If you have been paying attention to what is happening in the medical community, then it’s likely that you have heard about holistic medicine. However, to really understand the practice takes more than just a passing reference to the topic. Holistic medicine is a type of medicine that is concerned with the entire person as a whole. This practice accounts for the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. The belief behind the practice stems from the idea that people can operate at their highest levels when all their systems are operating well and in balance with each other.
Practitioners of holistic medicine believe that if one of these systems is out of balance, all of the other systems in the body will be affected. In order to treat an individual, medical professionals may utilize a variety of techniques. For example, if a patient visits their doctor for a migraine, they may be prescribed pain medication and sent home. However, when a physician takes a holistic approach, they look at a myriad of potential factors that are influencing and causing the headache. Therefore, even though a patient may still be prescribed pain medication, issues with their diet, sleep patterns, stress, and spiritual outlook will also be reviewed and it is only after considering all of these factors that a treatment plan will be developed.
Holistic medicine offers a wide variety of treatment options to treat underlying conditions and below we have compiled some of the most standard treatment options along with brief explanations. However, if you feel that holistic medicine is an option for you, you should consider contacting a holistic medical professional today for more information.
Patient Education – Holistic medicine believes that every person can heal themselves. It is no surprise that when patients know more about themselves and their condition, they have better results in their treatment. Education may cover diet, exercise, and counseling as it relates to the patient's needs.
Alternative Medicine – In order to treat the body as a whole, alternative medicine is another option that may be used as part of a patient’s treatment plan. These treatments may include chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, or naturopathy.
Western Medicine – Sometimes Western medicine will offer an additional or complementary benefit. These treatments may include medications or medical procedures in order to correct any underlying issues.
Many patients who opt for a holistic approach to their medical needs will find that chiropractic care becomes one of the most critical aspects of their treatment. Chiropractic offers a non-invasive approach to helping with many medical issues including back and neck pain, nerve pain, gastrointestinal issues, and even ear infections.
Chiropractors are highly trained medical professionals that have received specialized education in understanding the role that your spine and the associated nerves play on your wellness. They understand your individual needs and don’t prescribe to a one size fits all approach. Additionally, chiropractors have access to the latest medical equipment and can confidently come to an appropriate and accurate diagnosis.
Chiropractic has been used for generations to help patients heal without invasive procedures or utilizing potentially dangerous prescription medications. This field of medicine has been determined safe and effective for use on every population including the elderly, infants, pregnant women and everybody in between.
If you have a health concern and are weighing your options, you should consider meeting with our chiropractor, Dr. Suzie Silveira, D.C. She will conduct a detailed review of your medical history and perform a physical examination to help determine the best course of action for you. With a long and safe history, you should rest assured knowing that your treatment is in capable hands.