Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autoimmune Treatment at ACN Wellness

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that up to 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease (although the number of afflicted is probably closer to 50 million as the NIH only includes 24 diseases in its count).  More than 75% of those affected with an autoimmune disorder are women and the prevalence for autoimmune disease is on the rise. Understand that autoimmunity is prevalent within everyone to a certain extent. It is generally harmless in most people, but there are some in which the expression is more pronounced and is the cause of a variety of illnesses, some of which include, but are not limited to:

*  Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
*  Celiac Disease
*  Psoriasis
*  Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
*  Lupus
*  Ulcerative colitis
*  Hashimoto's Disease

What is an autoimmune disease exactly? An autoimmune disease develops when the immune system, which defends the body against disease, decides that the body's healthy cells are foreign. As a result, the immune system attacks and destroys perfectly healthy cells and tissues. Depending on the type, an autoimmune disease can affect one or many different types of body tissue.

There are additional risks to having an autoimmune disorder. These risks include higher rates of kidney problems, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, more so than the rest of the healthy population. The connection of autoimmunity with inflammation, heart and kidney complications makes autoimmune disorders difficult to treat. The good news is that a lot of these health problems can be avoided entirely if an autoimmune disease is put in its place early. 

At ACN Wellness, we emphasize a holistic medicinal approach (which is characterized by the treatment of the person as a whole, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease) to managing autoimmune disease. Autoimmune disease is dynamic, meaning that it is constantly in motion, changing from one day to the next, and needs consistent attention and supervision to keep it in check. The practical results of holistic medicine lie in our ability to detect diseases at a much earlier stage in their progression and to evaluate the body as a whole. Holistic medicine gives our doctors the freedom to practice a number of nontoxic strategies for prevention and treatment of existing diseases. Our autoimmunity evaluation and treatment emphasizes the following:

*  Nutritional Deficiencies
*  Inflammation Markers
*  Hormone Deficiency or Imbalance
*  Toxin Exposures
*  Balance of Bacteria and Yeast
*  Detoxification Pathways
*  Digestive Function
*  Food Sensitivities
*  Family History
*  Undetected Infections

ACN Wellness can develop a personalized herbal and nutritional support program to increase your overall health and wellness, in relation to autoimmune disease, provide education for you regarding specific lifestyle changes to facilitate health (body work such as acupuncture or Chinese therapeutic massage may be suggested) and recommend nutritional and hormone balancing supplements to put you on the road to recovery.

With effective holistic therapies and programs like these available, there is absolutely no reason that a person afflicted with autoimmune disease should continue to suffer. Please contact the front office for further information or to make an appointment for a consultation.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spinal Decompression Therapy & Back Pain

Low back pain has become an epidemic in the United States. Lifting incorrectly, carrying small children, injuries at work: low back pain is responsible for a vast majority of emergency room visits every year, many of which are due to bulging or herniated discs.

To alleviate chronic, severe, low back pain, usually caused by bulging/herniated discs, the majority of patients try all forms of conventional therapies: heavy medication, physical therapy, traditional chiropractic care, acupuncture, home therapies, and as a last resort, surgery---with little to no effect. But there is something else in the arsenal of healing: Spinal Decompression Therapy.

In performing Spinal Decompression Therapy, specialized equipment is used that is designed to gently and effectively reduce disc bulges and herniations, and to increase spinal mobility. A targeted “pull” is applied to the spine with specific angles and calculated weight, tailored to the patient’s needs and body, and hence, a 1-2mm opening of the involved disc immediately occurs. This new opening allows for a natural, vacuum-like action to take place in the bulging area and effectively pulls the disc back away from the irritated nerve, which in turn, leads to pain relief.

Spinal Decompression Therapy differs markedly from traditional traction therapies in that a computerized traction head on the decompression table is used. That is the key to the therapy’s effectiveness. Instead of human hands (or a pulley system with weights) tugging on a patient’s head, a pre-programmed pattern is instituted by the computerized table, ramping up and down the amount of pull. This random and ever-so-slight shift in pressure, distracts the patient just enough so that there is no muscle guarding nor preparatory tensing in the affected area which allows for decompression to occur at the disc level. When Spinal Decompression Therapy is practiced regularly, blood and vital nutrients are finally able to flood the area of the injured disc, which speeds the healing process. Thus, leading to effective and long-lasting pain relief, no scalpels required.
If you or someone you know suffers from spinal pain due to:

* Disc bulging/herniation
* Sciatica
* Spinal stenosis
* Degenerative disc disease
* Radicular arm pain

and have not had success with other treatments, Spinal Decompression Therapy may be the key to recovery

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The 3 P's of Wellness

At ACN Wellness, a team of certified professionals will listen to your concerns, review your health goals, and work together as a team to get to the root cause of your specific health conditions. We partner with you to determine the best course of action for you to achieve the highest level of your health.  We utilize a formula we call the "3 P's of Wellness".  
Physical - the structure. We want to assess how your body's structure can influence organ function. Physical restrictions of the soft tissue e.g. muscles, and misalignment of your spinal bones will affect your ability to heal. Balancing the body structurally is essential to whole body wellness.
Physiological - the function. Assess the hormone levels and the body's nutritional status such as micronutrients, vitamins and phytochemicals. Attention to the interrelationship of organs and systems on a cellular level, rather than keeping them separate, permits a holistic and complete approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Psychological - the messenger. Reducing stress in the mind and creating a positive healing environment in the body boosts the immune system and speeds healing.
Here at ACN Wellness we take pride in making sure we develop a customized treatment plan for each patient that walks through our doors.  Our team is committed to helping you live your best life possible!