You may have heard of the term functional medicine, but you might have questions about what this area of medicine really has to offer. John R Baird, MD, of Rejuv Medical Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, is passionate about the role functional medicine can play in achieving and sustaining optimal health and wellness. Learn more about his approach to this type of care during a face-to-face consultation, which you can request online or over the phone today.
Functional medicine is an area of practice that maintains a central focus on determining the root cause of illness and working to address that condition in an effort to restore optimal health. Its basis is in the belief that the human body is a complex and interconnected whole, and that symptoms can stem from numerous and seemingly unrelated health issues.
Physicians who specialize in functional medicine pay close attention to the manner in which environment, genetics, and lifestyle factors contribute to illness. It is a deeply personalized approach to health care, and one that is strongly based in evidence and science.
Functional medicine has a great deal to offer. Traditional Western medicine often focuses solely on the specific symptoms that bring you in to see your doctor. Treatment centers on relieving those symptoms, and not always on identifying the primary cause.
This might help you to feel better in the short term, but it fails to correct the true cause of the problem. Functional medicine delves deeper to identify aspects of your overall health that might be expressing themselves through a wide range of symptoms.
Functional medicine can treat health issues like:
For any health concern, functional medicine is available to take a holistic viewpoint at the cause and find a solution.
Functional medicine not only offers treatment options; it is also a great way to enhance your overall health and prevent disease from developing. Far too many American adults only come to see their doctor once something has gone wrong.
This robs you of the opportunity to support your immune system, keep your body strong, and build defenses against illness and injury. Working with a functional medicine specialist like Dr. Baird at Rejuv Medical Louisville can even help enhance your performance in the workplace, during your sports or fitness pursuits, and in other areas of your life.
Researchers are learning more about the role that lifestyle and environment play in causing disease. Not long ago, the idea of systemic inflammation was not widely discussed, even among medical professionals. Oxidative stress, an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals in your body, is another health issue that was simply not part of medical practice in decades past.
Your genetic makeup can certainly leave you with a higher risk of disease, but the lifestyle choices you make, as well as your overall environment, can work either for or against you, increasing or decreasing your risk of disease. Functional medicine acknowledges these truths and works to create treatment plans that can help you live your healthiest life.
That path begins with your initial visit to Rejuv Medical Louisville. Our request appointment tool is available, or you are always welcome to call to set up a visit.