Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and PTSD

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects millions of people throughout the United States.  There is a direct correlation between PTSD and trauma with symptoms commonly manifesting within three months of a traumatic event.  PTSD can lead to other symptoms including anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

Counseling is often recommended for individuals affected by PTSD.  Clinical Christian counseling and/or a pastoral counselor may be sought by people of faith struggling with PTSD. Faithfully Guided Health Center has licensed pastoral counselors and mental health counselors that provide clinical Christian counseling in a friendly and safe setting.  A complementary treatment for PTSD that our Christian counseling professionals often recommend is hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy accelerates the body’s ability to heal itself. It increases the amount of oxygen in the body to promote healing and decrease inflammation.  Recent studies indicate that hyperbaric oxygen therapy, when supervised by a qualified medical professional, can benefit patients with PTSD.  In fact, the Veterans Administration (VA) even offers this treatment for some veterans living with PTSD.

It’s important to note that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not a stand-alone treatment for PTSD. When treating a patient with PTSD, we often recommend clinical Christian counseling in addition to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Are you or a loved one struggling with PTSD? If so, Faithfully Guided Health Center can help.  Our dedicated and compassionate team of pastoral counselors and Christian counseling professionals are here to help.  We also offer Christian marriage counseling and family counseling to help loved ones better understand and cope with their spouse or family member’s PTSD.  Give us a call to schedule an appointment today.

How Can Direct Primary Care and Functional Medicine Improve My Health?

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direct primary care

The spirit, mind, and body all have an effect on one another, which is why Faithfully Guided Health Center (FGHC) focuses on the “whole” person.  Let’s take a closer look at FGHCs direct primary care and functional medicine services and philosophies:

Direct Primary Care

Direct primary care is designed to help you achieve, monitor and maintain optimal health.

We begin with a collaborative intake assessment which includes a medical history and physical, temperament analysis, brain health analysis and lab work. All of this data is then used to develop your customized wellness plan.  In addition to office visits with our practitioners, you can choose a direct primary care package that may include targeted LED therapy, infrared sauna therapy, holy yoga classes, Alpha-Stim treatments and more.

Functional Medicine

Commonly referred to as functional medicine, FGHC incorporates functional medicine principles and philosophies into our lifestyle and integrative medicine services. Kelly TIngler, PA-C, emphasizes that functional medicine does not just treat symptoms.  It involves evaluating the person as a whole, identifying the root cause of disease and developing a collaborative solution which encourages and promotes overall health.  Achieving optimal health involves a different process for each person.  Functional medicine at FGHC considers all aspects of your mind, body and spirit, including nutrition, stress, chronic diseases, hormones and more.

Do you feel like your health and/or overall outlook on life is not where it use to be or should be?  If so, then FGHCs direct primary care and functional medicine practitioners can help you better understand the connection between the spirt, mind, and body and develop a reasonable and comfortable wellness plan designed to not just treat your symptoms, but actually identify obstacles that are hindering your overall health.

Interested in learning more about FGHCs direct primary care and functional medicine services?  If so, give us a call today.

A Different Approach to Healthcare

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New research was just released by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation that has Marion County, Florida ranking at 52 out of 67 counties for health outcomes (click here to read the article).  This includes the state our citizens’ physical and mental health, premature death, and the number of people who live with fair or poor health.  We are living in one of the sickest counties in all of Florida!  At Faithfully Guided Health Center we are on a mission of change… Our goal is begin reversing the impact of chronic disease, starting in our hometown.

The Problem with Conventional Medicine

So what has led us to this problem?  We feel it roots back to the fact that conventional medicine tends to be reactive, instead of proactive.  Doctors don’t often spend time teaching us how to stay healthy and we don’t get serious about our health until we’ve lost it.  The conventional medical model doesn’t focus on preventing disease, but screening for it.  Often it’s not a matter of if you’ll get ________ (fill in the blank – cancer, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease), but when.

Conventional medicine provides sick-care instead of health-care.  The use of pharmaceuticals and costly procedures often manage symptoms to prolong life, instead of finding the root cause and healing the body. This mindset has created a system where health providers are rewarded when you are sick rather than being healthy.

Because the conventional model is not prevention-focused, our healthcare costs are astronomical. When we turn to expensive pharmaceuticals or costly procedures to treat our symptoms, insurance companies pass along that increase in cost to us. In 2007 an employer-sponsored PPO (insurance) plan for a family of four cost $14,700 annually, now that same plan is up to $27,000! Our current healthcare model is not sustainable. The bottom line is, families can’t afford this and the government will eventually go bankrupt trying to fund Medicare.

Compared to the rest of the world, the US spends the most money on healthcare, but we are not even in the top 30 in regards to our life expectancy.  Heart disease is the number one killer, cancer rates are still rising, and dementia in the last few decades of life is almost expected.

It’s Time for a New Look at Health Care

At Faithfully Guided Health Center, we believe the answer to the health burden our country is facing is prevention. To seek healthier lifestyles through functional medicine and faith-based counseling. Functional medicine addresses the root cause of disease and treatment by developing a lifestyle for health, as well as using supplements, unique diagnostics tests, among other therapies to bring healing to the whole body.  Oftentimes many of the visits and diagnostic testing used in Functional Medicine are not covered by conventional health insurance, creating a financial burden for the patient.

How Can Someone Afford to Pay for This Type of Service?

Direct Primary Care

One option that is gaining popularity is the Direct Primary Care model. Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a membership-based alternative payment model where patients, employers, or health plans pay primary care providers in flat, simple periodic fees directly for unlimited access to primary care and prevention services. It’s similar to a gym membership where you pay a monthly fee to have access to your doctor. Practices vary in how they implement this model, but you basically have unlimited access to your primary care doctor for one price per month. This allows your family to adopt a high deductible insurance plan and spend the cost savings on keeping your family healthy.

Share of Cost Health Coverage

We still need healthcare coverage for inevitable issues that come up – an accident, a necessary surgery, needing to see a specialist. But there are Share of Cost plans out there that can really save the consumer money. This is not considered “insurance,” but you send in your “monthly share” and then share the cost of other members medical bills. Faith-based communities have been doing this for decades – organizations like Medi-ShareSamaritan Ministries, and Christian Healthcare Ministries are examples. Another option that is focused on functional medicine, is called Knew Health. The savings most families get by joining these sharing plans are around $500 per month! The idea is that you take the money you save and invest that into your health.  Eating high quality food, gym memberships, self-care, counseling for healthy relationships, and Direct Primary Care membership for your family.

Faithfully Guided Health Center is excited to now be offering Direct Primary Care membership options at our facility. If you would like more information please follow this link or call our office at 352-512-0631.