What is Holistic Health?

Holistic Health is best described as an approach to medicine that treats the entire person, not just a particular organ system. In chronic pain management, for example, we deal with chronic pain. Chronic pain has a cause, it has a character (dull, burning, tearing), and it has a modality. Each needs to be addressed.

But what is the difference between pain and suffering? Pain is the result of the disease process itself and can be acute, chronic, or, more commonly, chronic with flares of acute pain. Suffering is the psychological aspect of the patient's response to the pain.

The Holistic Approach to Chronic Pain

To holistically treat chronic pain, we first address the cause and then the pain, tailoring our management to deal with the specific type of inflammation, pressure or nerve pain; we also may use non-traditional medications to help with chronic pain.

The combination we develop for each patient is designed to control their pain with the lowest dose of medication needed, counting on synergistic effects between each medication to potentiate the relief. This is the Denali Way of Pain Management.

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The Psychology of Pain

To address the psychological aspect of suffering, we work with patients to make sure they understand what medications can and cannot do, what a reasonable expectation of a medication is and how to take them properly. We also make frequent referrals to address the psychologic aspects of their suffering—evaluation of their stressors and coping mechanisms is very helpful. We refer to this as addressing the 'Psychology of Pain.'

Denali Healthcare Recommends these services for Holistic Health

  • Chiropractic Care
    • Chiropractic care focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and the effects of these disorders on general health, including back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches, among other things. Chiropractors use a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care. They have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
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    • Acupuncture can be traced back at least 2,500 years to China. The general theory is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health, and disruptions of this flow are responsible for disease. It's theorized that acupuncture may correct these imbalances at identifiable points close to the skin.
  • Counseling
    • Effective pain management now comes from multidisciplinary care teams that look at the whole person rather than just the pain. Two decades of studies now confirm the value of psychological interventions in reducing self-reported pain, pain-related interference, depression and disability, while increasing health-related quality of life.
    • Go to Michigan Addiction Therapy (www.michiganaddictiontherapy.com/drug-addiction-therapy/start-counseling/) for more information.

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