Military to Implement Integrative Medicine for Comprehensive Pain Management

A recap from an article from the Army Pain Management Task Force:

In June 2011, senior military medical leadership met with The Bravewell Collaborative and renowned scientists and physicians at the Pentagon to discuss improving pain management for warriors and veterans through the use of integrative medicine.

The 2009 Army Pain Management Task Force report called for building best practices for the continuum of acute and chronic care based on a “holistic, multidisciplinary, integrative approach to care.” 

“We have an extraordinary generation in the military right now,” Schoomaker noted.  “Today’s wounded warriors do not want to be defined by their injuries.” They want to live fully and in some cases, they want to return to active duty.

It is estimated that millions of our nation’s warriors and veterans live with chronic pain and research shows that pain reduces quality of life, work and relationships.

Integrative strategies, have been shown in clinical research to reduce pain scores by as much as fifty percent.

The practices employed by Custom Calm are backed by clinical research.  The integrative approach brings help and hope to those suffering from stress, pain and illness.  In addition to directly helping the symptoms of pain, the techniques teach how to change  their relationship to the pain, stress or illness.

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What is Integrative Medicine?

Hippocrates said:  "It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has."

In ancient times Hippocrates knew that a person’s illness included much more than their body and that  the whole person needed to be addressed.

Integrative medicine is a whole-person approach — designed to treat the person, not just the disease.  There is a partnership between the patient and the doctor, where the goal is to treat the mind, body, and spirit, all at the same time.

Integrative Medicine is “complementary”, because the practices and treatments are proven and recommended by mainstream medicine rather than a replacement to traditional medicine.

"Patients want to be considered whole human beings in the context of their world," says Esther Sternberg, MD, from the National Institutes of Health.

It is exciting to see the great strides the medical community has made in studying the power of Integrative Medicine.

It is consistent with Hippocrates approach and yoga philosophy:  You are more than your body and more than your mind- the entire person must be addressed to improve your health from the inside-out..

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