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It's clear that modern medicine offers many real benefits for our health and longevity. But when we consider optimal human wellness overall, we have to recognize some of the failings, even hazards, of many "conventional" or "standard" treatment options. Prescription or over-the-counter medications, for instance, often come with nasty side effects and contain potentially harmful ingredients. Even common household products like soaps and detergents contain synthetic materials and other irritants that can disrupt our health. And while eliminating these things from our environment may not always be possible, there are all-natural alternatives that can enhance our health and accelerate healing.
Doctors of chiropractic are healthcare professionals who regularly use alternative and traditional approaches in the treatment of illness and injury as a way to promote whole-body wellness. In addition to standard techniques like spinal adjustments, physical modalities, and corrective exercise prescription, a chiropractor provides holistic or traditional drug-free services for health promotion, including massage, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and aromatherapy via the use of essential oils.
Essential oils are the fragrant oils derived from various plants. These rendered oils are highly concentrated and are extracted from plants via mechanical pressure or distillation with steam or water (to assure high quality and potency, chemicals should not be used in the oil extraction process).
Essential oils have been used for centuries as a part of aromatherapy, a branch of healing that uses scent to promote health and well-being. Some common oils include:
Essential oils are used in a variety of ways, and professionals who are familiar with oils can offer guidance on application. For instance, oils may be applied topically and massaged into the skin. Some may also be consumed or used as a rinse or mouthwash. Often, essential oils are simply used in the surrounding environment (such as in a candle or diffuser) in order to fill a room or home with scent.
Research studies--and plenty of anecdotal accounts--consistently show that aromatherapy and the use of essential oils provides real, effective, and all-natural results for a variety of health conditions. Popular uses of essential oils include:
When used in conjunction with standard chiropractic techniques, essential oils enhance and accelerate healing for a wide variety of illness and injury.
Dr. Stuart takes a comprehensive and complementary approach to wellness by using all-natural and drug-free treatment options tailored to each patient's specific needs.
If you're curious about adding essential oils to your health regime and are local to the Portland, Gresham, Camas, Happy Valley, Fairview, Troutdale, as well as Vancouver, WA areas, call Dr. Samantha Stuart, DC at (503) 252-3560 and discover the difference in your healing.