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Six Examples of Functional Medicine

Key components of functional medicine include comprehensive lab testing, specialty testing, detailed patient histories, and an emphasis on preventive care.
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Functional medicine is a personalized approach to healthcare, aiming to treat individuals as a whole rather than address isolated symptoms. Unlike conventional medicine, which often focuses on symptom management, functional medicine seeks to identify and correct the root imbalances that contribute to illness. This approach integrates traditional medical practices with what might be considered alternative or integrative therapies, emphasizing a holistic view of health.

Functional medicine practitioners use a patient-centered approach, considering factors such as genetics, environment, and lifestyle in their treatment plans. By doing so, they aim to understand the complex interactions in the body that lead to disease and develop tailored strategies that promote long-term wellness.

Key components of Functional Medicine include comprehensive lab testing, specialty testing, detailed patient histories, and an emphasis on preventive care.
 

What are common conditions that Functional Medicine treats?

 

  • Hormone Health– Thyroid Disorders, PCOS, Low Testosterone, Adrenal Fatigue, Perimenopause, Menopause, Endometriosis, PMS
  • Gut Health – Digestion, Microbiome analysis, SIBO, IBS, Crohn’s, Leaky gut, Ulcers, Food intolerance, Acid Reflux.
  • Mood Disorders– Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia
  • Skin conditions – Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne
  • Autoimmune Disorders– Rheumatoid Arthritis, IBD, MS, Hashimoto’s, Graves Disease, Celiac issues
  • Metabolism & Weightloss – Metabolic Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Diabetes, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease

Functional Medicine & Nutrition

Functional Nutrition serves as the cornerstone of Functional Medicine, offering a holistic approach to health that goes beyond traditional dietary advice. It focuses on various aspects of lifestyle medicine, addressing everything from food and digestive health to sleep and exercise.

Using advanced tools like DEXA scans, glucose monitoring, and nutritional trackers, functional nutrition practitioners create personalized dietary plans tailored to each individual’s needs. These plans are designed to optimize health by considering a person’s unique circumstances and health conditions.

The primary goal of functional nutrition is to restore and rebalance the body’s physiological functions through targeted nutritional strategies. By addressing issues like nutrient deficiencies, poor digestion, malabsorption, bacterial overgrowth, and chronic inflammation, functional nutrition aims to correct imbalances and promote overall wellness. This approach not only supports immediate health improvements but also encourages long-term vitality and disease prevention.

Functional Nutrition is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to achieving optimal health with Functional Medicine. For those seeking a more comprehensive approach, Vida Integrated Health in Seattle, Washington offers a full spectrum of Functional Medicine services designed to address the intricate and interconnected aspects of your well-being.

Explore how Vida Integrated Health can support your journey towards optimal health with our comprehensive Functional Medicine services, designed to bring balance and vitality to every aspect of your life.

 

Mindfulness and Stress Management

 

At Vida Integrated Health, we integrate mindfulness and stress management techniques as foundational elements. Finding a comprehensive approach like this in regular medical settings can be uncommon. Our physicians guide patients in practices that include mindfulness exercises, stress reduction techniques, and emotional wellness. These practices aid in achieving a balanced state of health, reflecting our commitment to treating the whole person.

Advanced Diagnostic Testing

 

Vida uses advanced techniques such as VO2 max and sub VO2 max testing, DEXA scans, cardiovascular screenings, genetic analysis for neurodegenerative conditions, and blood tests for early cancer detection. This approach allows Vida’s Functional Medicine Physicians to delve into a patient’s genetic, metabolic, and biochemical status, uncovering the root causes of illness. By addressing these underlying causes, treatments can be tailored to each individual, moving beyond the one-size-fits-all solutions.

Regenerative Medicine

 

Vida Integrated Health’s functional medicine extends to regenerative medicine, focusing on healing from the inside out. Our musculoskeletal regenerative medicine program adopts a holistic approach to health. Techniques like Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy are used for joint and tendon healing. This technique offers patients non-surgical options to alleviate pain and improve function. PRP therapy can also emphasize the body’s natural ability to heal and regenerate, aligning with our commitment to providing comprehensive care solutions​​.

Emsella Chair Therapy

 

The Emsella chair therapy can help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, improving urinary continence or sexual function. It is primarily used for those who have gone through menopause or prostate surgery. The Emsella chair uses stimuli to improve muscular contractility and blood flow, offering a non-invasive solution to enhance pelvic health and quality of life​​.

Anti-Aging

 

Vida Integrated Health offers Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, an anti-aging and medical treatment. This non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure uses the patient’s blood to promote cell regeneration and rejuvenation, especially in the skin. PRP therapy can help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, improving skin texture and tone. It is also used for treating various conditions like arthritis, sports injuries, and hair loss.

Explore Functional Medicine at Vida

 

Functional medicine offers a new perspective on health and wellness, focusing on the individual. Unlike conventional medicine which often focuses on only treating symptoms, functional medicine aims to identify the root cause of a health concern and address it through a personalized and holistic approach.

At Vida Integrated Health, we are proud to be at the forefront of this approach, providing personalized and comprehensive patient care.

Contact us today to discover the possibilities of functional medicine and how it can aid you in your journey toward better health.

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