What is integrated healthcare?

Integrated healthcare acknowledges the important relationship between the practitioner and patient, uses a variety of holistic therapies to treat the whole person and is supported by evidence-based science. The goal of all integrated and holistic healthcare practitioners is to achieve optimal health for patients, which includes physiological, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual well-being.

Integrated healthcare encompasses both prevention and treatment of numerous health conditions. Various dietary, lifestyle and environmental factors may be discussed during consultations, and treatment plans likely involve more than one practitioner. For example, chronic inflammation contributes to both the development and progression of many ill-health conditions. A patient may seek osteopathic treatment to provide support to the damaged tissue(s), and a naturopath/nutritionist will modify dietary and lifestyle habits to promote decreased inflammation in the body.

According to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2008), complementary therapies have become increasingly popular in Australia. The enthusiasm to live an alternate lifestyle was the initial ‘cog in the wheel’ that kicked off the complementary health trend. This trend was and continues to be highly influenced by numerous factors, including increased immigration and contact/trade agreements with China. In 2006, there were 80% more people employed as complementary practitioners, such as naturopaths and chiropractors, in comparison to the decade prior. Current trends are likely to continue in an upward direction.

How does Elevate stand out in the healthcare industry?

At Elevate, we treat more than symptoms; we get to the root cause of health issues. We house the latest advances in healthcare technology and are proud to have a team of integrated health professionals that are experts in their chosen fields. Our patients are supported every step of the way throughout their journey to optimal health. We encourage and educate all patients to make appropriate choices and instil confidence to enhance positive health-related behaviours.

The expansion in consumer demand for complementary medicines has remained strong over the past decade, as more consumers understand the value in taking a proactive approach to healthcare. Elevate aims to be the leader in Integrated Healthcare within the Australian and Australasian healthcare industry, laying down the framework to deliver safe, effective, evidence-based services to all patients. Elevate offers both clinical services, as well as corporate health services to meet a diverse range of needs within the realm of integrated healthcare.

What services fall under the integrated medicine umbrella?

  • Traditional medical services;
  • osteopathy;
  • physiotherapy;
  • massage;
  • holistic nutrition/dietetics;
  • podiatry;
  • mindfulness coaching;
  • meditation;
  • sleep management; and
  • natruopathy.

Top tips for living a holistic lifestyle

The job demands of corporate culture are highly stressful, and the socially accepted cultural norm often blames stress as the inability of an individual to adapt to excessive workloads. This leaves many individuals feeling unable to develop essential coping skills. Stress has the potential to impact many areas of life, including diet and exercise habits. Here are some simple tips for living holistically while surviving in a corporate world:

  • Whether it’s a walk, short yoga or meditation practices throughout the day, being consistent is key;
  • identify specific work-stress triggers and discuss with co-workers and management ways to share tasks or increase resources;
  • if your nutrition habits are suffering, get into the routine of meal prepping; pick one evening or a few hours over the weekend to chop up some veggies, boil some eggs, throw together a homemade nut/seed mixture, and bulk cook protein-packed dips, like hummus; and
  • spend 10-20 minutes in the fresh air and go for a walk; this will improve circulation, clear your mind, and reset your mood.

References

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2008). Complementary therapies. Australian Social Trends (4102.0). Retrieved from http:// http://www.abs.gov.au

Complementary Medicines Australia (2017). Federal pre-budget submission. Retrieved from http:// https://www.treasury.gov.au.

 

 

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