Western Medicine Practitioners
At the intersection of wellness, healthcare practitioners of the 21st century are looking to bridge the gap between conventional medical therapies and alternative therapies that are safe, effective and provide healing for their patients.
Patients are questioning whether there are therapies they can utilize along with their usual medical care and they are turning to their healthcare providers for answers.
Check out some of the following information below and see how your patients and even YOU can benefit from some of these therapies for health and wellness.
In the beginning, this alternative therapy for lower back pain, headache, and neck pain was demonized by the AMA to be quackery at its best. However, the AMA’s case against chiropractic was finally settled in the 1980’s, benefitting chiropractors and patients alike. Check out the article, AMA Validates Chiropractic? for the latest news about how the AMA has finally come to endorse this healing therapy.
You can also visit this page for the paper Chiropractic Evidence Summary. It’s an easy to understand summary that curious patients will appreciate, and so will you.
Yes, this traditional approach to health and wellness in Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years and the research continues. The NCCIH (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health), which is a branch of the NIH (National Institutes of Health) is a great place to gather information about this alternative therapy.
The NIH shares information about the benefits of acupuncture for health and wellness. There are even integrative physicians who include this in their practice.
Music and/or Meditation
Music and/or Meditation for patients who may be dealing with stress from illness, pain, grief, or trauma, may be a great adjunct to conventional prescription medication for patients. And why not? The research available to us about the positive effects of these therapies is quite astounding. The ongoing brain research in this area is not to be dismissed. Check out the latest research here. Also look at the article Change Your Brain By Transforming Your Mind.
And most importantly, self-care for healthcare providers: a topic that is not addressed nearly enough. Practitioner burnout is real and it affects every aspect of your health and wellness. Just check out this study in the Journal of Internal Medicine about the burnout that physicians suffer with. So how can you begin a self-care program beyond the highly touted “eat right and exercise” mantra you learned in your own medical training? Well, you could look into the above alternative therapies for some ideas and you can also begin a conversation inside your community of healthcare providers to address self-care as health care.
Even if you’re in a related field of allied health, you are also subject to burnout. Here is another perspective addressing healthcare professionals and burnout.
As an RN and a Whole Health Educator®, I have been fortunate to work in both the traditional western medicine world and the alternative fields of health and wellness. I have also been a patient/client of both and am passionate about bringing practitioners of both together. Each way has value and both are necessary. The key is for both sides to understand what the other brings to the table and to know which one will best serve the patient/client in any given situation. Sometimes it’s a combination of both. It is my mission to bring more western and alternative practitioners together through education, networking, events, and community.
We are stronger together and our patient population will be better served when we use each other as resources.
A Bridge To Wholeness aims to be a catalyst for the future of healthcare through encouraging and facilitating creative collaboration.
But I can’t do it alone.
I invite you to learn more about our organization and be a part of a new, more whole person way, of providing medical and wellness care.
Who should join ABTW?
ABTW is open to any and all healthcare practitioners, clinicians, and experts in the fields of health and wellness who want to:
Foster a more “wholistic” approach to health and wellness
Create whole person-centered care which includes body, mind and spirit in all modalities of health and wellness.
Connect and communicate via open, non-judgmental dialog, education and networking opportunities
Aspire to achieve a working model of health, healing and wellness for the 21st century that is inclusive, innovative and visionary.
The investment for being a member of this dynamic community and movement is $197 per year payable online.