It is proven that certain types of treatments together as a combined, or integrated, approach to healing can not only speed up the healing process but prove to be more effective when applied properly. We specialize in alternate medical treatments, primarily chiropractic, acupuncture and massage, that serve to promote full body health. This is why we offer what is called a “whole medical system” approach to healing. Many of these techniques were developed before the creation of conventional medicine used in the United States.
This system focuses on the emphasis for individualization of care. Quality of treatment with time and care taken for each patient is the most important aspect. In 2001, a report called “Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century” done by the National Institute of Medicine, claimed that there was a large gap in the level of care that patients recieve from health care orginzations as opposed to what could be provided. They suggest that all health institutions implement six aims to better care: safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient-centeredness. Whole Medical Systems aim to achieve these goals.
What are Whole Medical Systems?
A whole medical system is created in an effort to combine medical techniques that work well together to promote health. At D’Vida Injury Clinic & Wellness Center we focus on alternative and complimetary medicine to create our system. Alternative medicine, by definition, are practices other than the use of conventional medicine. Complimetary Care are treatments that work well in conjunction, or compliment, other types of treatment. For example, a patient might recieve an acupuncture treatment and trigger point massage before with a chiropractic treatment. Depending on what is being treated, the alternative therapy of thechiropractic (spinal) adjustment would be complimented by the muscle tension release while reducing inflamation from acupuncture.
A whole medical system isn’t just a single practice or treatment — such as acupuncture or massage — but utilize many practices that center on a philosophy, such as alternative medicial approaches and the concept of the mind-body system. It creates a system of treatment types to work on more than one aspect of a problem to promote health and well being. For instance, if a patient has a back injury, traditional chiropractic spinal adjustments will be extremely beneficial. When these chiropractic adjustments are combined with medical massage to loosen the muscles around the injury and promote oxygen and blood flow, and then acupuncture is incorporated to reduce inflamation and provide balance to the body, the effects are magnified.
D’Vida’s Approach to Natural Healing
At D’Vida Injury Clinic & Wellness Center, our whole medical system incorporates three main types of alternative natural healing, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Massage. These treatments are further assisted by methods such as cold laser, utrasound, and interferential treatment. We offer a combination of different treatments under these three types that work together to reduce, swelling, reduce pain, and increase mobility.
The theory behind these practices can be broken down into three major systems of the body that are worked on:
The Mind-Body Medicine: These techniques focus on the ability of the mind to affect body systems and functions. It strives to raise the mind’s capacity to operate and maintain a healthy working body. In biological based therapies in this area, herbs, suppliments and foods are suggested or provided to the patient.
The Manipulative and Body Based Therapies: These techiques focus on working different parts of the body through adjustment and movement to realign the physical body. These techniques are used by specific medical specialists. Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, and Massage therapists, as well as physical therapists and conventional medical practicitioners utilize these techniques.
Energy Therapy: These techniques focus on fields of energy within and around the body. These are commonly used in practices such as reiki and biofield therapy. Acupuncture also utilizes these concepts in Tradional Chinese Medicine therapies to assist in energy flow of the meridians and flow of “Qi”.
While it has been proven that integrated complimentary treatments like chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage, are highly effective, most clinics do not incorporate them into one clinic. A patient is required to go to multiple clinics in order to recieve the full benefit, and each practictioner may not be working closely together to combine these treatments effectively.
At D’Vida Injury Clinic & Wellness Center, our practictioners work together to create a health plan that is right for you. Once you come into our office, you recieve the full benefit under one roof. Our team creates a combined treatment plan to focus on wholeness and well being.
The actual visit to a clinic is only part of the healing process, and we feel education is equally important. Sending you home with knowledge on how to reduce pain from your injury or prevent it is part of our practice. We use herbs and suppliments to compliment your care, along with stretches, poses, and techniques you can follow at home.
Who can benefit from this approach to healing?
Anyone can benefit from this type of healing. While many patients that have suffered an injury, such as a car accident or work injury, or suffer from chronic pain or illness seek out care, it is just as important to seek preventative care.
Integrative Alternative Medicine for Preventative Care:
Preventative care is becoming one of the most important concerns of American society, and one of the most lacking. Currently, statistics show that in America, 7 out of 10 deaths are from chronic diseases, and 1 out of 2 adults suffer a chronic ilness, most of which are preventable. In children, almost 1 out every 3 are overweight or obese, making them vulnerable to disease and illness.(http://www.cdc.gov/features/preventionstrategy/)
Alternative and Complimentary care (CAM) used as a whole health system address issues of prevention on multiple levels. At the primary level of prevention, alternative medicine techniques focus on dietary guidance, sleep assistance, stress mitigation, lifestyle counseling, and herbal formulas and suppliments for health promotion.
On the second level of prevention, alternative medicine focuses more on stress management and nutritional supplimentation, along with education on stretches and techniques to allow for better flow of the body. These techniques focus on reducing the change of chronic illness and disease.
At the third level of prevention, a full range of techniques including traditional chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and related treatments are used. The focus is made on pain management, symptom control, stress relief, disease prevention, and risk reduction. Integrated medicine is key at this stage to fully impletement customized treatment plans for each patient.
The goal of this approach is to provide a wide array of options available to each patient and blur the line between alternative medicine and conventional care.
Alternative medicine is becoming a quickly growing field because of its ability to provide relief from pain and help symptoms without the use of surgery or medication. As society becomes more educated about the side effects of taking pain medications, more people turn to alternative medicine as a healthier approach.