What is Preventative?

The Union of Restorative & Therapeutic

As a Buddhist practitioner, I have been interested in the concept of aging and death since childhood. We are asked to look at our life and death as a given part of relationship to the world. Some might say this is depressing and hopeless, yet I have found the contempletion of my death helps to remind me to live life with good health, mind and spirit.

My childhood of Classical Chinese Medicine interspersed with the modern advances of Western clinical science created a synthesis of Eastern wisdom with Western science.


pallitive care World demographics have changed and we will soon have more older people than children and more people at extreme old age than ever before.

An aging population affects health care and social costs, so establishing a personal infrastructure for better health and wellbeing in older age is critical to us personally, and as a society. Understanding the changing relationship of healthy aging helps to sustain the powerful resource inherent in older populations.

As we age, we face a unique, often complex, set of physical and emotional concerns.

older adults for diseases and conditions associated with aging, including memory loss, movement disorders, cancer, osteoarthritis and heart and lung disease.

Providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes
Helping people recovering from injuries regain function through retraining and/or adaptations

the importance of communication, compassion and self involvement and care.

emotional challenges — including chronic illness, adjustment to loss or family caregiving issues —


Western clinical research in traditional healing could develop cost-effective ways to maintain healthful life styles and everyday functioning with varying resources. A self-motivated, self-maintained low cost programs can serve as model for low-income countries before industrialization



We see people of all ages with these and other conditions:

Autism spectrum disorder
Cancer, including breast cancer
Hand injuries
Mood disorders and substance abuse
Neurological injuries and conditions
Orthopedic injuries and conditions
Vision problems, including double vision
After a comprehensive evaluation, we will work with you and your family to determine your personal goals. We then develop a customized plan to help you achieve those goals. Through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations), we strive to improve your ability to perform daily activities and restore your independence.

Specialized occupational therapy services include the following:

Breast cancer rehabilitation can help you overcome difficulties performing everyday tasks caused by reduced arm strength.
Cognitive therapy is used to figure out how decreased memory or attention is affecting your ability to do everyday tasks and activities. A plan is then developed to improve or compensate for these deficits.
Driver’s rehabilitation can keep you driving safely as long as you are able. We also assess the need for adaptions to your car or van (e.g., steering wheel changes, adding hand controls).
Hand therapy teaches you exercises to increase your strength and coordination. You may also be given a splint to prevent deformities or stabilize movements.
Manual lymphedema therapy involves the use of exercises, compression garments and manual drainage techniques to reduce the swelling in your limbs.
Sensory integration therapy helps children or adults become more comfortable with sights, sounds and sensations.
Vision therapy, including eye exercises and environmental modifications (e.g., larger knobs and dials on apppliances), can help you continue living independently and/or return to work.

Multiple sclerosis
Parkinson’s disease
Orthopedic and spinal injuries


  • Restorative yoga poses for Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Restorative yoga poses for Nervous System Parkinsons, ALS & MS
  • When you suffer a disabling injury or illness, recovery can be physically and emotionally challenging. Physiatrists (physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists) at Rush are committed to treating the whole person, not just the health problem.They offer a full range of services — and support — to help you to reach your personal rehabilitation goals, including the following:Baclofen pump maintenance to help manage spasticity in clients with spinal injuries, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions
  • Balance assessment and treatment
    Chronic pain treatment
    Driving rehabilitation, which offers driving assessments, helps you continue driving safely and, if needed, helps you get back on the road after a disabling injury or illness
    Electrodiagnostic services (EMGs and nerve conduction studies)
    Movement disorders and spasticity clinics