Functional Medicine


 A diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression. 

This is how functional medicine works, focusing on the root cause or the "why" a person has a condition as opposed to treating "what" a person has (symptom). 

To learn more about functional medicine in Pinehurst, NC, you can count on Dr. Gerard Graves at Pinehurst Alternative Medicine. In our practice, we don't treat what a patient has; we look to identify why they have it by getting to the root of the problem. 

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a medical approach that treats the entire person, not just a symptom. It takes into consideration physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual health when treating the individual. It is a very personalized form of treatment where the doctor and the patient work hand in hand to arrive at the desired result. The approach is holistic and not dependent on medication. 

Functional medicine can be very effective in treating autoimmune diseases. The idea is to find the root cause and deal with that rather than treating the symptoms. 

Chiropractic manipulation

Many things can cause the spine to become misaligned. It can result from an accidental injury, but everyday wear and tear can lead to a painful back or neck. Sleeping or sitting in the wrong position for long periods can cause you to feel out of alignment. When the spine is misaligned, messages can not flow freely from the brain to the other body parts and organs, and your body will not work as efficiently as it should. 

The vertebrae can be moved slightly to get things back where they belong, and this can be done gently or vigorously, depending on the type of manipulation your chiropractor uses. Either way, overall health will be improved, and the pain you are suffering will be reduced. 

Therapeutic exercise

Therapeutic exercise is targeted to specific areas in your body. It includes stretches that help to continue the work that the chiropractor has accomplished during your visit. When you do these exercises at home, you can increase the effectiveness of the treatments and speed up recovery. 


Electrotherapy uses electric current to help with soft tissue injuries. The amount of current used will depend on the severity and the depth of the injury. The electric current stimulates the muscles to contract and results in muscle relaxation. A relaxed muscle is more receptive to any other treatments used and less likely to spasm. 

Contact Dr. Graves at Pinehurst Alternative Medicine in Pinehurst, NC for functional medicine and chiropractic care. Give us a call at 910-420-1279 to make an appointment or fill out the appointment request form on our website. 

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