Dayton Medical Center, located in Miami, Florida, is one of the leading holistic and integrative medical centers in America. Dayton Medical Center was founded in 1973 by osteopath Dr. Martin Dayton and is the oldest medical facility in southeast Florida to use a combination of complementary, conventional, and alternative approaches.
In recent years, new technologies have come forward that make it easier to assist our patients with their health. Combining these technologies in both conventional and alternative medicine has enabled us to treat health problems more effectively than before. Combining technology from conventional and alternative medicine in the use of intravenous therapies, for example, can help prevent aging and enhance physical performance. Intravenous therapy can also be used in treating degenerative diseases such as cancer, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, and neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis. In every approach, we seek to understand the imbalance that caused the illness to occur and to correct that imbalance so the body can function as intended.
Dayton Medical Center treats a wide range of health issues from simple allergies and minor flu symptoms to advanced cancer. We treat each patient as a unique individual and will work with the patient to decide the best treatment option for the problems he or she may be having. We believe that each patient should be treated with respect and compassion, and we take pride in fulfilling this commitment.
Medical care in the United States is divided into two categories: conventional and alternative. Conventional medicine is based on the usual medical practices found in “regular” hospitals and doctors’ offices across America. Conventional medicine focuses on eliminating the symptoms of illness rather than trying to get to the root cause. Conventional medicine often requires the patient to take prescription drugs and other non-natural medications. Alternative medicine, on the other hand, emphasizes the use of herbs and other natural methods to help heal the body from the inside out. Alternative medicine focuses on working with the body’s systems to help the body heal itself.
The combination of conventional and alternative medicine is called complementary medicine or CAM. Complementary medicine brings the best of both worlds together and makes conventional medicine more complete. Dayton Medical Center uses both conventional medicine and CAM in treating patients.
A patient desiring treatment at Dayton Medical Center will be asked to create a list of the most troubling health concerns he or she is currently experiencing. Our patients have the option of choosing conventional, complementary, or alternative medical care in treating their health issues. In order to help the patient make the best choice, we lay out the pros and cons of each option before the patient selects a treatment plan.
In assisting our patients on the road to health and wellness, Dayton Medical Center uses medical treatments from around the world. We believe that outward illnesses are the result of imbalances within the body. These imbalances can be the result of living for years in a toxic environment, nutritional deficiencies, emotional trauma, or a combination of several factors. We believe the body is capable of healing itself if given the right support, and we emphasize a non-invasive approach to diagnosing and treating the many medical issues we encounter.
Some of the practices at Dayton Medical Center include osteopathic medicine, Chinese medicine, and mind-body medicine.
Osteopathic medicine uses modern conventional medical treatments such surgery and prescription drugs, but it also includes a hand-on diagnosis of the patient’s problems. Osteopathic medicine uses manipulative techniques to correct structural imbalances. These techniques, known as Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), can help heal patients suffering from migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is considered part of the CAM program at Dayton Medical. TCM focuses on the body’s interconnection with the universe rather than as a separate entity. Every part of the body is seen as having its own functions, yet interdependent on the other parts.
Mind-body medicine deals with the interaction between the mind and the body. The perceptions of the mind have a profound impact on the health of the body. The practice of mind-body medicine supports patients in establishing positive thought patterns and perceptions to improve a patient’s general health.