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Friday, April 22, 2011

Treating Injuries with Orthopedic Massage

The Benefits of Orthopedic Massage
Robert White, LMT

Orthopedic Massage (OM) is best described as a massage technique that supports normalized muscle function of soft tissue by reducing muscle hypertonicity (tightness), and strengthening of inhibited (weak) muscles.  Lauren Berry, RPT, influenced OM as reflected in his treatment of chronic and acute injuries.  Examples of the types of injuries he treated through OM were muscle strains, sprains and twisted joints.  As a mechanical engineer and a physical therapist, Berry theorized that all soft tissues in the body have a specific position relative to the neighboring soft tissue and its associated joint, and that massage must be applied in a specific manner to correct its positional function.

The standard protocol used in OM is comprised of four components. This standard protocol incorporates the following tools that are used in OM which further evaluates the condition of the client.
1) Orthopedic Assessment
2) Matching the physiology of the injury with the physiological     
     effects of  treatment
3) Treatment Adaptability
4) Appropriate use of the protocol 

When these steps are taken this creates an adequate and workable treatment plan.  Postural analysis along with functional assessment are also excellent ways to gather data, as it relates to the client’s health and OM.

Treatments can be administered through several modalities such as Muscle Energy Techniques (MET), Deep Tissue Therapy, Sports Massage, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), and more.

Other treatments that may help in the healing process are Acupuncture, Acupressure, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, and Holistic Examinations.  OM can also be administered as a support to Physical Therapy treatments, postoperative care, and general overall management of the body.

These services can be found at the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine. Feel free to visit the Institute’s web site at www.Massage-DC.com for further information.

If you would like to determine if OM is for you please contact me or Dr. Victoria Goldsten, HD at the Washington Institute at 202-237-7681. 

Robert White, LMT

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Natural Depression Treatment in Washington, D.C.

Depression Treated Naturally in Washington, D.C.

I am Linda Khanzetian, Doctor of natural Health, with the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine, located in Washington, D.C. 
Everyone gets the blues, feels sad or “down in the dumps” occasionally, but it will generally go away in a few days.   Depression is when those feelings are present for a long time without any clear reason and it interferes with your normal daily life.  It may not be easy to figure out why you are depressed. Depression doesn’t always have a single cause. It can be due to a mixture of things - genes, events in your past, your current circumstances, and other risk factors.
It is still not clear exactly what happens in the brain when people become depressed. However, studies have shown that certain parts of the brain don't seem to be working normally. Depression might also be affected by changes in the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, called neurotransmitters.

Researchers know that if depression runs in your family, you have a higher chance of becoming depressed – but it is not necessarily a given that you will become depressed.   Depression can show up in families where there is no history of the illness. 
No one's sure why but studies show that women are about twice as likely as men to suffer from depression.  It could possibly be due to the hormonal changes women go through at different times of their lives.

Elderly people are also at higher risk of depression, which can be worsened by factors such as living alone and having a lack of social support. 

People with a history of low self-esteem, who worry too much, who are overcome with negative thoughts, are prone to developing depression.

Medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease, thyroid problems, chronic pain, and many others may increase your risk of becoming depressed. 

Trauma, such as violence or physical or emotional abuse – whether it's early in life or more recent – can trigger depression. So can grief after the death of a close friend or loved one.  
It's not surprising that people might become depressed during stressful times – such as going through a divorce, caring for a sick relative or financial problems. But even positive changes such as getting married or starting a new job can sometimes trigger depression.

Many prescription drugs can cause symptoms of depression. Alcohol or substance abuse is also common in depressed people. It can be a way of coping with the stress in their lives, but it often makes their condition worse.  

At the Washington Institute we offer a variety of treatments that can help alleviate many of the symptoms of depression.  According to Chinese medicine, depression can occur when you repress certain emotions such as anger or guilt.  Using holistic treatments and remedies can help release this blocked energy.  When it is freed and rises to the surface, you can examine these feelings and deal with them.

Some people will experience unexplained pain in muscles and joints, headaches, insomnia, sadness, and just generally “not feel well”.  Many people find that the medication they are taking to treat their depression doesn’t alleviate the physical manifestations.

While we do not advise abandonment of your medical treatment, we do feel natural therapies can help release blocked energy and emotions, help with generalized aches and pains, headaches, sleep disturbances, and promote feelings of well-being.

Acupressure and acupuncture can be useful in alleviating many of the physical symptoms as well as the sluggishness of mild depression.  Stimulation of points balances the flow of chi and blood throughout the body and helps resolve the underlying energetic imbalance contributing to your depression. Stimulating acupuncture points releases endorphins and enkephalins.  Acupressure or acupuncture treatments can have a calming, mood-elevating effect and can also alleviate physical symptoms that accompany depression such as headaches, stomachaches, backaches, and muscle aches.

Aromatherapy can help in mild forms of depression. It may ease mental fatigue and help with sleep. However, if you, or someone you know, are severely depressed, additional support and therapies may be necessary. Aromatherapy is more effective when used as a complementary therapy, assisting other therapies.

Essential oils that can be used for depression are basil, bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, jasmine, myrrh, neroli, rose, sandalwood, spruce, orange, and ylang-ylang.  Prior to using these oils, it is important to consult with your natural health care practitioner for safety guidelines and proper administration.

Diet is a very important part of treating depression.  Depressive symptoms can be worsened by the frequent over-consumption of caffeine, sugar, and alcohol;  by deficiencies of essential nutrients such as: biotin, folic acid, vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, or potassium; by imbalances in amino acids; and by food allergies. By using Kinesiology we can check the need for vitamin B, phenylanaline, vitamins C and B5, and other supplements that can offer support for all body systems, where necessary. 

Homeopathic remedies can be useful if you are experiencing an episode of depression. Homeopathics are useful in alleviating the blues.  Remedies are selected based on the similarity of their characteristics to the symptoms that you are experiencing.  Treatment will be selected by the symptom picture and then a single or combination remedy will be recommended.  Also a constitutional remedy may be selected.  In addition there might be dietary advice and recommendations for cleansing, as well as changes in lifestyle.

Guided Imagery or visualization can also be useful if you're depressed. Doing a guided meditation for relaxation and stress reduction can alleviate the tight, stressed feeling and tight muscles associated with depression.  It can also help by adjusting your outlook on life and instilling feelings of well-being.

Hypnosis can be used to change physiology, language and thought patterns, as well as belief systems and personal history. 

Body work such as massage is very soothing and invigorating.  It incorporates the therapeutic effects of touch.  If you are feeling down and blue, start your day with some exercise followed by a massage.  Therapies such as healing touch or Reiki are hands-on techniques that are also helpful in treating both depression and anxiety.

Depression and anxiety are frequently more amenable to physical touch than verbal therapies. These therapies are particularly important for people with a history of physical and sexual abuse or poor body image. 

Reflexology works the acupuncture points on the feet, hands or ears that correspond to every organ and gland in the body including the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, and parathyroid.  Since all of these glands are associated with emotional stability and mental health, applying pressure to them or massaging them can help to relieve your depressive symptoms.

If you think you might be suffering from depression, see your physician for a medical diagnosis.  If the symptoms are not too severe you may be able to handle them by utilizing one or more of the therapies I just outlined.  If conventional medication is needed, then natural therapies can be selected to complement the conventional care.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine at (202) 237-7681.

Washington Institute of Natural Medicine
Dr. Linda Khanzetian, NHD
5101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016

(202) 237-7681
(202) 686-8202

 About the Author:

Dr. Linda Khanzetian, NHD a Doctor of Natural Health and body work practitioner has been caring for the sick for over 10 years. Through her studies she became certified in: Holistic Health, Reiki, acupressure, and guided imagery. She is currently working as a Doctor of Natural Health and teacher at the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine. The Institute is located at 5101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016.  The phone number is (202) 686-8202. The web site is: http://www.naturalhealthdc.com/

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Aura Clearing In Washington, D.C.

Aura/Energy Field Clearing

All human beings have an energetic aura that makes up the core of their being.  When an aura is misaligned the negative energy emitted can lead to illness.  Aura/energy field clearing is a powerful technique that clears and balances the aura/energy field removing negative energy and debris that has accumulated. 

In this treatment, energy is run into the body starting with the feet, filling the aura as if blowing up a balloon.  This energy then goes where it is needed to balance, charge, and restructure the aura/energy field.  The initial treatment will generally last 1 ½ hours but may take up to 2 hours.  Each subsequent treatment will take 1 hour or less. 

I recommend a series of 5 sessions spaced out over a 2 month time period.  If you have serious health issues, you will want to see me for a treatment at least once a month thereafter.


*      Enhances vitality
*      Increases energy
*      Balances chakras
*      Relieves stress
*      Stimulates the immune system

Testimonial: “I had the aura clearing treatment with Linda. It was amazing! I had been having trouble with injuries and tight muscles when running. When Linda gave me the treatment, I could feel the energy working through my left thigh. Since the treatment, I have felt better running and, more importantly, much more relaxed and carefree. It was a wonderful experience!“ Kathy B.

For further details or to receive a treatment cotact:
Washington Institute of Natural Medicine
Dr. Linda Khanzetian, NHD

5101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016

(202) 237-7681, (202) 686-8202

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Acupuncture in Washington, DC

Acupuncture Treatments in Washington, DC
Dr. Victoria Goldsten, HD
Natural Health Care Nurse
Integrative Homeopathic Doctor
Acupuncture Apprentice
I am Dr. Victoria Goldsten, a natural health care nurse, integrative homeopath, acupressure practitioner, and an acupuncture apprentice. I first became introduced to acupuncture in 1996 when I studied introduction to acupuncture at the FAES Graduate School at the National Institute of Health’s hospital.  It was fascinating to see how acupuncture points on the Chinese meridian systems treated numerous health complaints.  Along with acupuncture training I also studied acupressure at the Shiatsu and Healing Center.  These two programs gave me my start in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 
After all of my years in nursing I now could see the connection with disease and imbalances; the imbalances that lead to disease as referenced in TCM.  How fascinating it was.  Now in all of my consultations with clients I use the TCM observations.  Upon completion of my consultation and assessment, imbalances frequently would become revealed in the liver, kidneys, or spleen meridians.  Upon this being evident, I would recommend natural homeopathics or herbs to treat the imbalances. In addition I have recommended acupuncture for these imbalances. 
Along with treating imbalances acupuncture is very successful in treating numerous pain conditions. In these circumstances I work in conjunction with Dr. BK. Mdahar, a long time licensed acupuncturist at the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine.  Dr. Mudahar has a soothing, nurturing bedside manner and has helped hundreds of clients over the years with neck pain, back pain, sinus pressure, female disorders, and much more.  Dr. Mudahar is a graduate of the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Upon her completion of her studies in acupuncture she became a respected teacher of the Maryland Institute and a practitioner at the Washington Institute. 
Dr. Mudahar recently began an apprenticeship program in acupuncture at the Washington Institute were she has six acupuncture apprentices under her tutelage. The Institute offers acupuncture privately with Dr. Mudahar and at a reduced rate with her aspiring acupuncturists.  When a client requests the reduced rate acupuncture Dr. Mudahar reviews the case with the interns and teaches them point identification and the meridian theories behind the treatment plan.
If you are interested in acupuncture for your health complaints please feel free to contact the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine and we will be glad to speak to you.  I am available for a phone consultation to review your personal situation and to help you determine the best path for you in the selection of alternative medicine therapies.

Washington Institute of Natural Medicine
Dr. Victoria Goldsten, HD

5101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016

(202) 237-7681, (202) 686-8202

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Natural Allergy Treatment

Allergies and Natural Treatments
Dr. Victoria Goldsten, HD
Natural Health Care Nurse
Integrative Homeopathic Doctor
When I was a child I suffered from respiratory allergies. I strongly remember when I was 12 years old how my nose was so clogged up that I could not get a drop of air through.  It was a very uncomfortable situation. In those days air conditioning was unheard of so the air was not filtered at all because the widows were open and the pollen came in freely. We would have to go to the movie theater to cool off.  I distinctly remember lying in bed feeling very hot and unable to breathe through my nose.
My mother wanted me to take an over the counter allergy pill but I could not swallow pills. I would gag when I would try.  Because of that I tried to suffer through it.  One day she crushed the pill and I took it.  It tasted bad but it helped me feel better.
That was the beginning of my long term use of decongestants and antihistamines.  As I got older and in my teens natural health care was beginning to be explored by what we called the “hippy generation.”  In the late 1960s and early 1970s health food stores started to pop up and my friends and I would frequent them for food, snacks, and books.  At that time I would explore the herbal and homeopathic aisles for natural health remedies.  What I found though trial and error was that there were certain remedies that made me feel better.  Due to this positive response I was determined to study about natural health and gradually educated myself. After high school I went to nursing school and also began to read further about alternative medicine.  Upon completion of natural health care courses I began consulting clients as a natural health care nurse and Integrative Homeopath.  I worked out of my home consulting in the off hours from my nursing job at a local hospital. What I found was extremely dramatic and beneficial for myself and for my clients. 
As natural health care became a stronger component in my life I decided to step into it full time and I opened the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine in Washington, D.C.  There I worked as a sole practitioner and then eventually added other practitioners and began to teach about the natural methods.  It became very rewarding.  Through that time I learned even more about the allergy battle and its natural treatment.
I found herbal decongestants and homeopathic desentizaton formulas.  The desentization formulas are what I call an “allergy shot in a bottle.”  Not only was I able to help myself but I was helping others in an unbelievable way.  I had one client with a severe cat allergy to the point that she was unable to live with the cats she loved.  After consulting with her I recommended liver cleansing, anti-inflammatory homeopathics, and homeopathic allerzodes.  The allerzodes are formulas that are created with low levels of allergens in it.  In her case the formula had homeopathic cat dander in it.
There are all kinds of allerzodes in homeopathy. The types of formulas you can find have tree pollen, dust, mold, animal dander, and even assorted foods in them for desentization.  With such an array of remedies I was able to help people with many types of allergies.
The Washington Institute of Natural Medicine has now grown and flourished in Washington DC.  It has expanded to a larger new location and has more treatment rooms available. We now have a larger variety of remedies and treatments to help with the allergy battle. I am proud of our accomplishments and plan to continue helping client with ailments naturally.  
Washington Institute of Natural Medicine
Dr. Victoria Goldsten, HD

5101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016

(202) 237-7681, (202) 686-8202