Complementary and alternative health care dl bsn raiza figueredo wk 4

Lisdiana Mora Diaz
3/21/22, 2:50 AM
Week 4 Discussion Question 1
Lisdiana Mora
Florida National University
Professor Raiza Figueredo-Guillo, APRN, PNP, FNP, Board Certified
March 21, 2022
How do chiropractice practitioners view health and illness?
Chiropractic therapy is driven by a philosophy that is consistent with natural healing concepts.
Though chiropractic shares many commonalities with other health professions, it is distinguished
from the current medical paradigm by its holistic or whole-person approach to health and
recovery (Fontaine, 2019). The chiropractic approach to health is defined by two essential
concepts: 1) Your body can repair itself if obstructions or hurdles to health are eliminated or
remedied; and 2) The mind-body link is critical in helping the healing process.
Chiropractors think that the greatest way to attain structural health is to restore normal joint and
soft tissue alignment throughout your body. Your chiropractor is most concerned in your
relationship with the natural world—how you move, how your environment affects you to move
(or not move). We’ll look at the concepts and practices that help define chiropractic’s wholeperson approach to health and wellness. Chiropractors are well-known for their aim to intervene
in the illness process as early as possible in order to achieve positive health results (Fontaine,
2019). Chiropractors are also recognized for their proactive disease prevention tactics, which
assist to guarantee that common musculoskeletal health issues do not arise.
According to 2004 research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological
Therapeutics, a sizable majority of chiropractors and chiropractic students in the United States
have a favorable attitude toward preventive health services, particularly physical activity and
food. According to another research published in the same journal, chiropractors as a group are
intent on giving their patients with health information that extends beyond spinal health (2002).
Your chiropractor is concerned in determining the root cause of your sickness or condition so
that it can be permanently resolved. Chiropractors employ therapeutic procedures such as spinal
manipulation, soft tissue treatment, and functional exercise prescription to alleviate your pain,
discomfort, or other symptoms while also treating the processes and situations that produced or
contributed to your injury or condition. In this sense, chiropractic therapy distinguishes itself
from modern medical techniques, which frequently rely on medicines to temporarily conceal
symptoms (2002).
Fontaine, K. L. (2019). Complementary and integrative therapies for nursing practice (5th
edition). Pearson.
Jamison J. Health information and promotion in chiropractic clinics. Journal of Manipulative
and Physiological Therapeutics. 2002; 25(4); 240-245
Jessica Zarabozo
3 hours ago, at 9:59 AM
Incorporating Pressure Point Therapies into
Nursing Practice for Pain Management
Week 4 DQ #2
Jessica Zarabozo
Florida National University
Professor: Raiza Figueredo-Guillo, APRN, PNP, FNP, Board Certified
NUR 3178, Complementary and Alternative Health Care
March 20, 2022
Acupressure is a low-risk, non-invasive therapy that has its root in Traditional Chines Medicine.
The theory stands that any obstruction of energy in the body can give place to the occurrence of
illnesses. Acupressure reset qi balance by applying pressure with fingertips, arm, or forearms or
using instruments to improve health, promote relaxation, pain release, or treat disruptions before
they become illnesses. Pressure is applied over tiny areas, called acupoints or pressure points
localized on the different meridian paths that flow through the body associated with internal
organs. This technique is considered an accessible version of acupuncture without needles that
can be used as self-healing or by practitioners in medical and nonmedical settings.
Different practices such as Jin Shin Jyutsu, Jin Shin Do and Reflexology use acupressure, but the
last is limited only to manipulating reflexed points located on hands and feet. Most people
experience a sense of deep relaxation with Jin Shin Jyutsu and Jin Shin Do (Riegger-Krause,
2014). These practices are used worldwide as self-healing or incorporated into nonmedical and
health care settings. Acupoint pressure is a non-intrusive practice; thus, Nurses can introduce
some of these techniques when massaging patients’ ears, feet and hands for pain management
and other symptoms without further education. Nevertheless, to be knowledgeable and bring
patients a more professional approach, Nurse can attend different programs specialized
in Reflexology, Jin Shin Do and Jin Shin Jyatsu and Shiatsu, a blend of Massage and
Acupressure has been incorporated into Nursing Care, showing effectiveness in treating nausea,
pain, labor, premenstrual syndrome. One way to incorporate acupressure in their health care
setting is by teaching patients the uses of some emergence points that can be stimulated during a
crisis of Asthma, a Heart attack, convulsions, etc., or in case of acute pain. In the case of pain
management, for example, Nurse can teach their patients how to use Hegu or Large Intestine 4
(LI-4) to relieve pain anywhere in the body, mainly in the head and neck, including headaches,
earaches, toothaches, relaxation, muscle tension, etc. Treatment starts as follow:

Patients should focus attention on their breathing

Locate the LI-4 with the thumb in the fleshy depression where the base of the metacarpal bones
of the thumb and index meet in a V shape.

Apply light pressure while massaging the point with circular motions for about 15-20 minutes

Repeat the same procedure on the other hand

Repeat treatment along the day as needed

Repeat the treatment three or four times a week until symptoms disappear
Pressure must be constant but without increasing local pain since the affected point can be tender
and painful. In many cases, points can be combined to improve outcomes. Li 4 should not be
treated during pregnancy, and like in this case, other contraindications should be ruled out before
performing acupressure point therapies.
Fontaine, K. L. (2019). Complementary & Integrative Therapies for Nursing Practice. Pearson.
Wagner, Judy RN (n.d.). Incorporating Acupressure into Nursing Practice. Lippincott®Nursing
Center®. Retrieve on March 22, 2022, from
Lisdiana Mora Diaz
3/21/22, 3:00 AM

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