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Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral Medicine

Connecting behavior with health and well-being. 

Through your thoughts, behaviors, relationships, and responses, you play a vital role in your own health.  Behavioral medicine considers biological, psychological, and social determinants in health and disease.  By addressing each of these factors with behavioral treatments, health is created from within, thereby reversing and preventing disease.  This is in agreement with the naturopathic principle tolle totum, which means treat the whole person.

Chronic diseases generally have multiple factors contributing to the disease progression, so an approach like behavioral medicine is an effective choice.  There are many conditions that can benefit from behavioral treatments, such as:

  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • GERD
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dementia

In order to provide an effective and specific treatment for you, naturopathic physicians at SCNM perform a comprehensive medical intake, perform necessary physical exams, and order applicable lab tests.   Based on those findings, you will get the treatments, education, and counseling that are indicated for you. The practice of behavioral medicine involves many different therapies and techniques, including:

  • Biofeedback and neuro-feedback
  • Mind-body techniques
  • Stress-reduction techniques
  • Anger management
  • Dietary counseling
  • Smoking cessation
  • Effective exercise routine
  • Breathing exercises
  • Meditation and mindfulness

Some therapies are performed in the office, while other techniques and guidelines are taught to you so you can utilize them on your own.  This is an important element of behavioral medicine, because by following the treatment recommendations you’re simultaneously getting therapeutic benefit and creating healthy habits in your life outside of the clinic.  As mentioned above, healthy behaviors contribute significantly to a disease-free body.

The process of making behavioral changes isn’t always easy, which is why you have a trained and skilled naturopathic physician to guide and support you along the way.  They will provide you with information about your health, answers to your questions, and tips and techniques to use so you can achieve your goals and live a healthy life.

If behavioral medicine can help you, come in to the SCNM Clinic and see a naturopathic physician for comprehensive medical. Click here to schedule an appointment with an SCNM physician, student clinician or resident, or call 480.428.3232.