Frequently Asked Questions about Naturopathic Medicine
What can I expect from an initial naturopathic appointment?
Your appointment will be approximately 60 minutes long. In the visit a thorough case history will be taken and a screening or complaint oriented physical exam will be performed.
Please bring any relevant laboratory results from other health care practitioners to your first visit. This will add in the understanding your current health status.
From the information you provided the Naturopathic Doctor will develop a comprehensive treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.
Depending on the treatment plan decided upon, the appropriate type of follow up visits will be scheduled as needed.
What can I expect from a follow up naturopathic appointment?
In your subsequent visits the Naturopathic Doctor will gather any further information needed, discuss and implement your treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.
The duration of the follow up visits is determined by the treatment plan agreed upon by the patient and Naturopathic Doctor and the nature of the treatments. For example a patient being treated with acupuncture will typically have regular short follow up visits whereas another patient may have longer visits initially followed by occasional “check in” visits later.
What are the guiding principles of naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic doctors are guided by six principles. This set of principles emphasized throughout a naturopathic doctor’s training outlines the naturopathic approach to health and healing and forms the foundation of this district form of health care.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non re)
Naturopathic medicine follows three principles to avoid harming the patients: utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms acknowledge and respect the individual’s healing process using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness Your naturopathic doctor chooses remedies and therapies that are safe and effective to increase your health and decrease harmful side effects.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Your naturopathic doctor works to restore and support the powerful and inherent healing ability of your body, mind and spirit and to prevent further disease from occurring. Naturopathic doctors identify and remove obstacles to recovery, facilitating and augmenting this ordered and intelligent healing ability.
Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
The primary goal of your naturopathic doctor is to determine and treat the underlying cause rather than simply managing or suppressing the symptoms. The underlying cause may be due to diet, lifestyle habits, life events, posture or environment. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal.
Treat the Whole Person
Each person is unique and requires individualized care. In treating the cause of any condition your naturopathic doctor takes into account not only your physical symptoms, but also mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spiritual and other factors. Disease affects the entire person, not just a specific organ or system. Your nutritional status, lifestyle, family history, feelings, environmental stresses and physical health are all carefully evaluated and addressed.
Doctor As Teacher (Docere)
Your naturopathic doctors will assist you in understanding health and illness. He/she will provide with an understanding of the factors that affect your health and help you balance and become more capable of maintaining your own health. Naturopathic doctors also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor- patient relationship.
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Your naturopathic doctor applies all of the above principles in a proactive form of disease prevention and health promotion. Naturopathic doctors emphasize healthy daily habits, they assess risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and make appropriate interventions to prevent illness. Health is more than just the absence of disease. Health entails daily functioning on the highest possible levels, and is obtained by proper nutrition, exercise, balanced lifestyle, positive emotions, thoughts and actions. The capacity for optimal wellness or an improved quality of life is inherent in every body.
What training do Naturopathic Doctors receive?
To obtain entry into a naturopathic medical program an person must have completed a three year pre-medical science degree at a University maintaining a grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 point scale. Prerequisite courses include biology, biochemistry, chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory psychology and humanities.
Naturopathic medicine is taught at one of six colleges in North America. The program is a 4-year-full time program in an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine that includes more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
In order to be licensed Naturopathic Doctors must Pass NPLEX board exams that are written after the 2nd year and 4th year of study. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions for Naturopathic doctors in North America. Naturopathic Doctors must also meet the Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits as required by the provincial regulatory boards on an ongoing basis.
Frequently Asked Questions about Massage Therapy
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards the therapist will ask you questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints.
What do I wear during the massage?
For a full body massage, most people wear only their underwear or undress completely. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
How will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. A light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.
Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
At gesund we use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapists attention so that we can ensure your comfort and safety.
Is a massage always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That’s why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms and before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking.
How long will a massage treatment last?
The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.
Is massage therapy covered by OHIP?
No, Massage Therapy is not covered by OHIP. However most extended health benefit plans provided by employers cover massage therapy. Check with your plan to see your coverage. Please note some plans may require a doctor’s note before treatments will be covered.
Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a highly skilled, manual therapy that focuses on treating ailments concerning muscles, joints and the nervous system of the body. The goal is to focus on the source of the problem so as to restore proper joint mechanics of the body.
What do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors treat musculoskeletal (muscle, joint, nerve) injuries of the body. This includes not only joints of the spine, but also shoulder, elbows, wrists, hip, knees, ankles and foot problems. The goal is to restore the normal mechanics and functional capacity of the human body while specifically treating the underlying problem.
What can I expect during a chiropractic visit?
Chiropractors are highly skilled doctors, whose comprehensive training has prepared them to deal with injuries of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. On a first visit with a chiropractor, a thorough history, and orthopedic and neurological examination will be conducted on the joint or body part in question. After the examination, a diagnosis will be conveyed to the patient as well as a plan of management concerning treatment. Once the diagnosis is given, and consent to treatment has been signed and acknowledged by the patient, only then will treatment commence. At gesund, treatment involves ART© (Active Release Therapy) and/or joint manipulation and/or acupuncture. Depending on the case, rehabilitative exercises and stretches will also be given.
What is an adjustment or manipulation?
A chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a high velocity, low amplitude thrust that is applied to joints of the body that are restricted based on a thorough examination. A popping sound may occur with an adjustment/manipulation. This is simply the gas and fluid moving around that surrounds each joint. This is not a dangerous or detrimental phenomenon, nor is it necessary for therapeutic benefit. Quite simply, the sound produced is similar to opening a can of soda for the first time.
Do I need a referral from my medical doctor to see a chiropractor?
No. Chiropractors are primary healthcare providers, just like medical doctors. Simply call our clinic to schedule an appointment or visit our website to make an appointment with our chiropractor.