Salutogenesis is the approach to health from the perspective that “focus[es] on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease(wikipedia).” Salutogenesis has its roots in the Latin word ‘salus,’ meaning health and the Greek word ‘genesis,’ meaning origin. Salutogenesis refers to a model of health that was developed in 1979 by the medical sociologist Aaron Antonovsky. The ‘salutogenic model’ focuses on the effects of stress and coping on health.
“Antonovsky’s theories reject the “traditional medical-model dichotomy separating health and illness”. He described the relationship as a continuous variable, what he called the “health-ease versus dis-ease continuum”.(Wikipedia)”
Antonovsky was particularly interested in studying healthy people and the causes of health, rather than studying disease and the things that make people sick. He payed special attention to looking at how healthy individuals managed daily stress in order to maintain optimal health.
The ‘salutogenic’ health perspective that Antonovsky talks about is in the realm of thinking that DD Palmer first explored in 1895. Palmer asked similar question to Antonovsky regarding stress and health, he questioned how it was possible that when two individuals were exposed to the same environmental stressors that only one would get become ill, while the other would remain in perfect health. This type of thinking stemmed the chiropractic model and the 33 chiropracTIC principles that detailed physical laws of the universe, innate intelligence and health.
If salutogenesis is the study of health and what keeps people at ease, then chiropractic undoubtedly fits into the salutogenic model. Chiropractic is one many health promoting practices, others include yoga, meditation, eating organic foods, exercise, drinking clean water, and even walking barefoot on the grass to take in negative ions. There are so many ways for people to work towards improving their quality of life on this health-ease continuum that Antonovsky talks about. Of these health promoting practices, is chiropractic the most important? Possibly, especially in this day and age of technology. Today people are constantly on the go, trying to accomplish a million things in one day. Not only do we live busy lives, we are ingest toxins through the pollutants from our environments. These are all forms of stress that compound and had adverse affects on our human potential. The stress that the human body undergoes can be categorized into what chiropractors like to call the three T’s: thoughts, traumas, and toxins. With the increase of stress, the need for health promoting practices is at an all time high. These three T’s cause the spine to become subluxated, which is a misalignment of one or more vertebral segments of the spine. We know from chiropractic principle 5, which is the Triune, that “[i]n order to have 100% Life, there must be 100% Intelligence, 100% Force, 100% Matter. If the spine becomes subluxated from one of the T’s than life force is drastically diminished, too. This means the body is functioning at less then its 100% potential. Less life force means that the body is actually creating cells every minute that are less then at its potential. It is actually creating a lesser physical version of your matter that is you.
This brings me to another principle I want to discuss, principle 24. The Limits of Adaptation – Innate Intelligence adapts forces and matter for the body as long as it can do so without breaking a universal law, or Innate Intelligence is limited by the limitations of matter. In short, when you’re functioning at less than 100 percent life force and regenerating new cells that are below the potential of your body then the human body is less able to adapt to more daily stresses. When a subluxation is corrected massive changes occur within. Life force is restored to 100 percent, allowing for increased nerve function and an increase in the life potential of every cell of every organ. Secondly, there is an increase in the bodies ability to better adaption to other stresses that you encounter. Restoring structural alignments brings the body out of a state of dis-ease and back into ease, where life potential is renewed and healing can occur. This is congruent with Antonovsky concept of salutogenesis.
Clearly chiropractic falls under the ‘salutagenic’ model. Chiropractic is key in increasing the bodies ability to adapt to stress. There are other health promoting practices, some include meditation, nutrition, and exercise. These are also great practices that help to reduce negative thoughts, traumas and toxins and help promote health-ease in the body. All of these health practices seem to share a commonality, which is that they work in harmony with the universal laws. When you understand and work with these universal laws, many which are chiropractic principles, then the body will naturally tend tow
ards a state of ease, proving that health and healing comes from within.
And on that note…
Salut to your health,