SOURCE: Haverhill Family Chiropractic & Seacoast Functional Medicine

August 02, 2011 07:00 ET

Haverhill Chiropractic Practice Offers Functional Medicine for Whole Body Wellness

HAVERHILL, MA--(Marketwire - Aug 2, 2011) - Haverhill Family Chiropractic & Seacoast Functional Medicine has announced that it provides functional medicine for patients who suffer from thyroid disorders, Type 2 Diabetes, fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions. Functional medicine is a personalized approach to wellness care that focuses on treating the underlying causes for diseases, rather than the disease symptoms. According to Dr. Troy Wheelwright, a chiropractor with the practice, this patient-centered approach uses comprehensive laboratory analysis to diagnose the underlying metabolic imbalances leading to illness and disease. Once diagnosed, these imbalances are treated with dietary modifications and specific nutritional supplements to help restore optimum health.

Dr. Troy Wheelwright, the chiropractor at Haverhill Family Chiropractic & Seacoast Functional Medicine, announced that the Haverhill, MA practice is one of the only local practices to provide functional medicine. Functional medicine is a natural, whole-body approach to chronic illness that may provide significant relief to patients suffering from thyroid disease, Type 2 Diabetes, fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions.

"Functional medicine looks at the body as a whole, treating underlying metabolic disorders that lead to sickness and health problems, rather than just the symptoms," said Dr. Wheelwright. "We look at the core, physiological imbalances. This is different than traditional medicine, which uses prescription medication to manage disease and pain symptoms."

According to Dr. Wheelwright, a fundamental tenet of functional medicine is that the human body is a collection of complex systems, which are affected by environmental inputs (such as air, diet and nutrition), physiological processes (metabolic processes on the cellular level that transform food into energy), and psychological processes (how the mind processes attitudes and beliefs). Dr. Wheelwright believes that breakdown in the balance of these systems can lead to illness and disease.

Functional medicine does not directly treat symptoms associated with a medical condition, such as a thyroid disorder. Instead, functional medicine identifies and treats the underlying clinical imbalance through a focus on diet and lifestyle. Functional medicine practitioners like Dr. Wheelwright believe there is a fundamental gap between the development of dietary and nutritional guidelines, and the adoption of these guidelines by the general population. Functional medicine seeks to narrow this gap, directly translating scientific research into daily practice.

"While modern medical care can do wonders for the human body," added Dr. Wheelwright, "it is unfortunately too focused on treating disease, rather than preventing sickness in the first place. We help patients who have been sick to correct the problem underlying their condition, which promotes healing and protects against future problems."

Dr. Wheelwright is an outspoken advocate of leading a healthy lifestyle, and works with his wellness team to help patients adopt long-term life changes that promote health and prevent sickness.

"Our goal is to provide the best possible natural health care for all our patients," said Dr. Wheelwright. "We are the only Haverhill practice to offer functional medicine to our patients. Our wellness team is committed to helping you achieve your health goals today, tomorrow and for the rest of your lifetime." The Haverhill, MA practice also offers chiropractic alignment and non-surgical spinal decompression treatments for back pain and neck pain.

Prospective patients who wish to learn more about functional medicine or would like to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Wheelwright can visit

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  • Haverhill Family Chiropractic & Seacoast Functional Medicine
    Haverhill, MA