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Naturopathic medicine is a form of primary health care that utilizes the art and science of diagnosis and treatment, using natural therapies and non-pharmacological approaches, and focuses on the whole person rather than on individual parts. Naturopathic doctors use medical histories, physical exams and labs to assist in the process of coming to a diagnosis. They draw both on traditional knowledge and current research to inform both diagnosis and treatment.
The treatment modalities used in naturopathic medicine include botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, lifestyle counselling, physical manipulation, homeopathy, acupuncture and hydrotherapy which seek to support the health of the whole person gently and with minimal side effects, treat the root cause of the disease, and prevent future development of disease.
Length of visits are approximate and how much of that time is used is based on your individual needs. In addition, just because you leave the visit, doesn’t mean a naturopathic physician stops working on your case. A lot of research goes on behind the scenes to make sure the care you get is appropriate for you and up to date with current research.
Naturopathic medicine can address all forms of health concerns; from physical to psychological, pediatrics to geriatrics, prevention to chronic disease. Naturopathic medicine also works well in conjunction with conventional medicine and makes a complementary addition to your health care team. Many naturopathic treatments support conventional treatments to increase their effectiveness, reduce side effects, or improve quality of life.
SOME COMMON CONDITIONS NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS SEE ARE:
- Health promotion and general wellness
- Thyroid conditions
- Menopausal symptoms
- Autoimmune disease
- Gastrointestinal conditions
- Food sensitivities
Eczema and psoriasis
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
Prolotherapy creates a local and controlled mild inflammatory response that signals the body to send healing cells and stimulate collagen production in that area. This is especially useful in ligament, tendon, and joint injury because these tissues do not have direct blood supply and therefore can have a difficult time healing properly. This process causes these tissues to regenerate and become stronger. This is a very important factor in overstretched and chronically damaged ligaments. Ligaments function to hold bones together while allowing for appropriate mobility. If they are too long or not strong enough, there will be instability and too much movement in that joint.
This has been theorized as a source of chronic pain, as ligaments and the section of bone they attach to are rich in nerve endings. Prolotherapy has been shown to shorten and strengthen overstretched lax ligaments and help heal the associated nerve endings, which decreases pain and improves function. If you have chronic back, neck, or joint pain that gets only temporarily relief from chiropractic adjustments and massage treatments, you may have ligament or tendon weakness and/or overstretching, and may benefit from prolotherapy.