What Functional Medicine Is And How Can It Help Your Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is on the rise in America, but functional medicine offers the solution to improve your quality of life.
Chronic pain affects over 50 million Americans every day. The most common pain locations are back pain and hip, knee, or foot pain. But this chronic pain does not have to be a lifetime sentence.
If you suffer from chronic pain conditions and you’re tired of just trying a new pill or shuffling around from doctor to doctor, Dr. Llaird Likens is ready to help you. He uses a functional medicine approach to your health which focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of your condition so you can feel better. So, what is functional medicine? How does it work? Can it help you? Read this guide to find out.
If you’re feeling frustrated or hopeless about your pain and condition, functional medicine is the answer.
In this guide, we’ll explain to you why functional medicine is the answer you’ve been searching for. We’ll cover:
- What is functional medicine?
- How functional medicine helps diseases like myofascial pain syndrome or piriformis syndrome
- Why chronic pain like lower back pain is best suited for a functional medicine approach
Read on so you can be one step closer to feeling better today.
What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is different from conventional medicine in that it seeks to find the root cause of a symptom and then treat it holistically. That holistic approach often includes exercise, nutrition and medical care along with lifestyle changes.
While conventional medicine has made incredible advances, people are living longer and feeling worse. Chronic diseases are on the rise and obesity is an epidemic. There are more allergies, digestive disorders than ever and people are more medicated than ever.
For all the science, we’re not better.
Dr. Likens uses a holistic approach to your health to heal what is underneath the surface. That approach includes lifestyle, sleep, exercise, nutrition as well as chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture. When you relieve your body of these types of bio-stressors, your body can begin to heal naturally.
How functional medicine helps diseases like myofascial pain syndrome or piriformis syndrome
Often people with chronic conditions like myofascial pain syndrome or piriformis syndrome don’t feel hopeful about their outlook. They think their best hope is the medication they’ve been prescribed.
A functional medicine approach can change everything. For instance, patients suffering from piriformis syndrome can expect Dr. Llaird Likens to identify weak and taut muscles, make appropriate adjustments, apply trigger point therapy and recommend specific stretching and strengthening exercises. These practices can help the body heal, not just mask the symptoms like muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory medications can do. Acupuncture is also an option that can work well for piriformis syndrome.
Another disease Dr. Llaird Likens’ functional medicine approach can help with myofascial pain syndrome. Many times a patient with myofascial pain syndrome does not realize he or she suffers from spinal subluxation, which is simply a misaligned vertebrae in the spine. Yes, something that simple can be causing chronic pain. Dr. Likens can also use myofascial release and recommend specific lifestyle and exercises that can help heal the body from the inside out.
This same, multi-faceted approach is applied to every patient that walks in. That’s because it allows true healing and relief for patients.
Why chronic pain like lower back pain is best suited for a functional medicine approach
Any sort of chronic pain, including neck pain, back pain, back spasms, middle back pain and leg cramps at night are best suited from a functional medicine perspective. While conventional medicine will seek to medicate or isolate symptoms, Dr. Likens will seek to find the underlying cause of your pain and apply treatments that allow you to find relief without any invasive procedures or medications.
Dr. Llaird Likens has been serving Northwest Florida including Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Midway, Mary Esther for 18 years and has helped hundreds of victims of car accidents. He offers affordable self-pay options. If you’re in chronic pain, come in today!