Children, especially, have tremendous potential to grow, to heal, and to learn. They also tend to be more sensitive than adults to the world around them, in ways that are both freeing and may need containing. Integrative pediatrics acknowledges all this and more, as an approach to medicine that taps the most effective – and, whenever possible, the most natural and non-invasive – ways to improve a child’s health.
Integrative pediatrics offers the best of all worlds for your child by blending holistic, complementary, and alternative care with conventional medicine. Just as with adults, the idea is to support the child’s mind, body, and spirit’s innate capacity to heal in safe, sensible, and creative ways. We do this in a way that is empowering for children, their parents, and their families.
We know there’s a time and place for different types of care. So if your child needs stitches or a cast, he probably needs to go to the ER. Afterwards, he could see Dr. Dijamco to rebalance the body and to alleviate any physical or emotional stress from the accident. If your child is having digestive problems, ongoing headaches, tension from scarring, chronic asthma, school anxiety, or anything else that requires an expanded toolbox for healing, she’d likely benefit from seeing an integrative pediatrician like Dr. Dijamco.
One of the main principles of osteopathy is that the human body’s structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are interdependent. There is movement at every level of our bodies, creating a sort of “living anatomy.” That includes our pulse, our breath, and our brain waves. Problems arise when there are blocks to these rhythms. Osteopaths can help remove areas of “stuck-ness” to restore flow and health. Click here to learn more.
Cranial osteopathy extends the concepts described above to our most central rhythm – the cranial-sacral rhythm – which can be felt anywhere in the body. This central rhythm is like a battery from which other rhythms of the body arise. The cranial-sacral rhythm is the driving force behind all healing, even simple injuries such as a paper cut. Chronic symptoms occur when this rhythm is overwhelmed and blockages occur. Cranial osteopaths like Dr. Dijamco can address these blockages with gentle manipulation aimed at restoring the body’s natural rhythms. Click here for more on cranial osteopathy.
Nutrition is one of the basic building blocks of health. Many people, including conventional physicians, may find that advertisements, media coverage, and other pressures can make it difficult to figure out what to feed our kids and ourselves. What foods and drinks are best for our immune system, our hearts, and our brains? Dr. Dijamco will help you figure out what is true for you to create a healthy and practical nutritional plan.
Sometimes, you and your child are not able to get all the nutrients you need from what you eat and drink. Maybe he or she is a picky eater, has certain allergies, or has a condition that would benefit from extra nutrition. If so, supplements can help. But which ones? Dr. Dijamco can recommend supplement suitable to your or your child’s unique needs. Some are available in the All Worlds office; Dr. Dijamco chooses clean companies that use non-GMO ingredients and sustainable approaches.
Nature is often the best medicine. Did you know that chamomile tea can soothe the belly and calm the mind? Or that lemon balm can help students test better? Dr. Dijamco will help you navigate through the herbs whether home-grown or store-bought, calculating doses, while being mindful of safety, side effects, drug interactions, and energetic properties. It’s not one size fits all. Dr. Dijamco will match remedies to suit you.
Homeopathy is based on the principle of “like cures like.” Since the body has a natural inclination towards balance, symptoms are a guide to what the body and mind need to regain health. Homeopathic remedies are made from minute dilutions of a substance found in a plant, animal or mineral. Once administered, only the energetic imprint of the material substance remains. This provides for a gentle, but often profoundly effective path to wellness. With the correct remedy, a person is given the exact type of “energy” they need to get over a hurdle and continue on a path toward healing. Click here to learn more about homeopathy.
There are powerful connections between our mind, body, emotion, and spirit. Mind-body techniques teach us how to access that great strength – the doctor within each of us. Whether mind-to-body or body-to-mind, balancing this connection can produce phenomenal effects. Approaches may include breathwork, yoga, meditation, tapping, dancing, power poses, biofeedback, freedom of thought, grounding techniques, and more.
We are energetic beings. In conventional medicine, we are used to measuring our electrical currents with EKGs, EEGs, and EMGs. We humans have known about our energetic properties for a long time. Sometimes we refer to the energy within us as “chi,” or “ki,” or just simply as vitality. When we feel happy, whole, and connected, our life force flows freely. However, the natural flow of our life force may be disrupted for various reasons including acute and chronic stressors that can cause illness. Energy medicine focuses on restoring the balance to our life force.