Alternative medicine, the words are heard more and more often these days as patients become better educated on what is available to treat minor to moderate illnesses and injuries, as well as chronic conditions that invoke moderate amounts of pain and stress in the body.
The idea of alternative practices as been in evidence for thousands of years in eastern culture and is becoming a growing treatment path chosen by those in the modern western world as traditional medications become more extreme and likely to cause harmful side effects. Alternative medicine Miami focused therapies are available at the Dayton Medical Center where the esteemed Dr. Martin Dayton and his team offer unique and body friendly ways to increase health, decrease suffering, and reinvigorate a patients desire to enjoy life.
One of the deepest beliefs in osteopathic medicine is that focus should be concentrated on the body’s natural ability to self-heal. Founded in the late 19th century by a Missouri physician who understood modern medicine often did as much harm as it did good, osteopathic doctors are licensed to practice regular medicine in all of its types, but also believe in using complementary OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment) to gently move and manipulate muscles and joints using pressure, resistance, and stretching. For patients suffering chronic conditions such as migraines, joint pain from arthritis and autoimmune disease, and other illnesses, OMT can provide often elusive relief.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, combines thousands of years’ worth of practice in using herbal medicines, acupuncture, and other treatments such as cupping, massage, diet, and mind-body practices like tai chi to create individualized programs. Each patient’s program is based upon the practitioner’s observations of sight, sound, smell, touch, and questioning of the patient. TCM revolves around the concept that while each organ in the body unites to work as a whole, each organ also represents its own separate life force with distinct functions and requirements. The goal of practicing TCM alongside modern medicine is to seek out harmony inside and outside the body.
Mind Body Medicine
Most people do not fully realize that stress, when it is consistently present, contributes to as much as 80% of all illness, an astonishing number. Mind body medicine takes that knowledge and focuses on the relationship between the two, concentrating on all of the factors that contribute directly to overall health, including social status, as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Using some of the many mind body therapies available today that include meditation, hypnosis, aromatherapy, yoga, and massage, patients suffering from anxiety, PTSD, chronic fatigue, depression, and other long-term ailments of the mind and body can be helped to reach a new level of overall well-being.
There is no doubt about it; a majority of the population would love to live long, healthy, fulfilling lives. Fortunately, when following the right path, many people can do exactly that. It’s true that while much of everyone’s’ overall life expectancy is already mapped out in their genetic makeup, there is still much that can be done to live out the type of life they dream of. After evaluation, a doctor who utilizes alternative medicine along with traditional practices can help each patient determine their individual needs. The right therapies can help boots biological functions that result in skin repair, elevated energy levels, and more.
When a patient is seeking alternative medicine Miami style, the Dayton Medical Center is ready to welcome them. The center’s approach to healing encompasses the best of both modern medicine and ancient alternatives that have been proven to have a long-term and positive effect on those who experience them. These therapies may include the following and more:
Dr. Martin Dayton and his colleagues combine these two worlds of eastern and western medicine into one synergistic combination, offering a myriad of ways to fight the effects that illness, stress, and time have on the body.