Do you suffer from chronic neck and back pain that does not seem to get better no matter what you do? I have noticed in my 15 years as a chiropractor that some patients have persistent chronic pain in Oakland no matter how we treat them. I often find that these patients have underlying systemic conditions that cause inflammation that contribute to their joint pain and prevent healing.
THE ROOT CAUSE OF CHRONIC PAIN IN OAKLAND
Traditional medicine focuses on symptoms like pain and treats it with medication to dampen it down. Functional medicine doctors differ in that we try to find the root cause of the pain and inflammation.
There are often multiple factors coming together to cause inflammation. These could be leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, history of antibiotics, poor diet, illness, obesity, infections, toxins, or even genetic predisposition. Our first step will be to acquire a detailed patient history in order to find clues as to why you have chronic pain. This gives us better tools for addressing your problem on the deepest possible level.
Next, we order focused labs to try to find the root cause of your chronic pain. The main labs we order are based on three main body systems. They are:
- The neuro-endocrine system, which includes the health of the adrenals – how your body handles stress, thyroid function, sex hormone regulation, cellular energy production, and neurotransmitter activity.
- The gastrointestinal (GI) system, which includes checking for the presence of pathogens and infections, what nutrient deficiencies you have, as well as a look at the overall health of your microbiome.
- The detox pathways, including liver detox, searching for environmental toxins (like lead and mercury), chemical sensitivities, and the overall ability for the body to remove
- Finally, based on your history and labs, we will work together to create a targeted and individualized health plan that works for you. We will combine changes in diet and lifestyle with medical-grade supplementation to restore your health.
So, whether you are looking to increase your energy or just lead a happier healthier life, Functional Medicine is for you. Click here to set up a FREE 15-minute consultation with me now.