Most people walk out of their doctor’s office with a bill and a cookie-cutter treatment plan. That’s not how we do things at Optimal Performance Medicine.
Here, we treat you as a unique individual with a complex, interconnected system of physical attributes, genetics, emotions, habits, and environmental influences. We know that a one-size-fits-all approach to wellness just doesn’t cut it; instead, we’re interested in helping you optimize your wellness by addressing the three major components of health: body, mind, and spirit.
Here’s a closer look at how we partner with you on your health journey as you become well from the inside out.
Where the body, mind, and spirit meet
It’s estimated that more than 131 million people — nearly 66% of all adults in the United States — use prescription drugs. Yet 60% of the population still lives with at least one chronic condition.
This exposes an underlying issue in our medical system today. Too many doctors are directing their patients toward treatments that simply mask the real problem lurking beneath.
All too often, medical professionals neglect the need to evaluate their patients’ emotional health, behaviors, and other lifestyle factors, leading to a never-ending cycle of treatment and symptoms.
That’s because you’re a whole person and not just a symptom of a disease. Everything from your habits to your thoughts can impact your prognosis.
Furthermore, it can be easy to overlook how physical problems and mental health issues are linked. For example, physical symptoms of pain can cause your mental health to suffer and lead to depression. Yet, the reverse is also true: Struggles with depression can trigger widespread pain. If we fail to see how the physical and the mental coincide, it’s difficult (and sometimes impossible) to find relief.
From diabetes and stubborn extra weight to fatigue and thyroid issues, we’ve made it our goal to help you improve your physical health while supporting your mental and emotional health as well.
How we reach our goal
When you make an appointment with us, expect to be an active participant in your treatment plan. We want you to leave our offices equipped, knowledgeable, and self-sufficient in your health.
For instance, if you’re concerned about losing weight, we don’t begin by pumping you full of growth hormones or appetite suppressants. We don’t even bark at you to get on a treadmill every day.
We begin by having a conversation with you. We ask questions about your life, your eating habits, things that cause you to stress, how you sleep, etc. All of the answers to those questions are crucial to how we guide you toward a healthier weight.
From there, we coach you through strategies you can use (on your own) to make better choices in your eating, sleeping, living, and thinking.
If you’re ready to take the first steps toward a more balanced life and a healthier you, request an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. Michael Skardasis at our Woodstock, Georgia, office today.