Oscar’s track: Holistic healthcare

Community Columnist

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of “Oscar’s track.” In my previous columns, I’ve focused mostly on topics of physical health. Today, I’d like to broaden my focus and talk about how wellness involves health in all aspects of our lives.

According to the website cazhealing.webs.com, “Wellness is not limited to our physical well-being! Wellness is a sense of balance through all areas of your life. This includes, but is not limited to, physical, mental, emotional and energetic health, financial wellness, animal companion wellness, etc.”

If you look at Back On Track’s logo, you’ll notice the triangle located in the center. This symbol represents the mind, body and spirit connection. I chose it to reflect my beliefs and experience that healing and wellness involve the whole person, not just a single aspect of that individual.

This approach to healthcare is often referred to as “holistic healthcare.” In my own practice, I find that I often become aware of root causes of my patient’s symptoms by getting to know them and listening to them talk about the things going on in their lives.

Holistic healthcare draws from many natural, alternative and integrative practices as well as conventional medical practices. When used in a coordinated approach to patient care, these therapies are referred to as complementary medicine. Holistic healthcare is based on a physician-patient partnership in which both conventional and alternative therapies are used to stimulate the body’s natural healing potential.

According to healingchoicesonline.com, this approach to diagnosis and treatment has the advantage of putting an increased emphasis on prevention and long-term wellness.

In today’s complex and fast-paced life, we often find ourselves with too much to do and not enough time to do it all. Our environments are noisy, our meals taken on the run, and our recreation is limited. We can often feel over-stressed and over-tired. Living with this constant stress, we eventually discover our health is compromised.

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