Functional Medicine

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Millions suffer from acute or chronic pain every year and the effects of pain exact a tremendous cost in health care, rehabilitation and lost productivity, as well as the emotional and financial burden it places on patients and their families. The Levingston Method ™ allows Dr. Levingston to assess each patient as a whole, getting to the root cause of the patient’s symptoms. The Levingston Method™ approach to Functional Medicine is patient-centered medical healing at its best. Instead of looking at and treating health problems as isolated diseases, it treats individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances and dysfunctions.

A named disease or syndrome such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome might be visible above the surface, but according to Functional Medicine, the cause(s) and contributing factors lie in the altered physiology below the surface. Almost always, the causative factors of the disease and its symptoms are underlying dysfunction and/or imbalances of bodily systems.

Traditional health care rarely leads to long-term relief and vibrancy. Identifying and treating the underlying root cause or causes, as Functional Medicine does, has a much better chance to successfully resolve a patient’s health challenge.

Through advanced laboratory testing and thorough examination of the brain, nervous and musculoskeletal systems along with additional assessments of the hormone system, digestive system, immune system, and the overall metabolic system of the patient allows Dr. Levingston to reach a functional diagnosis. This diagnosis allows Dr. Levingston to determine the best course of treatment methodologies that will treat the underlying cause(s) of the patient’s chronic health challenge.