Mind-Body Medicine

Most people think of their physical health first when they make a doctor’s appointment. But the health of your mind and spirit can affect your overall health as well.

To treat the whole person, naturopathic medicine goes beyond your physical health into mind-body medicine. Many studies have shown that mental/emotional stress causes physical changes in the body, which can lead to health problems.

Studies also show that the body heals faster and the immune system operates better when the body is in a state of relaxation. Consistent use of mind-body techniques can help produce this health-promoting state, including:

  • Biofeedback
    This technique helps you learn how to use your own bodily signals to improve your health and well-being. By monitoring bodily signals, you can gain control over physiological reactions that are usually considered unconscious or automatic.
  • Meditation and mindfulness training
  • Autogenic training and self-hypnosis
  • Guided imagery
  • Breathwork

At Team Care appointments in mind-body medicine, your team can guide you through stress-reduction exercises that can be done at home. If needed, they also will monitor your body’s physiological reactions such as respiration, heartbeat, temperature and even muscle tension.

Conditions for which mind-body medicine techniques can be helpful include:

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Chronic insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Hyperactivity
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • PMS
  • Poor muscle control
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Urinary (or bowel) incontinence