When you visit Complete Care our practitioners will spend time with you to uncover the underlying causes of your health problems through careful history taking, physical examination, and laboratory testing. You can also expect to do a lot of talking, as a big part of Functional Medicine is exploring your detailed personal and family history, the circumstances around your first symptoms, and the experiences you may have had with other health care providers.
In addition to doing a lot of talking about your history, the practitioner will ask about your mental wellbeing and social factors. Considering these areas helps our providers to see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just in terms of your physical symptoms. We may also suggest that you submit samples for laboratory testing; some of these tests are the same ones used by conventional clinicians, but others are specialized tests that can help determine the causes of your illness.
The treatment plan you help design will usually include making some changes in your lifestyle: what you eat, your physical activity, how you deal with stress, your exposure to potentially toxic substances, and other factors. The point of these changes is that your genetic makeup, the genes that you inherited from your parents, are designed to work well in a specific environment. Sometimes, when genes are exposed to the wrong environment, they don’t work as they should, and this can lead to health problems. The good news is that, although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your genes may be influenced by everything in your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. That means it is possible to change the way genes work in your body. So, changing your environment can make the genes work the way they were designed to, returning you to health.
In addition to lifestyle changes, Functional Medicine treatments may include combinations of medications, nutritional supplements, therapeutic diets, or detoxification programs. But you will always have a big role in choosing those treatments, because as a patient of a Functional Medicine provider, you become an active partner with them in the design of your own treatment plan. This allows you to really be in charge of improving your own health and changing the outcome of your ailments.