More and more Nashvillians are embracing a movement dedicated to enhancing their well-being, from making mindful dietary choices to embracing a more active lifestyle. At the MaxWell Clinic in Nashville, our holistic healthcare practitioners are here to empower and guide you on this transformative journey.
In the realm of healthcare, a revolutionary approach is making waves – functional medicine. If you've ever wondered how it works and what sets it apart, you're in for a treat. Let's start with the basics. Functional medicine is all about addressing the underlying causes of health issues, rather than just treating the symptoms. Imagine you have a mysterious leak in your house. Instead of just mopping up the water, you'd want to find the source of the leak and fix it, right? That's the core principle of functional medicine.
As someone with health concerns, you’re likely frustrated with our healthcare system. Your appointments last just 10 minutes, even when your symptoms have worsened. You might be told your problems are age-related or are “all in your head.” You’re referred to yet another specialist for every new symptom.
Over the last 20 years, I have practiced and studied alongside a brilliant, caring, and visionary group of clinicians and scientists assembled at the Institute for Functional Medicine. This organization birthed the term “Functional Medicine” over 30 years ago to describe a heuristic of applied systems-biology medicine and root-cause-analysis in clinical care. It is a beautiful way to practice.
Functional medicine is not really a specialty. It’s an updated way of organizing medical information and practicing medicine. It enables those clinicians that are trained in its methods to understand each individual patient as a complex whole and find the underlying causes of disease and dysfunction.