A safe natural treatment that looks for the root cause of illness and treats the whole person.
Naturopathic medicine blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine, treating both acute and chronic conditions. Each treatment is individualized to each patient and consists of a combination of:
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Botanical/ Herbal Medicine
Naturopathic medicine is a safe treatment that looks for the root cause of illness, instead of quick fixes. We emphasize preventative medicine, as well as educate and empower patients to make healthy lifestyle choices. We work with the patient’s current practitioners to provide a truly integrative healthcare experience.
Below are some common conditons treated:
* Chronic pain
* Headaches, Migraine headaches, Tension type headaches
* Back pain
* Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Digestive disorders
* Cardiovascular Disease
* High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol problems
* Arthritis and Osteoporosis
* Allergies and Environmental illness
* Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia
* Eczema, Psoriasis and Acne
* Thyroid Disorders
* Cold and flu
* Ear, Sinus and Throat infections
* Musculoskeletal injury, prevention
* Stress and fatigue reduction
* Weight loss and weight management
* Smoking cessation
* Immune system strengthening
* General Health Maintenance
* Men's Health
* BPH and prostatitis
* Erectile dysfunction
* PMS and menstrual disorders
* Menopausal symptoms
* Fibrocystic breast disease
* Prenatal and postnatal care
* Endometriosis and Uterine fibroids
* Asthma and eczema
* Allergies and food intolerances
* ADHD and Autism
NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR'S QUALIFICATIONS
Naturopathic Doctors are regulated in Ontario under the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).
CONO functions to ensure that Naturopathic Doctors are properly qualified to practice Naturopathic Medicine and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice.
Ontario’s Naturopathy Act received final approval in June 2007 and came into full effect following an extensive transition process.
The Naturopathy Act moved the regulation of Naturopathic Doctors under the Regulated Health Professions Act, joining all other regulated health professions, including medical doctors, nurses and physiotherapists.
Naturopathic Doctors are also regulated in Canada in the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
NDs obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational structure similar to that of medical doctors.
Naturopathic Doctors are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies.
NDs require three years of pre-med postsecondary education, plus four years of full-time study at an approved college of Naturopathic Medicine.
There are two accredited Naturopathic Colleges in Canada. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, British Columbia.
The four year program incorporates over 4,500 hours of classroom training in basic medical science courses, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapies, as well as 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
Graduates from an accredited naturopathic college receive the designation Naturopathic Doctor (ND).
Following the completion of their program, NDs must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for licensing in Ontario.
NPLEX is the standard examination used by all regulated provinces and states across North America.
NDs are also required to earn continuing education credits on an ongoing basis to maintain their registration and good standing with the regulatory body.
The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors provides high quality continuing education that awards these necessary credits frequently throughout each calendar year.
A technique for balancing the flow of energy or Qi
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance. In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body's natural painkillers and increases blood flow.
Acupuncture is commonly used to treat:
* Neurological Disorders
* Fertility (Male and Female)
* Neck and Back Pain
* Hormonal Imbalances
* Menopausal Symptoms
* Menstrual Disorders
* Labour Pain
A safe, gentle and effective manual medicine
Osteopathy is a safe, gentle and effective hands on therapy that is effective at treating a wide range of painful disorders including chronic muscle, bone & joint pain.
Common conditions treated:
Low back pain
Foot and Ankle complaints
Muscle and ligament injuries
Tennis and Golfers elbow
Repetitive strain injuries
An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner uses their expertise in Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics to carefully evaluate symptoms and provide treatments that resolve the underlying factors which can lead to pain and discomfort.
Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive, manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Its aims is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. This holistic therapy is a unique whole body approach to health care. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and wellbeing.
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still established the practice of Osteopathy in the late 1800s in the United States of America, with the aim of using manual ‘hands on’ techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics, without the use of drugs.
Pressure points applied to both feet to relieve pain and promote relaxation
Simply put, reflexology is the study of reflexes. Pressure is applied to precise areas of the feet to help restore imbalances, relieve stress and tension, and improve circulation. It is safe, non-invasive, and very relaxing.
Common conditions treated include:
Ginger is a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and an Ontario Certified Teacher. Ginger’s breadth of experience in social work and teaching have given her a unique depth in understanding the struggles that families go through when a child has been diagnosed with a learning disability. Ginger’s counselling experience also includes working with individuals who have a learning disability, MID (Mild Intellectual Disability), Dual Diagnosis, and Addictions.
She has training from Waypoint Mental Health and ASYR in Dual Diagnosis, and her special interests include working with the following:
Children, students and adults with a learning disability and/or Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) combined with anxiety, depression, psychosis or addiction
Individuals who have Borderline Personality Disorder combined with depression, anxiety or addiction
Mid-life Crisis Management - helping and educating women who are near or in the menopausal transition stages to find happiness and balance in life when dealing with all the complex changes that take place both psychologically and physiologically
Focuses on anxiety, depression, and addiction
Ginger’s passion is to be an agent of change through evidenced-based practices to activate healing in the mind, body, and soul of her clients. Ginger is available on Saturday’s’ at the Newmarket Naturopathic Integrative Health Clinic.
Ginger is available in the clinic on Saturday's between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Massage/ Naturopathic Bodywork with Acupuressure
Relieves muscle tension, pain, and promotes relaxation
Naturopathic bodywork is a form of massage performed by a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. Gentle pressure is applied to muscles to manually stretch tense and painful muscles, improve mobility and promote relaxation. Common conditions treated include:
Acupressure points are incorporated into the treatment to maximize relaxation, improve circulation, and aid in other health concerns, including:
NOTE: Naturopathic Doctors are licensed to provide massage, and a receipt for a Naturopathic Medicine Visit will be provided (NOT Registered Massage Therapy).