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Whole Health at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
The VHA is a leader in promoting individualized whole person pain care. It combines conventional medicine with personalized health planning, complementary and integrative Health (CIH), and innovative, self-care approaches.
Adopting a Whole Health Approach
Places each person at the center of his or her own health care
Shifts the focus of care toward health and well-being
Utilizes Mindful Awareness to promote self-care and healing
Emphasizes the importance of relationships and partnerships
Incorporates a range of conventional and complementary approaches
The Whole Health podcast series, ‘Whole Health for Veterans with Chronic Pain’ will give you skills and knowledge about self-care and complementary and integrative treatments that you can incorporate into your life to reduce the impact of chronic pain and improve your health and well-being.
The podcast uses the 8 components of the Circle of Health to teach Veterans they can manage chronic pain. Veterans can listen to the podcast as a supplement to their VA pain treatment program. Episodes Include:
• Just Move! Increase Function and Decrease Pain • Mindfulness Helps Manage Chronic Pain • “ME” in the Center of the Whole Health Circle • Where Chronic Pain Meets Whole Health: An Overview
VA’s Whole Health app is a free, easy to use tool created for Veterans and others who are ready to take the next step in their Whole Health journey. Whole Health is VA’s holistic approach to care that supports your health and well-being. Whole Health centers care around what matters to you, not what is the matter with you. With this app, you can fill out your personal health inventory, set goals, and learn more about Whole Health.
Live Whole Health is available for download on iOS or Android devices. The Live Whole Health app is not meant to replace professional care for clinical or mental health conditions.
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