What is Functional Medicine?
Identifying the underlying problems that keep you sick or in pain, and then addressing them.
We look at the body as a whole system and not individual parts. As such, the best way to find objective findings is often through lab work (as well as a comprehensive exam and thorough history from the patient). Once we look at all of these elements, we are able to correlate all of the information and determine what is going on with the patient on a systemic level.
This can include:
-Detecting patterns before they become a pathology (a disease)
-Identifying chronic infections (you may not know you have)
-Discovering nutritional deficiencies
-Finding autoimmune processes
This work we do is important because many doctors are limited in the time they have with patients. This can at times mean they are not able to do much more than emergency care or catch-up from an illness. With the Functional Medicine model of practice, we are able as primary-care doctors to focus more on prevention and identifying those patterns to catch a negative process before it gets too far along. Once we know the dysfunction in the body, we are able through physician grade neutraceuticals, nutritional coaching, and lifestyle management to correct, reduce, and sometimes even eliminate the problems and their symptoms.
Addressing structures of the body so the whole system works better.
Our doctors practice Clinical Kinesiology. This looks at the way the body is communicating with the electrical nervous system. Often with testing muscles we are able to identify the location of the problem, as well as what will fix it to restore proper communication to organs, muscles, nervous system, other tissues, and chemical balance. Kinesiology by definition is the science of movement, while Clinical Kinesiology looks at how muscles relate to all other systems in the body. Through this technique we are able to again identify certain allergies, muscle weakness, neurological deficiencies, infections, chronic conditions, and more.