Wellness Services

Healthcare Advocate Services

 What is a healthcare advocate?

A health advocate is a hired professional who can help you ask questions, write down information, and speak up for you so you can better understand your illness and get the care and resources you need – giving you a peace of mind so you can focus on your recovery. 
Chronic pain can be complicated, confusing and exhausting when trying to navigate todays healthcare system.  An advocate is someone who is with you through the healing journey to help you make educated decisions, and find the right team of people along the way.

 

Acupuncture Services

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a technique that originated in China over 4,000 years ago.  There are a variety of techniques used in Chinese Medicine but most commonly known is the use of thin needles that are placed into specific points on the body that stimulate the brain to release our body’s natural painkillers, reduce stress and improve circulation and blood flow.

 How does acupuncture work?

IMG_0003In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that disease is caused by the disruption of energy and blood flow.  It is through the stimulation of specific points located by important nerves and nerve pathways that signals are sent to the brain to increase energy and blood flow to those parts of the body that may be experiencing a blockage.  You might think of it like a kink in a garden hose, if a muscle or nerve is being impinged, its going to lack blood flow.  By stimulating that area you unkink the hose and blood can surge through the area reducing and eliminating pain.

It has been shown in recent studies that acupuncture affects a network of systems in the brain that stimulate endorphin release with analgesic affect to reduce pain, stimulate blood flow and tissue repair and signal the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system to reduce stress levels and regulate breathing, digestion and heart rate.

What does acupuncture treat?  

MUSCULOSKELETAL

Low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, shoulder pain (frozen shoulder), knee pain, plantar fasciitis, sprains, facial pain, TMJ, arthritis of any kind, neurological headaches, migraines, stroke, facial pain, bell’s palsy, multiple sclerosis

EMOTIONAL:

Stress, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, insomnia, addictions

WOMEN’S HEALTH

Menstrual issues, irregular / painful periods, menopause, pelvic pain, bladder and incontinence issues, fertility, induction of labor, morning sickness, correction of malposition fetus (breech presentation)

DIGESTIVE ISSUES

Acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, IBS, diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, abdominal pain

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Allergies, common cold, flu, autoimmune diseases (fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s)

CARDIAC

high blood pressure, stress, palpitations

 

 Cupping 

What is cupping?

Cupping is a method of creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation (stagnant blood and lymph), thereby improving energy and blood flow, in order to treat musculoskeletal pain and respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis.

 

Bodywork Services 

What is visceral manipulation?

Visceral manipulation is the practice of an experienced therapist using his or her hands to move and release fascial restrictions in your abdomen and pelvis to encourage the normal movement and function of your internal organs.  Most people are familiar with the idea of joint and muscle restrictions causing tightness, pain and limited movement in their bodies, but don’t consider the role of their organs.  It’s often the important structures for survival that the muscles are trying to protect.  Often if the organs can move, the muscles will relax and pain will resolve.
 

What is neural manipulation?

Neural manipulation is very similar to that of visceral manipulation, but instead of focusing on the organs, it addresses the fascia restrictions of the nerves.  The nerves innervate the muscles and therefor control what and how the muscles respond.  Nerves often become impinged and send signals to muscles to tighten and restrict movement.  If the nerve is released, the signal stops and the muscles can relax and pain resolves. 
 

What is myofascial trigger point therapy?

Trigger point therapy is the release of tight bands using static pressure, friction and other tactics within a muscle that refer pain to other parts of the body.

ALL SERVICES PRICED AT:

60 minute session:    105.00

90 minute session:    155.00

 

 

To schedule a wellness appointment please contact Kari Schwager by emailing her at karischwager@gmail.com or call or text  at 402.730.2654