Blog Archive

What Role Do Hormones Play in the Body? Sep 14th, 2021

Every part of your body, from your brain to your muscle tissue, has a job and requires instruction to complete that job. Those instructions are issued by your endocrine system, and delivered to the various parts of your body by hormones.  Out-of-balance hormones, or lower-than-optimal levels of hormones can cause...

Can Acupuncture Reduce My Migraines? Aug 11th, 2021

The American Migraine Foundation estimates that about 39 million Americans have migraine. Migraine is a complex neurological disorder, and many people struggle to get a diagnosis. Even with a diagnosis, finding a treatment that works and doesn’t carry the risk of unacceptable side effects can be challenging.  At Osteopathic Center...

Five Causes of Nerve Pain and How Perineural Injection Therapy Treats It Jul 26th, 2021

The medical name for pain caused by nerves is neuropathic pain, and you may sometimes hear it called neuropathy. Since all pain signals are transmitted through nerves, understanding the cause of the pain is important. Is it because you have tissue damage that needs to be treated, or is it...

The Importance of Nutrition for Graceful Aging May 4th, 2021

Like so many health topics, there’s a lot of misinformation surrounding nutrition. Should you count macros? Eat fewer carbs? Go vegan?  The number of approaches to nutrition and good health is surprising and confusing, especially if you just want basic information like what you should eat to remain healthy as...

De-stress Through Acupuncture and Osteopathic Manipulation Apr 11th, 2021

Although we tend to think of stress as a negative feeling, it serves an important purpose. When you’re under stress, your “fight-or-flight” processes kick in. Your body produces adrenaline, extra cortisol, and a host of other hormones that work to help speed your reactions and sharpen your senses. If you...

3 Menopause Symptoms That Can Benefit From Hormone Replacement Therapy Mar 9th, 2021

Did you know that menopause is one, single day? It’s the day that’s exactly 12 months from your final menstrual cycle. The period of time that most of us think of as menopause, when you may have hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bone loss, and other uncomfortable symptoms, is actually perimenopause. ...

Sit Up: Your Posture Matters Feb 17th, 2021

According to the Cleveland Clinic, around 80% of people deal with back pain at some point in their lives. At least some of those aches and pains could be alleviated with better posture. As specialists in functional medicine, Neil Spiegel, DO and physician assistant Jennifer Gularson, the expert providers at...

What Genetic Testing Can Reveal About Your Health Jan 6th, 2021

Companies like 23andMe and Ancestry have made the idea of genetic testing common, widely available, and popular. However, consumer genetic tests like those and the genetic testing that is done for medical purposes are quite different.  There are certainly important medical reasons for genetic testing, and in this post we...

Let Us Help You Get Rid of Your Spider Veins Dec 2nd, 2020

Do you have spider veins on your legs or face? Spider veins are small red or bluish veins just under the surface of your skin that are clearly visible.  At Osteopathic Center for Healing, Neil Spiegel, DO, and Jennifer Gularson, PA-C, recognize that if you’re uncomfortable with how you look,...

How Balancing Your Hormones Can Make You Look and Feel Younger Nov 6th, 2020

Every system in your body is important and necessary. Without your circulatory system, your heart doesn’t beat and your blood doesn’t flow, for example. However, you may never have considered the importance of your endocrine system.  Your endocrine system controls your hormones, and while you may think of hormones as...

5 Reasons Your Hair Is Thinning Oct 12th, 2020

Although hair loss is more common among men, women can experience it as well. Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss, and it can be caused by genetics, hormonal imbalances, lifestyle factors such as how you wear your hair, medical treatments like radiation or chemotherapy, or even a very...

The Many Benefits of Acupuncture Sep 23rd, 2020

There’s some irony in the fact that many people regard acupuncture as “new age” when it’s actually been done for thousands of years as part of traditional Chinese medicine. In the ancient practice, acupuncture needles were used to stimulate or disrupt streams of energy running through your body called Qi...

Relieving Osteoarthritis with PRP Therapy Aug 21st, 2020

Osteoarthritis (OA) is incredibly common, and affects almost 25% of the adult population of the United States. More than 30 million people have OA, and it most often affects the knee joint. When you consider the importance of your knees, you begin to understand why treating the stiffness, swelling, and...

How Does Prolotherapy Work? Jul 28th, 2020

If you’re not familiar with prolotherapy, this post is for you. The American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine defines prolotherapy as “a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to strengthen and repair injured and painful joints and connective tissue.”  When the soft tissues, such as ligaments...

6 Important Hormones and Their Roles in Your Body Jun 18th, 2020

Everyone knows what hormones are, but most of us have little idea of what hormones actually do within our bodies. At Osteopathic Center for Healing, one of the services that Dr. Neil Spiegel and Physician Assistant Jennifer Gularson,PA-C offer is hormone balancing. Your hormones impact your health in myriad ways,...

Integrative Health Care and COVID-19 May 18th, 2020

Like you, our staff at the Osteopathic Center for Healing in Rockville, Maryland, has some concerns right now. The COVID-19 pandemic is an outbreak of a new virus that scientists and doctors don’t fully understand, that is deadly in some people but doesn’t cause any symptoms at all in others....

6 Signs You May Be Suffering from Low Testosterone (and What You Can Do About It) Apr 21st, 2020

Have you ever heard of andropause? It’s the male version of menopause. You may have heard it referred to as low testosterone or low T. At the Osteopathic Center for Healing, Dr. Neil Spiegel has helped numerous men overcome this condition and return to feeling healthy again.  Low testosterone: What...

PRP and Microneedling: Your Natural Solution to Hair Loss Mar 5th, 2020

At Osteopathic Center for Healing, Healing, Dr. Neil Spiegel, DO and Jennifer Gularson, PA-C are happy to offer two treatments for hair loss that are effective and don’t rely on harsh chemicals or pharmaceuticals. Our goal is to take away the worry of seeing lots of hair in the shower...

Here’s How Microneedling Works to Stimulate Skin and Make You Look Younger Feb 3rd, 2020

If you’ve dismissed microneedling as just the latest trend, you may want to reconsider. Our providers and patients at Osteopathic Center for Healing in Rockville, Maryland, are finding it’s an effective solution to common skin conditions.  Scars, wrinkles, dullness If you’ve got scars from wounds or acne, or you’re seeing...

How Osteopathic Manipulation Can Help Treat Everything from Migraines to Lower Back Pain Jan 1st, 2020

Osteopathic manipulation is an approach to treating a wide range of conditions and problems that may seem unusual if you’re used to more conventional treatments. That’s because it doesn’t involve medications or surgeries. Instead, it addresses structural issues that could be causing functional problems.  Dr. Neil Spiegel believes that both...

If You Have Damaged Nerves, Perineural Injection Therapy Might be Your Answer Dec 1st, 2019

Experts estimate that some 20 million Americans have peripheral nerve damage, just one of the more than 100 different types of nerve damage. Your nerves can be damaged by disease, trauma, medications, and nutritional deficiencies, among other causes.  Dr. Neil Spiegel at the Osteopathic Center for Healing treats many patients...

Top-5 Bodily Functions Controlled by Your Hormones Nov 1st, 2019

Your hormones are controlled by your endocrine system. Like all of the systems of your body, your endocrine system is critically important for good health and well-being.  Your endocrine glands produce hormones, which are like messages delivered through your bloodstream to your organs and other tissues. When your hormones are...

What Is Anti-Aging Medicine? Oct 1st, 2019

There’s no getting around it: We are all going to get old -- if we’re lucky. But advancing age doesn’t necessarily mean increasing illness, even though it may seem that way sometimes. Dr. Spiegel doesn’t have a magic pill or injection to offer you that stops the hands of time....

Speed Healing and Get Active Again with Stem Cell Therapy Sep 1st, 2019

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a dedicated athlete, injury can throw you off your game. Returning to activity too soon after an injury can lead to being sidelined longer, so it’s imperative to wait until you’re fully healed. If exercise is your preferred method of stress relief, or if...

Myths and Facts About Acupuncture Aug 1st, 2019

What have you heard about acupuncture? When it comes to this ancient treatment method, there’s plenty of misinformation available. Here are some of the myths we’ve come across, along with the facts you need to know. Myth: Acupuncture is not science-based Because acupuncture has a history that reaches back to...

Here’s What Makes PRP Therapy So Effective Jul 1st, 2019

Every now and then, a new procedure or treatment approach seems to sweep through and be the answer for all your woes. If you’re skeptical, it’s with good reason. “Trendy” isn’t a word that should ever apply to medical procedures. Right now, it seems as if platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy...

What Happens When Your Hormones Are Unbalanced? Jun 1st, 2019

Your body’s endocrine system controls your hormones, which perform a variety of critical functions in your body. Hormones are, at least in part, responsible for your metabolism, libido, weight gain or loss, bowel movements, joint function, mood, and many other bodily processes. It’s normal for hormones to fluctuate, but sometimes...

What Does Nutrition Have to Do with Aging? May 6th, 2019

“You are what you eat” is a cliche for good reason -- because it’s true. The food you consume gives your body the building blocks it needs in order to function. Everything, from simply breathing, to far more complex processes like healing from an injury, depends on proper nutrition. As...

Here’s What You Can Expect During Your First Acupuncture Treatment Apr 1st, 2019

Has Dr. Spiegel recommended acupuncture to help with a health problem you have? Acupuncture can be an important part of your health care, and has a long, rich history of healing. Acupuncture is one part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and it’s been used for more than 2,000 years. With a...

Why Regenerative Medicine Could Be a Great Alternative for You Mar 4th, 2019

Regenerative medicine is an exciting field of study right now, as researchers continue to learn more about the human body’s capacity to heal itself. Some areas are well-researched and the power of regeneration at the cellular level is proven. There are different areas of study in the field of regenerative...

Prolotherapy: How Does It Work and What Conditions Does It Treat? Feb 13th, 2019

If you’ve never heard of prolotherapy, you may be wondering what exactly it is. It’s considered an alternative therapy, and it’s most often used to treat injuries to connective tissues and joints. How prolotherapy works Prolotherapy involves injections of a mild irritant into the injured part of your body. Most...

7 Reasons to Consider Osteopathic Manipulation that You Didn’t Know About Jan 4th, 2019

Osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT) is a treatment approach used by doctors of osteopathy, such as Dr. Spiegel here at the Osteopathic Center for Healing. It involves the doctor using his hands to manipulate your muscles and joints. Here are seven facts about OMT that may surprise you. 1. OMT is...

Acupuncture For Migraines: How It Works Dec 7th, 2018

When it comes to acupuncture, people often have predictable reactions. You may think, “Needles? No, thank you!” or you may think acupuncture is some kind of new age woo and not really a medical treatment. But if you have migraine pain, you should investigate acupuncture, like many of our patients...

4 Drug-free, Surgery-Free Remedies for Baby Boomers’ Aging Joints Nov 22nd, 2018

Painful, stiff joints are a common byproduct of aging. In fact, 30% of adults over age 45 have some form of arthritis. Arthritis is a catch-all term for conditions that cause inflammation and pain in your joints. There are more than 100 different types of the disease, with osteoarthritis leading...

10 Post Menopausal Symptoms Alleviated with Bioidentical HRT Oct 12th, 2018

Your hormones regulate numerous processes in your body, including how well you sleep, your appetite, your temperature, your mood, and many other physical aspects of your life. The most common reason for a hormone imbalance is menopause, and for many, symptoms after menopause make life uncomfortable. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy...

How Functional and Conventional Medicine Differ Sep 26th, 2018

More people are gaining an interest in functional medicine, which is gradually increasing in popularity because of a more health-conscious population.We live in an era where information is more readily accessible than ever. Moreover, people are taking more ownership and responsibility for their health. Consequently, functional medicine has increasingly become...

Signs and Symptoms of Male Hormone Imbalance Aug 23rd, 2018

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “male menopause,” you probably know a little about the hormonal imbalances that men can experience with age. However, men don’t have the same kind of abrupt shift that many women have. Also, scientists are still learning about how men are affected by hormonal changes....

Stop Migraine Pain with All-Natural Acupuncture Jul 18th, 2018

Nearly 40 million adults in the United States suffer from migraines, the most severe type of headache. For most migraine sufferers, episodes recur frequently, and nearly five million people experience at least one episode each month. Adults are increasingly using acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment, to relieve issues...