What is Salutogenesis?
It’s an approach focusing on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease (or pathogenesis).
Taking a Salutogenic Approach Means We Will Focus on How to Truly Get Healthy and Stay Healthy. This means discussing everything from food choices, exercise, stress levels and other elements that may be interfering with your health and keeping you from reaching your optimal levels of wellness.
What isn’t Salutogenesis?
Salutogensis is not about focusing on following a cookie-cutter diet and exercise plan, treating symptoms of disease, or considering the absences of disease the same as health. It is not the take-a-pill and feel better approach.
It’s not about treatment, it’s about prevention. It’s not a program, it’s a lifestyle.
Meet Angela, Salutogenic Specialist
I completed my undergraduate degree at Penn State in Biobehavioral Health, which focused on the integration of biology, psychology, and sociology. We looked at health as a whole, and my focus specially was in health promotion. I eventually was steered toward the world of research, and have spent the past several years working as research coordinator for various health-related studies. However, I realized my true passion lies in health and wellness and working with people, and pursued my master degree in Wellness and Human Performance from the University of Pittsburgh, learning how to use diet and exercise to do everything from help optimize athletic performance to manage chronic disease. I quickly found my niche again in the health promotion realm. When I recently started teaching kickboxing at a local studio, this affirmed what I knew all along, my true passion lies in working with people and helping them live healthy lives!
My knowledge and skills from my education are deepened by my own personal struggle to achieve my optimal healthy lifestyle and the discovery of exercise as a true medicine in my life. I struggled with chronic back pain for years until I was finally able to work with someone who helped me get back into physical shape. She met me where I was and worked with me to the point where my results exceeded both our expectations. Five years ago, I could barely go out for a walk because of my pain, now I’m healthy, active, managing my stress, and teach kickboxing classes in my free time! Over the years, I didn’t just learn to manage my pain, I learned how to live a healthy life and conquer my pain! Exercise, particularly kickboxing, has brought me pure joy, empowerment, and a sense of identity when it comes to my health. My stress and anxiety melted away, as did the pounds I had put on over the years, and I felt an unbelievable transformation physically, mentally, and emotionally.
I was drawn to Dr. Dan’s salutogenic-focused philosophy as it is very similar to what I practice in my own life and have preached to others over the years. I personally want to live a long life, but more importantly I understand the importance of living as many healthy years as possible. Salutogenesis focuses on the factors that promote health, rather than focusing on treating disease. We all have our own unique barriers in life that are preventing us from making healthy choices. There is no one-size-fits-all diet and exercise plan, because we are not the same! I want to help guide people in overcoming their barriers, increasing knowledge about exercise, nutrition, stress-reduction, and time management, and discovering their personal best self. We will discuss goals and work together to help you discover your own passion for health and obtain your optimal lifestyle. I am honored to be a member of the Turo Family Chiropractic team and look forward to helping our patients get healthy and stay healthy for life!
Are You a Current Patient Interested in Taking Advantage of the Salutogenic Resources Available with Your Care?
As part of your care, you have access to a wide range of resources including a full website of videos, information, and worksheets to help you reach your health goals. You also have the opportunity to meet with Angela to answer specific questions or for ongoing accountability and support.
Not a Current Patient? Is Guidance, Support, and Accountability What’s Missing from Your Wellness Journey?
It’s time you found out! Schedule your Complimentary 15-minute Phone Consultation to learn more about Salutogenic options and discuss how it could help pave your way to optimal health.