North Loop Clinic: Integrative Health

Integrative Health

"Integrative Medicine is a practice that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and professions to achieve optimal health and healing." - Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine

Acupuncture

Alternative Medicine Acupuncture Foot Closeup Photo

The origins of acupuncture began in China over 3,000 to 5, 000 years ago. The practice of acupuncture involves inserting tiny, sterile, stainless-steel needles into the skin at selected points on the body. Acupuncture is known to release the body's own pain-blocking chemicals (endorphins) and promote the release of anti-inflammatory agents. This makes acupuncture an effective treatment for disorders such as migraine headaches, chronic problems like back and neck pain, sports injuries, and hormonal symptoms like hot flashes associated with menopause.

Many patients receive acupuncture to treat emotional issues such as anxiety and depression as it has the ability to calm the spirit.

 

Some patients do not even notice the insertion of the acupuncture needles. Others describe the feeling as a slight pinch and a tingling or a slight ache. Patients may relax in a private, quiet room while the needles remain in place for 20 to 30 minutes.

Acupuncture is always administered as a series of treatments. Some patients feel immediate relief of their symptoms, while others notice a difference after a few treatments.

Chiropractic

Alternative Medicine Chiropractor Patient Back Model Photo

Chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. Chiropractors assess patients through clinical examination, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other health care providers.

One of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation or mobilization (sometimes referred to as a "chiropractic adjustment"). The purpose of spinal manipulation or mobilization is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement.