Welcome to Omaha Integrative Care

At Omaha Integrative Care, we offer counseling or coaching, yoga, massage, nutritional services, acupuncture, and meditation or mind / body medicine classes.

One of the things that sets Omaha Integrative Care apart is that we're the only location in the region that has all of those services under one roof.

One of the things we hear often from our clients is that when People come in, they feel like they're coming into a Sanctuary.

We're very picky about, not only who works here, but what we offer. All of the products we offer, right now, are through Pulling Down the Moon, and their products are triple-tested and the highest quality.

We really just want to help you to enjoy life to the fullest.

What is integrative care?

Integrative care combines traditional western medicine with complementary therapies such as yoga, nutrition, acupuncture, massage and counseling. A defining component to integrative care is that the complementary treatments are research-based and not meant to take the place of traditional medicine, but to support the whole person during treatment. Most importantly, integrative care is about treating the whole person and looking at all aspects of life – physical, emotional and spiritual.

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In our online store we have gathered a selection of items that we feel are the best offer for women who are trying to become pregnant. Whether you are trying "naturally" or using medical means like Invitro Fertilization (IVF), you will find what you need in our array of yoga for fertility DVDs, fertility books and many nutritional products - all chosen to support the fertility journey.
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NEWS AND UPDATES

Age and Fertility: Focus on overall health

Bonnie Heidel, MSOM, DOM, LAcIn an article written by an expert in the field of fertility and age, a question was posted regarding a patient that was about to turn 40-years old.  The practitioner’s main concern was what she could tell her patient who was at the moment, uncoupled and wanting to preserve her fertility.  There were quite a few responses, most of them reiterating the age-related dogma:  fertility decreases with age, so this patient needs to act fast.

While age is a factor, as an acupuncturist who has worked with hundreds of women who were trying to conceive, it is not our biggest issue when it comes to fertility.  In fact recent data shows that a woman’s odds of conceiving within one year of trying from age 35 to 40 is only about 7-8% less than that of a woman aged 27-30.

This Atlantic Monthly article discusses the emerging body of research that supports the fact that physiological age (meaning how old your cells are) plays a much greater role in fertility (and health) than how chronologically old you are (your actual age).  The author stresses to all practitioners that we need to stay abreast of the current research and resist falling prey to media hypes.

Using the integrative medical approach by combining nutrition, acupuncture and stress reduction with medical procedures such as IVF not only supports fertility and overall health but creates much needed support during a difficult time.  When it comes to age, there are many ways to support and work with the body on a different level.  In various conversations with fertility doctors we all agree that there is a big difference between chronological age and physiological age.  When it comes to fertility physiological age is what matters.

-Dr. Bonnie Heidel-Arnold

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heidel please complete the contact form below.

 

 

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Mindful Moment: Observing your body

Wellness rocksWith all of the external stimuli of our daily lives, we often neglect to notice our body and how we really feel.  Most of us are too busy to pay attention and at other times we automatically distract from what feels uncomfortable.  It’s like pulling your hand away from the hot stove; if it doesn’t feel good, we distract or numb the pain.  By doing this we are ignoring valuable information which can be helpful to live your life to the fullest.  This disconnect from our bodies is the heart of mind body medicine.

This week’s mindful moment is paying attention to the body without judgement.  Each morning or before you go to bed spend some time just noticing how each part of your body feels and what it is trying to tell you.  Physical sensations are our bodies’ ways of communicating a need to us.

  • Set aside a few quiet moments laying down or seated in a comfortable position.
  • Beginning with your toes, gently scan the body to just notice what it is telling you.  Work your way up through each part of the body until you get to the top of your head.
  • While you are doing this, continue to bring your attention back to just that part of the body and notice.
  • Look for tension, warmth, soreness or tightness.  Try not to label any sensations as “bad” or “good” but simply acknowledge how your body feels in the moment.  You are observing or witnessing the state of the body and gathering information.

For a longer and deeper experience check out this guided body scan meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Mindful moments are short exercises to be used throughout your week to relax, integrate and center yourself.  Inspired by the wisdom traditions and science, mindful moments are meant to be accessible and simple enough for anyone to practice.  Many teachers and leaders in integrative medicine have influenced our approach to mindful moments. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”  Look for the weekly mindful moment every Monday.  May it support you in finding your center to live life to the fullest.

 

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Looking for Balance? Look to your hormones.

Stressed Woman“The secret to thriving is the knowledge that we are never simply victims of our bodies. It’s very reassuring to know that we all have within us the ability to heal from anything and go on to live joy-filled lives.”
Christiane Northrup, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical And Emotional Health And Healing

We’ve all felt it and even said the words “feeling hormonal.”  But, what does that really mean and how true is it?  It turns out it is very real and not just a saying.  Hormones are the body’s messengers and play an integral role in many processes including sexual functioning, mood, metabolism and reproduction.

As written in this WebMD article, hormone imbalance can contribute to a variety of things such as acne, insomnia, excessive hunger, irritable bowel syndrome and fatigue just to name a few annoyances.  Particular times in a woman’s life like perimenopause and menopause create shifts in our bodies.  Stress will also interact with hormonal changes, making it a complicated cocktail of symptoms.  Learning how to respond to these shifts is crucial in maintaining overall health and wellness.

Join Dr. Heidel and Teri Beste, RYT on Wednesday January 28th at 6:30 PM for the first Women’s Holistic Health Series  to learn more about how to balance hormones with integrative approaches such as nutrition, supplements/herbs, acupuncture and yoga.

Cost is $15 per person or $20 for you and a friend.  Participants will also receive $25 off an initial acupuncture session with Dr. Heidel.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Fill out the form below to save your spot.

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Mindful Moment: Centering

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-yoga-lotus-pose-image13666993You hear people say it you may even think, “I need to center myself,” but what does that actually mean?  Centering is a way to ground oneself in the present moment or even in one’s intentions.  We are constantly pulled, figuratively and literally, in so many directions each day.  Our bodies may be feeling one way and our minds are thinking about several different things in the midst of demands from others, emails, news and the other distractions of daily life.  We have little control over those external events swirling around us.  Centering allows us to bring ourselves back to what we do have control over — how we respond.  Finding time each morning to center yourself will help improve focus, productivity and a overall sense of well being.

Centering Practice

  1. It is ideal to do this practice first thing in the morning or when you first get to work. Try to find a quiet space where you are least likely to be interrupted.
  2. Sit with integrity; the top of your head reaching to the sky and your feet grounded on floor; shoulders gently rolled back creating an open chest.
  3. Take several easy breaths at your own pace.
  4. Notice what you hear, what you smell and what you see.  When thoughts and distractions come,  visualize them as clouds moving overhead, resisting the urge to grasp at them.
  5. You may even visualize or imagine all of the clutter and to-dos floating around you while you focus on what you are experiencing just in this moment.

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society offers more suggestions on centering here. For a retreat experience on centering register for the first annual Women’s Centering Retreat coming up on January 25th.

Mindful moments are short exercises to be used throughout your week to relax, integrate and center yourself.  Inspired by the wisdom traditions and science, mindful moments are meant to be accessible and simple enough for anyone to practice.  Many teachers and leaders in integrative medicine have influenced our approach to mindful moments. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”  Look for the weekly mindful moment every Monday.  May it support you in finding your center to live life to the fullest.

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Holistic Q & A: SAD or Winter Blues

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The Bravewell Collaborative describes integrative medicine as “a movement whose time has come.”  We agree wholeheartedly.  At Omaha Integrative Care (OIC), we offer integrative therapies to support your health and wellness. The time has come, yet where do you start?

 

Q:  As soon as the days get shorter I notice a change in my mood and energy.  I feel more tired and heavy.  I’m pretty sure I have some form of seasonal affective disorder.  What can help with this?

A:  Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), often known as the winter blues, effects approximately 6% of people in the United States (1).   Those affected may feel irritable, sad, or struggle with fatigue.  Many report feeling “heavy” and have difficulty concentrating (2).  Symptoms tend to start in the fall as the days grow shorter.  Therapy, massage and yoga are just a few integrative approaches that may help in addition to meditation, acupuncture and nutritional counseling.

Massage is one of the holistic options for decreasing SAD.  OIC’s massage therapist Sara Comstock says “massage therapy is thought of as a nice way to relax, but there are so many more therapeutic benefits as well that can help alleviate S.A.D.”

  • Massage has been shown to decrease cortisol levels, in turn lowering stress levels. Massage helps to restore the parasympathetic nervous system which helps you to fully rest as well as effectively aiding digestion (overindulge on holiday snacks?).
  • Massage increases your endorphins, a natural antidepressant, as well as lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, stimulates nerves, and aids in removing toxins via the lymph system.
  • Often times massage therapists will include some sort of aromatherapy to their practice. Diffusing essential oils or adding them to the massage oil has many benefits that aid in the total well-being. Many citrus oils are uplifting and fresh, while others oils such as lavender or patchouli are more grounding and calming.

Licensed Mental Health Therapist Rachel Wolfe has the following suggestions for mitigating some of the symptoms of SAD:

  • Increase your exposure to sunlight by going for a walk or sitting next to windows when possible.
  • Therapy is also very helpful in managing symptoms, like irritability and low energy and motivation.
  • Some people find that taking an antidepressant medication during the fall and winter months is also helpful. If this route feels right to you talk with your physician.

One of the best ways to mitigate that heavy feeling of SAD is to get moving.  Yoga has been found to help alleviate some of the symptoms of SAD and possibly even increase serotonin levels according to Dr. Timothy McCall.  OIC’s yoga teacher Teri Beste suggests practicing a flow sequence such as sun salutations to move energy and breath. See Yoga International’s Chair Yoga: Sun Salutations for a gentle practice to do early in the morning and/or before you go to bed.  Yoga also includes meditation and breathing practices which can help lift move and improve focus.

Acupuncture, nutritional counseling and meditation are other ways to work with SAD.Whichever approach speaks to you, we are here to help.  For more guidance or to schedule an appointment email us or call 402-934-1617.

1.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2686645/
2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/definition/con-20021047

 

Our integrative practitioners want to answer your questions through the lens of integrative care.  Want to know how to boost your mood?  How about some thoughts on chronic pain or insomnia? Ask us!

Submit your questions and they may be included in our monthly Holistic Q&A Blog.  Our practitioners will give you some thoughts from a holistic perspective.  We will give you suggestions from a yogic view; tell you what our massage therapist thinks as well as what our nutritionist, acupuncturist and counseling professionals have to say on the subject.

Send your questions to us!

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