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Are you feeling out of sorts and don’t know why?
Do you struggle with hormonal imbalances, menstrual disorders, or menopausal issues?
Then give Dr. Bella a call to schedule your wellness visit today.
You don’t have to wait until your yearly well woman exam to talk to us about hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, libido, menopause, or any other problems you’re having.
If you’re feeling fatigued, emotional or have any other symptoms that concern you, we’ll do a full blood panel to help identify any potential cause.
With our comprehensive health assessment we can immediately get to work on figuring out the root cause of your health concerns and start a personalized process of healing so you can feel like yourself once again.
Our health assessment involves listening to you.
What you are feeling may be the most important clue for us, and it is essential that you feel completely comfortable sharing your concerns.
Think of this as a time when you can stop focusing on taking care of others for a little while and just think about taking care of yourself!
We’ll be discussing your lifestyle as well.
We want to make sure you’re getting the right nutrition and exercise you need to stay healthy.
We are here to help you create a wellness plan that works for you.
We believe that sexual health is also an important part of your overall health.
If you are struggling with any past trauma, low sex drive, or are experiencing problems with vaginal dryness or a lack of vaginal tightness, we may be able to offer solutions.
Dr. Bella believes in a holistic approach to women’s wellness.
She wants to get to know you as a whole person and not just as a list of symptoms.
Even if you’ve already had a yearly check-up, make a women’s wellness appointment to discuss any of your health concerns.
As a Holistic Physician who specializes in the care of women. Dr. Bella provides a wide range of self-care education, counseling, and holistic services for women of all ages from menarche to menopause.
Depending on your needs at the time of your visit, we will address:
• Screenings, such as those for breast and cervical cancers and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
• Fertility and Natural Family Planning
• Prenatal, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Postpartum Care
• Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Care
As a Primary Health care Phyician, Dr. Bella can work with you to achieve health goals, like starting an exercise routine, losing weight, or quitting smoking.
Her passion is all things fertility, pregnancy and postpartum related. She sets out to provide a comfortable and compassionate environment for each woman to receive expert care before, during, and after pregnancy. She works with each patient to provide the pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience they want.
Give us a call today at 561-596-0072
A well-woman exam is one of the most important steps that women of all ages can take to protect their health. This is an annual preventive screening of breast and gynecological diseases. During the visit, your physician will discuss your health and lifestyle behaviors and will perform a physical exam of your breast and pelvis.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE A WELL-WOMAN EXAM?
The well-woman exam is important because women need screening for breast and gynecologic cancers and to discuss any preventive and sexually transmitted disease screening. It is also a good time for pre-pregnancy counseling.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE A WELL-WOMAN EXAM?
Starting at age 21, well-woman exams should be performed yearly. It is recommended that the first visit occur in the mid- to late-teens.
WHAT QUESTIONS WILL I BE ASKED DURING MY WELL-WOMAN EXAM?
During your well-woman exam, you will be asked about:
WHAT IS CHECKED FOR DURING THE EXAM
AND WHAT TESTS WILL BE PERFORMED?
During your well-woman exam, you will be have a:
Oriental Medicine, which includes the practice of Acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, tuina (therapeutic bodywork), nutrition, exercise and meditation is a safe, effective and evidence based form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system encompassing a variety of traditional health care therapies that have been used for more than 5,000 years to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being.
Pillars of Traditional Oriental Medicine:
In order to promote the body’s natural ability to heal itself, Chinese Medicine focuses on restoring and maintaining the natural balance of your body’s Qi or vital life force energy. When Qi and blood is balanced, flowing and in harmony, the body is in good health. Dis-ease and illness occur when the energy is either stagnant, obstructed, deficient, or in any way out of balance.
Acupuncture can be safely used during pregnancy to maintain the body's optimal Qi or energy level. There are so many changes that the body is going through and acupuncture is used to maintain a balance within all the energetic pathways. It is extremely effective relieving nausea and emesis during pregnancy. Some other symptoms that acupuncture can alleviate include: heartburn, constipation, hemorrhoids, prolapse, edema, sinusitis, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, musculoskeletal pain and urinary tract infections. It can also an excellent method of inducing labor which has no side effects.
Maya Abdominal Therapy is founded on the ancient Mayan techniques of abdominal massage, which is an external non-invasive manipulation that repositions internal viscera that have shifted, combined with the modern science of anatomy and physiology.
These techniques were developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN. based on her apprenticeship with the Maya healer Don Elijio Panti and her own education, training, and research as a Naprapathic Physician.
MAYA ABDOMINAL THERAPY helps to restore the body to its natural balance by correcting the position of organs (emphasizing the importance of the uterus) that have shifted and may restrict the five channels of flow. It is specifically beneficial to the digestive system, the reproductive system, and for urogenital health. Maya Abdominal Therapy supports the body’s natural healing capacity to maintain homeostasis, hemodynamics, and increases the five systems of flow:
"Give nature half a chance and she has a miracle in store for everyone." Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN
The word “chakra” has its roots in the Sanskrit language coming from the Hindus thousands of years ago. The Hindus thought of the chakra as a wheel of spinning energy, or energy center, where consciousness resides governing various attributes of individual physical and spiritual aspects. The chakras are not physical but part of the “subtle anatomy” or what you may simply think of as an energetic point of consciousness within the body where the spirit and physical worlds meet.
There are seven major energy centers or chakras. Five are aligned vertically along the spine and two reside in the head area. Each of these major chakras uniquely influences various physical and spiritual aspects of your life. When all 7 areas are in balance, you naturally release toxic behaviors and old emotions that no longer serve you. You gracefully step right in to your personal power.
Whether you’re in a place of transition, seeking clarity or ready for a life change, these "Spinning Wheels of Light" will teach you how to embrace and enjoy the process.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams - about the weight of a nickel - practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
How does CranioSacral Therapy Work?
Few structures have as much influence over the body's ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
What conditions does CranioSacral Therapy address?
Cupping is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine. This healing technique consists of creating a vacuum, usually by placing a cupping glass on the skin. The cup creates suction on the skin stimulating blood and Qi to flow to the area where the cup is placed. Quite often used on athletes and martial artists as displayed on Michael Phelps during the Olympics or Gwyneth Paltrow on the red carpet. Cupping helps relieve inflammation in the area of the body were the treatment is applied. Chinese cupping treatment is commonly used to treat any congestive respiratory conditions such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Research shows cupping can ease muscular tension, facilitate mobility, alleviate spasms, soften restrictions in connective tissue and increase blood flow especially in the back.
Cupping Can Be A Helpful Complementary Treatment For:
Holistic Pelvic Care consists of physical and energetic tools designed to evaluate, restore balance, and enhance vibrant flow in the pelvic bowl of the female body by working with a person's core patterns.
--Tami Lynn Kent
Holistic Pelvic Care™ is a gentle, internal pelvic bodywork pioneered by Portland-based women’s health physical therapist Tami Kent. Just as other major muscles of the body can become tightened, stressed and imbalanced from overwork, so too can the internal muscles of the pelvic bowl become imbalanced from illness, stress, or trauma.
Holistic Pelvic Care™ combines gentle, internal massage with energetic and emotional balancing techniques. These techniques help reestablish strength and synergy in the pelvic musculature, increase blood flow to the pelvic organs, and help decrease problematic symptoms.
Who benefits from this treatment?
Any woman who is looking to reestablish a connection to her pelvic bowl or simply nurture her female body in a holistic way may benefit from one or more treatment sessions. However, specific concerns that may be aided by Holistic Pelvic Care™ include (but are not limited to):
What can you expect from treatment?
The first session is generally the longest (1.5 hour) where a brief history will be taken and where we will discuss your goals for treatment. This is also the time where we will discuss any questions or concerns you may have and review female anatomy and muscles. We will then move on to some basic external work and then, if you are comfortable, we may move on to internal work. Internal work involves the therapist inserting a lubricated, gloved digit into the vagina and assessing the musculature and connective tissue. Exercise and gentle massage techniques will then be initiated for the duration of the treatment session.
LDT is an innovative hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Dr. Bruno Chikly, MD, DO. It has been created out of his award-winning research on the lymphatic system consistent with recent scientific discoveries.
LDT is the first technique that enables practitioners to detect and palpate the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. With these skills, practitioners can practice Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) of the lymphatic vessels. LDT practitioners are able to use their hands to assess and enhance overall circulation as well as determine the best alternate pathways for draining stagnant body fluid (lymph, interstitial, synovial fluid, etc)
"Moxa" is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant material, (Mugwort from the sage family), smolder near the proximity of the surface of the skin. Moxa invigorates the energetic pathways of the body. The term is derived from the Japanese herb “mogusa”, known as mugwort, and the Latin ” bustion” meaning burning. Used quite frequently in Tibetan Medicine.
Moxibustion warms and invigorates the flow of Qi in the body, dispels certain pathogenic factors & increases blood flow. It is very nourishing and can create a deep relaxation response. Moxibustion in conjunction with Acupuncture can be very effective for many diseases including back pain, sciatica, muscle stiffness, headaches, arthritis, tendinitis, circulation problems, female health problems as menstrual cramps, irregular periods and infertility. It can be very effective in the treatment of cold constitutional conditions.
Thermography (FDA approved) is a valuable tool to evaluate the overall health of the body.
It is a painless, non-invasive and non-radiation screening procedure which uses Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) camera to detect abnormal cellular changes in the body long before symptoms (ie. pain) arise.
Is Thermography beneficial for the breast?
Yes. It offers the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease; whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or vascular disease. Breast thermography has the ability to detect the first signs that a cancer may be forming up to 10 years before any other procedure can detect it.
How does Thermography differ from Mammography?
Thermography has NO radiation, is painless and is non-invasive (no contact to the body).
Does thermography screen for other issues in the body?
Yes It is the ONLY method available for visualizing pain and pathology. This screening detects and monitors numerous conditions, diseases and physical injuries including: Unexplained pain, Artery Inflammation, Breast Disease, Disc Disease, Fibromyalgia, Sprain/Strain, Referred Pain, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSD), Stroke Screening, Digestive Disorders, Whiplash, Dental and TMJ, Inflammatory Pain, Referred Pain Syndrome, Nerve damage, Vascular Disease, Skin Cancer, Arthritis, Back Injuries.
Is Thermography covered by Insurance?
Yes. Some insurance companies cover Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI). You are advised to check with their individual plan. The CPT Code is 93740. If you are uninsured or if your insurance does not cover DITI, The United Breast Cancer Foundation will cover all or a portion of the cost. Please apply online at UBCF.info to get up to $150.00 based on financial need. Patients are encouraged to fill out a one page application on their website even if you feel you would not receive any funds. Please follow up with them once you are approved and check with them periodically..
Which Organization endorses our Thermography Equipment?
The United Breast Cancer Foundation endorses the Infrared Camera and Software manufactured by Meditherm Inc.
VIP BIRTH CONCIERGE® is an innovative Natural Childbirth program that provides a nurturing and supportive holistic alternative for mothers and babies based on personalized healthcare and service, tailored to your own unique and individual needs.
Soothe and revitalize your reproductive system
Yoni steam baths have been performed as a ritual for women's health by many indigenous cultures for eons.
A Yoni/Root Steam bath is essentially a uterine lavage. It gently and effectively cleanses the uterus of any stagnation, build-up of old blood and corrects many issues dealing with with menstruation, fertility and menopause. The healing steam and volatile oils from the plant medicine aids in clearing old uterine membranes and restoring homeostasis.
Yoni/Root steams may also be called “v-steams” or “vaginal steams.” They are called “Bajos” by the Maya traditional healers in Central America and is an ancient practice that provides gentle and effective support for women’s wellness and reproductive health.
How does it work?
The steams work by applying moist heat to the pelvic bowl which caries healing medicinal volatile oils to the exterior tissues of the vagina as well as systemically throughout the entire body via the blood stream. The warmth and moisture increases circulation to the labia, causing it to swell and expose the inner labial mucus membranes. These tissues are very porous and absorbent, and the bloodstream picks up the volatile oils and carries them deeply into the inner reproductive system, including the uterus. Thus, the herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus and revitalizes the entire system, allowing it to shed old membrane and mucus build-up. Steaming support the womb to return to her harmonic physical and emotional alignment. When herbs are heated in water, the healing oils that contain medicinal properties are then released.
What are the benefits of Yoni/Root Steams?
The benefits of a Yoni/Root Steam Bath are a healthier cycle and a more centered, connected and empowered woman. The combination of steam and essential oils from the plants penetrate deeply into the cervix and uterus to dislodge indurated menstrual fluids and pathological accumulations that have not properly sloughed off with each monthly cycle. Induration of the uterine membrane causes the uterus to cramp fiercely to expel the hardened or thickened accumulation.
The Moist Heat of the steam bath is good medicine for the feminine body as it supports and softens the womb and the surrounding tissues, increases blood flow in the pelvic bowl and supports the uterus in releasing old stagnant blood.
Steams can assist in healing a wide variety of gynecological issues. They are very effective at enhancing fertility and assisting in postpartum recovery.
The Range of Benefits:
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