Functional Medicine 101: Why This Approach Is the Future of Medicine

Functional Medicine
December 31, 2019 0 Comments

Every person is unique, with different:

  • Health backgrounds
  • Genetic makeups
  • Exposure to environmental factors
  • Stressors

That is to say, with this in mind, doesn’t it seem to make more sense that medicine took a more individualized approach to wellness plans and treatments?

At Living Well Dallas, that’s exactly what we believe! Functional medicine has been the foundation of our approach to treating patients since 2005.

And, we have to agree when others in the field refer to functional medicine as the “future of medicine.”

Have You Heard of This Medical Approach Before?

But, don’t worry – we’ll guide you through all the basics and explain how our approach and services can help you live your life more fully.

More often than not, patients go to the doctor when they’re already sick or feeling unwell. And, after running various exams, blood work, and even x-rays, doctors will tell you that the results are just normal.

To clarify, the goal of functional medicine is to dive deeper into an illness and uncover what exactly is causing your health issues.

And then, we use these findings to create a comprehensive plan that restores health. Lastly, functional medicine goes far beyond simply treating symptoms, which gives patients a better chance of restoring health.

What Does Functional Medicine Mean?

Functional medicine is an approach to observing health that aims to prevent and manage complex and chronic conditions. Through this approach, we can focus on treating the entire individual, not just a set of symptoms.

This approach empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying cause of health issues and promote wellness.

Functional medicine recognizes the body as one integrated system rather than a collection of independent organs that are separated into various medical specialties. This is the base of how functional medicine practitioners:

  • Assess
  • Prevent
  • Treat chronic diseases

Using this information, our expert providers incorporate cutting-edge diagnostic testing and extensive health backgrounds to examine all bodily systems in a way that allows us to treat the root cause of the issue.

A quick look at the numbers:

  • Chronic diseases account for 86% of all healthcare costs (over $3 trillion annually)
  • 25% of adults have two or more chronic health conditions
  • 50% of adults have at least one chronic health condition

Functional medicine has proven useful in providing better outcomes and cost savings for patients and the healthcare system. Learn more about how functional medicine can personally benefit you.

The Benefits of Functional Medicine for Patients

Your health is your most valuable asset, why not invest in it? Putting in time, money, and energy can help keep you on top of your health and ensure you live fully. The most significant benefit of functional medicine for patients is that you get more time with your practitioner.

Functional medicine practitioners want to learn about your:

  • Health history
  • Goals
  • Concerns

We know your unique background requires a unique approach. Some of the characteristics we consider when treating patients include:

Each of these factors impacts your body and can guide us to create a compelling and unique treatment plan to restore your body’s function and optimize health.

Functional Medicine at Living Well Dallas

With functional medicine as our foundation, we can provide our patients with the best care possible. Therefore, three aspects of functional medicine stand out to us and feel they’re worth highlighting. Here’s why we believe in functional medicine:

1. Patients Come First

In today’s healthcare system, patients often feel like they’re seeing less and less of their doctors and are caught in a revolving door between clinics and pharmacies. However, at Living Well Dallas, we spend quality time with our patients.

This allows us to learn your story and keep you involved in the discovery process of restoring your health. All wellness plans are completely customized to fit your unique health needs and goals.

2. Best Medical Practices

Functional medicine allows us the opportunity to have balance when it comes to medical practices. We focus on prevention by using traditional Western medicine with:

3. Comprehensive (and Quality) Approach

We know your body is a complex system. So, why wouldn’t we consider that when defining a treatment path for you?

To feel your best, we must look at every piece of the puzzle from your lifestyle choices to genetics to your emotional wellbeing.

Hence, we use this information in conjunction with science-based approaches to help you optimize your health.

Live Fully with Functional Medicine

Consequently, functional medicine’s comprehensive approach means it is appropriate for every type of patient and could benefit patients dealing with various health conditions and concerns.

Still unsure if functional medicine is the right fit for you? Here’s a shortlist of common conditions that could benefit from our approach.

For instance, do any of the above ring a bell? And, whether you’re living with chronic disease or feeling better than ever before, prevention is essential.

Most importantly, Living Well Dallas is here to help patients seeking guidance on managing a chronic condition or even patients looking to optimize their health through preventive health practices.

Functional Health & Wellness is Here for You!

So, above all, get in touch with our team today to learn how we can benefit you and lead the path to optimal health. Schedule your consultation with Living Well Dallas.

Together, we’ll collaborate on your health to find the best solution for your unique health needs and goals. Let’s restore health and live fully!

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