The Empowered Living Method

The Empowered Living Method

There are two main components of the Empowered Living Method.

Functional Healthcare

The Empowered Living Method is a patient centered approach to health care, focusing on the root causes or underlying factors that may be affecting one’s health and well-being.  The job of the Functional Healthcare clinician is to carefully and thoroughly assess an individual, looking for factors that can be modified to improve their overall function.  This includes reviewing the client’s health history, assessing their current condition, exploring daily habits and routines, and utilizing specialized testing that provides clues into how their body’s basic and fundamental processes are functioning. From all of this, the clinician and client will work together to devise a plan to address any issues that are found.  Interventions may include food supplement protocols to correct imbalances or deficiencies, specialized dietary recommendations, and modifications to lifestyle.

Lifestyle

The goal of the lifestyle component of care is to provide the individual with the knowledge and support needed to incorporate health promoting behaviors and activities into their daily routines.  Almost every choice we make on a daily basis can be categorized as health promoting or health damaging.  Health damaging behaviors and activities over time can lead to dysfunction.  By removing these behaviors and replacing them with those that promote or enhance health, dysfunction can often be corrected.

It is extremely important to note that the client is an active participant in this program. The client determines the outcome!  In contrast, conventional health care is often passive care.  The client has something done to them by a practitioner, or a medication does something to the patient.  This program is considered active care — meaning that the client is actively engaged and responsible for the benefits achieved through their actions.  The clinician’s role is to identify “blind spots” and raise awareness of issues that can be interfering with optimal health, as well as provide knowledge and support to do what is necessary to address these issues.

What to Expect From the Empowered Living Method

The “Empowerment Program” is a comprehensive approach to health and wellness. We start with investigation and fact gathering. Clients complete a very thorough intake form that provides the clinician with a picture of the client’s health history and current health condition. The intake also covers current lifestyle and dietary habits. An initial consultation (#1) is used to further gather information and decide on case acceptance and a plan of action – including preliminary testing.

The next step is to have one or more visits with our health coach (#2) These visits are used to help the client work on implementing health promoting activities and behaviors. This includes general dietary advice, physical activity, sleep, and stress management.

Once all testing has been done and the results are received, the lab results review is done (#3). A brief overview video interpreting the results of all testing is sent to the client, along with a request to schedule an appointment with the clinician. The appointment with the clinician will review the lab results in more detail and will include supplement recommendations to address any issues found on testing. This information is also shared with the health coach so specific, individualized recommendations can be made regarding lifestyle and diet.

Over the course of about 4-6 months, follow ups (#4) with the clinician are scheduled as needed to monitor progress and address any issues or concerns. Throughout the entire process, from the initial consult onward, the clinician can be reached via phone, text messaging, email or an online patient portal messaging system to answer questions and discuss any issues or concerns.

Follow up testing may be required (#5) with modification of the treatment plan depending upon a client’s specific health issues and response to care. The ultimate goal (#6) is to help each client achieve their health goals and be equipped with the knowledge to live in a way that promotes health and minimizes their risk of illness and disease.