Functional Medicine (Addressing the Root Cause)
Functional Medicine is a philosophy of patient-centered care that seeks to investigate and address the root cause of disease and dysfunction rather than just treating symptoms. As Board Certified Chiropractic Internists who specialize in advanced evidence-based diagnostic techniques and a more conservative and holistic treatment approach for chronic internal disorders, both Dr. Akilah Spencer and Dr. Mark Riggs practice functional medicine.
Through open communication Dr. Akilah Spencer and Dr. Mark Riggs uncover areas in their patients’ diet and lifestyle habits that likely contribute to the disease process. From there the doctors guide their patients through the necessary laboratory diagnostic testing, dietary and lifestyle modification and appropriate nutraceutical supplementation. This strategy is essential to arriving at a correct diagnosis and providing an appropriate treatment for a chronic condition. It also helps provide an environment for the body to return to optimal function.