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Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine

Dr. Gina Colucci uses a multi-faceted approach to help you get well.  She is your local Functional Medicine expert.  She uses functional medicine to help find the answers to the root cause of your illness and not just treat the symptoms.  By finding the nutritional, biochemical and stress related imbalances, Dr Colucci can help your body regain health.  Cutting edge lab testing will often reveal the underlying triggers contributing to your illness.  Your personalized treatment protocol may include diet, lifestyle changes and supplements.  Our office seeks to promote wellness, create hope, health and healing by working with you.

The Future of Healthcare

Functional medicine is a new model of medicine

  • Investigative. It investigate the symptoms by focusing on the underlying causes of the problem, which leads to more profound and longer-lasting results. 
  • Holistic. Envisions the body as an interconnected whole that is in dynamic relationship to its environment and recognizes the importance of these connections in health and disease.
  • Patient-centered. It treats the patient, not the disease. Treatments are highly individualized based on patient needs.

Patient-Centered Treatment

The term “patient-centered healthcare” has become popular in the last decade. You may ask yourself, shouldn’t healthcare always center on the patient? This concept, which is a key value in functional medicine, means doctors focus on the whole person rather than a disease or disorder. Instead of finding the quickest way to eradicate symptoms, the functional medicine doctor searches for the root of the patient’s problem. These doctors recognize each patient’s individuality rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach.

Mind, Body, Spirit

Functional medicine doctors probe deeper than just finding out what’s going on physically with their patients. They may ask you about your emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and want to know about your relationships with partners and family. They aim to maximize your overall vitality, rather than simply treating disease.

What to Expect From a Functional Medicine Chiropractor

Patients are often surprised by how much time a functional medicine chiropractor spends with them. Expect a much longer interview than you’d get from your average MD. The staff will likely ask you to fill out questionnaires about your diet history, exposure to toxins, past illnesses and present symptoms. Your functional medicine doctor might order lab tests as well.

The patient plays an active role in functional medicine. You will work with your functional medicine doctor to improve your health, often by changing your diet and lifestyle, rather than passively taking medications to alleviate present symptoms.

A functional medicine approach works on addressing the underlying causes of:

  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Digestive issues
  • Fatigue
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Blood Sugar Problems
  • Allergies