What does Functional Medicine Physician do?
Functional Medicine is a specialized field for many professionals like Medical Doctor (M.D), Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C), Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O), Naturopathic Doctor (N.D), Clinical Nutritionist and more who holds a doctorate degree as their foundation. This postgraduate qualification requires advance academic studies, as it is a unique healthcare approach to the conventional paradigm. Qualified individuals usually entitled to be addressed as a certified practitioner in this leading field of health science.
When visiting our Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, you may expect a longer consultation as he sees your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just in terms of your physical symptoms. Our practitioner will explore a detailed personal and family health history, the circumstances around the first symptoms, and the experiences you may have had with other health care providers. All of these may take place to see if there are any visible signs that provide clues to what is going on under the surface.
Further medical investigation such as laboratory testing may be required to determine the causes of your health challenge. Some of the tests are conventional lab tests but some are specialized test that are able to provide greater insight into your inner physiology. In some circumstances, wellness genetic testing may be employed to assess your susceptibility to certain types of health problems and allow the practitioner to advice you on early prevention to better adapt this vulnerability.
In this patient-centered model of healthcare, we strongly encourage patient’s participation as this plays a significant element in the design and compliancy of the entire healing process. This allows you to really be in charge of improving and reaching you health goal. Every small action steps is a change towards a better health.
When To Visit A Functional Medicine Practitioner?
Many chronic diseases that are alarming the healthcare system today has very similar yet complex underlying physiological processes. Functional Medicine Practitioner is like a medical detective, looking for the dynamic processes that resulted in the person’s dysfunction.
Apart from looking after individuals with specific health challenges mentioned above, we also attend to individuals who are seeking for wellness and preventive healthcare. These individuals may be looking at a comprehensive genomics wellness tests to understanding their personalized needs for nutrition and dietary advice. They may also be someone who is interested in the practice of healthy aging.
Prevention is better than cure. Individuals without a medical diagnosis but have been suffering from certain signs and symptoms are also a candidate. These individuals carry on with daily activities in their “Functional Range” at a suboptimal level. These individuals often benefit greatly from early intervention before the underlying problem progresses into more serious health concern. They often have signs and symptoms such as bloating, headache, brain fog, fatigue, insomnia, joint pain, hair loss, irregular menstruation, constipation, eczema, acnes, weight gain, spinal pain, low exercise endurance, muscle ache, to name a few.
“Functional Range” refers to a stage where the person is not medically diagnosed as sick/ill, but is clearly their functionality is deteriorating. The goal of functional medicine is to restore the body into balance, to prevent serious dysfunction to develop into a full-blown disease. And this is the essence of functional medicine.
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