Integrative and Functional Medicine

Differences Between Integrative & Functional Medicine

Healthcare is undergoing a transformation in the 21st century, and two of the most popular new terms are integrative medicine and functional medicine. What are integrative health and functional medicine? And how are they different? Both are popular and effective philosophies of helping people achieve complete wellness. At in2GREAT Functional Medicine and Integrative Health of Kansas City, our physicians are proud to practice the most efficient and effective forms of integrative and functional medicine to help our community.

What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine is a holistic medical discipline which takes into account the lifestyle habits of a patient. The integrative medicine practitioner focuses on modern healthcare modalities such as massage, yoga, acupuncture, dietary changes and other methods to treat the whole person. There is also a prevalent belief that lifestyle choices factor significantly into modern ailments and conditions.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine often embraces much of this same philosophy, but also seeks a more personal approach to healthcare. The functional medicine experts at in2GREAT consider the issues on the surface (your symptoms) as indicators for what is happening underneath the surface. A patient’s long-term health can only be achieved by addressing the root issues that produce their symptoms.

Because each patient is unique, their treatment plan must be individualized and tailored to their specific needs. Integrative and functional medicine seeks to discover problems with underlying biochemistry that are contributing to a patient’s health issues, in order to design the most effective personal treatment plan.

How in2GREAT Can Help

If you are ready for a new approach to healthcare, one that may actually help you to live with long-term overall health, in2GREAT is a professional integrative health and functional medicine clinic serving the people of Kansas City and Overland Park, as well as the surrounding communities. Call or send us a message online to schedule a consultation with our integrative and functional medicine specialists.

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