Tried and True: Wellness in Aesthetic Medicine

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Friday, January 8, 2016

By Terri Wojak, True U Education Tried and True: Wellness in Esthetic Medicine
Wellness is a term being used more frequently in the medical community, and for good reason. Wellness is the process of becoming aware of the need to maintain a healthy body and state of mind, as opposed to simply trying to repair what is broken after it occurs.

Health is defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of complete, physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”1 Similarly, the National Wellness Institute defines wellness as “a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.”2

The move toward wellness in medicine, including esthetic medicine, is becoming an essential part of increasing patients’ overall health and well-being. Several medical facilities including doctor offices and hospitals now offer nutritional counseling, mental health support and alternative treatments including acupuncture and massage.

Lifestyle Choices and Disease
Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and arthritis, for example, are some of the most common health problems related to poor quality of life that can eventually lead to early death.

However, some of these conditions are preventable by maintaining good health, since unhealthy habits can precipitate them. Four of the biggest health risk behaviors are: lack of physical activity or exercise, poor nutrition, tobacco use and drinking too much alcohol. These can all trigger or intensify illness, suffering and early death related to chronic diseases and conditions including aging.

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