Our team combines the best of Naturopathic Medicine, Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Nutrition and Counselling. We emphasize the science of sound medical knowledge with the intuition and creative thinking that embodies the art of medicine. We work collaboratively with our clients to find solutions that address the cause of their concerns. Scroll down to view a short description of each of the modalities we offer. For more information on a particular service please click the title to link that modalities main page.
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that incorporates the art and science of traditional and natural forms of medicine with modern scientific knowledge. The practice of naturopathic medicine involves disease diagnosis as well as treatment and prevention using natural therapies that include botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, traditional Chinese medicine / acupuncture and lifestyle counseling.
A Naturopathic Doctor is a primary care practitioner distinguished by their practicing philosophy, which seeks to restore and maintain optimum health by emphasizing nature’s inherent self-healing process. A naturopathic doctor views the individual from a wholistic perspective, incorporating the physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors affecting the patient. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than disease as an entity. The primary goal is to treat the underlying cause of the disease by selecting treatments that are unique to the individual and not simply the symptoms. This approach has proven successful in treating both chronic and acute conditions.
In Ontario, licensed Naturopathic Doctors have at least 7 years of post-secondary education, must graduate from an accredited educational institution, receive their professional licensing from the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDT-N) as well as complete and pass international licensing exams (NPLEX). Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario have recently become regulated under the Regulated Health Practitioners Act (RHPA) alongside medical doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and most other health-care providers in the province.
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Manual manipulation of the spine and other joints in the body has been mentioned since 1500 BC in Chinese and Greek writing. In fact, Hippocrates, the iconic Greek physician, published a text detailing the importance of manual manipulation and the role of the spine in diagnosing and treating illness. The official beginning of the modern chiropractic professional dates back to 1895 when Canadian, D.D. Palmer began to define the profession. Throughout the twentieth century, the profession has gained considerable recognition and scientific support. Chiropractic care is safe, effective and an important part of our comprehensive care delivery.
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Physiotherapy is a regulated health care profession which seeks to assist people in attaining optimal functioning. It is a form of rehabilitation which is useful pre- and post-surgery, in dealing with chronic pain and illness, as well as recovering from injury. Physiotherapists also have a role in educating people in health promotion and disease prevention. In Canada, physiotherapists are currently required to have obtained a master’s level physical therapy degree through an accredited university program and to have successfully completed a national exam in order to be licensed.
Myofascial Release, as taught by John F. Barnes, is a holistic, hands-on approach to treatment which seeks to, not only treat an individual’s symptoms, but to also find the cause, acknowledging both the body and the mind. Through the application of sustained pressure directly on the skin, fascial restrictions can be released without force, assisting in the relief of pain, the regaining of movement, and the desired optimal functioning.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy addresses issues for both women and men. For women, it can assist with concerns related to menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, menopausal symptoms, incontinence, and pelvic pain syndromes. For men, pelvic floor physio can also be helpful for reproductive health, incontinence, pelvic pain syndromes, prostate concerns and erectile dysfunction. Treatment of the pelvic floor can also be beneficial for persistent, treatment-resistant low back and hip pain. Assessment and treatment both have an internal vaginal or rectal component and an external, holistic approach that addresses the surrounding structure and musculature.
At IHI, all massage therapy is provided by Registered Massage Therapists. Massage therapy is an important therapeutic tool for relaxation and deep muscular release. Registered Massage Therapy is a regulated health profession in Ontario and is a highly effective therapy for a variety of conditions and general wellness promotion. Massage therapy enhances joint function, improves circulation, increases metabolism and promotes the overall healing process. It is effective for many conditions in which body relaxation and the reduction of swelling and muscle mobilization are required. Massage therapy helps to bring relief from the stresses of everyday living and injury.
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Counseling is a supportive and collaborative process where clients are assisted in dealing with aspects of their life that may be causing them turmoil, discomfort, stress, worry, fear, anger, and/or confusion. Counseling provides the client with a safe supportive place where they can explore these deep personal issues without fear of judgement. Counseling can help clients to identify coping strategies that are no longer working and offer new and effective ways of dealing with problems. Counseling can also provide valuable feedback regarding the interpretation and understanding of personal life experiences, helping clients to achieve new insights into themselves and their relationships. Counseling can be used at any time, for whatever reason, big or small. It is a vehicle of insight, change, prevention and life enhancement. At IHI, our counselor is has a Master’s of Social Work, a designation that facilitates insurance coverage with many employee benefit packages.
Chinese Medicine is an evidence based medicine and is the oldest continuously practiced medicine in the world, dating back to the First Century BCE. TCM’s understanding of the body is focused on the functional entities of the body and their ability to work harmoniously when the body is in a balanced and healthy state, or their disfunction when there is disease or health problems. TCM seeks to use presenting signs and symptoms to find the pattern of disease and therefore treat the root cause. This diagnostic method is rooted in TCM’s idea that in order to understand a person’s health, you must study the functional aspects, rather than the structures themselves. Treatment therapies in TCM include Acupuncture, Diet and Lifestyle counselling, Cupping, Massage, Herbal Medicine, exercises (Tai Chi/Qi Gong), as well as many other auxiliary techniques.
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Holistic Nutrition focuses on eating healthy food as close to its natural state as possible for optimum health and wellbeing. It combines modern science and time-tested wisdom with the philosophy that each person has unique nutritional requirements. The whole person is taken into account, with consideration of lifestyle habits beyond diet and designing a plan specific to the individual.
A Holistic Nutritionist educates clients on developing a healthy diet, which incorporates nutrient dense whole foods, lifestyle recommendations, and in some cases supplementation. A Holistic Nutritionist can help with weight loss or gain, skin conditions, detoxification, dietary changes, meal ideas, increased energy, and more.
Holistic Nutritionists are not government regulated, making it important to seek out a Nutritionist who is certified with either the CNP (Certified Nutrition Practitioner) or RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist) designation.
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