Alternative Health 




Bonnie Prudden



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Following below are a collection different alternative health methods that have been of benefit to some sufferers of RSIs. Subjects inlcude alternative medicine, body work and movement awareness training techniques. 


After "Ouch" What? Changing How You Use Your Body by Jesse Parker, PhD
Just how much of your body are you involving in your task? If you’re using a bar code scanner, are you just flipping your hand from the wrist, with your forearm and top arm "standing by"? Or, if you operate a computer or play piano, are you just punching the keys with your fingers, while the rest of your arm "hangs in there"? Stop! Don’t ignore the rest of your body! Get it involved in that task, along with your hands and fingers.

Somatic Education: An approach to repetitive strain injuries by Paul Linden, PhD
Effective body use is not something we can take for granted or assume people have. Through miseducation and misuse, people have learned to move in ways that are awkward, strain-filled, and damaging yet seem normal and right. People need to be taught how to use their bodies well, or they will hurt themselves.

Motion Based Ergonomics™ Keyboard Retraining, Norman J. Kahan, MD, and Vivienne Griffin
Over the years, computer-related injuries have increasingly plagued the modern office workplace, debilitating hundreds of thousands of workers, causing pain, impairment and, in some cases, disability. The vast majority of computer-related injuries can be attributed to specific faulty movements and awkward postures inherent in the act of typing, which may cause fatigue, inflammation of muscles or tendons, compression or entrapment of nerves, as well as pain or weakness in the upper limbs and neck. Recognizing and correcting these movements is at the heart of a new and emerging field known as keyboard retraining, a largely overlooked but critical component in the fight against RSI.

Motion Based Ergonomics™ Keyboard Retraining, Part II: "Mousing", Norman J. Kahan, MD, and Vivienne Griffin
In recent years, the mouse has become an integral tool for most computer programs as well as for working “on line”. Unfortunately, as computer users have become more dependent on mouse input devices, the number of repetitive strain injuries (RSI) related to the mouse has been on the rise. Most of these injuries can be traced back to both faulty movements and awkward postures when using the mouse. To complicate matters, the number of “mice” now include many options, including traditional a two or three button mouse, (mechanical or optical) trackball, mouse pen, joy stick, touch pad and glide point. There are even foot and head mice. The following pitfalls and guidelines apply to whichever mouse you choose to use. Remember, gadgets alone won’t prevent the development of RSI, but learning how to use them properly can.

Holistic Self-Defense, Mark Lipsman
Open any publication by or for writers and chances are you’ll find an article on repetitive strain injury (RSI). Conventional treatment is generally limited to rest, avoidance of motions that aggravate the problem, and ergonomic improvements. These are fine, but they’re passive—they don’t cause the body to heal any faster and may not prevent the symptoms from recurring. In this series of three articles, I offer some thoughts on proactive treatment for RSI. These are based primarily on Chinese medicine and its fundamental concept of internal energy, or chi, which flows through the body in channels, or meridians.

Hellerwork Structural Integration and RSI, by Merry Nell Colborn, Certified Hellerwork Practitioner
Hellerwork Structural Integration is a bodywork technique that combines several modalities to provide a complete integration of body, mind, and spirit. Hellerwork is about balance, fluidity, ease, and alignment, and involves not only changes in structure but also changes in attitudes: an exploration into ourselves and our relationship with our environment.

Chiropractic Health Care by Dr. Timothy Jameson
An overview of chiropractic health care, its theories about the onset of repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), and how it goes about treating these injuries.

The Alexander Technique: Education for the Aching Back, by Deborah Caplan, MA, PT, Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique
Back pain is one of the most common yet perplexing conditions encountered by the medical profession. Whether the cause (disc protrusion, muscle tension, arthritis, spinal curvatures, etc.) is difficult or easy to determine, providing effective treatment is often the major problem.

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Acupuncture is a complete medical system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. It is effective for physical, psychological and emotional problems. Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,500 years ago and, due to its proven effectiveness has been embraced throughout the world.

The understanding that human beings are complex bioelectric systems has been the foundation of acupuncture practice for several thousand years. Energy circulates throughout the body along well-defined pathways. Points on the skin along these pathways are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures, and systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimum function is affected and this results in pain or illness. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which influence the health of the entire being.

Treatment with acupuncture needles is most commonly used technique. However, acupuncturist or Dr. of Oriental Medicine may utilize other forms of treatment such as herbal prescriptions, dietary modifications, moxibustion (a form of heat therapy), a variety of massage, movement techniques and specific therapeutic exercises.

American Association of Oriental Medicine
The oldest National Organization representing the individual practitioner of Oriental Medicine. Honors and supports the integrity of Oriental Medicine by advocating excellence in professional standards.

Information about Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturists around the world, and resources for practitioners and students.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Laser Acupuncture Research

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The Alexander Technique

We are often unaware of habits that cause us stress and interfere with our ability to respond effectively to the stimuli in our daily lives. How can we change our habits so that we can respond more effectively and achieve better functioning? This fundamental problem is addressed and dealt with in the Alexander Technique, a method that has been recognized for 100 years as a unique and remarkably effective technique of mind-body reeducation.

F. Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) was an Australian actor and teacher. He originally developed the Alexander Technique as a method of vocal training for singers and actors in the 1890s. While Alexander was developing his method of voice training, he realized that the basis for all successful vocal education was an efficiently and naturally functioning respiratory mechanism. So, in teaching voice, Alexander focused primarily on helping the breathing mechanism to function more effectively. Because of his focus on "re-educating" the breathing mechanism, some of Alexander's students, who had come to him for vocal training, found that their respiratory difficulties also improved. These improvements were recognized by medical doctors who began referring their patients with respiratory ailments to Alexander for help. In this way, F.M. Alexander's technique of vocal training developed into a technique he termed "respiratory re-education." Alexander had also made the discovery that breathing and vocalization are part and parcel of how the body functions as a whole. Habitual breathing and vocal patterns are parts of habitual patterns of general coordination. In fact, many problems we see as involving just one particular part of the body, e.g. lower back pain and "RSI," are often symptoms of larger habitual patterns of malcoordination.

Just as people had found Alexander's "vocal" technique helped them with their breathing problems, so a number of his students found his method of respiratory re-education helped them with other physical difficulties. Basically, Alexander had evolved a method for learning how to consciously change maladaptive habits of coordination. (Coordination includes movement, posture, breathing, and tension patterns.) He had come to the understanding that the mind and body function as an integrated entity, a rather unusual realization for that time. Alexander found that habits, whether "physical" habits or "mental" habits, are all psychophysical in nature. He observed that how we think about our activities determines how we coordinate ourselves to do those activities, and, equally, how long-held habits of excessive tension and inefficient coordination affect how we feel and think. In a relatively short period of time, Alexander evolved his technique from a method of vocal training into a method of breathing reeducation and then into a comprehensive technique of psychophysical reeducation. His technique deals with the psychophysical coordination of the whole person, or what he termed more concisely as "the use of the self."
by Marian Goldberg, Alexander Technique Center of Washington, D.C. -  http://www.alexandercenter.com

The Alexander Technique: Education for the Aching Back 

Back pain is one of the most common yet perplexing conditions encountered by the medical profession. Whether the cause (disc protrusion, muscle tension, arthritis, spinal curvatures, etc.) is difficult or easy to determine, providing effective treatment is often the major problem.

The Complete Guide To The Alexander Technique
This web site provides a systematic guide to all Alexander Technique information and resources - both on and off the Internet.

American Society of the Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique International
Worldwide professional organization.

Alexander Technique Center of Washington D.C.
Information Resource on the Alexander Technique

Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique

North American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique
"A unique, century old way of changing habits, and thus changing how we 'use ourselves' in all our activities."

Dedicated to the exchange of information between the fields of ergonomics and the Alexander Technique.

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Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy
(Pain Erasure)

Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy (Pain Erasure) provides a way for people to actively and effectively participate in their own health care. It is a technique for relaxing muscle spasm, improving circulation and alleviating pain. Since the method is very simple and teachable, you can easily learn to use it for yourself, friends, family and pets.

The products developed by Bonnie Prudden support the health conscious person in his/her quest for health, pain-free and independent living. Who is Bonnie Prudden? Bonnie has been a world-class authority on physical fitness and exercise therapy since the 1950s. Her research on the UNfitness of American children helped create the President's Council on Physical Fitness during the Eisenhower administration.

Bonnie Prudden Pain Erasure
"A technique for relaxing muscle spasm, improving circulation and alleviating pain."

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The Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method is named after its originator, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. (1904-1984) , a Russian born physicist, judo expert, mechanical engineer and educator.

The Feldenkrais Method is a form of Somatic Education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this Method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. These improvements will often generalize to enhance functioning in other aspects of your life.

The Feldenkrais Method is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and an empirical understanding of learning and human development. By expanding the self-image through movement sequences that bring attention to the parts of the self that are out of awareness, the Method enables you to include more of yourself in your functioning movements. Students become more aware of their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and expand options for new ways of moving. By increasing sensitivity the Feldenkrais Method assists you to live your life more fully, efficiently and comfortably.
(The Feldenkrais Guild - http://www.feldenkrais.com)

The Feldenkrais Method Home Page

Somatic Options/Feldenkrais
Provides information about T'ai Chi, The Reality Illusion, and the bodymind relationship using awareness to avoid RSI.

Feldenkrais/In Motion
Description of the method with suggestions and movement sequences to do while at the computer in order to avoid injury. In English and French

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Hellerwork is a series of one-hour sessions of deep tissue bodywork and movement education designed to realign the body and release chronic tension and stress. Verbal dialogue is used to assist the client in becoming aware of emotional stress that may be related to physical tension.

Hellerwork is an integrated system designed to recondition the whole body. It is not a remedy for illness; rather, it is a process in which people are moved from their current "average" state to an optimal state of health and well being. This optimal state of health is the body's "normal" and natural condition.

Although Hellerwork may be effective for temporary pain or tension relief, we recognize that pain and tension are usually the result of an overall pattern of imbalance occurring in the body. Rather than treating the pain or tension "symptom" of this imbalance, Hellerwork focuses on rebalancing the entire body, returning it to a more aligned, relaxed and youthful state.
Hellerwork International, LLC - http://www.hellerwork.com/

Hellerwork International, LLC

Hellerwork Web Site
Hellerwork is a series of one-hour sessions of deep tissue bodywork and movement education designed to realign the body and release chronic tension and stress.

Merry Nell Colborn, Certified Hellerworker

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Martial Arts

The Martial Arts FAQ

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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy (therapeutic massage) A manual soft tissue manipulation; includes causing movement and/or applying pressure to the body aimed at achieving or increasing health and wellness. A profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of a client.
American Massage Therapy Association - http://www.amtamassage.org/massagetherapy.htm

American Massage Therapy Association
International member-driven organization representing the massage therapy profession. The mission of the American Massage Therapy Association is to develop and advance the art, science and practice of massage therapy in a caring, professional and ethical manner in order to promote the health and welfare of humanity.

Massage Therapy Web Central
Comprehensive, consumer-friendly resource center and referral directory of Associated MTs Near You, the professional network for licensed massage therapists.

An Illustrated Guide to Muscles and Illustrated Medical Massage Therapy for Pain Relief and Posture Alignment in Children, Teens & Adults
Orthodoc Pain & Posture Clinic

Varieties and Techniques of Massage and Bodywork by William Collinge, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Repetitive Stress Injuries
A seven-part series of articles on the "transverse friction massage" technique. The Garden Island Newspaper - Kauai, Hawaii - by: Bill Peay

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Myofascial Therapy

Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation
Book - Offers descriptions and applications of certain alternative therapies, including Tai Chi,
Myofascial Therapy, Yoga and Rolfing. Written and developed by therapists with various backgrounds who offer insightful descriptions and applications of certain alternative therapies. Each of the chapters provides you with the author's experience and expertise for an individual approach to help you better understand the background, benefit, and method used. This book will help explain the differences and benefits of these alternative therapies vs. traditional medical interventions. It gives you the essential background and historical development of these approaches to better understand their emerging value.

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The Pilates Method

Developed in the 1920s by the legendary physical trainer and founder of The Pilates Studio, Joseph H. Pilates, The Pilates Method is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk. It is a series of controlled movements engaging your body and mind, performed on specifically designed exercise apparatus and supervised by extensively trained teachers.

The Pilates Method of body conditioning promotes physical harmony and balance for people of all ages and physical conditions while providing a refreshing and energizing workout. Recently discovered by physical therapists, chiropractors and orthopedists, The Pilates Method of body conditioning can also be integrated into rehabilitative exercise and physical therapy programs designed to speed recovery of soft tissue injuries.

The Official Pilates Studio
The Pilates Method, developed by the legendary physical trainer Joseph Pilates, is a full body exercise system. Emphasizing body alignment and correct breathing, this conditioning method uses the abdomen, lower back and buttocks as a power center, enabling the rest of the body to move freely.

Yahoo Search = Pilates+Method

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Rolfing structural integration is named after Dr. Ida P. Rolf, who fifty years ago called her work structural integration. Dr. Rolf devoted her energy to creating a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organized the whole body in gravity. She discovered that she could achieve remarkable changes in posture and structure by manipulating the body's myofascial system.

Rolfing structural integration has an unequaled and unprecedented ability to dramatically alter a person's posture and structure. Professional athletes, dancers, children, business people, and people from all walks of life have benefited from Rolfing. People seek Rolfing as a way to ease pain and chronic stress, and improve performance in their professional and daily activities.

The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration
Rolfing is "a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organizes the whole body in gravity" and is seen as "a way to ease pain and chronic stress.

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Stretching And Flexibility
Everything you never wanted to know - by Brad Appleton

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Comprehensive health and wellness for mind/body/spirit

Be Well Naturally
Baltimore Resources 9th Annual Guide to Whole Living

Loving Life Corporation
Non-profit foundation dedicated to research and teaching in touch healing.

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Developed in India more than 5,000 years ago, Yoga is a psycho-physical discipline used to maintain physical and psychological well-being. The word "Yoga" means union. Linguistically, it is related to the Old English "yoke." Traditionally, the goal of yoga is union with the One, also
known as Atman or Brahman. Today in the West, the focus is usually on the more down-to-earth benefits that come from the physical and meditative exercises used in Hatha Yoga. Spirituality, however, is a strong underlying theme to most practices. The primary benefits of Yoga include improved physical strength and flexibility, mental clarity, greater self understanding, better stress control and general well-being.
Yoga Site's Yoga FAQ

Yoga Journal's YogaNet

Yoga Site
Includes a directory of yoga teachers, retreats, yoga books, news and links.

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Sportstouch(r)CTS Article

Your source for complementary and alternative medicine

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Last Updated: 01/25/02