Using all components of Naturopathic Medicine with the understanding of an athletes’ goals and sport, we can achieve a natural and effective approach to rehabilitation, enhance performance and act preventatively towards injuries and illnesses for the athlete. Naturopathic Medicine can improve stamina, agility, strength and endurance and improve healing time through proper nutrition and or supplementation with proper vitamins, minerals, amino acids etc…
In addition, we can use physical modalities and acupuncture to facilitate injury rehabilitation to provide a natural and effective healing plan. Proper healing is extremely important to assure minimal to no limitations for athletes before returning to sport.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture:
TCM is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for thousands of years. It incorporates acupuncture, acupressure, diet, massage, and Asian herbs and foods. According to TCM, when your energy flow, or Qi (pronounced “chi”) is out of balance, your body cannot adapt to stress, making you more likely to develop chronic illness and pain. TCM seeks to relieve these imbalances by adjusting the circulation of Qi and balancing the forces of yin and yang energy. A harmonious flow of Qi, achieved by balancing cold and heat, internal and external, yin and yang, will help sustain long-term physical, mental and emotional health.
In addition, Acupuncture works great for chronic and acute pain management and acute injuries. Using the theories of TCM, Acupuncture also works directly towards a target area. The needles help bring blood flow to the area and increase circulation and lymph drainage and decrease inflammation. Increased blood flow travels with other nutrients, providing healing properties to that target area. In addition, Trigger points (also known as knots) can cause a lot of pain to a specific area (most common, the neck and shoulders). This is because there is a lack of oxygen flow to the area. Acupuncture therefore releases knots and increases blood flow and oxygen return to the area.
Acupuncture can be effectecive for conditions such as back pain, arthritis, migraines, tennis elbow, sciatica and other muscle and joint conditions.
Homeopathic medicine follows the theory of “like cures like.” It is a natural, nontoxic therapeutic system of healing that uses minute amounts of plant, mineral or animal substances to stimulate the inherent ability of the body to heal itself.
Homeopathy restores the body to healthy balance, which is considered its natural state. The symptoms of a disease are regarded as the body’s own defensive attempt to correct its imbalance, rather than as enemies to be defeated. Homeopathic remedies are designed to stimulate this internal curative process rather than suppress the symptoms. The causes of your symptoms are unique to you; therefore, your ND will examine the cause of your pain or illness before prescribing appropriate homeopathic remedies.
Using specific parts of a plant or herb, we can target different systems in the body therapeutically in addition to using them to act preventatively. Herbs have the ability to stimulate responses without harsh side effects and toxicity when used correctly. They are a great natural alternative for some medicines and can be safe for the whole family.
Nutrition is a vital part of ones’ health. Understanding an individuals nutritional need is important to satisfy nutrient deficiencies or imbalances. Deficiencies and imbalances can be the root cause to a lot of chronic diseases and illnesses. There is no one correct way to eat. Each individual requires different specific nutritional needs and you can target specific health goals. See the section about allergy testing to see how food sensitivities are a common problem and can be the cause of many health concerns.
IgG/IgA- Food Sensitivity Testing
Many individuals suffer from food allergies/sensitivities without even knowing it. You do not need an anaphylactic response to be allergic or sensitive to certain foods. Our body creates antibodies to foods that affect us that can cause inflammation in the body and result in harmful and chronic diseases. We can experience such symptoms such as acne, eczema and other skin irritations, indigestion, IBS, constipation, bloating, fatigue, allergies ect. The food sensitivity test will examine the blood for increased antibodies to specific foods, making it easier to narrow down the root cause to symptoms and ailments. After removing the food products that come back high on the test, one can notice positive outcomes of symptom relief and removing inflammation. This is an option you can discuss with your Naturopathic Doctor, to send you for testing.
Utilizing theories in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Facial acupuncture provides a natural, non-surgical approach to healthier skin. It can help balance skin tone, moisturize the skin from within, improve collagen production, decrease fine lines and improve wrinkles. Facial acupuncture combines both body and facial acupuncture points and can be used either therapeutically or preventative for both men and women at any age. This technique does not use chemicals or injections to the skin making it a safer solution while giving the skin a healthier natural look
Osteopathy is another form of natural medicine focusing on the balance of various systems in the body – musculoskeletal, soft tissue, cranio-sacral, visceral and circulatory. These systems all work together to obtain balance but can be manipulated independently through osteopathic manipulation. Together with Naturopathic Training, we can restore optimal health.