While conventional medicine tends to focus on the disease and the patients symptoms, Functional Medicine is a complete assessment of the current health of the patient, future risk factors to the patient’s health and specific personal goals established to create treatment plans designed specifically for each patient’s individual needs in order to fully optimize health, energy, sleep and well-being.
At QUANTUM Health Solutions, our Nurse Practitioner Carolyn Mellette Silvernail has been practicing and coordinating Functional Medicine treatment for all of her patients since 2004. She is recognized throughout the community for her ability to listen, really hear, and then understand and translate her patients’ needs into action, and also for her never ending devotion to thinking outside the box to help her patients improve their lives.
First, Dr. Carolyn performs baseline testing in regard to is “how you feel”. Secondly, the testing results are explained to you in detail. Lastly, Dr. Carolyn discusses with you the different treatment options available and make together as a team your custom plan is created. Treatment plans can include a variety of components such as diet and exercise changes, supplements and vitamin recommendations, herbs, acupuncture, or sometimes even prescription medications.
Our goal is to help you return to optimal health so you enjoy life to its fullest potential.
Dry Needling and Acupuncture are similar as both use needles to make miniscule holes in the soft tissue (skin, muscles, tendons) to assist in healing. These treatments activate the immune system, normalize the nervous system and promote self-healing. Both dry needling and acupuncture can be used to treat various conditions including pain, such as back pain, neck pain, joint paint, etc., nausea, vomiting, headache, and more.
There are over 80 different styles of acupuncture, thus it is important to remember that the effectiveness of acupuncture and dry needling are not based on a specific style, but rather on the powerful underlying mechanism for healing.
Based on western neuroanatomy and scientific study of the nervous and musculoskeletal system, dry needling is placing a needle at the site of the problem for direct influence at the site of pain. This directly desensitizes painful nerves while stimulating repair of soft tissue.