Chronic Diseases: Prevention & Treatment
Everything from genetics to environmental factors and lifestyles can play a role in whether or not we develop certain diseases or illnesses. While some conditions are acute and will go away on their own or with medication, other conditions are chronic, which means that a person will have to manage this condition for life. The medical team at Shenandoah Pain and Palliative Care Clinic works with countless individuals who are dealing with chronic disease, providing them with comprehensive, holistic and individualized care.
Holistic Care and Preventing Disease
The goal of any doctor is to help patients lead healthier lifestyles to prevent disease. Of course, this involves understanding a person’s risk factors and behaviors that could increase their chances of developing certain chronic diseases. Through shedding light on these risk factors we can also help you reduce your risk by improving your lifestyle. Some ways to prevent disease include,
- Incorporating moderately intense aerobic exercise into your schedule most days of the week
- Quitting or avoiding smoking and tobacco products
- Limiting alcohol or avoiding it altogether
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Taking certain vitamins and supplements
- Getting quality sleep
- Understanding your family history
- Getting regular screenings, immunizations, and checkups
A holistic medicine doctor will look at everything from your lifestyle to your family history and environment to determine how all these factors could impact your health in the long run. Just by incorporating these simple lifestyle changes into your daily routine you could greatly reduce your risk for chronic problems such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
Treating Chronic Disease with Holistic Care
When chronic disease happens to you, you want a doctor that will be able to see the big picture when it comes to providing well-rounded treatment and care. We don’t just mask symptoms with medication, we focus on what’s causing your symptoms and treat the underlying problem to provide substantial and long-term relief.
We offer both traditional medical care and alternative therapies. After all, patients with high blood pressure may find that through alternative treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and massage therapy, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and blood pressure medication, they could drastically lower high blood pressure. Alternative therapies may be beneficial to patients living with,
- Anxiety and depression
- Insomnia and sleep disorders
- Digestive disorders
- High blood pressure
- Parkinson’s disease
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis