Fort Pierce Chiropractor Discusses Functional Medicine
Functional medicine is a medical approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes underlying a health problem. Chiropractors who practice functional medicine provide patient-centered care. This approach to health allows chiropractors to treat underlying health problems, optimize well-being, and even prevent illness in the future.
Nearly all patients could benefit from functional medicine, but not all chiropractors take this unique, science-based approach to health and wellness.
Chiropractors who practice functional medicine look at the complex web of interactions created by the patient’s medical history, physiology and lifestyle that can lead to health problems. Functional medicine practitioners also consider the unique internal factors, such as state of mind, and external factors, such as social environment, which affect the patient’s overall functioning.
Functional Medicine Chiropractors Use a Personalized Approach
Functional medicine is different from other approaches in that its practitioners believe that good health is more than just the absence of disease – chiropractors who practice the approach believe good health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.
This approach is also different in that it recognizes that many factors can contribute to a health problem and that one single factor can cause a variety of medical conditions. For instance, depression may be the result of inflammation and other causes. Likewise, inflammation can cause depression and a number of different ailments.
Finally, functional medicine is different from other approaches in that the chiropractor listens to the patient to learn his or her story. Other approaches to health rely solely on laboratory testing and imaging – if the tests come up negative, practitioners may be unable to come up with a diagnosis. In the worst-case scenarios, the practitioners may even disregard the patient’s accounts of pain or other symptoms. By listening to the patient’s descriptions, and by learning the details of the patient’s life, the functional medicine chiropractor brings the patient into the discovery process. Personalize care in this way also allows the chiropractor to address each patient’s individual needs.
Functional Medicine is Science-based
While it focuses on listening and discovery, functional medicine has its roots in evidence-based science and laboratory testing. Our chiropractor sends blood samples for state-of-the-art laboratory testing, uses advanced imaging techniques to detect anomalies, and utilizes computer technology to determine a diagnosis and create a computer printout for our patients.
In our functional medicine practice, our chiropractor helps prevent illness, recommend supplements, and offer advice and care plans to help each of our patients stay healthy. Our functional medicine approach may also include nutritional counseling and other chiropractic solutions for whole-body wellness.
For more information on functional wellness, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Cary Lubet DC. Our functional medicine chiropractor provides chiropractic care and other services for patients living in Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, and surrounding areas.