Naturopathic Physiotherapy (NPT)
Naturopathic Physiotherapy treatments are a powerful, natural, and non-invasive way to support the body’s healing processes. This therapy combines specifically timed thermal applications with biologically compatible electro-therapies to improve circulation and the biological function the doctor is seeking. NPT has a long track record of safety and effectiveness.
The combination of thermal and electro-therapy units are determined at each visit by the doctor after listening to your heart tones and bowel sounds, and considering your symptoms. The selection, combination, and order of the electro-therapy devices and the timing of the thermal applications are adjusted according to your individual condition. The individualized treatment is charted by the doctor and then administered by one of our specially trained medical assistants. The treatments are pleasant, relaxing, and take about 40 minutes.
Different Naturopathic Physiotherapy treatments are used to treat people with infections, autoimmune conditions, pain, arthritis, colitis, constipation, skin diseases, cancer, menstrual cycle disorders, asthma, liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, ankle sprains, and many other conditions. Research has demonstrated that a series of treatments improves liver, kidney, digestive, and thyroid function, improved cholesterol values, and a normalization of high and low blood sugar levels. Other research has shown an increase in the number of white blood cells by 10,000 on average after only one treatment.
The sine wave is a muscle stimulator – it is not a TENS unit. This device is commonly used in physical therapy to improve circulation, reduce swelling, improve muscle function, and reduce pain. We use sine wave for those common complaints. However, we also use it to treat digestive function, improve immune system function and enhance detoxification.
We place the sine wave pads on the back to stimulate the spinal nerves that control the digestive processes. We also place pads over various organs to enhance organ activity.
Our application of sine wave activates the digestive organs to strengthen digestion by improving digestive enzyme output and calibrating the digestive tract muscular rhythm. Patients feel a mild tingling on the back and my feel a gentle tug in the abdomen when the pads are on the back as the organs are activated.
Shortwave Diathermy is an energy wave in the radio wave spectrum. Diathermy creates a gentle deep warmth. Diathermy improves white blood cell ability to consume bacteria, temporarily paralyzes bacteria in the energy field, relaxes the body, and enhances nutrition delivery to the cells locally. We utilize diathermy to treat patients with many different types of infections including sinus, pneumonia, bladder infections, colds flus, and strep throat. We also utilize it for digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, chrons, and diarrhea. Musculo-skeletal problems like low back pain, muscle and joint sprains, frozen shoulder and fractures heal more quickly and effectively with the use of diathermy.
LASER Phototherapy is a safe, effective, well researched adjunctive treatment to comprehensive naturopathic care. The laser can decrease your pain and inflammation, stimulate your immune system and enhance your energy production at the cellular level.
LASER Phototherapy is effective for: Arthritis, Tendonitis (such as tennis elbow, golfers elbow, etc), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sinusitis, low back pain, etc.
High Frequency current is applied in a fashion similar to ultrasound — with a handle holding a treatment head. The current feels very mild and tingling with a slight warmth. It works as a form of ‘cellular massage’, and is quite gentle and effective. The current is antimicrobial, oxygenates the blood, and improves the repair speed of joints, soft tissue and bones if they are injured, is anti-inflammatory, relaxes muscle spasm, reduces pain and recharges the nervous system. We use high frequency for muscle cramps, to encourage torn tissues to heal such as over sprained ankles, broken bones, inflamed and infected organs such as bladder or prostate, respiratory infections, menstrual cramps, ovarian cysts, areas of sharp pain, certain types of tumors such as fibroids and more.
MINERAL INFRARED THERAPY (MIR)
Provides therapeutic heat to enhance circulation and nutrient absorption into cells. Infrared rays are passed through a mineral plate which emits a unique energy signature. The electromagnetic waves allow minerals in the body to be utilized more efficiently. The electromagnetic waves can also be utilized to stimulate production of functional substances such as adrenal hormones for better stress response and acetylcholine for better brain function.
LipoMelt -- Body Contouring / Fat Loss
The LipoMelt program uses LED light (635nm) to help naturally slim, shape and tone areas including the waist, hips, thighs and upper arms. It also uses 880nm light to increase collagen and elastin formation while contouring the body and creating a slimmer appearance. The unique 635nM and 880nm wavelengths of LipoMelt stimulates fat cells to release their contents which is then easily and naturally eliminated by the body. LipoMelt is also utilized to reduce inflamation in large areas such as back pain and to tighten skin reducing wrinkles.
Colon Hydrotherapy is a method of colon cleansing using constant warm water lavage with a contained temperature and pressure controlled device administered by a trained technician.
Colonics support cleansing of bowel toxins. We most commonly utilize colonics as part of the healing process for autoimmune conditions, constipation, chronic inflammatory disorders, skin disorders and as an alternative to chemical laxatives in preparing for a Colonoscopy.
Colon Hydrotherapy at PND is provided in a quiet and relaxing environment. Your well-being and safety is our highest priority. The Libbe device is ergonomically designed for your comfort. It also provides temperature-controlled water, purified through a carbon charcoal filter and an ultraviolet light. An odorless vent system (ie no foul smells during treatment), flushing valve, and viewing tube allow for a more pleasant experience. This gentle process leaves you feeling clean without unpleasant after-effects.
Our medical grade top of the line hypoallergenic sauna is available to support cleansing. There are NO glues, laminate, plywood, varnish, pine, or adhesives. Our sauna is made of high-grade untreated white popular and utilizes certified low EMF heaters. Our sauna is the same sauna used by foremost expert on chemical sensitivity Dr. William Rea and our providers are experts in the use of Sauna and cleansing.
We provide herbal tea and mineral rich spring water to drink before and after your sauna along with a private changing area and shower. The result: heavenly relaxation, significant elimination of chemicals and heavy metals, and enhanced vitality!
Naturopathic Manual Therapy (NMT)
We utilize visceral manipulation (aimed at restoring proper movement and function to your organs), massage techniques, stretching, trigger point release, craniosacral therapy (aimed at releasing fascia restriction and balancing your craniosacral rhythms), bone/joint movement normalization, hydrotherapy, and exercise recommendations to help you toward better function.
Visceral Manipulation is a manual therapy consisting of gentle, specifically placed manual forces that encourage normal mobility, tone and inherent tissue motion of the viscera (organs), their connective tissue and other areas of the body where physiologic motion has been impaired.
Visceral Manipulation (VM) works with the body's internal membranes and organs or visceral system (the stomach, liver, intestines and other internal organs) to locate and alleviate any abnormal points of tension throughout the body.
Visceral Manipulation is useful for:
- Swallowing difficulties
- Digestive problems
- Incontinence problems
- Back and neck pain
- Shoulder and hip pain
- Carpal tunnel & other repetitive strain injuries
- Whiplash and other physical trauma
- And many other conditions
How does visceral manipulation work?
VM is used to locate and solve problems that develop due to constrictions in the viscera, which can have impacts throughout the body's internal systems, as well as external musculoskeletal systems. It encourages your own natural mechanisms of healing, which improves the functioning of your organs, alleviates the negative effects of stress, and improves overall health, boosting resistance to disease.
A trained practitioner uses the rhythmic motions of the visceral system to evaluate normal activity and movement or "fluidity forces" within the internal body. Harmony and health exist when motion is free; when there is no constriction of movement, when flow internally is not diminished, and when structures move fluidly relative to neighboring structures.
Therapists using Visceral Manipulation assess the dynamic functional actions (movements) as well as the somatic structures (actual organ systems) that perform individual activities. They also evaluate the quality of the somatic structures and their functions in relation to an overall harmonious pattern. Motion is the barometer used to determine quality of visceral function.
The human body is held together and given its shape by connective tissue. Developing early in fetal growth, all of the connective tissue in the human body is continuous. There is a lot of it: about 20% of the weight of the human body is connective tissue. Collectively this connective tissue matrix is the Organ of Support.
Practitioners of VM work with the Organ of Support to assist clients to a better relationship to movement, gravity, and to life. The membranes supporting the internal organs have multiple and extensive connections with the rest of the organs of support in the body. VM Founder, French Osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral demonstrated that manipulation of the visceral support system has profound and lasting effects on the organization of the rest of the body.
Imagine an adhesion around any of the body's organs. It would create a situation of strain that demands abnormal accommodations from nearby body structures. For example, often adhesions form in the pleural membrane surrounding one of the lungs due to coughing, colds or flu, or just normal aging. A pleural adhesion can alter rib motion, which creates imbalance to the vertebral column and alters breathing capacity, as well as posture and movement.
By releasing constrictions and contractures in the connective tissue layers of the viscera, tissue softens, becomes more pliable, and blood flow increases, allowing tissue to become rehydrated, bringing more flexibility and capacity for normal movement and healthy interaction with surrounding organs, nerves, and systems.
Due to the delicate and often highly reactive nature of the visceral tissues, gentle force precisely directed has the most beneficial results. As with other methods of manipulation that can profoundly affect the body, Visceral Manipulation works with the natural homeostatic or health-maintaining forces within the body. As a result, a VM trained therapist can assist the natural process of healing, subsequently relieving the injury or disorganization that has occurred within the system.
Did you Know?
In a single day, your internal organs move at least 20,000 times. Your liver alone travels 600 meters.
Motion is a sign of life itself. Everything in the universe is in motion. Everything moves in space and time and humans are no exception to this rule. Our bodies need movement to be healthy. This same principle applies to every structure in our bodies including the viscera. For an organ to be healthy and have optimal function there needs to be motion.
Tissues lose their normal motion when they become inflamed. The natural healing process involves local disruption of normal tissue fibers and their replacement with relatively inelastic granular tissue. It can be conceptualized as a localized drying-out of the affected tissues. Many factors can cause tissue inflammation including: infections, direct trauma, repetitious movement, diet, environmental toxins and emotional stress.
VM employs specifically placed gentle touch that works to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and the connective tissue membranes that surround each of the body's organ systems.
Are you not getting 100% relief of back pain?
If so, there may be visceral (organ) contributions.
A recent study of 30 patients with back pain revealed 50% had a restriction in the tissue in the large intestine and 50% in the small intestine that was contributing to their back pain.
"The purpose of Visceral Manipulation is to recreate, harmonize and increase proprioceptive communication in the body to enhance its internal mechanism for better health."
Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O.
What are the Benefits of Visceral Manipulation?
The visceral support membranes have rich autonomic nervous system innervation. In fact, the number of neurons in the visceral support system exceeds the number of neurons in the spinal cord and brain stem. The nerve plexi of the visceral support system have been referred to as the Enteric brain or "Second brain".
These nerve plexi function as a crucial entry point for our peripheral and central nervous system. When there are injuries in the viscera, we may experience a variety of symptoms, such as pain, nervousness, even mood changes and sleep disturbances. VM relieves these varied symptoms.
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.
How does CranioSacral Therapy Work?
The craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord – has great influence over proper function of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods. With a very light pressure, we evaluate the craniosacral system by gently examining various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-pressure techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system. Craniosacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions such as chronic pain, headaches, injuries, ADD/ADHD, poor mental clarity, mood disorders and more.
Natural Therapeutic Dispensary
Plant extracts are effective, safe, nutritive, and tonifying to your body systems. Plant extracts are a complex mixture of substances that enhance your vitality compared to synthetic isolate pharmaceuticals with no nutritive or tonic effect. We formulate liquid plant extracts that are customized to your needs. Tablets, capsules, creams, powders, etc., are also available.
Nutrition determines the function of your body systems. The biggest challenge to your immune system is your food. The main determinant of your gene expression is the food you eat. The right food and food concentrates are the critical factor that will help you restore your health.
We utilize food and food concentrates to correct to correct insulin resistance, diabetes, cholesterol problems, high blood pressure, obesity, hormone imbalance, arthritis, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues....
NanoSRT (Stress Reduction Therapy) optimizes your response to stressors (such as foods, chemicals, pollens, pet danders, yeasts and molds, etc) utilizing FDA-cleared galvanic skin response testing and laser stimulation of acupuncture points.