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Functional Medicine is a modern, evidence based, patient centred approach to health management. The aim of functional medicine is to determine the unique metabolic physiological and biochemical imbalances that may be resulting in the illness underlying a disease process. The goal isn't to analyse the cluster of signs and symptoms to come up with a disease label or diagnosis, but to identify what systems of the body are not functioning optimally, and then ascertain what's causing the breakdown in this system. Once these processes are identified and restored, there's a greater chance of improving health outcomes.
If you're sick or suffering, then obviously you have lost your health. Functional medicine isn't about diagnosing and treating sickness and disease, it's simply about improving health. Functional medicine is not a panacea. Improving health outcomes may not completely resolve all conditions, but it will certainly go a long way to improving quality of life.
Functional medicine utilises thorough history taking and state of the art functional laboratory testing to come up with non-invasive strategies to improve health outcomes. Typically, this involves lifestyle management to lessen the load of cumulative stressors, with diet and nutritional intervention specifically targeted at restoring these aberrant processes.
Chiropractic is the science and art of assessing and correcting joint related functional movement disorders. By restoring optimal movement patterns to joint structures, especially those of the spine, greater afferentation (sensor stimulation)to our nervous system is achieved. This results in improved neurological control of movement as well as stimulating overall neurological function. Since our nervous system is the master control system governing our entire body, enhanced neurological function can therefore help improve our general health and wellbeing.
Applied Kinesiology (AK)
Is the use of manual muscle testing as a somatic window into neurological function. AK looks to normalise functional neurological control of muscle throughout the body. Using specifically designed movements to isolate individual muscles, it can be determined whether that muscle is working appropriately ie, normal, weak or tight. Once patterns of altered muscle function have been demonstrated throughout the body, it must then be determined what are the factors driving this alteration from normal. Loss of control typically reflects the nervous systems response or adaptation to some type of stressor. These can be grouped into 3 categories: structural (injury to muscle or joint), chemical (inflammation, toxicity or nutrient depletion), and emotional (worry, trauma). Treatments directed towards addressing these factors returns muscular control mechanisms back to a normalised state and the body towards improved health outcomes.
Myotherapy is an advanced form of remedial massage with a clear focus of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, which can be useful in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries such as strains and sprains and muscular tension, stress, and Myotherapy practitioners use a range of modalities such as massage, dry needling, cupping, and corrective exercise