What is the difference between naturopathic medicine, homeopathy and other practitioners of alternative medicine?
QWhat is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to improving health and treating illness that employs natural means to empower an individual to achieve health. Naturopathic doctors are the general practitioners of natural medicine. In addition to providing recommendations on lifestyle, diet, and exercise, naturopathic doctors may use a variety of natural therapeutics including clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, Oriental medicine & acupuncture, hydrotherapy, therapeutic manipulation, and counseling. Focusing on prevention, and using natural substances and treatments, naturopathic doctors (ND) support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself.
QCould you please describe what is involved in a naturopathic visit?
The first visit with a Naturopathic Doctor is 60 minutes in length, and includes a health history and discussion, as well as a thorough physical examination and diagnostic testing. The initial visit is lengthy and comprehensive in order to obtain the appropriate information about the patient. This will help the naturopathic doctor make a proper assessment and create the best plan for you. Remember, every patient is different, and that every patient requires an individual treatment plan. Naturopathic doctors are interested in all aspects of your life, including the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
QAre visits with your Naturopathic Doctor covered by OHIP?
Treatment by a Naturopathic Doctor is not covered by OHIP, however most extended health care plans (Third Party Insurance Plans) do cover the cost of your visits. Check at your workplace to find out whether your benefits package includes naturopathic medicine.
QHow are Naturopathic Doctors regulated?
In Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors are licensed through the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy (BDDT-N), and are regulated under the Drugless Practitioner’s Act (since 1925). In order to find out if a naturopath is licensed, you can contact the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) at 416-233-2001.
The naturopathic profession is currently applying to come under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), this law regulates other health care professionals such as chiropractors, medical doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, optometrists and midwives.
QWhat is the difference between naturopathic medicine, homeopathy and other practitioners of alternative medicine?
Naturopathic Doctors are educated in the conventional medical sciences in addition to a range of natural therapeutics. Naturopathic Doctors complete a minimum of three years premedical studies at university, followed by four years of intensive post-graduate training at an accredited naturopathic college, and are provincially licensed and regulated. Graduates from the naturopathic college receive a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) Diploma. Homeopaths, on the other hand, are not required to obtain an undergrad degree prior to entering a homeopathy program, and they are not a regulated profession.
Where homeopaths utilize their one modality (homeopathy), naturopaths use several modalities of treatment – which include homeopathy, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and herbs), clinical nutrition, botanical medicine (herbs), bodywork, hydrotherapy, and lifestyle counseling.
QHow is naturopathic medicine different from conventional medicine?
Conventional and naturopathic medicines complement one another, but they differ in their approach to treatment. Naturopathic medicine assesses the whole person, and focuses on disease prevention and health enhancement using natural therapies and patient education. The role of the Naturopathic Doctor is to teach patients how to better care for their own health.
QDo Naturopathic Doctors interact with other health professionals?
Naturopathic medicine is a complete, coordinated approach to health care. Naturopathic treatments are often combined with conventional medical treatments. It is becoming more common to find Naturopathic Doctors working with other health professionals for the good of the patient. Naturopathic doctors also refer patients to other practitioners including medical doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists and midwives. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to recognize conditions, which are outside their scope of practice and to refer to other health practitioners when it is appropriate to do so. Patients do not require a referral from a medical doctor to make an appointment with a Naturopathic Doctor.
QIs naturopathic medicine scientific?
Thousands of modern clinical studies have validated a variety of natural medicines and treatments used by naturopathic doctors. Naturopathic schools encourage and facilitate research. More mainstream international universities are conducting evidence based scientific studies to help validate natural treatments and therapies.
QIs naturopathic medicine safe?
The safety record of naturopathic medicine is excellent. This makes sense given the emphasis on non-toxic, natural source medicines and gentle, non-invasive treatments. Side effects are rare and naturopathic doctors are knowledgeable about contraindications between naturopathic remedies and conventional medicines.
QHow often do I need to come for treatment?
The goal of the Naturopathic Doctor is to understand the patient and all the factors which impact on his/her health. A personal treatment plan will then be proposed to help facilitate your healing process. This individualized treatment plan is different for every patient. Please consult with your naturopathic practitioner.
QCan my health conditions be treated using naturopathic medicine?
Many health conditions can benefit from naturopathic care. Naturopathic medicine is extremely effective in the treatment of long-term chronic diseases, as well as the prevention and reduction of acute conditions. Click here to look at a more comprehensive list of conditions we treat.
QHow do I make my appointment?
Naturopathic medicine represents a new evolution in health care as it encourages the patient to participate in the healing process. At pureBalance Wellness · Cancer Care, patient and doctor will work together to achieve long lasting health and wellness. Let’s start today!
QDo I need a referral to see a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic services do not require a referral from a medical doctor.
QWhat is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue including muscle, skin, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and membranes in order to gain therapeutic response.
Swedish massage, hydrotherapy and mobilization are some of the techniques used to meet your individual needs. Massage Therapy aids in the healing process from injury or overuse and is an excellent form of preventive health care.
QAre visits with a registered massage therapist covered by OHIP?
Treatment by a registered massage therapist is not covered by OHIP, however most extended health care plans (Third Party Insurance Plans) do cover the cost of your visits. Check at your workplace to find out whether your benefits package includes massage therapy.
QWhat can I expect at a massage therapy visit?
Expect an assessment at the first visit for the therapist to determine what areas of the body to focus on. You will be asked for a confidential medical history which will help your therapist form the treatment plan including precautions and doctor recommendation.
You will be asked to undress to the extent to which you are comfortable. Our registered massage therapists can work through clothing or on the skin with massage lotion. During treatment, only the areas of the body being worked on will be undraped. The therapist will leave the room while you undress and cover yourself on the table. The registered massage therapist will work with you throughout the treatment to best meet your needs.
QWhat is Chiropractic?
A system of therapies based upon the theory that disease is caused by abnormal function of the nervous system. It attempts to restore normal function by manipulation and treatment of the structures of the body, especially those of the spinal column.
QWhat kind of education do Chiropractors have?
As with other professional occupations; a Chiropractic Doctor has a programme of undergraduate and then professional study. After a minimum three years undergraduate study in qualifying sciences (pre-Chiropractic study), eligible candidates are accepted into an accredited Chiropractic College. The vast majority of Chiropractors actually complete a full undergraduate degree before entering their professional Chiropractic studies.
Once their 4-year Chiropractic degree is completed, they must pass a demanding National Board Examination before receiving their Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Then, to be able to practice, they must apply to the government or professional licensing board and pass an even more demanding qualifying test in order to be granted the privilege to practice Chiropractic medicine. Chiropractors are primary care physicians, and one of only five professions authorized to use the title of “Doctor”.
QIs Chiropractic regulated in Canada?
Like medicine and dentistry, chiropractic is a self-regulating profession, and each provincial chiropractic regulatory body has the authority to grant a license to practice chiropractic. There are Chiropractic Acts in all 10 provinces and the Yukon Territory which establish a self-regulatory process which includes extensive testing for licensure. In all provinces, licensure requirements include a minimum of two years pre-professional university studies, graduation from an accredited chiropractic institution (4 or 5 years), and passing national and provincial board examinations.
QWhat do Chiropractors do?
Chiropractors focus on restoring proper spinal biomechanics, thereby improving nervous system function. Starting with a thorough case history, to get a complete background on past health, your Chiropractor can get an understanding of your current state of health. From there, a discussion of the problem with you is followed by a thorough orthopaedic, neurological, and chiropractic examination. X-rays may also be taken to uncover structural and functional problems associated with the spinal column or extremities. From here, your Chiropractor will recommend the best course of action for your individual condition. If chiropractic adjustments are deemed necessary, progress is monitored with periodic examinations and follow-up reports.
QWhat exactly is an adjustment?
A Chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixed, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the bones to gradually return to a more normal state of mobility.
Adjustments are safe and natural procedures designed to work with the body’s natural movements. The purpose of this procedure is improved spinal function, nervous system function, and overall health. There are many different ways to adjust the spine. Some adjustments are done by hand, some by specially designed instruments. Some adjustment methods are quick, whereas others require slow, constant pressure. Depending on your particular health problem, you will experience a specific method and style of adjustment that is right for you!
QHow long will I need to be under Chiropractic care?
It depends on the individual. We recommend continued check-ups even after the pain for which you may have sought treatment has seemingly disappeared. Part of staying healthy is regular exercise, proper rest & nutrition, and making sure your body’s systems are functioning without impediment. Most patients find that periodic check-ups help keep them in optimum shape. Especially those who are active, have stressful jobs, or who simply want to be at their best. Others will only visit a Chiropractor when their pain becomes unmanageable. This style of crisis management generally is more costly and time consuming, as a more comprehensive series of treatments is necessary to get them back on their feet. In the end, it is a matter of personal choice, whether you wish Chiropractic care to be a short-term “I need relief now” method of treatment, or a long-term “I want to always feel better” maintenance of good health.
QIs Chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic is recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non- invasive treatments available for headache, neck, and back pain. During the last 25 years there have been five formal government inquiries into chiropractic, all of which have found the profession to be safe, effective, and cost-effective.
QCan’t I adjust myself?
While your Chiropractor may give you a series of stretches and exercises to assist in the healing process, it is not recommended that you attempt to adjust yourself. Chiropractic adjustments are applied to a specific spinal segment with a specific force in a specific direction. “Self-adjusting” yourself is detrimental, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unstable (or hypermobile). Chiropractic training takes many years to complete; adjusting the spine is not for the inexperienced. Even Chiropractors visit other Chiropractors for treatment.
QChiropractic and OHIP
Treatment by a Chiropractor is not covered by OHIP, however most extended health care plans (Third Party Insurance Plans) do cover the cost of your visits. Check at your workplace to find out whether your benefits package includes chiropractic care.
QChiropractic and Worker’s Compensation Board
The Workers’ Compensation Act gives workers the right to choose chiropractic care. During the management of a case, there may be referral either way between doctors of chiropractic (DC) and medical doctors (MD). Chiropractors provide all reports and certificates on the same basis as medical doctors.