Our Holistic Health Approach
“Disease and loss of good health are not accidental. You must violate nature’s laws to lose your health and develop a disease. You have to eat, drink, and think yourself into a disease.”
- Bernard Jensen, D.C., Ph.D, author of “Dr. Jensen 'S GUIDE TO BODY CHEMISTRY & NUTRITION”
Take stress, for example. It's a psychological response, but it can also cause physical symptoms, such as headaches, trouble sleeping, weight gain, and muscle pain. Of course, it works both ways, and being physically ill can cause you to feel anxious or depressed. Meanwhile, your spirituality and your relationships can boost your mental and physical health. Studies show that having close friendships lowers your blood pressure, reduces your stress levels, and can even improve your chances of surviving cancer.
For example, if you're experiencing chronic pain, a holistic health practitioner might recommend that you increase your endorphins naturally by getting more exercise. They'll ask about your diet and discuss how certain foods contribute to inflammation. They'll ask you about stress, anxiety, and depression — all of which can cause pain or be caused by it — and refer you to a therapist if you want one. Then they might also recommend therapeutic massage to relax your muscles, acupuncture to help with nerve pain, or mindful meditation to help with pain management and stress relief.
At Nelmar Health Centers, we believe that achieving optimal health requires a focus on the person as a whole through a holistic lens.
A holistic health approach is a form of healing that considers the whole person - body, mind, spirit, and emotions - in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to the holistic health philosophy, one can achieve optimal health - the primary goal of holistic medicine practice - by gaining proper balance in life.
Holistic health practitioners in Nelmar Health Centers believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health. Holistic health is about caring for the whole person — providing for your physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs. It's rooted in the understanding that all these aspects affect your overall health and being unwell in one aspect affects you in others.
In Nelmar Health Centers we have a Holistic Health approach to Mental Health Conditions, which means that we are taking into consideration mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of the disease— so holistic mental health isn’t merely an attempt to alleviate the fatigue, anger, and anxiety that often come along with mental and emotional struggles, but to address the roots of the disorders themselves. This type of intervention involves treating the whole person and their ecosystem— that includes looking not only at the individual, but at the effects of family, school, peers, and community on the life of a young person. Holistic Health Approach postulates that the way these systems connect can be the key to creating an effective, individualized treatment plan.
The Holistic Health practitioners in Nelmar Health Centers will empower you with the education and motivation to make better choices. Rather than suggesting a long list of lifestyle changes, they include you in the conversation and help you determine which changes would make the greatest impact on your health. They help you set wellness goals and then provide you with resources — whether that's a personalized plan or a referral to a specialist.
When you come to a Holistic Wellness (HW) department in Nelmar Health Centers (NHC) we will offer you a holistic health assessment to gain information essential for diagnosis and treatment planning and implementation. The results of the assessment are then corroborated with the results of the initial assessment performed by the clinicians in NHC. The NHC clinician together with HW practitioners will work with you to create a comprehensive plan that is unique for everyone. The measures from the assessment are used to gauge overall lifestyle habits that include, but are not limited to, eating, sleeping, and exercising.
The features of HW’s holistic assessment include:
Physical: Gathering comprehensive background information about your physical health, medical records review, and communications with patients’ treating physicians
Emotional: Review of potential stressors that might exacerbate any ailment(s)
Social: Assessing your social network (immediate and community), support systems, and social engagements
Mental: Assessing your mental health needs and issues; communication with the clinician's from NHC and reviewing the results of test procedures administered by NHC staff
Cultural: Discussion about special or culture-specific diet and/or values
Spiritual: Assessing your state of connecting with your inner soul, and the greater world around you (spending time in nature, meditation, hobbies, etc.)
If needed, we will use the NHC’s established relationships with clinical testing laboratories for performing Metabolic Urinalysis, Hair Analysis testing as a determination for mineral deficiency and heavy metal toxicity, and other blood testing.
Knowing that every person is unique, after the history taken, including a full record of drugs and remedies that you are using and followed by assessment which include symptoms survey, on the second appointment we will present to you a Tailored Health program and approaches that really suit you and are in alliance with your personal goals.
To promote recovery and optimal health we use Nutritional Management, Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Massage with Essential oils, Nutritional Supplements, Herbology. In addition, you will work with our licensed Mindfulness Counselor and will take guidance from our Exercise Expert.