“Functional medicine is not the medicine of “what,” but the medicine of why.”
Functional medicine is a holistic form of healthcare that aims to address the underlying cause of disease. It analyzes all body systems and their interactions with each other. No one system can stand alone, they are all interdependent and interconnected in their function. This also means that dysfunction in one area or system of the body can lead to dysfunction in other areas of the body. As opposed to being a disease-centered approach like conventional medicine, functional medicine is patient centered. It aims to determine WHY things have gone wrong for you.
Functional medicine is personalized medicine. It focuses on YOUR symptoms and YOUR history to determine the cause of YOUR illness, which then leads to the creation of a treatment protocol just for YOU. No two people are the same, and very few conditions match the textbook definitions. With functional medicine, the first visit is typically 60-90 minutes of a detailed history and examination. Laboratory testing may be utilized to get better insight into what is happening with your blood chemistry and organ system function. Following history, examination, and laboratory testing, a treatment plan will be created for you consisting of diet, exercise, and lifestyle modifications, as well as supplementation with nutraceuticals. Becoming a functional medicine patient requires active involvement in your care. Dr. Lindsey will give you her best advice and recommendations, but functional medicine requires some homework in changing your lifestyle and keeping up with supplementation. The power is put in your hands to make the changes required to get you feeling better and vibrant again!
Dr. Lindsey has completed all required hours for the Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists (DABCI) and is now board eligible. The DABCI program teaches concepts in functional medicine, as well as natural primary care principles. Check out the About Us for more information about chiropractic internists and the DABCI program.