Everyone always wants to address the root of the problem.
This makes perfect sense since no one wants to continuously chase one symptom to the next. All respectable clinicians will do this. But often, the stated "root" may be entirely different between practitioners. To address root causes a family doctor may prescribe an NSAID, a naturopathic doctor may prescribe a diet, a podiatrist an orthotic, a chiropractor active release therapy or acupuncture.
Even within a given profession, the root may differ. For example, a chiropractor may blame the foot while other chiropractors will point to the hip. This approach although convenient and at times effective is highly limited. Truly effective care results from addressing the chicken and the egg. The hip and the foot. Our diet and our sleep. Our environment and our biology. Focusing solely on one area is incredibly naive. The body is incredibly complex and its systems are intricately interrelated. Therefore, a holistic approach is a must for real change.
"The body is incredibly complex and its systems are intricately interrelated. Therefore, a holistic approach is a must for real change."
We must adopt what Dr. Mark Hyman calls functional medicine which guides clinicians to a more comprehensive view of the whole organism, not just organs -- the whole system, not just the symptoms. This approach, when applied in practice, can more effectively prevent, treat, and often cure chronic conditions. Oh, and is less costly too!
Here at The Movement Co., we believe in this personalized, predictive, preventative, and participatory system. We will work together and when needed collaboratively with other health professionals to provide the best quality of care possible.
"We couldn't just treat one thing, we had to treat everything."
- Blog by Dr. Garrett de Jong