Although we all live with some level of stress, too much of it can cause serious health problems over time. Many of the common discomforts we experience on a daily basis like headaches, backaches and indigestion can be attributed to stress. Many of us might even think that these symptoms of stress mean we are coming down with something. Chronic stress can lead to even bigger health issues and conditions. Functional medicine treatment therapies can help learn stress management and will in turn alleviate the symptoms.
What Is Functional Medicine?
In order for our physicians to practice functional medicine, they have to have an extensive understanding of the bodily systems and the way they are all connected. There can be more than one cause of a disease or illness and functional medicine treatments are designed to solve the root problem. The goal is to cure the underlying condition and not just the symptoms associated with it.
Functional medicine could also be referred to as holistic medicine because treatments can involve one or more of the therapies commonly associated with holistic medicine. These can include, but are definitely not limited to:
- Training in meditation and other relaxation techniques
- Massage therapy
- Chiropractic therapy
- An exercise regimen
- Counseling sessions
- Specialized surgery
Overall, the purpose of functional medicine is to encourage the individual to take personal responsibility for their health. We encourage our patients to try to understand what the root cause is for their anxiety and to take measures to reduce stress levels before they become a major problem.
Stress Management Treatments
Stress has an effect on virtually all aspects of our bodily functions and can create a multitude of physical, emotional and mental symptoms. We help our patients reduce their levels of stress. Although medications for relieving stress can be helpful, they are only an aids.
The physical and mental health of our bodies depends a lot on the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. We discuss these issues extensively with our patients in order to reach a better understanding of the kinds of things they are consuming.
Our patients will need to learn new, healthier ways of relaxing and recovering energy levels that can drop significantly when the human body is overwhelmed with stress. Exercise and stretching exercises can help significantly with high stress levels. Most people can understand this concept, but fail to practice it to any degree.
If you think that you can benefit from one or more of our functional medicine treatments, get in touch with VitaNovu in Boise, ID and make an appointment with us! Our caring staff would be happy to help you get back to feeling your best. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!