Whether you or your child suffer from unexplained headaches, digestive problems, or frequent ear infections, traditional medicine only treats the symptoms. By contrast, at Bay Area Osteopathic Inc., located in American Canyon, where the Napa Valley meets the San Francisco Bay Area, our team of functional medicine specialists seeks to determine the underlying cause and remedy it for good. For long-term results and optimum overall health and wellness, call or book a functional medicine evaluation online with Bay Area Osteopathic.
Functional medicine is a patient-centered, science-based approach to health and medicine in which the physician seeks to determine how and why illness occurs and address those causes, rather than merely temporarily treat symptoms. Practitioners of functional medicine view the entire body as an integrated system, not a collection of independent organs to be divided up among medical specialties. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. In addition, all aspects of a patient’s life - social, spiritual, and environmental, as well as medical, are considered. Also instrumental is the empowerment of patients to work in collaboration with their doctors to confirm diagnoses and devise customized treatment plans.
Expect to spend a lot more time with them than you would with a conventional provider. You can also expect to do a lot of talking, as a large part of Functional Medicine is exploring details of your unique family history and life experiences. By investing this time and attention to detail up front, many people find that working with an IFM-trained provider helps them finally uncover the cause of perplexing problems that have eluded other clinicians for years.
Though functional medicine has been practiced for nearly three decades, it is especially relevant today, as there’s a huge increase in the number of adults and children suffering from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders. Traditional medicine doesn’t address or remedy the underlying causes of these and other complex, chronic disease. It merely seeks to “band-aid” symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners, however, apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses.