At Peninsula Integrative Medicine, we recognize the importance of supporting mental health as a fundamental aspect of your overall health. Finding the proper support means fully evaluating your emotional well-being as well as your physical health.
In the intake process, we will look for any possible sources of stress on the body: nutrient deficiencies, genetic variances (SNPs), environmental toxicities, infections, lifestyle issues, hormone balance, diet, and more. We are especially interested in the gut-brain connection and the role your microbiome plays in determining your state of health. Rebalancing the “good” vs. “bad” bacteria can have a substantial and lasting effect on your overall wellness.
Based on the results of your initial visit and lab testing, we will craft an individualized treatment plan that addresses your lifestyle and habits in a gentle, supportive atmosphere. Treatment can encompass a broad range of therapies which your doctor will discuss with you to determine the right approach.
Some of the therapies we use include vitamins or supplements, botanical medicine, nutritional advice, and lifestyle strategies. We also offer education and resources for stress management such as movement, meditation, and mindfulness exercises. The hands-on treatment we use includes acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, and biofeedback.
Biofeedback is a process that allows you to understand and change your response to stressors. Stressors are evaluated by measuring heart rate, respiratory rate, muscle tension, temperature changes, and sweat response. The doctor can observe when you are in a stress response based in part on these measures and offer recommendations to shift the pattern. For instance, if you become anxious prior to public speaking or work presentations, we can work with you to change that response so that the feeling is reduced to the level that it does not affect day-to-day functioning. The ultimate goal of biofeedback is to give you lifelong tools to practice and use outside of the office.
When there is low risk and the proper support in place, we can also provide guidance for safely tapering from anxiety and depression medications. In more complicated conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, we are still happy to provide support while medications are managed by a psychiatrist