Sep/Oct
2018

Holistic Health: More than the sum of our parts

Written by Emily Watkins
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GATHER A WHOLE WELLNESS TEAM TO CONNECT YOUR BODY, MIND, SPIRIT AND EMOTIONS BY FOCUSING ON PREVENTIVE HEALTH MEASURES LIKE EXERCISE, HEALTHY EATING, MASSAGE AND REGULAR CHIROPRACTIC CARE. LOCAL PRACTITIONERS BRING WELLNESS TO THE ROCHESTER AREA.

VITALITY: THE KEY TO WELLNESS

Dr. Stacy LeQuire, owner of Vitality Chiropractic with her husband, Ed LeQuire, says, “We are more than the sum of our parts, and that’s the principle that holistic health practitioners honor.” She recognizes each individual patient’s unique needs, telling them not to follow her professional advice blindly, but rather when “it makes sense and aligns with them.” 

 

Andrea Tolle of Green Compass Homeopathy, located at Vitality Chiropractic, says, “The body, mind, spirit and emotions are all connected and must be considered in the healing process,” reducing the risk of chronic illness. When people follow a holistic approach to wellness, she adds, “People are happier. They get sick less often and heal faster.” 

The LeQuires have been intentional about gathering a team so that “there is something for everyone, and the (services) complement one another.” The two doctors offer chiropractic techniques including the gentle Activator Method and traditional manual adjustment techniques. The other wellness services at Vitality include massage, fitness, mental health services, health coaching and nutrition. Tolle says, “Your long-term health is the priority. People feel the positive energy when they walk into Vitality.” 

TRILLIUM: OPTIMUM STRUCTURE FOR OPTIMUM FUNCTION

There are many different types of chiropractic care in the Rochester area, and Dr. Amanthi Mapalagama, owner of Trillium Spinal Care with Dr. Kalan Stittleburg, offers a unique and gentle approach called NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). After initial X-rays and an analysis, the adjustment is done along with follow-up X-rays. Patients rest afterward, which Mapalagama says allows the adjustment to hold and means that patients don’t need to be seen as frequently.

According to Mapalagama, holistic health care is, “a natural and conservative approach to accentuate life and wellness by addressing the cause of disease. At its core, holistic health care focuses on enhancing the body’s innate ability to get and stay well.” Mapalagama adds that benefits include “better sleep, more energy, a strong immune system, a renewed sense of well-being, improved mood, regular bowel movements, relief from chronic pain and an improved quality of life.”

HEALTHY LIVING AT MAYO CLINIC

Mayo Clinic, which has a long history of providing health care to the Rochester area and indeed the world, now boasts the Mayo Healthy Living Program, which focuses on physical activity, resiliency and nutrition to “enhance mental, physical and emotional well-being.” 

Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Healthy Living Program, describes holistic health care as involving the whole person, their total care and how they interact with the environment. He explains, “The medical system evolved as a disease treatment model, but now it doesn’t necessarily take into consideration other aspects,” such as healthy living and lifestyle medicine. 

Hensrud says, “It’s been estimated that through lifestyle changes, 75 to 90 percent of heart disease is theoretically preventable.” For example, exercise can decrease blood pressure and the risk of diabetes. It can lower blood glucose levels along with the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. 

HOLISTIC SPA SERVICES

How does a spa fit into wellness? “It helps people to feel better with very little risk, so why not?” says Hensrud. “There may be less tangible benefits to certain things such as acupuncture and massage, but they can still be included” in a program of holistic health care, and his team continues to gather evidence on those and other modalities. 

The Healthy Living Program provides expertise about evidence-based lifestyle changes. According to Hensrud, “In the spa, they not only meet spa credentials, they meet hospital standards for cleanliness.” The program collaborates with other departments at Mayo Clinic, and patients can have an overall wellness plan tailored to their individual needs. 

It is important for the program to be based on data, so they always gather data and evidence. There are many fads in the wellness realm. Hensrud says thaan example of a fad is lengthy fasting. Although some people report positive benefits, the risks such as low blood pressure and electrolyte disturbances may outweigh any possible benefits, and thus the program will not advise it.

They are also collecting data to be able to prove that focusing on holistic care improves health, but for now, they are relying on anecdotes such as one about a couple who participated in the Mayo Clinic Diet Experience and lost over 100 pounds together. As the Healthy Living Program accumulates more evidence, they hope to be able to accept insurance.

TAKING TIME FOR HEALTH

Stacy LeQuire says, “One of the things we hear most is that we take the time to listen. A new client was happy with adjustments she had elsewhere but didn’t feel listened to. We have intentionally made the choice to be the type of place that makes time for that. We get some tears. When you get face to face with people and really listen, the emotions come out. And that is an honor.”

Hensrud adds, “What I would emphasize is quality of life.” By taking the time to focus on holistic health care, the return on the investment is tremendous.

Emily Watkins is a personal trainer, writer and editor.

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