Update: Appointments and office hours

We are very respectful of this virus and are taking health precautions seriously.

We are currently still seeing patients however, have modified our hours and scheduling to limit the number of people in our office at one time. We ask everyone to be patient and wait in their cars until appointment times.

Currently, the best way to contact us is by email at drs@schusterchiro.com. We are checking voicemail regularly so please leave a message. We will get back to you.

Stay safe,

Marcus Schuster, DC

Nutritional Consultations

Nutrition plays a huge role in your health and recovery. I don’t think anyone could disagree with that statement. But what does that mean, exactly? There is a guru to follow on every magazine, blog, or TV show. Or, there’s a friend or family member who had the exact same thing; and you should take this supplement or do this cleanse. Don’t get me wrong… You probably got decent advice which will in general, be healthy and most likely not make you feel worse. But if you’re spending time and money on a program, you owe it to yourself to have a personalized plan with a measurable goal in mind.

 

How do you know if what you are doing isn’t working?

  • You’re taking a fist full of supplements for weeks or months and are not noticing any difference in your health or how you are feeling.
  • You have been following XYZ diet plan and have lost only a marginal amount of weight, leaving you exactly where you started but now with added irritability from month long hunger.
  • You have been taking a mega dose of Vitamin B12 or D3 for almost a year and your blood labs still show you are low.
  • Your joints ache constantly and no matter how much anti-inflammatory medication you take, it doesn’t go away.

 

Functional Integrative Medicine

 

What is FIM? Well, it’s not medicine as you know it when you see you medical doctor. It’s also not some strange or controversial alternative therapy without any research or science. Functional Integrative Medicine is a patient oriented approach to health. It does not treat disease. Rather, it looks to optimize your body’s natural healing process by supporting deficiencies or reducing excess which are unique to you.

 

Your body is a biochemical machine and given the right environment, it can recover from most health challenges. Most providers will use food and lifestyle changes to restore your health. In more challenging cases, food based supplements may be recommended in addition to your program. The goal is always to find a sustainable and affordable way for you to take control of your health.

 

What does a consultation look like?

  • Listening – We call this taking a thorough history. This is a lengthy process; I want to hear exactly 1) how you are feeling, 2) how long you have been feeling this way, 3) how it effects you, and 4) what you are expecting to achieve – where’s your finish line.
  • Laboratory analysis – Blood labs are the most common. I can use your existing blood labs if they are recent enough. New labs and tests are ordered if needed. Not every case will need blood labs. Labs and test are ordered as need, all with a purpose in mind.
  • Laying out a plan – This is where we 1) review all of your findings, 2) set a goal, 3) create a plan, and 4) set a time frame.