Functional medicine is a form of healthcare that aims at optimizing the physiological processes of the body. Each person is unique and each physiological composition is different, therefore functional medicine addresses each individual differently. Looking at biochemical markers through a detailed history, physical examination, blood work, saliva testing, stool testing, and/or urine testing helps determine the root cause of symptoms. By addressing the root cause and addressing it without the use of prescription drugs or other medications, functional medicine allows the body to heal and begin to function normally. Experts focus on patient history and lifestyle considering aspects such as diet, physical activity levels, environmental exposures, emotional stressors, physical stressors, and genetic factors that may be influencing and triggering the symptoms experienced.
There is a rising occurrence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease, and the list goes on. Functional Medicine aims at decreasing the occurrence of these conditions through preventative measures encompassing all aspects of patient lifestyle. Diet, sugar consumption, food quality, genetics, environmental factors, heavy metal exposures, stress exposure, improper breathing, abnormal sleep patterns, lack of exercise, excessive exercise may all play a role in the development of these diseases and can be prevented with proper education of preventative strategies.
We spend time with our patients, listening to your medical history and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. This is how Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Functional Medicine focuses on the patient as a whole. With understanding how the many systems within the body work together, we also know that when one system is not functioning optimally, other systems will begin to decline in function as well. Functional Medicine focuses on treating the whole patient rather than treating just the symptoms.
A Functional Medicine practitioner recognizes that various aspects of life contribute to the overall health of an individual. Patient history, genetic history, past medical history, current lifestyle practices, emotions, and stress all play a role in how the body functions. Each aspect may need to be addressed when aiming at treating chronic disease.
Functional Medicine focuses on prevention through diet, lifestyle, stress management, supplementation, detoxification, and other therapies to assist patients with achieving optimal health.
Once the root cause and priorities are identified, a treatment plan is implemented. This may include diet alterations eliminating certain foods or increasing consumption of other foods, exercise, stress management, change in sleep patterns, etc. All therapies are aimed at bringing the body back to a state of homeostasis in which all systems work fluidly together.
The patient is an active participant in their care and the treatment is tailored to their specific needs and desires. When the patient is more in control of their choices and healing practices, the more likely that the positive changes achieved will be permanent.