Hello everyone, I’m Dr. Erik Hensel with Active Edge Chiropractic & Functional Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. Wanted to take a minute to just explain a term that a lot of people have heard out there, and even a lot of people that haven’t. What is Functional Medicine?
Whole-istic Functional Medicine
There’s a lot of different variations of Functional Medicine out there, but really to me what Functional Medicine is it’s taking a look at your whole entire lifestyle, not just where you’re at right now. We look at:
- where you’ve been
- your genetics
- your family history
- where you’ve lived
- all things that really could stress your body
Physical, chemical, emotional stresses, spiritual stresses – all should be addressed in a good, functional model. And so, what Functional Medicine does is it looks at the underlying cause or causes of people’s problems, and really addresses those as opposed to being symptom-based – which, unfortunately, a lot of modern or western medicine is very symptom driven.
You don’t really have to look any further for that model than to turn on your TV and hear a whole list of symptoms, with the people skipping down the beach, right? So finding a different model than what has gotten us to our healthcare crisis is very important, and that’s what Functional Medicine really offers.
What and Who is Functional Medicine Good For?
Functional Medicine can be great for people who have tried a lot of other approaches, who have tried different things in their past, and haven’t really received results that they think they should be getting for their health – or aren’t quite at the level of health that they think they should be or think that they deserve to be.
If that’s you, and you’re struggling with different health concerns like:
- Bowel Discomfort
- Hormone Imbalance
- Chronic Headaches & Fatigue
- Anxiety / Depression
- Chronic Aches and Pains like Arthritis Fibromyalgia
Any of those things – that’s a great approach for looking at your lifestyle and for Functional Medicine to be implicated. I hope you have a great day, and if you have any questions please comment or click below.
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