Rehabilitation, Rejuvenation, Relaxation

Volume 26, No. 2
April 2024

Rehabilitation, Rejuvenation, Relaxation

When we slip and fall—physically, mentally, or emotionally—it is comforting to know there is a way forward—hand-holds that move us to a better, safer, more inspiring place. In the pages that follow, area healers offer their thoughts and techniques for providing that “helping hand.”

Whatever their specialty, they share a fundamental understanding: These “3 Rs”—rehabilitation, rejuvenation, relaxation—are keys to regaining and maintaining good health. And it’s hard to separate them. The therapeutic benefits of meditation and restorative sleep go beyond relaxation, they are critically important in healing—whether recovering from trauma and illness or restoring emotional health. Relieving the pain of TMJ, for example, contributes to better sleep, reduced inflammation, and overall healing. The rejuvenating benefits of plastic surgery or repairing scars supports emotional health; restoring functionality or mobility after injury restores youth as well.

Healing is holistic, our contributors assert. Learn from them the rehabilitating, rejuvenating, and relaxation techniques they use to support health and healing. Enjoy! 

Balance — the contributors to this issue would agree — is the very essence of health. The medical term is “homeostasis” — the self-regulating process by which the body maintains stability while adjusting to fluctuations in external environmental conditions. It’s a process embracing body, mind, and spirit — from regulating body temperature or acidity and alkalinity, to balancing work and play, effort and relaxation.

It’s a constant process and, between different people, and even from moment to moment, the locus of balance is always different. A serious illness or injury creates a major imbalance, but lesser aches and pains, sleep deprivation, or stress can also bump us out of balance. The ability to adjust quickly and regain that balance is an essential life skill. The practitioners contributing to this issue have much to offer us in our effort to maintain healthy balance — both guidance in how to develop adjustment skills and services when we need help in regaining our balance. Enjoy! 

Rehab for the Jaw, Restoring Sleep: It’s All Connected

Charles Ferzli, DDS, FAACP

TMJ & SLEEP THERAPY CENTRE OF RALEIGH-DURHAM

Hormonal Balance: Foundation of Health & Vitality

Jennifer Burch, PharmD

CENTRAL PHARMACY & CENTRAL COMPOUNDING CENTER

Dental Health Through a Holistic Lens

W. Carl McMillan, DMD, ND

HOLISTIC DENTAL CENTERS

Facial Rejuvenation: A Unique, Personal Experience

Cynthia Gregg, MD, FACS

CYNTHIA GREGG FACE & BODY SPECIALISTS

Learning How to Relax

Lucy Chartier, PhD, and Dan Chartier, PhD

LIFE QUALITY RESOURCES

After Cancer: Repairing and Rejuvenating Your Skin

Laura Briley, MD

SOUTHERN DERMATOLOGY & SKIN CANCER CENTER

Implant Removal: An Individual, Rejuvenating Choice

Cindy Wu, MD

CYNTHIA GREGG FACE & BODY SPECIALISTS

Uncovering Root Causes

Tom Ronen Goddard, PhD, and Joanne Pizzino, MD, MPH

SELF-EMPOWERED HEALING

Is Silence Good for You?

Ida Trisolini

CAROLINA FRIENDS SCHOOL

Ah, Relaxation! Let’s Practice Now!

Carol Verner, LMBT, RYT

MOVING INTO WHOLENESS

Adding Two and a Half Years to Your Life in Just 15 Days

Joanne Pizzino, MD, MPH

MEDICAL EDITOR, HEALTH&HEALING

Rest Where You Are

Karen Stewart, MA

STEWART PSYCHOLGISTS