• Ian Thornley

What is health?


I'm guessing you want to be healthy - but what does that actually mean.


It is a word that is thrown around a lot but often without context or meaning. The WHO define health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" which gives us a bit more insight but still begs the question - what does that mean to you?


For me health and being healthy is not a destination you get to, rather it is a process. One of the main tenets of osteopathy is that the body has the capability to heal itself and that illness and disease occur when that system is overwhelmed and can no longer maintain the repairs needed.


Health is therefore the process we go through to give our body what it needs to have the best chance to heal and maintain itself and therefore the capability to do the activities you want to do.


SO - health encompasses many facets of life - nutrition, appropriate social interaction, being joyful, sleep, appropriate stress to challenge but not overwhelm, quiet reflection and of course movement.


As an osteopath I am known for helping people move better - and that doesn't necessarily mean running a marathon or lifting like a strongman. What it is about is helping the tissues of the body - muscles, bones, organs, fascia - move freely and perform the function they are meant to do - whether that is helping you move around the world or helping the nutrient move around your body.


So think about what health means to you


Do you match your picture of health?


If not why not get in touch and see what we can do to help you.

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