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Wellness is one of those words that tends to conjure up many different definitions depending upon who you ask. Webster’s dictionary defines wellness as: “the fact or condition of being in maximum physical and mental health.”
We at Arizona Prohealth generally agree with that definition, yet we feel two important components are missing. Those components are 1) emotional, and 2) spiritual.
Dr. Hampton’s view of wellness employs the use of a table as an analogy. He calls it the “Table of Health.” In short, the idea is that for any table to achieve strength, balance and stability, each of the four legs must be of generally equal size and length. If one leg is longer, shorter or weaker than the others, poor balance and instability will surely result. One leg is comprised of the “Physical”, another by the “Mental” with the other two legs being made from the “Emotional” and “Spiritual” materials.
In order for a person to be considered truly well, or to have complete wellness, it is essential that equal attention be paid to each leg of the table. It is well known that the conventional medical model of healthcare spends the majority of it’s time and expense on the “physical” leg of the table with little or no attention being applied to the remainder of the legs. This approach inevitably leads to imbalance and a lack of wellness.
Therefore, true lasting wellness is the result of crafting, cultivating and nurturing each leg of that table.
The “Physical” leg of the table represents our physical body, with all of it’s complex components and circuitry in the form of tissues, organs, glands and vessels. The current dominant medical model focuses primarily upon removing, repairing or replacing components and circuitry. Advances in this area have been nothing short of miraculous and certainly many thousands of people have reaped the benefit of these technological advances.
However, with so much attention being applied to the “Physical” leg, the other three legs of the table frequently are ignored or considered less important.
Consider the “Mental” leg of the table which accounts for how people “think” about everything; themselves, others and their environment. Thoughts are pure energy. They are powerful beyond measure. What we think on a daily basis has a direct impact upon our digestion, blood pressure, body temperature and pulse rate, just to name a few. A simple thought can make us fearful, jeolous, happy, sad, depressed or anxious. In this light, “to think is to create.” We have the ability, consciously or not, to alter our physical biochemistry and physiology by the conscious power that is thought.
On a similar note, the “Emotional” leg of the table reflects how we “feel” about things. Generally, our feelings are the result of life experiences and can be greatly influenced by our thoughts and our physical status. If our body is performing poorly, we may feel despondant about current limitations which ultimately can result in adrenal and thyroid dysfunction, depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia and many other conditions.
When people feel poorly, their diet generally becomes less healthy, activity levels tend to decrease, socialization and interaction with others becomes limited. When these lifestyle and behavioral changes occur, the common diseases of Western civilization tend to become more frequently diagnosed. Diseases or disorders such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, allergies, asthma and many others can result when we feel poorly.
The fourth and final leg of the table is “Spiritual.” This relates to a persons “belief” or connection to something or someone who is generally perceived to be much more grand and omnipresent than us mere mortals. It is not important what one believes, whether it be Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Latter Day Saints or any of the many other distinguished conventional and less than conventional man made religious and/or spiritual systems.
The important thing is that we believe in something or someone greater than ourselves, that we feel connected to others through a particular belief system. The connection and bond created through the participation and belief in theological and/or spiritual programs results in directed and purposeful thoughts and feelings, which ultimately will have an impact, whether direct or indirect, on our physical health and well being.
In summary, wellness may be better defined as “having harmony, balance and synergy between and within the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms of human experience.”
Our goal at Arizona Prohealth is to address each of these components through the use of naturopathic, homeopathic and conventional medical techniques in addition to counseling and stress management techniques, with the goal of assisting each person we work with to experience a level of wellness that transcends the mere treatment of physical symptoms.
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