I recently heard this quote that I love! “The absence of disease does not mean wellness.” I think we have to understand the difference between “health” and “wellness” before we can learn from this quote. Here is how our English dictionary defines these terms.
Health is “soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment”. In contrast, wellness is defined as “an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life; as opposed to emphasizing treating disease”. So while good health is stability of body and mind, wellness is more of a lifestyle.
Experts say that “wellness” is concerned with six different dimensions: physical, emotional, spiritual, social, environmental, and intellectual. Maintaining a harmonious balance requires taking action – which falls on us to lead a proactive lifestyle. Proactive means “creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened”.
Thermography can help in maintaining a proactive lifestyle. Thermography offers a glance into the body’s physiology and can help us understand what we need to work on in order to lead a life of wellness…and not just absence of disease.