohol and so on.

Features of a Multidisciplinary Pain Program

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The program should include most of the following features:

* Biofeedback training
* Group therapy
* Counseling
* Occupational therapy
* Family counseling
* Assertiveness training
* TENS units
* Regional anesthesia (nerve blocks)
* Physical therapy (exercise and body mechanics training)
* Relaxation training and stress management
* Educational program covering medications and other aspects of pain and its management
* Aftercare (follow up support after leaving the program)

Family members should be required to be involved in your treatment. Special educational sessions for family members should be provided and joint counseling for you and your family should also be made available.

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Chronic pain is perhaps one of the biggest issues that prevails in today’s society. The difference between simple pain and chronic pain is like the difference between a headache and a migraine. A headache though it is acute, passes as quickly as it hits. This is unlike a migraine which is prevalent and continuous as it throbs in the head for long periods of time. The problem with chronic pain is that it is hard to cure, it fixates itself in the body and becomes some kind of a constant trouble for the person. Like a sneeze disease which is unpredictable. Too often anesthetics are used to counteract chronic problems and too often this had led to some side effect to worsen the already alarming condition. The best way is perhaps combine medicines with the natural method of healing.

Fibromyalgia and Genes

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Are you suffering from chronic pain? Does your fibromyalgia seem to be a constant unwelcome companion in hot or cold climates? Unfortunately, that’s one of the things that you may have inherited from your relatives.

A recent study has proven that chronic pain can be something hereditary. It has been tested and proven that if your first degree relatives have suffered from fibromyalgia, you are eight times more likely to suffer from it as well.

It all lies in your serotonin. Serotonin, as you may well know by now, is a neurotransmitter that is usually found in the intestinal tracts and nervous systems of many creatures, including us humans. It is responsible for feelings of well-being and happiness, and can be activated by exercising, cuddling, and sometimes eating copious amounts of chocolate. Now, if your serotonin system has an abnormality, it makes its anti-pain properties all the more scarcer, and well, pain is all the more worse.

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How magnetic is Magnetic Therapy?

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Magnetic therapy is a new tool available to patients which provides care and treating ailments. They found it so effective in helping people relieve pain. You will be fascinated and impressed in this simple yet effective invention in treating arthritis, back pain and even fibromyalgia. Some convinced and still hoping that through magnet, it will soon be commonplace to treat headaches, sports injuries and even allergies. We really can’t say. Through new technology, researches may still continue finding its way to improve and helps us to relieve our burden, our pain.

Fight Chronic Back Pain

One of the most frustrating ordeals for anyone to endure is the chronic back pain. However with proper exercise it can reduce the pain you feel. Proper back exercise can strengthen your back muscles, increases blood flow to the discs and can control weight gain which aggravates back pain. Here are some things to take note when doing back exercise.

• Pick a right exercise such as low impact aerobic exercise, swimming or walking.
• Warm up and stretching is important. Do it first.
• Remember not to stress yourself with the exercise you are doing. If necessary, adjust the exercise to ensure that it does not cause you pain while you are doing it.
• Always maintain a good posture.
• Be careful when doing twisting exercise.
• Limit your exercise and always take a rest.
• If you are planning to use weights, make sure it is not too heavy or it may only give more pain. Limit the weights to not more than 10 – 20% of your body weight.
• Always consult your doctor prior undertaking any exercise.

If none of these exercises wont work, I suggest you seek for chiropractic help. Chiropractic is still consider as alternative treatment but more and more people are being cured by Chiropractic therapy. So better experience it to get rid of chronic back pain.

The Cortical Homunculus

One of the causes of chronic pain is damage done to the somatosensory system. This is a complex system of receptor sensor nerves mapped out across the body. These receptors are found on your hands, your lips, your feet, your skin, as well as through your internal organs. It is a system that helps us touch things and appreciate different kinds of tactile experiences. It is what tells us fire is hot, ice is cold, cacti are prickly, and kisses are pleasurable.

One of the most sensible yet intriguing ways to depict this is via 3d model of a human person – albeit at first sight, you probably wouldn’t think this looked anything like a person. Say hello to the Cortical Homunculus.

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This very-odd shaped person might be a dead ringer for Gollum‘s long-lost brother, but the hyper-enlarged hands, feet, lips and even genitals do have a reason. This homunculus maps out how many receptors a person has in those areas, thus making them much more sensitive than another body part.

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