Functional Medicine or Conventional Medicine?
What is Functional Medicine and what is Conventional Medicine? Functional Medicine identifies and addresses the underlying cause of disease by viewing the body as a single integrated system, instead of dividing the organs into separate specialized combinations. It goes beyond treating the symptoms and instead treats the whole system.
Conventional Medicine identifies the symptoms and treats the symptoms with drugs, radiation, and surgery. Conventional Medicine is also referred to as Standard Medicine and it is what you would be treated with when you visit a clinic or hospital in the United States.
Both Functional and Conventional Medicine is practiced in the United States. Functional Medicine philosophy is geared toward discovering more than just what’s going on physically with patients. It also includes learning about the emotional and spiritual well-being of a patient. The goal is to increase overall vitality, not just treat a disease.
Is Functional Medicine Readily Available Where I Live?
More and more MDs and other health-based professionals are adopting the principles of Functional Medicine and using the philosophy to treat patients. Chiropractors use it too. At Integrated Health Solutions, we are interested in getting you pain-free and giving you the tools to prevent further pain in the future. We can help you learn how to use nutrition, supplements, stress reduction and exercise to improve your health right now.
Your body can heal itself given the right support, which includes:
- Choosing the best food to eat.
- Identifying bad habits that need to be changed in your lifestyle.
- Using proven plant-based supplements that help you feel better now and can help prevent disease down the road.
Our patients at Integrated Health Solutions are often surprised by how much knowledge Dr. McParland possesses when they first meet her. Dr. McParland also spends the time it takes to get the job done. She will ask you to fill out paperwork to get all your information and they will get detailed lab work done to see what your body reveals about you. You will talk about such topics as:
- Diet History
- Current Diet
- Exercise Regimen
- Exposure to Toxins
- Employment Conditions
- Past Illnesses
- Current Symptoms
- Family History
Functional Medicine can help a variety of conditions including autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, digestive trouble, and inflammation. Some of the most common conditions that have been helped with Functional Medicine include:
- Autoimmune Deficiencies
- Blood Sugar Ups and Downs
- Fainting Spells
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Mitral Valve Prolapse
Contact Us Today
We can help you with more than just pain. Most people think that chiropractors only work with back pain, knee, carpal tunnel, headaches, etc…but what they don’t know is that chiropractors are also well versed with finding natural holistic solutions to GI issues, high cholesterol, thyroidism, high blood pressure, diabetes and much more. We can get you moving down the right path to becoming healthier and more vibrant. Dr. McParland and her team at Integrated Health Solutions follow the philosophy of Functional Medicine. We are here to help you live a better life, not just fix your pain. Make an appointment today so we can get started addressing your needs. Call us at 708-403-5075 or fill out the contact form here on our website.