Wellness is all the buzz these days. You see the term used everywhere. But what is wellness? And where does wellness fit into the chiropractic model of health? Wellness is multi-dimensional in scope. Dr. Patrick Gentempo, the creator of the Creating Wellness Alliance defines wellness as “The degree to which an individual experiences health and vitality in all aspects of life”, Charles B. Corbin Ph.D., of Arizona State University states “Wellness is a multi-dimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.”
Health and wellness exist on a continuum. That is to say that health, or disease are each a process, and we can not be moving in both directions simultaneously. The lifestyle choices we make every day will determine the state of our health in the future. When we examine our lifestyle and the choices we make, the most important question we can ask is,” Will this choice create health, or disease?”. Dr. James Chestnut, International Wellness Expert likes to express each choice in this context: “Is it an apple, or a doughnut?”
The three dimensions most commonly discussed in the wellness conversation are: exercise, nutrition, and stress management. Environmental toxins are frequently included in discussions regarding wellness. Toxic overload in the body leads to disease. Chiropractic has embraced this model of health since 1895.