About our practice


What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.

In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, may also be used during treatments

Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient.

What is a physiotherapist’s expertise?

Physiotherapists study the science of movement. They learn how to pinpoint an injury’s root causes.


When should I go see a physiotherapist?

Think about getting physiotherapy if you have an injury, or chronic pain that affects how you function everyday. A doctor may refer you to physiotherapy after surgery such as a hip replacement, or an event such as a heart attack or stroke.


What problems do physiotherapists treat?

Physiotherapists focus on both prevention and rehabilitation. Treatment can be for problems caused by injury, disease or disability. Here are some examples:

-Neck and back pain caused by problems in the muscles and skeleton

-Problems in the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments, such as arthritis and the after-effects of amputation

-Lung problems such as asthma

-Disability as a result of heart problems

-Pelvic issues, such as bladder and bowel problems related to childbirth

-Loss of mobility because of trauma to the brain or spine, or due to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis

-Fatigue, pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of muscle strength, for example during cancer treatment, or palliative care

Acupuncture

Is a complementary medical practice which stimulates certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions.


Acupuncture stimulates the balance and flow of Qi energy that in Traditional Chinese Medicine is considered essential to health. When the body is healthy, Qi (pronounced chee), flows smoothly through the meridians that make up a conceptual network of pathways throughout the entire body. When the balance or flow of Qi is deficient or obstructed it may be diseased or susceptible to illness. Acupuncture treats both the symptoms andthe root causes of the patient’s illness.

In North America acupuncture is often used when western medicine has failed. In western medicine, the yin/yang balance it achieves is known as homeostasis.

How does it work?

Acupuncture is an ancient, safe and effective alternative to medication and, in some cases, surgery. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins – the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones – through the insertion of needles into specific anatomical points (acupuncture points) to encourage natural healing. Therapeutic effects include:

-Pain relief

-Increased energy

-Improved mood

-Improved body function

Atraumatic acupuncture needles are rounded at the tip so that they slide smoothly through tissue and are unlikely to cause bleeding. Needles are left in place for 15 to 30 minutes during which time the practitioner may manipulate the needles in order to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi.