The Wellness & Prevention Paradigm

When it comes to healthcare there are two primary paradigms that exist – the dominant paradigm underlying much of current ‘healthcare’ and the wellness & prevention paradigm that offers a different perspective – and underlies what we do here at Noosa Junction Chiropractic…

The word paradigm was given its current, modern meaning by an academic historian named Thomas Kuhn in his work: "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"

The paradigm we work from at Noosa Junction Chiropractic relates specifically to health and healthcare. It influences (and is influenced by) our philosophy – and it gives rise to the model of healthcare we offer.

Your paradigm is
your "map," your "lens,"
your "model of the world"

We love sharing with people how the Wellness & Prevention Paradigm
is a BETTER way to think and act for your HEALTH!

We call this paradigm the Wellness & Prevention Paradigm and it contrasts to a ‘sickness and treatment’ paradigm (often called ‘Allopathy’) which underlies much of the current, dominant approach to ‘healthcare’

The breadth of this paradigm has been explored and expressed very well by our colleague James Chestnut, in his book - "The Wellness & Prevention Paradigm" - highly recommended reading!

Part of our paradigm are the definitions or terminology we use to describe our world. When it comes to our role as health professionals, terms like ‘HEALTH,’ ‘SICKNESS’ and ‘HEALTHCARE’ have different meanings in our paradigm compared to what they mean in an Allopathic model – see more below:

Book Cover - The Wellness & Prevention Paradigm by James L. Chestnut

What are the primary differences between the two paradigms?

Wellness & Prevention paradigm:

  • Focus on self-responsibility and self-care (lifestyle choices)
  • Awareness that health comes from ‘inside’
  • Your body is self-healing
  • Holistic, “whole-of-person” care
  • Health and wellbeing is multi-causal (systems thinking)
  • Regular, ongoing consultation with health coaches and supports
  • Focus on function
  • Focus on improving what is working well
  • Addressing REQUIREMENTS for an ideal life
  • Always working to be better.

Sickness & Treatment (Allopathy) paradigm:

  • People relinquish their responsibility for health to ‘experts’ in white coats
  • An outside-in approach (you need a drug, fix or cure to be healthy)
  • Your body is weak and destined to breakdown
  • Focus on reductionism – diagnosis of that ‘one problem’
  • Seeking a singular cause-effect relationship
  • Only see a doctor if you have a ‘problem’
  • Focus on symptoms and disease
  • Treating the problem – once the symptoms are gone, you’re healthy
  • Only doing what is necessary to NOT be sick
  • Maintaining the ‘status quo’ – “if it ain’t broke…”

As the process of science continues to advance, newer paradigms replace older ones when they begin to ‘fit’ our observations of the world better than their predecessor/s

In our view, the Wellness & Prevention paradigm is a more comprehensive, better and more valid way of looking at health and healthcare.

We believe that this newer paradigm needs to be accepted and fully implemented throughout our world.

It is able to absorb and accept elements of the previous paradigm; the Allopathic ‘sickness and treatment’ paradigm cannot absorb or accept the principles inherent in wellness and prevention.

A paradigm shift becomes a wholesale change. The older model is eventually completely abandoned in favour of the new paradigm.

In simple terms it is your model of how you do life! A distinct model of what you perceive to be reality. It is your ‘worldview’
Dr Ben Phillips

To understand the over-arching ‘macrocosm’ concept of a paradigm follow this link.

Yet there can also be paradigms related to individual professions or really any distinct field of study or endeavour. Follow this link if you’d like to understand the ‘microcosm’ concept of 3rd Paradigm Chiropractic (also an important part of what we do).