What is the Biopsychosocial Model?

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Over 30 years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO), made it a goal to have all healthcare providers take on a biopsychosocial approach to health. Unfortunately, most of the world including the United States has been slow to adopt this modern scientific approach to helping people with their health.


The biopsychosocial model addresses 3 factors: biology, psychology, and sociology.


Biology includes your anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. It’s important to be very thorough to rule out more serious issues.


Psychology includes your mood, what you think and feel, and how you hold yourself. All these factors influence the state of your body and how you recover from injury and pain.


Sociology includes your relationships with family, friends, your work and communities. These relationships have a dramatic impact on your biology and mental health.


With a completed picture we are better able to understand the complex series of influences that could be causing or prolonging your condition. Only then can we develop a recovery plan to overcome your pain and movement challenges.



To learn more about how we use the Biopsychosocial framework, watch our video here:

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