Blended Care Services

One of the most exciting things being found in the medical field today is the concept of “blended care services”.  Traditionally, patients have been seen by a Primary Care Physician, who manages the health care of there patient, while referring them to other medical specialists on a as needed basis.  While the patient’s medical issues are managed, nothing is done to provide other services that have a direct impact on the patient’s health and overall wellbeing. 

In “blended care services” the patient still has a Primary Care Physician, with access to medical specialists on a as needed basis, but they have access to other services that impact there health and wellbeing. All of this is under one roof and under the direct supervision of their medical doctor. 

In addition to traditional medical services that any Primary Care ‘s office would perform, offices that provide “blended care services” also have Chiropractors, Nutritionists, Massage Therapists, Corrective Exercise and Strength Specialists on their staff.  The goal of “blended care services” is to treat the entire person and to treat the root cause of the issue that resulted in a medical problem. 

A good example of this would be a person that is overweight and is having joint issues because of their weight.  Instead of the Doctor telling them to loose weight and go figure out how to do it, a “blended care provider” would take the person down the hall to the Nutritionist to develop a nutritional program and then down to see the Chiropractor to make adjustments the patient feel better and then to Exercise and Strength Specialist to develop a exercise program, flowed up by a massage.  All of these services are under the same roof and are managed by the patient’s Primary Care Physician!

 

Looking For An Overall Approach to Your Health Concerns?

You may want to check with your local chiropractic professional about naturopathy, which  is a healthcare approach that sees each individual as a whole person striving for a healthy, natural, lifestyle. Naturopathy uses natural therapies and tends to focus on health rather than disease. 

Your chiropractor, in conjunction with traditional naturopathy, can help you address a wide range of health conditions, from ADHD, allergies and asthma, to urinary tract infections, anxiety, depression, arthritis or infertility. Some of the different therapies utilized include nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, iridology (the study of your iris), and cold laser light therapy for pain reduction. 

Depending on your presenting condition, you may have some laboratory tests performed, which could include testing for allergies, hormones, mineral toxicity, thyroid or kidney function, etc. You can rest assured that your chiropractic and naturopathy professional will directly address your individual concerns. 

As naturopathy is a total health care system based on the specific needs of each individual, it uses natural therapies such as diet and exercise in promoting a balance of systems within the person. Since our bodies are made of interdependent systems, all parts of a person are affected when one part is out of balance (mental, physical, and spiritual). By utilizing natural therapies (minerals, herbs, enzymes) in providing a healthy foundation, it is believed that the body has an ability to heal itself. Naturopathy will help your body transition into natural, healthy, living using nature’s remedies, without the use of pharmaceuticals. Ask your local chiropractor if you can benefit from a naturopathic approach to your health care and how to begin.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a type of alternative medicine which relies on natural approaches to healing and wellbeing. Naturopaths are guided by the philosophy of vitalism, which states that the body has a vital force that gives it an inherent ability to heal. Naturopaths treat the individual holistically, using non-invasive methods to restore balance to all components of a person’s biological, psychological, and spiritual makeup, thereby optimizing the body’s vital force.  Naturopathic care usually involves some combination of the following:

Homeopathy

Homeopathy involves the use of diluted, very low concentrations of substances (homeopathic pills)  that in more concentrated, higher doses would produce symptoms similar to the patient’s in a healthy person. It is believed that the homeopathic treatment triggers the body’s healing response to the target disease. Homeopaths prescribe individualized remedies based on the patient’s symptoms, as well as the patient’s personality traits, lifestyle, and psycho-emotional state.

Botanical medicine/Herbal medicine

One of the cornerstones of naturopathic medicine is the belief that medications derived from natural sources, particularly from plants, are more conducive to optimal healing than man-made drugs. As such, naturopaths prescribe herbal remedies and supplements to treat diseases. Herbal preparations may include herbal teas, wines, infusions, decoctions, tinctures, oils, salves, or inhalants. Some naturopaths also administer herbal treatments in pill-form.

Traditional Chinese medicine

Many naturopaths practice traditional Chinese medicine which incorporates the use of Chinese herbs, Chinese manipulative therapy (acupuncture, tui na), Chinese meditative physical exercise (tai chi, qigong), and Chinese dietary principles. Traditional Chinese Medicine is rooted in Chinese cosmological and philosophical concepts of the natural world.

Nutritional

Naturopaths believe that nutrition plays a major role in disease prevention and healing. As such, naturopathic care focuses on improving and optimizing patients’ health through the use of an organic, natural diet tailored to the patient’s needs.

Naturopathy is not confined to the above four treatment methods. It is a broad -ranging practice and depending on the naturopath’s training and specialization, naturopaths may administer treatments based in physical medicine, color therapy, ozone therapy, live blood analysis, hydrotherapy, reflexology, hair analysis, psychotherapy, stress management, and much more.