Functional Medicine Doctor – Functional Medicine Physician
What Is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine, a wonderful evolution in holistic healthcare, shifts the traditional disease centered approach to a patient centered practice. It engages the patient and the functional medicine physician in a more therapeutic partnership. This technique assists the practitioner to work with the patient to unmask the root causes of a certain disease in order to get rid of it completely.
Functional Medicine aims to restore the normal functions of the body as opposed to traditional methods, which seek to suppress the symptoms of diseases and often does not lead to long term well-being. Functional medicine engages the patient by having them provide their practitioner with detailed history, along with lifestyle choices and environmental factors they may be exposed to. The functional medicine physician then uses this information to come up with specific and personalized treatment plan for the patient.
Origins of Functional Medicine
The roots of functional medicine can be traced back to the reputable Sir William Osler, who was one of the first professors at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
"Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease."
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Unique Features of Functional Medicine
Functional medicine is a holistic healthcare process that creates a close partnership between the medical practitioner and the patient. Both parties work together to determine the best treatment options to promote health and well-being of the patient. A functional medicine physician uses scientifically proven herbal formulas and supplements during the treatment of a variety of ailments. These supplements help the body heal naturally.
Holistic healthcare practitioners understand how the mind, body and community influence overall health and well-being. Numerous studies have shown that lower stress results in a healthier mind and body. Our practitioners work with each patient to teach them how to relax and enjoy life, which often results in better outcomes. In addition, our functional medicine practitioners try to utilize less-invasive techniques which puts less stress on the body.
Why Choose Functional Medicine?
Treats The Root Cause - Functional medicine aims to treat the root cause of diseases. This is one of the main reasons why functional medicine is a great solution for chronic illnesses. Our functional medicine physicians and staff interview the patient about their personal history and lifestyle choices. The practitioner utilizes specialized lab testing to guide them in finding out the cause of the disease. Functional medicine treats the whole body and not just the symptoms. This allows the practitioner to offer treatment options based on an individual’s personal needs.
Patient-Centered Healing Approach - Functional medicine is a patient-oriented healing technique. This branch of medicine acknowledges the fact that all individuals are unique from a genetic, chemical and biological standpoint. This is precisely why the treatment plan varies greatly from one person to another. It aims to treat the individual using a holistic approach and heal the body from within. Functional medicine is based on the principle that the human body has a dynamic self-regulation capability. The body can restore balance between all the body systems; sometimes, it just needs a bit of help.
Meets Patients Unique Needs - Functional medicine brings the patient and the medical practitioner together. Each aspect of the patient's life is discussed in great detail, including the history, genetic profile and lifestyle factors. This helps the practitioner investigate root causes of the disease using scientific principles and advanced lab tests. Every patient has unique hormonal, metabolic and nutritional composition that should be taken into account when developing a holistic healthcare treatment plan. Although the symptoms of different patients may be the same, the treatment options may differ since every patient has a different medical history and laboratory test reports.
Integrates the Best Medical Practices - Functional medicine as practiced by the Rose Wellness Northern Virginia Functional Medicine Clinic brings together western conventional medical practices, and alternative holistic healthcare techniques. The practitioner uses the latest laboratory testing techniques, supplements and prevention techniques such as nutrition, lifestyle changes, exercise programs, yoga, detoxification programs and therapeutic diets. These techniques assist in targeting the root cause of the disease and treating the whole body, resulting in the patient being in a healthier state of well-being.
How Can We Help You At Our Northern Virginia Functional Medicine Clinic?
There are many conditions that can be kept under control or even reversed with the help of functional medicine, such as fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, chronic pain, and diabetes. All these conditions have deep roots in the human body. Conventional medicine typically treats the signs and symptoms. With functional medicine, the underlying imbalance or dysfunction of the body is addressed, thus achieving long-term relief.
The primary difference between functional medicine and modern medicine is that while certain conditions such as pneumonia require antibiotics (and severe injuries require immediate surgery), other chronic conditions such as arthritis or diabetes can be kept under control with minimal use of drugs and medications.
Functional medicine can be used to alleviate or to control a wide array of chronic conditions that may otherwise require extensive, expensive and potentially dangerous long term treatments. The purpose of this holistic healthcare approach is to pinpoint the cause of the problem and to treat it accordingly, thus preventing it from reoccurring.
How Does It Work?
Functional medicine physicians follow a very well designed treatment plan. First, they take your history and emphasize on even the slightest details, as they are often the key to the underlying imbalances. The diagnosis process also involves a thorough, in-depth physical examination that includes some traditional medicine principles that are rarely used nowadays, in spite of being highly efficient. These principles include the ankle brachial reflex, the Chapman reflex points, as well as nail inspection, followed by comprehensive laboratory testing.
Functional medicine physicians believe there are several notable interconnections of various physiological factors that lead to certain illnesses. The bodily systems do not operate autonomously – instead, they act as a network of systems that affect each other. For example, it is known that various dysfunctions of the immune system can lead to cardiovascular disease, and this is where functional medicine steps in and addresses the primary dysfunction (the immunological issue) in order to solve the secondary problem (the cardiovascular disease).
What to Expect During Your Visit With A Functional Medicine Physician
Since functional medicine physicians' focus on the entire body and the effects of lifestyle choices, genetics and the environment, your initial visit would be at least 90 minutes. During this time, every aspect of your family history, diet and exercise will be discussed. You will also be asked about any medications and supplements you take on a regular basis. A thorough physical exam will be performed as well as laboratory testing.
Subsequent visits generally take between 30 and 60 minutes. This gives the doctor a chance to find out how any recommended changes are affecting your condition. Additionally, lab tests may be ordered to check the progress of your improvements.
Are You Ready to Begin the Road to Overall Wellness?
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you ready for a personalized approach to your health? If so, call us at Rose Wellness Center, your Northern Virginia Functional Medicine clinic. Our functional medicine physicians will search for the root cause of your illness and offer proven techniques to help your body heal naturally. Contact one of our wellness specialists at (571)529-6699 to schedule a functional medicine consultation.
We gladly serve the Washington DC metro area, Northern Virginia including Fairfax, Loudoun, Alexandria, and Prince William counties, Maryland, and surrounding areas.
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