According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, functional medicine is “personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease.” Doctors who practice functional medicine work to identify the core imbalances that lead to disease. Functional medicine focuses on prevention and tries to alleviate the root cause of a disease. It is less concerned with making a diagnosis and more concerned with correcting underlying imbalances. Having similar characteristics to integrative medicine, functional medicine treats the patient and not the disease.
Internal medicine specializes in applying scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Internists are prepared to deal with whatever problem a patient brings to them. Internists have specific training to solve puzzling diagnostic problems. As internists, the physicians coordinate their patients’ care with other medical specialists when necessary. Most importantly, internists focus on how to prevent, treat, and diagnose diseases.
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine methodology originating in ancient China by manipulating thin solid needles that have been inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by an energy called qi which flows through the body. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease.
Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques to enhance function, aid in the healing process, promote relaxation and well-being. Quite simply, massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure. Some of the types of massage that we use here at Inner Balance Integrative Medicine include Neuromuscular, Tui Na, Swedish, Myofascial Release, Zero-Balancing and Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of the craniosacral system which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
In this gentle, hands-on therapy restrictions in the craniosacral system are released to improve the function of the central nervous system, to complement the body’s natural healing process and as a preventative health measure to bolster resistance to disease.
Some of the benefits patients have reported as a result of CST include reduced migraines, chronic neck and back pain relief, chronic fatigue relief and improved post-surgical dysfunction.
VITAMIN INFUSIONS – “Myers’ Cocktail”
A vitamin infusion is a liquid compound of vitamins and minerals in a saline solution, delivered by a slow IV push. The “Cocktail” includes magnesium, calcium, B-vitamins (including B12), and Vitamin C. The treatment takes about 20 minutes and is administered in our office by a Nurse Practitioner or Licensed Practical Nurse.
Our bodies are only able to absorb a fraction of the nutrients we ingest daily; whether it be through the foods we eat or oral supplements. Vitamin infusions deliver a much higher dosage of nutrients that are absorbed at the cellular level, bypassing the digestive system, making their way directly to the bloodstream.
In addition to being a viable treatment for patients who have difficulty digesting food, results indicate that it can be clinically effective against asthma, migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, colds, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergies, chronic depression/anxiety and other disorders.
Call the office to find out more or to speak with your practitioner to see if a vitamin infusion would be beneficial for you.
SUBLINGUAL ALLERGY DROPS
Sublingual Immunotherapy provides treatment for a variety of environmental allergies and other chronic conditions such as asthma, sinusitis and eczema. They can be safely used for a broad range of people including infants and children and those with chronic health conditions that are not candidates for, or who prefer not to have shots.
Allergy drops help people build up a long-term tolerance to their allergens via a liquid antigen taken under the tongue. They are safe, cost-effective and convenient because you can safely administer them yourself,at home.
Studies show that it can be as or even more effective treatment than conventional allergy shots. The antigens used are the same, but the customized dose, sublingually delivered, enables more people to benefit from the convenient treatment by avoiding shots and multiple office visits.
Call the office for an allergy consult.