What is Mind-Body Medicine?
Mind-body medicine includes the use of a variety of different practices such as meditation, breathing techniques, tai chi, or yoga that take advantage of the interactions among the mind, body, and behavior with the intent to promote health.
Many studies have demonstrated that these practices can improve both physical and mental health and can reverse the negative health effects of chronic stress by decreasing levels of stress hormones in the body.
Mind-body approaches can be helpful in addressing many different medical conditions, including:
- Atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias
- Coronary artery disease
- Chronic pain conditions (back and neck pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, osteoarthritis and TMJ)
- Gastrointestinal conditions (gastroesophageal reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Menopause symptoms
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions
There are multiple ways to learn mind-body skills. We offer group programs, individual skills building during office visits, and refer to community resources as well. Please talk with your integrative physician about which approaches may be best for you. Our current programs include: