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4 Pillars of Wellness


  • Main Ideas

    Learning Objective

    Understand the complexity and interconnectedness of the body's systems, including the brain's central role in regulation.


    Behavioral Objective

    Adopt holistic health practices based on the '4 Pillars of Wellness' and principles of osteopathic medicine.


    Key Thought

    Emphasizing the body's interconnectivity and holistic health can reshape our approach to healthcare and disease understanding.

  • Main Ideas

    Learning Objective

    Understand the complexity and interconnectedness of the body's systems, including the brain's central role in regulation.


    Behavioral Objective

    Adopt holistic health practices based on the '4 Pillars of Wellness' and principles of osteopathic medicine.


    Key Thought

    Emphasizing the body's interconnectivity and holistic health can reshape our approach to healthcare and disease understanding.

Introduction

The regulation of our body's systems is highly complex. The complexity increases as we consider the many systems that need to work together to keep everything running smoothly, with the brain playing a central role in our body's ability to function. This interconnectivity is important for a holistic understanding of health and how your behavior can influence it, which we will explore further in the '4 Pillars of Wellness.'

The Chronic Health Challenge and Economic Impact

It's clear that chronic diseases pose a significant health problem in the U.S., with half of the population affected and bearing the brunt of healthcare costs. Despite ongoing efforts to reduce these costs, they have instead increased. More importantly, lowering prescription costs has not necessarily improved overall health outcomes. The role of healthcare providers extends beyond patient care to improving societal health and productivity.

Principles of Osteopathic Medicine

Reflecting on our osteopathic roots, we emphasize the unity and self-regulation of the body, and the critical structure-function relationship, which is evident even at the molecular level. The traditional approach in osteopathy does not just focus on treating symptoms but rather on understanding and promoting the body's self-healing capabilities.

Osteopathic Care Objectives

Osteopathic care strives to take an evidence-based approach that focuses on the root causes of diseases, including genetic influences. Our goals are to optimize the body's self-healing capabilities, individualize treatment plans, and emphasize health promotion and disease prevention, seeing these as two sides of the same coin for maintaining a robust physiological state.

Rethinking Disease

Our understanding of disease has evolved significantly. Traditionally, disease is seen as a consequence of external pathogens causing symptoms that can be eliminated to restore health. However, another perspective considers disease as a physiologic and/or mental state resulting from the body's adaptive response to environmental stressors, leading to conditions that are painful, unsustainable, or detrimental to a meaningful life.

This idea challenges us to look beyond symptoms to the underlying adaptive responses of the body. It encourages a broader view that encompasses the body's interaction with its environment and aims to restore its ability to perform optimally. As we delve deeper, we will explore how this understanding can transform our approach to healthcare.

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