At Knox Wellness, we understand that helping you feel better does not always have just one solution. Our integrated approach to wellness puts multiple services under one roof, allowing us to restore natural health and balance back to your body using complementary techniques.
Serving Knoxville and surrounding cities, Knox Wellness uses a naturopathic approach to provide beauty from the inside out, and outside in. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Complementary & Alternative Therapies
Our supplemental services work in conjunction with our functional medicine to establish beauty and wellness throughout your entire body. We currently offer body work & massage, acupuncture and teeth whitening.
Body Work & Massage
Traditionally used for relaxation, massage is also becoming popular on the medical front. A general term for manipulating the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments, massage is increasingly offered alongside standard treatments for multiple health conditions.
Studies have found that massage is effective when used alongside treatment for:
- Digestive disorders
- Stress-related insomnia
- Nerve pain
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Joint pain
There are multiple types of massage, ranging from light to deep tissue. The best option will be suggested for you based on your health concerns.
Although acupuncture has been in existence since the practice of early Chinese medicine, its benefits to Western medicine are still being discovered. By inserting small, differently-sized needles in strategic points throughout the body, acupuncture stimulates nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This induces your body’s natural painkillers and improves circulation.
Acupuncture is used frequently in pain management treatments and also to relieve the discomfort associated with several medical conditions, including:
- Postoperative or chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- Headaches and migraines
Although acupuncture affects different people in different ways, it is a safe alternative to invasive treatments with few side effects.
In addition to feeling good, we also understand how important it is to look good. Stains occur on the teeth when the coloring from dark foods and beverages adheres to the plaque on teeth surfaces. Yellowed teeth can affect the way a person smiles, and sometimes prevents them from showing their teeth at all.
While several at-home whitening toothpastes, strips and mouthwashes exist, they may not always be effective for everyone. Those with fillings or extensive dental work may not see the same results as those who have had no dental reconstruction. Our whitening treatment is tailored specifically to you, ensuring a brighter smile and improving confidence about the appearance of your teeth.
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that is used for a variety of problems: ADD/ADHD, mental clarity and memory, depression, motivation, anxiety and post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), sleep disorders, brain injury and stroke recovery, migraines, seizures, PMS and chronic pain, autistic spectrum disorders, and obsessive/compulsive disorder. The Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) provides stimulation to the brain by using a weak electromagnetic signal that is based on the brain waves (electroencephalogram or EEG) of the person receiving the therapy. This frequency-based signal allows the brain to shift out of its habitual patterns and start functioning in more efficient ways. LENS can cause quick and long-lasting results for many conditions.
Heart Rate Variability Training
Heart rate variability (HRV) is a physiological phenomenon where the time between heart beats can vary. It is measured by the variation in the beat-to-beat interval. Generally the heart rate increases with inspiration (taking a breath in) and decreases with expiration (letting a breath out). This increase and decrease in heart rate is influenced by the autonomic nervous system. Heart rate is generally an involuntary action of the body, however, control of one’s HRV can be learned with the help of biofeedback techniques which provide visual and auditory feedback about how one’s breath is affecting their heart rate. Studies have shown that people who have a higher HRV not only have better cardiovascular health but they also have less anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It has also been shown that people with better variability in their heart rate have better coping skills.
There are seven nationally accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America. Currently, sixteen states, two US territories, and the District of Columbia have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors (ND), which require them to graduate from one of these seven institutions.
The first two years of an ND’s education cover the basic sciences and are similar to the first two years of conventional medical school. The basic sciences include anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, microbiology, and pharmacology. Also included in the first two years are classes in naturopathic manipulation, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and a full year of nutrition.
In the final two years the students split their time between clinical rotations and continued academic learning in more specific areas of medicine including cardiology, pulmonology, endocrinology, pediatrics, geriatrics, ear/nose/throat, gastroenterology, urology, and gynecology.
All NDs must pass the basic science and clinic board exams otherwise referred to as Part I and Part II of the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to receive a license. Licensed NDs must fulfill state-mandated, annual continuing education requirements and will have a specific scope of practice defined by their state’s laws.
Tennessee is not a state currently regulating or licensing naturopathic medicine. This means that an ND in Tennessee cannot legally diagnose or treat any disease. However, an ND can provide counseling and recommendations in regards to one’s overall health and wellness with the intention of lessening the symptoms of disease. It is recommended that individuals seeking guidance from an ND maintain a primary care physician.
Contact us today for a consultation and find out how our Complementary & Alternative Therapies can help promote overall wellness for you and your body.