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Long term care has taken a dramatic shift in treatment concepts in the last ten years. While much of the dynamic change may be due to the elevated number of patients, it is also due to the general adoption of natural and alternative treatment therapies by both the medical community and the general public. It is not uncommon today to see a long term care facility offering such health services as massage therapy, acupuncture, organic based meals and a whole list of integrative modalities. This is especially important when working with patients that may be dealing with chronic pain, to ensure that they experience quality of life.

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The job of a home caregiver encompasses almost every aspect of the daily life of their patients. The requirements entail everything from chief cook to confidante and the individuals that have devoted their lives to this cause have an incredible element of compassion and understanding. The home caregiver’s main focus is to ensure quality of life for the patient, in all of its nuances and opportunities.

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It’s easy to shrug off joint pain- when you aren’t the one experiencing it, that is. Once you’ve experienced the excruciating pain that can come from a back, knee, or hip injury, you’re unlikely to forget it.

Our bodies are equipped with an estimated 100 billion neurons, which transmit messages and sensory information, alerting us with pain when something has gone awry.

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While a physician may diagnose, it is the nurse practitioners that are a patient’s saving grace. They not only help in the treatment, but are also involved on a deeper level of understanding with the patient. The nurse practitioner listens, learns and participates in many of the daily routines. They ensure that the patient receives attention, take care of even the small things and supports a level of patient dignity.

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The world of the compounding pharmacy is steeped in rich history and returns back to the days of the original ‘apothecary’. During that time, pharmacists used their intense medical and ingredient knowledge to blend and create the mixtures that resulted in the medicines, creams, tonics and lotions to address the needs of their patients. Most people are surprised when they hear stories of some of the most popular products on the market that were discovered and created by pharmacists of the past. Today’s compounding pharmacies continue that legacy and are those that are known for using naturally sourced ingredients.

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Many people are not aware of the fact that a majority of the mainstream medicines that are on the market have natural base ingredients. Pharmaceutical companies have made use of the components and then adjusted and added additional chemicals that can accelerate the natural healing properties but also cause additional internal organ damage. In some cases, the treatment outweighs the benefits of the cure and can cause the appearance of alternate disorders.

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Massage therapy has been a key element of the mind-body wellness for thousands of years in almost every culture around the world. In the Western world, massage was once only available at high end spa locations, however, the medical world has recognized the powerful benefits of massage therapy and it is now found as part of a complementary healing process in businesses, clinics, hospitals and chiropractic services. Recognized as part of the CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) treatments, the health benefits of massage therapy as a treatment has been so great that it is now often covered by medical insurance policies.

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We are all familiar with the fragrance of vanilla. That sweet scent that wafts into a room and swirls around our senses to bring memories of warm wonderful treats. You might be surprised to know that this same ingredient is used in a number of natural healing therapies as well and has been sourced for the essential oil throughout the centuries.

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As one of the most medicated countries in the world, Americans are researching natural remedies for neck pain and finding that nature has indeed supplied us with many of the sources to assist in pain reduction. Although these have been used in many cultures around the globe, the Western world has been slower at adopting natural remedies. However, with that said, they are quickly discovering that so many the natural sources are the base components of prescription medication that often have harsh side effects. Natural remedies are now becoming one of the most popular alternatives for reducing neck pain.

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According to a Mayo Clinic study in 2013, more people in the U.S. make annual visits to the doctor for back pain than any other medical condition. It is also understood that when you experience back pain, all other areas of life including mood/depression as well as total functionality can be affected. When back pain is felt it becomes the main focus of existence and the medical community has made a wide variety of over the counter and prescription medications to address the pain. In a majority of cases, these medications may temporarily reduce the pain, but they also contain ingredients that can be detrimental to other parts of the body. It only makes sense that people are now actively looking to natural remedies for back pain for the reduction and removal of the problem(s) that are causing the pain.

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