The Center for Integrative Health (CIH) exists to provide an environment where the individual and their needs are at the center of their treatment plan and course. All factors are recognized and considered in addressing these needs - physical body, emotional well-being, spirituality, and social/environmental elements. The relationship between the individual and the healthcare practitioner is an equal partnership to achieve the highest level possible of health and wellness.
The center utilizes a team of expert health professionals from a variety of disciplines to provide a thorough, comprehensive approach to address the existing needs of the individual, as well as promote wellness by empowering the individual to engage in healthy lifestyle habits. The CIH seeks to work with the individual to maximize the body’s innate ability to heal and achieve a sense of balance through nutrition, physical activity/movement, stress management, spiritual enhancement, social support, resiliency, as well as conventional therapies.
The CIH utilizes a team-based, transdisciplinary approach to maximizing health. This is accomplished through the expertise of multiple disciplines and practitioners, as well as the expertise of the individual involved. The focus of care is broader than addressing a specific “problem” or “diagnosis” but rather emphasizes the individual’s natural capacity for overall wellness by implementing and maintaining healthy practices. Traditional medical care typically relies on an authoritarian relationship between physician and patient with a focus on symptom reduction with little emphasis on prevention and lifestyle changes. The CIH seeks to first focus on the relationship with the individual and gain a better understanding of their lifestyle and environment and then utilize this relationship as the vehicle for change for healthier living.
This approach is especially relevant for chronic medical conditions. Such conditions include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular care, cancer, weight management/obesity, transplant, diabetes, pain, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal, and stress management. For the most part, these conditions require management with the goal of healing, not curing. Integrative health provides the framework for this process of care.