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The Functional Model of Medicine: Where Science Meets the Patient Experience

Functional medicine is a patient-centered approach to wellness, allowing patients to receive personalized, empowering care while making informed health choices based on their health history, health goals, and personal experiences. It is focused on identifying and addressing the root causes of diseases, illness, and pain within the body.

Chiropractors have the background, mindset, and experience that allows them to utilize functional medicine to its fullest potential. Dr. Tiffani Fries, DC of Genesis Chiropractic, has been helping patients heal their health conditions through the Functional Medicine approach since 2002.

We are focused on providing patient-centered individualized care. Our team uses a unique approach that integrates multiple treatment methods to uncover the underlying causes of your pain.

Unlike many approaches to care that simply focus on alleviating symptoms, functional medicine views all of the body’s systems as a “whole” to discover underlying issues that may be contributing to illness. Functional medicine is rooted in science, curiosity, and respect for the patient.

If you’ve grown frustrated with traditional methods of care that aren’t allowing you to get to the root of illness, functional medicine can feel like a breath of fresh air. Contact us today to book your appointment and get back on the path to wellness.

What to Expect When You Seek Care From a Functional Medicine Practitioner

Functional medicine is for every person at any stage of their wellness journey. The first step is a consultation with a care provider to discuss your reason for seeking a holistic approach to wellness. The next steps in the process include:

  • Reviewing your personal health history.
  • A physical examination.
  • Specialized, patient-specific diagnostic tests.
  • Identifying your unique health and wellness goals.
  • Discussing treatment options.
  • Developing a personalized treatment plan.

At each phase of care, your biochemical individuality will be considered. That means that a plan of care that works for another patient with the same medical condition won’t necessarily be the default plan of care for you. The interconnections of your physiological and lifestyle factors will be used as baselines for creating an effective plan for long-term wellness.

What Are the Goals of Functional Medicine?

The core of functional medicine is the goal of identifying underlying causes of illness based on each patient’s unique health history. Genesis Chiropractic understands that illness can be the result of more than one underlying cause.

The goal is not to suppress symptoms of illness. Functional medicine operates on the idea that identifying and treating the underlying cause of symptoms will cause those symptoms to subside while also bringing the body back into balance for sustainable long-term health.

What Conditions Can Functional Care Treat?

First, it’s important for patients to know that nothing has to be wrong for them to utilize the benefits of the functional medicine model. Many patients use the functional approach as a tool for wellness and preventative care. However, the functional medicine model can be extremely beneficial for people suffering from a wide variety of illnesses and conditions. For some patients, the search for answers through a proper diagnosis lasts for years until they are able to identify the root cause of physical dysfunction with the help of a functional medicine provider. While a patient may have an accurate diagnosis when coming to the functional medicine model, they are unable to make meaningful progress in managing or curing their condition using traditional medicine. Here’s a look at some of the conditions that are commonly treated using functional medicine:

  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Mood and mental health conditions in both children and adults
  • Asthma and respiratory issues
  • Food allergies
  • Environmental allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Digestive disorders
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Chronic stress
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Weight Loss
  • Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • PMS
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Using a systems-oriented approach with an emphasis on personalized patient care, the functional medicine model allows patients to understand the diseases and conditions that are plaguing them. We take time to communicate the underlying issues that are taking place to create symptoms. The patient is also provided with tools for actively taking part in their own path to healing.

As part of the whole patient approach to care, we rely on various types of diagnostics and testing to deliver relevant, effective results. Each patient is supported in their health journey through individual education on eating the proper foods related to their condition, lifestyle, behavioral health, physical movement, supplement support and much more. Wellness takes a team because a person’s health is multifaceted!

We understand that every person has a unique health journey, and Dr. Tiffani Fries DC, takes the time to give each patient the care and attention they deserve. Genesis Chiropractic and Dr. Tiffani Fries, DC is here to help you feel empowered about living a healthier life. For more information about functional medicine contact us today to book your appointment.

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