Models for Understanding Chronic Health Issues
These video's are excerpts from Section 1 - Principles of Holistic Assessment of the full online course "Holistic Integrated Assessment: The ART of Listening to the Body"
It will give you a feel for some of the material we will cover in the full course. These two video's will help you understand how to recognise "health and disease" in the body and also offer you some analogies for exploring and understanding clients suffering "simple, complicated and chronic" health issues. It can be argued that the better practitioners' can uncover (from holistic assessment) and understand the inter-relationships between all involved elements of any presenting problem pattern and then incorporate (as many as able of) these component-relationships into their treatment, the better will be their success optimising health care outcomes.
For more understanding of how to identify the whole pattern of dysfunction from posture assessment please enrol in the full course.
I am a practising Osteopath involved in clinical practice since 1993 and health care education (in manual therapies) since 1996. My interest is in supporting a holistic multidimensional approach to health care education and practice. This approach helps integrate holistic with biomedical approaches and bridges the gap between holistic concept and its practical implementation.
I have found that when students and practitioners understand this model it creates deeper context and awareness about what is actually happening behind the scenes (i.e. behind the symptomatic picture). In other words, by being able to assess for and uncover the underlying patterns of dysfunction (the 'what else') setting the stage for dis-ease or injury or otherwise slowing its recovery this helps to better inform the treatment and rehabilitation process. Understanding the relationship between 'what else' is happening behind the scenes and the symptomatic tissues has especial relevance in the understanding and management of patients suffering chronic and complicated health issues.
With this in mind it is with great pleasure that i offer this material to you to help improve awareness, understanding, assessment and management skills and help optimise health outcomes.