Complementary Alternative Medicine

What is Complementary Alternative Medicine?

Complementary and alternative medicine includes practices such as massage, acupuncture, tai chi, and drinking green tea. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard medical care. They are sometimes used alongside conventional medicine in a belief they can “complement” treatments, Cui, Y., Hargreaves, M., K., Shu, X-O., Liu, J., Kenerson, D., M., Signorello, L., B., Blot, W., L., (2012).

Why DEMOR HotSpot Therapy

When it comes to addressing a fundamental problem with Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) using DEMOR HotSpot Therapy (DHST), we treat based on the importance and efficacy of incorporating a system approach to our treatment. Whether a person is coping with arthritis, carpal tunnel symptoms, fibromyalgia, overuse muscles from lack of flexibility training or developing neck, lower back and tennis elbow while sitting at the computer. When incorporating CAM, in this case DEMOR HotSpot Therapy, DHST (A form of Massage/Bodywork and Corrective Training) as a treatment modality to treat strains, sprains or pain, we have developed the critical understanding how to work within the system of discomfort and pain.

Understanding Pain

We first began by understanding the two category of pain, acute and chronic. Acute as transitory, lasting only briefly and chronic lasting until the underlying pathological hurt heals.  What makes DEMOR HotSpot Therapy different is our awareness that literally each time your body moves, there is a complex system of electrical signals and chemical reactions taking place. These signal triggers a chemical reaction involving calcium, myosin, and actin which interact and cause the muscle to generate force while shortening it and creating muscle movement. In conjunction with muscle, our protective layer of “fascia” and joint movement, energy is created and continue to power these signals and reactions. Within this movement the molecular energy source is composed of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and three types of phosphorus atoms.  The phosphates are linked together by chemical bonds which contain ATP’s energy.

Biomechanical and Chemical Processes

To create ATP the body needs to have oxygen readily available, and it needs to be able to dispose of metabolic wastes (carbon dioxide or lactic acid along with other chemicals) and heat. The point of this discernment for using this mode of therapy (DHST) in treating tissues of the body is determining whether damaged portions of a muscle tendon connection as a strain, a ligament as a sprain or fascia as our protective layer can set up a chain of reactions that can ruin other portions of bundle tissue. Thereby, starting the inflammation process and increasing recovery time, or whether this new standardized procedure can help aid in a person returning to real time performance with a reduction of inflammation causing pain and discomfort thereby returning to action?

The Mechanism of Treatment Matters

By observing the body in terms of biomechanical and chemical processes the focus of DHST as a pain treatment modality, is to:

  1. Explore – Therapist examine from origin to insertion of muscles from one joint to the next to discover chemically bonded tissue for treatment purposes.
  2. Locate – Therapist determine the site or indicate the particular spot they find so treatment can take place.
  3. Activate – Therapist accelerate the function of tissue by decelerate the decomposition of restrictive tissue and to render excitation of functional movement.
  4. Isolate – Therapist single out and separate chemically bonded tissue so the healing process can take place.
  5. Treat – Therapists follow the DEMOR Way using Pin-Point, Moderate and Gentle Pressure, Synergistically Strong and Long Smooth Strokes, with Stretching Action in the form of varying levels of ischemic compression.

Whether individuals are coping with arthritis, carpal tunnel symptoms, fibromyalgia, overuse muscles from lack of flexibility training or developing neck, lower back and tennis elbow while sitting at the computer, the four key components of this treatment are:

  1. Time – Therapists have a predetermined amount of time to assess a situation and administer treatment. It is within these limits that therapists operate to have an effect on the tissue of the body.
  2. Structure – Therapists follow an organization of interrelated point to effect change in the system of tissue featuring connections between the biomechanical movement of tissue within the axles and planes of space.
  3. Flow – In psychological terms flow is best known as “being in the zone”. As it relate in DHST treatment flow is defined when therapist have explored, located and activated a “HotSpot” they then isolate that spot by being fully immersed and completely absorbed within the treatment process.
  4. Pressure – Therapists will remained in constant contact with clients to determine what level of discomfort or pain the person is experiencing.  It is vital that at the moment of experiencing discomfort or pain that can be discerned and reflected between 1 and 10. These numbers will be used to regulate pressure that is applied to the “HotSpots”.
  5. Treatment – Using different compressions and strokes in different areas depending on the person’s pain level, sensation and indicators. The therapist treatment is determined by these factors. The objective is to flush inflammatory metabolites (lactic acid, carbon dioxide, calcium and three form of phosphates) out of the area for the lymphatic system to expel from the body allowing the area to heal and begin to recover flexibility, mobility and strength. The communication between practitioner and person are the up-most important.


Strains and sprains are overuse, repetitive or prolonged movement whether they come from fitness, sports events, everyday movement or ailments called Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,  Fibromyalgia, Lack of Flexibility or Strength Training, Computer Station Disorder. A point of separation of these limits falls under acute and chronic. In the end, it is all about pain and discomfort, whether it from everyday use or an ailment we want it gone.

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