I invite patients of all ages with a wide range of health concerns to utilize the strengths of naturopathic medicine. During your initial visit, I will spend time with you to understand and explore what the cause of your health concern is.
Prior to your visit, I will require you to complete a comprehensive health history and include any recent laboratory test results and/or imaging reports so that I may review it prior to your visit. Patients have the greatest success in a return to health/optimizing health when their healthcare is a collaborative approach.
Each treatment is uniquely tailored to you and your health goals. Naturopathic Doctors are primary-care physicians who deliver comprehensive healthcare to individuals of all ages and stages of life. Naturopaths treat acute and chronic conditions and often work with patients who have no obvious medical condition to help optimize their health. While using evidenced-based medicine and applying traditional medicine, Naturopaths are able to opt for the least invasive methods possible to get you on track to optimal wellness.
Follow-up naturopathic visits can vary in length, depending on the complexity of your health status and may require a full hour. Discussion regarding your treatment plan and how things have shifted in the direction of healing or a new concern that needs addressing are part of follow-up care. However, others may require only a half an hour to ensure you are meeting your health goals and optimizing your health. Yearly check-ups are part of follow-up care
A complete woman’s health examination in a warm and personal environment. A well woman visit with me will include a complete breast exam, breast education and a complete gynecological physical including a PAP test. This is an opportunity to maintain a continuum of care and ensure any changes in your health are found in the early stages, when natural treatments can be effective.
Massage therapy is a regulated health care profession in Ontario. The practice of ‘massage therapy is the assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body, and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical dysfunction or relieve pain.’ Massage Therapy Act, 1991
Some massage therapy treatments may have a specific focus, reducing pain, reducing trigger points, increasing range of motion by reducing restrictions of fascial or scar tissue. While other treatments may have a heavy focus on relaxation and stress reduction. Both approaches are different but one is not better than the other, it is really dependent on the individual and what is impacting their health.
Massage for Fertility
Receiving regular massage therapy treatments provides many benefits for the reproductive system. Some of the benefits include but not limited to:
promotes hormonal balancing
improves mobility of scar tissue which may be impacting fertility
helps increase circulation to the uterus and ovaries
increases circulation to the liver which assists with hormone balancing
improves digestion, which also helps with hormone balancing
reduces stress and stress hormones
Pelvic floor therapy can also be a benefit when seeking additional assistance from Reproductive Endocrinologists for fertility assistance. Conditions that cause pelvic pain such as endometriosis, interstitial cystitis and pelvic congestion syndrome may also contribute to infertility.
Massage During Pregnancy
Studies show that massage therapy treatments during pregnancy can relieve muscle and joint pain, reduce swelling and reduces anxiety and depression. Prenatal massage therapy treatments are modified and adapted to your changing needs as you progress from week to week.
Pelvic floor therapy during pregnancy has shown to shorten labour and leads to a less painful labour with decreased tissue damage, which leads to a quick physical recovery.
Massage in the Postpartum Period
Massage therapy is just as important and beneficial as it was in the prenatal period. Assisting in the birth recovery and the many adjustments to being a mother, whether for the first time or again with other little ones to tend to. Massage therapy helps reduce postpartum swelling, hormonal regulation, stress reduction, pain relief, improved sleep and breastfeeding.
Pelvic floor therapy is offered to mothers’ in France in the first six weeks postpartum to assist in their recovery and reduce urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.
Massage Therapy for Pelvic Pain
Massage therapy treatments on all the external structures (muscles, joints & ligaments) that affect the pelvis will aid in reducing pelvic pain. Some of you may be experiencing a vague discomfort that you just can’t put your finger on and it may be that you have trigger points within muscles that refer a pain pattern to the pelvic region. Massage therapy can release trigger points, as well as releasing the diaphragm and bladder ligament (externally only) which are a direct compliment to internal pelvic floor therapy that I provide as a naturopathic doctor. Releasing trigger points and tension breaks the cycle of pain feeding muscle guarding and tension, leading to anxiety and more tension and more pain. The perception of pain no matter the cause leads to voluntary and involuntary/reflexive muscle contraction, leading to further dysfunction and pain.
Maybe you’ve never heard the term ‘pelvic floor therapy’ and wonder what it really means and what is involved in this type of therapy. It encompasses a full assessment of everything that impacts the functioning of the pelvis and organ function within the pelvis. And a treatment for incontinence (urine or fecal), pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain and discomfort.
Even though you may be experiencing pelvic floor challenges and it is common, it is treatable and you should not have to live with them. Pelvic floor therapy helps you regain control, maximize function and improve your well-being.
So what’s a full assessment of your pelvic function look like when you have an appointment with me? I assess all things that impact your pelvic floor from functioning optimally. Some may only asses what structural impacts you are experiencing. However, when you have a pelvic floor appointment with me, I want to address you as a whole person, not just your symptoms. Often you may disregard a symptom or experience and not feel it relates to how you are experiencing your pelvic dysfunction. I collect your entire story and if your appointment is in clinic we may do an internal assessment of pelvic floor integrity (assess for pelvis organ prolapse and strength). I gather your story in the following areas:
Diet - certain foods or nutrients can influence frequency, urgency, and pelvic pain
Physical structures - low back pain, joint dysfunction, surgical scars, muscular imbalances, muscles that are too tight or too weak, posture
Lifestyle - exercise, occupation
Stressors - what are your current and past stressors and how do you manage them
Bowel and Bladder health
Chronic disease and Family medical history
Surgeries - digestive tract (gal bladder, appendix, bowel, hemorrhoid), uterine/ovaries (fibroid, cyst, caesarean section, episiotomy, hysterectomy), bladder, and prostate
Hormonal health - Menarche to Menopause and everything in between, gynecological history and obstetric history and for the male identified, prostate/penile history
Once I have gathered your story, we create an integrated treatment approach using naturopathic medicine, massage therapy and acupuncture. My integrated approach will lead to lasting, long-term pelvic health benefits. Reduce or resolve urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective natural therapy that is used to heal illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. Thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body, where they are gently stimulated to trigger the body’s natural healing response. Acupuncture will safely and effectively manage pain, and regulate physiological functions (ie. menses/periods, hormone regulation, and digestion) to treat various internal dysfunctions and disorders.
Acupuncturists are regulated in the province of Ontario; I am registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of Ontario.
I have incorporated acupuncture into my practice since 2005. Your initial visit will include a full and comprehensive review of your health history and an acupuncture treatment.
Follow-up acupuncture visits will continue the treatment plan that is based on the initial intake. Occasionally, the course of treatment may need to change and may require more time to discuss any changes in medical treatment (ie. Fertility treatments are now incorporating
new medications or changing from ICSI to IVF, or you’re pregnant).