About Functional Medicine...
Lara has a special interest in nutrition and functional medicine and along side her Chiropractic appointments will help coach clients with health and lifestyle challenges. She is proudly a graduate of Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice through the Institute for Functional Medicine ( https://www.ifm.org).
Her primary profession is as a Chiropractor although her Chiropractic degree course had nutritional components running throughout the 5 years. She has also completed numerous courses, seminars and CPD events over the years regarding different facets of nutrition and functional medicine as this is her passion. At present she is completing her certification with the Functional Medicine University (http://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com) and concidering a nutrional therapy diploma with ( http://www.ion.ac.uk) as her next step after this. Lara, we should stress is NOT a medical doctor and makes no claims as such. She is a holistic practitioner, who enjoys coaching clients in natural health and lifestyle interventions to live more fufilled and healthy lives. When the need arises she will refer people on to ther own GP, local private medical doctors, or if she feels your health challenge is outside her scope of practice, to other specialists.
Functional medicine strives to reveal the root causes of a specific health challenge. It is a science-based health care approach and examines how the different types of stress, diet, exercise, and environment factors affect hormonal and neurological function. Because many physiological imbalances originate in nutritional deficiencies, functional medicine emphasizes optimizing gut function. Many issues respond well to this approach with minimal or no need for medication.
According to the Institute of Functional Medicine "Functional medicine emphasises a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels, rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis. Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function. The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches health care professionals how to apply these principles in practice through an intensive 5 day training course called Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™". Lara attended and completed the AFMCP™-UK training in London in 2017.
To identify and address dysfunction, Lara will do a health and lifestyle assessment which examines a patient's diet, exercise, medical and psychological history. Achieving optimal health involves exercise and nutritional programs that may include nutraceutical and or herbal supplementation and stress-reduction, which she then coaches a person through.
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