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Functional Medicine Specialists in Fort Collins, CO
Conventional medicine is increasingly being separated into specialists depending on the ailment you have. While the body is indeed a complex machine that has many different components, a new school of thought is emerging for certain types of conditions that previously were left to specialists. The concept of functional medicine is to find the interconnectedness of the body and how various systems in the body interact with each other. It is a brand-new way of understanding the human body and can be a tremendous asset when treating certain conditions. Beyond genetics, functional medicine practitioners utilize information about a patient’s environment and lifestyle to get the root cause of a medical issue. Whereas traditional approaches will break up the body’s systems in different categories, functional medicine sees the connections between these systems as important indicators of certain underlying medical conditions. At Functional Medicine Center of Fort Collins, we’ve been providing our patients with functional medicine care for years. If you are interested in learning more, scroll below or give us a call today.
Suppressing systems versus identifying root causes
The conventional medical approach works something like this: If a patient is experiencing pain or discomfort, treat the symptoms of the disease so the patient can go back to being comfortable. While sometimes this can be a solution, often the underlying cause is not addressed, and the problem pops up again after the suppression of symptoms has run its course. PMS is a great example of this—if the time around a patient’s normal cycle causes depression or breast tenderness, the conventional approach is to alter the body’s normal cycle with birth control pills.
The functional medicine difference
Functional medicine is concerned with the root causes of medical ailments or disease and investigates symptoms via the lens of the root cause. Stress, poor diet, allergens, toxins, and infections can all play an important role in driving certain medical conditions and functional medicine is centered around keeping these in check. That said, two different patients experiencing the same ailment might need different treatments because of their environment, medical history, and more. Whether taking an additive or subtractive methodology, functional medicine is about getting a balance achieved in the body.
Ailments treatable with functional medicine
While it is important to remember that certain diseases are best treated by specialists, there’s a wide range of medical ailments and diseases that can be treated with functional medicine. At Functional Medicine of Fort Collins, we can help with:
- Fatigue and sleep problems
- Weight issues
- Nasal congestion
- Frequent colds
- Depression and anxiety
- Women’s specific issues like menopausal symptoms, PMS, fibroids, and more.
- Men’s specific issues like erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, and prostate enlargement.
- Heart disease
If you suffer from any of the above conditions and are tired of not getting the relief you need to be pain free, please call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists. We take immense pride in being a leader in the functional medicine space here in Fort Collins and our goal is to help you feel good so you can enjoy life.