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Overview of Alternative and Integrative Medicine

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Integrative medicine combines modern medicine with complementary health services – such as acupuncture and massage – to heal both biological and psychological problems. Integrative medicine can be beneficial for treating a wide range of conditions, including those which haven't responded to normal treatments.

Integrative medicine may include botanical and nutritional supplements, acupuncture, massage, journaling, relaxation and breathing techniques, guided imagery, spiritual support, lifestyle modifications such as stress management, nutrition, exercise and sleep.

Conditions Treated

Many conditions may benefit from alternative and integrative medicine. Some common conditions include:

  • Digestive issues
  • Neurological disorders
  • Pain management
  • Pre- and post-operative care
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Orthopedics
  • Strokes
  • Allergies
  • Pregnancy​

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is highly effective as a stand-alone treatment, but also works well together with your physician care and/or therapy. In this type of medicine, health concerns are rarely approached as isolated problems, but rather as a deeper issue.

Because it has a systemic effect and balances the entire body, acupuncture is a great treatment option for health concerns which appear to have no cause or remedy. In addition, many patients notice positive changes not part of their initial complaint, such as more restful sleep, increased energy, improved digestion and decreased stress.

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Massage Therapy

Massage therapy involves manipulation of soft tissue – muscles, skin and/or tendons – by fingertips, hands, fists, elbows and even feet to promote health and healing.

At Baylor Scott & White, massage therapy is part of our integrative approach, in which therapists work together with primary care providers and specialists to identify dysfunction and develop individualized treatment plans. Many people view massage as a luxury, but it can act as more than simple relaxation. Routine therapeutic massage – especially within the context of a treatment plan – can contribute to sustained good health and increased function.

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