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a fringe perspective on whole person health

Exploring the outer limits of treating pain, sleep and mental health disorders through connecting body, mind, environment and belief. Connecting our physical and mental health to the world around us.

Helping our patients and clients with their pain, sleep, and mental health issues continues to be one of the biggest opportunities for health professionals today. Our current healthcare system is struggling to address the very essence of what it means to be human; we are unique. Personalized care is a struggle to provide in a system full of reference ranges and ‘normals’.

physical and mental health

This course will take you on a journey to understand how we have arrived at our current definition of ‘health’ and how history has shaped how we view what it means to be ‘healthy’. Your current beliefs will be challenged as we encourage you to think differently about physical and mental ‘health,’ and how they define our ‘internal world’. You will explore the implications our ‘external world’ (our environment, relationships, and beliefs) can have on our ability to heal.

An ecosystem approach to health will be presented as a framework for understanding how our body, mind, space, and beliefs shape our ‘health’. You will be left with a newfound hope in how you help your patients and clients achieve more harmony in their lives; and you just may find more in yours.

stacked rocks

course preview

Joe LaVacca, DPT, OCS

  • Educational Objectives

  • course Outline

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

1. Define what it means to be “healthy” and discuss the current ways our healthcare system looks at a patient’s ‘health’.

2. Illustrate the significance of pain, sleep and mental health disorders in America and the potential crisis we face if we continue to treat them in an isolated fashion.

3. Discuss and interpret how the history of healthcare in America has shaped how we view ‘health’ today.

4. Introduce an ecosystem approach to health to include a person’s body, mind, relationships, environment and beliefs.

5. Define the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) and discuss its role as our body’s homeostatic regulator amongst multiple biological systems.

6. Define the task positive network (TPN) and default mode network (DMN) and discuss its role in anxiety, stress, and depression.

7. Discuss relationships, environment and community impact on health and how essential they are to our overall well-being.

8. Explore the science of belief, awe and faith and its impact on healing.

9. Discuss common sense approaches to improving the health of a person’s ecosystem by redefining ‘what is medicine’.