FAQ072: What do we mean when we say "lifestyle medicine"?

What do you think about when you think of Lifestyle Medicine?

The term “lifestyle medicine” has been becoming more popular over the last couple of years. I actually love the term because I think it really encompasses the way we should be thinking when we are treating a person for an injury or for any other type of condition. In physiotherapy, it is so easy for you to just be treating the person’s knee or elbow and forget that there are so many other factors that can contribute to their issue or injury.

We need to consider the entire person

What we are starting to learn now, is that many of the chronic diseases and issues that come up can be prevented or better managed with lifestyle. IE making changes to some of our habits. Sometimes these risk factors are the things that we do every day. These lifestyle related factors make up this branch of medicine.

We have talked a lot about why we talk about health habits. Things like proper sleep, exercise, eating healthy and managing stress all work together to drop the risk for things like a heart attack way down. These habits all make up lifestyle medicine. Treating the entire person instead of just the condition. It is more of an integrative method of medicine.

In this video, I give a brief snapshot into what it is. We could deep dive into this for HOURS. I’m actually reading this amazing book called the Ripple Effect by Greg Wells that sums it up nicely (well into 200 pages!).

Anyway, I hope you like the video. If you want to learn about any of the dimensions of lifestyle medicine, check out some of our other articles on the blog or the podcast!

It is my goal for more physiotherapist’s to start taking up more of this style with their clients. Ask your physiotherapist for advice on stress and exercise! They’re a great resource for you!

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Christina Prevett

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