Most people have heard the adage associated with doctors’ medical advice: “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.” However, imagine a scenario in which, instead of offering a quick fix, the doctor sat down with you and asked about all the components of your lifestyle. That’s what doctors who practice functional medicine do. They could be MDs, doctors of chiropractic or osteopaths. What they have in common is that they take a holistic approach to your health.

Patient-Centered Treatment

The term “patient-centered healthcare” has become popular in the last decade. You may ask yourself, shouldn’t healthcare always center on the patient? This concept, which is a key value in functional medicine, means doctors focus on the whole person rather than a disease or disorder. Instead of finding the quickest way to eradicate symptoms, the functional medicine doctor searches for the root of the patient’s problem. These doctors recognize each patient’s individuality rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach.

Mind, Body, Spirit

Functional medicine doctors probe deeper than just finding out what’s going on physically with their patients. They may ask you about your emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and want to know about your relationships with partners and family. They aim to maximize your overall vitality, rather than simply treating disease.

Cost Effective Disease Prevention

Preventing a disease is more cost effective than treating one. By preserving your health and minimizing damage done by poor nutrition, stress and exposure to environmental toxins, functional medicine doctors save you money.

How Does a Chiropractor Fit In?

Chiropractic care is one aspect of comprehensive functional medicine, because it helps patients achieve optimal health. In addition, concepts of functional medicine fit into many chiropractors’ practices, as they maximize their tools to treat patients.

Some chiropractors mainly focus on traditional spinal manipulation. However, others have added more components into the chiropractic are they offer, in accordance with the principles of functional medicine. These could include acupuncture, nutritional counseling and lifestyle interventions. This integrated approach is especially popular with chiropractors treating complex but common illnesses, such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Functional medicine chiropractors work with other practitioners to maximize patients’ health. For example, a chiropractor might refer a patient to an acupuncturist for additional help. The acupuncturist might also send her patients to the chiropractor. They work together, focusing on the patient’s best interests.

What to Expect From a Functional Medicine Chiropractor

Patients are often surprised by how much time a functional medicine chiropractor spends with them. Expect a much longer interview than you’d get from your average MD. The staff will likely ask you to fill out questionnaires about your diet history, exposure to toxins, past illnesses and present symptoms. Your functional medicine doctor might order lab tests as well.

The patient plays an active role in functional medicine. You will work with your chiropractic doctor to improve your health, often by changing your diet and lifestyle, rather than passively taking medications to alleviate present symptoms.

About the Functional Medicine Approach

With functional medicine, the physician treats the mind and body as a whole, and collaborates with the patients’ other healthcare and wellness practitioners, for a comprehensive treatment approach. For instance, instead of simply prescribing pain relievers to address a painful symptom, the functional medicine practitioner strives to diagnose and treat the root cause of the pain. A functional medicine practitioner understands that the mind, body and spirit are connected and that each component must be functioning well for the body to function well overall.

To learn more about taking a functional medicine approach to chiropractic care, please visit the pages below.

We Offer the Following Services

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Here is a brief overview of the array of specialized services offered by our clinic. Please take some time, and explore what we have to offer.

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Our building “The Pavilions at Castle Hills”, is located at the corner of NW Military Hwy. and Sunflower in Castle Hills. It’s a two-story brown brick building; “First Serve Tennis”, “Bicycle Heaven”, and “Hearing Aid Labs” occupy the front. Our office is located on the second floor, on the back side of the building. Plenty of parking is available in both the front and rear lots. There are stairways located at either end of the building; and for your convenience, there is an elevator located on the back side of the building, at the end of the south tunnel.