How Can Functional Medicine Help You?
Would you benefit from functional medicine? While functional medicine has recently gained increased attention, it is actually a system of healing that has been in the making for hundreds of years.
How Functional Medicine can Help
Unfortunately, as the state of health has changed throughout our nation, our health care system has remained fairly stagnant in its approach to healing. While our country’s traditional approach to treatment was successful for the types of diseases present in 1920, it has grown less effective at treating the current epidemics of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and diabetes. While the diseases of days gone by were typical of short duration and responded well to quick fixes such as surgery and medication, it has become increasingly evident that today's chronic conditions require a different approach.
The complexity of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis far outweigh that of conditions previously treated by our health care system. The increased complexity of diseases requires an equally comprehensive approach to treatment. Where traditional medicine has focused on the condition, functional medicine is aimed at treating the individual. Through this approach, functional medicine practitioners consider the unique genetic, environmental, and occupational factors that may be contributing to a person's sickness. By doing so, these health care providers can focus on individualizing nutritional, supplementation, and exercise plans as a means to address a person’s health status.
"My daughter checked to see if Dr. Jim could come to my house for a home visit. I was not moving very well. After his first treatment, I started feeling improvement and was able to make it to the office."
"I first met Dr. Jim when he worked for another chiropractor. The senior doctor treated me the first two visits, and I didn’t meet Dr. Jim until my third visit. When he treated me for the first time, I knew right away with the way his hands treated me that he was going to be good (even fresh out of school)."