Are you tired of listening to doctors talk at you instead of with you? Have you ever had a doctor brush you off or avoid talking about the details of your ailment because you wouldn’t understand anyway? Have you ever felt like you were on the outside looking in, even when it comes to your own health? If we don’t understand our own bodies, how are we supposed to understand how to take care of them? These are all questions that functional medicine doctors who have decided to take a functional medicine approach to their practice have asked themselves and they’ve found the answers in functional medicine.
What Does It Mean to Practice Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is essentially a patient-centered approach to treatment. Shouldn’t all medicine be patient-centered? This approach strives to include the patient in every step of their treatment plan and recovery process. It allows practitioners and patients to work in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease.
If you’ve ever picked up a great new habit, like exercising every day, or stopped an old one, such as smoking, there is usually a deep feeling of accomplishment rooted in that process. If someone has quit smoking, they’ll bring it up because they want to impart their wisdom and share their journey with you. The person has been an active part of their own treatment and recovery and therefore feels in control and accomplished for what they’ve been able to do.
How Does Functional Medicine Get Put into Practice?
It all begins with the very first appointment. Functional medicine doctors at the American Regenerative Clinic typically take the first appointment to dive deep into the patient’s medical history, family, lifestyle, habits, etc. While the cause of a certain health condition can lie deep within an individual, it can be hidden in a patient’s lifestyle or genetics. The openness and communication between practitioners and patients allow our patients to feel like they are an active part of their recovery. Therefore, they will hopefully be more successful in following the treatment plan decided upon and feel better more quickly as a result.
Functional medicine seeks to understand the diagnosis from a holistic standpoint, taking things like lifestyle and habits into consideration when working towards a treatment plan. It is seeing to understand why you’re ill, instead of just fixing the symptoms you’re experiencing. We are also seeking to understand any triggers that exist in your life today that precede the ailment you’re experiencing as a result.
Who Can This Approach Help?
Not only can pain have a profound effect on our standard of living as we age, but chronic disease also becomes more common. Did you know that 6 in 10 adults in the US have a chronic disease and that 4 in 10 adults have two or more? Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer are three leading causes of death in the United States. Many times, these diseases are caused by risk behaviors that we have control over and that can be identified if a functional medicine approach is taken to get to the bottom of the issue! Poor diets, tobacco, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol use are major factors that contribute to millions of diagnoses each year.
The American Regenerative Clinic can assist with a wide range of chronic illnesses as well as chronic pain. It also has a medical aesthetics division that deals directly with skin rejuvenation and regenerative therapies to keep you both looking and feeling your best.
If you’re ready to explore a functional medicine approach to your health, call the American Regenerative Clinic to book a consultation with one of our experts today!