What does it mean to treat the cause of illness?
At Shift at Brisbane Natural Health we are specialists in helping your body to heal itself. Your body has the innate capacity to heal, given the right circumstances and environment. While conventional treatment is often very symptom focused, our treatments aim to treat the cause wherever possible.
Take for example, recurrent headaches. You get a headache, you take a painkiller like paracetamol or ibuprofen and the headache goes away. While you’ll gain relief, the treatment does not help to prevent the recurrence of future headaches. This is symptomatic treatment.
Another approach, would be to think, OK so why am I getting headaches? You discover that you have some structural issues and problems with posture. You go and get a series of myotherapy sessions, which help to relieve the pain, correct the structure and teach you how to sit, move and stretch properly so the issue doesn’t recur.
Or perhaps you have a naturopathic consultation, and it is discovered that they headaches are actually caused by food chemicals that are causing issues. You remove the foods, heal the gut and the headaches go away.
Both of these are examples of getting to the root cause. The advantage of doing this is that the issue often does not recur, meaning you don’t have to manage the symptoms ongoing.
Treating the cause takes longer and more commitment that using a symptomatic relief. But the rewards are that you can correct the core issue, and help you body to do what it is meant to do, which is to keep you healthy and thriving.
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