WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
Functional Medicine is an approach that considers the patient as a whole. Instead of just treating a symptom, the doctor will look "upstream" and ask, "Why is this happening? What's the root cause? Can we make a change at the source of the problem?"
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As you can see in the example above, one condition (ex. Depression) can have many causes. And one cause (ex. Inflammation) can contribute to many conditions. This is a great visual example of why each patient must be cared for as an individual, and Functional Medicine is the best mechanism for that!
The Functional Medicine approach will use holistic and natural methods whenever possible, knowing that "prevention" is the key to avoiding the many chronic diseases currently plaguing our society. It is normal to use tools such as nutrition, meal plans, supplementation, lifestyle changes (sleep, stress, movement), holistic therapies and whatever means necessary to restore health.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We blend a wide array of techniques from both conventional medicine and holistic health, utilizing the best of Western and Eastern expertise.
Our Functional Medicine Team will determine if any Advanced Functional Labs are needed and order them, folding that new piece of information into the history, intake, nutritional status, symptoms, current lab findings- all in order to make a thorough assessment that looks at the person as a whole. Our TEAM is excellent at reviewing lab work and explaining it in a way that is easy to understand.
Jump down to "The Process" section to learn more about what to expect as a new patient or client. You can learn more detail about how Functional Medicine works and the differences between conventional medicine, integrative medicine, naturopathy, and other alternative health medicine.
The Wellness Redefined Pearls
We apply the ideology of functional medicine to a process that is unique to our clinic
CAN I STILL SEE MY PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER OR THE LOCAL HOSPITAL?
Yes, and we require you to keep an amicable and open relationship with your Primary Care Provider.
In our office, we often co-manage with allopathic physicians that will refer patients to Wellness Redefined. We work with all types of health issues but are particularly known for our expertise in Gut Health, Skin Health, and Hormonal Health.
What To Expect
There is a whole menu of treatments at Wellness Redefined that you can check out HERE. Most Functional Medicine patients/clients begin with an our Functional Medicine Initial intake and then a Report of Findings with one of our Functional Medicine providers to determine your unique plan.