Functional Medicine from Your Chiropractor in West Hartford
At West Hartford Chiropractic we practice functional medicine. Your chiropractor is your best provider of this approach to care, that fills in the gaps left by other kinds of healthcare providers.
How does my chiropractor explain Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is a different way of thinking about health and disease. The traditional medical model is one disease has one cause and one best treatment. Your chiropractor takes a different approach. In Functional Medicine, one condition can have many causes. And one cause can result in many conditions.
For instance, a pain in the neck could be caused by whiplash, or emotional tension, or by degenerative disease of the spine. Whiplash could cause pain in the neck, or pain in the arms and shoulders, or blurred vision, or even laryngitis. The precise way a cause manifests in the patient's health depends on a number of factors, including genetics and epigenetics, environment, and lifestyle. Only treatments that address the right cause are ultimately successful at restoring robust health.
How does my chiropractor use Functional Medicine?
Chiropractic care doesn't involve drugs and it doesn't involve surgery. Functional Medicine is all about low-risk interventions that make a critical difference to the system that has been affected by disease. A chiropractor trained in Functional Medicine will consider the disease process as it is understood in conventional medicine, but also consider social connections, financial stability, emotional stress, environmental toxicity, nutrition, infections, and age as factors that can be influenced by holistic care.
Any chiropractor who practices Functional Medicine uses a wide range of interventions to support good health, including, of course, chiropractic care. But the chiropractor will also strive to understand the patients in the context of their entire lives to prescribe changes involving movement, exercise, diet, sleep, and specific nutritional supplements (or exclusions) as needed. The chiropractor who practices Functional Medicine will create a multimodal treatment plan that addresses antecedents, triggers, and mediators of dysfunction and disease in each individual case.
Functional Medicine is patient-centered and patient-directed. Your chiropractor will always seek to understand your story and the reasons you are seeking care. The chiropractor will use that information to make the diagnosis, work with you to set achievable goals, and design a creative healing process.
Experience the Art of Chiropractic at West Hartford Chiropractic
At West Hartford Chiropractic we see a lot of patients who have lower back pain. We also see patients who have sciatica, fibromyalgia, chronic headaches, and other conditions that mimic the misalignment of the spine. The problem you think you have with your lower back may not actually be with your lower back. Only a chiropractic exam can tell. Make an appointment to see us by calling (860) 232-5556. We hope to help you find your way to better health soon.