Functional Medicine | Performance | Recovery
Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. It is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers the patient and practitioner to work together to address the underlying causes of disease.
The Functional Medicine approach requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes. By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, Dr. Mendez is able to explore the complexity of disease. In her experience, Dr. Mendez finds that one condition may have many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions.
At Miami +P we take a three step approach to functional medicine. This includes a thorough assessment of your health concerns, comprehensive testing if necessary, and a personalized treatment plan that addresses your health concerns and goals.
Patients come to Miami Spine and Performance not just for treatment or temporary relief but for physicians that work with them to fix the underlying problems that resulted in their pain or dysfunction. Every condition is slightly different and each requires a very specific intervention to restore full, pain-free motion and a strong foundation to build fitness and strength off of.
We believe in active, patient centered care so most patients at Miami S+P will be given movements and/or stretches to be performed on their own to support their treatment in office. Our goal is to provide you with the tools to stay pain free and healthy on your own.
Patients at Miami S+P also benefit from a full body joint-by-joint assessment to prevent injury, eliminate discomfort and improve performance. As part of our performance clientele, we also offer nutrition and exercise programming to cater to your health, fitness and performance goals. Miami S+P physicians are not only trained in chiropractic medicine but are also certified strength and conditioning coaches with extensive continuing education in nutrition, fitness and sports training.
Miami S+P offers individualized acupuncture and wellness treatments. Treatment begins after a thorough dialogue discussing your lifestyle, condition, and symptoms. After careful assessment of your health concerns the practitioner Treatment begins on the first visit and many people see immediate improvement.
How Does it Work?
Acupuncture has been proven effective in treating maladies ranging from pain to seasonal allergies, to insomnia, the mechanism by which it works are still subject to debate.
From a modern medical perspective, acupuncture involves pricking the skin with tiny acupuncture needles (less than 1/10th the size of a sewing needle) inserted into the skin promote blood circulation to targeted areas for the purpose of altering the flow of energy (or Qi) along traditional chinese meridians. The insertion of the needle at these specific points in the body activates your body’s immune and nervous systems, reducing inflammation, releasing endorphins to alleviate pain and bring the body to a state of equilibrium. Acupuncture is also used to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions.
Acupuncture is rooted in a history that spans more than 2,000 years and helps correct imbalances in the body caused by external factors such as stress, toxic