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

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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Monday, 28 July 2014 00:00

Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia

Chronic pain is pain that persists for weeks, months or even years. It can range from an dull annoyance to an overwhelming experience that impedes daily tasks and can even force people to miss work or family functions. Chronic pain can cause people to lose their appetite and experience exhaustion with the least bit of physical activity.

One of most well known sources of chronic pain is fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep and/or memory impairment and mood disorders. A lessor known but fairly common condition is Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (EDS) which is genetic in origin and can often present symptoms that include chronic pain similar to fibromyalgia. It is not uncommon for people with chronic pain straddle the line of many conditions, including fibromyalgia and EDS, and often receive little support for a productive plan to reduce this experience in their everyday lives.

Many people suffer from chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of illness, which can make it hard to find a resource to definitively offer a viable solution. With so many different approaches to treating chronic pain, finding a clear diagnosis from which to develop an effective treatment plan can often be confusing or frustrating. At Everspring Health, we immediately seek to reduce the stress of understanding your pain and begin treating your chronic pain right away. Our clients most often have a progressive experience where we are able to relieve at least some of the pain short-term while working on complete solutions in the long-term. One of the challenges of chronic pain is that often the condition has developed over years, even if symptoms may have only just begun, and it can take time for us to unwind all of the influential factors to provide long-term results.

We begin by looking at your history with pain: where it came from, what it feels like, if it changes based on varying 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 can be used to relax muscles and relieve pain, as well as positional release and other physical exercises as needed. We fully examine lifestyle habits (stress, diet, and sleep) and use our observations to improve your body’s ability to combat pain. If you have a current course of treatment – like physical therapy or surgery – we’ll work with you and your doctors to provide the best relief possible. This investment in yourself is worth it, and our co-op model makes it affordable and accessible.

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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.