Functional Medicine is medicine that addresses the causes of disease by recognizing that a certain disease or symptom is only a sign of a more comprehensive and systemic underlying imbalance. Functional medicine harnesses the power of the body to heal itself by giving the body what it needs to create health. To achieve this both patient and practitioner must engage in a therapeutic partnership. Functional Medicine is a revolution in the practice of medicine that is better equipped to address the healthcare needs of the 21st century and out does the “pill for an ill” to health. By getting away from the traditional disease-centered approach of conventional medicine and moving toward a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine sees the whole person rather than labeling them as a disease. Functional Medicine utilizes diet modification, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle changes to achieve the optimal health of patients.
Since functional medicine focuses on the overall health of the patient rather than a specific set of symptoms it can help with many different ailments, especially those that are chronic in nature. But Functional Medicine is not only for those who are experiencing poor health; it is also for those who experience minor everyday ailments as well as for those who want to be proactive in the prevention of disease.
At Balance Wellspace, Functional Medicine treatment is non-invasive, because we give the body what it needs to heal itself, comprehensive, because it can range from Chiropractic to nutrition to exercise, and patient-centered, because there are no cookie cutter approaches to care. Functional medicine usually includes comprehensive blood testing that can identify the underlying causes of illness and even detect underlying imbalances before they become visible symptoms. The blood work can show us markers of disease processes and nutritional deficiencies.
One of the most important aspects of Functional Medicine is that treatment is a joint effort between the practitioner and the patient. While it is the practitioner’s job to educate, coach, and support the patient, it is the patients’ job to comply with the treatment. Commitment by both parties in this relationship is essential to attaining successful health outcomes.
When it comes to health every person is different so Functional Medicine practitioners must spend time with their patients to get a full understanding of why their body is reacting poorly to the environment it is in. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
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