Choosing an integrative medicine approach is a wise decision because it is proactive and facilitates life-long health and well-being! Rather than strictly treating physical symptoms or conditions as they occur, an integrative healthcare approach strives to identify the underlying causes and contributing factors to "diseases" by adopting health-promoting lifestyles. At the heart of this philosophy, sometimes referred to as holistic medicine, are the following beliefs:
True healing addresses the whole person; physical, nutritional, genetic, mental, emotional, environmental, social, and spiritual aspects of the self; and especially the interconnectedness and inseparability to these elements
Optimal health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being -- not merely the absence of sickness or disease
One's body has a natural ability to maintain and heal itself, which can be enhanced with the appropriate supportive care
Illnesses or diseases are not isolated events in one's life to be treated in an isolated fashion, but are evidence of an imbalance or disharmony of the whole person that allows an opportunity for self-reflection and growth
The relationship between an individual and his or her healthcare provider can be one of a partnership based upon open communication, with an emphasis on education (especially toward health-promoting lifestyles), self care, personal responsibility, individual empowerment, and autonomy to invoke one's own inner healing capabilities.
Integrative medicine utilizes safe and effective approaches for diagnosis and treatment, incorporating the best from conventional medicine and the complementary or alternative healing processes to develop a multidimensional integrative healing or wellness program.
We do not prescribe strong drugs to be taken on a continual basis. If a patient needs psychotropic drugs for psychological relief, we suggest being followed by a psychiatrist; if neurotropic drugs for neurological diseases, we suggest being followed by a neurologist; if pain control for chronic, intractible pain, we suggest being followed by a physiatrist (rehabilitation physician); if medication for sleep disorders, then we suggest being followed by a sleep specialist. While you are being treated by those specialists, we may continue to work with you to find and treat the causes of these disorders or to offer holistic and alternative strategies to help manage the difficulties in addition to conventional drug therapies.
If you are interested in setting up an initial consultation visit with Dr. LaCava, please contact our office at (508) 854-1380. These appointments are scheduled for an hour in duration, but please plan to be here for approximately up to two hours.
The initial visit requires questionnaires, checklists, and summaries that need to be completed by the patient. These forms can be sent to you by mail, or you can download them here.
We provide integrative, functional medicine in Central Massachusetts in the Worcester area. Many of our patients come from Boston and the Metrowest Boston area as well as all areas of Massachusetts and the other New England states.
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