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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  After a car wreck in July, my rt. shoulder, on which I'd had rotator cuff surgery 15 years ago, started hurting and I was experiencing limited mobility. I was in P.T. and had Chiropractic care for three months and then had a consult in which Dr. Tait suggested a Protein-Rich Plasma injection, followed by more, targeted, P.T. (by a great set of P.T.s at Ultimate Treatment Zone). After just a couple of months, I've "graduated" with increased mobility and a marked reduction in pain. MANY thanks to his entire staff and their compassion, care and competence. They are all just SO nice!

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    2/06/2019

    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  Dr. Tait actually reads your "chart" before your appointment instead of walking into the exam room cold. Believe me, this isn't common. He listens; he explains; he doesn't get offended by questions, and he's thorough. I'm was very pleased as was my husband who went with me to my initial appointment. I plan to try an alternative treatment plan that Dr. Tait suggested for my tendinosis, which isn't available through the other orthopedic channels.

    thumb Lynn Nicholas
    9/09/2018
  • review rating 5  I was referred to Dr. Tait by my physical therapist who I was seeing for a diagnosis of piraformis syndrome that just did not want to heal. I was having pain in the lower back and upper rear of my left leg. I was impressed with the personal attention I was given by Dr. Tait -- his willingness to listen and explain without seeming to be rushed. Moreover, I was impressed with his methodical, research approach. That is, rather than rush to conclusion and start with the more "glitzy" intervention, he started with the least intrusive and took things step by step. The office is warm and inviting and the office staff is superb, always friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend Dr. Tait.

    thumb Carol Massanari
    3/04/2018

    review rating 5  I could hardly walk, and standing was very limited to 5 minutes or less, and I was always (even in my sleep) in pain because of my back. I had lost trust in doctors that wanted to put me on the road to recovery by means of surgery and/or pain killers. Dr. Tait was my last hope. It took a lot for me to hand over trust to a whole different kind of treatment, but I gave it to him. He listened carefully to all I had to say, he was compassionate, kind and patient with me. He did not rush me.. He gave me the directions of how we could proceed. Dr. Tait did not disappoint me. Today I am walking, and spending more time on my feet in the kitchen and in my garden. I am so grateful for what he has done for me, I cannot begin to express how grateful. I want to also give thanks to his staff Dawn and Janet who made me feel comforted, and well attended to at all times. For anyone who is in pain, give Dr. Tait a chance. I was blessed to have found out about him, and I hope my words pass to others in need of being relieved from pain. I can't express how much gratitude I have for him. If you're in pain, find out for yourself, give him a chance. I don't believe you will have any regrets.

    thumb N Noelle
    2/22/2018
  • 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

    review rating 5  After a car wreck in July, my rt. shoulder, on which I'd had rotator cuff surgery 15 years ago, started hurting and I was experiencing limited mobility. I was in P.T. and had Chiropractic care for three months and then had a consult in which Dr. Tait suggested a Protein-Rich Plasma injection, followed by more, targeted, P.T. (by a great set of P.T.s at Ultimate Treatment Zone). After just a couple of months, I've "graduated" with increased mobility and a marked reduction in pain. MANY thanks to his entire staff and their compassion, care and competence. They are all just SO nice!

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    2/06/2019
  • review rating 5  Pain, chronic or acute, can be overwhelmingly debilitating and the road to recovery is not easy. As a member of a surgical team, I am blessed to have a medical background, but also little time to devote to rehabilitating an injury as it rightfully should be done. I was fortunate to have found Dr. Tait many years ago and continue to rely on his experience, knowledge, and willingness to work with me on understanding my condition and how best to approach it for realistic results. After five months of PT/Dry Needling/Massage and two rounds of PRP, I am able to competently perform my job without the distraction of pain and have gone back to a few of my favorite activities. In addition, I have begun to see a new PT, whom Dr. Tait reached out to on my behalf (albeit many states away). There are no better words that can be said, with the exception of thank you, for the effort and care Dr. Tait and his team show each individual on their path to recovery. You are much appreciated!

    thumb erin clair
    7/04/2018

    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

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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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