What you can expect

A detailed assessment  

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Your first appointment will be an hour long.  You will be asked to fill out intake forms prior to your appointment in order to provide important information about your health.  It is helpful if you can bring copies of your most recent test results with you.  Your personal and family health history, dietary intake and other health patterns will be reviewed.  A physical examination will be performed, along with any lab tests that are necessary.  You will be referred to your family physician for imaging studies such as x-ray or ultrasound, if they are required.  A thirty to fourty-five minute follow-up appointment will be booked in one to three weeks and a treatment plan will be shared with you.  

An integrative approach

In order to provide you with the best care possible, naturopathic doctors practise in collaboration with other regulated healthcare providers.  You will be referred for any collaborate care that may be beneficial in helping you to achieve your wellness goals.  

Individualized treatment and person-centered care

YOU are the focus of your care, expect to be informed of the conventional and natural treatment options that are available to you so that you may make informed choices that support your wellness goals.  All treatment plans are individualized and take into account any potential interactions between medications or conventional treatments that you may also be using.  Your questions will be welcomed and answered in a way that you will understand, and you are invited to book as much time as you need to address your concerns.

Naturopathic Treatments

Depending on your specific health goals, and the findings of your individualized assessment, a combination of the following treatments may be recommended:

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Clinical Nutrition

Clinical nutrition is a treatment that addresses the relationship between diet and health, and may involve dietary adjustments and the use of natural supplements (such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutraceuticals) to promote health.  This can be used to address nutritional deficiencies, assist the body in with detoxification, or address specific health concerns by stimulating healing.

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Botanical Medicine

Botanical medicine is a treatment that involves the therapeutic use of plant substances, such as standardized herbal products, to promote physiological healing.  Many botanicals have pharmacological activity in the body and can be used to treat common health conditions.

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Lifestyle counseling

Lifestyle counseling involves empowering individuals by addressing barriers to health (such as physical, mental, emotional and environmental factors) and provides information to inform choices that optimize long-term health. 

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture helps restore the balance of Qi (“Chi”) – a vital energy that flows through channels known as meridians to nourish the body and mind, while helping to correct imbalances.  This is achieved by inserting hair-thin needles into specific points in the body. Modern science has validated the positive effects of acupuncture, specifically acupuncture’s ability to stimulate local blood and oxygen flow and its ability to release chemicals in the body that can have a positive effect on pain and mood.  Acupuncture has been medically endorsed for use to address pain and help regulate chemical and hormonal release.  

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Hands-on treatment and Hydrotherapy

Physical medicine is a treatment that incorporates hands-on techniques, such as massage and myo-fascial release, to benefit the muscles and soft-tissues.

Hydrotherapy is a treatment that uses water to positively influence tissues in the body and to accelerate the healing process.  This can be used to decrease inflammation and swelling, promote relaxation, or to increase blood flow to certain areas of the body.  Hydrotherapy can be used in conjunction with topical botanical extracts for an added effect.