A lot more practitioners are turning to a more functional approach to helping their patients. Functional doctors aren’t chasing our symptoms. They are getting to the root of what is really happening inside of us. Their goal is to provide us a solution to the real reason of our symptoms-not the symptom itself.
Just tackling the symptom of your problem will not last forever and leads to having the pain reappear over and over again, which is not fun nor is it helpful in the slightest bit.
If you and I both suffered from stomach pains we will suffer mostly the same symptoms: gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea or constipation. A doctor who doesn’t look at our problem functionally will most likely end up treating just our symptoms with some sort of enzyme or natural tea to make the pain subside. We might feel better for a brief period, but the doctor didn’t get to the root of our problem.
Functional doctors would use the techniques of re-framing nutrition to figure out the actual discourse of the problem. They will look into the history of stomach pains and the environment our pains came to be for each of us specifically. Once they know our background the can move forward in finding the actual cause of our problems and why we are feeling this pain.
What Is Functionality, Really?
The term functional has become quite popular in the healthcare community these days. There are ample reasons for it because functionality can help us in a lot of ways.
First of all, they find the real cause of our problems and find a solution that really helps. Secondly, they use a system to treat us that works all of the time instead of a medical formula that may work some of the time like the superfood fads that bob in and out of popularity. And finally, you will be confident in your ability and knowledge of your health and life that you can receive the treatment you need and live the life you deserve no matter what you are going through.
Similar to a label you find at the whole foods store that claims it’s “all natural” when they are filled with hormones, pesticides, and GMOs, the term functional is being thrown on products, training, and services that really aren’t functional in nature at all.
Reliable System & Functional Tools
If a doctor truly wants to get to the root of your problem and not just believe in the healing abilities root cause resolution as, they need to be equipped with a solid set of tools. Most doctors need to forget what they know about protocol, templates, and formulas in order to avoid the one-size-fits-all approach that has been dominating our healthcare system for the last century.
When a doctor realizes that what works for me, may not work for you and that we are all different they will understand we do not need the same solution because you and I both received our pain or illness in different ways.
So you and I both have stomach pains and the same symptoms and we go to see a typical physician to get treated. If he does not look at each of us functionally, he will not know why we are experiencing the symptoms we are having.
Functional doctors will look into our family history, our childhood memories, the environment where our symptoms appeared, a presence of any other medications, any factors that enhance our ailment, and interventions that may have helped us in the past.
That is a lot of very specific information that is unique to both you and I. A functional approach means the doctor will find out what is really going on for each of us- not both of us.
Functional Doctors Provide Therapeutic Relationships
Building a relationship with your doctor can be hard sometimes. The most important thing functional doctors can do is create a solid, therapeutic relationship with you. There is no system, no tool, no procedure in the world that is ever going to get us the results we need unless your doctor has first taken initiative to build a relationship with us first.
How can we share our intimate details about our symptoms and issues if we don’t trust our practitioner? And how can a doctor expect us to follow the recommendations they give us unless we feel like they are truly on our side, know what we want, and want what is best for us?
First, we build a bond with our doctor and they understand where we are coming from. What we really need, and how we truly feel. Then we can be inspired to make the changes we need to in order to be healthier and live better.
If our doctor has a cookie-cutter shape plan, the chances of getting to the root of our stomach pains are slim. The chances of us taking control of our problems are just as unlikely.
A functional doctor will remember that we are people with stories, hopes, and dreams we want live. They understand that our illness is holding us back from the things we love the most.