What Is Functional Medicine?
Many individuals are looking for better ways to take care of their health. This is often driven by frustration with conventional medicine which focuses mainly on treating symptoms, not causes. Thus, some are now turning to functional medicine to provide a deeper insight into the root cause of their issues. The following is a brief overview of functional medicine and how it can improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Functional medicine takes an integrated, science-based approach to healthcare based on systems biology. It began as a method of treating people as individuals, focusing on the underlying cause of disease rather than simply treating symptoms separately. Functional medicine bridges the gap between cause and condition, accounting for why there are symptoms in the first place.
Medical conditions are often caused by a variety of contributing factors. For example, those experiencing symptoms of depression may suffer from nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, as well as genetic predispositions. Thoroughly understanding any condition means acknowledging all factors which contribute to its symptoms.
Considering the entire spectrum of underlying causes is critical to treating them holistically. By addressing systems collectively and applying low risk interventions, functional medicine is able to have much more successful outcomes than conventional medicine.
What Can I Expect from Functional Medicine?
You can expect to be treated as a unique individual when meeting with a functional medicine provider. A fair amount lot of attention will be paid to your personal and family medical history. This is a priority to gain insight into habits, environments, and genetic predispositions. There are also many other factors which are initially assessed including nutrition, stress tolerance, environmental toxins, common allergens, genetic makeup, and even the gut bacteria known as your microbiome.
Functional medicine views health through a holistic lens which includes one’s physical, emotional, and sometimes spiritual needs. As a result, patients of functional medicine are given a roadmap with instructions that engage them as an active participant in their own healthcare.
Once one’s biological systems thoroughly understood, a personalized health plan is established. Because functional medicine is highly personalized, your experience will vary based on your unique needs and goals. Regardless, common treatments include a variety of natural techniques like guided nutrition plans, physical therapy, stress management, and other effective alternative treatments.
Aceso Is Your Total Healthcare Provider
There are many options available for personal healthcare. It is important to find a provider who reflects your values and is able to provide custom treatments guided by evidence-based research.
At Aceso Total Healthcare, we pride ourselves on our integrated, proactive, and personalized approach to healthcare. Our combination of natural and traditional therapies allows you the advantage of integrative healthcare by creating a well-rounded treatment regimen made just for you. We also prioritize education to give you the tools and knowledge needed to take control of your health, wellness, and lifestyle.
Our expert team supports patients with a membership-based model which provides a wide range of services at one convenient location. Members receive access to acupuncture, yoga sessions, massage therapy, weight management programs, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, among other cutting-edge treatments. Non-members are also welcome to access select services as needed.
Conditions associated with stress, chronic pain, lack of energy, menopause, andropause, and hormone imbalance tend to see vast improvement with our functional medical treatments. If you have had difficulty with conventional medicine in the past, a holistic approach may offer you better short- and long-term results. We encourage you to contact us for a free consultation or for more information about our practice and its approach to functional medicine.