Functional Medicine Specialists
Conventional medicine is increasingly being separated into specialists depending on the ailment you have. While the body is indeed a complex machine that has many different components, a new school of thought is emerging for certain types of conditions that previously were left to specialists. The concept of Functional Medicine is to find the interconnectedness of the body and how various systems in the body interact with each other. It is a brand-new way of understanding the human body and can be a tremendous asset when treating certain conditions. Beyond genetics, functional medicine practitioners utilize information about a patient’s environment and lifestyle to get the root cause of a medical issue. Whereas traditional approaches will break up the body’s systems in different categories, functional medicine sees the connections between these systems as important indicators of certain underlying medical conditions. At Functional Medicine Center of Fort Collins, we’ve been providing our patients with Functional Medicine care for years. If you are interested in learning more, scroll below or give us a call today.
Suppressing systems versus identifying root causes
The conventional medical approach works something like this: If a patient is experiencing pain or discomfort, treat the symptoms of the disease so the patient can go back to being comfortable. While sometimes this can be a solution, often the underlying cause is not addressed, and the problem pops up again after the suppression of symptoms has run its course. PMS is a great example of this—if the time around a patient’s normal cycle causes depression or breast tenderness, the conventional approach is to alter the body’s normal cycle with birth control pills but the underlying reason that woman was experiencing PMS was not addressed so the hormone cascade that was not functioning is still running unchecked creating more issues. All that drug did was create a further burden on the already taxed liver. We need to find out why the PMS was there in the first place.
The Functional Medicine difference
Functional medicine practitioners want to find the root causes of medical ailments or disease and investigate symptoms via the lens of the root cause. Stress, poor diet, allergens, toxins, and infections can all play an important role in driving certain medical conditions and Functional Medicine is centered around keeping these in check. The interesting thing about Functional Medicine is that we don’t have a protocol for each different condition. Each patient has a unique medical history and life experience so we look at the bloodwork as well as what the initial neurological and metabolic assessments tell us about their unique system. From there we formulate a plan based on what that person needs.
Ailments treatable with Functional Medicine
While it is important to remember that certain diseases are best treated by specialists, there’s a wide range of medical ailments and diseases that can be treated with functional medicine. At Functional Medicine of Fort Collins, we can help with:
- Fatigue and sleep problems
- Weight issues
- Nasal congestion
- Frequent colds
- Depression and anxiety
- Women’s specific issues like menopausal symptoms, PMS, fibroids, and more.
- Men’s specific issues like erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, and prostate enlargement.
- Heart disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
If you struggle with any of the above conditions and are tired of not getting the relief you need, please call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists. We take immense pride in being a leader in the Functional Medicine field here in Fort Collins and our goal is to help you attain vibrant health and enjoy life.
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Today you can begin to get on the road to health. Start by reaching out to our new patient coordinator.