Start on the Path to Whole-Body Wellness with Functional Medicine
Are you afraid of turning into your parents? We mean health-wise. What if we told you that there’s a field of medicine dedicated to preventing chronic disease, and preventing that disease from progressing – even to the point where medication is no longer needed?
Functional medicine is that field. It’s a science-based, data-driven field of medicine that seeks to treat the whole person, rather than one symptom or one system. It seeks to find and treat the root cause or causes of a condition. Because there can be many causes of a condition, and there can be many conditions resulting from the same cause.
For example, the condition of depression can be caused by a chronic illness, hormonal imbalance, life event, and more. And if you look at obesity as a cause rather than a condition, obesity can cause diabetes, high blood pressure, and other illness.
Here at Cima Health, functional medicine may be the best place for you to start on your path to whole-body wellness. Keep reading to learn more about functional medicine and how it works hand-in-hand with the other treatment modalities we offer in our effort to provide you with restorative, lifelong solutions.
What Is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine takes a holistic approach to your health and seeks to find the answers to why you are ill. We seek to get to the root cause(s) of your problem, as well as identify triggers, and identify unhealthy patterns.
Before we order any tests or suggest any treatments or lifestyle changes, we’ll sit down with you and begin a comprehensive intake process. We’ll look over the new patient forms you filled out and ask you some questions to get more details regarding:
- Your symptoms – when they started, if they’re constant or exacerbated by certain foods or events, etc. A form doesn’t always tell the whole story.
- Your lifestyle – typical meals, activity level, work life, stress level, and more.
- Your family history – this would include physical and mental health conditions as well as your family environment.
- Your current environment – where you live and work. This would include asking about possible exposure to toxins and allergens.
We’ll listen carefully to your answers and you’ll know you’ve been heard.
What Is a Functional Medicine Doctor?
A functional medical doctor does not replace your traditional medical doctor. Your MD will treat your emergencies, broken bones, infections, diseases, and major illnesses. Specialized medical doctors will perform outpatient procedures and surgeries. Your functional medicine doctor will focus on preventing illness and reducing the risk of a chronic illness progressing, by taking care of your health. We help you learn about lifestyle changes, improving your health, vitality, and energy. You become your own doctor in that you become aware of the very things that may be affecting your health, and take measures to treat your symptoms and prevent health decline.
Dr. Cima is our functional medicine provider. He works closely with our team of providers to ensure that everyone you see knows your history, treatment plan, and goals. No one will ask you why you are here today, or ask you to start from the beginning. If you need to see a chiropractor or a physical therapist, they will know all about you before they meet you.
What Functional Medicine at Cima Health Includes
Functional medicine at Cima Health focuses on 4 main areas to help you get started on the path to whole body wellness. These areas include:
- Blood Chemistry Analysis
- Natural Medicine
- Good Nutrition
- Fat Loss / Weight Loss
Blood Chemistry Analysis
Your journey to better health begins with finding the root cause of your pain, chronic condition, or sudden physical distress. At Cima Health in Palm Beach Gardens, that means we start with a thorough blood chemistry analysis. The blood panel includes:
- A metabolic panel, including 52 separate blood tests
- A urinalysis, including 11 separate tests
- A hormone profile, including 10 separate tests
Many doctors will start with some basic blood tests, but we believe in a holistic approach, and seeing the big picture from the beginning. An expert reading of the results of all these tests will allow us to determine what is truly causing your symptoms, and develop an integrative plan of care.
Natural medicine is an alternative medicine that revolves around lifestyle counseling, lifestyle changes, diet and nutrition, and more. It is a critical part of functional medicine here at Cima Health. Natural medicine can also include herbal remedies and nutritional supplements, based on your specific needs and goals.
Good nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated. Encouraging you to improve your nutrition and choose healthy, nutrient-rich foods as the basis of your diet is a cornerstone of functional medicine. We provide tailored diets for our clinical patients – including meal plans for diabetics, patients with thyroid disorders, and patients with digestive problems. We can also help you find healthy alternatives to your current unhealthy diet.
A functional medicine nutritionist offers nutrition coaching to keep you motivated to eat a healthy, balanced diet. You’ll get tips on meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, and more. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel once you cut down on foods that cause inflammation and digestive issues. You’ll feel more energized as well.
Fat Reduction/Weight Loss
Eating a healthy diet, including fish, chicken, and the rainbow of fruits and vegetables goes hand in hand with fat reduction and weight loss. Depending on your body frame and your physical fitness program, when you start to lose fat, you may not actually lose weight. This is because you may be replacing it with muscle.
We will tailor an exercise and fitness program for you based on where you are in life and where you are in your fitness. From stretching programs to exercise programs to working with a personal trainer, we can help you achieve your fitness goals.
Conditions Functional Medicine Treats
Functional medicine can treat a variety of chronic health conditions. By eating the right foods and maintaining a healthy weight, you can help reduce symptoms and the need for medication for the following conditions:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- High triglycerides
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Low thyroid function
- Gall bladder conditions
- Digestive health disorders (ulcers, gastritis, reflux)
- Colitis / IBS
- Crohns disease
- Hormone imbalance
- Autoimmune disorders
- Food allergies
Functional medicine can also help you avoid surgery by reducing the problem causing a need for surgery.
Benefits of Functional Medicine
The benefits of functional medicine are many, including:
Your providers get to know you as a person – what your health issues are, what your lifestyle is, what triggers your condition(s), and more. By getting to know you, we can best tailor a plan of care targeted to your needs and goals.
At Cima Health, you will almost certainly see more than one treatment provider. We understand that by working together, we can best help you restore your health. Depending on what brings you here, you may see a functional medicine doctor first, then a chiropractor, then a physical therapist and massage therapist, and then move on to physical fitness to maintain your progress.
Focus on Natural Medicine and Care
Unlike typical healthcare providers, a functional medicine doctor will not prescribe you medications to treat your condition. Instead, they will focus on lifestyle changes such as eating better, losing weight, exercising, natural supplements, getting enough sleep, and more. The goal is to provide you with restorative, lifelong solutions to help you achieve (and maintain) whole- body wellness.
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