Phase Angle: The Blueprint to Wellness

The Western medical system has long used the Body Mass Index (BMI) tool to measure an individual’s health. BMI measures a person’s weight divided by their height, and uses the resulting number to indicate the body fatness and health of an individual. Essentially, BMI assesses a person’s health based only on their size. However, scientists and medical professionals over time have pointed out that BMI fails to consider other aspects of health such as age, sex, fat mass, muscle mass, race, genetics, and medical history. Using BMI as a sole predictor of health has been shown to increase weight bias and health inequities. So, what does Holistic Integration use as a measurement tool instead?

At Holistic Integration, we utilize a measurement tool called Body Composition Analysis which measures the Phase Angle of a patient’s body. Phase Angle is a measurement of how well the cells in your body communicate with one another. Your Phase Angle values can clue you in with what’s going on in your body. It can help identify health risks and address existing health issues and help track progress of lifestyle changes (diet and exercise) over time. For most people, it has helped them make data-driven health and wellness decisions.  At Holistic Integration, we use it to personalize a patient’s health care plan. Think of Phase Angle like giving your body’s overall health a number grade.

The cells in your body are constantly working to filter good and bad substances in and out of themselves through their cellular membranes. When your cells are healthy, they effectively filter out these bad substances, resulting in an overall improvement of health. But when the cells are unhealthy, toxins and other harmful substances can infiltrate the body more easily, resulting in a decrease in your overall health. The numbers of the phase angle scale indicate the health of your cells — a higher Phase Angle grade shows increased health, whereas a lower phase angle grade can indicate a deterioration of health. 

Keep in mind that Phase Angle is not a diagnostic tool, meaning it won’t tell us what disease process or issue is present. Phase Angle is a measurement tool that serves as a marker of your level of health, helping to inform your care team regarding what issues and additional diagnostics should be pursued in order to proceed with a diagnosis and customized care plan.  

Our goal here at Holistic Integration is to help our patients reach and maintain an ideal phase angle grade–we want to see all of our patients reach a Phase Angle grade of at least 7.5. When a patient has a Phase Angle score of 4.5 or below paired with abnormal diagnostics results, we immediately begin a completely personalized plan of care, including a re-measurement of Phase Angle once per month, helping providers to consistently track improvement. Over time, with treatment, patients will feel better and more balanced, meaning their body is reaching homeostasis. Consequently, they will see a steady increase in their Phase Angle. An increased Phase Angle grade directly correlates with feeling more energetic, balanced, and healthy. 

We offer a wide array of structural and functional services (want to learn more about Structure Function medicine? click here) to help you reach that ideal grade, including comprehensive diagnostics, EDS (Electro Dermal Screening), Natural Supplementation and Homeopathics, Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care, Occupational Therapy, Food Sensitivity Testing, Nutritional Counseling and Weight Management Programs, and so much more. 

Interested in scheduling your first appointment? Call us at 317-848-8048 today and you’ll learn your Phase Angle grade at your first visit.

What is Structure Function Medicine?

You may associate different emotions with going to the doctor – fear and anxiety, the confusion that comes with the introduction of new drug prescriptions into your daily routine, frustrating, long waits to get to speak with an actual provider, and even physicians who don’t seem to listen to your concerns or want to address them at their root cause. Many people give up on going to the doctor more than once or twice a year because even when they do go, there doesn’t seem to be any lasting difference in how they feel. 

The Two Types of Healthcare

The FDA recognizes two models of medical care in the United States: Disease Care and Structure Function Care. Disease Care is what most see as “traditional” medicine: it involves addressing health issues and illnesses as they come up, treating diseases and symptoms associated with prescription medications, and sometimes even surgery. For the most part, society is dependent on the Disease Care model because it is what is most readily available and common. Structure Function Care is proactive, preventative healthcare. It focuses on approaching the body as a whole to help bring the entire system back to homeostasis, or a point of balance and equilibrium, effectively preventing health issues before they come up. 

Both types of healthcare have a time and place, but at Holistic Integration, we place our main focus on Structure Function care. This means your musculoskeletal health (the structures of your body: your muscles, joints, and bones) as well as your physiological health (the functions of your body: everything from eating, sleeping, and breathing, to the results of your bloodwork). Structure Function care takes more into account than just symptoms and side effects, it looks at every part of the body and addresses health issues at their root cause to help bring the body to homeostasis, which is the point at which the body functions as well as it can, meaning that the patient feels as best as they possibly can. 

At Holistic Integration, every service we offer is either geared towards the Structural or Functional side of our care model. 

Functional Services

Functional services include visits with our Nurse Practitioner, Health Coaching, personalized supplement programs, EDS (Electro Dermal Screening), Diagnostics (including blood work, hair analysis, GI Stool Kit, and more), our DTS Programs (Weight Loss and Health Coaching), EMI (Electro Meridian Imaging), ECP (External Counterpulsation Therapy), Diathermy, Auricular, and Infrared Sauna.

Structural Services

Structural Services include Chiropractic Adjustments (Atlas Orthogonal and TMJ), Joint Injections, Acupuncture (both traditional acupuncture with needles as well as Acupuncture with Electric which uses lasers), Occupational Therapy, Massage Therapy, Spinal Decompression, Intersegmental Traction, Iontophoresis, and so much more. 

Each service on its own is beneficial in helping you to reach toward that point of homeostasis, but together they produce exponentially better results. A combination of these services is necessary to reach homeostasis, and at Holistic Integration we customize treatment plans for every patient to promote a more synergistic approach to help you reach the point of homeostasis. We recognize that a one-size-fits-all plan is not best for our patients, and we work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your unique health needs and goals. 

Does Structure Function care sound like the right fit for you? If so, give us a call at 317-848-8048 to schedule a New Patient Exam.