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Holistic Healthcare

Holistic Healthcare. We’ve all heard it, but do you really know what it means? Holistic healthcare is actually more of an approach to life than it is a system of healthcare. In contrast to conventional western medicine, it does not end when your symptoms are alleviated; it is an ongoing process to make healthy choices everyday. Holistic means considering the whole person in the prevention of disease; physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. Instead of focusing on a specific illness or part of your health, it emphasizes the connection of mind, body and spirit. It is based on the belief that these three parts are inseparable and when one is not working at its best, it impacts the entire person. When all the parts are balanced, the result will be optimal health and well-being.

Ancient healing traditions, as far back as 5,000 years ago, stressed healthy living in harmony with nature. These holistic concepts declined during the 20th century when germs were identified as outside sources causing illness and sickness. Western medicine became a process of killing outside invaders using pharmaceutical drugs, thus leading to the belief that people could get away with unhealthy lifestyle choices, and modern medicine would “fix” them as problems developed. Many people are turning back to the holistic approach to health and healing because they are realizing that modern medicine and pharmaceuticals are merely masking symptoms, and not treating the true concern.

In addition to a holistic approach to your health, a team approach is also extremely important. Building your healthcare team is an important step in the process of achieving a whole body balance. It is also very important to ensure that your healthcare team works together and have open communication with one another to work on one common goal: to empower you to become the healthiest you; mind, body and spirit. Each member of the team should know his or her own abilities and limitations and make referrals to another holistic practitioner when needed. A holistic approach means that the doctor is informed about a patient’s whole life situation, not just the small pieces that are relevant to their treatment.

A holistic practitioner is one who may use different forms of treatment, ranging from lifestyle modifications to alternative therapies. When a person is suffering from severe migraines, generally the holistic practitioner will take a look at all of the potential factors that may be causing the symptom, such as diet, hormonal imbalances, a stressful job, marital issues, etc. The treatment plan will usually include lifestyle modifications to help prevent the symptom from recurring instead of simply masking or numbing the symptom through the use of medication.

In holistic healthcare, a symptom is considered an alert that something needs attention. Thus, the symptom is used as a guide to look for the root cause so that the real problem can be addressed. Holistic practitioners recommend treatments that support the body’s natural healing system and are gentle on the body. There are many different types of holistic practitioners but they are generally someone who believes in the following principles:

All people have inherent healing powers that you are born with;
The patient is a person, not just a disease, illness or symptom;
Appropriate healing treatment needs a team approach addressing all aspects of a person’s life using a variety of health care practices;
Patient and physician are partners in the healing process;
Treatment involves fixing the cause of the condition, not just relieving the symptoms.

Holistic practitioners emphasize patient education on lifestyle changes and self-care to promote wellness. Many times this includes diet, exercise, psychotherapy, relationship and spiritual counseling, and more. Complementary therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, homeopathy, and massage therapy also fit into the scope of holistic healthcare. Your team should include a variety of practitioners to help balance the different aspects of your life. For example, you may see a naturopathic doctor for your hormone imbalance and nutritional counseling, a massage therapist for your tight shoulders and stress relief, and a mental health therapist to discuss your marital and career concerns. Together, with the help of multiple holistic practitioners, you will soon be on your way to the happiest, healthiest version of you. When you first begin, your protocols and appointments may be intense and frequent, but with the help of your holistic practitioners, you will soon be equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to reach your optimal health. Then, you will enter a maintenance phase where you possess the resources to lead a healthy life, all while having a team of holistic providers who will be available should anything arise in the future.

In order to understand you as a whole person and not just a symptom or illness, be prepared to answer lots of questions you may not have been asked before. These could range from questions about your diet, exercise, and sleep habits to your frequency and consistency of bowel movements, how you feel emotionally, your religious beliefs and practices, close relationships, and more. Sometimes you may hear a holistic practitioner being called an “alternative practitioner”. This simply means any form of medicine outside the mainstream of western or conventional medicine.

If you are interested in seeing a holistic or alternative practitioner, below is a list of well-known therapies you may have heard of:

Acupuncture
Fine needles are inserted at specific points to stimulate the flow of Qi (vital energy), and restore a healthy energy balance.

Aromatherapy
Using “essential oils” distilled from plants, treating a wide range of concerns. Oils can be massaged into the skin, inhaled, diffused, digested or placed in baths. It is often used complementary with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology, chiropractic, and other holistic treatments.

Chinese Medicine
Chinese medical practitioners are trained to use a variety of ancient and modern therapeutic methods – including acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, heat therapy, and nutritional and lifestyle counseling – to treat both chronic and acute illnesses.

Chiropractic
Chiropractic medicine views the spine as the backbone of human health: misalignments of the vertebrae caused by poor posture or trauma cause pressure on the nerves of the spine, leading to illness. Through manipulation of the spine, optimal health can be realized.

Counseling/Psychotherapy
This broad category covers a range of practitioners, from career counselors to psychotherapists who treat depression, stress, addiction, and emotional issues. Sessions can vary from individual counseling to group therapy.

Herbalism
An ancient form of healing still widely used, herbalism uses natural plants or plant-based substances to treat a range of illnesses and to enhance the functioning of the body’s systems.

Homeopathy
A medical system that uses extremely small doses of natural substances to stimulate a person’s immune and defense system. A remedy is individually chosen based on its capacity to cause, if given in overdose, physical and psychological symptoms similar to those a patient is currently experiencing.

Massage Therapy
Massage therapy involves the practice of manipulating a person’s muscles and other soft tissue with the intent of improving a person’s well-being or health.

Midwifery/Childbirth Support
Midwives provide education and support during pregnancy, assist the mother during labor and delivery, and provide follow-up care. Practitioners of childbirth support include childbirth educators, assistants, and doulas.

Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic physicians work to restore and support the body’s own healing abilities using a variety of modalities including nutrition, herbal medicine, and homeopathic medicine. It is a primary health-care system that emphasizes the healing power of nature.

Osteopathic Medicine
Osteopathic physicians provide comprehensive medical care. In diagnosis and treatment, they pay particular attention to the joints, bones, muscles, and nerves and are specially trained in using their hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness.

Reflexology
This modality is based on the idea that specific points on the feet and hands correspond with organs and tissues throughout the body. The practitioner applies pressure to these points to treat a wide range of illnesses.

Reiki
Reiki practitioners use light hand placements to channel healing energies to the recipient. Reiki is commonly used to assist the recipient in achieving spiritual focus and clarity.

At The Lifestyle Clinic, we have a variety of holistic practitioners. Check out our website and call the office today at (704) 334-3761 to learn more about how we can help you or someone you know becoming the happiest, healthiest version of you!

 

References:

https ://ahha.org/selfhelp-articles/holistic-health/

http ://altmedworld.net/alternative.htm

http ://www.signavitae.com/2016/06/holistic-and-team-approach-in-health-care/

http ://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/what-is-holistic-medicine

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Stress and Your Health

What is Stress?

Stress is the stimulating feeling one gets when facing a difficult situation or pressuring thoughts. Most of us live such busy lives that stress is a common occurrence for us. We commit ourselves to so many things on a daily basis; our work, families, friends and communities. We often question how we will fulfill all of our responsibilities. That constant feeling of pressure leads to chronic stress.

How Can Stress Affect Health?

You may think of stress as something that only affects your mental state on a day-to-day basis. However, chronic stress plays a huge role in our physical well-being. Some stress can be good for us and may provide us with small bursts of energy and increased attentiveness. Although, having too much stress can interfere with our daily functioning; creating brain fog, chronic headaches, fatigue, lack of concentration, an impaired immune system and other serious health problems. Stress can have a profound impact on your body weight, heart health, menstruation, skin complexion, and mental well-being.

Recognizing Symptoms of Stress

Many times, we experience the feeling of stress so often that it feels natural to us and we stop recognizing its presence. At that point, we are at an even greater risk of experiencing negative symptoms from stress. Chronic aches and pains, often accompanied with headaches are very common signs of stress weighing on our health. Forgetfulness and lack of concentration are both typical indications of uncontrolled daily stress. Unexplained irritability is also attributed to chronic distress.

Taking Action Against Stress

Many acupuncture practitioners are observing the positive results of acupuncture for stress reduction. Research shows acupuncture treatments can lower stress hormones in the bloodstream. This is done by acting on areas of the brain to reduce sensitivity to common stressors. Acupuncture can also help to improve memory and attention, both of which are afflicted by stress.

Stress management may also be achieved through proper counseling. Consulting with a psychologist or licensed therapist may help you to reduce or cope with stress. Mental health professionals can guide you in managing stress effectively and help you recognize factors that contribute to your chronic stress. Together, you and a professional can create a customized program for managing stress and maintaining good health.  

The Lifestyle Clinic offers both acupuncture and counseling with a licensed therapist in order to help you manage stress. If you need additional help, call us to schedule today. 

Available for sale is the Stress Less in 10 Days program – $39.00 – Pick up your copy at The Lifestyle Clinic and get started today!

Stress-Less in 10 Days is a day-by-day detox program to guide you through a deeper understanding of those underlying emotions that drive your everyday decisions. It was developed specifically for the everyday person to enhance optimum wellness! This process was developed by Dr. Lorrie J. Miller and is steeped in the understanding that Stress is a Mental & Emotional Experience. And despite the physical benefits, all the salads and physical fitness in the world will not change how you think, view the world or respond to your emotional stress triggers! The only way to effectively manage emotional stress is to face your emotional baggage head on! Stress-Less in 10 Days will help you jump start this process!!

Dr. Lorrie J. Miller is the newest addition to The Lifestyle Clinic team! To learn more about her visit: http://lifestyle-clinic.com/our-team/. Dr. Miller specializes in Stress Management and General Counseling Therapy.

Tips on Fighting Stress Symptoms

Breathing Exercises

A simple breathing exercise can immediately calm the body’s nervous system and ease an overactive mind. Your breathing pattern must provide an exhale that is longer than your inhale in order to provide a calming effect. Follow these steps as many times daily as needed.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

To begin, sit still and tall somewhere comfortable. Close your eyes and being breathing through your nose.

Then, inhale for a count of two… hold the breath in for a count of one… exhale gently, counting out for four… and finish by holding the breath out for a count of one. Keep your breathing even and smooth.

If the 2-4 count feels too short try increasing the breath lengths to 4 in and 6 out, or 6 in and 8 out, and so on. But if longer breaths create any anxiety there is no need to push yourself. The most important thing is that the exhale is longer than the inhale, not the absolute length of the breath.

Set a timer and breathe this way for at least five minutes! You will see a difference in your mood.

Other Useful Tips Include:

Maintain an adequate sleep schedule – Ensure that you get a healthy 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Eliminate caffeine, eliminate the use of technology such as television, computers or handheld devices at least one hour prior to sleep.

Practice relaxation exercises – yoga, general daily stretching and other relaxation exercises not only help reduce stress, but also boost immune functioning.

Follow a healthy diet – Eat mostly fruits and vegetables and avoid high-sugar foods.

If you or someone you know are experiencing the negative side-effects of chronic stress, call The Lifestyle Clinic today to learn the services we have available to help!

 

Reference:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4386/A-Simple-Breathing-Exercise-to-Calm-Your-Mind-Body.html

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Relieving Pain With Acupuncture

The ancient art of acupuncture has been used in Asia for centuries to treat many conditions and relieve pain.  It’s now being used all over the world to ease everything from lower back pain, to shingles, headaches, and menstrual cramps.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at certain points to correct imbalances in the flow of energy (also known as qi, pronounced “chee”) to promote the natural self-healing process, thus alleviating pain in the body.

Acupuncture works to do this by producing a signal that travels along the spinal cord to the brain, triggering a release of endorphins, which scientists believe reduces the sensation of pain by acting as a natural painkiller.  Research also shows that inserting an acupuncture needle aids in the production of cortisol, a hormone that helps control inflammation which is attributed as one of the major causes of pain.

During your treatment, your acupuncturist may enhance the effects of the needles by twirling them, applying heat or applying electrical stimulation.  They may also perform moxibustion, which is the burning of a therapeutic herb on or near the skin to strengthen the blood and stimulate the flow of energy.

The acupuncturist typically inserts four to 10 needles and leaves them in place for 10 to 30 minutes while you rest.  A usual course of treatment includes six to 12 sessions over a three-month period, depending on your situation and suggested treatment plan.

Acupuncture is generally safe and effective if performed by a licensed and experienced acupuncturist.  Your acupuncturist will use a single-use, sealed needle package which will eliminate the risks of blood-borne infections such as hepatitis B or HIV.  One of the major benefits of trying acupuncture for pain relief over taking anti-inflammatory drugs is its’ lack of side effects in comparison to pharmaceuticals.

Most people know that acupuncture works successfully to relieve pain, but many of it’s other uses may also surprise you.  Acupuncture is believed to treat a range of ailments such as infertility and hormone imbalance, to allergies, digestion and even anxiety.  You should always seek out an experienced acupuncturist who completed an accredited program at an acupuncture school.  There are many practitioners who can receive acupuncture certificates in a short amount of time and do not have the clinical experience that a licensed acupuncturist may have.

Visit: http://lifestyle-clinic.com/services/acupuncture-charlotte/ to learn more about how acupuncture can help you!

At The Lifestyle Clinic, we are now offering acupuncture with Dr. Zachary Hurt. For a limited time, he is offering 2 sessions for the price of 1! Call today to schedule your appointment before it’s over!

References:

http:// www.health.harvard.edu/blog/acupuncture-is-worth-a-try-for-chronic-pain-201304016042

http:// www.acupuncturetoday.com/abc/moxibustion.php

http:// www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/other-therapies/mind-body-pain-relief/oa-acupuncture.php

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Now Offering Acupuncture!

Having been utilized in China for millennia, acupuncture is quickly becoming recognized as a mainstream alternative to conventional medicine in the United States. Known for its efficacy, research shows that acupuncture treats many illnesses – from the common cold to chronic pain or fatigue. Dr. Zachary Hurt provides an effective approach to acupuncture by bridging the gap between ancient Chinese theories and modern evidence-based research to provide exceptional patient-centered care.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture treats a WIDE variety of common illnesses/conditions – both acute and chronic. Acupuncture is also great to help keep you “tuned up” and performing optimally. Below is a list of commonly treated conditions:

  • Regional Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Facial Pain/TMJ
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Induction of Labor
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Post-operative Palliative Care
  • Stroke Complications
  • Hyper/Hypotension
  • Leukopenia (low white blood cells)
  • Chemo/Radiation Palliative Care
  • Allergies/Allergic Rhinitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Infertility
  • PMS/Heavy Menses
  • Gastritis
  • Asthma/COPD
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Food/Drug/Alcohol Addiction
  • Nerve Damage/Paralysis

Will Acupuncture Hurt?

A common misconception with acupuncture is that it will be painful or uncomfortable. This is absolutely NOT true. The size of each needle is roughly the width of a single hair. Around 40 acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of one hypodermic needle (a needle used to withdraw blood). The only sensation you should typically feel is heaviness or achiness around the needle insertion site.

Typically patients report that acupuncture sessions are very relaxing – sometimes to the point where a patient will fall asleep during the treatment. Our goal is to ease your pain, so if at any time a needle feels uncomfortable, the needle will be either repositioned or removed.

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What Should Be Expected?

Your first acupuncture session will last around 1 hour and will consist of a brief intake discussing your chief concerns and medical history, a Chinese pulse and tongue examination, and the acupuncture treatment. Each treatment after the initial visit will generally last about 30 minutes, as there will be a shorter intake and more treatment time. A common question concerning acupuncture is how many treatments it takes before results are achieved. While there is not one answer for every person, it generally takes more treatments the more chronic the condition. Someone that has recently sprained his or her ankle will respond faster to treatment than someone with a 10-year history of rheumatoid arthritis.

The Lifestyle Clinic is now offering a LIMITED TIME INTRODUCTORY OFFER of 50% OFF! That’s 2 treatments for $125!! Call today to schedule with Dr. Hurt at (704) 334-3761.

Learn more about Dr. Zachary Hurt here: http://lifestyle-clinic.com/our-team/

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Laser Acupuncture: Creating Mind-Body Balance

What is Laser Acupuncture

Fear of needles is very real and will often cause patients to reject the idea of traditional acupuncture needling treatment. Traditional acupuncture is a type of complementary chinese medicine that involves inserting needles into the skin and is used to alleviate pain and treat a variety of physical, mental and emotional conditions. Acupuncture is based on the theory that chi (“chee”) flows through the body along pathways known as meridians. This energy flow carries information about the body’s internal organs that can be used to assess how the body responds to specific environmental substances. Laser therapy helps the body to decrease responses to these stressors so that it will react normally during future exposure. Optimal health is the result of a harmonious balance of these energies and responses in the body.

The belief is that when something is unbalanced or blocking your chi, this is when illness and pain occur. Each acupuncture point on the body represents a certain body function. When needles (or lasers in this case) are directed into these points, the energy flow can be brought back into balance allowing the body to heal and restore its’ health.

Why Laser Acupuncture?

Laser Acupuncture therapy is a great alternative if you have a fear of needles because it is completely painless. Low-level lasers have many benefits which include helping to regenerate cells, decrease pain, reduce inflammation, improve mood and stimulate hair growth. Laser acupuncture is very effective and allows treatment to a broader range of patients who may otherwise be sensitive or fearful of traditional acupuncture.  It is also very helpful for young children who are generally not good candidates for traditional acupuncture.

Will it hurt?

No.  There is no pain associated with laser treatments.  Most patients feel nothing during laser treatment. Some may feel a slight sensation that they usually cannot describe, which could be explained as an energetic shift through the body as it comes back into balance.

The duration the practitioner keeps the laser on the acupuncture point as well as the amount of treatments can both vary greatly. You may feel relief after one treatment, but it is advised to continue treatment until at a maintenance level and pain or concerns have fully disappeared. Usually multiple months of treatment are advised in the beginning, after that point in which you can follow up as needed.

Laser acupuncture can help the body regain balance to provide natural relief from many ailments such as:

  • Allergies/Asthma/Sensitivities (Food, Environmental, Chemical)
  • Digestive Disorders (IBS, Constipation, Diarrhea, Acid Reflux, Gas, Bloating, Indigestion)
  • Eating Disorders (Overeating, Binge Eating, Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Emotional Balance (Stress Management, Phobias, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings)
  • Fatigue (Low Energy Levels, Weakness, Tired Feeling, Low Motivation)
  • Focus/Concentration/Brain Function (ADD, ADHD, AUTISM)
  • Hair Issues (Hair Loss, Alopecia, Excessive Hair Growth, Bald Spots)
  • Hormone Balancing (Fibroids, Endometriosis, PCOS, Heavy Bleeding, Menopause, Low Libido, Thyroid)
  • Immune System (Chronic Infections, Acute Infections)
  • Pain Management (Back, Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Menstrual Cramps)
  • Skin Issues (Acne, Hives, Rosacea, Eczema, Rashes, Bumps)
  • Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea, Insomnia)
  • Smoking Cessation (Nicotine Cravings, Nervous Tension, Inability to Quit, Stress Management)
  • Weight Management (Inability to Lose Weight, Slow Weight Loss, Easy Weight Gain, Appetite Control)
  • And much more!

The Lifestyle Clinic now offers BioReset AcuLaser Therapy. This innovative system combines the time-tested power of of traditional acupuncture and cutting edge low light laser therapy to provide fast, long-term results. Our new program incorporates low level light therapy, acupoint stimulation, nutritional and herbal supplementation, as well as homeopathic remedies to increase energy levels, promote healthy and natural detoxification to bring your body back into its natural balance.  Our signature 12 week BioReset protocols and our 17 week weight loss protocol are designed to provide quick results and reduce the number of supplements needed to help your body regain balance!

Ask your Naturopathic Doctor how it can benefit you!  

If you are a current patient, or know someone who might benefit from this cutting edge program in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, please call us to set up a Free Phone Consultation to discuss individual needs and see if this would be a good option for you.