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Functional Medicine seeks to determine and address underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented approach. Call us and begin your health journey or receive a Rejuv Medical Southwest Patient Info Packet by Email.

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What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a broad category of medicine that engages both the patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership that seeks to determine and address underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented approach. Through this partnership and patient-centered care, the patient is empowered to take ownership for their own healing through integrative medicine.

This is a “Systems-Based” Approach vs. a “Symptoms-Based” Approach

You don’t feel well, but medical professionals are telling you that there is nothing wrong with you. How can this be? In this video, Dr. Tait walks you through his approach to a patient just like this. He shares a story about a patient that lost their vitality, continually felt tired, couldn’t sleep well, and was spontaneously gaining weight… Then explains how he found a simple solution. This is the first video to a four-part series titled, “The PRO-MEND Process™.”

The PRO-MEND Process

Core Principles of Functional Medicine

  • Understand the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness.
  • Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centered rather than disease-centered approach for treatment.
  • Search for a dynamic balance among the internal and external factors in a patient’s mind, body, and spirit
  • Familiarity with the web-like interconnections of internal physiological factors
  • Identification of health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease, emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology.
  • Promotion of an “organ reserve” as the means to enhance health span, not just the life span, of each patient.

(From the Institute for Functional Medicine)

Functional Health vs. Artificial Health

It is a progressive approach to the practice of medicine that aims to deliver true health care, rather than masking symptoms and creating “artificial health” with a disease-centered focus of practice reliant upon “a pill for every ill”.

The focus of treatment is shifted away from the disease that brings a patient into the health care system, and instead focuses on the patient as a whole person rather than a list of isolated symptoms. The genetic, environmental, lifestyle and psychosocial factors that can predispose one to disease can be identified, and in time more effectively and completely treated.

Treatments are rooted in sustainable lifestyle interventions:

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Exercise programming
  • Stress reduction
  • Sleep quality improvement
  • Strengthening of positive, supportive social networks.

Epidemiological studies have shown time and time again that when these five factors are optimized longevity is dramatically increased while the incidence of chronic, debilitating medical conditions are dramatically decreased.

Nutrition

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates

Nutrition is the foundation for restoration of health as the highly interwoven orchestration of all cellular function and chemical reactions within the body is dictated by the building blocks acquired in our diet.

The foundation of Dr. Tait’s functional medicine treatment plans focus on optimization of food choices for each individual, and strategic supplementation that can shift the body back into a state of ease, or optimal function, rather than a state of disease.

Exercise Programming

For a society “always on the go” we tend to spend a lot of time in positions or postures that can be a contributing factor to painful muscle, joint or spine problems. Inactivity, usually coupled with associated weight gain and obesity, can shift the body into a state of imbalance, promoting inflammation, poor physiologic function, and in turn promotion of various pain or disease states.

At Rejuv Medical Southwest of Tucson, our functional medicine doctor and staff are uniquely qualified to help each client or patient restore lost function, strength, and mobility through our integrated Medical Fitness programs.

Stress Reduction

Again, as an “always on, and on the go” society, our bodies are subjected to an incredible amount of stress that can have a negative impact on health. The source of the stress can be internal, based on poor food choices, or external based on your daily environment and exposures.

At Rejuv Medical Southwest, patients and clients are counseled on positive, constructive outlets for stress rather than negative coping strategies such as eating, smoking, or drinking.

Sleep Quality Improvement

If the body is unable to regularly achieve a deep, restorative sleep cycle it becomes compromised in the ability to recover from injury, fight off illnesses, and heal from disease states.

Specific instruction in sleep hygiene allows patients and clients to naturally shift their body into a state of restful sleep, without the use of sleeping pills.

If significant sleep problems are identified, they are further explored with laboratory sleep studies to determine the root cause of poor sleep.

Strong Social Network

Feeling that you have a purpose in life through your occupation, home life, volunteer work, or recreational pursuits, and having strong, positive social connections with friends, family, and within your community has a major impact on how you feel and function.

At Rejuv Medical Southwest, we walk the walk and talk the talk. Each employee at our functional medicine clinic in Tucson is uniquely qualified to support each patient or client at each step of the way through their transformation – whether that is to a better state of health, better function, or a life with less pain.

By systematically addressing these five categories, Functional Medicine doctors are able to guide the patient through a process of positive lifestyle changes and integrative medicine that decrease dependence on the traditional health care system.

CLAIM YOUR FREE COPY: THE PAIN FREE DIET

In 2012 Dr. Tait authored and published The Pain Free Diet.

In many cultures in the world, the oldest (and still most current form of medicine), is the food that is consumed daily.

Dr. Tait explains the powerful impact food can have to heal and regenerate your body, reduce or eliminate pain –  or alternatively how daily food choices can drive pain, sickness, and disease.

(New patients recieve a free copy of this book)

WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY FROM GOOGLE REVIEWS

    review rating 5  Went from a level 8 down to a level 1 in pain. Back to swimming, hiking poles, yoga-all the things I love. Caring, thoughtful, articulate staff!

    thumb Mary Hetland
    3/09/2018

    review rating 5  I am delighted to be asked to provide a testimonial for Dr. Jonathan Tait at Rejuv Medical Southwest. For the past few years I was struggling with deteriorating cartilage in both knees and because of that, my back. I went back to my orthopedic surgeon who after listening to my concerns about anesthetics and having observed that many friends had continuing problems with knee surgery he gave me Dr. Tait's name. I telephoned the next day and within a week went in for a consultation and two weeks after that had stem cell therapy followed by physical therapy. Eight months later I am even better that my old self and continuing to improve every day. Thank you Dr. Tait !

    thumb Miriam Bell
    5/17/2018

    review rating 5  Dr. Tait is a wonderful doctor. I worked with him for a year regarding some issues that had plagued me since I was a young child. When I saw him, I was no longer able to walk more than 5 or so steps and was at my wit's end at age 48. He encouraged me to try a Physical Therapist who immediately saw something that was not noticed by the other PT's I'd worked with - and she put me on the path to recovery. Dr. Tait and I kept working together - he helped me change my diet, which had a multitude of benefits for my health. After a year of working together, I had some great improvements, but still some underlying issues that had to eventually be taken care of with minor surgery. Dr. Tait referred me to an amazing surgeon - and a successful surgery. However, had I not made the initial changes to improve my health and physical body, the surgery would have not been as successful. Dr. Tait's kindness, patience and ability to listen and ask questions outside the box made all the difference in my quality of life. I will forever be grateful for that. As well, his staff is top notch. Always helpful and smiling. Always encouraging even when I was at my lowest.

    thumb Denise Mogge
    10/03/2018
  • review rating 5  Great experience, Dr. Tait is very compassionate and understands my situation. This is how healthcare should be delivered. Bravo! Wonderful outcomes and great results.

    thumb Timothy Schmidt
    1/23/2018

    review rating 5  Great doctor, attention to detail, genuine compassion and care for his patients. Dr. Tait is a wonderful choice if considering stem cell treatment, prp or alternatives to surgery . My family highly recommends him as he took the best care of our son who had been diagnosed with CRPS (Complex regional pain syndrome). Staff is also wonderful!

    thumb Isabel Del Rio
    8/21/2018
  • review rating 5  After an MRI showed that I had torn tendons in my hip, the physician I was working with referred me to Dr. Jonathan Tait. This was after a year and a half of no resolution after seeing various doctors, as well as trying physical therapy, and other therapies to resolve the pain. Once the MRI was done there were basically two options: Go the surgery route with a lengthy recovery time, or try Platelet Rich Plasma injections to heal the tear. I chose Dr. Tait and Rejuv Medical SW for the PRP injections. After two PRP procedures my hip is healing and the pain has lessened tremendously. I also had nutritional testing done that revealed some deficiencies that definitely were not on the radar from normal blood tests ordered from any routine physical. After 6 months working with Dr Tait I feel tremendous progress has been made with the hip and overall general health and well being. If you want to get to the root of a health challenge, rather than simply mask symptoms, then functional medicine is a path to consider. It is an investment in your health and I recommend Dr Tait as a partner in achieving positive results.

    thumb Shari Treiber
    6/08/2018

    review rating 5  I am delighted to be asked to provide a testimonial for Dr. Jonathan Tait at Rejuv Medical Southwest. For the past few years I was struggling with deteriorating cartilage in both knees and because of that, my back. I went back to my orthopedic surgeon who after listening to my concerns about anesthetics and having observed that many friends had continuing problems with knee surgery he gave me Dr. Tait's name. I telephoned the next day and within a week went in for a consultation and two weeks after that had stem cell therapy followed by physical therapy. Eight months later I am even better that my old self and continuing to improve every day. Thank you Dr. Tait !

    thumb Miriam Bell
    5/17/2018
  • review rating 5  Here I am, several years later, and I am still doing great! Dr. Tait also helped my husband who was having severe hip pain. We feel so fortunate to be patients of Dr. Tait. He and his staff are accessible, caring and efficient. We love that he stays on the cutting edge of medicine and eagerly shares what he learns with all of us. We highly recommend him and his staff and appreciate what they have done for us. My primary care doctor referred me to Dr. Tait because I was experiencing sciatica. He thoroughly assessed my problem and prioritized my needs. First....get rid of the pain via an epidural (which I was hesitant about) and then physical therapy and exercise to gain strength. That was over six months ago. I got immediate relief and still feel great even after golfing day in and day out. I realize that I may have to get another injection some day, but I would do it all again at the drop of a hat. Dr. Tait takes a personal interest in his patients, explains things thoroughly and I don't think you can find a finer doctor. I highly recommend him.

    thumb Bonnie Barker
    8/17/2018

    review rating 5  Dr. Tait and his entire staff are very professional, answered all of my questions in a freindly manner and made me feel at home. Anyone thinking about knee replacement should first consider stem cell therapy. I had my left knee treated 3 months ago and am very happy with the results.

    thumb Mike Bartoletti
    9/21/2018

Contact Information
P. 520.777.9385
F. 520.306.4843
contact@rejuvmedicalsw.com

Location Information
7790 N. Oracle Road, Suite 150
Oro Valley, AZ 85704

Rejuv Medical Southwest is located in Southwest Arizona and provides clinical services to the surrounding cities: Tucson, Oro Valley, Catalina, Saddlebrooke, Oracle, Marana, Casa Grande, Green Valley, Nogales, Vail, Sahuarita, Phoenix, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale.

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