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Naturopathic Medicine in Alberta & Ontario

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Naturally-Focused Medicine to Stimulate Healing

Naturopathic medicine is a healthcare system that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate and enhance the body’s inherent healing power while treating the underlying cause of disease.

Naturopathic medicine is based on 6 principles:

  • First Do No Harm
  • The Healing Power of Nature
  • Identify & Treat the Cause
  • Treat the Whole Person
  • Doctor as Teacher
  • Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

With naturopathy, the body’s natural state is perceived as good health. It is also believed that the body is inherently able to respond to challenges and maintain itself. Disease is perceived as a process, rather than an entity.

When you visit Optimum Wellness Centres for a consultation, you will be met with friendly staff to check and make sure that all of your required information is on file. We will then have a no-obligation conversation about why you seek treatment and what you want to get out of it.

Your health history and lifestyle will then be discussed to pinpoint the underlying cause for your pain or discomfort. This initial conversation will likely be lengthy and include discussions about your family history, life stressors, past accidents or significant events in your life, and anything else that may have affected your health or well-being.

Your doctor will use various testing methods and questionnaires to gain the best understanding of your health possible. They may also refer to your previous medical reports, such as MRIs or X-rays, to assess your health concerns. Standard diagnostic and laboratory testing is also involved in a complete naturopathic assessment and diagnosis.

Your doctor will also discuss your current nutritional status, eating habits, and other food patterns to assess your diet’s effect on your health.

Once you have completed these assessments and examinations, your doctor can make an accurate diagnosis and begin developing a treatment plan.

Treatment Options & Plans

Depending on your ailments and general well-being, your treatment plan will vary. However, naturopathic doctors in Canada are trained on the following natural therapies:

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Botanical Medicine
  • Homeopathic Medicine
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture
  • Physical Medicine
  • Prevention & Lifestyle Counselling

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FAQs

Both naturopathic and conventional doctors are similarly trained—the main differences are the philosophical approach and therapies used. Naturopathic doctors address physical, environmental, lifestyle, attitudinal, and emotional aspects of health to develop a well-rounded approach to treatment.

Your naturopathic doctor will likely look for natural, less-invasive strategies to treat you before prescribing medication. However, they are trained in pharmaceutical drugs and will prescribe them when they feel it’s necessary.

Naturopathic medicine can treat health concerns for all ages, from chronic pain to psychological distress. Naturopathic medicine has been beneficial for:

  • Those looking for disease prevention & health promotion.
  • Those with symptoms that traditional methods have been unsuccessful in treating.
  • Patients with serious or chronic illnesses that are looking for other treatment options.
  • Patients looking to minimize the side effects of drugs, surgery, or other treatments.

Naturopathic medicine is meant to be accessible to all who may need it, so you do not need a doctor’s referral to access treatment.

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Safe Stretching

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Safe Stretching

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How do we stretch safely to avoid injury? Follow these guidelines, and talk to your therapist about which stretches are best for you! There is no good or bad stretch s- its about what is appropriate for YOU! Warm-up: This prepares the body and mind for the stretches, increases the muscle temperature, and increases blood […]

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How do we stretch safely to avoid injury? Follow these guidelines, and talk to your therapist about which stretches are best for you! There is no good or bad stretch s- its about what is appropriate for YOU! Warm-up: This prepares the body and mind for the stretches, increases the muscle temperature, and increases blood […]

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Types Of Stretching

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Types Of Stretching

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If you want to maximize the benefits of stretching, finding the right type and category of stretches is important. Static Stretching: These are stretches that have no movement. Once you’re in the stretch, you stay there for the duration of the exercise. The muscle is stretched, under tension, and it’s opposing muscles are relaxed. Then […]

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March 24, 2020
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If you want to maximize the benefits of stretching, finding the right type and category of stretches is important. Static Stretching: These are stretches that have no movement. Once you’re in the stretch, you stay there for the duration of the exercise. The muscle is stretched, under tension, and it’s opposing muscles are relaxed. Then […]

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Benefits Of Stretching

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Benefits Of Stretching

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This article is going to dive deeper into the specific benefits of stretching. If you have more specific questions, talk to your provider. Improved Range of Motion: By putting out body in certain positions, we help lengthen the muscles involved. This helps reduce muscle tension and we can increase our range of motion. Why does […]

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March 23, 2020
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This article is going to dive deeper into the specific benefits of stretching. If you have more specific questions, talk to your provider. Improved Range of Motion: By putting out body in certain positions, we help lengthen the muscles involved. This helps reduce muscle tension and we can increase our range of motion. Why does […]

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