An accurate definition of health is central to understanding Functional Medicine care. In our society today, health is often an improperly used term. Many people perceive health as “feeling good, without any pain or symptoms,” but it is much more than that.
Health is really about one thing – function. How well you are functioning determines how truly well you are. Health and wellness are about more than just “feeling good,” they are about functioning at your maximum potential. When your body is functioning at 100%, you have the innate ability to adapt to anything that occurs in your environment and you can continually maintain optimal health.
Ill health results from an inability to adapt to stressors, resulting in decreased functionality. Events like car accidents and other physical traumas are often out of your control, but how you are functioning and adapting to your environment on a daily basis is completely within your power. Therefore, the choice to be healthy or unhealthy is ultimately under your control.
Genetics and bad luck are not to blame, yet are often used as an excuse in the healthcare community. Have you ever wondered why a “flu outbreak” only causes some people to get sick? It’s because only those who have lost the ability to adapt are susceptible to illness. Those of us that are functioning at a higher level deal with the virus without even knowing about it.
This is where functional medicine is different. We understand that you cannot focus on sickness and disease and expect health and wellness to prevail. Merely treating symptoms and refusing to look at the body as a whole, is a harmful mistake that is all too common. In our office, we take a broader approach to your health and look at how you are truly adapting and functioning rather than just asking how you are feeling.
At Clarendon Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center we have the unique ability to bring the best of chiropractic care and functional medicine to you and your family. This allows us to identify the cause of your problem so we can help restore and maintain your health and wellness.
We accomplish this through two main areas. First, chiropractic adjustments remove subluxations (stress on your nervous system) so your body can heal, repair, adapt and continue functioning optimally. Secondly, based on information gathered from your functional assessments, we will help you adopt a healthy lifestyle and support you through our patient education and workshops. We aim to not only keep you feeling well but functioning well every day!