This is a philosophical shift from the traditional disease-centered focus of health and wellness care to a more patient-centered approach that looks at the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional nutrition emphasizes the correction of organ function, so your body can naturally heal itself of disease.
This approach begins by asking questions such as:
Why is the body experiencing pain?
What is the root cause of the discomfort the patient is feeling?
Dr. Ridley believes in the body’s wisdom and the warning messages it sends. She doesn’t simply ask, “Can we name a given disease and suppress its symptoms?” But rather she begins by saying, “Let’s determine what is actually causing the symptoms and work on that!” Dr. Ridley pursued additional training from the Institute of Functional Medicine after completing her core degree as a chiropractor. This enables her to develop highly specific nutritional treatment programs that are specific to each patient she meets with.
Dr. Ridley’s approach is to look for underlying causes of your body’s dysfunction with a focus on repairing, rebuilding and restoring.
The mission is to rejuvenate your natural, fundamental processes that support optimum health. The benefits of functional nutrition include:
A vibrant attitude
Greater physical freedom
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ridley at LiveWell Chiropractic and Wellness Center and find out if you are a candidate for treatment for Functional Medicine/Nutrician.
Q. What is functional medicine?
A: Functional medicine focuses on assisting the body to function more efficiently thereby increasing its health potential. Using a systems-oriented approach, a functional medicine physician looks for the underlying causes of your health concerns. Genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors all have a direct influence on health issues.
Q. How long are the appointments?
A: Initial new patient consultations are anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the issues. Follow-up lab consultations can be scheduled for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of tests. Existing client follow-up consultations can be scheduled for 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes.
Q. Is Dr. Ridley an M.D.?
A: No. Dr. Ridley is a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (D.C.), with intensive training in nutrition and functional medicine from the Institute of Functional Medicine. She is not a medical doctor (M.D.) and does not service medical emergencies; nor does she diagnose or issue protocols for specific diseases. Functional medicine is about returning balance and function to the body so that it can heal itself. If you have a medical emergency, you MUST contact your primary care physician or dial 911.
Q. I don’t feel good, but everyone I see says that nothing is wrong with me, that all my lab tests are normal. Can functional medicine help?
A: Yes! Functional medicine is interested in looking for anything that is not functioning optimally. We don’t want to wait until your body is so sick your disease has a name. When several things don’t function well, it can add up to a lot and you feel terrible even though all of your lab tests may come back “normal.” When functional medicine practitioners are looking at labs and functional testing, we are looking for optimal, not merely “normal,” because our goal is to create WELLNESS, not just the absence of disease!
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