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.
Joe LaVacca, DPT, OCS
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’.
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’. You will be challenged to think outside the box on your current beliefs 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 new found hope in how you help your patients and clients achieve more harmony in their lives; and you just may find more in yours.
At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:
1. Define what it means to be “healthy” and discuss the current ways ourhealthcare 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 isolatedfashion.
3. Discuss and interpret how the history of healthcare in America has shapedhow we view ‘health’today.
4. Introduce an ecosystem approach to health to include a person’s body,mind, relationships, environment andbeliefs.
5. Define the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) and discuss its role as ourbody’s homeostatic regulator amongst multiple biologicalsystems.
6. Define the task positive network (TPN) and default mode network (DMN)and discuss its role in anxiety, stress, anddepression.
7. Discuss relationships, environment and community impact on health andhow essential they are to our overallwell-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 aperson’s ecosystem by redefining ‘what ismedicine’.