Functional Medicine AppleFUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting from the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listen to their histories and look at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, a Functional Medicine approach supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.


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Acupuncture is one of the
oldest forms of healing known
to mankind. It originated in
China nearly 5,000 years ago. The fact that it is still practiced today, thousands of years later, speaks much for the
efficacy of this treatment. Acupuncture treatment is usually carried out by inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body. When we speak of acupuncture we are referring to traditional Chinese acupuncture. This is an art that takes a considerable number of years to learn and many, many more to gain the expertise of a master.


Acupuncture sets out to correct any imbalance that is in the body or in the mind and to restore harmony and equilibrium. Clinical conditions that usually respond well to acupuncture include gastrointestinal, hormone imbalance, low back pain, acute stiff neck, torticollis, acute bursitis, myalgia associated with osteoarthritis, sciatic neuralgia, sprained joints, certain types of headaches and referred pain due to irritated trigger points.


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FirstLine Therapy is a "therapeutic lifestyle program." This program is designed to help you live your life in a way that improves your health and well-being. A "therapeutic lifestyle" means learning to make choices every day that enhances your health and helps prevent disease.


FirstLine Therapy is based on extensive scientific research demonstrating that many of the chronic diseases associated with aging are largely caused by poor lifestyle choices.


Adapting habits of living that are healthy can delay the onset of illness in old age — and increase your years of good health and full function. FirstLine Therapy will put you on the path to optimal health through a combination of balanced eating, regular exercise, stress reduction, and appropriate nutritional supplementation.



Low level lasers are different than the more publicized heat lasers that are used in many surgical procedures to cut, and cauterize tissue. Low level lasers do not have a thermal effect and are used to stimulate, rather than destroy tissue. These types of lasers have been in use for over 25 years and there has yet to be one recorded side effect. Low level laser studies have been done and have proven to be effective in many cases. It was the ERCHONIATM laser however that made history by becoming the first low level laser in the world to gain FDA market clearance for the treatment of chronic neck and shoulder pain.

Acupuncture & Arthritis
If you live with arthritis, you know what a challenge it can be to find relief from joint pain and other symptoms. There are many things you can do to manage and control your arthritis. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be a powerful addition to your treatment plan without causing harmful side effects.


Treatment Options

Western treatment generally focuses on relieving the pain and preventing further joint damage through the use of anti- inflammatory drugs and other medications, as well as through self-care and physical therapy. In some cases, surgery may be needed.


Acupuncture offers a safe, natural way to control joint pain and other symptoms and maintain overall health. In fact, a 2004 study showed that patients with Osteoarthritis of the knee experienced a 40 percent increase in function after receiving a series of acupuncture treatments.


Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on a more holistic, whole-body approach. According to these theories, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, physical symptoms may result.


Dr. Bronson will take a detailed health history and will create a treatment plan that takes into account your symptoms and the effects of your arthritis. During your acupuncture treatment, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupoints along the meridians in order to unblock any obstruction and allow Qi to flow freely. Following is a list of the causes of arthritis from a TCM perspective.


  • Weakness or deficiency of the internal organs
  • Changes with the quality and quantity of Qi
  • Invasion from external factors such as Wind, Cold and Heat
  • Unresolved emotional upset, mainly related to stress and anxiety


It is important to remember that there is no quick fix for arthritis and it will take time to achieve results. However, by working closely with Dr. Bronson you will be taking charge of your arthritis and taking a step toward a healthier life.

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