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If you are struggling with any type of hormone imbalance, like menopause or low testosterone, Dr. Melissa Bachman and her team at Reno Health Institute help patients using bio-identical hormone replacement. Hormone replacement therapy can help men and women with hormone imbalances. Keep reading for the benefits, and come see us in Reno, NV.

What is bio-identical hormone replacement?

The amount of hormones you produce naturally decreases with age. Most men experience a decline in testosterone after the age of 30. Women's decline in estrogen tends to occur in the mid-40s to mid-50s. Hormone replacement therapy can help balance out any hormone, including estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, and testosterone.

Traditional hormone replacement therapy uses synthetic hormones which include chemical ingredients foreign to the body. Bio-identical hormone replacement uses hormones that are chemically identical to the hormones your body produces naturally. This means they are derived naturally from plant sources to be biologically identical. Bio-identical hormones allow for more efficient delivery of hormones without unpleasant side effects from synthetic hormones.

Bio-identical hormone replacement can replenish or balance out your hormone levels to relieve symptoms of a hormone imbalance. The following are common symptoms of a hormone imbalance in men and women:

  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Problems concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Night sweats
  • Low libido
  • Mood swings
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of muscle mass

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our Reno, NV, office to discuss treatment options.

What are the benefits?

Bio-identical hormone replacement is a very safe option for hormone delivery. The major advantage is you avoid unpleasant side effects from the added chemicals in synthetic hormones. Side effects from hormone replacement therapy can include blood clots and high blood pressure. With bioidentical hormones, there is very little risk of unpleasant side effects.

Reno Health Institute and Dr. Melissa Bachman love to see patient lives improved by bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Contact us for an appointment in Reno, NV, at (775) 507-4740.

By Reno Health Institute
June 30, 2021
Tags: Thyroid Disorders  

If you are constantly feeling lethargic and weak or find your weight climbs or drops without reason, don't brush it off as being tired or growing older. You may have a thyroid disorder.

Thyroid disorders can make every day a struggle to get through, and possibly lead to depression, thinning hair, or bowel issues. If you have signs of a thyroid condition, the experts at Reno Health Institute in Reno, NV, can help diagnose and treat your condition to keep you feeling happier and healthier.

What are thyroid disorders?

Thyroid disorders occur in two forms. Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid levels are too low. This can cause weight gain, tiredness, and feeling overly cold. Hyperthyroidism is when the body makes too much of the thyroid hormone which can cause rapid heartbeat, weight loss, and lethargy.

How are thyroid disorders diagnosed?

At our Reno, NV, office we will take a thyroid panel and check your adrenals. Blood tests, imaging tests, and a physical can be used for diagnosis.

How are thyroid disorders treated?

Depending on the cause of your thyroid condition, we may advise lifestyle changes, medications, or nutrient supplements.

Hyperthyroidism treatments may include taking beta-blockers to help control symptoms, prescription drugs that stop the thyroid from making hormones, or the use of radioactive iodine which damages the cells to prevent them from making high levels of hormones.

Hypothyroidism may require thyroid replacement medication to increase thyroid hormone levels. Natural remedies like taking vitamin B, selenium, zinc, or probiotic supplements may also offer improvements such as lowering sugar and gluten intake. As stress can also be a factor, practicing meditation or getting more sleep can help. Some patients may also find success with peptide therapy

Restore your energy and improve your health with the help of Reno Health Institute in Reno, NV. Call us today at (775) 507-4740 to discuss plans for your thyroid disorder treatment.

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
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.