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The ever-changing face of healthcare: Exploring Integrative, Functional, and Traditional medicine.

Patients are getting more savvy about their healthcare. They are looking to be treated as something more than an illness or a number. However, when exploring the options, they are faced with an array of options, some of which are unfamiliar.

     Let’s start with the most recognizable form of health care: Traditional. In this model, you will be seen yearly for a physical exam and then likely not again unless you have an illness or health concern. In other words, you are seeking treatment after illness has already set in, treating the illness, and then not being seen again until the next illness.

     Functional Medicine, a lesser known but increasingly popular form of health care, focuses on laboratory analysis of micronutrients, evaluation of diet, exercise, meditation and sleep in order to get the full picture of a person’s health and to identify the underlying pathology. It tends to use vitamins, acupuncture, chiropractic and lifestyle interventions for treatment and prevention.

     Integrative Medicine is a perfect blend of both worlds. It incorporates the fundamentals of Functional Medicine with its use of alternative modalities, but also focuses on more “western” treatments when someone comes down with an illness.

     Here at Action Medicine, we tend to think of ourselves as Integrative. Our presiding physician is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, meaning he can make sure that your body is in alignment for health and balance. At the same time, he is also licensed and trained to do everything a more “traditional” doctor does, such as sick visits, wound care and suturing, counseling and physical exams. Truly the best of both worlds!

     If you are interested in becoming a member of a clinic that prides itself on blending the most current research on laboratory testing, such as food sensitivities to prevent leaky gut and autoimmune conditions, while also focusing on the importance of mind and body wellness with yoga and meditation, but also making sure your needs are met when an unexpected illness arrives – WE ARE THE CLINIC FOR YOU! The first visit is complimentary. Come meet our staff, ask any questions you may have, and prepare to become part of the healthcare movement.

Brooke Rieth, NP

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