WomanSafeHealth offers a wide range of primary care health services for women. If desired, women are encouraged and allowed to have a support person either in the room or on site, for any visits or procedures. WomanSafeHealth team members are also available to provide support.
Empowering WomanCare (Primary Care)
Limited general women’s health care services include, but are not limited to:
- Well-Woman Annual Evaluation
- Seasonal Illnesses & Allergies
- Sinus, Throat and Upper Respiratory Infections
- Addiction and Recovery
- Pain Management
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Thyroid Issues
- Weight gain or loss
- Women’s Psychological Health
- Body Image, Anorexia, and Bulimia
- Abuse and Recovery
- Second Opinions
- Acute Care for Dehydration with IV Therapy
- Other IV Therapies
- Smoking Cessation
- Nutritional Counseling
Suboxone Treatment for Addiction and Chronic PainElizabeth Shadigian, MD is certified to prescribe Suboxone (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) for treatment of opioid addiction as well as chronic pain management. If you need to initiate treatment, wish to maintain your current regimen or tweak it, or if you are ready to safely wean off, Elizabeth would be delighted to help.
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
What is Traditional Chinese or Oriental Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest continually practiced forms of medicine in the world, dating back at least 2,500 years. Currently one quarter of the world’s population makes use of Oriental Medicine, which includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs, moxa, cupping, massage, nutrition, exercise and other modalities.
TCM integrates body, mind, and spirit, concentrating on ongoing wellness versus treating symptoms, thus enhancing the body’s natural healing ability.
One of the basic principles of TCM is the concept of Qi (Chee). “Qi” or “energy” flows through the body via channels called meridians. When Qi is blocked by stress, poor diet, physical trauma, or lack of exercise, disease can ensue.
How are practitioners trained and licensed?
In the United States TCM is regulated by state licensing boards, except in a few states such as Michigan. In addition, practitioners can be nationally board certified in acupuncture. Kristin Whitfield, L Ac, Dipl OM, MAOM is both a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and a registered (Michigan) and licensed (Massachusetts) acupuncturist.
Is acupuncture comfortable?
Most people feel the needles enter the skin. When the needle is inserted, a slight discomfort may occur. If pain is experienced, it dissipates quickly. Sensations reported include heat, pressure, tingling, achiness, and heaviness. Kristin’s clients report feeling comfortable and relaxed both during and after treatments.
How does Traditional Chinese Medicine work?
TCM works by re-establishing balance and harmony within the body. Several methods are used to re-balance Qi and circulation, but acupuncture is a cornerstone. Acupuncture is the use of extremely fine needles inserted at acupuncture points along the meridians. Over 365 points on the body can affect the flow of Qi within the meridians, but very few points are used during one treatment, typically 10 to 16.
Is Traditional Chinese Medicine safe?
When practiced correctly by trained, qualified professionals, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are safe and have minimal documented side effects. Disposable, single-use, sterile needles are always used.
What conditions is Traditional Chinese Medicine useful for?
The World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health recognize acupuncture as an effective treatment modality for many health conditions. Back pain, asthma, depression, addictions, carpal tunnel syndrome, gastrointestinal symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), stress, infertility, gynecological issues, premenstrual syndrome, the turning of breech babies, labor induction, menopause symptoms, headaches, joint and arthritis pain, cancer pain and many other conditions respond well to Oriental Medicine.
Massage & Polarity Therapy
How Can Massage Reduce Stress?
Massage helps one become more aware of physical tension and relieves it by giving the body a state of relaxation and well being. Allowing therapeutic touch can give much needed emotional support in times of heavy stress. A therapeutic massage helps the nervous system to minimize stress, remove tension in soft tissue, returns heart rate, blood pressure, and circulation to healthy levels. Massage greatly reduces stress, can address pain on many levels, and works best with other supportive health measures: rest, exercise, and a balanced diet. Having a regular massage is important maintenance for the body, providing an internal tune up and relaxed state of mind.
Physical Benefits of Massage
- Allows the body to experience a deep state of relaxation
- Relieves muscle tension and stiffness
- Increases joint flexibility
- Helps fine tune athletic performance
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing
- Improves circulation
- Strengthens immune system
- Provides relief from headache and other body pain
Emotional Benefits of Massage
- Reduces mental stress
- Improves ability to monitor stress
- Enhances the ability to think more clearly
- Increases the capacity to be more creative
- Creates feelings of deep well-being
- Raises positive self image and self esteem
- Heightens awareness of mind/body connection
- Provides a relaxed state of alertness
- Deep Tissue
- Soft Tissue Rehabilitation
- Traditional Relaxation
- Sports Massage
- Pre & Post Natal Massage
- Myofascial Massage Therapy
- Neuro-Muscular Therapy
- Polarity Therapy
Polarity therapy is an East meets West modality that uses a vast awareness of anatomy and has deep roots in physiology, helping people to gain greater awareness of energetic blockages that can create physical issues and discomforts. Polarity can be helpful to people who are recovering from traumatic experiences, whether physical or emotional. Please call for additional information and rates.
Private Infant Massage
We offer infant massage sessions/classes for babies four weeks to crawling. We create a safe, nurturing environment that invites exploration while encouraging attachment. Learn fun ways to include massage in your daily routine as your baby grows and changes.
Topics and Activities Include:
Parent (or caregiver)/infant communication
Infant massage strokes
Comforting and soothing
Reducing digestive distress
Sessions/classes are $90 for a single session and $180 for double sessions. This fee includes up to two grown-ups per baby.