Q&A with Osteopath, Naturopath Dr Susannah Makram
2nd October 2017
What is functional health?
Functional healthcare is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease.
A diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, as an osteopath, inflammation is a biomarker for all kinds of illnesses and likewise, all kinds of illnesses will be caused by the presence of inflammatory markers.
The way a disease will manifest itself depends on our individual genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.
How does the Functional Blood Chemistry Report differ from a conventional general blood count?
We produce sophisticated and detailed health reports to help us easily track client’s progress. There are two main types of ranges in the field of blood chemistry analysis: a pathological range and a functional range. The pathological range is used to diagnose disease; the functional range is used to assess risk for disease before disease develops. Pathological ranges are used in conventional blood chemistry analysis so if you’re still unwell in spite or “within ranges” or “normal” blood testing then functional blood chemistry may reveal an account of why you’re feeling this way.
How does osteopathy and naturopathy tie in with functional healthcare?
Preventative healthcare, treating the cause of disease and health optimisation or improving quality of life, are core principles of osteopathic and naturopathic medicine as well as functional healthcare.
Following a functional health test, what does the treatment involve?
It can involve osteopathy, which is a hands-on physical therapy and naturopathy (nutrition); support towards making lifestyle changes.
Sometimes we offer integrative care with medical doctors prescribing medication to support the natural or complementary therapies.
Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues and to help our body’s own healing mechanisms.
We may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
What are the most popular tests available?
Functional Health Screening – offering a fully comprehensive analysis of hormones, enzymes, minerals etc.
The functional blood chemistry analysis
Special fertility tests for couples
DNA Fragmentation testing
Hormone tests (using saliva/urine samples)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and unexplained tiredness test
Gut health Microbial organic acids tests
DNA test for healthy weight loss
Dr Susannah Makram is based at The Chelsea Private Clinic and The Bulgari Spa. To book a free consultation, please contact your lifestyle manager.