At The Functional Medicine Center, we practice holistic mind-body healing techniques and aim to treat a health issue by reaching and eliminating its root cause. We are focused on highly personalized treatment plans that utilize integrative mind body approaches administered by highly trained Functional Medicine experts, Mind-Body Psychotherapists, and Health coaches.
Our Integrative Mind-Body Health Services:
Read below to learn more about all our Integrative Mind-Body Health Services in details. Choose your services in the given forms, and our Intake Specialists will reach out to you personally to get a comprehensive understanding of all your health concerns. You will find forms in each section of our Integrative Mind-Body Health Services to place your order.
At the bottom of the page, you will also find a Self-Assessment Checklist. Complete the checklist so that our Intake Specialists and Expert Health Professionals can provide you with the best possible remedy for your health concerns.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a healing modality rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine dated back to 3,000 years. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the flow of good energy or “Qi” is the basis of good health and overall balance. Disruption of such energy flow can cause diseases. Such energy flows through many meridians / pathways in the body accessible via various acupuncture points or “acupoints”. The goal of acupuncture is to help bring the body and energy flow back to balance and thereby fostering good health.
A typical acupuncture treatment session will include a detailed intake of your overall health. The practitioner will then select the best treatment protocol for a particular session. It involves the insertion of several fine, thin and sterile (FDA approved) needles at various acupuncture points. The patient can then relax and let the circulation do its work for about 20-45 minutes, depending on patient conditions.
A typical treatment course can go from 6 to 12 sessions, once or twice a week. Treatment plan is tailored to each individual for their respective conditions.
BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE
Research has shown that acupuncture can help stimulate the central nervous system, and thereby releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. This may in turn stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities to promote physical and emotional well-being.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institute of Health (NIH) recognized the application of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of conditions.
Several studies (Randomized Controlled Trials) have also shown that Acupuncture has a tremendous number of health benefits, especially on your mental health.
– Acupuncture positively reinforces the nervous system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, and the immune system. As a result, it resolves pain, improves sleep, and establishes a general sense of well-being.
– Acupuncture works directly on the Central Nervous System (CNS) which releases endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in our body that improve the state of pain, general stress, or anxiety.
– Acupuncture increases the production of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a biochemical compound that is responsible for the feelings of happiness. Since Serotonin also regulates the sleep-wake cycle, Acupuncture helps in relieving anxiety and also positively reinforces deep sleep cycles.
– Acupuncture has also been demonstrated to have positive effects and lessen the adverse symptoms in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, and General Anxiety Disorder.
– Several National Institute of Health (NIH) studies have also found that Acupuncture may relieve pain/nausea after Chemotherapy, Drug Dependency/Addiction, Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome, and Migraines.
Comprehensive list of health benefits of Acupuncture:
This is the comprehensive list of diseases where Acupuncture has been demonstrated to induce effective treatment in patients under case-controlled clinical studies:
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastro-spasm
Migraines and General headache
Irritable bowel syndrome
Induction of labor
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction
Nausea and vomiting
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Our Acupuncture providers at The Functional Medicine Center:
Our Acupuncture providers are highly experienced with multiple certifications and over 10 years of experience. Join our providers for a consultation and receive the bountiful of health benefits that acupuncture has to offer.
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IV vitamin therapy or IV micronutrient therapy are all different way to refer to IV nutrition therapy. IV nutrition therapy is aimed at providing supplemental micronutrients and vitamins to improve holistic mind-body health and boost bodily functions along with enhancing protection for the various organs and organ systems.
IV Nutrition Therapy benefits:
Boosts the immune system and protects the organs/organ systems.
Improves bodily function, strength, stamina, energy, focus, attention, memory, and libido.
Essential amino acids and antioxidants can help addressing health concerns such as: asthma, chronic migraines, fibromyalgia, seasonal allergic rhinitis, depression, cardiovascular disease, etc.
Repair, synthesis and damage control on a cellular and genetic level.
Rehydration, restoration and disease prevention.
Anti-aging and metabolism enhancement
Components of IV nutrition:
Vitamin B complex (Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacinamide, Dexpanthenol, Pyridoxine, Cyanocobalamin, Biotin)
Essential antioxidants (Glutathione, Carotenoids, etc.)
Amino Acids (Taurine, Lysine, Glycine, etc.)
Essential vitamins: Vitamin C, D, E, K
Our IV Nutrition providers at The Functional Medicine Center:
Our IV: Nutrition Provider is an expert in IV based nutrition therapy programs and a highly qualified professional with multiple certifications. Get the best of ultimate health benefits with the power of IV: Nutrition at The Functional Medicine Center (FxMed Centers).
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The Standard American Diet (SAD) is associated with calorically dense saturated fats, trans fats, added sugar, and excess sodium. In tandem with a sedentary lifestyle, the SAD has led to increasingly high rates of obesity, overweight, and diet-related chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes.
The nuanced effects of a poor diet include subpar digestion and absorption of essential nutrients thereby influencing the gut microbiome and mood regulation. Numerous well-documented studies have shown that our gut has a strong link to our mind, also known as the gut-brain axis. The microbial population that inhabits the human gut (gut microbiome) not only influences mental health but also attributes to holistic well-being.
Research suggests that almost 95% of the total serotonin produced in the body comes from the gut itself. Serotonin is a biomolecule that is responsible for mood-uplifting effects in humans. While inadequate nutrients can make you fatigued, a diet lacking in diverse plant fibers negatively alters the composition of your gut microbiome. This may leave you more susceptible to mood disorders and negative impulses.
The overconsumption of highly processed foods, combined with a diet lacking in whole food sources (i.e. fresh fruits, vegetables), can have a significantly adverse effect on the gut microbiome and in turn your mental health. Eating overly processed and fast foods are the leading cause of obesity in the US and have an overall negative impact on the brain. Dopaminergic dependency based on such food items makes you sluggish and agitated.
However, mindful and intentional eating habits allow you to reap the beneficial effects of proper nutrition on mental health. Consistently scheduled meal timing will also help you to maintain internal biological clocks that are responsible for the sleep-wake cycle and other essential hormonal and genetic bioprocesses.
For a healthy mental diet, prioritize lean proteins (i.e. chicken, fish, legumes, nuts), complex carbohydrates (i.e. millet, quinoa, brown rice), and essential fatty acids (i.e. fish, lean meat, nuts, seeds) Using healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, and grass-fed butter to cook foods is another great way to support optimal brain health and hormone production. There is no substitute for a healthy diet for fewer mood fluctuations and a better mental state. Foods rich in fiber, antioxidants, healthy fats, and lean protein create an environment that promote essential gut microbiota and mood-stabilizing neurotransmitters.
Learn more about functional nutrition for total mind-body health benefits and live the functional life that you truly deserve! If you are seeking an individualized functional nutrition plan that will empower you to improve your eating habits, energy levels, stress resiliency, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders, make an appointment with our health professionals today.
Our Functional Nutrition Provider at The Functional Medicine Center:
Our provider takes a root cause approach to help clients understand why certain foods may cause digestive issues such as heartburn, gas, bloating, irregular bowel movements, or hormonal imbalances such as mood swings, poor sleep, and fatigue. She is a firm believer in understanding the “WHY” behind undesirable symptoms and empowers her clients to improve their health through a holistic mind-body approach with an emphasis on nutrition, stress management, sleep, and daily movement. There is no “one-size-fits-all” nutrition plan, and her mission is to help others understand their unique needs so that they can feel their best while enjoying good food and living life without restrictions.
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The ancient practice of Yoga is the perfect tool to ensure absolute mind-body health. Yoga enhances focus, attention, and awareness, reduces stress/anxiety, and brings mental calm and clarity to those who practice regularly.
Benefits of Yoga
The rewards of practicing Yoga regularly are numerous: Yoga leads to increased strength and flexibility and results in increased mental clarity and emotional balance. It requires the positioning of your body as you hold the poses to develop your physical strength and stabilize your emotional and mental condition.
Yoga is more than a stretching and relaxation system; it’s the ideal approach for both your mind and body. Most significantly, it’s a complete exercise. Yoga practice can complement various exercises. What’s more, you can receive all the ultimate health benefits at once:
Building awareness of balance and harmony
Relaxation and Tranquility of the mind
Yoga will be your preferred exercise if your long-term goal is to reclaim your energy, health, and dynamism. Your practice can be made more challenging as you progress, or you can take it easy on days you are more fatigued.
Our Yoga Providers at The Functional Medicine Center:
Our expert provider is a highly trained 500+ hour vinyasa yoga instructor, Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) mobility specialist, and Certified NASM Personal Trainer. She is also specially trained in human anatomy and biomechanics led by physical therapists that incorporate Physical Therapy science with the yoga movement philosophy.
Our providers combine what they have learned in their various training disciplines to create a yoga and personal training style that will benefit you and your goals most effectively. You will not only get stronger but also more flexible. More importantly, you will be able to see a change in your daily life and enjoy your life to the fullest.
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There are various types of meditation: mindfulness meditation, mantra meditation, loving-kindness meditation, walking meditation, etc. These practices are also helpful in reducing stress and anxiety, especially when done consistently over time. Here at The Functional Medicine Centers for Personalized Care, we offer a range of different breathing techniques and guided meditation practices, all customized to your needs.
Benefits of Meditation:
Paradigm shifts on stressful situations
Learning to manage your stress
Enhancing focus, concentration and reducing brain fog
Reducing negative emotions
Boost in imagination and creativity
Increasing patience and tolerance
Lowering resting heart rate
Lowering resting blood pressure
Improving sleep quality
Meditation might also be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress.
With that in mind, research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:
High blood pressure
Irritable bowel syndrome
Our Meditation Providers at The Functional Medicine Center:
Our meditation providers have extensive training and years of experience training clients in meditation. They can help you start or enhance your practice and demystify the process. Meditation may not be appropriate for people with certain conditions. We offer a complementary phone consultation and would be happy to answer your questions.
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Regular and timely exercise not only strengthens your inner core but also makes you more inclined to avoid negative emotions. In fact, evidence in scientific literature clearly indicates that exercising daily can promote healing effects of the brain from drug dependency and addiction. Moreover, aerobic exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling, long walks, and dancing can reduce anxiety and depression.
Regular exercise early morning, during the afternoon, or early evening can have the following mental health benefits:
Improvement in mood
Increased energy and stamina
Reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness
Controlled physical activities during exercise increase blood circulation in the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis (HPA-axis) and reduce reactivity to stress. The limbic system regulates motivation, and mood is positively affected as a result of such beneficial physical activities. Moreover, the amygdala that’s responsible for fear and negative emotions, and the hippocampus which is responsible for memory formation are also greatly benefitted as a result of regular exercise. Exercise increases the amount of serotonin and dopamine in the brain and hence, this will also have a good effect on your daily sleeping schedule and mood stabilization.
Evidence from several studies also suggests that patients who adhere to a regimen of proper diet, acupuncture sessions, meditation, and exercise greatly benefit from the therapy in comparison to the general population.
Medications and traditional approaches often involve severe and long-lasting side effects. Exercise, on the other hand, can repair and boost your mental health regularly without the need for any invasive drug use. Make an appointment with our mental health specialists today and learn more about how regular exercise can help you attain better mental health!
Again, it’s the mind-body connection but in a more amped up way. While yoga has a more calming affect on the nervous system, lifting weights and cardio energize, so if someone is depressed training can help them gain energy. Movement in general helps with energy as well, so yoga can also have this affect. Movement in general also has a calming effect, so training can also leave you feeling calmer and energized after a session. Again, lifting weights can help with pain management – the stronger our bodies are, the more our nervous system feels safe and may stop sending pain signals (as long as there’s not tissue damage). Increasing strength can also mitigate pain because it strengthens joints and creates stability.
Training can help with weight loss, so if there’s a concern over that this is a good option – especially paired with nutrition. It also can help cardiovascular health and just increase overall general health.
Weightlifting also can help mitigate osteoporosis, as adding load to bones has been shown to help them stay strong.
This is a joint strength training and mobility system called Functional Range Conditioning. It’s frequently used by pro athlete teams and cirque du Soleil, but also physical therapy and general population.
It’s premise is that use it or lose it is real, so we want to move every joint in our body in every direction it’s supposed to move in in order to keep mobile as we age. Movement is a purely neurological understanding. Our brains want to make us the most efficient humans possible. When we stop moving in a particular way, our brains understand that as, “we don’t need to do this anymore, so let’s get rid of it so we can make room for what we do need.” This is why people often say things like “I used to be able to do cartwheels and backbends when I was younger but haven’t done it in years and can’t do it now.” We stopped moving in this way, so our brains made room for something we do need to do every day.
This system also is focused on affecting the nervous system to pull more range of motion out of the body. If our bodies aren’t familiar with a movement, our nervous system tries to protect you by tightening and locking things down. Tightness is not a tissue response, but a neurological one. If your body doesn’t recognize a movement or feel like it can pull you out of a particular range of motion you’re trying for, it will tighten, and it will also sometimes cramp. FRC uses breath work and isometric joint strength training to tell the nervous system that movement is OK and safe and familiar. An isometric contraction just means that you’re engaging muscles without actually moving a joint – for example, holding a plank pose is an isometric, or if you were to push your hands into a wall, you’d feel your arms engage their muscles, but nothing would really be moving – whereas a bicep curl is not an isometric because your elbow has to bend in order to engage the bicep.
While FRC doesn’t prevent injuries, it can mitigate them because of the joint strength training and daily joint movement prescriptions. It often works in what’s called your end range of motion. Your end range of motion is exactly what it sounds like – the most amount of motion you can get from a joint without being in pain. It’s generally our weakest point of movement at a joint, and therefore where injury tends to occur. If you think of stepping off a curb wrong and rolling your ankle, your ankle has been put into its end range of motion, and then the load of your body on top of the ankle is what made it break or sprain. So FRC mitigates injuries because it creates strength and stability in the end range of motion of your joints, so that when you do step of the curb wrong, your body not only knows the movement because you’ve been moving your joints in every direction as much as possible, but you’ve also been building strength and stability there to help support that joint.
It can also help with pain management because it increases range of motion and stability. Pain is a neurological response to something being off, and if there’s no tissue damage, it sometimes can be because we’ve stopped moving or stabilizing a particular area. FRC increases movement and stability in all joints, which tells the nervous system things are safe there which affects pain responses.
Providers at The Functional Medicine Center for Exercise Coaching:
Our provider is a highly trained 500+ hour vinyasa yoga instructor, Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) mobility specialist, and a Certified NASM Personal Trainer. She is also specially trained in human anatomy and biomechanics led by physical therapists that incorporates Physical Therapy science with yoga movement philosophy.
Our provider combines what she has learned in her various training disciplines to create a yoga and personal training style that will benefit you and your goals most effectively. You will not only get stronger but also more flexible. More importantly, you will be able to see a change in your daily life and enjoy your life to the fullest.
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A health and wellness coach is different from other providers you may encounter. A health and wellness coach does not diagnose, treat or prescribe. A coach is a trained professional. They are a partner, someone to support and guide you toward optimal wellbeing.
A coach facilitates and supports you in taking actionable steps toward sustainable growth and change. You are empowered to take ownership and responsibility for your own health and wellness. Services are offered using a de-stigmatizing, uplifting and strengths-based approach. The coach is an advocate, ally and source of inspiration for lifestyle change.
What is Health and Wellness Coaching?
· A collaborative partnership between the client and coach
· Focused on your values, strengths, vision and priorities
· A way to achieve and sustain your health and wellness goals
· Accountability partnership to increase progress and success
· Working through barriers or obstacles to change
· Lasting and enjoyable habits and strategies
· Strengths-based, client-directed, comprehensive
· Focused on the present and future
· Guidance, support, encouragement, empowerment
· Grounded in ethical and evidence-based coaching practice
· Personalized to the needs and goals of each client
· Practical, realistic and sustainable changes to health and wellbeing
· Short-term (typically 12-24 sessions)
· Structured, concrete, goal-directed, action-oriented
· Focused on the “how” (not the “why”)
· A powerful investment in your wellbeing
A health and wellness coach can help you achieve your goals in the following areas of wellbeing:
· Self-care & making time for things that bring you joy
· Lifestyle habits & routines
· Managing stress & increasing relaxation
· Mindset, confidence & self-awareness
· Energy balance such as slowing down or reducing fatigue
· Optimizing sleep; restoring the body & mind
· Relationship with food
· Work-life integration & addressing imbalances
· Managing a chronic health condition or medical diagnosis
· Lifecycle transitions
· Maintaining vitality throughout the lifespan
· Career satisfaction & professional identity
· Meaningful connections & community
· Home environment & space
· Spirituality, meaning & purpose
Together, you and your coach will co-create realistic goals to help you achieve your vision for optimal wellness. Your coach will empower you to tap into your inner strengths and support you when you’re feeling stuck.
While a health and wellness coach does not diagnose or treat medical conditions, if you choose, with your consent, they can collaborate with your current healthcare team. The coach can support you in following your provider’s recommendations, and help you feel less burdened by your medical condition or overwhelmed by your treatment protocol.
Why should I work with a health and wellness coach at The Functional Medicine Center?
Here at the FxMed Centers, we offer an integrated care model. That means we have the capacity to be a “one stop shop” for your wellness needs. We also have the capacity to collaborate with one another as professionals, to offer you high quality, comprehensive care.
Another important reason is that practically anyone can call themselves a “health coach” and offer services. Yes, really. The industry is not yet regulated by the State like a doctor or therapist is. That said, our health and wellness coaches are not only National Board Certified in health and wellness coaching (NBC-HWC) but has multiple coaching certificates AND is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience. She has been working with the Company since 2017, and is a compassionate, empathic and dedicated professional.
Furthermore, private one-on-one or even group health and wellness coaching services can be costly, typically ranging from $125-$250+ per session. Working with our health and wellness coaches will offer a significant cost savings relative to services elsewhere in the community.
All coaching services are offered remotely, at convenient times throughout the week.
Our Health Coaching Providers at The Functional Medicine Center for Health Coaching:
Our health and wellness coach is National Board Certified and has multiple certifications. She is also a licensed mental health professional with over 20 years of experience.
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Providers at The Functional Medicine Center for Mind-Body Psychotherapy:
Our Mind-Body Psychotherapists are clinically licensed mental health providers, trained in evidenced based psychotherapies and use integrative medicine to accelerate the healing process.
We all have the potential to be successful and possess the tools we need to achieve our goals. We look at treatment as a journey taken together to find this potential within. We offer insight and skills to help you attain the change you seek. By using a holistic, integrated approach to mental health counseling, we provide our clients with the tools they need to lead successful and fulfilled lives.
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