Health professionals who practice functional medicine act as detectives of a sort. They implement individualized treatment protocols to restore patients to optimal function. One such protocol a functional medicine-practicing physician might refer to is massage.
By understanding what functional medicine is, a massage therapist is better positioned to play a role on a Functional Medicine team.
At this point, you may be asking yourself, what is functional medicine?
Functional medicine looks at the core of a health issue. Rather than using medicine to cover symptoms, functional medicine programs explore what underlying issues might have prompted a certain health problem, and then takes steps to fundamentally improve your health through science-based, integrative methods.
What functional medicine has been able to do is take the best of conventional medicine and combine it with treatments and therapies that in some cases are proving themselves far better at promoting health and wellness. Massage therapy has played an integral and important role in this setting by helping patients take better care of themselves, and live with less stress and less pain.
Is functional medicine a good fit for your massage practice?
A functional medicine practitioner seeks out nutritionists, acupuncturists and massage therapists, and together, they apply common sense approaches to healing illness.
Massage therapy is essential to functional medicine, and it is becoming more common to see massage therapy being offered in-house at functional medicine clinics.
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