Sunday 20 March 2016

Lifestyle Intervention Program (L.I.P.) – Lifestyle Medicine for Lifestyle Diseases

WHO states Health as: “State of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. It is quite clear that health goes beyond physiology of the body and covers mind as well as factors external to the body. The term given to the new era of ailments effecting physical, mental and environmental faculties of human beings is “Lifestyle Diseases”.

Health is a dynamic condition resulting from a body's constant adjustment and adaptation in response to stresses and changes in the environment for maintaining an inner equilibrium. Unmanaged Stress and disturbance in the inner equilibrium is a result of the lifestyle that does not respond changes in internal and external environment.
This Unhealthy lifestyle leads to variety of modern day ailments that are now on top of the WebMD charts as most resource consuming ailments such as Obesity, Cancer, Heart Diseases, Metabolic Disorders, Mental Disorders, Back Problems and COPD.
A very cost effective way to treat Lifestyle Diseases is through Lifestyle Medicine. If a comprehensive Lifestyle Intervention Program can be created that uses one’s own body mechanism to fight lifestyle diseases, the cost as well as efficacy of the treatment can be maximized.

At Yogaksema, all these aspects of lifestyle intervention are taken care to achieve health through a Lifestyle Prescription.

6 main Components of Life style prescription:
1.      Yoga therapy:

a.     Focuses on mental health and stress management
b.     Disease specific yoga therapy
                                               i.     Body and breathe synchrony
                                             ii.     Cardio respiratory endurance
                                            iii.     Muscle stretching
                                            iv.     Voluntary regulated breathing
                                              v.     Guided relaxation
c.     Therapy is Evidence Backed and very specific  
2.     Clinical nutrition:

a.     Focuses on physical health and disease reversal and management
b.     It includes:
                                               i.     Functional foods: foods that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition. Proponents of functional foods say they promote optimal health and help reduce the risk of disease
                                             ii.     Nutritional Supplements:
1.     Nutrient shortfalls have health consequences that could impact daily life and overall wellbeing
2.     Prevent deficiency and its consequences on health
3.     Disease management
                                            iii.     Herbs: contain unique anti-oxidants, essential oils, vitamins, phyto-sterols and many other plants derived nutrient substances, which help equip our body to fight against germs, toxins and to boost immunity level. 
Herbs are, in fact, medicines in specific dosages – subjective
                                            iv.     Meal Planning: The rational use of supplements, combined with a healthy menu plan and diet will contribute substantially to health promotion and disease prevention.

3.     Manipulative Therapies and Ayurveda:
a.     Focus on physical health and disease management and prevention through different means of therapies
b.     Using body’s own energy channels to work for its own innate healing
4.      Pain Management:
a.     Through Clinical Acupuncture – improves pain threshold
b.     Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders
5.     Naturopathic Remedies:
a.     Focus on long term self management of symptoms related to specific diseases
b.     Natural adjustment to lifestyle by making environmental factors around you, work for you
6.     Structured Routine and Leisure 
a.     Focus on to maintain the achieved health for longer time which is obtained through all the above therapies

b.     Making adjustments to the lifestyle where leisure and relaxation become part of the routine and not a burden

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