Functional Health

Are you finding it challenging to perform your everyday life activities due to pain? Dr. Goozdich of Tukee Lifestyle Chiropractic is here to help you achieve optimum health to engage these tasks comfortably. Visit our Ahwatukee, AZ, office to begin your treatment.


Defining Functional Health

Functional health entails your physical and mental capacity to participate effectively in everyday activities. It regards your nerves, bones, joints, muscles, and other parts responsible for movement. All these parts influence your physical ability to move.

Functional health is also referred to as mechanical wellbeing. It focuses on maximizing your ability to perform activities you want to do or need to do without hindrance by injury or pain. Whether you want to spike the ball on that pitch or do some house chores, it helps you do all these comfortably.

What Is the Difference Between Functional Health and General Medical Health?

Functional health specifically entails physical function. It seals the gap in all the traditional health categories. It involves anything that impairs the ability to function normally. Examples of functional health illnesses include arthritis, tendonitis, pinched nerves, and muscle strains.

General medical health pertains to diverse parts and their functions. Examples of general health diseases are heart diseases, diabetes, and depression.

Functional Health Assessment

Functional health consists of two assessments:

Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

This assessment involves basic tasks of your daily life. For instance, hygiene, eating, dressing, elimination, and moving. The chiropractor analyzes whether you can perform these activities or pain is a hindrance.

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL)

The instrumental activities of daily living are more complex than those of ADL. They allow you to function independently. They include managing the household, purchasing groceries, preparing meals, and facilitating transportation.

The IADL assessment is vital for young adults or adolescents when they move to their first place, older persons, and those with disabilities.

How Does Chiropractic Care Help with Functional Health?

Chiropractic care is a form of functional medicine. Most chiropractic practices fit into functional medicine principles since they help patients to attain optimal health. While some chiropractors focus mainly on spinal manipulation, others complement it in line with functional medicine concepts.

Some of the practices a functional medicine chiropractor may employ in treatment include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional wellness counseling
  • Lifestyle interventions

You will find this integrated approach mostly in chiropractic treatment for fibromyalgia and fatigue syndrome.

When you visit Dr. Goozdich at Foothills of Arizona, our chiropractor will conduct a longer interview than usual. You may have to fill in questionnaires on diet history, past illnesses, exposure to diseases, and the current symptoms.

The chiropractor might even conduct lab tests to make a proper diagnosis. You should also expect the treatment period to be more engaging since you will be active in ways such as changing your lifestyle and diet. All these will be done to optimize your functional health.

Visit Your Functional Medicine Chiropractor in Ahwatukee for a Better Life

Are you looking for the ideal treatment to improve your functional health? At Tukee Lifestyle Chiropractic in Ahwatukee, AZ, we offer outstanding chiropractic care to help you function better and comfortably. Visit your Foothills of Arizona functional health chiropractor today! Call (480) 912-4040 to schedule your appointment.

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