Tamworth might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of high fashion--but the city is actually renowned for the textiles held in its local museum, and some of our homegrown designers are making some fantastic clothes as well. We're a group of three friends who love this city almost as much as we love fashion, and we wanted to start this blog to share what we know with you all. Read on for local guides, fashion tips and beauty hints galore, and don't rule out a trip to Tamworth to find out why we love it here so much!
If you've been suffering from sickness, disease or simply overall poor health, then you may have been told to visit an integrative medicine practitioner. Unlike wellness practitioners or naturopaths, integrated medical practitioners are qualified doctors who have adopted a holistic approach to patient care. They focus on you as an individual patient with highly individual needs, shirking the one-size-fits-all approach that is common within the mainstream medical industry.
Integrative medicine combines the best of cutting-edge traditional medical practice with therapeutic treatments to provide medical care that focuses on all aspects of health, including physical, emotional and social concerns. The alternative therapies that an integrated medicine practitioner utilises are all proven, evidence-based and safe to use with conventional treatments.
If you're planning to or have already booked a consultation with an integrative medicine practitioner, you may be wondering what your first visit will entail. Here are four things that will happen during your first appointment.
1. Medical history discussion
During your first appointment, you'll be asked for a rundown of your complete medical history. This will include any current health concerns as well as any problems you've had in the past. You may be required to fill out several forms or questionnaires so that the practitioner has a record of your medical history to refer to in the future.
2. Mental health evaluation
Your mental health and physical health are intrinsically linked, and your practitioner will want to discuss any mental health concerns you may have. Chronic pain and illness can often cause mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. In turn, these mental health issues may be preventing you from living the healthy lifestyle that is needed to effectively combat any physical problems.
3. Setting health goals
Integrative medicine focuses on finding solutions for your health concerns instead of simply treating the symptoms. Your practitioner will use this first session to talk to you about what you'd like to achieve through treatment and to help you set realistic health goals to work towards. It's worth considering any health goals you may have prior to your appointment.
4. Comprehensive testing
During your initial appointment, your practitioner will generally organise referrals for comprehensive testing through blood, urine and stool samples. In many cases, they may also refer you to have medical imaging such as x-rays, ultrasounds or MRIs performed. These tests will help them to form a better overall view of your entire health and to conduct treatments and therapies accordingly.