Roseburg VA using alternative therapies

The Roseburg VA Healthcare System developed their own Whole Health and Wellness program to help veterans heal their minds and bodies.

Posted: Jun 19, 2018 7:24 PM
Updated: Jun 20, 2018 11:36 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Roseburg VA Healthcare System has a new way to help veterans with healthcare, including battling chronic pain.

The National Veterans Affairs Office has been working with its campuses around the country to use alternative therapies to heal the mind and body. The Whole Health and Wellness program has been in the works for the better part of a decade.


Several campuses around the United States were selected as pilot sites for that program, but Roseburg isn’t one of them. However, they’ve developed a similar one and included programs for chronic pain management.

Jason Wilcox, the director of education and connection care at the Roseburg VA, said the Whole Health and Wellness program was developed as a way for the VA to heal the whole person, instead of just focusing on a specific issue.

“That program looks at all aspects of life, right? Because there’s so many things that impact our health and our happiness – all of that,” Wilcox said. “So, we want to look at a whole picture of the person.”

They have classes like yoga, a mindfulness program that includes meditation, discussion groups and chronic pain management programs.

The Roseburg VA Chief of Pharmacy Dan Neal said studies have shown the risks of long-term opioid use to treat chronic pain greatly outweigh the benefits. He said those risks are heightened in the veteran community.

“The veteran population is actually a four to five times higher risk of an accidental opioid overdose than the general population,” Neal said. “So that’s why it’s really important to us.”

Neal said directing patients to these wellness and chronic pain management classes instead of long-term opioid use has already shown results.

“One of the more common stories – and this I get from some of the physicians, some of the providers here – is that patients come back and they say I never realized how groggy or cloudy-headed I was until I got off the pain medicine,” Neal said.

The Roseburg VA also plans to introduce Tai Chi and it is developing programs called Whole Health Thrive and Empower Veterans to add to their Whole Health program in the future.

If you are a veteran and are interested in participating in these Whole Health and Wellness programs, talk to your primary care provider at your local VA campus.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 74119

Reported Deaths: 905
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah17242236
Washington10347101
Marion9207140
Clackamas616077
Umatilla434349
Lane430942
Jackson382531
Malheur240644
Deschutes236815
Yamhill172916
Linn142423
Polk125016
Douglas93018
Klamath8724
Jefferson83411
Benton7917
Union7826
Morrow6587
Lincoln62215
Josephine5374
Wasco53019
Columbia5063
Coos4253
Hood River4011
Clatsop3600
Baker2813
Crook2296
Curry1352
Grant1341
Lake1321
Tillamook1310
Harney991
Wallowa713
Gilliam230
Sherman230
Wheeler30
Unassigned00
Eugene
Broken Clouds
52° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 52°
Corvallis
Broken Clouds
50° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 50°
Roseburg
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 52°
North Bend
Few Clouds
53° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 53°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events