“FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE is the future of medicine – available now. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.” ~ Dr. Mark Hyman, MD (Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine)
Root Cause Local Medicine
Functional medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare that addresses the root cause of an individual’s health issues.
While working with a local functional medicine clinic can have advantages, it has some potential drawbacks.
Here are some of the pros and cons of working with a local functional medicine clinic:
Pros of Working with a Local Functional Medicine Clinic
1. Personalized Attention
One of the main advantages of working with a local functional medicine clinic is the personalized attention you can receive.
These clinics typically have a smaller patient load, which allows practitioners to spend more time with each patient and provide more personalized care when compared to conventional care.
2. Localized Care
Working with a local clinic means that you have access to healthcare professionals who understand the unique health concerns and environmental factors in your area. They may be able to provide more relevant and effective treatments based on your location.
3. More In-Person Care
Working with a local clinic may allow you to have more in-person appointments. In contrast, a remote clinic or institute would likely involve more virtual care and fewer in-person touchpoints.
Integration with Local Resources
A local clinic may be better equipped to connect you with other healthcare providers or resources in your community. In contrast, a remote clinic may connect you with resources more specialized to your specific health concerns.
Cons of Working with a Local Functional Medicine Clinic
1. The Limited Scope of Options
Depending on where you live, you may have limited options for choosing a local functional medicine clinic.
This could limit your ability to find a practitioner who is a good fit for you.
Many people choose functional doctors outside their region to receive the care they seek, with a broader scope of treatment modalities.
2. Limited Availability of Labs and Assessment Options
Many local functional medicine clinics don’t have the scope of labs to which a premier institute like Tiger Medical would have access.
This could limit the scope of detective work functional doctors are known for in finding the root causes of your health concerns.
At Tiger Medical Institute, we offer our clients a broad scope of testing, depending on the plan they choose to begin their health journey.
To name a few of the evaluations included…
- Comprehensive blood work
- SPECT brain scans with volumetrics
- Cognitive assessments
- At-home sleep studies
- Immune and food sensitivity tests
- Premier genetic tests
3. Limited Availability
A functional medicine clinic may have limited availability for appointments, making it harder to schedule appointments that work with your schedule.
4. Lack of Structure in Attaining Health Goals
At Tiger Medical Institute, we aim to stack the odds in our client’s favor in meeting their personal health goals.
This includes check-ins with our client success manager, coaches, clinical administrator, and doctors.
We move clients through a program designed to help them with their health systematically and stepwise.
5. Lack of Health Coaching Integration
While Functional Doctors have years of training behind them and a high level of expertise, certified health coaches in Functional Medicine are focused on behavior change.
One of the most complex parts of functional medicine for patients is that it doesn’t go far without careful execution. Many times that implementation is challenging without the assistance and accountability of a health coach.
At Tiger Medical Institute, we aim to equip our clients with the resources needed for the most excellent chances of success. That includes premier certified Functional Health Coaches who go the extra mile to check in personally and keep people on track.
Next Steps to Root Cause Health Care
Overall, working with a local functional medicine clinic can be a positive experience for many people, especially those looking for a more holistic approach to healthcare.
However, it is essential to carefully consider the pros and cons before deciding.
At Tiger Medical Institute, we offer clients interested in health optimization and prevention of chronic illness a root cause approach, using objective measures to get people results and put them on a path to greater longevity and quality of life.
You have what it takes inside you to make a definite choice that will change the future trajectory of your health.
Our team at Tiger Medical has the experience, clinical skills, and coaching acumen to help you regain your health and energy.
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