Better Living Through Integrative Medicine and Acupuncture

Services Provided

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It relies on a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes. By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.

Common problems treated with Functional Medicine

  • GI issues: IBS, IBD, reflux, constipation
  • Sleep issues
  • Brain fog/memory issues
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and other pain conditions
  • Thyroid issues
  • Mental health: depression, anxiety
  • Hormonal issues: perimenopause mood changes, libido, hot flashes
  • Neuropathy symptoms
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Menstrual issues: PCOS, irregular cycles, heavy periods
  • Inflammatory conditions: Diabetes, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, Neurologic Conditions
  • Weight gain

Medical acupuncture utilizes the physician’s understanding of neuromuscular anatomy and pain physiology while combining it with the classical Chinese medicine approach of moving our inherent vital energy called qi. The physician acupuncturist can intervene in a spectrum of medical disorders from early pre-symptomatic state to chronic organic or musculoskeletal lesions by moving qi in specific meridians through the body.

Most commonly treated conditions with medical acupuncture:

  • Back, neck, knee, and other musculoskeletal pain
  • Headaches
  • GI issues : IBS, IBD, diarrhea, constipation, reflux
  • Menstrual issues: PCOS, irregular cycles, heavy periods
  • Neuropathy symptoms
  • Lymphedema associated with cancer treatment or surgery
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Insomnia

Dr.Hansell’s Integrative Medicine approach includes:

  • Review of patient’s past medical history, family history, surgical history, diet, activity level, sleep patterns, and other lifestyle factors.
  • Review of patient’s prior bloodwork and testing if applicable.
  • Review current use of medications (pharmaceuticals) and whether there may be a potential of tapering off some or all medicines safely, if patient is dedicated to achieve health goals through commitment to modification of their lifestyle factors
  • Review current use of natural supplements and herbs and insuring the safe use of supplements
  • Specialized testing (if appropriate):
    • Nutrient deficiencies
    • Stool analysis
    • Food sensitivities
    • Genomic testing
    • Hormonal testing
    • Neurotransmitter testing
    • Toxin testing
  • Personalized care- partnering with patient to create optimal health
  • Medical Acupuncture (if appropriate) to aid in treatment of current ailments that are causing dysfunction and also to help with prevention of problems based on constellation of symptoms
  • Fitness Optimization with review of exercise intensity and tailoring new programming that will help attain goals

Dr. Hansell is dedicated to each and every one of her patients. Therefore, she is limiting the number of patients she accepts per year and is currently on a waitlist. By the time patients experience symptoms related to their inflammation, it is a long standing process that has taken years to produce. Therefore, please understand that all the modalities targeted towards optimizing your health will still take time to treat your current symptoms while also preventing further diseases from developing.

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