Functional Medicine & Chiropractic
For more than two decades, physicians have embraced functional medicine as a practical way of treating either chronic or complex diseases.
Functional medicine is a form of treatment which focuses on identifying how, why and where an illness began. This technique of treatment intends to treat every patiently separately, analyzing their specific cases. It treats the individual patient, not the illness.
Don’t confuse functional medicine with traditional medicine because the latter only treats all patients the same depending on the generic set of symptoms. So, the two are quite different.
It is imperative for doctors to look deeper into the source of the disease so that they can understand better how to boost the overall well-being of a patient, instead of using medication to mask symptoms which lead to temporary improvement in the quality of life.
Functional medicine recognizes that physicians can address a health concern using a variety of ways. Therefore, it allows chiropractors to meet specific treatment needs more effectively while identifying the underlying cause of the illness.
Once the chiropractor determines the cause of the disease, functional medicine enables the practitioner to recommend proper lifestyle changes which may include therapeutic and nutrition lifestyle practices, exercise, detoxification, diet, stress management, etc.
The physician designs the approach depending on the needs of an individual while integrating internal and external factors, genetics and science.
How Does Functional Medicine Work?
Functional medicine doctors ensure that they spend time with their patients. They not only discuss medical symptoms together but exercise patterns, lifestyle, diet, traumas and any exposures to environmental toxins as well. As a result, they work together to address the underlying cause(s) of the illness.
They will have to look for factors which might alter how the body of an individual functions, including:
• Environmental influences (such as exposure to toxins).
• Lifestyle choices such as stress, activity, and diet.
• Genetic makeup.
The primary objective is to figure out the main causes. In other words, we can describe functional medicine as a map or the GPS system which doctors use to navigate the landscape of chronic or complex illness.
Realistically, a doctor may have to address more than one imbalance of a disease. For instance, imbalances in hormones, genetics, inflammation, diet, and exercise, gut flora or exposure to toxins can cause obesity. Likewise, one imbalance –such as hormones- can lead to several conditions. The functional medicine addresses such complexities and ensures balance to restore good health.
Who Should Consider Functional Medicine?
Have you ever been treated by your doctor in a local clinic or hospital, but still feel sick? Or are you on medication that’s only helping you partially or you’re enduring its side effects? If that is the case, then you need to consider functional medicine offered at Advanced Health Care Solutions Woodstock Georgia.
Patients suffering from a wide range of conditions can benefit from the functional medicine, including:
• Neurological and psychiatric conditions – migraine headaches, attention deficit disorder and depression.
• Cardiometabolic conditions –heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
• Autoimmune diseases – celiac disease, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
• Digestive disorders – ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, chronic pancreatitis, and acid reflux.
• Hormonal problems –menopause, chronic fatigue and thyroid conditions.
• Skin disorders –eczema, acne, and psoriasis.
At Advanced Health Care Solutions Woodstock Georgia, we design a plan to assist patients to reverse the specific imbalances causing their illness or prevent chronic conditions from happening in the first place. Dr. Kal and his great team of functional medicine doctors empower patients to make this goal a reality.