Functional Medicine Philadelphia
Functional Medicine is the answer to modern health concerns. Our lifestyles and environment are filled with a variety of toxins that negatively affect us, leading to illness and disease. While conventional medicine has its place with acute illness, Functional Medicine better treats chronic modern illnesses such as autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, gut issues, migraines, and chronic pain, to name a few.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms or conditions, or if you’ve been struggling with health issues of any kind, contact Meeting Point Health today to schedule an appointment with one of our Functional Medicine physicians in Philadelphia.
Functional Medicine At Meeting Point Health
At Meeting Point Health, we practice Functional Medicine because we are in the business of transforming lives! We care about WHY you are ill and that’s why we’ll dig deep and look at a variety of factors that could be causing your health issues. These can include:
We will run labs specific to your situation and create a treatment plan based on your diagnosis. Your symptoms are just the tip of the iceberg and a sign that a deeper imbalance is hiding beneath.
This medicine will take you on a journey of introspection and self-awareness that unearths the mysteries of the body so that you can finally understand how and why your body has shifted into disharmony. It is never just one thing and sometimes a perfect storm.
If you’ve been sick and have been to multiple specialists with no answers, it is time to visit one of our professionals who specializes in Functional Medicine in Philadelphia. Call Meeting Point Health today to schedule an appointment and get back to a life free of stress, illness, and pain.
Addressing The Roots of Chronic Disease
In Functional Medicine, we use the term “root cause” frequently. It takes a significant amount of story gathering and lab testing to find the root cause or causes that have brought on a disease process.
We make sure no stone is left unturned when you meet with us. When you visit our Functional Medicine clinic, we will ask questions about your medical history, childhood, lifestyle, and nutrition and then decide which testing is most appropriate for your case, whether that be chronic infection, chronic toxicity, gut health, micronutrients, genomics, inflammation, or hormones.
Our Functional Medicine Process
We ensure a sustainable lifestyle around the things that matter the most: sleep, nutrition, elimination, sunshine, play, and relationships. In addition, we prescribe an in-office treatment plan to maximize healing time.
When you become a patient at Meeting Point Health, you get a team to walk this journey with you. In addition to your doctors, you also have a nurse, health coach, and patient care coordinator to ensure your treatment is successful. Patients meet with our doctors for a one-hour session to review history and decide on the next steps to take.
Our lab partners include Great Plains, Vibrant, ZRT, Precision Analytics, Doctors Data, Genova, Cyrex, and Real-Time Labs, among others. We use Rupa Health which allows us to order labs from virtually any functional medicine laboratory. Depending on your case, we will choose from a variety of deeper testing from these specialty labs.
When your results are in, we will review your reports in an in-depth 1-hour Lab Review session to evaluate your lab findings and prescribe a treatment plan for in-office treatment as well as your home protocol. Click here for more information on testing.
Start Your In-Office Treatment Plan
The big players in your treatment that will rapidly accelerate your healing are IV therapy (ozone and nutrient infusions) and health coaching. Depending on your condition, we may recommend other therapies such as acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation, infrared sauna, and cupping therapy.
Maintain your protocol at home in between sessions.
This step in our functional medicine process will include maintaining your medicinal nutrition plan, taking herbs and supplements, along with doing nebulizer therapies with our prescribed compounded medications, bio-identical hormones, or peptide therapy (depending on your prescribed protocol.) And don’t forget sleep, play, hydration, prayer, and proper elimination!
The Pillars of Functional Health
Functional Medicine Tools for Rapid Healing at Meeting Point Health
We use the most cutting-edge effective therapies to fast track your healing and address the root cause of your condition. Below is a list of our most common therapies.
Maximize the foundations of health to ensure healing and resilience.
Give your body 100% bioavailable nutrients specific to your condition. For example, phosphatidylcholine (PC) makes up 70-80% of your cellular membranes. IV PC can help in degenerative or neurological conditions that require cellular regeneration.
Re-pattern your nervous system response while treating musculoskeletal pain and regulating hormones and neurotransmitters with a one-hour acupuncture treatment.
A one-hour session with the doctor who will diagnose and treat areas in the body where problems in restriction are inhibiting proper functioning.
This well-known therapy treats musculoskeletal pain but is highly effective at promoting detoxification and blood circulation.
Compounded nutritionals such as glutathione can be nebulized daily at home to replenish antioxidant levels for proper detoxification.
You will be prescribed physician-grade nutraceuticals and given a specific daily regimen according to your lab results.
Detox in our cedar infrared sauna. Did you know that the highest levels of plastics, heavy metals, and mycotoxins are emitted through sweat and not stool or urine? Infrared Sauna is an extremely effective detoxification therapy and a great non-needle approach.
If applicable, your doctor may prescribe specific peptides for your condition to be self-administered at home.
FAQ about Functional Medicine
The following are some of the conditions we treat with functional medicine at Meeting Point Health:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Heartburn/GERD/Acid Reflux
- Crohn’s Disease
- Constipation & Diarrhea
- Migraine / Headache
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and Depression
- Airborne Allergies
- Eczema & Psoriasis
- Lyme Disease
- Mold Toxicity
- Autoimmune diseases
- Insomnia & Sleep disorders
- Healthy Aging
Conventional medicine and functional medicine differ in their emphasis on the relationship between a person and their illness. Conventional medicine tends to see isolated trees, whereas functional medicine sees a whole forest. Functional medicine focuses on a holistic approach by treating an issue at its source.
Retesting is not required. However, to observe whether or not your goals are being met, we recommend you retest every six months to gauge the effectiveness of treatments and to mark progress.
Functional Medicine Testing
Functional Medicine is the practice of getting to the root cause of a dysfunction. To do so, testing is necessary. At Meeting Point Health, we offer comprehensive functional medicine testing in Philadelphia, PA. Our tests help you find the right treatment for chronic modern illnesses such as gut issues, migraines, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, and more.
Meeting Point Health approaches care with compassion, intellect, and curiosity. We have experience providing integrative, regenerative, and functional medicine. Our team has helped countless clients find relief from chronic illnesses with individualized testing.
How Our Testing Works
Our bodies are made up of interdependent systems that need to function in harmony with one another. That’s why when something isn’t right, it can be hard to discover the root cause of an illness or injury. We comprehensively test different systems of the body to try to uncover the complex picture of your health and discover what may be causing your illness.
Why Should I Invest in Testing?
If you’ve had chronic issues, such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue, gut issues, anxiety, and irregular menstrual cycles, you’ve likely been prescribed things like steroids, SSRIs, oral contraceptives, and acid blockers without any lab work ever being done to figure out WHY you are sick.
When we do deeper testing in Functional Medicine, we do so with the intention of finding the root cause. Often, this can be a perfect storm of long-term stress depleting your resources, malnutrition, decreased hormone production, genetics and environmentally-acquired illness from pathogens and toxins.
Types of Test We Use
Our lab partners include Great Plains, Vibrant, ZRT, Precision Analytics, Doctors Data, Genova, Cyrex, and Real Time Labs, among others. We also use Rupa Health which allows us to order labs from virtually any functional medicine laboratory. Testing can include specimens of:
Depending on your case, we will choose from a variety of deeper testing from these specialty labs, including, but not limited to:
Some basic labs can be run through Labcorp or Quest and covered by your insurance. We strongly recommend not doing this too often since your insurance provider will be strictly monitoring what they consider “extensive” testing.
FAQs About Our Functional Medicine Tests
If the lab requires a blood draw, that is something our nurses can perform in the office. However, many kits can be sent home with you or mailed to you and completed in the comfort of your home.
Our patient care coordinator will walk you through how to prepare and perform the collection. Each kit comes with a pre shipping label and envelope to be mailed back to the lab.
When your results are in, our patient care coordinator will have your results available on your online portal and schedule you for an in-depth 1-hour lab review session to evaluate your findings and prescribe a treatment plan for in-office treatment as well as your home protocol.
In addition to lab work, Dr. Stephen Matta, DO will perform an in-depth orthopedic and osteopathic physical exam to diagnose structural problems such as issues with nerve compression, functional movement, torn or strained ligaments and muscles, and inflammation.
TESTING FAST FACTS
Depending on your case, 1-4 panels may need to be ordered
- Weight Loss Resistance – Total Toxin Burden, Complete Hormones (Sex Hormones, Thyroid, Adrenals), Micronutrients
- Chronic Fatigue – Complete Tickborne Panel, Mycotoxins, Thyroid Complete
- Eczema – GI Mapping Stool Test, Fungal Antibodies, Micronutrients
- PANS/PANDAS – Total Toxin Burden, Complete Tickborne Panel, Pathogen Associated Autoimmune Reactivity, CIRS Panel
- Cipro Toxicity – Organic Acids, Biomarkers of Inflammation, Micronutrients
- Migraine – MARCoNS, Estrogen Genomics, Food Sensitivities, NutriGenomics
Functional Medicine Treatments
Common Conditions We Treat
Reserve Your Appointment Today
At Meeting Point Health, we would like to accompany you in your health journey to start unearthing the root causes of your pain and discomfort. No case is too challenging for us.
Contact Meeting Point today to schedule an appointment with experienced professionals who know Functional Medicine and help you get started on the road to great health and good living!