Maintenance care, well, is maintenance – holding the status quo, not updating, not allowing to degrade, just holding the line. The term just seems to be static, passive, and re-active. Maintenance care is, by design, just the care given to keep a patient where they are, no better, no worse. Usually, this level of care is given to patients after a series of treatments that have resulted in the complaint being resolved. It is preventative in nature, design, and application.
Wellness care is pro-active, dynamic, anticipatory, and has as its goal ‘optimization’, not just keeping things at bay. Wellness care is designed to actively and continually improve a patient’s health status, with the goal, as stated, to have all systems functioning at 100% capacity in their role.
Now, there is a case to be made for each of these types of care. I just wanted to speak my piece on the difference, because there is a difference. I do not accept that these two terms are synonyms, nor should they be.
Or am I just off my rocker and making ‘much ado about nothing?’ You decide for yourself. As for me and my office, we choose to add Wellness to our care plans.
I am convinced Wellness Care is where Chiropractic excels. Sure, we are masters at the acute, sub-acute, repair, remodel, strengthening and rehab phases of recovery. No one beats us at the maintenance care level, either, on any metric. However, let’s take the next step, to pro-active wellness care for the good of our patients and the future of our society.
I have a blog on the difference between the medical mind-set and the Chiropractic mind-set. When you read that, you will see why I even mention it here. It will NOT be what you expect, so I will challenge you to read it.
Thanks, I knew I could count on you.