The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address chronic disease and promote optimal wellness. Functional Medicine asks how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.
This patient-centered approach is respectful of each individual patient’s preferences, needs, and values, and then ensures patient compliance. When the client is an active participant in the development of their therapeutic plan it gives them more control of their own well-being and they are more likely to make sustained lifestyle changes
Functional Medicine treatments include a combination of nutrition and lifestyle modification, natural supplements, health coaching, lab testing, and education of the patient, which empowers them to take charge of their own health.
For more information on Functional Medicine click here to visit The Institute for Functional Medicine website.
Why Functional Medicine?
Many of the chronic diseases associated with aging are largely caused by lifestyle choices. These diseases include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Metabolic syndrome
- Alzheimer’s disease
Recommended for Health
A lifestyle program is now recommended for individuals with many of the conditions listed above, as well as those with other health problems such as:
- Stress-related disorders
- Other hormone-related symptoms
- Conditions related to overweight/obesity
Fundamentals of Functional Medicine
The path to optimal health begins with:
- Knowledge of a healthy lifestyle
- Balanced eating habits
- Regular physical activity
- Appropriate nutritional supplementation with condition-specific nutrients
- Stress management for internal balance
- Sleep for proper mind/body functioning
For more information on Functional Medicine at ChiroPlus Click Here.