Integrated medicine: A new approach to well-being

Massage, nutrition and other complementary health services

You may have seen recent headlines discussing the idea of complementary medicine, or integrated medicine, as a new approach to treating the whole body.

While the approach is anything but new – many types of complementary medicine have been around for thousands of years – more traditional medical doctors and institutions seem to be incorporating these treatments into their patient care.

“There are 50 institutions around the country that have integrative in their name, at places like Harvard, Stanford, Duke and the Mayo Clinic. Most of them offer treatments like acupuncture, massage, and nutrition counseling, along with conventional drugs and surgery.” (The Atlantic, June 2015)

In our practice, we often see people for the first time when their doctor prescribes medical massage for an injury or for chronic pain. In these cases, the client’s health insurance often covers the massage treatment for the prescribed area, and the client’s doctor uses massage in combination with an integrated approach.

Other clients come to us on their own, seeking relief from pain, stress, headaches, or other ailments. Each person is different, and various treatments and techniques can contribute to a person’s overall quality of life and sense of well-being.

A recent piece in Huffington Post describes integrated medicine and its role in empowering individuals to care for their whole bodies:

“It cares for the whole person by addressing mind, body, and spirit as three interacting elements that together result in health and well-being…It helps individuals craft healthy relationships with their physical bodies, mental outlook, and emotional well-being. Beyond fitness and exercise is the relationship we have with our whole self.”

From various forms of massage to nutrition counseling, acupuncture, therapeutic yoga and more, an integrated approach to health can make a strong impact on how a person feels, both physically and mentally.

We will work with you to create a customized approach that meets your needs. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.