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Center for Life


Integrative Medicine

This healing-oriented practice focuses on the whole person—from factors that influence wellness to lifestyle habits. Integrative medicine modifies conventional approaches for optimal healing.


Traditional Chinese medicine views disease as a result of an imbalance or blockage of Qi flow. Acupuncture is a method of balancing and building the body's life forces which flow through pathways in the body called meridians. Thin, sterile, stainless steel needles are inserted into specific points along meridians to disperse the blockage and/or mobilize the body's natural immune response.

Chiropractic Medicine

The diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, joints and soft tissue.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is beneficial for many chronic conditions. Massaging the soft tissues can increase blood and oxygen flow to the massaged areas to warm them and decrease pain. It is often part of prescribed physical therapy and physical rehabilitation to:

  • Promote general wellness
  • Relieve stress
  • Treat medical conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during an integrative medicine consultation?

A consultation is the first visit for a new patient. It is an hour-long meeting with a doctor to talk about a health problem. The appointments are holistic and include a detailed personal medical history including diet, stressors, emotions, exercise, sleep and more.

What does the doctor do during the consultation?

The doctor will start with by assessing your health problem and your overall life. He or she will make recommendations that focus on healthy lifestyle habits. The goal is to integrate complementary and conventional therapies in ways that are both safe and effective.

We also provide counseling on nutrition and physical activity. Your doctor will recommend supplements and other therapies when appropriate but will generally not prescribe medication or order diagnostic tests.

Will the doctor refer me to other services at the Center for Life?

Yes, patients are often referred to other services such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, myofascial therapy, counseling and educational classes.