Why We Integrate

The entire staff at Jade are told by our patients many times a week, “I love how you have everything I need in one place.” Of course I do not think that is possible but they may be speaking to something deeper. The mission of Jade is to look at disease from two or more different perspectives. This is important. As a disease or dysfunction develops over time we adapt to it in individual ways. Depending on the person we are at that time, how we adapt may bridge from physical to mental or from emotional to physical or any combination of spirit, mind and body that is possible. This is why Physical Therapy, Massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Yoga combine so well under one roof. Many people find themselves stuck in a pattern of pain, insomnia, or depression (just to name a few). These conditions affect more than one area of their lives. Pain can cause sedentary tendencies and without exercise, stress can increase and change mood. For example, frequent irritability can cause tension in neck and shoulders witch may lead to jaw or head pain. Insomnia can elevate stress levels and reduce performance on mental, physical or emotional levels.

The integrative approach at Jade considers these interrelationships very important. We understand that balance is part of healing. A patient’s internal and external environments must compliment each other. Dysfunctional patterns may originate physically so PT is a great primary modality in those cases. Acupuncture recognizes that we are more than just tissue, muscle and bone. Using acupuncture needles at specific points can reduce the pain and alleviate stress. Combined may deliver superior results in a shorter period of time. Lastly a collaborative introduction or adaptation of a Yoga practice perpetuates the healing journey, restores balance and provides social reward.

People are greater than the sum of their parts. We are filled with potential, and feeling, and spark. These are our favorite tools because they are the ones that patients bring to us. Jade has been changing the status quo in rehabilitation for southern Maine for almost fifteen years. It is successful because change is constant when it is in the right direction.

WRITTEN BY:

Portland Maine Acupuncture

Portland Maine Acupuncture

John Charlebois

Licensed acupuncturist specializing in traditional Chinese medicine. Find out more about John and our other staff !