Historic advances in medicine came to pass when scientific inquiry turned from the stars to the world within. Unquestioned beliefs, and even taboos, fell by the wayside as the early pioneers of medical knowledge explored the body with a mentality born from this enlightenment and a method developed by science.
Although the benefits of this exploration abound even today, one byproduct of the pioneering days of medicine is a persistent framework of what we might call silos – the circulatory system studied separately from the skeleton, the muscles in the absence of the nerves, digestion seen separately from respiration, and so forth. The models that facilitated science involved boundaries not really found in nature.
Even – and perhaps especially – the idea that the mind and body work independently might be traced to these means of study. Such models might have been helpful for focus, but a compartmentalized view of health turned out to be limited, to say the least. As primitive as these silos might seem when we talk about them, frankly it’s hard to argue that the over-specialization seen in healthcare today stems in great measure from this point of view.
A Cornerstone of Functional Medicine
More and more, people are seeing the connection, the integrated nature of well-being. Functional medicine itself is based on the concept that illnesses often have more than one source, and so the path to wellness can involve more than one answer, and that path is likely to be different for different people.
A key to the functional point of view is the integral relationship between mind and body. In the broadest sense, it’s easy to see that many of the most serious threats to health that people face have a behavioral component – smoking and other addictions; diet and obesity; sedentary, digital lifestyles; and cardiovascular disease. What we do leads to who we are in our quest for wellness.
But even before behavior, the interaction between mind and body is constant and deep. Our bodies react to how we think. And our thoughts are influenced by feelings that originate in the body in an ongoing dialog. Anxiety and depression, of course, bring with them a weakening of the body’s defenses that can open us to serious illness. But even less, extreme states of mind play a role in our day-to-day well-being.
Taking an Active Part
This dynamic relationship offers us plenty of opportunity to influence our health for the better. Since beliefs, emotions, memories, and habits show up in our physical response, paying attention to them – and refocusing them when called-for – is like a set tools to enhance your sense of well-being, and your own path to the health that is naturally yours.
At Genesis4Wellness, we offer expert resources to support you on that path. Massage therapy, chiropractic adjustment, Prolozone therapy, and nutrition enhancement are here at your service for nurturing a positive dialog between mind and body. Let’s get together and talk over the possibilities that may be right just for you. Combining health and happiness is our work here, and we welcome the chance to become your ally in achieving that kind of wellness.