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Are You a Candidate for Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine

At Bryant Medical Group, we feature an interdisciplinary team of experts who work together under the umbrella of funcional medicine to get to the root cause of your health issues.

In the following, we explore the goals of functional medicine so you can decide whether this approach is right for you.

 

Differentiating Functional Medicine

Modern medicine has certainly made some incredible advances in controlling and managing a wide range of diseases, but this approach doesn't necessarily emphasize figuring out the underlying cause.

With functional medicine, we believe that health problems are rarely isolated, but rather part of a larger biological, environmental, and nutritional picture. Your symptoms or health issue is merely an endpoint from which we work backward to figure out the different functions and processes that may be contributing to the dysfunction.

To better explain this process, let's take some common health problems like fatigue, anxiety, and weight gain, which affect millions of people in the United States. If you go to your primary care doctor, she may recomment diet modification and increased exercise to boost energy and spark weight loss. If you head to an endocrinologist, he may run limited blood work and provide a prescription. If you talk to your Ob/Gyn, they may suggest a hormone replacement. None of these, ultimately, resolve the underlying reason why these symptoms plague you and none of these may even begin to resolve the symptoms.

With functional medicine, we review anything and everything that may contribute to fatigue, anxiety, and weight gain, including your environment, lifestyle, genetics, and nutrition. Our goal is to figure out the many components that may be contributing to your symptom set, and we work to remedy the problem holistically.

Ultimately, this multi-pronged approach not only addresses your symptoms, but also tackles the reasons behind your body's respone, which can improve your function system-wide.

This is not to say that diet modification, exercise or medications don't play a role, but these treatments are limited, as they're only addressing your symptoms.

With functional medicine, we're aiming for more sustainable results that will serve you well long into the future.

 

Who's a candidate for functinoal medicine?

In our view, we feel that most everyone can benefit from functional medicine. Here at our practice, we routinely turn to a functional medicine approach to figure out tough health issues, such as:

When you first come in, we spend a considerable amount of time reviewing every aspect of your life for potential clues. We also perform an extensive evaluation of your health, which may include testing and analysis of your:

Once we have a better idea of what may be contributing to your health issue, we put together a plan to restore function. By working methodically and peeling back the layers of your health problem, our goal is to zero in on and correct the factors that are causing the dysfunction. 

If you'd like to explore how functional medicine can help with your health and wellness, contact our office in Lafayette, to set up a consultation.

Author
Dr. Michael Fontenot, D.C. Dr. Michael Fontenot, D.C is a native of Eunice, Louisiana. He graduated from LSLJ Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science. Dr Fontenot also has Advanced Certification from the world-renowned Spine Research Institute of San Diego and Dr. Arthur Croft, which focuses on whiplash and brain injury traumatology related to automobile accidents. In addition, Dr. Michael Fontenot, D.C holds a certification in collision biomechanics,diagnostics and treatment.

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