Bryant Wellness Institute
Chiropractic Care located in Harvey, LA
Functional medicine treats each patient as an active health care partner, working together to find and treat all the causes of your health. The team at Bryant Wellness Institute spends time listening to each patient, evaluating lifestyle concerns such as nutrition, and developing customized treatments to restore optimal wellness. If you’d like to benefit from personalized and holistic health care, call the office in Harvey, Louisiana, or schedule an appointment online.
Functional Medicine Q & A
What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is an approach to health care that focuses on identifying the specific cause of your symptoms. As specialists in functional medicine, the team at Bryant Wellness Institute dedicates extra time to each person so they can explore different aspects of their life and discover all the factors contributing to their health problems. Then the team develops a treatment that addresses the core problems.
Why does functional medicine treat the whole person?
Evaluating the whole person is essential to uncover the lifestyle habits, nutritional deficiencies, and environmental influences that contribute to illness and disease. Additionally, your whole body needs evaluation because dysfunction in one part causes problems in other areas.
In a conventional approach, a practitioner assesses your symptoms, runs lab tests, and makes a diagnosis. Then your treatment follows the typical protocol for that disease. However, treating the obvious symptoms, without addressing the whole body, means potentially missing other problems. Then the same problem reappears, or chronic disease develops.
Here’s a quick example. You can take over-the-counter pain medication and get relief from a headache. But if the underlying cause of your headache is a pinched nerve in your neck or a jaw disorder, your pain will return. Treating the whole person is the only way to get to the real root of the problem and produce long-lasting results.
What types of treatments does functional medicine use?
Bryant Wellness Institute takes a multimodal approach, using diverse therapies to treat all the factors contributing to your illness or disease. Your treatment may include:
- Nutritional counseling
- Meal planning
- Dietary supplements
- Exercise and movement therapies
- Stress management
- Manual medicine
- Chiropractic care
Nutrition has a significant role in functional medicine due to its ability to prevent or cause disease. Your body can’t function without the nutrients needed to maintain your metabolism and support biochemical processes. As a result, nutritional deficiencies lead to health problems.
Many diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease, are caused by poor dietary choices. As a result, adjusting your nutrition and eating habits can prevent the problem, and they’re the first line of treatment for chronic health conditions.
If you’d like to regain optimal health through functional medicine, call Bryant Wellness Institute or schedule an appointment online.