These days, there are all kinds of approaches to medicine, from the traditional, Western approach to a wide range of more natural approaches, like homeopathic, alternative and holistic. But, one of the most effective approaches is integrative medicine. This innovative approach is relatively unknown, so if you’re unsure about what it is or why you should try it, you’ve come to the right place. We are Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation and Pain Center, and we are proud to be Washington DC’s premier source for integrative medicine.

What is integrative medicine?

The definition of integrative medicine, according to the American Board of Integrative Medicine®, is “…the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.” The two biggest aspects of integrative medicine that make it different from other types of medicine is its unique approach to care and revolutionary doctor/patient relationships.

Integrative medicine’s unique approach to treatment.

One reason why so many people have found the treatment they need through integrative medicine is that it encompasses both conventional, Western medicine with alternative therapies, like medical acupuncture and chiropractic care. But, integrative medicine doesn’t just wholeheartedly accept every alternative therapy with open arms and without question. One of the defining principles of integrative medicine is that it neither rejects Western medicine nor uncritically accepts complementary therapies.

With integrative medicine, you’ll experience a new kind of doctor/patient relationship.

Too often, today’s conventional doctors have lots of patients and packed schedules, and many of them really don’t have the time to truly listen and get to know their patients. But, that’s not the case with integrative doctors. One of the other principles of integrative medicine says that “patients and practitioners are partners in the healing process.” In order to uphold this principle, integrative doctors work to establish strong relationships with their patients, building trust and understanding.

This is beneficial to the patient, because it allows the doctor to evaluate the whole patient, not just their physical self. Rather than just prescribing you a new pill and moving onto the next patient, your integrative medicine doctor will take the time to empower you about your health and educate you about the conventional and alternative therapies available to you. Unfortunately, most conventional and alternative practitioners are only trained on one kind of medicine or therapy, but with an integrative medicine doctor, you’ll get a practitioner who understands the value and effectiveness of many different therapies.

Is integrative medicine right for you?

If you’ve been living with chronic pain, and you’ve had trouble finding relief through either conventional or alternative therapies, it might be time to give integrative medicine a try. At Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation and Pain Center, we are proud to say that we have helped many people throughout Washington DC find relief from chronic pain and discomfort through our unique, holistic approach to medicine. Take the first step towards finding out if integrative medicine is right for you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.