About Us


More are taking charge of their health through ‘kitchen sink approach’ – Jacksonville Daily News

Posted: August 29, 2021 at 1:52 am

One silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic is that more people are making their health a priority and doing what they can to be resilient against illness and disease.

Theyre getting back to the basics on eating a nutritious diet, exercise, getting adequate sleep and safeguarding their mental health. Many are looking to a more holistic approach that takes care of the whole mind-body-spirit relationship.

I really think the kitchen sink approach is best for people to fix their health problems. It doesnt have to be just mindfulness or just Western medicine, said Jeff Fox, an acupuncture physician of 11 years who practices at Advanced Wellness and Massage in Jacksonville.

Acupuncture is a facet of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) thats been in use and documented for well over 3,000 years. Often shrouded in mystery, its a practice that utilizes the insertion of thin hair-like needles at specific points on the body for the purpose of stimulating the nervous system and regulating the bodys natural biological processes.

TCM is highly effective as preventive medicine and something people often turn to when living with chronic conditions. Acupuncture treats a wide range of physical and mental ailments such as chronic pain, addiction, anxiety, infertility, digestive issues, migraines, depression, arthritis, sleep disturbances, PMS, common colds, fatigue, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome and most any malady that manifests with physical symptoms.

Foxs fascination with TCM began he saw the profound affects acupuncture had on a patient who sustained an arm injury during intervention to keep her from choking to death one day. The woman was expected to have permanent nerve damage from her injury, but acupuncture treatments delivered vascular improvement, pain management and helped her avoid surgery.

I talked to her acupuncturist and decided to make a change, Fox said. Fox left a career in computer administration to jump on an entirely new path.

Its interesting because theyre both kind of dealing with communication. One is biological, and one is silicone, Fox said.

Foxs second career has brought him far more fulfillment as hes seen patients heal, even after they found acupuncture as a last resort treatment for complex conditions.

The ability to help them be able to live without that pain thats a good day, Fox said.

But acupuncture needles arent appealing to everyone. In their quest for optimal health, people turn to yoga, massage, meditation and practicing mindfulness to negate the consequences of physical and emotional stressors.

People are using these ways of healing, not because they want to be new agey, they want to get better, Fox said.

In addition to acupuncture, Fox also uses a form of medical massage called Tui Na and herbal remedies to help facilitate the bodys natural healing processes.

Since the onset of COVID-19, more patients have been calling the clinic to schedule treatments to not only fortify their immune systems but also to deal with emotional stress of living through uncertain times.

What were really seeing is people using everything at their disposal nowadays and thinking outside the box rather than passively doing what others have said. Theyre trying to think for themselves and use all the tools that are available, Fox said.

Mostof the traffic at the clinic are massage clients and a few who seek out Reiki, a form of energy work in which the therapist channels healing energy through a clients body to restore physical and emotional wellbeing.

People have been more vocal and are asking a lot now if acupuncture and massage will help out with anxiety. People are surprised the answer is yes, said Elizabeth Eustis, a licensed massage therapist and Reiki healer with a background in yoga and personal training.

One change she has noticed in patients during the pandemic is that theyre more motivated to try new things and are open to new philosophies on how they mind their health.

People have been coming in really questioning things about themselves and their lifestyle, Eustis said.

Eustis educates clients on how massage can alleviate stress, depression and anxiety. Anyone who has ever felt their heart race or stomach churn knows these emotions affect the body on a cellular level. Massage, acupuncture, energy work and mindfulness are just a few things people are turning to in order to take back control of their health.

People should try all avenues even if they havent been open to it before, Eustis said.

Read more here:
More are taking charge of their health through 'kitchen sink approach' - Jacksonville Daily News

Related Post

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.