Services & Therapies

With a holistic approach to health, I am able to address a broad spectrum of health issues. Together we will discover the underlying imbalances in your health and use these natural therapies to bring about healing. We will also investigate the mental and emotional connections to your well-being and remove barriers to good health.

Who I Can Help...

Pediatrics

I love working with kids and their parents to establish a healthy foundation that will serve them and their families for years to come. I can work alongside their primary care pediatrician to offer natural therapies for an array of health issues.

Adults

I also enjoy working with adults to optimize their health and get the most out of life. The older we get the more we come to understand the amazing value of good health. I want to help you enjoy that for as long as possible.

Autism

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders has skyrocketed and involves a myriad of health issues. Natural therapies offer much hope and healing and I would be honored to work with you and your child.

 

What I Can Help With...

Digestive Issues

  • Acid Reflux

  • Diarrhea & Constipation

  • Gas & Bloating

  • IBS

  • IBD

  • Food Sensitivities

  • Abdominal Pains

Neurodevelopmental

Conditions

  • Autism

  • ADD

  • ADHD

  • Sensory Processing Disorder

Endocrine Disorders

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Hyperthyroidism

  • Type 2 Diabetes

  • Adrenal Fatigue

  • Hormonal Imbalances

  • Low Energy

Autoimmune Disease

  • Hashimoto's

  • Graves Disease

  • Celiac Disease

  • Crohn's Disease

  • Ulcerative Colitis

Mental Health

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

  • Mental Fog

 
 

Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling

We all know that we have to eat right and exercise to be healthy but this can look different for each of us. How we live our lives every day and what we put in our bodies determines our health at the most foundational level. What we eat and how we move our body determines the level of health that we can achieve. Dr. Becca can help you discover the diet and lifestyle that fits you the best. She also utilizes nutritional supplementation for added support when indicated.

 

Herbal Medicine

Herbs are a very powerful medicine that gently remind your body of proper physiology. They stimulate the nervous system and vital organs in a way that restores healthy function to the body rather than replacing function or suppressing symptoms.

 

Nearly every client of Dr. Becca's will receive an individualized herbal formula. The herbs she combines for each client will be different depending on their symptoms, constitution, and even personality.

 

Herbs can be amazing allies in our health. As plants they are living, breathing beings that have their own unique nervous system and ways in which they interact with the world. Using this knowledge and her personal relationship with each plant, she can help you find your herbal allies.

 

Autism Qigong Sensory Training Massage

Qigong is a therapy based on traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi (pronounced "chee") means life energy, or life-force, and Gong means the skill of working with something. Therefore, Qigong means to work with the life energy.

 

More simply, qi can be thought of as energy flow or circulation within the body. In good health, circulation is abundant and free flowing and moves throughout the entire body. When energy is depleted or flow is blocked we experience pain and/or numbness and illness. Qigong  acts by restoring the proper flow of energy and rebuilding energy supplies.

 

Although the specific causes of autism are still unknown, we can identify that at the root of its symptoms is a sensory impairment. Our five senses including touch, sight, hearing, taste, and smell, allow us to connect with the world around us and learn from it. Touch is the medium through which children orient, calm, bond, communicate, and interact socially. Consider the following common autistic symptoms and how they relate to disordered senses: sensitivity to loud or sudden sounds, sensitivity to light,  averse to touch or desires firm pressure, head banging, unresponsive to name, language difficulties, does not cry when hurt, self-harm, harming others, sensitive to food textures, does not make eye contact, etc.

 

Qigong massage, also known as qigong sensory training (QST), is a therapy that utilizes touch to restore the normal function of the skin, and other senses, to directly address these sensory issues.  It normalizes the sensory thresholds, and allows the child to comfortably, and pleasureably, notice and take in the sensations of the world around them.

 

How it Works…

 

  • Normalizes touch/pain responses

  • Relaxes and calms the child

  • Improves development and self-regulation

  • Improves comfort with transitions

  • Normalizes digestion, sleep, and self-soothing

  • Stimulates the ability to turn and face another person, make eye contact, and pay attention to them

  • Helps the child become aware of themselves and the people in their world, and therefore it helps social learning and development

 

What it Involves…

 

  • Dr. Becca will train you, the caregiver, how to perform the massage

  • You will give the massage to the child daily, usually before bedtime

  • Dr. Becca will come to your house (or see you in the office if you prefer) to give you support and perform the massage on your child 20 times over the course of 3-5 months

 

What it Achieves…

 

  • A 2015 randomized controlled study of 103 children with autism under the age of 6, evaluated the effect of the five-month QST interventions on measures of autism, autistic behavior, language, general development, tactile and other sensory impairment, self-regulatory delay, digestion, sleep, and parenting stress with the following results:

    • Touch normalized by 49%

    • Autistic behavior decreased by 32%

    • Receptive language improved by 18%

    • Parenting stress decreased by 44%

    • Child to parent bonding and interactions improved

    • See the full study here.

Please visit qsti.org for more information.

 

Auriculotherapy

Auriculotherapy is a type of acupressure that uses ancient Chinese Medicine wisdom to address a myriad of health issues by placing “ear seeds” on specific points on the ear. The ear is a microcosm of the entire body, which means that the body is reflected on the ear. Therefore, the entire body can be addressed through these ear points.

 

Depending on your health issues, Dr. Becca will select 3-5 points on each ear to place the ear seeds. Ear seeds are made of radish seeds or small metal beads attached to a small piece of adhesive tape. Once placed they usually remain on the ear for 5-7 days and stimulate the point by exerting mild pressure. You can also apply some pressure to the ear seeds for additional stimulation. This puts your therapy in your own hands and gives you a supportive tool in the moment that you need it most.

Ear seeds are minimally invasive and great for kids too!

 

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is an energetic form of medicine that stimulates the body’s vital force to heal itself. It has successfully been used throughout the world for hundreds of years to address all kinds of physical and mental/emotional health issues.

 

With the correct remedy selection, homeopathy can help shift deeply rooted imbalances in the body. The process of selecting a remedy involves a very thorough intake where Dr. Becca will ask a lot of reflective questions and you will do most of the talking. She will then use the information you gave to find a remedy that matches the totality of your symptoms.

 

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy simply means water therapy. Water is a source of life and through simple manipulations of hot and cold temperatures and specific placement on the body, it possesses extraordinary healing potential.

 

Hydrotherapy can help the body detoxify, stimulate the immune system, increase circulation to specific areas, and support the vital force of the body. It can be a useful therapy for a multitude of ailments.

 

Hydrotherapy is simple yet its effects can be profound. Some hydrotherapy protocols can easily be done at home, giving you a powerful tool for self-healing.

 

Medical Disclaimer

Please note: The State of Indiana does not yet offer licensure to naturopathic doctors. Due to this, Dr. Becca holds an active license from the state of Vermont. Although trained to provide primary care, Dr. Becca works to provide wellness consultations in the state of Indiana. As such, the information on this website is not intended to treat or diagnose disease and it is recommended that you continue to consult with your licensed primary care provider for any medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For more licensing information and to help get naturopathic doctors licensed in Indiana, please visit inanp.org.

Dr. Becca Nicholson, ND

3Rivers Wellness

4630 West Jefferson Blvd, Suite 3

Fort Wayne, IN  46804

P. 260.207.4137

F. 260.235.5328

E. info@drbeccanicholson.com

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