Integrative care means we work with your doctor or chosen allied health care as a team!
How does it work?
Your case manager or PainWISE Facilitator will work with your other practitioners on your case strategy and help navigate better pain management.
Integrative Team Care means practitioners share notes, align treatment goals, address contributing factors from more than one angle. This can be especially helpful with naturopathic clients who are often working on
shortterm, medium-term and long term goals (treating symptoms as well as cause and supporting clients through changes in diet, lifestyle and gentle medicine).
Why more than one modality is required for chronic pain management
Typical approaches for chronic pain such as analgesic medication and surgery have been shown in many cases to lack long-term benefit or even increase pain and suffering. As such research into the treatment of chronic pain is headed in a new direction. Integrative and holistic models of chronic pain are having positive outcomes for patients and are seen as being key to patient’s accessing the best treatment. Individual patient care may be provided across several modalities but all working on the same understanding of patient needs and together for the same outcome; improving patient quality of life. Key areas, such as those listed below are considered and based on individual need.
- Pain Education
- Biomedical and medication boundaries
- Mindbody approaches
- Manual Therapies
Based on the above recommendations, it is not surprising that a treatment formulation for an individual with chronic pain could involve a number of health care professionals over a period of time. These treatment options can occur concurrently or be paced out depending on patient need and preference. In our integrative pain clinic, a multi-modality team might include input from a chiropractor, an osteopath, a naturopath or nutritionist, and a
At first this all may seem overwhelming, the important thing to remember is that this model has been shown to have better long-term outcomes than a strict biomedical approach and that is hugely significant when it comes to chronic pain and quality of life.