When most people go to a doctor, they go because they have specific symptoms of a specific problem. Maybe they have a migraine or a stomach ache. A traditional doctor diagnoses the problem and might prescribe medication to make that part of your body feel better. While there's nothing wrong with this way of practicing medicine, some people feel there is a better way. Today, functional medicine is continuing to gain in popularity. Here's what this type of medicine is and how it can benefit you.
Functional Medicine Treats Your Entire Body, Not Just the Symptoms of a Problem
Functional medicine practitioners focus on treating all of you and not just the part of your body that is currently hurting. Yes, you might have a stomachache or a head cold, but there could also be other underlying issues with your body that are causing you to get sick or feel pain more frequently. A traditional doctor might ask you to describe your symptoms. A functional medicine doctor will want to know a lot more about you.
Change Your Lifestyle
Once you commit to functional medicine, you will sit down with your doctor and tell them about your life. What is your diet like, how much sleep do you get every night, what is your exercise plan? Your doctor will look for areas where you are not doing enough to keep your body in good shape. In some cases, some of your specific symptoms might be clearly attributed to some of your lifestyle choices. Your doctor will help you come up with a plan to turn your life around and make your entire body healthier.
You'll Simply Feel Better
Functional medicine is a long-term game. Changing one thing about your lifestyle might not lead to changes overnight. But by sticking to a plan to take better care of your body, you can root out the underlying causes of your health issues and fine-tune your body into a well-running machine. People who follow functional medicine often report having more energy or just feeling "better" on a day-to-day basis than they did before they got started. Those random aches and pains you feel that aren't quite a sickness but clearly are not a sign of being healthy, either, might start to go away over time. Once you fine-tune your body, you might find it easier to fall asleep at night or wake up and face the day in the morning.
Contact a local practitioner of functional medicine today for more information