Saturday, 09 August 2014 00:00

Skin Health

The skin is the largest organ in the body and is often a reflection of our systemic health. When we observe how the skin reacts to stressors we can often catch chronic or even potentially serious issues early. The most common issues people face include acne, bug bites, cold sores, eczema, hives, ringworm, rashes, psoriasis and shingles. Many of us suffer from these common skin issues that can range from an inconvenience to something demanding enough to consume or interfere with our daily lives.

At Everspring Health, we’ll look at the health of your skin and any history you might have with a skin condition. Based on your diagnosis, we can make a plan that will seek to reduce symptoms and address any underlying systemic cause. Stress, diet and sleep will be the prime elements of an effective program as well as a specific nutritional program to target the primary symptoms.

We often can use therapies such as acupuncture and massage to help address systemic issues and help with the body’s normal system regulation. Since each case is unique, each treatment will be specifically tailored to you and your needs. Dermatological conditions are often the hardest to treat because of the daily commitment needed to support the healing process. We will educate you about these demands but it is important to understand that if these issue have been chronic for sometime it make take some time to appropriate repair the tissue not just eliminate the symptoms.

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Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

Healthy Weight

At Everspring Health, our pursuit of healthy weight involves creating a solid awareness of how stress, diet and sleep influence our body composition. Too often we are made to believe that a healthy body is an extension of healthy weight, when in reality healthy weight is an extension of a healthy body and healthy mind. The people who are credited with the healthiest and longest lives focus on living good and fulfilling lives, they don't chase marketing fads. They eat real food, they relax alone and socialize with friends, they move as a natural part of their day and their weight naturally corresponds with this reality. There is no issue in pursuing healthy weight as a primary goal but the most successful people who pursue this goal build into who they are and the lifestyle they lead. By creating a foundation of awareness that allows us to understand the principles of healthy weight a true reliable resource evolves, one where we can always return to for reliable results. The Everspring Health healthy weight program focuses on awareness in our daily lives, on nourishment of our body and mind, where healthy movement is a natural extension of our day.

Awareness is focused on three lifestyle factors: stress, diet, and sleep because these three things influence all disease and are primary foundational principles in the pursuit of healthy body composition. When discussing stress we are looking to reduce inflammatory burden on the body which is demanding on tissues and creates waste products that can interfere with healthy cellular function. As we are able to get waste out of the way, we want to leverage diet to make sure each cell gets the nourishment it needs to optimally function so the body can safely lose weight. Sleep then becomes key time to remove waste from the body and the to make sure the cells and tissues get a change to repair to function at their optimal level.

Once we establish a connection to our body and awareness of how our lifestyle habits influences our body then we seek to understand how movement influences our day. For many, we have the opportunity to move more in our day than we might realize. We should first seek to maximize this opportunity as this fits right into our daily life. From here we can begin to seek other opportunities to move in ways that are both enjoyable and productive. The key here is to seek to move in a way that is sustainable and productive. Too often, our ambitions lead to burnout or injury and our troubled relationship with weight continues.

At Everspring Health we talk about the value of a healthy life and the relationship with a healthy body, mind and spirit. We seek to help you create reasonable health goals and create a lifestyle that results in long-term optimal weight. We use clinical therapies to help improve digestion, regulate metabolism and reduce stress. As movement and exercise plays a more key role, we help you develop a program that will balance workouts with proper rest because that is most productive. We help you develop a personalized dietary plan, which will help you sustain a long term healthy weight and empower you to understand how food influences your life. Ultimately, we create a space where you can be healthy, and then we let your weight adjust to your improved level of health.

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Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

Stress/Mood Disorders

Stress is one of the three primary elements we deal with at Everspring Health for every program we provide because it plays a role in everyone’s quality of life. Stress often reveals itself as anxiety which when chronic can lead to exhaustion and even depression. Many people who come to us don’t feel the need to go to a counselor, but are looking for a space to cultivate a more calm experience in their daily life, increase energy while seeking long-term relief from their anxiety. Others come with a clinical diagnosis and treatment plan already in place and we create integrative support program working alongside your current program to support the progress you might already be experiencing. We can work with you, regardless of whether or not you’re already being seen for stress, anxiety, or depression, toward a better future.

Creating a balanced, integrative, whole person program begins by examining your past history and along with a series of constitutional diagnostics: some people may have experiences labeled as anxiety that are actually normal despite them not being ideal, some are experiencing discomfort that should not be considered acceptable and others have a little bit of both which often leads to compounding stressors. Integrative diagnostics will help us understand what’s normal for you and what can be improved upon thus leading to a more complete program customized to your needs. We can employ acupuncture and massage, as well as using herbal therapies to help ease stress and get you functioning at peak capacity. We also make sure to examine how your diet and sleep might be affecting your mood because these two components are crucial to a stable, productive mood. With proper diagnosis, patience, and persistence we can help you find long-term solutions to what you’re experiencing and enable you to be in control.

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Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

Smoking Cessation/Addiction Support

The desire to break undesirable habits varies from person to person and thus the programs for helping one quit must also vary. The cornerstone of any program must include the motivation to actually quit and change one’s lifestyle for the better. In any addiction body chemistry is highly invested in the chemical pathways on which it has been trained over the course of months or even years. To break these chemical pathways one will inevitably be challenged by the body as it will prefer to reinforce the current habit versus deciding to break from these normalized patterns. It is for this reason that having the desire and motivation to quit is really a key component for changing our lifestyle.

The next key component is to make sure the body is well supported to reduce the demands from both the chemical withdrawal as well as the habitual withdrawal. At Everspring Health, we want to know why and how your habit formed and what enables it to remain a part of your daily life. Does it help alleviate stress? Is it something you do with friends? Is there a pattern to when or where your habit is strongest? Understanding how your habits influence your life helps us build a strategy that will be the most successful for you. As mentioned above we need to both break from the body chemistry as well as the mental or emotional connection with the substance. Everspring’s lifestyle, health and healing programs integrate well with any outside program you may be utilizing, including support groups.

Acupuncture, diet and sleep along with herbal therapies can all reduce the intensity and frequency of cravings, and even get rid of them entirely. At the same time we educate you about what the cessation process will be like, and how you can position yourself to be most successful. Ultimately, we help you understand and identify what kind of life you want to create - one that doesn’t need to rely on an addiction - and proceed towards creating that experience. By pursuing what we want it becomes much easier to let go of the things we don’t want.

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Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00

Women's Health

Our society tends to tell women with discomfort caused by PMS or menopause that it is normal and provide little support to help improve the quality of your life. Your body's natural cycles are not something you should have to suffer through, hide from, or feel guilty about; you are not alone and many women experience similar challenges. It is important for you to know that there are very effective therapies available which can reduce and eliminate many issues, such as pain, irregular cycle, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, dryness, clotting, chronic infections and many other gynecological challenges which can occur at all stages of a woman’s life.

At Everspring Health, we’ll look at your relationship with your body, as well as your mother or other female relatives’ experience with their reproductive cycles. Based on your diagnosis, we can make a plan that will both reduce symptoms and pursue better health. Therapies, such as acupuncture and massage, can be integrated with herbal therapies to help creat a healthy balance and we target the influence stress, diet and sleep have on your hormone system. Since each woman is unique, each treatment will be specifically tailored to you and your needs. Solutions are often easier to achieve than you might think, and we can help you learn how to dissolve the pain and discomfort associated with these issues. Ultimately we help you pursue a healthy rhythmic cycle and enhance your quality of life by balancing your body and providing peace of mind.

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Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00

Digestive Disorders

Digestive issues are some of the most common challenges individuals face on a daily basis. Many people think that some of these issues are ‘normal’ and are just a part of life but they don't have to be. The variety of issues individuals experience can be quite diverse: abdominal bloating or pain, frequent gas, fatigue, irregular bowel movements, low appetite, excessive hunger, GERD, IBS, IBD, Crohns disease, Colitis and many more. Whether you experience mild and uncomfortable symptoms or you have a more severe digestive challenge, these issues can be addressed quite effectively.

At Everspring Health, we can usually do something right away to give you short-term relief from your digestive disorder as well as long-term relief by utilizing a personalized health program. We start by learning everything we can about your past and current health history in order to form an accurate diagnosis. You will be educated on how diet and stress affect how you feel, as well as how sleep affects the digestive tract. Herbal and dietary therapies are often a primary strategy, alongside acupuncture and massage. Each person is different – some people will need to come in more frequently, while others will need to return less. We can find a long-term solution with time and patience.

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Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

Insomnia/Sleep

40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders each year, with an additional 20 million suffering from occasional sleep problems, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It’s common for people to have trouble sleeping – it can be seen as a normal and acceptable discomfort that some of us simply have to deal with. In reality, insomnia, unproductive sleep, or other sleeping issues are not something you should have to deal with.

At Everspring Health, we can help you get back to a normal sleep schedule. We look at a variety of factors, starting with your history: when did you start having troubles with sleep? When do you wake up? Do you have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or both? Is it linked to a stressor or recent life change? Once we’ve learned everything we can about what’s going on, we examine your diet and stress levels throughout the day, and talk to you about how these lifestyle factors can affect your ability to go to sleep or stay asleep at night. We help alleviate the anxiety response sleep issues often provoke, and regulate stress hormones through changes in diet, acupuncture and massage, and herbal therapies. We also look at other environmental factors, like if you use your computer, a TV, or other electronics in your room, or if you have pets or a spouse that might affect your sleep patterns.

We approach the situation with the understanding that people with sleep disorders are actually tired, but are being prevented from sleeping due to environmental, physical, or personal reasons. Together, we work to create a setting where you are able to sleep comfortably and successfully night after night.

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Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common issues we deal with here at Everspring Health. From repetitive stress injuries to poor posture to back pain with unknown causes we see it all. So, when you come in to see us we begin by looking at your history with back pain and all possible influential factors: where it came from, what it feels like, if it changes based on varying activities, body movements, temperatures, seasons, or times of day.

We want to know everything we can about your experience in order to develop a treatment strategy that will work for you, specifically. Acupuncture and massage are often used to help relax muscles and ideally relieve some of the immediate pain, as well, we us therapies like positional release and physical exercises as needed. Our integrative approach often utilizes chiropractic and physical therapy as a part of an effective treatment program. We fully examine lifestyle habits stress, diet, sleep, posture and use further observations to improve your body’s ability to ideally alleviate pain permanently. If you have a current course of treatment – like physical therapy or surgery – we’ll work with your doctors to provide the best relief possible.

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Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

Reproductive Health

Everspring Health approaches reproductive health in several different ways, the first of which is proactive. Come see us when you’ve just begun planning a family. It is actually quite common for healthy couples to face fertility hiccups and challenges. These often occur when lifestyle stressors inconveniently line up with natural shifts in hormonal rhythms that could temporarily affect either partner. Most often in this stage challenges are associated with expectations of planning versus actual clinical health conditions.

Engaging with us before planning becomes more targeted means that, at the very least, we can create a program where everyone involved is healthier, more comfortable, and more prepared to greet a new member of the family. Often couples come to us in the midst of their planning calendar which increases stress and often leads to further challenges. Our recommendation is at least 90 days of preperation to help allow for ideal alignment of expectations and natural hormonal rhythms. This time period might need to be increased depending influential factors like extended use of birth control pills as one example. With the right preperatory care, you can increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy, healthy birth and decrease the risk of any postpartum challenges.

On the other side of things, if you are already experiencing problems with fertility, it’s important for you to know that nothing is necessarily wrong with you or your spouse: it may just be that you need tools to help boost your health and reproductive processes. We can use acupuncture and massage, herbal therapies, and nutrition to create a better environment for pregnancy without putting the large amounts of stress on the woman’s body that reproductive endocrinology involves. Using our integrative approach, we can give your body its best chance to create and foster new life.

Finally, for those already using reproductive support services (e.g. a Reproductive Endocrinologist) we can work to support your current program including providing acupuncture to support ovarian stimulation and before and after embryo transfer.

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Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue is a syndrome characterized by extreme fatigue that is not linked to another underlying medical condition. The fatigue tends to get worse with physical or mental demands and is not improved even with sufficient rest.

Chronic fatigue as a syndrome cannot be diagnosed by a single test and in many cases it is a diagnosis arrived at by ruling out all other possibilities. Often chronic fatigue is experienced in association with many other symptoms which furthers the effort to rule out other diseases or instigating conditions. Unfortunately, this also complicates progress as the individual is going untreated as the diagnostics continue.

Conventional treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome focuses on symptom relief, whereas at Everspring Health our integrative therapy focuses on peeling back the layers of chronic fatigue to sufficiently dissolve the issue. Our treatment goes beyond management of symptoms; we develop an integrative program including nutrition, exercise, manual therapy (acupuncture, massage, etc) to provide you with a productive long-term solution. We start by understanding your past and current health history, in order to narrow down the primary influential factors. The benefits of Everspring Health’s approach is that most often something can be done to pursue a level of normal of function while diagnostics continue to rule out any other issues that may need to be addressed.

The challenges one should understand when dissolving chronic fatigue is that progress may be slow and sporadic until certain benchmarks of time are met using consistent therapy throughout that time. One should be prepared to engage and invest in a program for at least 90 days so that enough progress can be made and then understood to create a lifestyle that can further the program and ideally dissolve the condition while seeking to prevent it from returning.

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Holistic Medicine Principles

Principles embraced by the Members of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine

 

  1. Optimal Health is the primary goal of holistic medical practice. It is the conscious pursuit of the highest level of functioning and balance of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of human experience, resulting in a dynamic state of being fully alive. This creates a condition of well-being regardless of the presence or absence of disease.
     
  2. The Healing Power of Love. Holistic health care practitioners strive to meet the patient with grace, kindness, acceptance, and spirit without condition, as love is life's most powerful healer.
     
  3. Whole Person. Holistic health care practitioners view people as the unity of body, mind, spirit and the systems in which they live.
     
  4. Prevention and Treatment. Holistic health care practitioners promote health, prevent illness and help raise awareness of dis-ease in our lives rather than merely managing symptoms. A holistic approach relieves symptoms, modifies contributing factors, and enhances the patient’s life system to optimize future well-being.
     
  5. Innate Healing Power. All people have innate powers of healing in their bodies, minds and spirits. Holistic health care practitioners evoke and help patients utilize these powers to affect the healing process.
     
  6. Integration of Healing Systems. Holistic health care practitioners embrace a lifetime of learning about all safe and effective options in diagnosis and treatment. These options come from a variety of traditions, and are selected in order to best meet the unique needs of the patient. The realm of choices may include lifestyle modification and complementary approaches as well as conventional drugs and surgery.
     
  7. Relationship-centered Care. The ideal practitioner-patient relationship is a partnership which encourages patient autonomy, and values the needs and insights of both parties. The quality of this relationship is an essential contributor to the healing process.
     
  8. Individuality. Holistic health care practitioners focus patient care on the unique needs and nature of the person who has an illness rather than the illness that has the person. 
     
  9. Teaching by Example. Holistic health care practitioners continually work toward the personal incorporation of the principles of holistic health, which then profoundly influence the quality of the healing relationship.
      
  10. Learning Opportunities. All life experiences including birth, joy, suffering and the dying process are profound learning opportunities for both patients and health care practitioners.