Count on UNM Health's Center for Life in Albuquerque to help you integrate conventional and complementary medicines and practices to focus on healing you as a whole – whether through massage, acupuncture or mindful eating and yoga classes.
When you're in need of quality care that combines conventional medicine with complementary alternative medical options, the Center for Life is here to provide exemplary care and education for you. The practice, founded in 2007, provides clinical services, medical education, research and community services.
This is a healing-oriented practice that takes account of the whole person, from factors that influence health, wellness and disease, while considering all lifestyle aspects. It reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient. Integrative medicine takes conventional and therapeutic approaches and uses them to achieve optimal healing.
This is a method of balancing and building the body's life forces, or Qi, which flow through particular pathways in the body called meridians. Traditional Chinese medicine views disease as a result of an imbalance or blockage of Qi flow. Thin, sterile, stainless steel needles are inserted into specific points along meridians in order to disperse the blockage and/or mobilize the body's natural immune response.
This treatment deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, joints and soft tissue.
Massage therapy has proven to be beneficial for many chronic conditions and is often part of prescribed physical therapy and physical rehabilitation. Patients request massage for many health conditions to:
- Relieve stress
- Treat medical conditions
- Promote general wellness.
Massaging the soft tissues can increase blood and oxygen flow to the massaged areas to warm them and decrease pain.