By Reno Health Institute
November 23, 2020
Category: Acupuncture

How acupuncture from your medical professionals in Reno, Nevada can help relieve pain.

If you are dealing with a chronic disease, have you thought about acupuncture? The truth is, acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of therapy, and it’s been around for more than 3,000 years.

The medical professionals at Reno Health Institute in Reno, Nevada offer a wide range of medical services, including acupuncture, to help you feel better.

Acupuncture works by releasing your body’s own energy sources, which increase circulation and enhance healing. Ultra-thin needles are inserted at exact points along the energy centers, called meridians, of your body. Energy is released to areas of your body where healing is needed.

Acupuncture has also been shown to promote increased production of natural anti-inflammatory substances including cortisone. Treatment also increases the production of endorphins, which are a natural pain control remedy. Acupuncture treatment can also stimulate body and brain chemistry to help you feel your best.

The World Health Organization, or WHO, has tested the effectiveness of acupuncture in a series of clinical trials and determined that acupuncture is effective to treat:

  • Chronic pain, including pain of the neck, lower back, and knees
  • Sciatica and postoperative pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Sprains and strains
  • Dental, facial, and TMJ pain
  • Headaches, depression, and stroke
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • PMS issues and chronic menstrual pain
  • Asthma and blood pressure issues
  • Ulcers, nausea, and vomiting
  • Chemotherapy and radiation effects

The number of treatments recommended will vary based on your individual characteristics and the chronic diseases being treated. Acupuncture is effective as a stand-alone treatment, or it may be combined with other medical services to help you feel your best.

To read more detailed information about acupuncture treatment, please access the Acupuncture page on the website at

To find out more about acupuncture and other naturopathic medicine services, call the medical professionals of Reno Health Institute in Reno, Nevada at (775) 507-4740. Call now and start feeling better!

By Reno Health Institute
September 21, 2020
Category: Thyroid
Tags: Thyroid Disorders  

Chances are that you know someone with a thyroid disorder. Perhaps you’re even living with one now. While you certainly wouldn’t know that someone has it just by looking at them, this invisibility can sometimes make it challenging to get the treatment you need. Fortunately, our Reno, NV, naturopathic doctor, Dr. Melissa Bachman can help

Types of Thyroid Disorders

From your energy levels to your metabolism, the thyroid regulates it all; therefore, when your thyroid doesn’t function properly, everything else in your body feels off. Common thyroid disorders include,

  • Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid
  • Hyperthyroidism: An overactive thyroid
  • Hashimoto’s disease: A common type of hypothyroidism in which the immune system attacks the thyroid

Common symptoms of a thyroid disorder include,

  • Hair loss or hair thinning
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Weakness
  • Muscle aches
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Loss of sexual drive
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Constipation
  • Memory loss
  • Trouble concentrating (“mental fog”)

If you are experiencing symptoms of a thyroid disorder the sooner you see a doctor the better.

How Integrative Medicine Can Help the Situation

If you’re currently working with your doctor to find the right medication and therapies to help you but you feel like you’re not being heard or properly cared for, our Reno, NV, integrative medicine specialists can help. Instead of just giving you medication to treat symptoms, we focus on ways to correct the underlying problems that are making your thyroid disorder worse.

By pinpointing nutritional deficits, daily habits, and other factors that could be making your thyroid disorder worse, we can create a customized treatment plan that may include,

  • Nutrition and diet counseling
  • Supplementation (E.g. vitamin B12, selenium)
  • Natural herbs
  • Lifestyle changes (e.g. incorporating more aerobic exercise into your routine)
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture

We can work with you to incorporate other alternative and integrative therapies to improve your health, energy, and quality of life.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

Are you experiencing fatigue, hair thinning, and other symptoms of a thyroid disorder? Have you been having trouble getting your thyroid disorder under control? If so, find out how Dr. Melissa Bachman at Reno Health Institute can help by dialing (775) 507-4740.

By Reno Health Institute
May 08, 2020
Tags: Acupuncture  

For aches and pains, you may be used to turning to over the counter pain relievers. However, while medication may be effective in alleviating your symptoms temporarily, you may find longer-lasting relief from acupuncture.

Safe, effective, and natural, this holistic practice has become increasingly popular for its calming nature and drug-free approach to treatment. At Reno Health Institute in Reno, NV, our experienced acupuncturist, Dr. Chad Bachman, can help you relieve stress and eliminate pain, naturally.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture uses slim, single-use needles to gently puncture areas of the body. Your acupuncturist at our Reno, NV, office will concentrate on the areas that are experiencing pain.

This process is not only effective at reducing aches and pains for most individuals, but it can also lead to the release of endorphins and increase blood flow.

What can acupuncture help with?

At our Reno, NV office, our acupuncturists help you you find relief from a variety of ailments, including migraines, back/neck pain, arthritis, or gastrointestinal problems. Women experiencing severe menstrual cramping or menopause may also find relief from acupuncture.

Is acupuncture painful?

Not at all! While the idea of needles may be intimidating, the acupuncturists at our Reno, NV, office have your comfort in mind for the duration of your treatment. You will feel calm, relaxed, and discomfort-free during your acupuncture session, though some individuals feel a tingling sensation or minor aching.

What happens at my acupuncture appointment?

At our Reno, NV office, your acupuncturist will first review your health history and go over your treatment plan. Depending on the source or level of your pain, we may suggest adding in cupping, massage, or other holistic treatment methods. Your acupuncture session will last around 45 minutes and you can continue with your day as usual.

Let us help you find relief holistically. Call Reno Health Institute in Reno, NV at (775) 507-4740 to make an appointment with your acupuncturist, Chad Bachman.

Use this checklist to get better sleep!

  • Bedroom should be cool, dark, and clutter-free
  • Create a consistent bedtime ritual
  • Establish a good circadian rhythm by getting bright light upon waking
  • Eliminate caffeine and other stimulants after noon (including nicotine and chocolate)
  • Avoid alcohol after dinner and limit amount
  • Exercise daily
  • Avoid electronic use 1-2 hours before bed, or use the FLUX app if you must
  • Don't allow too many kids or pets in your bed
  • Keep blood sugar steady throughout the day. If waking up in the middle of the night, try a protein snack before bed.
  • Dietary melatonin sources make a nice bedtime snack. Try 8 oz of tart cherry juice like CherryPharm, with a handful of walnuts.
  • Ask your provider to order you a home sleep study if you have signs of sleep apnea, such as snoring, pauses in breathing, and gasping for air.
  • For racing minds- try a "thought log," prayer, meditation, or breathing exercise
  • For those who are overwhelmed with busy schedules and burning the candle at both ends- keep a journal next to your bed and get your to-do list out of your head and on the paper. Make sure you are also saying "no" and taking care of #1 first.
  • Are you sad, anxious, or struggling with PTSD? Therapy can be incredibly helpful!
  • Do you have sore muscles? Try a bedtime stretching session, warm epsom salt bath, and increasing dietary magnesium sources like dark leafy greens, avocado, and almonds.
  • Determine if there is cognitive dissonance (mental discomfort resulting from a situation when your beliefs run counter to your behavior.)

Use this checklist to determine if you could benefit from better sleep:

  • You want to prevent weight gain, insulin resistance, heart disease, mental health issues, hormone imbalance, injuries, and illness.
  • You want to help reverse one of the above conditions.
  • You feel irritable, sad, or anxious.
  • You want to increase athletic perforamnce and/or fitness.
  • You want to improve daytime mental focus and/or job performance.
By Reno Health Institute
October 28, 2019
Category: Acupuncture
Tags: Acupuncture  

Wondering if acupuncture is right for you?
Most people have heard of acupuncture but are you wondering if it could actually improve your health? Our Reno, NV, acupuncturist Dr. acupunctureChad Bachman has helped patients feel better, sleep better and live healthier, pain-free lives through acupuncture. Here are some of the top questions about acupuncture answered.

How does acupuncture work?
By inserting a series of thin needles into certain points on the body our acupuncturist stimulates the body’s natural release of endorphins, which reduces pain and inflammation while also boosting circulation and supporting a healthy hormonal system.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Both the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health recognize acupuncture as an effective way to treat and support a variety of health problems including but not limited to,

  • Musculoskeletal pain including back and neck pain, sciatica, neuropathy, muscle strains, muscle spasms, and fibromyalgia.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders and problems such as GERD, IBS symptoms, and nausea.
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Female disorders such as premenstrual syndrome, fibroid pain, morning sickness, pregnancy-related pain, gentle labor induction, and hot flashes.

Acupuncture also has the ability to promote better sleep to help those with insomnia, as well as improve symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.

How many sessions will I need?
Most patients will benefit from getting multiple acupuncture sessions. Those dealing with chronic conditions may benefit the most from regular sessions once or two a week while those with acute conditions may require fewer visits and treatments. Regular weekly or monthly maintenance sessions can often patients with the long-term relief they need. This is something we can discuss during your initial consultation.

Will it hurt?
The needles used for acupuncture are very fine compared to traditional hypodermic needles; therefore, many patients experience little to no discomfort as acupuncture needles are inserted. Some people report feeling nothing while others may feel slight aching or tingling as the needles are inserted.

The needles will be left in the skin for anywhere for approximately 20-30 minutes depending on the treatment plan that’s been mapped out between you and our Reno, NV, acupuncturist.

If you are looking to get acupuncture in Reno, NV, then turn to acupuncturist Dr. Chad Bachman at Reno Health Institute. We provide a range of natural therapies to help manage both acute and long-term conditions to improve your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

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