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The VA’s “Whole Health” Program

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Hello again all:

Its been a minute or so since I posted/replied to much here.  

I hope that those who helped me in the past are well and doing the best they can.  In addition, I was lost where to ask this question.  I scoured the ‘search’ engine resulting in zero, so if I’ve irked any of the administrators, please let me know and I will initiate and complete my own DA FORM 4856 (General Counseling Form).

 

Subject: The VA WHOLE HEALTH PROGRAM

 

This program was recently suggested to me, yet I don’t know anything about it or it’s results, good or bad. I’ve done research online and from what I gather, it combines a holistic approach, whereby the VA takes into consideration one’s body, mind, spirit, community and other things.  

 

All I was looking for was some alternative forms of help with my injuries and pain levels. More specifically, I was asking about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Therapy. I’m due another surgery on my knee and possibly my second one on my right shoulder, which would give me a total of six surgeries.  And these are just the muscular-skeleton injuries I have.  

 

My worries about this program?

i just hope I’m not assigned someone and they talk to me about breathing, diet, sleep, ‘mindfulness.’  I’ve been there and looking for a little more results.  

 

Would really love love it if someone that was in the program chime in, but I’ll take any input at this point. 

 

As always - thank you for any time in reply!!

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23 hours ago, vetquest said:

I can highly recommend TaiChi.  I was having problems walking thirteen years ago.  I have been doing TaiChi for those thirteen years and even with serious neuropathy I can walk better than I could when I started.

 

I might have to give that a try. I bet it is tricky while using a cane to remain standing...

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51 minutes ago, Vync said:

I bet it is tricky while using a cane to remain standing...

We have a lady that uses a cane that comes to our joint mobility class. She does as much as she can, which is a lot better than nothing. I have read articles about people in nursing homes that were using walkers and canes. They started some weight/resistance training and within a few months were able to walk out on their own. I don’t think it is ever too late. It is just getting over the hump.

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For those who have mobility problems or balance issues, there really are physical exercise programs that can help and will fit your problems. For example, you might be able to find a a Tai Chi class or yoga that you just sit in a chair, no kidding. Even in small town the senior center or Y have all kinds of programs at all levels. And if they don't have anything that is what you need, more than likely they will know where there is something. Maybe it won't work for you, but I guarantee you'll never find out if you don't try.

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8 hours ago, GBArmy said:

yoga that you just sit in a chair, no kidding

GB,  not putting down people or programs like that, but when the VAMC New Orleans offered me a yoga program I decided to try it. It amounted to sitting in a chair clapping your hands and thighs.

I completely understand different people have differently needs and I support that, but that type type of program has a narrow base and at least at that time, there were no other "exercise" options available through the VA.

The older we get, and that means me too, the more we need to move, practice flexibility, and even do nominal strength training as appropriate. For me however the chair sitting was a useless waste of time.

I feel we veterans are entitled to serious options along the spectrum of exercise methods. The VA just doesn't invest that much in preventative care.

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