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Holistic Approach = Better Healthcare

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC
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     It’s terribly frustrating when you have a medical procedure that either didn’t work or only helped temporarily. Unfortunately, this is a common problem with traditional medicine. One of the reasons for this is because traditional medicine tends to segment the body into parts; once a diagnosis is determined, the patient is sent to specialists who are experts at treating just that area of the body. In most cases, this is effective for the short term, however often struggles at discovering the true cause of the patient’s problem. This creates hit or miss treatments that offers temporary relief at best; meanwhile the condition becomes chronic. A great example of this can be seen with orthopedic treatment of joint problems. Sometimes if the entire focus is on treating the one affected joint, it ignores other possible contributing factors.  

     The body’s structure is a type of kinetic chain, with each joint affecting the overall balance of the whole system. When one gets out of balance from an injury or alignment problem, it often creates issues in other joints as they compensate. For example, wearing one shoe that’s two inches taller than the other offsets the hips and creates a scoliosis in the spine, causing changes in alignment all the way up. The same thing happens, (only in reverse) when the foot arches drop. Fallen arches create imbalances in the knees, hips and spine as the rest of the structure must compensate to the change in its foundation.  

     One of the reasons we have such a high success rate at Solutions is because we take a ‘holistic approach’. Holistic medicine is a whole body approach to healthcare. This means when we evaluate a patient for a degenerative knee joint, we also study all the other joints. By studying all the weaknesses in the kinetic chain, we have the best chance at addressing the cause of the problem and making the greatest change in the patient. We use the holistic approach for both diagnosis and treatment that’s helping patients with not only pain relief but also providing more strength and balance to their structure.  


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