What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative health is a state of well-being in body, mind and spirit that reflects aspects of the individual, community, and population. It is affected by 1) individual biological factors and behaviors, social values, and public policy, 2) the physical, social, and economic environment, and 3) an integrative health care system that involves the active participation of the individual in the health care team in applying a broad spectrum of preventive and therapeutic approaches. Integrative medicine encourages individuals, social groups, and communities to develop ways of living that promote meaning, resilience and well-being across the life course.
At Louisville Integrative Health we believe in getting and staying healthy is requires a multi-faceted approach. Integrative medicine combines modern medicine, food, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, supplements and prescriptions, when necessary, and a partnership with our clients to deliver a well-rounded approach to health and wellness.
Partners in Health
By partnering with you, taking into account not only your health history but your background, upbringing, nutrition, exercise and stress level, we develop a plan to optimize your health.
Our goal is to help you find the root cause of any existing health issues. Once we've identified the root cause we will put together a program designed specifically for you that will help you return to health. We use comprehensive lab tests to dig deep and make our recommendations for nutrition, supplements, exercise etc. based off those labs.
These are just a few of the things that we can help you with.
You are unique and our approach is to create a plan with you that is designed specifically for you and no one else. We optimize hormone levels so that you feel your best, unlike some places that give you the maximum amount they can and other places who tell you that you are in the "normal" range and won't help you at all.
Nutrition is health
If you are making poor food choices; eating a lot of fast food or junk food, your health will suffer and you may find yourself with a lot of weird symptoms and no apparent cause. Cleaning up your diet in many cases will clear up a lot of health issues. But where it doesn't we may recommend supplements or prescriptions to help with healing your body.
Food Quantity = Your weight. eat too much you gain weight, Eat too little lose muscle. Eat just right maintain your current weight
Food QUALITY = Body Fat and Health. The quality of your food is reflected in your body fat levels and is vitally important for your health.
Exercise = Fitness = Vitality and Strength.
By exercise we mean, resistance or strength training, no aerobics or mind-numbing hours on a treadmill. Strength training makes you stronger and being strong allows you to be and stay active as you get older.
Many studies have shown that even in seniors who never exercised before, lifting weights makes them stronger, and healthier, gives them more energy, improves balance which lessens the chances of falling.
Strength training increases bone density as well, so if you do fall you will be less likely to break a bone.
Good, deep tissue massage helps stimulate recovery, moves fresh blood through the body, and helps drain and restore the lymphatic system (it's responsible for getting rid of bacteria and viruses from our bodies). Massage helps you recover from workouts or playing with your kids or grandkids.
At Louisville Integrative Health we use all of these modalities to design a wellness program specifically for you to help you regain your health in a safe an effective way and teach you how to stay that way.