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A Functional Medicine Approach to Stress Management

In a world of hectic schedules and constant connection through technology, we all experience stress in some form. Research also shows that prolonged stress from the COVID-19 pandemic is prevalent, with a sizable effect on wellbeing. 

Ongoing stress management can boost your mood, increase your energy levels, and protect your long-term health. At The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine, we provide a functional approach to stress management for natural, lasting relief. 

Read on to learn more about the functional approach to stress management and how it can bring you to a new level of wellness. 

Understanding Functional Medicine

The goal of functional medicine is to pinpoint and treat the root cause of medical concerns. This stands apart from Western medicine, which treats the symptoms of a condition.  

Benefits of functional medicine for stress management include:

  • Lasting relief by addressing the root cause of stress symptoms
  • High degree of personalization by considering your detailed medical history, family history, genetic makeup, physiology, and lifestyle factors
  • Multi-disciplinary approach provides stress management from multiple angles
  • Rooted in science 

Functional Medicine for Stress

Stress management strategies in functional medicine aim to bring you a sense of calm. They address the mental and physical symptoms of stress, including difficulty breathing, fatigue, disrupted sleep, chest pain, headaches, and indigestion (to name a few). 

Strategies that may be included in functional stress management plans include:

  • Exercise to increase endorphin production and reduce cortisol production
  • Meditation to calm the mind and help you reach a parasympathetic state
  • Yoga, which pairs exercise and guided breathing 
  • Improved nutrition, supplements, and/or IV therapy to address stress triggered by deficiencies or poor nutrition
  • Hormone testing to identify imbalances that could be increasing stress levels
  • Detoxification to reduce inflammation from chronic stress

For a functional stress management plan, reach out to the team at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine to schedule an appointment!

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