Besides the tools of traditional primary care, Dr. Hall uses many natural treatments including herbs, hypnosis, homeopathy, therapeutic nutritional supplements, Cranio-Sacral therapy and functional medicine. People often ask what these last two treatment methods entail. Here is a brief description of each of these methods and their uses. Dr. Hall combines all these methods into a type of medicine he calls Integral Medicine.
What is Cranio-Sacral Therapy?
Cranio-sacral Therapy is a gentle form of hands-on bodywork that releases restrictions that may be held anywhere in the body. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, the Cranio-Sacral rhythm can be felt throughout the body in the connective tissues that hold our muscles and bones in place.
Modern life, with all its stresses and challenges, often creates blocks and constrictions. When our body gets out of alignment, such as when we are injured, in pain or ill, our natural rhythms lose their usual form. Cranio-Sacral therapy helps the body release blocks and re-establish it’s natural rhythm.
Cranio-Sacral therapy is often used in treating chronic pain, joint pain, headaches, back pain, neck pain, and trauma resulting from accidents. It is also helpful in releasing emotional blocks that are affecting our body’s well-being.
Cranio-Sacral is extremely useful in treating young children with frequent ear infections, older children going through orthodontia (documented to shorten treatment time and reduce discomfort) and newborns soon after birth to release any residual birth trauma. It is also helpful in combination with other treatments for children and adults with ADD/ADHD.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is a versatile tool. Used in combination with emotional dialoguing techniques, it becomes even more powerful. These dialoguing techniques allow the patient to confer with their body’s innate wisdom. This inner wisdom, combined with the knowledge of a skilled practitioner, allow the true causes of illnesses to emerge. This helps the practitioner and patient create treatment plans that work to meet the deeper needs as a whole person. Both the symptoms and the root causes of illness can be treated. Healing often happens on profound levels.
What is Functional Medicine?
The purpose of functional medicine is to optimize how your body is working on a metabolic level. Functional Medicine uses advanced metabolic testing and treatment modalities to evaluate, support and re-balance the body. It is often used in treating allergies, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, menopause, auto-immune disorders, digestive dysfunction and many other conditions. It is used to re-establish metabolic dysfunction that can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and inflammation.
Functional medicine re-balances the small chemical interactions within the body and allows you to regain your natural vitality. Modern life places many stresses on your vitality. Functional medicine is one way to address these stresses and to empower and maintain your body's innate well-being.
After testing, Dr. Hall works with his patients to find a treatment plan that works well for your life. Treatment plans can involve supplements, herbs, prescriptive drugs, body work and lifestyle changes.
Dr. Hall has been studying the concepts that evolved into functional medicine since the early 1980s. Back then, when functional medicine was in its infancy, the courses had just a few people in the room, learning an exciting new pathway in medicine. Now these conferences have hundreds of participants. Having over 30 years of clinical experience with these concepts has made Dr. Hall a master of functional medicine. He loves to fascinate on how the physiology of the body actually works when designing the best treatment plans for his patients. And this is exactly what functional medicine asks it's practitioners to do.