Functional Medicine Q & A
What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is rooted in the idea that every system in your body is interconnected. Therefore, optimal health arises out of the proper function of each part. The focus of functional medicine is to treat the underlying systems in distress, rather than just the outward symptoms you experience.
Functional medicine strives to move away from a disease-care system and encourages dialogue between patients and health care providers on maintaining health. This dialogue typically includes a series of detailed questions surrounding lifestyle factors that are often overlooked, such as genetic, occupational, nutritional, and social factors.
Examining these factors enables your Allied Healthcare, LLC, provider to not only determine the root cause of your condition but also whether you’re predisposed to developing a disease. In doing so, appropriate lifestyle changes and individualized treatment plans can be established.
How is functional medicine different?
Traditional medicine typically focuses on your presented symptoms to determine a diagnosis and accompanying treatment. Treatments usually include medication or therapy in an attempt to eliminate the symptoms you experience.
This traditional approach groups individuals together based on similar symptoms, and patients are then diagnosed accordingly. This process doesn’t take into consideration the differences between you and someone else.
Alternatively, functional medicine considers the full body by investigating certain lifestyle factors, such as:
- Interpersonal relationships
- Sleep habits
- Stress levels
These factors may be influenced by other predisposing factors, which, in turn, cause imbalances in the body.
By understanding the underlying cause of this imbalance, your Allied Healthcare, LLC, provider can recommend individualized treatment plans and appropriate lifestyle modifications. Overall, functional medicine helps you regain control of your health.
What happens during a functional medicine visit?
The Allied Healthcare, LLC, team addresses complex chronic conditions with a comprehensive approach using a 90-day program. The program begins with a 60-90 minute consultation to establish specific, attainable goals. You’ll then undergo lab work to assess your current state of health, along with subsequent tests throughout the program to track progress.
The program also includes monthly one-on-one consultations with a nutritionist and unlimited text and email support to guide you throughout your journey to relief.
If you think you’d benefit from a functional medicine approach, call Allied Healthcare, LLC, today or book your appointment online.