Wellness Care vs Medical Care

What’s the difference?

Wellness care seeks to turn on the natural healing ability of the body, not by adding something to the system, but by removing anything that might interfere with normal function therefore trusting that the body would know what to do if anything were interfering with it. Standard medical care seeks to treat a symptom by adding something from the outside, namely medication or a surgical procedure.

Inside out vs outside in

If a patient has high blood pressure, a standard medical approach would be to prescribe a drug to lower it. This may serve to lower blood pressure, but ignores the underlying cause that is making the blood pressure high in the first place, and runs the risk of the patient experiencing side effects that will complicate their recovery. While the medication could decrease blood pressure, it will leave the problem causing the symptom of high blood pressure unaddressed.

Wellness is a state of optimal conditions for normal function and beyond. The wellness approach therefore looks for underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments needed in order to optimise conditions for normal function. This environment encourages natural healing and minimises the need for invasive treatment. When the body is working properly, it tends to heal effectively no matter what the condition. When the body heals well and maintains itself well, then there is another level of health that goes beyond ‘asymptomatic’ or ‘pain-free’, which reveals an open-ended opportunity for vitality, vibrant health, and an enhanced experience of life. This is true for mental and emotional health, as well as physical health.

We do refer to medical doctors when necessary. We liase with GP’s, consultants and primary practitioners for further investigated considerations, such as MRI scans and blood work. These maybe necessary if you are too sick to be helped through natural care. We do believe accident and emergency can provide an essential service in a severe life threatening crisis.

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