Functional Medicine Specialist

Ruben Garcia, DC -  - Chiropractic

Peak Physical Medicine

Ruben Garcia, DC

Chiropractic & Functional & Regenerative Medicine located in Visalia, CA

Functional medicine is a branch of medicine dedicated to predicting, treating, and preventing the precursors of disease. Led by functional medicine specialist Ruben Garcia, DC, Peak Physical Medicine in Visalia, California, provides holistic, personalized patient care. Functional medicine works to reverse or stop the disease process, making the best of your long term health and function. To learn how functional medicine can improve your health, book an appointment today at the office by phone or online.

Functional Medicine Q & A

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a personalized, patient-centered approach to medicine that addresses the underlying causes of disease and impaired health. Functional medicine treats the body as a complete system, working to optimize the functions of all the body’s systems.

Peak Physical Medicine provides effective care tailored to the unique genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that are often precursors to illness and disease.


How does functional medicine differ from traditional medicine?

Traditional medicine is disease-centered, focusing on symptoms to guide drug-based and conventional surgical therapies. In traditional medicine, doctor-patient relationships are based on disease management and treatment.

In functional medicine, the doctor-patient relationship focuses on the patient and the unique genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence their health.

Functional medicine is designed to promote long-term health and vitality through in-depth evaluations, preventive techniques, and personalized treatment. Functional medicine helps you reduce your health risks, manage chronic conditions, and optimize the functions of your bodily systems.


What conditions can be addressed with functional medicine?

Functional medicine is an effective tool in preventing and treating a number of conditions. Functional medicine can help address conditions like:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • High cholesterol
  • Fatigue
  • Menopause
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Asthma
  • Hypothyroidism


Issues like nutritional deficiencies, dietary intolerance, toxicity, and hormonal dysfunction are often underlying contributors to these conditions. Functional medicine works to identify these contributors and take steps to reduce their effects.


What to expect during my appointment?

Functional medicine is based on a whole-person approach to patient care. This requires an in-depth analysis of your overall health. To begin, you’ll discuss in detail your medical history, family history, diet, nutrition, physical activity, and other lifestyle factors. Your provider also runs a number of diagnostic tests to determine the status of your overall health.

The purpose of this in-depth evaluation is to identify any risks or precursors to disease before they show up as symptoms. The team at Peak Physical Medicine uses the information gathered from your evaluations to develop a personalized treatment plan designed to address your health risks and provide you with steps you can take to balance and improve your body’s function.

Your personalized plan can touch on a number of areas, including nutrition counseling, weight loss management, and an exercise program.

To get started on your personalized health plan, book an appointment at Peak Physical Medicine by phone or online today.