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    what is the importance of a holistic approach?
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    (Original post by blondegirl2000)
    what is the importance of a holistic approach?
    A holistic approach looks at the whole body, rather than just each bit on its own. This is important because health problems can have wide reaching effects.

    For example, if you hurt your foot this would mean you can't walk properly - which may then lead to you being unable to go to the shops to get food so you end up hungry, or not being able to get a blanket from another room so you end up cold, or not being able to get to the toilet so you end up with skin problems from sitting in wet clothes. But if you just think "oh, it's a poorly foot" you're not going to think about the wider problems which could include starving to death (as an extreme).

    Physical and mental health are very connected. If someone is usually very fit and mobile then they will feel sad if an injury means they can't do things they normally do - if you usually climb mountains and now can't climb the stairs, that feels very depressing. Even if it's just a temporary injury people can feel like they are never going to heal. With longer term health problems, people can start to feel isolated which can make feelings of sadness worse.
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