Functional Medicine

Mind Performance Center

J Douglas Brown, DC, DACNB

Neurology & Functional Neurology Practice located in Foley, AL and serving the greater Baldwin County

Functional medicine is different from traditional Western medicine in that it pinpoints the root cause of disease instead of simply treating the symptoms. At Mind Performance Center, J. Douglas Brown, DC, DACNB, proudly provides functional medicine to residents of Foley, Fairhope, Daphne, Mobile, and Pensacola and around the world through telemedicine. To make an appointment at the practice in Foley, Alabama, call the office today. 

Functional Medicine Q & A

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine takes a whole-body approach to health care. Instead of simply diagnosing and treating uncomfortable symptoms, it encourages general well-being through a combination of nutrition, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle changes.

What are the principles of functional medicine?

At Mind Performance Center, Dr. Brown bases functional medicine treatment on several foundational principles. 

First and foremost, his goal is to treat your underlying illness instead of just masking the symptoms. To do that, Dr. Brown encourages preventive screenings and regular checkups. 

Additionally, functional medicine believes that whole health is a combination of physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being. Even if you’ve struggled with illness or poor health previously, your past doesn’t define you.

Another important principle of functional medicine is the relationship between the patient and provider. Dr. Brown sets aside time to meet with each individual so he can understand their unique symptoms, concerns, and needs.

How is functional medicine different from traditional medicine?

General physicians typically treat conditions by alleviating uncomfortable symptoms. Functional medicine providers, like Dr. Brown, treat the body as a complex unit. They find the source of your illness instead of just trying to minimize the side effects. 

For example, if you experience joint pain, a traditional doctor might write you a prescription for pain medication. A functional medicine provider, like Dr. Brown, makes recommendations to relieve pressure on your joints, like maintaining a healthy weight and practicing joint strengthening exercises.

What can I expect at a functional medicine appointment?

At Mind Performance Center, a functional medicine appointment begins with a review of your health history, a comprehensive physical exam, and a discussion of your symptoms. 

Dr. Brown takes all of that information into account and uses it to develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

To learn more about the benefits of functional medicine, make an appointment at Mind Performance Center by calling the office today or clicking the online scheduling feature.