Everspring Health

Everspring Health

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.

Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00

Women's Health

Our society tends to tell women with discomfort related to 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 inquire about your mother or other female relatives’ experience with their reproductive cycles. Based on your diagnosis, we can make a personalized plan that will both reduce symptoms and pursue better health. Therapies, such as acupuncture and massage, can be integrated with appropriate supplements to help create 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 more accessible than you might think, though it is important to note that due to the nature of the reproductive system it can take time to regulate. We work with you to create a lifestyle that further dissolves the pain and discomfort associated with your reproductive cycle. Ultimately we help you pursue a healthy rhythmic cycle and enhance your quality of life by balancing your body and providing peace of mind.

Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00

Digestive Disorders

Digestive issues cost the US $51 billion a year and 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, SIBO, C Diff and many more. Whether you experience mild and uncomfortable symptoms or you have a more severe digestive challenge, these issues can be reduced and often controlled quite effectively.

At Everspring Health, we can usually do something right away to give you short-term relief from your digestive disorder while developing a personalized health program seeking to eliminate to condition as much as possible. 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.

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 understand what is normal with regards to sleep and how to cultivate 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.

Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

Back Pain

Back pain is the leading cause of workplace disability worldwide and 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 used to help relieve as much of the immediate pain as possible and begin the normalization the muscle tissue. We use therapeutic methods like trigger point release, positional release and physical exercises to seek to correct the impeded functional range and retrain the tissue. Our integrative approach partners 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 move through range of motion to ideally alleviate pain permanently. If you have a current course of treatment – like chiropractic, physical therapy or surgery – we’ll work with your doctors to provide the best relief possible.

Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

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Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

Headaches/Migraines

Headaches have become a much too acceptable reality for our modern lifestyles, when in actuality, they shouldn’t be. A headache should not be a daily occurrence, and a chronic headache should never become strong enough to be considered a migraine, cluster headache or similar. At Everspring Health, we review your history with headaches: how long have you had them? What occurred around the time of onset of the condition? What do your headaches feel like? How often do you get them? Are they sensitive to changes in temperature, seasonal shifts, or different times of day? Your history helps us begin the process of unwinding the underlying condition.

    Types of Headaches include:
  • Acute headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • Chronic progressive headaches
  • Hormone headaches
  • Migraines
  • Mixed headache syndrome
  • Sinus headaches
  • Tension headaches

Your history, paired with an understanding of your personal balance of stress, diet, and sleep, will lead us to choosing an appropriate treatment plan. This plan will involve a change in lifestyle (more sleep, less stress, more appropriate diet), interventional therapies (acupuncture, massage), postural alignment or positional release, or an examination of neurological or systemic issues. Each plan is specific to each individual’s diverse experience.

Some headaches may be signs of a serious medical condition. Headaches with any of the follow symptoms need immediate medical support:
  • Vomiting without nausea
  • Severe dizziness
  • Fever
  • Extreme neck pain
  • Sudden abrupt onset
  • Sudden Hypertension
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.

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 often 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 successfully addressing 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.

Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00

Everspring Living

Quality of life is our mission at Everspring Health. Within that pursuit lies the concept of Everspring Living, a mindful intent to make quality of life an accessible and realistic part of our daily experience. We often view health, or lack there of, as something that gets in our way, something that distracts or detracts from our daily experience. What if we had more energy? What if we had better clarity of mind? What if having better stability in our health enabled us to pursue a more productive and fulfilling path? In order to create this experience Everspring Health provides a model of healthcare that truly focuses on healthy living, prevention and quality of life. Everspring Living is not a practice of trying to catch disease early, rather active practice of mindfulness and awareness that seeks to prevent disease from happening in the first place. Everspring Living is the holistic mindset behind Everspring Health, a mindset for daily living with the intent to cultivate the best possible experience of spirit, mind and body integration.

When considering integrative healthcare, the pursuit of quality of life gives us a benchmark from which to measure and gauge our progress. When dealing with chronic conditions, healthcare protocols integrated with daily lifestyle practices empowers each individual to regain control of their health. Everspring Living is a fundamental part of every program no matter what your original issue might be because it improves outcomes every time. Even if a condition or disease is thought to be incurable, it is entirely possible to live a life less influenced by that disease. This is benefit of true integrative healthcare bolstered by the accessible resource of Everspring Living, a mindset of awareness that enables one to truly embrace each and every moment.

Besides being a part of our standard of care, many clients find that individual sessions for lifestyle consulting, life coaching, healing touch therapy, massage therapy, mindfulness sessions and more are great resources they can leverage in their daily lives. Our focus at Everspring Health is less on which therapy or practice is “mandatory” and more on which therapy or practice is optimal given the needs of the client. Not everything is a nail needed to be pounded back into place. What is important when seeking long-term results is the strategy that is used to develop an integrative healthcare program based on individual needs. By educating our members and guests via our Everspring Living consultations and programs we make sure to achieve optimal results in balance with the most effective investment of your time, money and effort.

Everspring Health members and guests benefit from Everspring Living service programs that are grounded on three key benchmarks within an individual’s life – stress, diet and sleep. These three experiences serve as observation points to provide a distinctly personalized feedback system to practitioners as well as to the client. By observing stress, diet and sleep clients have something from which to gauge their daily holistic experience. Creating programs rooted in real life experiences Everspring practitioners can build a more effective program that is less invasive and more affordable. Furthermore the results end up being more empowering to the client because they improve an individual's daily experience.

A mindful focus on appropriateness and customization is what allows us to truly engage each client in their own experience and help them to become empowered in their own health and lives as a whole. Health doesn't just happen and it cannot be imposed even by the best practitioners. The pursuit of health is a partnership between clients and practitioners and this is the service you can expect when you come to visit with us.

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What to expect with Foundational Care at Everspring Health

We practice lifestyle centered medicine. We focus on the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle as the foundational core of your health and serve as your advocate for utilizing healthcare resources to address specific healthcare needs.

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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.