Peter Ferraro, D.C. Shares his Views on Optimal Medicine

I am happy to see the Surgeon General discussing Optimal Medicine, especially as an emerging concept in medicine today. In our own practice we allow the patient to set up a framework of medicine in which they have the ability to self-apply and work on their own health in an anticipative phase. We develop an understanding of what their family profile is like and what their genetic profile is like, as well an understanding where they are in diet and exercise programs. Primarily the patient is working on themselves.

Then the patient may work with my nutritionist or my dietician to see how we can stimulate their metabolism and use nutraceuticals or supplements, allowing the body to self-direct or heal itself. Then we may follow-up with what I do or my physical therapist does in the integrative phase of the care – it is non-invasive and allows the body to restore a state of homeostasis  through realignment of the spine or readdressing the muscular system through physical therapy. We may do an assessment to discern if there is a disc herniation or disc injury and treat it through our non-surgical spinal decompression.

For those patients that come in possibly at a later stage where they have left things go longer than they should have, they may be in a position where the first course of care may be a medication or an injection to reduce inflammation. The goal is to get the patient to a point where their pain has been decreased. Then we try to bring them back through the guidelines of integrative, metabolic and back to anticipative care, where they are righting their own bodies and getting back to that principle of homeostasis.


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