Wellness is an approach to healthcare that focuses on returning patients to optimal health and maintaining good health to prevent disease. We feel it's more sensible to prevent illness than to treat problems later with medicine or surgery.
The healthcare practitioners at Hawthorne Wellness Center are allied in the philosophy that good healthcare is a collaborative effort between patient and providers. When a patient's condition warrants co-management, our clinic tries to address patient needs in-house. If an outside consultation is warranted, we freely refer to other healthcare providers in the community. Below is a list of the many services we offer.
Acupuncture is part of a complete system of medicine that has been practiced in China for thousands of years. The goal of treatment is to bring the body closer to an optimal state of functioning by engaging its natural healing response to reverse the progression of disease or to prevent disease from occurring.
The acupuncturists in our clinic are adept at managing a wide variety of conditions, with particular focus on pain management, chemotherapy-related side effects (including nausea), fertility and women's issues, headaches and migraines, and fibromyalgia.
Research from leading institutions such as the National Institutes of Health clearly shows that acupuncture is efficacious for many types of pain. Studies also confirm its use for post-operative, pregnancy-related, and chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting. The anti-inflammatory effect of treatments make it suitable for addressing symptoms associated with seasonal allergies and some auto-immune disorders. Many other conditions can also benefit from acupuncture. The World Health Organization has listed more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture may be indicated.
Acupuncture is safe, effective, and deeply relaxing for most people. Treatments involve the insertion of one or more thin, sterile needles on specific points of the body to improve and maintain health.
Using whole body and spinal structural assessment, chiropractic strives to identify and remove barriers to fluid movement in order to enhance function. Although perhaps best known for effective treatment of neck and back pain, chiropractic care is also a potent intervention in the treatment of headache, hip, knee, and shoulder pain and dysfunction, as well as other joint and muscle complaints.
Typical office visits involve full body assessment with an extensive history and physical exam, followed by treatment consisting of manual therapies, physical therapy modalities, and therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise prescription. Diet and lifestyle recommendations are usually added to help improve and maintain overall health, well-being, and quality of life. The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as "spinal manipulation," also called "chiropractic adjustment." This procedure is done on the affected joints and soft tissue to restore mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness and allowing joints, muscles, and ligaments to heal more quickly and completely.
Our approach to chiropractic at Hawthorne Wellness Center is distinctive in that we utilize the latest available research and clinical evidence to guide our treatment. We also strive to find solutions to each individual's needs and help empower patients to take an active part in managing their conditions. This partnership helps to decrease the need for ongoing care.
Many people come to counseling at a low point in their lives. Sometimes, if a person is facing difficult events or dealing with challenging emotions, family or friends may encourage them to seek counseling. In other cases, those whose lives may seem to be on an even keel might feel stuck in one or another area of personal development and look to counseling to help them move ahead. Or, a person may simply desire something more from life and seek the aid of a counselor to help them create what it is they wish to establish in their lives. Counseling can be a great support in many different ways.
At Hawthorne Wellness Center, the counseling relationship starts with a free, 30-minute in-person or telephone consultation. During this initial consultation, the potential client and counselor get a chance to talk to one another, ask each other pertinent questions, and discover whether or not they have a good rapport. This is vital, as research shows that the single most important signifier of a positive therapeutic outcome is a solid therapeutic relationship.
Counseling is not an instant fix, of course, but over the first few visits, as a connection is made, a safe space is created where the client's emotions and thoughts can rise to the surface and be expressed. Then, always listening carefully to the client's feelings, the counselor and client together can start to map a path toward healing.
Our family physician is a medical doctor (MD) with specialty training in women's health, pediatrics, adult medicine, geriatrics, and behavioral health. Family physicians are primary care providers who focus on preventative health, nutrition, and patient education with a holistic approach to the care of the body and the mind. They also address acute and chronic illnesses, provide vaccinations, and do minor surgical procedures.
Our approach to family medicine at the Hawthorne Wellness Center is a unique model of care. We believe that up-to-date medical knowledge, an electronic health record for reliable access to your health history, and a personal connection with your physician create the optimal conditions for healing. We feel that the solution to the fragmented healthcare system is to put the patient directly in touch with the physician. Much in the manner of the family doctor of days gone by, we seek to improve direct access to your doctor by offering same-day appointments and longer office visits (typically 30 minutes for established patients, and 60 minutes for new patients).
Therapeutic massage addresses superficial and deep muscle layers with a variety of techniques that involve kneading and stretching. The many benefits of massage include reduction of physical pain, increased range of motion, flexibility, a bolstered immune system, stimulation of blood and lymph circulation, accelerated recovery from injury, and reduced stress and anxiety. By physically assessing the troubled areas and discussing client needs, massage therapists can relieve tension through detailed massage work on specific areas.
Therapists at our clinic specialize in deep tissue massage, sports massage, and hot stone therapy, blending years of experience into focused, patient-specific care.
The core principle guiding naturopathy is the healing power of nature: naturopathic medicine utilizes natural therapies to prevent and treat dis-ease. Naturopathic physicians believe that the body possesses innate healing mechanisms and that if supported sufficiently, these mechanisms can guide the patient back to health. Naturopathic physicians maximize this innate capacity to heal by stimulating physiological processes and using substances such as botanical and nutritional medicines to support a return to full functioning. As naturopathic medicine utilizes natural therapies to support healthy body processes, it is gentle and safe for the entire family.
In addition, our naturopath takes great care to treat the whole person—not just symptoms—creating an individualized treatment plan for each patient that takes into consideration personal and family history, lifestyle, and the most current diagnostic and functional tests. In this way, we are able to treat the true causes of disease and optimize the individual body's ability to heal.