A.T. Still M.D., D.O.
At the Center for Holistic Psychiatry and Pain Management we strive to provide the best in holistic care for the psychiatric and pain patient alike. Holistic psychiatry is designed to relieve your psychiatric symptoms, naturally. Holistic psychiatry treats the biological aspect of psychiatric disorders as an imbalance of the neuro-endocrine-immune-gut system. The approach of holistic psychiatry is to support the body’s inherent systems from within. By removing barriers to proper function and providing the necessary nutrients to optimize function we can go a long way to improve the quality of life of many patients. The hallmark of holistic psychiatry is nutrients, not medication.
Some of the tests you may receive are:
We look at these tests because they give us information as to the cause of the problem. Once we correct the cause the symptoms improve or resolve completely.
Our treatment approach: Treatment is guided by the testing results. We use diet as a main approach and augment dietary treatment with supplements and medication to treat any underlying hormonal problems. We will recommend detoxification protocols as they are necessary. Psychotherapy and energy therapy treatments are recommended as needed.
Pain can be caused by any number of illnesses or injuries and the severity of the pain is influenced by many factors. Nutritional status, emotional tension, stress, level of fitness, weight, and lifestyle are all examples of the physiological components to the experience of pain.
The pain management tools employed at the Center are:
Osteopathy is America's best kept medical secret. Developed by Dr. Andrew T. Still more than 100 years ago, Osteopathy is a sophisticated holistic medical approach to the body. We look at the body as a whole; that structure and function are related to each other and that the function of the body can be influenced by manipulating the structure of the body. The manipulative techniques vary depending on the needs of the patient but include techniques that are very gentle along with techniques that are more active.
Acupuncture is the age old technique of using small needles (the size of a human hair) to stimulate points in the body for the purpose of balancing the body's energy. Acupuncture balances the flow of energy through the meridians of the body. Dr. Somner will also use the acupuncture needles to stimulate the body's own pain relieving biochemicals (endorphins) or to treat specific points such as trigger points (dry needling).
There may be metabolic problems that contribute to pain. Metabolic stress caused by pain is frequently overlooked in the treatment of pain. When pain is chronic, the adrenal glands are often depleted and there is adrenal fatigue. There may be hormonal imbalances, nutritional imbalances, or toxicities that prevent the body from being able to manage the pain. These metabolic components can be very significant. Restoring or improving metabolic function can help the body heal or manage pain.
The Alexander Technique is recommended. The Alexander Technique is a specific technique which enables one to use one's thinking to decompress the joints and move the body in an integrated way without effort. This can be an enormous relief, especially for neck and low back pain. Lifestyle changes that allow you to relax, manage stress and sleep well is essential to the management of pain.
The energy psychology technique we recommend is the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT. EFT is a technique that stimulates powerful acupuncture points by tapping them with the fingers. The effect of this technique is to balance the energy and improve the physical state of being.
We will sometimes recommend non-narcotic medication but our focus is on a holistic approach so we prefer to limit medication in favor of natural methods. Nutritional supplements that support the body and help with relaxation are often recommended.
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Warrenton, VA 20186