Functional Medicine Services at Olsen Chiropractic
Most people associate chiropractors primarily with manual adjustments. However, within the last decade, many doctors of chiropractic have recognized the importance of practicing functional medicine, which embraces a number of natural therapies. Patients who visit our Olsen Chiropractic, APC practice are excited about the benefits of functional medicine treatments offered by our chiropractor in Lake Forest, CA because they address the needs of mind, body, and spirit.
What is Functional Medicine?
Unlike traditional medicine, functional medicine specifically seeks to address the underlying cause of disease instead of merely focusing on its symptoms. Chiropractors use a systems-oriented approach that links both doctor and patient in a partnership. This shifts the focus of treatment from disease-centered to patient-centered. Like other medical professionals, chiropractors also recognize that preserving health is more cost-effective than treating disorders arising from stress, environmental toxins, or inadequate nutrition.
Functional medicine uses a whole-person approach to health instead of a disease-specific one. One reason for its effectiveness is the use of customized natural treatment plans versus standard disease treatment protocols. While traditional medicine focuses on acute care, the functional medicine concern is chronic care. The concept centers on returning the body to a state of balance, or homeostasis, instead of covering up symptoms of illness.
Promising results from functional medicine have occurred with a number of conditions. Among them are fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Patients with allergies, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, and hypertension have also benefited from this approach. Practitioners have reported positive results with insomnia, obesity, psoriasis, eczema, and thyroid problems.
Chiropractors who practice functional medicine typically spend considerable time with each individual they treat. They look for interactions among lifestyle, genetic, and environmental factors that can cause chronic disease and other long-term health problems. These practitioners all have one thing in common: They use a holistic approach to treat patients that typically includes a combination of types of therapy.
Functional Medicine at Olsen Chiropractic
Functional medicine chiropractors believe that treating chronic disease should not be based on only one agent or method to cure the problem. The holistic basis of our approach at Olsen Chiropractic is the principle that restoring proper cellular metabolism leads to a reduction in symptoms of chronic illness.
An initial visit to our chiropractor begins with a comprehensive physical exam that includes an orthopedic assessment and pertinent postural, neurological, or physical tests such as X-rays. Our doctor will have an in-depth discussion with you regarding your health history, complaints, lifestyle, and expectations.
Once we have all the information from your initial assessment, including lab work and any X-ray results, our doctor will prepare a report of findings for you to review. Together, the two of you will go over what is happening within your body and the recommended way for you to achieve optimal wellness.
The principal chiropractic tool of spinal manipulation is a therapy easily integrated into functional medicine. The treatment plan customized for each patient is often a combination of therapies. In addition to hands-on manipulation, it might also include one or more of the following:
- Lifestyle changes
- Nutritional counseling
Changes in diet and lifestyle are important parts of many treatment plans. Examples of lifestyle changes are reducing employment stress, achieving and maintaining the proper weight, making ergonomic adjustments, and establishing better sleep patterns.
One functional medicine benefit is the active role patients take in their own care while in a partnership with our chiropractor. They are often surprised at the amount of time we spend with them, asking questions about their diet, symptoms, exposure to certain chemicals, family history, and prior illnesses. They appreciate the fact that our holistic approach stresses natural therapies that avoid the use of surgery or medication.
If your wellness level isn't supporting the lifestyle you desire, functional medicine can help. Our chiropractor in Lake Forest, CA, Dr. Greg Olsen, has practiced for more than 20 years. Our Lake Forest practice is proud to also serve residents of the Laguna Hills, Irvine, Mission Viejo, and Laguna Niguel areas. We use state-of-the-art tools to help you, whether you suffer from fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, an autoimmune disorder, or a host of other chronic conditions. Our clinic is one of the only area facilities providing Brain Based Neurological Treatment (BBT), a combination of specific therapies designed to balance as well as restore brain function. Be sure to take a moment and call our Olsen Chiropractic, APC office today at (949) 859-5192 to schedule a consultation with our chiropractor. Our experienced staff considers it a pleasure to serve you and help you get started on your path to wellness, thanks to all that functional medicine has to offer.