What is Occupational Therapy?

Health 180 is the treatment of physical and developmental disorders, focused on improving and developing skills needed in everyday independence. Occupational therapy is geared toward issues regarding fine motor skills, sensory, visual motor and/or motor planning.

OT services the needs of children and adults. At Health 180 we are dedicated to evaluating our patient's individual needs and providing therapeutic interventions that best support recovery and wellness, and maximize functional independence.

What is wellness?

At Health 180, we define wellness as the development of the "whole" self. A journey to wellness is the process of finding and applying skills and experiences that contribute to feeling healthy, balanced and fulfilled. It is the effective integration of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that contribute to this sense of balance. Here at Health 180 we incorporate many aspects of wellness into our programs, including:

• Physical
• Occupational
• Social
• Environmental
• Emotional
• Spiritual
• Cultural

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a powerful yet light touch manual therapy. Our therapists are able to palpate and often release restrictions to the craniosacral system, which encompasses the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Imbalances are created by restrictions, many of which result from the effects of cumulative physical or emotional stress, physical injury, birth trauma, neurological conditions and other environmental influences.

For more information on CranioSacral Therapy, visit: The Upledger Institute (www.upledger.com)

What is Sensory Integration (processing) Disorder?

Sensory integration (also called sensory processing) refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. No matter what you are doing, your successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation or "sensory integration."

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition that exists when sensory signals don't get organized into appropriate responses. Pioneering occupational therapist and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD, compared SPD to a neurological "traffic jam" that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression and problems in school are some of the things may result if the disorder is not treated effectively.

Sensory Processing Disorder can affect people in one sense–for example, just touch or just sight or just movement–or in many senses. A person with SPD may over-respond to sensation and find clothing, physical contact, light, sound, food, or other sensory input to be intolerable. Someone else might under-respond and have little or no reaction to stimulation, even pain or extreme temperatures. In children whose sensory processing of messages from the muscles and joints is impaired, posture and motor skills can be affected. Still others show a desire for sensation that is in constant overdrive.

What Illness & Dysfunctions do we treat?

• Migraine Headaches
• Back and Neck Pain
• Shoulder Pain
• ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
• Motor-Coordination Impairments
• Colic
• Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Central Nervous System Disorders
• Orthopedic Problems
• Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
• Scoliosis
• Chronic Pain
• Infantile Disorders
• Learning Disabilities
• Sleep Disturbances
• Nutritional Imbalances
• Chronic Fatigue
• Emotional Difficulties
• Stress and Tension-Related Problems
• Sensory Processing Dysfunction
• Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
• Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Post-Surgical Dysfunction

What is Holistic Health?

Holistic health care encompasses every aspect of daily life. Nutrition, sleep, exercise, environmental demands, body-mind awareness and emotional balance concerns are all addressed when observing life holistically.

We offer natural, therapeutic supports and products that concentrate first on our health. Secondly we focus on your home environment, community, family, friends and lastly, the earth. We are aware that accessing the tools necessary to accomplish the holistic health approach can be somewhat inconvenient. That is why we research our products conclusively and work with those companies that share our philosophies.

Focusing on homotoxicology under the umbrella of holistic health speeds the healing process. Our body is a flow system. In today's environment, considering all of the toxicity present, and our food industry that focuses on profit over health, our flow system has plenty of factors that congest, inflame, or block us from achieving optimal health.

Through BioEnergetic resonance assessments we can help identify and support the body to eliminate xenobiotics (toxins) such as food sensitivities, chemical exposures, bacterial and/or viral imbalances, parasites, heavy metals, etc., that restrict the flow of vibrant health.

Not all remedies and health care products are the same. We take price in offering therapeutic grade nutritionals, botanicals and natural remedies that meet our standards.

What insurances do we participate with?

• Aetna
• Blue Cross/Blue Shield of CT (Anthem)
• Cigna
• ConnectiCare
• Mashantucket Pequot (Foxwoods)
• Multiplan (PHCS)
• Tricare
• United HealthCare

(Does not include Chiropractic Services. To find out if your insurance covers Chiropractice Services, call 860-848-9157.)