Integrative medicine focuses on promoting healthy lifestyles, optimizing health, preventing illness, and treating both acute and chronic conditions. It makes use of the best of conventional and alternative medicine, to provide care that is responsive to the needs and health of individual patients. This requires the patient, the patient’s primary care provider, and the Integrative physician to work together as a team. It may also include referrals to other health care providers which include Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners outside of the MMP practice, if this is found to be in the patient’s best interests.
This approach may be appropriate for patients who want to focus on preventing illness and taking charge of their health, as well as patients who have been diagnosed with a new problem, or a condition that has not improved with conventional medical care alone, and would like to explore other options.
What to expect during an Integrative Medicine visit:
- First visits are typically about 50 – 60 minutes. A thorough medical and social history is taken and treatment options are discussed. Treatment may or may not be started in this visit.
- Follow-up visits are typically 25 – 30 minutes, during which treatment progression and evolving concerns are discussed, and treatment is undertaken.
Treatments used by MMP - Family Medicine physicians trained in Integrative Medicine include:
- Lifestyle counseling
- Osteopathic Manual Medicine
- Medical acupuncture
- Mind Body medicine
- Nutritional counseling
Other therapies that we can discuss with patients, and may refer you to other practitioners for include:
- Holistic Physical Therapy
- Tai Chi and Qi Gong