Hemp extract, or CBD, is cannabidiol, which is one of the many compounds that come from the cannabis plant. It is technically legal in all 50 states, but is unregulated, which means that you can’t trust all the labels on CBD products and it is important to check into the company that produced it. It is effective for sleep, pain, inflammation, and anxiety, as well as other health issues, and it does not make you feel high.

CBD and Hemp Extract are the same thing, but different companies choose different terms for labelling purposes. In order to be legal in all 50 states, it has to be sourced from industrial hemp, and contain no more than 0.4% THC. A Full Spectrum CBD product means that it contains the full legal limit of 0.4% THC, as well as other trace cannabinoids in addition to the cannabidiol (CBD).

Treating Pain: CBD reduces inflammation in the body. This helps reduce pain levels for both acute pain and chronic pain issues.

Regulating Sleep: CBD calms the nervous system, which helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. It can be used as a regular part of your bedtime routine, or to help you fall asleep when traveling or jet lagged.

Reducing Anxiety: CBD also reduces anxiety symptoms that come from PTSD, anxiety disorders, and OCD. It does so with very few side effects, unlike many of the medications often used to treat these conditions.

At Ha.Lé, we are pleased to carry high quality CBD/Hemp Extract products from companies that we trust. They can be taken internally or absorbed topically, depending on your needs. CBD is widely tolerated by adults across a wide dose range, and we find that it can be a safe way to increase the effectiveness of our treatments when integrated into care.

Our bodies talk to us all day long, and so we are each an expert on what it means to live in the body we have. When there are health issues or goals that need support, your care providers need to prioritize listening to your experience of your own body, and then partner with you in your care.

Because our bodies and minds are really one system, not two separate parts, is especially important for our health care providers to help us feel heard about our experience. They need to be able to interact with our whole selves, and demonstrate emotional literacy as we describe our pain, concerns, or optimal health goals. This builds trust and rapport, and makes treatment more effective.

At Ha.Lé, we always begin with a conversation. Our Medical Consults are an opportunity to spend an hour talking with an expert physician about your health, so that we know how best to support and treat you. Our therapies also begin with a conversation about how you are feeling and how we can support you, and then each treatment is a continuation of that conversation, as your therapists collaborate together for your best care.

Our health care is more effective when we feel heard. When our experience of living in our bodies is fully acknowledged by our providers, then we are able to more fully trust the care we receive, and to be more open to receiving it.

Low back pain is a very common health issue, and it tends to be something that people deal with for long stretches of time, sometimes for years or even decades. The conversation around low back pain often sounds mechanical, as if certain body parts are malfunctioning. However, the low back is part of a system of movement, and walking correctly can help correct dysfunction and reduce pain.

In order to treat low back pain, the hips need to rotate when we walk. To do this, make sure your feet and knees are pointing straight ahead, and your legs are swinging straight with each step, not out to the side. A way to practice is to walk on a flat curb, or with your feet on either side of a line painted on the road. Rotating the hips engages the muscles of the low back with each step, and allows the muscles of the hip to release periodically instead of always staying tight. This improves the body mechanics of our entire spine and back, our pelvis, and our core musculature.

When the low back is engaged while walking, it does two things. First, it builds strength and stability in the soft tissue, which then supports and stabilizes the spine. A more supported lumbar spine is less likely to become compressed, pinch nerves, or go out of alignment. Low back engagement while walking also helps to release tension in those muscles. It brings in  blood flow and oxygen, stretching and moving the muscle fibers so that they are less likely to grow rigid or go into spasm.

Part of being able to walk correctly requires building body awareness, which is a skill that many people have not been taught how to have. Bodywork and Somatics classes both help the brain learn how to better sense where the body is in space and how it is moving. Once we can sense that, we can begin to adjust our movement patterns in order to better support our health.

Learning to walk correctly can effectively treat back pain because our bodies are made to move. When we move with correct alignment and muscle engagement, we free up our natural ability to function and heal. This in turn reduces pain and works to create health.

Collaborative Care is a philosophy of integrative health care based on communication and working together. It is a more effective way to treat issues and reach specific health goals, because it provides a team of therapists who are actively communicating and working together for your care.

The collaborative care approach takes integrative health care to the next level. By themselves, each of our 5 domains of care–acupuncture, bodywork, counseling, nutrition, and somatics–are evidence-based and effective. When combined through collaboration, they become even more effective! For example, when your acupuncturist is working with your bodyworker and your counselor, and they have all checked in with your somatics instructor, they are able to pool their expertise in order to really focus on what will best support your health.

Each of our 5 domains of care are designed to complement each other, building together to create health. This is why we create treatment plans, to outline which therapies and how often you should receive them in order to move toward your health goals. The therapist you see for a first appointment can create that plan with you, or you can create it through a medical consult.

Our medical consults are offered by an M.D. with deep expertise in the latest research into the effectiveness of integrative care. They are a great option when your health situation is a bit complicated, if you have a lot of medications to take into consideration, or you feel that you’ve had trouble finding a doctor who will listen to you. After your medical consult, the M.D. will lead the collaborative care process with your therapists, as well as communicate with your other doctors about your care.

Collaborative Care is a game changer for creating health. It allows every treatment to build on the one before, across treatment modalities and among different therapists. Through collaboration, your treatment team is able to more effectively address your health issues and support your health goals.