Holistic medicine only makes sense when we look at the entire landscape of a patient's life. This includes what they eat, what they do for work, play, and exercise, how they sleep, and how they deal with stress. If a patient comes in for a one hour treatment once a week, that leaves 167 hours during the rest of the week when they are 'treating' themselves. This points to the importance of proper diet, nutrition and lifestyle choices to begin tipping the scales in the direction of better health.
In terms of exercise, we have experience with a wide array of functional physical therapy techniques including: therapeutic yoga, strength and mobility training, muscle activation, and myofascial release (foam rolling, massage balls, etc.). We teach our patients exercises and stretches in order to correct the imbalances that are contributing to their symptoms. We also provide exercise and lifestyle plans so that our patients have a road map to follow in the healing process.
The health benefits of keeping the body strong are immense. It helps promote a healthy body by increasing lung capacity, strengthening muscles, lubricating joints, and increasing flexibility. It also helps promote a peaceful mind by reducing worry and stress while improving focus and positive thought. Often times our patients are plenty 'fit' in the physical sense of the word, but have difficulty dealing with mental disruptions like stress, anxiety, depression, etc. This is where the breath-centered movements can benefit overall body-mind health.
We heavily emphasize the importance of breathing and moving meditation to relax the sympathetic nervous system and encourage the body to heal itself.