Integrative Healthcare

Introduction

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Many people today are looking beyond modern medicine alone to fend off disease and illness and promote long-term health. Increasingly their choices include the integration of modern medical practices and traditional disciplines. Integrative healthcare is the philosophy that the combined knowledge of modern and traditional healing disciplines is ultimately superior to a conventional view of health and wellness. The objective of integrative healthcare is to blend modern and traditional medical practices to produce safer, faster and more effective healthcare. Our belief is that modern medicine, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage and various other medical practices, work best in concert to optimize patient care and promote healing.

Fundamental to integrative healthcare is a patient-centric approach that emphasizes the unique attributes of each patient. Health and healing are individually determined and may be different for each person. The goal of integrative healthcare is a collaborative approach between patient and an interdisciplinary team of practitioners that work together as partners in the healing process.

Modern Medical Practice

Modern medicine refers to conventional or Western medicine and represents a broad range of disciplines that find their roots in surgery and pharmacology. These include primary care, internal medicine, orthopedics, pediatrics, physical therapy, and many others. Modern medicine tends to focus on treating specific illnesses and their symptoms. Treatment approaches generally address the physical indicators first and emotional and environmental factors second.

Traditional Healing Arts

Traditional healing arts describe a range of healing systems, many with centuries of accumulated practitioner knowledge and experience. Also referred to as complementary or alternative medicine, they include such medical disciplines as massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, naturopathy, herbal medicine, chiropractic medicine, and osteopathic medicine.

Traditional healing arts tend to take a broader view of healthcare than modern medicine, looking at the integration of physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental factors when assessing a condition and prescribing treatment. These may include a patients’ diet, temperament, work environment, sleeping habits and a variety of other factors that may be contributing to a particular condition. There is now a growing volume of empirical evidence that supports these methods in the treatment of a broad range of maladies.

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