Dr. Peritz’s philosophy to optimal health care is grounded in a 5 basic principles:
1) The Triad of Health: This concept embraces the relationship between ones structural well-being (posture and musculoskeletal alignment), biochemical makeup (diet and nutrition) and emotional/mental state of mind. Every patient must be observed from all sides of this “triangle because any one aspect changes the other two. Chronic pain makes one depressed; depression leads to eating junk food which exacerbates the original inflammation and depression. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can make one cranky and jittery, stimulating the cravings for “sweets”. These foods create a cascade of chemical reactions which can lead to obesity, weaken ligaments and increases the risk for injuries.
2) All illnesses result from an accumulation of multiple stressors over time. Improper diet, lack of exercise and everyday pressures and conflicts (job, personal loss, financial problems, self-image, and relationships) collectively contribute to an overall sense of fatigue and malaise. These stressors produce numerous chemical reactions in the body which lead to various forms of inflammation and toxicity. As these chemicals build up, they decrease our body’s ability to repair itself, detoxify, and regulate all the many functions necessary to keep us feeling vital and strong. Eventually, if no changes are made, this sense of dis-ease becomes a more complicated problem or a disease (adult onset diabetes takes decades to develop.). The longer one ignores these signs, the more difficult the healing process may become.
3) Getting well takes time, patience, understanding and discipline. Since most illnesses and dysfunctions result from a slow, gradual breakdown of the body’s ability to fully regenerate, time becomes a necessary element to allow the healing process to reverse the individual’s symptoms and compromised function. The desired changes require us to be vigilant with our program, be kind to ourselves when it becomes too difficult and accept small forward steps as positive progress.
4) The development of a working relationship between the practitioner and the patient. The doctor-patient relationship is an agreement to work together for the sole purpose to attain one goal: the improved health and welfare of the patient. This requires both parties to share a mutual understanding to the working basis of this arrangement. Our experience lets us know the doctor has two primary responsibilities to the patient: The first is to establish a private, safe environment which allows the patient to speak candidly about their history and to feel heard regarding their complaints. Secondly, the doctor must offer his optimal ability, sharing his knowledge and insights. This may include ongoing patient education, modification of the necessary programs (nutritional, exercise, bodywork and stress management) and any explanation the patient may require to help understand the changes they go through.
The patient’s responsibilities are to directly communicate the benefits and problems they experience with the care and programs they receive. As equally important is respect for the time limits of each appointment and fees. This is established in the first visit and must be clear to both parties.
5) The 4 Ls: Live, laugh, learn and love