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Functional Medicine Testing You Should Get Every Year

Did you know that you should have certain exams and testing every year? Even if you are going to a traditional doctor, they will recommend annual physicals and testing. Because functional medicine looks at the body as a whole rather than as its individual symptoms or conditions, testing when first becoming a patient is vital to developing an effective treatment plan.

Here are some of the functional tests you can expect when you come to our practice.

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How Acupuncture Treats Chronic Health Conditions

When talking about your chronic health condition, how often do people suggest acupuncture? There have probably been quite a few. While it can be easy to dismiss acupuncture along with the essential oil theories, there is actually some truth to saying that acupuncture is an effective treatment modality for various chronic conditions.

Of course, not all chronic illnesses can be treated with acupuncture; and even if you use acupuncture, you may need additional treatment modalities. The conditions most commonly improved by acupuncture include:

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How First Line Therapy Helps You Make Lifestyle Changes That Last

Did you know that many chronic health conditions, including constant weight yo-yoing, can be successfully managed with lifestyle changes? Some of the conditions that can require maintenance medications and treatments may be controlled with changing things about your lifestyle, like how you eat, your activity level, and your mental health. Here is how our First Line Therapy helps you do this successfully.

Nutrition

First Line Therapy starts with finding the right nutritional plan for you. We will help you come up with a dietary plan that meets your needs, helps you manage your weight, and promotes support of the systems that are affected by your chronic conditions. First Line Therapy also makes use of nutritional supplementation in addition to healthy meal plans.

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Most Common Acute Conditions Treated by Acupuncture

Just about everyone has heard of acupuncture, but are you really familiar with the practice? Acupuncture can actually be used to treat a number of conditions, and it is helpful far beyond being a tool for quitting smoking or losing weight. Here are some of the most common acute conditions that we treat with acupuncture.

Mood disorders

Many practitioners have promoted the use of acupuncture in the treatment of mood disorders like bipolar disorder, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, and more. Acupuncture can improve mood, sleep, and overall emotional health.

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Top Yoga Positions to Do at Home

Yoga can be a wonderful practice to add to your lifestyle. Yoga isn’t really about exercise. It’s about deep breathing, relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness. While you might need help getting a regular yoga practice started, you can begin with these yoga poses that should be included in any practice.

Garland pose

This is basically a squat, but it’s done in such a way that releases the lower back and spreads the hips, relieving pressure on the spine. This is especially important for people who have a lot of lower back pain.

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Male Menopause? Men Need Hormones, Too!

Everyone knows all about how women go through menopause (or at least have heard of it). After all, how many jokes are there about women needing hormones? But the fact of the matter is that men need hormones sometimes, too, and there really isn’t any reason to be embarrassed about it. Are you a man experiencing sexual or physical decline? Testosterone therapy might be for you. Here’s what you need to know.

Men can decline in sexual hormones the same as women.

While not all men go through a decrease in hormones, it is very common. When sexual hormones, particularly testosterone, begin to decrease, it can cause a number of issues, including problems with sexual duration or performance. It can also cause problems with urinary issues.

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How to Stop Night Sweats for Good

Are you tired of waking up in the middle of the night to soaked sheets? Tired of having to wake up your partner to change the sheets in the middle of the night? Night sweats can feel gross and be kind of embarrassing, but you don’t have to just put up with them. There are several things you can do to make night sweats few and far between, if not gone for good. Here are some options.

Turn down the thermostat.

It is easy to add or remove layers, but if your home is too warm it is definitely going to contribute to night sweats. Turning down the thermostat before you go to bed is a great way to make sure it isn’t too warm in the house. Sometimes if you wake up sweating just being able to expose yourself to the cooler air of the house can stop a hot flash in its tracks.

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Beating the August Heat: How to Cool Down During Hot Flashes

August is usually the hottest month of the year, and when you are dealing with perimenopause or menopause symptoms it can be especially brutal. Hot flashes and night sweats are two of the most common symptoms that women experience, and when you’re already hot and sweaty, they can seem suffocating and unbearable. 

Luckily, there are some tried and true ways to keep cool during the summer even while you are having hot flashes. Here are some good ways to stop those hot flashes and night sweats in their sweaty tracks.

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Benefits of Facials

You might think of a facial as a way to pamper yourself, but really there are a lot of great benefits to getting a facial. It isn’t just about being pampered. Getting a facial actually has very real benefits for your skin that can make you look healthier and younger.

Clear clogged pores

If you’re suddenly noticing blackheads or zits, you could have clogged pores. For most people not in the midst of hormone fluctuations or changes, acne is most often caused by pores clogged with bacteria, oil, and debris. You can head off acne or resolve it entirely just by getting a clarifying facial that cleans your pores and closes them to keep them healthy.

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Alma Body Sculpting

Do you have stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise? Sometimes no matter how hard you work to get into shape, your body works against you with stubborn areas that just won’t seem to tone regardless of your efforts. You have a lot of possible solutions for this problem, but Alma Accent Prime body sculpting is noninvasive and highly effective.

What Makes Those Spots Stubborn?

If you’ve been working hard to get in shape, those stubborn spots that won’t tone can be troublesome. But what makes them stubborn? The fact is that when you lose weight, especially a significant amount, it can leave you with excess fat and skin that simply isn’t contracting on its own as it should. Over time, the skin can lose elasticity, which makes toning these areas more difficult. Alma body sculpting is a good solution for this specific issue.

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