When we speak of wellness, naturally we associate the word with physical health. This of course is correct and includes aspects such as exercise ability, nutrition and physique, however wellness also has other non-physical traits. These include mental health as well as spiritual well-being. For one to attain a sense of wellness, these components must work together to create a sense of well-being. As a physiotherapist, all aspects of the term must be considered when treating a patient. With busy schedules, stressful deadlines, family responsibilities and the addition of an injury/condition, the result is an unpleasant feeling of emotional and physical turmoil.
As eluded to, there are several dimensions to achieving individual wellness. These include physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, vocational, financial, and environmental components, each exhibiting their own positive or negative energies. For appropriate treatment to take place, it is thus essential to address each component for a successfully holistic and comprehensive therapeutic approach to be attained.
A physiotherapist will guide the process of rehabilitation as well as assist you in your quest for WELLNESS. Two factors that influence the dimensions of wellness are habit and consciousness.
Habits are a powerful part of ones every day life, especially in the rushed schedules we live by. They often are the reason we get from point A to B successfully, despite the potential harm the journey has caused. The problem with this is point B brings about immediate satisfaction, but that feeling is short lived and has minimal effect on your wellness. It is essential to look at your daily habits and ultimately behaviours during your journey through life. Poor habits compound negatively towards already stressed bodies and minds. Remember, if you change your habits for the better, you change your life in the long term and that is ultimately wellness.
We know that changing routine is not easy. Despite knowing what’s good for us, our habits keep us on a straight line, whether good or bad, but we ultimately feel in control. This is where consciousness comes in. When we are conscious of who we are, what we feel or what we do, we attain self-awareness. This sense of awareness is what assists us in making change for the better. A physiotherapist's role is not only to “fix” what is broken, it is to rebuild for the future ahead. It is therefore this understanding of self-awareness that makes the difference between successful rehabilitation and failure to thrive after an injury or condition.
Appropriate goal setting and consequently individualized strategies will make this journey to wellness an enjoyable and successful one. Understanding the person behind the injury, chronic pain or condition is the key to a successful relationship between client and physiotherapist. AMPT adopts this ethos and it is applied to all of it's clients.
Wellness is a dynamic and constantly changing process, however will result in your individual happiness, once achieved. The journey is exciting, it is personalized - it is yours to achieve. Change your habits, look after yourself and make healthy and informed choices.
Consult AMPT for any advice to assist you on your own journey to WELLNESS.