Working with Functional Medicine Associates
Why not What?
Functional Medicine Goals
Expertise in Functional Medicine is the ability to see both the short- and long-term goals and be able to layer a programme that is appropriate. Most patients do not become unwell overnight, rather, they have been experiencing some degree of decline in function and increased symptoms for many years. We need to unravel each story and get to ground zero before we can start to make progress. Understanding the body as an interconnected system, why it has lost function and how it can be fixed is complex, over time we have become great storytellers in complex science, putting this in simple fashion and at a pace that the patient is capable of following. This is core attribute of our practice and from positive feedback, a method has been extremely successful.
How Functional Medicine Can Work For You
Take the following example. Imagine you are an Architect by profession and plan to design and build a new skyscraper. The land you are building on however, is unstable and covered in debris. Ensuring the ground is stable, clear of obstacles and ready to underpin secure foundations is the No.1 priority. If this doesn’t happen the long-term success of the building is at risk.
Many patients start feeling better in days, for others the journey is much longer and for a very rare few we cannot solve their health challenges even with their time and investment. We will ask a lot of you and you of us. We create a partnership in which the patient is the primary participant in cultivating a programme that creates health, rather than playing a passive role by being prescribed a drug/supplement or treatment. .
You need to be ready to be a committed patient, expect the unexpected and be able to have, and receive, an honest and open conversation as you take the path towards regaining health. Often, it’s not about what we “want” to hear but what we “need” to hear.
We have learnt that momentum is key and best practice is to structure a very deliberate approach to the work we are considering undertaking together. As needs vary from person to person and from time to time, the structure outlined in our programme section is designed to give you what to expect as far as costs and timeframe, all within which, we will shape and articulate a programme tailored to your unique starting point, needs and objectives.