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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.
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.
“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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
I was told about Dr. Tait by a friend who had great success from her experience. I went to see Dr. Tait because I was having a lot of pain in both of my shoulders. After having test done Dr. Tait diagnosed the problem as torn rotator cuff muscle in both shoulders and a torn bicep muscle in my left shoulder. We decided on the procedure of PRP. The results are wonderful. I would recommend this Dr. to anyone who is tired of the traditional (now much outdated) method for fixing this injury. Thanks to Dr. Tait & his staff Jeri
Prior to hearing about the amazing work Dr. Tait is doing utilizing stem cell therapy I'd seen an orthopedic doc about the problems I was having with my knees. After spending less than 30 seconds looking at the x-rays the ortho doc informed me I must replace both knees, "would you like to schedule it now?" He asked. I declined. Why did I decline. Fortunately just prior to going to see the ortho doc a friend of mine had shared the incredible results from working with Dr. Tait. Replace the knees or explore the possibility of stem cell therapy? That was an easy decision... I met with Dr. Tait and the rest is history. Dr. Tait and his team have been a pleasure to work with. Professional, helpful and personable. The results I've gotten as a result of working with Dr. Tait are beyond my expectations.
Dr. Tait and his team are top notch! They explain everything very clearly and care about their patients!
I've been to many MDs and to only accomplish some healing. Some friend told me about Dr. Tait and I decided to go if I was going to live my retirement years in a recliner in pain or camping and hiking. This has been the best investment ever! The drive is long, 1.5 hrs one way, but well worth the results. The office is fantastic, the wait is excellent and the staff is superb!
I torn my miniscus and MCL. The surgical options were not ideal so I sceptically gave Dr. Tait and his team a shot at PNP. The results were amazing. I now run and jump and do almost everything I used to do before my tear. The team itself is truly caring and professional. It was a pleasure being at the office. Dr Tait was extremely intelligent and wise in his approach to my issues. It was not a money driven approach. He used improved known methods of non-surgical care to heal my knee. To me it seemed like magic. I feel very lucky to have explored and found this option in care. A big thanks to Dr Tait and his team.
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!
Great experience, Dr. Tait is very compassionate and understands my situation. This is how healthcare should be delivered. Bravo! Wonderful outcomes and great results.
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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