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By Reno Health Institute
February 08, 2021

Could integrative medicine help you stay healthy? The patient-centered medical approach offered by Dr. Melissa LeMay Bachman and Dr. Chad Bachman of Reno Health Institute in Reno, NV, provides many benefits for your health and well-being.

The basics of integrative medicine

Integrative medicine practitioners draw from a variety of medical disciplines in treating their patients, rather than relying solely on traditional medicine. In fact, they may incorporate traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine treatments and approaches in your treatment plan.

For example, your arthritis pain might be treated with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medications, deep tissue massage, cupping therapy, exercise recommendations, and prescription medications, if needed. Your doctor draws on his or her vast knowledge of conventional medicine and natural approaches to find the best, safest treatment options for you.

Integrative medical practitioners treat a variety of medical problems, including:

  • Acute (sudden) illnesses and injuries
  • Chronic diseases and conditions, like high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, and asthma
  • Women's health needs
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Pain management
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Infertility
  • Stress
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety

You're more than just a set of symptoms to your integrative medicine practitioner

Your visit to the Reno office may be a little different than your usual medical appointments. In addition to reviewing your symptoms and medical history, your doctor will also ask you a few questions about your job, family, lifestyle, emotional health, and stress level.

Treatments don't just focus on relieving symptoms but on identifying and treating the source of your problems. Contributing factors, such as stress, lack of exercise, poor diet, or social isolation, will also be addressed in your treatment plan.

You'll play an active role in your treatment. Your thoughts, beliefs, and concerns will be treated with the utmost respect and incorporated into your treatment plan. Your condition and the various treatment options will be explained in clear, easy-to-understand language that will help you choose the best treatment choice for you.

Are you ready to make an integrative medicine appointment with Dr. Melissa LeMay Bachman or Chad Bachman? Call Reno Health Institute in Reno, NV, at (775) 507-4740 to schedule your appointment.

By Reno Health Institute
December 01, 2020
Tags: holistic medicine  

Find out what holistic medicine physicians really do to help you feel better.

It’s no doubt that these days, topics like holistic or integrative medicine seem to be quite hot; however, what do you really know about holistic medicine? Is it right for you? Our Reno, NV, holistic medicine doctor Dr. Melissa Bachman provides holistic care to patients of all ages. It’s safe and effective for treating a wide range of health problems, whether acute or chronic.

Holistic Medicine is Not an Alternative Medicine

Most people assume that holistic medicine is an alternative option; however, as our Reno holistic medicine doctors will gladly tell you, integrative or holistic medicine focuses on melding together Western medicine with more natural and holistic approaches.

So, we’re not going to say to skip the antibiotics if you have an infection, but we can help soothe upset stomachs and migraines with natural, medicine-free methods. We don’t nix the important drugs, but we also determine when medications are actually helpful and when they are just Band-Aid fixes.

Holistic Medicine Takes a Broader Approach to Health

Everything from your work environment and using your cell phone to your diet and exercise regimen plays a role in your health. Holistic doctors are focused on all the elements and aspects of your life and how it may impact your health. Holistic medicine focuses on treating the patient and providing them with the care they need to lead a full and fully functional life. It’s not just about treating your symptoms or about the disease, it’s about promoting stellar and long-term quality of life.

Holistic Medicine Provides a Variety of Options

Our Reno, NV, holistic doctor really gets to understand you, your background, and your health. This means a more comprehensive and tailored treatment plan that actually focuses on pinpointing and treating underlying conditions, not just the symptoms themselves.

For example, a general doctor may give you a prescription medication to alleviate migraine symptoms, but a holistic medicine doctor is going to try and figure out what’s causing your migraines in the first place and then treat the underlying cause of your migraines.

Holistic medicine is focused on,

  • Educating patients and improving quality of life and health through more conservative treatment options whenever possible (this includes lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, therapy, counseling, and more)
  • Providing alternative therapies that could also improve your condition such as acupuncture (which we offer right here at our practice)
  • Offering vitamins, supplements, and herbal medicine
  • Customized exercise and physical fitness plans

Optimal health is just a phone call away. If you are curious to learn more about the holistic medicine services we offer here in Reno, NV, call Reno Health Institute at (775) 507-4740 to schedule a consultation.

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 https://www.renohealthinstitute.com/acupuncture.html

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.





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