Healing Warriors Program Northern Colorado Clinic
Our clinic is located in the Stuart Professional Park 1136 E. Stuart St, Suite 4202, Fort Collins, offering Acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy, and Healing Touch Therapy appointments.
We provide non-narcotic therapy services for Pain, Post Traumatic Stress, and sleep disturbances to Veterans and Active Duty service members of all branches of service and any era, and their spouses, partners and parents. Each individual receives 3 sessions, free of charge. Additional sessions can be arranged for a nominal fee of $35.
How to Schedule Services:
1. Call for an appointment: 970-776-VETS (8387)
2. Please bring the Service Member identification to your first appointment, either a DD214 form or VA card.
3. Print off a copy of the HWP New Client Packet and bring with you to the first appointment.
Monday, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 1 pm
MONTHLY POP UP CLINIC LOCATIONS
|Denver||2nd Saturday of the Month||VFW Post 1||841 Santa Fe Drive||Denver, Colorado 80204|
|Longmont||3rd Saturday of the Month||National Guard Armory||1512 N. Main Street||Longmont, Colorado|
|Colorado Springs||4th Saturday of the Month||American Legion Post 209||3613 Jeannine Drive||Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917|
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine which uses the conductive power of metal needles, inserted at specific energy points within the body, to re-balance a person’s energy flow and field.
Acupuncture has been used around the world for thousands of years. While science does not really understand why acupuncture works, its effectiveness has been repeatedly documented for treating a wide variety of ailments. Acupuncture works by using needles to stimulate the energy of very specific points of the body in order to rebalance the parts of the body associated with those points. Many people use acupuncture on a regular basis as a form of preventive medicine. Due to wide use and patient demand, insurance companies will often cover acupuncture treatment.
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CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the CranioSacral system. This is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Practitioners release restrictions in the cranio-sacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.
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Healing Touch was developed by Janet Mentgen, RN, BSN a practicing nurse for 43 years. Janet Mentgen’s early work was with the U.S. Navy. Healing Touch utilizes light touch on the body in specific sequencing to assist in re-balancing the body and alleviating pain. Our clients have also experienced sleep improvement results with Healing Touch therapy.
A 2012 study with Scripps Hospital and Camp Pendleton returning combat marines found “… a clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms in a returning, combat exposed active duty military population. Further investigation … for mitigating PTSD in military populations is warranted.”
Healing Warriors Program offers a 6-session PTSD Series based on the Scripps/Camp Pendleton study. We also now offer a 6-session Sleep Series also utilizing Belleruth Naparstek’s Guided Imagery. Please contact the clinic for more information on this program series.
Practitioners who have completed Level 4 and are on track with 50% completion of Level 5 Certification requirements, can apply to be considered for participation in our internship program. Please note that this is only available for local practitioners. For more information, please email: Info@HealingWarriorsProgram.org
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We may have heard about complementary and alternative medicine before, but what exactly is it and what does it include? More and more types of complementary and alternative medicines become integrated into traditional healthcare models, and it is important to be informed about your healthcare options.
You’ve read about complementary and alternative medicine practitioner and you’re ready to take the next step. But where do you start? Selecting a complementary and alternative medicine is just as important as selecting your primary care physician. Read on for tips from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Selecting a health care practitioner is an important decision and can be essential to ensuring that you are receiving the best possible care. This fact sheet provides information on selecting a practitioner whose services are part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and naturopathy. It also suggests sources for additional information.
- Talk to your primary health care providers if you are considering a CAM therapy. They may be able to answer questions and/or refer you to a practitioner. Also, be aware that there are other resources for locating a CAM practitioner, such as professional organizations for specific practitioner groups.
- Gather basic information on the CAM practitioners you are considering, such as education, experience, and cost, and interview them in person or by telephone. Make your selection based on their answers to your questions, and your level of comfort during the inter
- Evaluate your practitioner after the initial treatment visit—including what you have been told to expect in terms of therapy outcomes, time, and costs—and decide if the practitioner is right for you.
- Tell all of your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.
Time To Talk
It is always a good idea to discuss any health options you are considering, including CAM options, with your trusted health professionals. Before selecting a CAM therapy or practitioner, talk with all your health care providers. Tell them about the therapy you are considering and ask any questions you may have. They may know about the therapy and be able to advise you on its safety, use, and effectiveness, or possible interactions with medications.
Finding Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners
Several resources are available to help you find CAM practitioners:
- Your doctor or other health care provider may be able to give a referral.
- A nearby hospital or a medical school may have a list of local CAM practitioners or may be able to make a specific recommendation. Some regional medical centers may have CAM centers or CAM practitioners on staff.
- Professional organizations for CAM therapists often provide referrals to practitioners as well as information on therapies, standards of practice and training, and state licensing requirements. These organizations can be located by searching the Internet or directories in libraries (ask the librarian). One source is the National Library of Medicine’s Directory of Health Organizations Online (dirline.nlm.nih.gov). Some professions may be represented by more than one organization.
- State regulatory agencies or licensing boards for health care professionals may provide information regarding practitioners in your area. Your state, county, or city health department may also refer you to such agencies or boards.
- Even if a friend recommends a CAM practitioner, or if you have found a practitioner through your local Yellow Pages, looking into the resources suggested above can give you confidence that you have considered all the best possibilities.
Choosing a Practitioner
As when choosing any health care provider, contact the practitioners you are considering to gather some basic information. Although you can do this over the phone, consider asking for a brief, in-person consultation (which may or may not involve a charge). Practitioners may also have a Web site or brochure. Before you make your contacts, think about what is important to you—what you need to know to make your decision. You might ask about:
- Education, training, licenses, and certifications. If you have information from a professional organization, compare the practitioner’s qualifications with the training and licensing standards for that profession.
- Areas of specialization, experience treating patients with problems similar to your own, and his or her philosophy of care.
- Any scientific research studies that support the treatment’s use for your condition.
- The number of patients the practitioner sees in a typical day and average time spent with each patient.
- Treatment costs, including charges per session, charges for cancelled appointments, payment options, and participation in your insurance plan (see box below).
- Office hours, how far in advance you need to schedule an appointment, and typical waiting time in the office.
- Office locations—for example, accessibility to public transportation, parking, and elevators.
- What to expect during the first visit or assessment.
- After making your contacts, think about how comfortable you felt during your initial conversations with the practitioners and their staff, and review the information they provided. How do they measure up in terms of what is most important to you? Now, you are ready to decide which practitioner will most likely meet your needs.