What Is Functional Medicine?
According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, it is “personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease.”
At Visions HealthCare, our physicians are Board Certified M.D.s and D.O.s who have chosen to use this scientific, evidence-based system of medicine as the foundation for their primary care and specialty practices.
Our physicians seek to identify the biochemical characteristics that differentiate each patient, and they customize each plan of care accordingly. They view the body as an inter-connected whole, rather than as the aggregate of various systems. Rather than seeing each patient as a collection of diseases or complaints, they seek to restore the “whole patient” to their natural state: balanced and healthy.
Identifying the Root Causes of Disease
Doctors who practice Functional Medicine identify the core imbalances that lead to disease. Whether they come from the food we eat, the air we breathe, or the trauma we experience in life, these imbalances are addressed by practitioners of functional medicine.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to be sick to benefit from Functional Medicine. The preventive aspect of this system of medicine not only can help you avoid sickness and disease, but many also help you get to that next level of health.
Not a Typical Health Care Center
The modern health care center is a very busy place. Typically, new patient appointments (physicals) are scheduled for between 20 and 30 minutes. Follow-up visits are usually 10 to 20 minutes. At Visions HealthCare, however, each new patient is scheduled for a one hour visit, and follow-up visits are scheduled for 30 minutes (urgent care and 15 minute acute appointments are always available upon request). This allows us to get to know you, and to develop a customized plan of care that works in your life. You receive concierge-level care without the hefty entry fee.
Your First Visit: What to Expect
A first-time visit with a Visions provider is a true consultation: a substantive examination of every aspect of your health and wellness, with an emphasis on the underlying causes of disease, and the identification of a path to your best health. Your provider will cover everything you expect from a traditional, thorough physical examination. In addition, you will be discussing the root causes of any ailments, your unique constitutional make-up and family history, as well as the interaction of dietary, lifestyle and environmental factors that may be impeding or enhancing your health and wellness. Our providers are empathetic, and they listen. They are interested in the unique combination of physical, biochemical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual components that make each patient an individual. In a Visions Functional Medicine consultation, the goal is to empower you to achieve maximum function and exceed your goals.
Want to learn more about how to transform your health through Functional Medicine? Call Visions HealthCare at 781-431-1333.