What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. For more information on functional medicine you can visit their website at : www.functionalmedicine.org
Functional medicine is designed to be an effective way to prevent and treat illnesses on the basis of four main factors. Functional medicine programs include healthy meal plans, regular exercise, all natural supplements, and stress reduction. If you suffer from Cardiovascular Disease, Osteoporosis, Hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, High Cholesterol, or Altered Body Composition. Fundamentals of functional medicine are very basic:
1. Knowledge- A healthy lifestyle starts with the knowledge to make informed decisions that impact your health every day.
2. Balanced Eating- Balanced eating habits have a direct influence on excess insulin production, body composition, and disease prevention.
3. Regular activity/exercise- A regular program of aerobic, strength training, and flexibility exercises has been shown to reverse insulin resistance, increase vitality, and reduce the risk of disease.
4. Appropriate nutritional supplementation- Incorporation of a foundational nutrition program with targeted nutrients that help to prevent and/or treat specific conditions is an essential part of a therapeutic lifestyle program.
5. Stress Management- For optimal health, regular stress management programs help to keep insulin and other hormone levels balanced, improving vitality.
6. Sleep- Sleep is crucial for the proper functioning of the mind and body. Quality and depth of sleep is of primary importance. Although the amount of sleep individuals need varies, most people should get from 7 to 8 ½ hours per night.
It does not matter if you are old or young, a man or a woman, in great shape, or have never exercised before. Functional medicine can help you increase your energy, improve your shape, reduce your health risks, and maximize your overall well-being. It has been adopted as an effective way to work with patients in the T. Murray Wellness Center because of the passion Dr. Murray has for wellness. If you are interested in learning more about functional medicine, please call T. Murray Wellness Center, Inc. at (603) 447-3112, 24 Pleasant St, Conway, NH 03818.