Elements of Wellness

Physical : Diet, Physical activity, Health screening and examinations.

Emotional: Adjust to life’s change, Be optimistic, Cope with stress, Enjoy life.

Mental: Continue life long learning, Learn from life experiences, Use creativity to solve problems.

Social: Affection, Communication, Honesty, Interaction with others, Loyalty

Spiritual: Believe in a higher authority, Practice religious beliefs, Values ethics and morals give meaning to life

Practices that Promote Wellness

Good nutrition: Functions of good nutrition, Provides heat, Promotes growth, Repairs tissue, Regulates body processes.

Physical activity: Regular physical activity increases fitness level, Plays a role in prevention of chronic illness, Helps control abnormal cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.

Health screenings and examinations

Stress management: Avoid, Alter, Accept, Adapt

Self Destructive Behavior

Drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse

Irresponsible sexual behavior

Physical inactivity

Unhealthy eating habits

Environment

Exposure to lead

Exposure to carcinogens

Sanitation

Genetics

Birth defects

Family history

Chiropractic

Manipulation of the spine, otherjoints, and soft tissues

Based on a theory of vertebral subluxation (lost its normal position)

Treatment also includes: Exercise, Health, and lifestyle counseling

Herbal Remedies

Traditional or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and their extracts.

Most commonly used CAM except prayer.

Standardization of purity and dosage is not mandated in the U. S.

Massage Therapy

Manipulation of superficial layers of tissue to enhance function and promote relaxation.

Involves acting on and manipulating the body with: Pressure, Tension, Motion, Vibration.

Use based on client demand perceived effectiveness

Over 80 different modalities

Relaxation Technique

Any process that helps a person to relax.

Formal and passive exercises:

Movement-based exercises

Combination of exercise methods

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