Do you need a multi-disciplinary team to support you?
A multi-modal approach to health management is shown to deliver the most effective results when compared with single-modality treatment on its own. (Pieh, 2014)
So what does this mean for you?
Well, it means that you may benefit from a combination of therapies by different therapists to treat your condition. Pain disorders and many other chronic, longstanding conditions we observe in clinic daily are being managed with a team of different health professionals.
My introduction into nursing showed that best health outcomes relied on a multidisciplinary environment. When i diverted my career path into TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) we studied alongside Osteopaths and I found in student clinic that our patients achieved great results but when coupled with Osteopathic treatment for musculoskeletal conditions the results were even more outstanding. I then went on to studying psychotherapy and witnessed how essential delving into the psyche was sometimes essential alongside treatment of acupuncture. An internship in Jiangsu provincial hospital in China showed me at a deeper level how well integrative therapies of western and Chinese medicine, acupuncture, massage and rehabilitation work together to benefit the patient. In the Oncology department our patients would come for herbal medicine after receiving chemotherapeutic treatment and take the herbs to help deal with the side effects of their medications and to address nausea, fatigue and pain.
The mutual respect between the ‘Western’ medical Doctors and TCM Doctors was evident and the integration of both medical systems incredibly supportive to the patient. We’ve still got a long way to go in Australia before integrative health care becomes the ‘norm’, but there are signs of progress. The more our patients discuss success of treatment of adjunctive care and the more we can expand on positive research in our fields the support for allied and complementary health care will surely grow.
With so many people suffering with medical conditions that require medication a multidisciplinary approach can provide adjunctive health care treatment.
Currently at the clinic we work closely with GP’s to treat those with Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue and many other chronic conditions that require medications that create a combination of side effects. Our services often help to manage conditions, provide relief of side effects of medications and improve the quality of one’s life and we so often see our patients being able to adjust and reduce medications under GP supervision.
A multimodality clinic, like Red Orchid Wellness Clinic, uniquely offers family and the community a combination of therapies, under one roof. We have extended our network beyond our clinic to collaborate with GP’s, Specialists, Physiotherapists, Psychiatrists, psychologists, Integrative GP’s, Pharmacists, Chiropractors and we often use these referral sources. We have an amazing local health-care community. This can help our patients feel supported that we seek out on an individual basis what suits their condition. As your condition changes over time the composition of the team may need to changed according to where you are at in your health.
Find your team. Leah
Pieh, Neumeier, Loew, (2014) Pain Practice. ‘Effectiveness of a multimodal treatment program for somatoform pain disorder. Mar2014, Vol. 14 Issue 3, pE146-E151.