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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:51

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 generally 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. Symptoms often include challenges sleeping, chronic pain, foggy head and digestive disorders. The CDC estimates that 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans suffer from CFS and about 90 percent of people with CFS have not been diagnosed.

There are three manifestations of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that one might see discussed.

  • 1. Chronic fatigue - Generally as described above where the key factor is fatigue not linked with other known conditions. Causal influence is often labeled as chronic unpredictable stress from long-term overwork without the proper recovery and/or nutrition.
  • 2. Chronic fatigue immunodeficiency syndrome - Often as described above but usually involves an experience where one gets sick regularly often after a more demanding illness (mono, Lyme, COVID, etc). This pattern may also occur while a latent pathogen is still present, so differentiation is important to improving long-term results.
  • 3. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - This version of chronic fatigue syndrome (i.e. ME/CFS) is often the most demanding experience related to this category. It tends to be a long-term illness that can affect many body systems.

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.

The standard of care for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome focuses on symptom relief, whereas at Everspring Health our integrative strategy focuses on peeling back the layers of the root influences of your chronic fatigue to sufficiently dissolve the issue. Our treatment strategy goes beyond management of symptoms; we develop an Foundational Care program including nutrition, exercise, manual therapy (acupuncture, massage, etc) to provide you with a productive, progressive 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. One does not have to wait and see for us to support recovery.

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.

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Tuesday, 09 June 2015 02:14

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.

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Tuesday, 09 June 2015 02:14

Eye Health

Don't take your eyes for granted.

Our integrated eye health program is individualized to address the unique needs of our patients. Family history can play a key role in eye health, however, there are three general anatomical differentials for eye disorders - neurological, muscle and moisture regulation. Our goal with your program is to understand how stress, diet and sleep influence your current state of health and help build a strategy to address eye conditions and maintain eye health for as long as possible.

Stress – Ultimately, any eye condition is the result of stress. Too much demand on any part of the body will strain that part of the body, eyes are no different. Our goal with your program is to understand the demands on your eyes and develop a strategy to help them recover. Common stressors in our daily lives include smoking, sunlight exposure, impact injury (not wearing safety glasses) and strain from use (computers, focused labor).

Diet – Because our eyes are an organ and they require a substantial part of our brain to function properly, there is a distinct demand for nutrition regarding eye health. Good eye health requires nutrients like healthy fats, vitamins A, C and E as well as lutein and zinc for the organ itself. It also requires nutrients for a healthy brain and nervous system both of which includes keeping inflammation at bay. Our daily veggies are important for good eye (brain) health along with healthy fatty acids and proteins. The key for nutrition is nutrient density, which in turn results in lower inflammation because we are not taxing the body to digest more than it is necessary. Good nutrients then further reduce inflammation internally.

Sleep – Good sleep is imperative for the body to heal and most certainly for eye health. One way to check in on if you are getting enough sleep for your eyes is to see if your eyes water in the wind. If your eyes water when it is windy it is likely that your eyes are not recovering while sleeping. This could be related to age but most likely because your conjunctiva is thinning or is scratched and not getting a chance to repair while sleeping. Further, sleep is the time the brain and nervous system repair as well. So, for the eye organ and for the eye function sleep is a must for good eye health.

These three elements are the foundation to good eye health and we work with you to identify the needs within these three areas and develop an eye health program to reduce or eliminate eye conditions and improve eye health over the course of your daily life.

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