Category Archives: Fatigue

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Could Craniosacral Therapy Be Right for You?

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15More and more patients are seeking holistic remedies to lessen the need for pain medications and other more invasive interventions. The draw of many holistic modalities is that they enhance the body’s natural capacity to heal itself. One such intervention is Craniosacral Therapy.

 

Craniosacral therapy is a non-invasive physical therapy technique used to treat or manage symptoms of a variety of medical issues, including, but not limited to:

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  • Migraines
  • Chronic pain in the neck and back
  • Motor-Coordination impairments
  • Concussion and traumatic brain injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Central nervous system disorders

 

The craniosacral system runs from the brain, down the spine, and into the sacrum. It is a network of bones, membranes, and cerebrospinal fluid that protects the central nervous system. Disruptions to the craniosacral system and, subsequently, to the central nervous system can cause a variety of negative impacts throughout the body. Such disruptions can be caused by:

 

  • Traumatic jamming
  • Surgical procedures
  • Cranial fractures
  • Infection
  • Sports injuries

 

Craniosacral therapy involves a qualified practitioner applying light pressure to various points on the body where disruptions are originating. First, the clinician will take your full medical history and examine various parts of your body, including the head, spine, and ribcage. He or she then identifies sites of disruptions in your body by “tuning in” to small, rhythmic movements of the central nervous system.  The pressure corrects the disruptions in the craniosacral system, enabling the central nervous system to function properly, leading to more efficient self-healing within the body.

 

Patients do not need to remove their clothing and will be lying on their back for most of their session. Most patients report tingling sensations in their body during the treatment, which is completely normal. After treatment, patients generally feel very relaxed.

 

If you would like to learn more about craniosacral therapy and how it could benefit your condition, request an appointment with a specialist at the Advanced Health and Wellness Center of New Jersey today. We are committed to helping you regain your body’s optimal functioning through gentle, holistic techniques and interventions.


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Three Ways to Fight The Winter Blues

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Many of us have heard of “seasonal depression” that can occur in the darker, colder winter months. While only a small portion of the population meet diagnostic criteria for clinical Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), many experience its symptoms, such as depressed mood, lack of motivation, or desire to sleep excessively. The winter blues affect us all in different ways, but there are some precautions we can take to fight them off. Check out these three tips for keeping the winter blues away. Untitled design (14)

 

  1. Stay Active. Keeping a regular physical fitness regimen in the winter is a great way to keep your energy levels and mood regulated. Instead of taking an afternoon nap, power through and hit the gym on your way home from work. Take a class at your local fitness or recreation center. If you don’t have a gym membership, buy a few different fitness DVDs and get into a routine that works for you. Exercise has been shown to raise levels of feel-good brain chemicals known as endorphins.
  2. Treat Yourself. Sometimes getting out of bed and showing up for your daily obligations can be a challenge, especially during the winter. Give yourself a reward–and something to look forward to–at least once a week. This can be a trip to the spa, a one-hour massage, or any other restorative, enjoyable activity you can think of.
  3. Learn a New Skill. Get your mind and body engaged in learning something new to fill your time in positive, productive ways. The sense of accomplishment we get from mastering something we previously had no ability to do is a great way to bolster self-esteem, too. Even better, make the skill something that will benefit your health. Why not try Tai Chi? This practice is a slow and graceful form of martial arts that has been shown to alleviate stress and promote overall health and well-being. Tai Chi is offered at many community and fitness centers, including at Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold.

 

 

These strategies are preventive measures against the winter blues. If you find yourself already falling into a winter-induced funk, request an appointment with the experts at Advanced Health and Wellness Center of NJ to learn how we can help.


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Six Ways to Fight Fatigue

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Frustrated by fatigue? You’re not alone–most of us experience periods of fatigue at some point in our lives. Read on for the inside scoop on how to rediscover your energy.

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Rule Out Medical Causes

If you experience severe, persistent fatigue, it’s important to see a medical professional immediately. Fatigue can be symptomatic of more serious conditions–if it’s your body’s red flag, then it’s important to heed it. Fatigue can also be caused by mental illness, such as depression, which left untreated can make it harder to take steps like those below–leaving you stuck in a rut.

Sleep

According to the CDC, insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. You probably know at least some of the big tips for getting better sleep: go to sleep and wake up at a set time, avoid nicotine, avoid caffeine or alcohol, don’t eat big meals before bed, etc. There’s a good summary of why we don’t here— and we get it. If you have small children, are in a financial situation that requires you to work long hours or deal with a crazy commute, 7-8 hours may be out of reach. But for the rest of us: make sleep a priority. You aren’t being selfish–sleep deprivation decreases cognitive function, makes you more dangerous on the road, and has all sorts of nasty side effects that hurt others around you.

Exercise

Take it from a fitness convert: those people insist a morning workout really does energize you are right. If at all possible, try to get a run, jog, or brisk walk in before you begin your day or at lunch.

If you don’t have time for a full-on workout, regular jaunts may do the trick. Take five and go for a quick stroll around the neighborhood, or take a longer lunch hour hike. If you’re worried your boss or manager may see these as shirking work, perhaps leave this somewhere easy to find. Better yet, bring any of the various studies on the relationship between exercise and creativity to a supervisor or HR representative in person and negotiate how you can make walk breaks part of your routine. Fitness bands, like those from Fitbit and Jawbone, sync with your smartphone and allow you to set walking alarms to make sure you move every hour or two. To reap the most benefits, make sure your walk is fast enough to work as cardio. You can find a great guide for how to do this here.

Nutrition, Supplements and Vitamins

You are what you eat. A soggy fast food burger is about as energizing to eat as it is to look at. Think you’re eating fairly well, but still always sleepy? Try consulting with a professional nutritionist. They can run tests and use your medical history as well as lifestyle to recommend a customized plan that works for you without controlling your life. Remember: they’re people, too, and don’t just know how to eat well, but how to prepare meals that are easy and tasty. What’s more, they can recommend quality supplements and vitamins, using science to steer you clear of the “snake oil” solutions.

Drink Up!

Up to 75% of US adults may be chronically dehydrated. And guess what–if you feel fatigued often, chances are, you may be one of them. Dehydration is a common cause of fatigue. Need help drinking your fill? Check out this article for some great tips!

Visit a Wellness Center

Wellness centers are great resources for holistic treatments for fatigue. At centers like ours, we have experts who can provide nutritional consults, genomic testing and all kinds of other ways to diagnose the causes of fatigue and treat them in a way that’s appropriate to your needs.


Good health requires balance. Physical fitness, nutrition, sleep, pain management, and stress relief all contribute to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. At the Advanced Health and Wellness Center of New Jersey, we help patients struggling with weight loss, fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other conditions using holistic techniques. Request an appointment and get started on a path towards comprehensive wellness.