Learn more about the steps we’re taking to offer integrative medicine to our residents.
There is an ongoing discussion in our country regarding pain medication and the importance of managing patients’ discomfort in alternative ways. As the conversation continues, the physician leaders at Nexus Neurorecovery Center are determining best practices for integrative neurorehabilitation.
“An integrated, holistic approach to medicine is what I’m most excited about. It’s a new frontier more people are open to,” explained Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Dr. Savitha Bonthala. “Ten years ago, people wouldn’t have been so open-minded, but now they are realizing that there are limits to what we’ve been doing and there might be more out there to help patients.”
Performed in conjunction with traditional therapies, integrative medicine offers holistic healing strategies, including nutrition and supplements, meditation, aromatherapy, yoga, and healing touch. The goal is to offer brain injury patients more diverse therapeutic activities that can help manage their pain and even decrease medication needs.
“The goal is to give patients other options besides medication management to support their rehabilitation,” explained Physician Director of Rehabilitation Dr. Nelson Valena. “I hope to show residents and their families ways to make lifestyle changes that support their overall wellness and recovery.”
Patients are evaluated for nutritional and mineral deficits or imbalances. Supplements are then prescribed to support recovery.
Patients consume an anti-inflammatory diet, meaning low sugar and carbohydrates and more fruits and whole gains. Some patients are even following a diet similar to Keto, which helps support brain function.
Patients who participate in the meditation session begin with deep breathing exercises called Pranayama before going into guided meditation to improve mindfulness, help with cognitive function, and evoke a parasympathetic/sympathetic balance.
Patients in residential homes and group activities where aromatherapy is used will see a range of benefits, including stress relief.
Be on the lookout for more information about our Integrative Medicine Program.