benefits of functional medicine

At Texas Functional Health Centers, Texas, Adam Bohnenblust, D.C., B.C.N., and the team of board-certified providers look at symptoms as a sign pointing towards an underlying health issue. Using functional medicine in Dallas TX, the team focuses on finding and treating the true source of your symptoms, eliminating them altogether, and restoring your natural health and vitality. Functional medicine is a holistic, patient-centered approach to health and disease. To learn more about functional medicine and how it can benefit your well-being, call or schedule an appointment online today.

What is Functional Medicine in Dallas TX?

Functional medicine has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine, western health care, and the latest in health care research, taking the best of each and combining them into an independent healing approach. This new approach is one that focuses on the cause of disease rather than focusing on symptoms. Through the concentration on symptoms, our health care system has gradually been converted to a disease care system, and functional medicine offers a viable approach to reverse this trend. To accomplish this, functional medicine practitioners view the body as a whole, taking into account nutritional, environmental, and genetic factors. Through active doctor-patient communication, functional medicine practitioners embrace the word doctor, which literally means teacher in Latin, allowing you to take control of your health.

Unfortunately, as the state of health has changed throughout our nation, our health care system has remained fairly stagnant in its approach to healing. While our country's traditional approach to treatment was successful for the types of diseases present in 1920, it has grown less effective at treating the current epidemics of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and diabetes. While the diseases of days gone by were typical of short duration and responded well to quick fixes such as surgery and medication, it has become increasingly evident that today's chronic conditions require a different approach.

The complexity of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis far outweigh that of conditions previously treated by our health care system. Increased complexity of diseases requires an equally comprehensive approach to treatment. Where traditional medicine has focused on the condition, functional medicine is aimed at treating the individual. Through this approach, functional medicine practitioners consider the unique genetic, environmental, and occupational factors that may be contributing to a person's sickness. By doing so, these health care providers can focus on individualizing nutritional, supplementation, and exercise plans as a means to address a person's health status.

What makes functional medicine unique?

With chronic diseases currently spiraling out of control, it has become increasingly obvious that a different health care approach is both needed and warranted. Instead of treating the disease once it is already present, doesn't it make more sense to concentrate on preventing the condition in the first place? Functional medicine is unique in that it often focuses on variations in metabolism to both identify a predisposition to developing a condition and to discover the underlying cause if already present. As mentioned previously, functional medicine practitioners concentrate on being your health care teacher. Can you remember a time your doctor truly educated you about your health care condition? Through this avenue, functional medicine practitioners will allow you to take back control of your health. After all, you are the one suffering from the condition, shouldn't your treatment be focused on you and not the other people who have had similar problems?

Functional medicine is also one of the few health care choices that view the body as a whole. This is important considering that every single system in your body is dependent on the next to function properly. To take this holistic approach, these practitioners consider all variables including; your personal history, genetic makeup, occupational, nutritional, and social factors. All of these factors play a role in the expression of health and disease.

Finally, once the cause of your condition has been discovered, functional medicine practitioners use the best from multiple health care disciplines to properly treat the cause. For example, after a careful diagnosis following the use of various imaging and laboratory testing, many practitioners utilize a combination of dietary changes, supplements, and exercise programs.

If you are interested in learning more about the functional medicine services we offer at Texas Functional Health Centers in Dallas TX please call our team today.

Functional Medicine Q & A

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a more patient-focused approach to managing chronic disease.

With traditional medical care, treatment focuses on managing symptoms with medications or surgery. In functional medicine, treatment centers on finding the root cause of your symptoms and using more natural therapies for treatment, like nutrition and exercise, to eliminate the underlying health issue and the symptoms it causes.

Texas Functional Health Centers is a chiropractic and rehabilitative care center. The team of providers looks at symptoms like neck pain and excessive weight as a signal from the body pointing toward an underlying, often hidden, health issue. Using their education and experience, they use these signals to find and treat these hidden health issues to restore wellness.

What does functional medicine treat?

Functional medicine is a holistic treatment for chronic diseases. Some of the conditions the team at Texas Functional Health Centers treats with functional medicine include:

  • Digestive disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Neuropathy
  • Allergies
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Emotional imbalance

The team also uses functional medicine to help those struggling to reach their healthy weight.

What happens during a functional medicine evaluation?

The team at Texas Functional Health Centers conducts an in-depth exam when you come in for a functional medicine evaluation. They review your concerns and goals and ask about your usual eating and exercise habits, daily home and work routine, and life stressors.

The team reviews your medical history and the types of medications you take. They perform a physical exam and order various lab tests to check organ function and nutrition status and look for toxicities, sensitivities, and allergies.

What are functional medicine treatments?

The team uses the information gathered during your initial evaluation to locate the root cause of your symptoms so they can develop a customized treatment plan. Your functional medicine treatment plan may include:

  • A personalized nutrition and exercise program
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Chiropractic care
  • Stress management
  • Weight loss

The team schedules regular follow-up visits to monitor your health and symptoms and provide the support and guidance you need to implement your health plan. They also reorder your lab work to make sure your plan is working.

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10:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 7:00pm

10:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 7:00pm

10:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 7:00pm

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Texas Functional Health Centers

411 N Washington Ave Suite 2600
Dallas, TX 75246

(469) 334-0624