What to expect from Naturopathic care
Visiting a Naturopathic Doctor is a unique healing experience. Whether your concern is acute or chronic, your Naturopath will care for you in a thorough and holistic manner. Though you may be new to our profession we have been in existence for many years. Many patients eventually come to rely on us as their primary health care provider.
We work from a ‘wellness’ perspective, which means that our goal is to help you achieve and maintain your ideal level of health. To that end we will endeavour to help you make some basic lifestyle changes that are necessary to achieve that level of good health. This may involve dietary changes, developing a regular form of exercise and using vitamin supplements as needed. We may also recommend certain herbs, homeopathic remedies, acupuncture or body work such as spinal manipulation or Bowen therapy depending on your needs. Body-mind issues are an integral part of the healing process and we will utilize relaxation tools as needed to help in the healing process. Each prescription is as unique as the person walking in our door.
Since people come to us in various states of wellness, we will try to structure a plan that works best for you. Some people will respond quickly and others may make small incremental steps over longer periods of time. Symptoms may be easily suppressed or masked with medications, but the restoration of health is generally a time consuming process, especially for patients who have been suffering for many years. Stressful lifestyles often impede progress, so helping you deal with those stresses is also part of what we do.
On your first visit expect to be here from one and a half hours to two hours. Our intake is quite thorough as our job is to collect information to help determine the cause of your suffering and how to help you to fix it. We will be doing a screening physical examination as well. Any relevant blood tests or screening reports should be brought along with you on the first visit if they are available. We may refer you for further testing if warranted. Some problems are complex enough to require further investigation before a treatment plan can be formulated.
The frequency of follow up visits is again an individual prescription. In general the second visit is usually 10 days to 2 weeks later to see how things are progressing. These visits are usually 30 to 45 minutes in length and are necessary to fine tune our recommendations. Patients requiring acupuncture, Bowen therapy or spinal manipulation are generally followed on a weekly basis until a great improvement is seen.
Once you have seen a significant improvement in your health and achieve an understanding of how to prevent future occurrences we recommend periodic check ups. This will help keep you on track and trouble shoot any issues that may be coming up for you. You may also request a follow up visit for an acute situation such as colds, flu’s, back pain etc.
We encourage people to ask questions if they are uncertain about any of our recommendations. In order to achieve your maximal health it is important that you understand the process. So a big part of our job is to educate you.
The following is a brief description of naturopathic therapies:
Bio-identical hormone treatment
Bio-identical Hormonal treatment is identical to what our body produces. Safer and as effective as synthetic hormones. We offer testing and and the prescription of bio-identical estrogen, progesterone and thyroid hormones which are covered as prescriptions by your insurance company.
Clinical nutrition examines the relationship between diet and health. Special diets may be recommended according to the individual need of the patients and treatment may include nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
Botanical (herbal) Medicine
The uses of plants for healing dates back to the beginnings of civilization and are the foundation of modern pharmacology. Plant substances from around world are used for their healing effects and nutritional value.
Based on the principle of like cures like, homeopathy utilizes minute amounts of natural substances to stimulate the body to heal itself. It is a very safe and gentle therapy, especially for children and pregnant women.
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Based on balancing the flow of Qi (energy) through the meridian pathways, Oriental medicine includes the use of herbs and acupuncture to nourish the body and balance the body’s Qi.
Lifestyle counseling / preventive Medicine
Physical, emotional, nutritional, and environmental factors affect health. NDs help patients to make effective lifestyle choices to promote health.
Bowen Therapy consists of gentle “moves” over muscle and other soft tissue. It stimulates healing by balancing the nervous system. It is extremely effective in treatment of pain.
VM assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, reduce adhesion and scar tissue thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
Bioset (Bioenergetic Sensitivity and Enzyme Therapy
Bioset is a electrical dermal screening for intolerance and elimination technique developed by Dr. Ellen Cutller.
- Organ-specific detoxification: Stimulates the release of accumulated toxins from organs and tissues and promotes elimination from the body through the use of homeopathic remedies.
- Enzyme therapy: Facilitates good digestion and a healthful inflammatory response thus helping correct nutritional deficiencies and other systemic imbalances through the therapeutic use of vegetarian enzyme supplements.
- Desensitization: Bioenergetic evaluation of organ stress and nutritional status followed by the elimination of sensitivities (reactivities) through a revolutionary, noninvasive technique based on acupressure meridians and immunology.
Occupational therapist and Craniosacral treatment
As an Occupational Therapist, I am trained and skilled in providing client centred assessment and treatment for the critical life skills required for independent living. I provide options “when daily living becomes a challenge”. The emphasis is on assisting you to develop skills, restore function and independence, maintain ability and promote health and safety. My work takes into account the interaction between psychosocial, physical and emotional skills. Being licensed with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, I am held accountable to very specific standards of conduct and I allowed to treat people without a Physician’s referral.
I have found there can be many missing links in helping people recover. In learning Craniosacral techniques, I realized that this adds yet another gentle, yet powerful tool to assist people to recover more quickly.
In using Craniosacral Therapy in treatment, I use gentle touch and delicate manual techniques to identify problematic areas in your body and to release these areas for improved nervous system functioning. Emphasis is placed on tissues within the brain (“cranio”) and spinal cord (“sacrum”). As it is so gentle, it can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders. In relieving tensions deep within the body, pain and dysfunction are alleviated, improving whole body health and performance. Craniosacral Therapy can be effective in addressing migraines, and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, stress and tension related disorders, motor coordination impairments, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, TMJ (jaw) syndrome, ADD/ADHD, orthopaedic problems and many other disorders. For further information about Occupational Therapy, please see http://www.osot.on.ca and for Craniosacral therapy, please see http://Upledger.com
TheraLase Laser treatment
The TheraLase laser is the most cutting-edge therapeutic laser on the market. It provides superb safety and high efficacy. The laser light gives pain relief, inflammation reduction and accelerated healing in just a few treatments. The deep Penetrating cold laser increases nerve and muscle regeneration, cartilage and collagen formation, stimulate bone formation in a safe and painless way. It also speeds up wound healing and closure by reducing the formation of scar tissue.
We ofter a comprehensive list of blood test, Breath H.Pylori, Dutch Urine and Saliva test for hormones, adrenal function, melatonin levels, organic acid and lyme testing. We also offer complete stool analysis, neurotransmitter test, Urine Iodine Plus, Urine Thyroid test, Food Sensitivity and Hair Analysis.