At Thrive Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we believe that good nutrition is vital to your overall health. You cannot be an active, vital, energetic person without it! Dr. Pergande has dedicated herself to extensive research and training in the field of nutrition and the ways in which your diet impacts your health.
Our office uses organic, whole-food vitamins, minerals and herbs to assist in healing processes while educating and encouraging patients to live healthier lifestyles through eating whole foods, organic when possible, drinking pure water, and exercising. The foods that most of us eat in our society today are for the most part processed and depleted of their natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. Therefore, supplementation with whole-food organic, vitamins, herbs and minerals are necessary to achieve optimal health.
We can help you make those good choices! Our office uses a personalized approach to help patients get well and stay well.
Computerized System Survey
One tool that we use is a computerized symptom survey to precisely tailor the best nutritional protocol for each individual. The body often produces many subtle symptoms long before illness and/or disease takes hold. Fortunately we know enough about how the body works to significantly narrow down the root nutritional causes of many underlying health issues long before they become full blown health problems just by examining these little warning signals. Patterns that emerge tell us a great deal about the nutritional health of the individual. It is by examining these patterns that the computerized symptom survey is able to address your individual nutritional needs much more accurately and prevent you from wasting money on unnecessary products. This analysis is free of charge to all our chiropractic patients.
Functional Medicine Approach
Many cases will require more in depth testing and analysis. In these cases, Dr. Pergande uses a Functional Medicine approach. What is Functional Medicine? Functional Medicine uses scientific principles, advanced diagnostic testing and treatments other than drugs or surgery to restore balance in the body’s primary physiological processes. The goal: the patient’s lifelong optimal health. Functional medicine shifts the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach addressing the whole person not just an isolated set of symptoms.
To battle chronic health conditions, Functional Medicine uses two scientifically grounded principles:
- Add what’s lacking in the body to nudge its physiology back to a state of optimal functioning.
- Remove anything that impedes the body from moving toward this optimal state of physiology.
Plainly put, your body naturally wants to be healthy. But things needed by the body to function at its best might be missing, or something might be standing in the way of its best functioning. Functional Medicine first identifies the factors responsible for the malfunctioning. Then it deals with those factors in a way appropriate to the patient’s particular situation.
Very often Functional Medicine practitioners use advanced laboratory testing to identify the root cause or causes of the patient’s health problem. Old-fashioned medical diagnosis helps too, in the form of listening carefully to the patient’s history of symptoms and asking questions about his or her activities and lifestyle.
For treatment, Functional Medicine practitioners use a combination of natural agents (supplements, herbs, nutraceuticals and homeopathics), nutritional and lifestyle changes, spiritual/emotional counseling, and pharmaceuticals, if necessary, to prod a patient’s physiology back to an optimal state. In addition, educating the patient about their condition empowers them to take charge of their own health, ultimately leading to greater success in treatment.
Dr. Pergande sees her functional medicine patients separately from her chiropractic patients. To inquire about setting up a consultation to see how a functional medicine approach can help you in addressing the underlying cause of your health problems, call our office today.