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Category Archives: Alternative Therapies

Squeeze Out the Stress and Recover Faster with Compression Therapy

Compression therapy has been pivotal in the fitness industry for many years. Professional athletes and active gym members’ alike have been using compression therapy to speed up their muscle recovery time.

But what makes compression therapy special?

 

Dynamic air compression effectively mimics the muscle pump of the legs and arms, enhancing the movement of fluid and metabolites out of the limbs after an intense workout. Created by a physician bioengineer, the Normatec compression line combines dynamic air compression with a patented pulse massage pattern that employs three key techniques—pulsing, distal release, and gradients. These techniques help to relieve muscle aches, pain and temporarily increase circulation resulting in increased flexibility and range of motion, injury prevention, and accelerated recovery time.

Compression therapy is not just for athletes and active gym goers. Normatec compression boots have a wide-variety of benefits fit for any lifestyle, including:

  1. Improved Circulation

Normatec compression boots employ a patented pulse technology that comfortably squeezes your limbs at intervals, improving blood circulation and treating venous insufficiencies like pain, swelling, varicose veins and even ulcers. This is perfect for those who sit or stand for long periods of time and pregnant women who suffer from swelling feet.

  1. Decreased Recovery Time

Compression therapy helps your body detox inflammation and eliminates lactic acid from your limbs over the course of one session. A process that usually takes your body several hours or even days to accomplish can be reduced to just a few hours of recovery time, perfect for any active lifestyle, including athletes with intense training regimens.

  1. Enhanced Lymphatic Drainage and Waste Removal

Lactic acid build-up fatigues the muscle pre-maturely, meaning it is important to try and flush lactate from your muscles post-workout. As compression boots improve blood flow and circulation following a workout, lactic acid is removed from the muscle faster. This reduces fatigue of the muscle and improves recovery.

Feel the benefits of compression therapy in as little as 10 minutes! To schedule your next compression therapy session, please call (910) 484-9922.

The Evolution of Spa Treatment with Alternative Therapies Series: Nucalm

Alternative therapies and treatments are on the rise due to emerging studies on how they positively affect the human body. People seek out these alternatives because they are dissatisfied in some way with conventional treatment; they see alternative treatments as offering more personal autonomy and control over health care decisions; and (3) the alternatives are seen as more compatible with the patients’ values, worldview, or beliefs regarding the nature and meaning of health and illness.

NuCalm is quickly becoming an alternative therapy favorite because of its proven results for stress and improved sleep quality all without the use of drugs. It uses a specific binaural approach sending signals to your body’s cells to slow down the production of cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol and adrenaline are known as the stress hormones that are involved in the stress response. When stress levels are not regulated they can become detrimental to our other body processes which could put us at risk of many other health issues such as: 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain
  • Memory and concentration impairment

This is where NuCalm comes in to help us reduce and cope with our stress levels.


What exactly is NuCalm?

NuCalm can be hard to understand when it is explained in big fancy scientific terms but it’s not as complex as it sounds. NuCalm therapy can be similar to meditation with an enhancing twist. All you have to do is wear a BPD (Biosignaling Processing Disk), light-blocking eye mask, and headphones. The difference between NuCalm and other meditation apps is that NuCalm uses a specific approach with the world’s first patented neuroscience technology (just another fancy word to say, nervous system research technology) to help you clinically balance the ANS (autonomic nervous system) without any use of drugs. It also aids you in attaining a meditative state much quicker and more effectively than if you were to do it on your own. The reason for this is because NuCalm’s technology uses binaural beats coupled with a Biosignaling Processing Disk. Binaural beats are two separate tones perceived by the brain simultaneously at different frequencies and are distributed separately in each ear which causes an auditory phenomenon. BPD (Biosignaling Processing Disk) couples with the music, signaling the body to initiate the NuCalm relaxation process. It does this by releasing the neurotransmitter GABA, which is a naturally occurring chemical messenger that counteracts the damaging effect of the stress hormones, adrenaline, and cortisol. GABA is a neurotransmitter that is contained in the NuCalm disc. It is a naturally occurring amino acid that is the body’s primary inhibitory transmitter which slows down the release of adrenaline. The disc is designed to directly stimulate the production, release, and absorption of GABA by a process known as bio-signaling.  

When the disc is placed on the inside of the left wrist, it is activated by the body’s own electromagnetic field (which is one way how cells communicate) and is able to receive its frequencies. 

When used in conjunction with Nucalm’s neuroacoustic tracks, the disc acts as a catalyst for the relaxation response, transitioning the body from stress to restoration in minutes.  It slows brain waves into a deeply relaxed state where rejuvenation and recovery can occur. 

 It essentially aids you when you’re stressed or anxious, however, a decreased action of GABA can contribute to mental health conditions which is why some people have used it as a daily natural supplement. In this case, you don’t need a supplement because it is encoded into the BPD. The BPD is specifically placed on an acupuncture point where your body’s EMF (electromagnetic field) is able to receive frequencies. Those frequencies communicate with your brain to activate your body’s natural relaxation system while interrupting your stress hormones to bring you into that peaceful state. That being said, this treatment simply entails you to lay back, relax and enjoy.


What is frequency healing?

The mainstream media has used music as a form of entertainment and expression but with recent research along with historic records

of ancient civilizations using this tool, scientists have found solid evidence that certain frequencies do indeed have a healing effect on our bodies. The history of frequency/sound healing is deeply rooted in ancient cultures where they strongly believed that sound, frequency and vibration had a  powerful influence on their lives down to the cellular level. The Greek philosopher Pythagoras described music and sound as medicine. Indians and ancient Egyptians used chants while the Tibetan Buddhists used singing bowls and other tools. This led the way to a specific area of study called Psychoacoustics. 

According to a study published by the National Institute of Health,

Music is widely used to enhance well-being, reduce stress, and distract patients from unpleasant symptoms. Although there are wide variations in individual preferences, music appears to exert direct physiologic effects through the autonomic nervous system.”

When a certain number of neurons in our brains are fired synchronously they create brain waves. Brain waves are essential to our everyday function because they communicate with our nervous system. They also have an effect on our physical and mental health. The intensity of the electrical activity in the brain wave is measured by Hz (Hertz frequencies). 

  • Delta waves (below 4 Hz) occur during sleep
  • Theta waves (4-7 Hz) are associated with sleep, deep relaxation, meditation, and visualization
  • Alpha waves (8-13 Hz) occur when we are relaxed, calm, open-minded, inspirational
  • Beta waves (13-38 Hz) occur when we are actively thinking, problem-solving, etc.
  • Gamma waves (30-100 Hz) compassion, intense learning, problem-solving, spiritual alertness

Our bodies also give electromagnetic pulses that help our hearts effectively pump blood through our bodies. In essence, our whole body operates on certain frequencies; therefore, it can be healed or treated with frequencies as well. “Sound healing is trending up. It’s like where yoga was 15 years ago. People are realizing that sound is a viable medium to address distress, enhance learning, even work with an autistic child.” says Joshua Leeds, the author of The Power of Sound and an expert in the field of Psychoacoustics, the study of the effects of sound on the human nervous system. NuCalm is leading the way towards the future of alternative therapies and healing.


What are the benefits of NuCalm?

 NuCalm is heavily associated with brain wave activity and meditation, therefore the benefits of this specific therapy include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Muscle repair 
  • Immunity builder
  • Improves creativity and cognitive thinking
  • Stress relief
  • Anxiety relief 
  • Promotes mental clarity
  • Improved memory and concentration

Is NuCalm safe for everyone?

NuCalm is safe for everyone and can be used by people of all ages. There also haven’t been any adverse effects reported and most people tend to experience positive side effects. You can do NuCalm therapy on its own or combined with our Dry Float Therapy.