THE TOTAL CONCEPT OF HEALTH
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
World Health Organization
of one's health is reflective of an individual's ability to meet life's
challenges and maintain his or her capacity for optimal functioning. This
requires the various aspects of one's makeup i.e. mental, physical and
biochemical, to maintain a level of functioning that has a positive influence
and support for one another. When we eat correctly, develop healthy exercise
and postural habits and combine these with maintaining a positive outlook,
we offer ourselves the greatest opportunity to function at our best.
important factor in assisting one to obtain optimal health is to treat
them as a unique individual; not as a set of symptoms and complaints.
When a patient enters our office we are critically aware they carry a
full lifetime of experiences responsible for their current state of health.
This includes all possible childhood symptoms and illnesses, physical
and emotional trauma, developmental delays, social experiences, and family
history. As we mature the challenges of school, peer pressure, dietary
habits, physical exercise, sexual relations, medical or recreational drug
use, and hormonal changes tremendously impact us. These early years often
set the foundation for our future well-being later in life. Any complete
evaluation must take all these variables into account.
The mental aspect of healing is a critical as our in-office therapies and dietary/supplement recommendations. We find an educated patient feels supported, understands their responsibility to their health and becomes more active in the healing process. Thus it becomes our responsibility to help educate them about their condition, our findings, course of action and prescribed care.
This leads us to the final aspect of total health: personal exchange- how we relate and communicate to one another. We are social creatures. Every aspect of our lives, similar to the many functions of our bodies, is completely intertwined and interdependent with others. Our social well-being depends on it but so does the healing process. Our willingness to be honest, communicate clearly and listen with the consciousness to learn from each other and not merely to find an opening to speak is critical to the healing of ourselves as well as our relationships.