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Lifestyle and Nutritional Support

Good nutritional habits can promote and maintain vibrant health.  We seem to have forgotten the importance of a healthy eating.  There are  many opinions as to what is the best way of eating.  In order to support a patients' decision in eating choices we offer a blood nutritional analysis.  A patient will have a comprehensive blood test done at a local lab.  After the blood test is done we go over the results and discuss the findings.  The labwork can be ordered by the patients' MD or we can order here at the office.  We can order saliva testing also for certain pieces of information needed to guide of choices. We use Diagnos Techs labs for this as it is one of the leading saliva labs in the country.

We encourage our patients to use a form of movement that that stretches their ability slightly. The human body is the only machine that wears out faster without use.  The old adage "use it or loose it" is very true when it comes to your muscles (and your brain, too.)  Some people are already involved with exercise and some need to progress a liitle bit at a time.  For the average patient time can be a limiting factor so efficiency in exercise can make a difference in compliance.  Here is an informative article about HIIT.
For a more gentle approach try walking and stretching at home.  There is a difference between the stretch of a muscle and the pain of overdoing it.
Many people have found that T'ai chi is a form of movement that is soothing to the mind and the body.
Whatever method a person will stick to will be beneficial in the long run.

Far infrared Sauna

We have a far infrared sauna available for our patients' use. A far infrared sauna is an unique sauna that uses light to create heat. "Far" refers to where the light waves fall on the spectrum of light. Far infrared treatments have been reported to be helpful in relieving pain and increasing circulation. Infrared saunas increase joint mobility because infrared encourages the production of synovial fluid.  Many other benefits have been linked to the use of the far infrared sauna. Many people find the benefit of sweating to rid the body of toxins can enhance their vitality.  We are daily subjected to many toxic elements. A website I refer my patients to is www.ewg.org.This site is a wealth of information about our enviroment and some of the things we are exposed to that can be harmful.  You can check out your shampoo, skin cream and cosmetics by brand to see if they are harmful.  More information about exposure to toxic elements and our environment can be found on www.scorecard.goodguide.com.


Cupping is an ancient technique that is used in many cultures. A special "cup" is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body, brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced as well as silicon cups. We use all the variations at the office.

Gua Sha

Gua sha is a technique that involves skin stimulation with a round-edged tool. The area treated is lubricated with an oil or cream. The area is then rubbed until a redness occurs called "sha". Often a medicated cream like tiger balm is used. This promotes circulation.  It can be used for pain, stiffness, acute infectious illness, upper respiratory infections and even digestive disorders.  Often we use it for joint pain to increase range of motion and decrease pain. The redness usually goes away in a day or two.  Patients often report an immediate relief from pain or congestion.

Here are some links to help you with your good health.
Pure Encapsulation is a company that offers high quality supplements. You can go here and learn a lot about different health topics and order vitamins and supplements. Please remember to consult a healthcare provider before adding any vitamin or herb to your diet. Some things may be counter indicated to your health regime including medications or health condition you may have.
To enhance the quality of our life we take a look at water, air and light systems through Nikken. This company offers a line of magnetic and thermowear products. to view their great selection click here.







13 Williamsburg Lane
Chico  CA  95926
located in the
Stonebridge Professional Village



530 345-3382