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II Health & Fitness Cape Gazette TUESDAY, MARCH 10 - THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009 25 Natural healing practitioners have a new Lewes home Comfort Zone offers holistic medicine By Rob Kunzig rkunzig@capegazeite.com The cure for what ails may not always reside in a bottle of pills. For those seeking a holistic solu- tion, The Comfort Zone Center for Whole Self Healing offers the services of six healthcare profes- sionals. Located in the red barn at the comer of New Road and Nassau Road in Lewes, the Comfort Zone has been open for three years, said Ed Harrold, who owns The Comfort Zone with his wife, Wendy. The couple op- erated a string of studios in southern New Jersey before relo- cating to coastal Delaware. The Comfort Zone is dedicat- ed to helping people be responsi- ble for their bodies, Ed Harrold said. "We don't want to get caught up in the Western med- ical system," he said. "We want people to be good stewards of their bodies." To that end, the Comfort Zone staff offers a range of services and specialities. Kari Ainsworth is a licensed massage therapist, a hot-stone therapist and a reiki practicioner. Konrad Noebel is also a licensed massage thera- pist, in addition to a certified mat Pilates instructor. Both are members of the American Mas- sage Therapy Association. Karen Barwick is a licensed counselor of mental health who has training in art, play and movement therapy, trauma treat- ment and Svadhyaya yoga. Bar- wick uses a physical, holistic ap- proach to alleviate mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. The Rev. Sue Greer specializes in energy medicine, which she has been practicing and teaching for more than 35 years. She shares an office with Ruth Lamothe, who calls herself a healer with kindness who has a bachelor of arts, in psychology. She is trained in the Imago dia- logue, a method of conflict-reso- lution. STEVEN BILLUPS PHOTO LEWES HEMNG ARTS held its grand opening Feb. 28, in the office in the Comfort Zone Yoga Center, 32191 Nassau Road. The center houses six independent holistic-health practitioners operating in a newly remodeled office. Shown standing in the back are (I-r) Ruth Lamothe, Imago Couples Work, and Ed and Wendy Harrold, Comfort Zone Yoga Center owners. In front are Konrad Noebel, massage therapy and zero balancing; Kari Ainsworth, massage therapy; Dr. Kim Furtado, naturopathic physi- cian; and the Rev. Sue Greer, energy medicine. Not shown is Karen Barwick, psychotherapist. Kim Furtado received her doc- tor of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. Her practice, Lewes Healing Arts, re- cently became a part of Comfort Zone. A member of the Ameri- can Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Furtado's specialties include herbal medicine, home- opathy, flower essence therapy and environmental medicine. The Harrolds are happy to have Furtado join their enter- prise. "It's great," said Ed Har- rold. "We're on the same wave- length." The Comfort Zone also offers yoga, Pilates and other fitness classes, as well as retail items, in- cluding meditation cushions, DVDs, CDs and books. Children's hospital earns pediatric Level II trauma designation Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has been designated as a pediatric Level II trauma cen- ter. The Delaware designation was awarded following a year of op- erating as a provisional Level II pediatric trauma facility; an in- tensive site visit by members of the American College of Sur- geons, who approved duPont Hospital for verification for a full three-year term; and final desig-" nation by the Delaware Division of Public Health. The hospital is now the only pediatric Level II trauma center in Delaware. "It is my pleasure to recognize Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children for fulfilling the re- quirements to be designated by the state of Delaware as a pedi- atric Level H trauma center. The leadership and staff of duPont Hospital are to be congratulated on this major achievement, demonstrating their commit- ment to the care of injured chil- dren in our state," said MarySue Jones, RN, MS, Delaware Office of Emergency Medical Services, trauma-system coordinator. "This event marks a milestone in the maturation of Delaware's trauma system. It has been 13 years since the signing of the leg- islation, introducing the trauma system in Delaware, and in that time we have realized a signifi- cant decrease in death due to in- jury. With this as a foundation, we are proud to now welcome Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to its rightful place as Continued on page 26 New carpal ,tunnel syndrome procedure speeds recovery arPal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that can usually be successfully treated by physicians experienced in the appropriate evaluation of pa- tients with symptoms consistent with this diagnosis. Numbness, tingling and pain in the f'mgers and hands is not always the result of carpal tun- nel syndrome, so it is best to consult your primary care physi- three fingers, excluding the little cian or a fully trained hand sur finger;, occasional pain or dis- geon to rule out other condi-  comfort in the palm of the hand; tions that may be causing symp- n d a prominence of these toms. symptoms during normal sleep- The cardinal symptoms ordi- ing hours at night. narily associated with carpal These symptoms are directly tunnel syndrome are a sensation related to increased pressure up- of numbness and/or tingling in on the major nerve running the tips of the thumb and f'LrSt from the forearm into the hand through a narrow canal in the wrist called the carpal tunnel The causes for this increased pressure are multiple and varied, so the treating physician needs to thoroughly explore them. Treatment plans are dictated by the direct cause of the prob- lem and can be simple - such as changing the daily routines of normal manual activities. They may also be more complex and involve using splints, medica- tions or surgery. When surgery is recommend- ed, the recent advances in surgi- cal technique have produced a dramatic improvement in the re- sults and outcome of treatment. It can easily be done as an out- patient procedure in a modem surgery center, and the patient will have very little discomfort. It takes only 10 minutes, and pa- tients can go home with a small dressingon the wrist. They are able to use the fm- gers for light activities right away. We protect the wrist for a pe- riod of about three weeks before allowing a return to full func- tional activities, including manu- al labor and sports such as golf or tennis. In most cases patients rePort they are cured of symp- toms and remain asymptomatic for many years. Dr. Thomas Otter, boad-certified orthopaedic surgeon and member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, practices at Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware. To make an appointment, call 644-3311.