As an osteopath I meet people of all ages and all walks of life. Some are very health conscious and others health oblivious. My goal is always to greet each person where they are on their health journey and help them take a few more steps towards a healthier lifestyle.
I’ve always viewed health as a scale. At the top-end there is wellness and at the bottom-end their is illness. Then there is the in-between, the grey area. The place where symptoms have not yet commenced but the body is struggling to cope with the demands placed upon it.
Our current medical model primarily deals with the bottom half of this scale. Modern medicine has made leaps & bounds that have dramatically increased life expectancy and when we are symptomatic our doctors are often able to restore us to an asymptomatic state. I applaud the researchers and physicians who have made this possible. But asymptomatic does not equal health & wellness, and unfortunately ‘asymptomatic’ is often where medical treatment, care & support ceases. One of the primary reasons for this is the cost and time required for on-going care. Our medical professionals are doing the best they can with the time and resources that they have available to them but the truth is they’re simply swamped and will forever be fighting against the tide.
Can we change the tide? Can we change the system and our nation’s health by shifting towards preventative and integrated medicine?
I work in an incredible health centre with an amazing team of professionals, who are at the forefront of intergrated medicine. Currently there are close to 30 practitioners across 12 modalities all working together to help our clientele move not just from illness to an asymptomatic state, but onto wellness & health. We recognise that modern medicine is now so complicated that one practitioner can’t be responsible for every element. We acknowledge that we need to work as a team and truly communicate if we’re going to get the best results. We believe that prevention is always better than a cure. We believe in empowering people to take responsibility for their health and by doing so take advantage not just of a longer life expectancy but of an incredible quality of life.
I have a lot of clients who admit they have difficulty knowing who or what to believe when it comes to health. They are disenchanted with our health system. They want to make positive changes but don’t know where to start. There is so much conflicting information out there and I realise the irony of throwing yet another voice in the mix. But I hope that for some of you, this blog might be the starting point and resource you need to make those positive changes and move towards a healthier you.
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