The Holistic Approach to Pain Management
Holistic care involves caring for the whole person. It is not just about treating physical symptoms, but also providing emotional support and stress relief, as well as meeting other needs. Holistic care is particularly beneficial in managing pain for patients with chronic or terminal conditions. Holistic care can include conventional medical practices, as well as alternative treatment methods. At Shenandoah Pain and Palliative Care Clinic, Ms. Garrison (NP-C), our experienced nurse practitioner utilizes a holistic approach to pain management.
Holistic care can also be referred to as palliative care. The focus of holistic care is ensuring the overall health and wellbeing of the individual. It is more than just treating the patient’s specific injury, condition, or disease. Dealing with a serious illness or debilitating injury can be overwhelming for the patient, as well as their loved ones. The situation can result in depression, chronic stress, and feeling isolated, among other concerns. The goal with a holistic approach is to help patients deal with whatever struggles they might be experiencing in these different areas.
At Shenandoah Pain and Palliative Care Clinic, our holistic approach to pain management means we also offer emotional support and assistance dealing with stress and anxiety on top of providing relief from physical symptoms and treatment for specific medical conditions. We provide total care for our patients. Our holistic approach to pain management can benefit patients dealing with a wide range of conditions and illnesses, including:
- Lung disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Kidney or liver disease
Another aspect of our holistic approach is providing support for family members and caregivers. These individuals go through a lot emotionally and physically trying to provide the best care for their loved ones. It is not uncommon for a family member who is a caregiver to experience burnout trying to care for their loved one while also tending to other responsibilities. We are here to provide much needed additional support.
Our holistic approach to pain management aims to provide physical relief from uncomfortable symptoms, as well as improve the patient’s overall quality of life.