What is Functional Medicine?

18 February 2023Chiropractic

What is the root cause of the problem?

This is the question that functional medicine doctors ask themselves everyday.

What caused your drop in thyroid production? Why do you get bloated after eating certain foods and feel fine other times? Why is it so hard to lose weight and keep the weight off? These are all too common issues and often have not so common answers. 

Functional medicine is a form of internal medicine that looks to identify the root cause of the symptoms and treat them with natural lifestyle modifications like dietary changes, natural supplementation, exercise and mindfulness practices.

Functional medicine doctors take an extensive history into the patient’s health and lifestyle. They combine the details from the history with the presenting symptoms and use them to decide which lab tests they need to order to help complete the total picture of the patient. Lab tests and in some cases genetic tests are incredible insights into the functioning of the person as a whole. Many allopathic medical approaches focus on one or two body systems when addressing internal issues. Functional medicine takes a wider look at the entire person and what leads this person to feel the way they do. 

One of the most powerful aspects of functional medicine is the personalization of each and every plan specific to the patient.

We are all different in a countless number of ways, so specificity matters. Take weight loss for example. People can put on excess weight quickly, or over years and years. It could be due to inactivity, poor eating habits, poor absorption from stress, metabolic dysfunction, thyroid disorders and the list goes on.  Addressing the ROOT cause of weight gain is the most effective and safest way to lose the weight and make it a sustainable change.

Considering Functional Medicine as the next step in addressing your health concerns? Talk with the team at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic today, to learn more.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” - Hippocrates