Experience Wellness With Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine is all about promoting wellness. It's also about caring for you as a whole. Your health is more than just the sum of your symptoms. That's why functional medicine looks at multiple facets of your life beyond just your health history: your mental, emotional, and spiritual health, your home and work environment, your genes, and your relationships.
A Patient-Centered Approach
When you visit a Functional Medicine practitioner, you can expect to spend a lot more time with them than you would with a conventional health care provider. You can also expect to do a lot of talking. A central part of functional medicine is exploring your detailed personal and family history, the circumstances surrounding your first symptoms, and your past experiences with health care providers. It's also about incorporating what you value into your care and allowing you to take charge of it.
A Deep Look Under The Surface
Functional medicine is designed to identify the root causes of your health issues in order to effect long-lasting change. For some patients, this may involve laboratory tests--routine tests or possibly other specialized tests.
It may also involve the latest techniques in genetic testing to determine the impact your genes are having on your current health as well as to prevent future illness. Although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, they can also be positively influenced by your lifestyle -especially diet and exercise, your environment, and your beliefs and attitudes.
To Effectively Improve Health and Bring Balance to Your Life
Once your test results are in, your functional medicine practitioner will sit down with you to discuss them and design a comprehensive plan that fits into your lifestyle. Since improving health involves bringing balance back into your life, your wellness plan will assist you with strategies for a healthier diet, enhancing your physical activity, promoting good sleep, and reducing stress and exposure to toxins in your environment. In addition, your personalized care plan may include botanical medicines, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, or detoxification programs--all tailored to meet your goals for your health. If you would like more information on functional medicine, please contact us.
The contents of this blog are intended for educational purposes only. The information presented here is not a substitute for proper medical attention, diagnosis, or treatment by a qualified healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider before starting or making any changes to an existing treatment plan, exercise program or dietary regimen, and before using nutritional supplements.
~ Dr. Sarah Williams ~ Concord & Nantucket, Massachusetts ~