LifeWorks Integrative Health is your resource for premier root cause-based medicine, also known as functional medicine. Functional medicine represents a return to the roots of the modern scientific-based approach to health and wellness, where the practitioner continues asking why the disease is occurring rather than only what medication or treatment can affect the symptoms.
A Science-Based, Natural Way to Become Healthy
Functional Medicine is patient-centered medical healing at its best. Instead of looking at and treating health problems as isolated diseases, it treats the individuals’ systemic imbalances, dysfunctions, deficiencies, and toxicities. A disease such as autism, diabetes, cancer, fibromyalgia, a thyroid disorder or cardiovascular disease might be visible above the surface, but according to Functional Medicine principles, the cause lies in the altered physiology below the surface. Almost always, the cause of the disease and its symptoms is an underlying dysfunction and/or an imbalance of how the body’s systems are working together, therefore manifesting as a symptom or pathology.
The image of an iceberg depicts this concept perfectly. If healthcare treats just the tip of the iceberg (our current traditional healthcare model) it rarely leads to long-term relief, vibrancy or the resolution of the health condition, which is really what we are all seeking. Identifying and treating the underlying root cause or causes, as Functional Medicine does, has a much better chance to successfully resolve a patient’s health challenge. Using scientific principles, advanced diagnostic testing and treatments other than drugs or surgery, along with integrating these approaches with other healthcare modalities, Functional Medicine restores the balance in the body’s primary physiological processes. The goal: Helping your body function as optimally as it was designed to!
The Approach of Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine fills a much-needed gap to supplement the modern approach. Today’s healthcare system applies a medical management model that works well for acute health problems. Where the current healthcare system is much less successful is in regards to chronic health problems.
If you have a heart attack, severe accident, broken bone or sudden lung infection such as pneumonia, you certainly want a quick-thinking doctor to use all the quick-acting resources of modern medicine, such as life-saving technology, surgery and antibiotics. We are all grateful for such interventions and the doctors who have the training and expertise to use them. However, jumping in with drugs, surgery and other acute care treatments can do very little to correct the underlying imbalances occurring with diseases such as: Diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, or other chronic inflammatory conditions. This is where an experienced functional medicine doctor can step in and unveil the root causes of these conditions, develop a strategy to restore balance to the system and repair itself for long-term health.
Your body is genetically programmed to function as optimally as it can and wants to thrive. The symptoms or disease state you are experiencing are simply compensations or workarounds your system has incorporated to help it survive as efficiently as possible given its current state.
LifeWorks Integrative Health is your home for Functional Medicine, Chiropractic care, Regenerative Stem Cell therapy, and Muscle Rehab. With two locations in Shawnee and Overland Park KS to serve the Kansas City area, we also offer tele-health options for Functional Medicine and nutrition services. Our experienced team is committed to exceptional care to give you the health you need for the life you want.