1. For Relief from IBD Symptoms, Just Add Exercise

    If you regularly experience irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, you’ve probably already tried tweaking your diet or taking supplements to heal your gut. While nutrition and supplements  a great start, did you know that regular exercise can also relieve IBD symptoms?IT How Exercise Helps Bowel Disorders Functional medicine doctors have long understood the benefits of regular exercise on overall h…Read More

  2. Recovering from Surgery – the Functional Medicine Way

    When healing from illness or surgery, it is important to consider the body holistically. All the body's functional systems are affected after surgery and during sports injury rehabilitation. To promote fast and complete healing, your functional medicine doctor's approach will be to optimize the function of the endocrine, digestive, and nervous systems in order to facilitate healing. Functional Sys…Read More

  3. Summer Sports Injury Rehabilitation? 8 Healing Activities to Explore

    Summer calls to athletes with great outdoor opportunities to experience and new challenges to overcome. During sports injury rehabilitation your favorite sport might be off the table, but getting out and experiencing the season with holistic activities can be a chance to explore new fitness techniques. During your rehabilitation and physical therapy, be sure to check with your functional medicine …Read More

  4. Why Your Functional Wellness Program Should Include Regular Chiropractic Therapy

    Chiropractic treatment provides much more than just pain relief. While a trip to the chiropractor is typically prompted by neck or back pain, there are a myriad of reasons to include regular adjustments as part of your wellness program. Regular chiropractic treatments bring balance and optimal function to the body's systems by freeing up obstructions that restrict the natural flow of essential nut…Read More

  5. How Do Vegetables Decrease Your Risk for Heart Disease?

    Protecting your heart health and reducing the risk of coronary heart disease is an important reason to integrate a wellness program into everyday life. Vegetables provide the compounds the vascular system needs to function properly and are essential for complete functional nutrition. The most common type of heart disease in the United States is CHD, or coronary artery disease. This condition cause…Read More

  6. 6 Toxic Foods to Avoid for Optimal Health

    Long ago, people ate the foods naturally available to them and could trust their cravings and body reward systems to guide them to healthy foods. As our food supply has become industrialized and manufacturers have determined how to use flavor enhancers and artificial ingredients to appeal to our tastes and current diet fads, we tend to choose what is easy and appealing rather than what our bodies …Read More

  7. 5 Ways to Sleep Better With Hypothyroidism, Part 2

    Welcome back to the Pollack Wellness Institute blog! If you have hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid, you are probably well aware of the sleep disturbances often associated with this condition. Because the thyroid gland in your endocrine system produces hormones which affect your sleep, this link causes sleep interruptions for people who have an underactive thyroid. In part one of th…Read More

  8. Healing Deeper: Soft Tissue Therapy Methods

    Soft tissue therapy involves manipulating the body's soft tissues. This treatment includes essentially everything except the bones, including the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and more. These parts of the body allow us to move and hold our vital organs in position. When moving begins to cause pain, treating the source directly with soft tissue massage physical therapy relieves chronic pain and occu…Read More

  9. A Spectrum of Wellness: Functional, Integrative, Holistic, and Naturopathic Similarities

    The practice of alternative medicine has brought about a spectrum of opportunities as we continue to embrace wellness as a nation. More than 30 percent of adults and 12 percent of children in America report that they use alternative or collaborative care approaches beyond conventional medicine.1 Yet sometimes it seems we aren't clear about what to call these healthy new approaches. As the knowledg…Read More

  10. 5 Ways to Sleep Better With Hypothyroidism, Part 1

    Hypothyroidism is a chronic condition that affects more than 20 million Americans. Hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid, occurs when there is a deficiency of the thyroid hormone, which supports several functions in the body. A thyroid deficiency slows down metabolic function (reduces metabolism) which causes daytime fatigue and excessive lethargy. Along with fatigue, hypothyroidism al…Read More