What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine was coined in 1993 by the leaders of the anti-aging movement. Today, many anti-aging doctors, including myself, believe that functional medicine encompasses:
Patient uniqueness – each individual is unique; an ailment may have different remedies depending on the individual’s needs or beliefs or physiology.
Patient centered approach – given our individuality, the given treatment is specific to the patient. There is no “cookie-cutter pattern” to the healthcare delivery. The treatment may involve nutritional therapies, manual medicine (chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation), nutritional IV’s, bio-identical hormone replacement, exercise therapy, pharmaceuticals (drugs), or surgery.
Preventive care – wellness is not the same as palliative care. In palliative care, the doctor prescribes a remedy for a specific symptom that may or may not address the underlying cause. Wellness care is proactive, and encourages steps to be taken on a semi-regular basis to prevent illness. This could mean getting manipulation and massage to prevent headaches and stress, or taking vitamin C every day to prevent colds & flu’s, or optimizing your hormones to prevent fatigue, obesity, menopause, andropause, and illness.
Our approach to functional medicine
At Solaris Medical, aka, Solaris Med Spa, we provide an optimal form of functional medicine in that we offer:
GENERAL MEDICINE that provides conventional and/or natural medical treatments or prescriptions for common colds, hormone replacement, spinal and joint pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, medical weight loss, minor surgery for laceration repair.
NATURAL MEDICINE that offers nutraceuticals, vitamin IV’s, and bio-identical hormone replacement (estrogen, testosterone, growth hormone, thyroid, DHEA, progesterone, etc).
CHIROPRACTIC MEDICINE that includes spinal manipulation, physiotherapy, and exercise therapy.
Contact Solaris Medical Wellness at (408) 802-6617 for more information on the many treatment options available and to find out which is appropriate for you.