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What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine takes an individualized approach to your health.  One person's skin irritation is not the same as another's, so the remedy may not be the same.  In fact, functional medicine prefers to treat the underlying causes of symptoms and foundational health for prevention with the following concepts in mind:

  • Each person has a unique biochemistry and may have different environmental sensitivities or requirements of nutrients;

  • Health care is more important than disease care. This means educating people to make better choices, improving the foundation of health throughout the systems, and acknowledging the body's warning signs when they appear;

  • Pain is a poor indicator of health. The body has an amazing ability to adapt to stress. Therefore, examination and tests are important tools in finding imbalance early enough to alter the outcome before a disease state sets in;

  • Each system in the body affects all the other systems in the body. For example, if hormonal disregulation exists, it is important to properly assess all the systems in case the origin of the problem is elsewhere, such as digestion;

  • Health is not the absence of disease. It is the presence of vitality, a state of balance, a combination of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

The tools we use in functional medicine include a thorough interview, physical examination, dietary assessment, laboratory analysis, and nutritional supplementation.  No two people are given the same recommendations.  If you choose to utilize this approach to healing, it is important that you follow your doctor's recommendations.  If you want a pill to fix everything, this is not the approach for you.  Functional medicine is all about learning about your unique health status and requirements and taking personal responsibility for getting the best possible outcome for you.


Why Nutritional Counseling?

You may seek nutritional counseling for a variety of reasons from improving your food choices, to choosing a supplement or two for wellness and prevention, to taking charge of conditions like diabetes, hypothyroidism, and heart disease with alternative/complementary medicine.

Whatever leads you down this path, we take a thorough health history, listen to your goals, recommend necessary tests, and then put everything together to give you a plan just for you.  Come with all your questions, and we'll help you find your way through the very complicated world of nutrion.  We offer you supportive solutions and alternatives to conventional treatment of chronic symptoms or diseases.


What kind of tests can be ordered?

Chiropractors are qualified to order not only x-rays and MRIs, but also the usual blood tests you get at your primary care physician.  In addition to these, there are dozens of other possibilities that may be helpful evaluations of your biochemistry.  A few examples include:

  • Hair analysis for nutrient and toxic metals

  • Food sensitivity testing, including food additives, molds, and more

  • Organic acid testing to assess for nutrient status

  • Comprehensive Diagnostic Stool Analysis to assess the balance of bacteria and yeast in your gut

  • Saliva testing for assessing stress and reproductive hormone status

If you are interested in others that you don't see here, call 3 Bears to ask about the options.  Dr. Renee will guide you to prioritize and understand which tests are available and importance for your situation.  While most cases can be addressed without the use of these kinds of diagnostics, they provide a more targeted protocol for healing.  All test results are accompanied by recommendations for how you might work with your results.  

Therapeutic Massage

Massage is a hands-on soft-tissue therapy intended to reduce stress and fatigue.  There are many benefits, including increased circulation and lymph flow, improved immune function, and a heightened sense of well-being, to name a few.  You and your therapist will discuss what techniques are right for you, and what areas you prefer to have addressed.  Each session is customized just for you.

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a holistic healing practice that uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body, which includes the bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissues of the cranium and spinal area.  This therapy is very gentle, subtle, and relaxing.  It is a great way for you center and access your innate ability to heal.

Integrative Bodywork

Your integrative bodywork session will include a variety of techniques, including relaxation and rehabilitative massage, and CranioSacral therapy. In each session, these techniques are combined for the purpose of maximum benefit and are tailored to your unique needs.