Acupuncture for All People

Whether you live in Homer, Anchor Point, Seldovia or any of the surrounding areas you can now receive acupuncture! Remember, as always, this and all of our services are open to all Native and non-Native peoples. Some insurance policies DO cover acupuncture. Be sure to ask your insurance provider if this service is covered under your plan!

Call 226-2228 to find out when acupuncture is available in your area and to schedule your appointment.

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Pelvic Exams – What You Need to Know


Health Magazine posted a thought provoking article on the pelvic exam debate. Here we share it with you. What is your opinion on pelvic exams? Let us know in the comments!

You’ve likely heard that a doctor’s group now says that you can probably skip the annual pelvic exam if you aren’t pregnant or having any problems. But don’t start jumping for joy just yet.

Another doctor’s group (of course) isn’t all that happy with the new guidelines, which were issued by the American College of Physicians, or ACP. The ACP says that some parts of the pelvic exam (palpitating the ovaries, for example), aren’t all that helpful, rarely detecting important diseases or saving lives, and that they’re uncomfortable and cost extra. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists begs to differ.

The ACP guidelines, based on a survey of medical literature from the past 70 years, contradict those issued by ACOG, which still recommends annual pelvic exams for all women 21 years of age and over.

“I feel that [the ACP guidelines] are based on limited data and that annual pelvic exams do offer benefits so they shouldn’t be discontinued as routine exams,” says Taraneh Shirazian, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York City and a former ACOG board member.

What is a pelvic exam?

Most women are all too familiar with the routine pelvic exam. The complete exam consists of an external look at the vulva, an internal look at the vagina and cervix with a speculum (a plastic or metal instrument), a Pap smear to test for cervical abnormalities and the “bimanual” exam.

It’s the speculum and […]

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6 Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

Did you know that SVT Health & Wellness offers Infrared Sauna treatments? For just $15 you can enjoy thirty-minutes of uninterrupted rejuvenation! Below are 6 benefits of infrared sauna. To make an appointment, simply call 226-2228. Be sure to ask how this treatment can be paired with our massage or acupuncture services. 

1. Detoxification

Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. When compared to traditional swedish saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about 7 times more toxins.

2. Relaxation

Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.

3. Pain Relief

If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles.

4. Weight Loss

The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate – the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. An article titled, Effect of Sweating , in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories.

5. Improved Circulation

As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, […]

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Research has revealed that just one 20 minute session of yoga considerably improved working memory, the ability to maintain focus, retain and also make use of new information. Individuals that took part in the study performed considerably better on cognitive tests right after the yoga practice as opposed to after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the identical time period.

For more benefits of yoga, check out this infographic below! Image credit:


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