Understanding the Role of Integrative Medicine

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital September 16, 2014

Osher Clinical Center leadership (left to right): Donald B. Levy, MD; Helene Langevin, MD; and Peter Wayne, PhD

Many of us believe integrative medicine is an alternative to traditional medical therapy or a complement to it. Yet, neither of these is an accurate description according to Donald B. Levy, MD, Medical Director, Osher Clinical Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

Dr. Levy defines integrative medicine as a philosophy of healing that focuses on non-invasive therapies and lifestyle habits to enhance the body’s ability to heal. Integrative medicine, which includes therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and massage, is particularly beneficial for patients with chronic health conditions, says Dr. Levy.

In this video, Dr. Levy describes the role of integrative medicine and how physicians at the Osher Clinical Center work collaboratively with physicians in other medical specialties at BWH to optimize patient care.

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Better Sitting Posture for Better Health

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital August 28, 2014

Slight slouching

Today’s blog post was written by Arthur Madore, MT, a licensed massage therapist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Osher Clinical Center .

I am often asked for advice on the best sitting posture. The problem is that there is no one position that will be comfortable for everyone over a prolonged period of sitting. But there are some steps you can take to avoid strain and pain.

Prolonged sitting at a computer can be particularly problematic. Despite our best efforts, most people begin to slouch and thrust their head forward within a short period of time in front of a computer. This creates a number of problems, such as:

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It’s a Wrap – Top Blog Posts in 2013

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital December 30, 2013

The blog team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is wrapping up 2013 with a selection of our most popular posts.  We’d also love to hear from you – what blog topics would you like to see in 2014?

We wish you a safe, happy New Year and thank you for your support.

 

Face Transplant Recipient Focuses on Her Gifts

Carmen Tarleton, got a new start on life when she became the fifth BWH patient to receive a face transplant. A team of more than 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and others worked for 15 hours to complete the surgery. Carmen’s story demonstrates how the generosity of neighbors, friends, and strangers can restore hope and healing.

 

Morning Heart Attacks: Blame It on Your Body Clock

Have you ever wondered why most heart attacks occur in the morning?  According to recent research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Oregon Health & Science University, you can probably place some of the blame on your body clock which drives day/night variations in a protein known to be a risk factor for heart attacks and ischemic strokes.

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