Essentially, patients heal themselves. A holistic physician is a help and a resource, offering necessary intervention and guidance. What this means in practical terms is that you, the patient, are ultimately responsible for your own health. Cooperation with your doctor and a positive attitude are essential. Cooperating with your doctor by fulfilling the recommended course and frequency of treatments is a must. An extensive re-evaluation of your lifestyle may be in order. Changes in diet, posture, exercise, relationships, work habits, sleeping patterns and even the way you breathe, think, or deal with stress may be necessary for lasting recovery from chronic long-term problems. Even simple acute injuries may require at least temporary changes in order to heal thoroughly. This holistic approach can treat and prevent illness as well as prolong and improve your life.