Brief Description of the Natural Modalities We Practice

 

The following are descriptions of the individual "modalities" that we collectively use at WCNH. These modalities fall within the general umbrella of naturopathic and homeopathic medicine, see our history page for a broader description of these systems of medicine. Each of these modalities are unique natural approaches which have their own focus and strength. One of our primary jobs as naturopaths is to identify the natural modality which will most benefit each unique patient. We see these modalities as a toolbox to choose from, and for each individual patient we try to find just the right combination of tools for the job.

 

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

 

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete system of medicine with thousands of years of development. Acupuncture utilizes specific points along "meridians" of the body to address underlying imbalances in the body's systems, based on a unique holistic system of diagnosis and treatment. Treatment often includes Chinese bodywork and gentle hands on work in addition to needles.

 

Hydrotherapy

 

Hydrotherapy is the use of water to illicit the natural healing ability of the body. It is the oldest form of treatment for the body. Developed in the 1800â€ēs by Father Kneipp, a German priest and carried to America by Benedict Lust, water was used to treat many ailments. Water use was multi-faceted. Hot, cold, body temperature, with/without herbs, sprays or showers, compresses, baths, etc; each had their own function to help the body repair and return it to the "normal state".

 

Craniosacral Therapy

 

Craniosacral therapy is an extremely gentle method of osteopathic manipulation based on sensing the natural rhythms and movements of the body. Craniosacral can be useful for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions as well as other chronic problems, and is a great alternative to chiropractic for a gentler approach to adjustments.

 

Reiki

 

Reiki is Japanese technique that keeps the energy flowing through out the body & mind. Created by a man in Japan in 1922, he understood the way to use healing energy without draining the practitioner. Rei means life force, God, universal being and Ki means energy. It helps with stress and relaxation.

 

Whole Food Nutrition

 

Whole food Nutrition — Apart from being in-tune with nature, what you eat and how you eat it is probably the most important thing you will do everyday of your life. Only food should supports one's body, no "food-like" substances nor fractions of foods. Even vitamins and minerals should be closely examined to understand where they are sourced and how they are produced - many of these products are chemical extracts far removed from whole food sources of nutrients.

 

Iridology

 

As quoted by Bernard Jensen, DC, ND, the man who improved the science; a science whereby the doctor or operator can tell from the markings or signs in the iris of the eye the reflex condition of the various organs of the body. It is the science of determining acute, sub-acute, chronic, and destructive stages in the affected organs of the body through their corresponding areas in the iris. Drug deposits, inherent weaknesses and living habits of the patient are also revealed in the iris of the eye.

 

Functional/Dynamic Personal Training

 

Unlike most personal training, this type of training prepares one to everyday activities and stressors as well as improves the body's overall functioning. Each training session includes cardiovascular, strength training and stretching and accomplishes in 1 hour what one what have to do in several hours at the gym. Also there is focus on posture, gait, form, and adaptation to performed exercises.

 

Phytotherapy/Herbal Medicine/Botanical Medicine

 

Phytotherapy is the use of flowers, leaves, resins, and roots to promote the body's healing and natural functions. For thousands of years, humans as well as animals, used the plants around them to heal what ailed them. Each plant has specific qualities that can help with specific actions of the body with little to no side effects.

 

Applied Kinesiology

 

Founded by Dr. George Goodheart, Applied kinesiology links the physics of body movement and muscle testing to health and healthcare. It gives licensed health professionals an additional diagnostic tool to enhance their examination skills. The International College of Applied Kinesiology offers a quality control label for AK education and research. It restricts high quality AK education to licensed professionals only and promotes an AK Certification delivered by the International Board of Examiners. Applied Kinesiology is performed by health care professionals only. Applied Kinesiology can be divided into two distinct parts. One is an aid in assessment. Muscle testing is used help assess what is functioning abnormally. This can be a problem with the nervous system, the lymphatic drainage, the vascular supply to a muscle or organ, a nutritional excess or deficiency, a problem with the cranial-sacral – TMJ mechanism, an imbalance in the meridian system or a host of other problems. The second part of Applied Kinesiology involves the treatment phase. here, Dr. Goodheart and others in the International College of Applied Kinesiology have adapted different treatment methods to the problems that have been diagnosed. From nutrition to chiropractic manipulation to osteopathic cranial techniques to acupuncture – meridian therapies to myofascial techniques to nervous system coordination procedures to some of the latest theories in medicine involving control of the vascular and nervous system may be employed to balance the malfunction found in the patient. Applied Kinesiology borrows from many different disciplines and through the use of accurate, scientific muscle testing, in addition to the basic knowledge of the practitioner, helps direct the care to exactly what the patient's needs are instead of what the practitioner does.