What does a Naturopathic Doctor do?
Naturopathic Doctors are primary health care providers with the goal of finding and treating the root cause of disease. Naturopathic Doctors are the health care field’s leading experts on botanical and herbal medicine, plant pharmacology, clinical nutrition, and condition-specific micronutrient supplementation. Naturopathic doctors also have an extensive background in pharmacology, physical medicine (orthopedic assessment and treatment), advanced regenerative injection therapies, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, cupping, and lifestyle counselling.
Naturopathic Doctors blend up-to-date leading medical research with traditional medical practices with the aim of treating the root cause of disease and addressing both physical health and mental health in order to achieve optimal wellness and disease prevention.
Naturopathic Medical Services:
- Prolotherapy Injection Therapy
- Peri-Neural Injection Therapy
- Clinical Nutrition
- Botanical/Herbal Medicine
- Lifestyle Counselling
- Stress Management & Mental Health Services
- Chinese Acupuncture
- Medical Acupuncture
- Dry Needling
- Cupping Therapy
- Blood & Salivary Hormone Testing
- General Health Screening & Annual Physical Exams
- Mobility, Rehab, & Exercise Prescription
Why See a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors treat a wide variety of health concerns, related to both physical health and mental health. Some of the main conditions a Naturopathic Doctor can treat are:
Musculoskeletal/Neurological Concerns: chronic pain, ligament injuries, tendon injuries, meniscal tears or injuries, joint pain & inflammation, tight/hypertonic muscles, TMJ syndrome, whiplash injuries, headaches, migraines, peripheral neuropathy, plantar fasciitis, functional scoliosis, joint or disc degeneration, disc herniations, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, piriformis syndrome, etc.
Endocrine/Genitourinary Concerns: hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s disease, diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea (missed periods), anovulation (missed ovulation), menopausal symptoms, irregular periods, chronic yeast infections, male and female infertility, IVF and IUI support, pre-natal and conception health, erectile dysfunction, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), chronic UTI’s, hemorrhoids, etc.
Gastrointestinal Concerns: gastrointestinal infections, diverticulitis, acid reflux/GERD/heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), achlorhydria (low stomach acid), chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation, inflammatory bowel diseases (crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), gall stones, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, celiac disease, intestinal parasites, food sensitivities, chronic bloating, chronic gas, etc.
Respiratory Tract/Infectious Concerns: upper respiratory tract infections, recurrent cold’s and flu’s, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergies, acute and chronic ear infections, recurrent sore throat, asthma, chronic bronchitis, general immune system boosting, etc.
Cardiovascular Concerns: hypertension/high blood pressure, hypotension/low blood pressure, high cholesterol/hypercholesterolemia, etc.
Mental Health Concerns: stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, dementia, age-related cognitive decline, etc.
Autoimmune Concerns: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (SLE), etc.
Dermatological Concerns: acne, eczema, psoriasis, allergic dermatitis, lichen sclerosis, lichen planus, pityriasis rosea, etc.
And many more!
What to expect at your first visit:
At your initial visit, your Naturopathic Doctor will go through your chief medical concerns as well your entire medical history, including your medications, supplements/natural health products, diet, digestion, sleep, stress, exercise, mood/mental health, etc. Often times there may be some routine physical exams and orthopaedic assessments performed in order to get a full assessment of your main health concerns. Usually, you will receive treatment recommendations at the end of your initial visit, however if additional lab work or imaging are needed to investigate your concerns further, your treatment plan will be discussed at your first follow-up once all diagnostic information has been received.
How often do I need to see a Naturopathic Doctor?
The frequency of appointments varies depending on the nature of your concerns and the course of treatment needed to address your health concerns. For medical concerns not requiring in-office treatments (ie. injection therapies, acupuncture, etc.) often your first follow-up will be within 2 weeks of your initial appointment, with subsequent follow-ups as needed to monitor treatment progress, which may be anywhere from monthly, to once every 3 month follow-ups, or 6 month to yearly check ups. For patients requiring in-office treatments, acupuncture is recommended to be weekly for 4-6 weeks on average, then as needed. Injection therapies are performed on 3 week intervals for prolotherapy injections, and peri-neural injections weekly for 3-4 weeks or as needed for pain management.
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