Integrative Medicine

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Integrative Medicine

Chris Goetz - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Integrative Medicine Compliments Traditional Medicine to Treat the Body, Mind and Soul

Goetz with CaptionIntegrative medicine is a term that describes an approach to patient health and well being that combines conventional and alternative forms of healing. In an integrative approach the entire facet of medicine is combined. Traditional therapies are entwined with alternative, evidence based treatments. The rise of the integrative approach in clinics, hospitals and medical schools around the country is a direct result of the dissatisfaction felt with a health care system that has doctors rushing and overwhelmed and patients pushed through with a quick fix to their immediate problem but little or no hope for a real solution. A system that has often provided a cure for symptoms but not for the underlying ailment.

Key to integrative medicine is a broad approach to overall health. It relies on Western medicine but draws heavily from other cultures and traditions. Acupuncture, acupressure, massage, even chiropractic are all alternative forms of healing that have become mainstream over the years. These and other natural, non-invasive therapies are the backbone of an integrative approach. It involves a partnership between doctor and patient in an approach to healthcare that treats the whole person and not just the illness. The shared goal is to achieve optimal health by examining the patient's health history, their body, their nutrition and exercise habits.

In the past integrative medicine and alternative therapies were thought to be expensive. Today it is common wisdom that this approach keeps patients healthier, longer and naturally. It saves money in the long run because while a pill or expensive procedure will be utilized when appropriate and necessary, diet, exercise and lifestyle changes are the real goals. When a patient drops unhealthy habits and replaces them with behavior that is beneficial to their health, the need for traditional medicine and medical procedures reduces as well. Many proponents of integrated medicine prefer to use the term "complementary" over "alternative" since the non-traditional therapies employed are not meant as replacements. Integrated medicine uses mainstream and non-traditional therapies side by side with the goal of overall health and well being for the patient.

A 1993 study found that one out of every three Americans was familiar with and had used alternative therapies. The past decade has seen a rapid growth in the popularity of integrated medicine. Its use in hospitals has more than doubled during that time, and it's acceptance as a viable healthcare approach continues to grow.

At Advance Health Services we have always taken the integrated approach. Alongside medical doctors you will find chiropractors, massage therapists, nutritionists, acupuncturists and a diverse team of healthcare professionals. Our goal is to treat you as a whole person and help you achieve optimal health.

Visit us at Advance Health Services today for fast and effective relief. Call us at (305) 600-4685 or use our contact form to book a consultation.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.