Integrated Healthcare is healing-oriented treatment that considers the whole person (Spirit, Mind & Body), and incorporates all aspects of lifestyle into the patients care. It makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional (medicine) and alternative therapies. Sometimes, this means that we refer to a medical practitioner for medication, surgery or further diagnostic testing when the patient’s signs and symptoms warrant this. We start with addressing your pain, injury or illness to help manage the symptoms, and simultaneously seek to identify the underlying cause of your health issues and address that as well. This might include seeing our acupuncturist for pain management first, or our Chiropractic doctor, for improving the nervous system, or our Naturopath for natural remedies. It may also mean a referral for exercise prescription as rehabilitation, or performance enhancement, or our massage therapist for deep tissue therapy for underlying muscle spasm, or for simple relaxation. We might even teach you a meditation process to calm your mind and Spirit during the day to help with stress
Integrated Care vs Alternative care: Yes – they are different.
- The use of drugs and surgery to treat illness is commonly referred to as “medicine.” Currently, this system is increasingly being termed “conventional medicine.” Most New Zealanders will encounter this in hospitals and GP clinics. Often it is both expensive and invasive, however – it is also very good at some things; such as, handling emergency conditions like traumatic injuries or a life-threatening diseases. We at Pure Healthcare fully appreciate conventional medicine’s strengths. “If I were hit by a bus, I’d want to be taken immediately to a high-tech emergency room,” says Dr. Cherye Roche – Doctor of Chiropractic and director of Pure Healthcare NZ.
- Therapies that are typically excluded by conventional medicine, and that patients use instead of conventional medicine, are known as “alternative.” It’s a catch-all term that includes many therapies ranging from Chiropractic to Massage, to Acupuncture, to Naturopathy. Usually alternative therapies are closer to nature, less invasive, and less expensive than conventional medicine procedures. An alternative therapy practice that is used in conjunction with a conventional medicine is known as a “complementary” healthcare. For example: following a whiplash injury you see an orthopaedic specialist for MRI to diagnose any serious injury; and subsequently see an Acupuncturist for pain management, a Naturopath for natural anti –inflammatories or muscle relaxants, a massage therapist for muscle spasm, a Chiropractor for spinal adjustments, and a Physiotherapist for rehabilitation.
- Integrative Healthcare, as defined by the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (USA), “combines mainstream medical therapies and alternative therapies for which there is high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.”
- In other words, an integrative approach to healthcare selects the very best, scientifically validated therapies from both conventional and alternative systems
The principles of integrative healthcare:
- A partnership between patients and practitioners in the healing process
- Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response
- Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body
- A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically
- Recognition that good healthcare should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms
- Use of natural, effective, less-invasive, and less expensive interventions
- Promotion of health and the prevention of illness/injury as well as the treatment of disease/injury