Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.
The Functional Medicine model is an individualised, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalised treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.
In my Chiropractic practice I incorporate the Functional Medicine model of treatment by looking at my patients as “whole” people and not to allow their injury physical dysfunction to define them. Through Functional Medicine I attempt to address dis-ease through the proper use of food and supplements while educating my patients on the medications (drugs) they’re taking. We are learning more and more about the importance of gut health and how fundamental it is to every single one of our body’s metabolic processes, so it goes without saying that addressing nutrition and supplementation is a cornerstone in this approach.