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Panther Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Can Restore Your Good Health Naturally
By Nancy Kennedy


Would you like to change your body in order to feel better and function more effectively, both now and in the future?

If you are suffering with a chronic medical condition, constant pain, stress and anxiety, gastrointestinal problems or other medical conditions, you have an option that can help you take control of your health, relieve stress and improve your quality of life. That option is functional medicine, and it is available to everyone at Panther Chiropractic and Functional Medicine, where Danielle L. Marra, DC, offers individualized, holistic treatment plans that balance the body naturally and alleviate or improve a number of medical conditions. Nutrition, supplements and botanicals are often part of the treatment plan, along with patient education and support.

Panther Chiropractic and Functional Medicine has been at the forefront of the functional medicine movement for years and is one of the only true functional medicine practices in the greater Pittsburgh area. “Functional medicine looks at the root of a condition instead of just focusing on symptoms,” Dr. Marra explains. “We look at the body as a whole, not at a single organ or system, and we consider both external and internal factors to determine the best course of care for you. I look at your environment and lifestyle as well as nutritional status and blood work when deciding on a plan. It’s not a one size fits all approach; it’s customized to you and everything is based on your individual bloodwork results. We do hormone panels, saliva and urine testing, and cortisol levels in addition to standard bloodwork.”

At Panther Chiropractic and Functional Medicine, Dr. Marra has a special interest in hypothyroidism, Lyme disease, digestive disorders and allergies, but functional medicine is useful for many medical conditions:

  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • ADHD
  • Allergy & Food Sensitivity
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Blood Sugar Issues
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • High Cholesterol
  • Infertility
  • Menopause
  • Thyroid Dysfunction
  • Weight Gain

More often than not, Dr. Marra says, the root of these issues occurs in the digestive system. “The digestive system has been found to house many components of the immune system. If your digestive system isn’t in a good place than your immune system suffers. If you’re the type of person that gets sick all the time, it’s a good idea to consult a functional medicine practitioner to help determine the root of your frequent illnesses.”

Hypothyroidism, Dr. Marra, says, is a common condition but is underdiagnosed. “I see many people who are ‘pre-thyroid’ - meaning that they still have normal bloodwork but their symptoms suggest otherwise. They always feel cold, they have brain fog, hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, dry skin and other symptoms of hypothyroidism. The thyroid controls everything – if you have symptoms, and the bloodwork looks fine, I usually work with you as if you have a thyroid issue with nutritional supplements and dietary changes. Most patients will do great if they follow their personal plan.”

Dr. Marra is a graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri and has been in practice for twenty years. She is one of a select few to have completed a 26-month diplomate program in chiropractic internal medicine from the American Chiropractic Association. Other staff at Panther Chiropractic include two massage therapists and a thermography technician.

“My work is positive and rewarding,” Dr. Marra states. “I love it when my patients come in after they have been making changes. I love to see them progressing. They tell me, ‘I couldn’t wait to come and see you!’ We are the last place people stop, when they have exhausted every other avenue, and we offer solutions that go beyond addressing symptoms. We find the problem and help to balance the body to correct imbalances. If you suffer from a digestive issue, hypothyroid symptoms, anxiety or any other chronic symptoms, give us a call. We’ll be happy to schedule a consultation.”

To schedule a consultation, call (724) 387-1014 or visit www.pittsburghhealthpro.com

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