Functional Medicine- an individualized, client-centered, science-based approach that empowers clients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each client’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved client outcomes.
The principles that characterize Functional Medicine care are as follows:
- Medical practitioners prioritize quality over quantity with their clients. A doctor will only make a medical diagnosis after listening carefully to a client’s history, documenting their personal choices and medicinal interactions.
- Assessment and prevention are prioritized over wait-and-see treatment approaches
- A prioritization is placed on utilizing the most modern and advanced medical equipment that is available. Instead of using antiquated equipment for outdated treatments, newer devices that can treat the complex network of interconnected systems that make up the body
- Clients are not to feel that they have taken on a passive role in their own health. Instead, they are to be armed with information and encourage to take an active role in improving how they feel.