Functional Medicine

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You may have heard of “functional medicine” before, but you might not be aware of what a functional medicine practitioner can offer to your life. Functional medicine provides a different approach and perspective to certain medical concerns by addressing the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that can better address the more nuanced and comprehensive healthcare needs of the 21st century.

By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. At Thrive, we are proud to supply the folks of southern Illinois with reliable functional medicine services from experienced functional medicine practitioners. Our services and perspective revolve around a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers both patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health, by working in collaboration to address the potentially underlying lifestyle and experiential causes of disease and other health-related issues.

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The distinguishing difference between functional medicine and other types of medical practice is the approach to what may cause certain health issues, and how a broader perspective regarding environmental and lifestyle factors may be able to provide a solution. Watch these videos below to learn more.

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Functional medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease. This type of approach and perspective enables physicians and other health professionals to apply proactive, predictive, personalized medicinal services and empowers patients with knowledge and communication in order for them to take an active role in their own health.

Our functional medicine practitioners are dedicated as they are compassionate, focusing on time with their patients, listening to their histories, and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence their long-term health or the potential existence of chronic diseases. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual, providing them the personalized care that caters to their distinctive needs and life. Our functional medicine services are supplying the folks of southern Illinois with a powerful new operating system and clinical model for assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease, even striving to replace the outdated and ineffective acute-care models carried forward from the 20th century.

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Functional Medicine in Salem, Vandalia, and Mt. Vernon | Thrive

When it comes to looking after your health and preventing disease and illness, the more you know and the more you consider, the more you can learn and control the quality of your health. The functional medicine services we offer at Thrive are here to do exactly that. Whether it's maintaining consistent communication with you, or really taking the time to understand your life and how our functional medicine services you can best serve you, Thrive is here to provide quality functional medicine services to all the folks of Southern Illinois. Make your appointment today!

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