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Pathogenesis vs. Salutogenesis: A New Approach to Your Health and Wellness

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Salutogenesis and pathogenesis play a big role in your health. But what are they? And what is the difference between the two? And why do they even matter?

Imagine two sisters who live in the same house, share the same room, and play in the same spaces.  One sister gets sick but the other sister doesn’t.  How does this make sense?  Health professionals and parents alike immediately look for solutions and answers.  They may even ask questions such as, “What caused sister A to get sick?” After all, we tend to react to disease only after it happens and look for a way to treat it once it occurs. However, this may be the wrong way to look at the situation.  Instead of evaluating the sick sister, consider another approach.  Ask yourself, “What does the healthy sister have that the sick sister doesn’t?”  This introduces a whole new perspective on how we view our health and how we stay healthy ourselves.  Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor embraces revolutionary methods to promote overall health and wellness instead of just treating sickness as it happens.  This is the basic premise of salutogenesis versus pathogenesis in relationship to our health.

How Are Pathogenesis and Salutogenesis Different?

Pathogenesis relates to a feeling.  It is how we feel when we think something is wrong or when we are coming down with a sickness.  When we feel sick or something just doesn’t feel right in our bodies, our first response is usually to visit a medical doctor who will prescribe us medication that will hopefully address our concerns.  But is this really the right course of action?  Our feelings can be very unreliable.  We may feel like something is wrong when it really isn’t, or worse yet, we may feel perfectly fine when something is terribly wrong. The bottom line is that we can’t always trust how we feel.  With stress and unhealthy lifestyles on the rise, chronic health conditions are becoming more and more prevalent.  These types of conditions are very hard to treat with medication.  Instead of looking for a solution to our illness or conditions after they begin, many health professionals are now turning to preventative and proactive measures.  The goal is to stop something from happening before it even has a chance to rear its ugly head, including minor sicknesses, diabetes, cancer, and more. Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic focuses on salutogenesis instead of pathogenesis, which is a more proactive approach based on function rather than feeling.  The goal of salutogenesis is to use holistic measures, such as chiropractic care, to bring about a healthier body through optimizing function.

How Does Salutogenesis Relate to Chiropractic?

While many people think that Charlotte chiropractors only treat back and neck pain, the fact is that the overarching goal of chiropractic care is actually to promote overall health and wellness.  Spinal misalignments may cause back and neck pain, but they can also cause nerve interference that results in the systems in our bodies not communicating properly.  If not dealt with, nerve interference will lead to overall dysfunction, including sickness, disease, and chronic health conditions.  Dr. Grant Lisetor can remove spinal misalignments with gentle adjustments so that the body can once again function at high levels of health.  When your body is functioning optimally, it is better able to fight off sickness.  Chiropractic care is essentially a preemptive measure to ward off problems even before they begin.

Case Studies Support Salutogenesis

Case studies have been conducted to explore the benefits of salutogenesis versus pathogenesis healthcare for optimal health and wellness.  One case study conducted in 2014 found that stress was drastically reduced when the overall person was cared for, rather than just individual symptoms.  If people have good habits, healthy social relationships, and a positive outlook on healthcare, they are more likely to stay healthier than others with physical, mental, or emotional problems.  Chiropractic care is a holistic, drug-free, completely natural approach that seeks to improve the overall wellness of each person. For more information about chiropractic care and a salutogenesis approach to healthcare, contact Dr. Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic.

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Heim, E. “Salutogenesis versus pathogenesis–a new approach to an old wisdom.” Schweiz Med Wochenschr. 1994 Jul 23; 124(29): 1267-75.

Zielinski, E. “Salutogenesis: The Authentic Wellness Model for Health.” 2015 June.


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