The Wellness Approach
The Wellness Approach is to look at the underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that would optimize the conditions for normal function.
The main differences between wellness care and standard medical care is that wellness care seeks to turn on the natural healing ability of the body. Wellness care does not add something to the system, instead it removes anything that might interfere with normal function. Wellness care trusts that the body would know what to do if nothing were interfering with it. Standard medical care, on the other hand, seeks to treat a symptom by adding something from the outside - a medication, a surgery or procedure.
Inside Out vs Outside In
If a person has high blood pressure, a standard medical approach would be to choose a drug that lowers blood pressure and ask the person to take the drug. This may serve to lower the blood pressure, but ignores the underlying cause that is making the blood pressure high and runs the risk of side effects complicating the person's recovery. Whether it's a nutrition issue, faulty control by the nervous system or a manifestation of stress, the medication could decrease the blood pressure, leaving the problem causing the symptom of high blood pressure unaddressed
The Wellness Approach
Wellness is a state of optimal conditions for normal function. The wellness approach is to look for underlying causes of any disturbance (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that would optimize the conditions for normal function. That environment encourages natural healing, and minimizes the need for invasive treatment, which should be administered only when absolutely necessary. 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.