Do you think the public knows about “Functional Wellness”?  “Wellness” alone is word that can both inspire and confuse.  Wellness can range in meaning from getting your teeth cleaned, getting a mammogram or PSA test, to getting your spine checked.  I personally love when you “Google” the word “wellness”, the first entry is “Wellness Pet Food”.

Because of information overload and widespread dissemination through social media, Caveat Emptor (buyer beware) could not be more important.  Anybody can claim that their product is “healthy” or is “for wellness” but should the public just believe their statements? It’s not that “wellness” is a bad word or invalid word; it’s just that its overused and often used without of context or science.

Caveat Emptor when it comes to reading labels marked as "healthy" or "for wellness".
Elements of functional wellness include exercise and healthy eating.

What is Functional Wellness?

The definition of “wellness” is a state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal. If you look up the word functional it says: designed to be practical and useful, rather than attractive. When we talk about “Functional Wellness”, it ISN’T about how well your body looks but rather about how useful or practical your body and mind operates in this complex world.

Changing the Wellness Perception

Here are 3 critical steps to beefing up our science to help validate wellness within the healthcare professions.  Public perception of Functional Wellness will also improve with more science to back it up.

1. The science of functional wellness or functional Chiropractic must be Empirical Science, meaning that the knowledge must be based on observable phenomena and must be capable of being verified by other doctors or researchers working under the same conditions. 

2.The principle of causality demands explanations of effects based on preceding causes rather than random, spontaneous events. The law of cause and effect is a powerful one. Although we don’t always know how one action may produce an effect, we must be able to test and explain our “wellness” theories intelligently.  We must show that “x” causes “y” every time and is not random.

3. A Better Understanding of – and More Appropriately Designed – Wellness Studies: Clinical trials on wellness approaches often have unique qualities, and superimposing the double-blind model can be likefitting an “apple into an orange.” Placebo models don’t work when participants know they’re experiencing things like meditation or exercise, and wellness approaches often involve practitioners, so can’t be uniformly replicated (or regulated) like a pill. Short studies fail to capture the most meaningful outcomes for long-term, prevention-focused approaches. All personalized medicines, like TCM and Ayurveda, defy the randomized trial model entirely. Another problem: most current studies on wellness approaches are performed on sick people (in the hospital setting), providing a limited view of their efficacy. Greater openness to analyzing (and valuing) outcomes from studies that can’t fit perfectly into double blind, or even randomized, trial designs is needed. (Global Wellness Institute)

In the effort to explain functional wellness to the masses, one needs to utilize scientific data.

How to Spread the Word About Wellness

Its up to us to spread the word on functional wellness to the world.

There is plenty of science out there that validates moving better, thinking better, eating better, and incorporating Chiropractic. The problem isn’t one of creating data and validating functional wellness but rather one of curation and dissemination of data when it comes to functional wellness.

BJ Palmer, chiropractor and son of DD Palmer, said that “Medicine is the study of disease and what causes man to die. Chiropractic is the study of health and what causes man to live.” Let’s show the world the science of LIFE AND WELLNESS.

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