Frequently Asked Questions

What is Naturopathic Medicine?
What is the Naturopathic Philosophy?
What Should New Patients Expect At Southbury Clinic?
Does Insurance Cover My Visit?
What is the training of Naturopathic Physicians?
How Does Hydrotherapy Work?
What are the Benefits of Hydrotherapy?
Why should I get a Clinical Massage?
What is Deep Tissue Effleurage?
What are Trigger Points?

Answers

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a primary care profession as old as healing itself and as new as the latest discoveries in the biochemical sciences.

  • It is traditional medicine
  • A blend of natural therapy with current advances in diagnosis and treatment
  • Based on the premise that the human body can heal itself
  • Concerned with finding the underlying as well as immediate, cause of illness
  • Treatment for the whole person (evaluating physical, mental, emotional, nutritional, environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors).
  • Prevention and treatment of disease through education, early detection and risk factor analysis.
  • A safe, less expensive alternative or adjunct to long-term health care and many kinds of non-emergency surgery
  • An active commitment to Your Good Health!

What is the Naturopathic Philosophy?

First Do No Harm: Naturopathic medicine uses a system of therapeutic approaches that are non-invasive (with no harmful side effects) to promote the natural healing ability of the body.

The Healing Power of Nature: The earth (nature) contains all vital micro- and macronutrients to sustain life; therefore the physician’s role is use nature’s resources to facilitate the body’s healing process.

Doctor as Teacher: The physician’s major role is to educate, empower, and motivate patients to “get involved”, to become more proactive in being healthy.

Identify and Treat the Causes: For every disease, there are lists of symptoms. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal. Therefore, we do not chase after symptoms, when there is a CAUSE to identify and treat.

Treat the Whole Person: There are various factors that contribute to disease. Our goal is to understand the person as a whole, and provide a comprehensive treatment protocol.

Prevention: Why wait until your ill, to start being healthy? Prevention is best accomplished through education on lifestyle choices that promotes Good Health

What Should New Patients Expect At Southbury Clinic?

  • A comprehensive medical history, laboratory evaluation and diagnostic testing as needed will be done during the initial one-hour office visit.
  • A program of natural medications and therapy may be prescribed.
  • A medical team that strives to provide the least invasive and most effective approach to address your health concern.

Does Insurance Cover My Visit?

Check with Your Healthcare Provider to ensure reimbursement for services received at Southbury Clinic for Traditional Medicines

What is the training of Naturopathic Physicians?

In the US, the profession’s infrastructures is based on accredited educational institutions, licensure by a growing number of states, national standards of practice and care, peer review, and an ongoing commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research. Naturopathic physicians are educated with the same rigor as the graduate of an ivy-league medical school. While the allopath strives to suppress pathology, the naturopath offers holistic, preventive care to augment physiology, enhance wellness, and decrease the opportunity for illness. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) attend a 4-year graduate program with extensive training in conventional, clinical medicine and the use of natural therapies including nutrition, physical and botanical medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, and counseling.

How Does Hydrotherapy Work?

Hot water relaxes muscles and causes sweating. Alternately, cold water stimulates blood flow in the skin and underlying muscles. Nerves carry what is felt by the skin deeper into the body, stimulating the immune system, decreasing the production of stress hormones, improving circulation and digestion, encouraging the flow of blood, and lessening the body’s sensitivity to pain.
Water also has a hydrostatic effect describe as a massage-like feeling as the water gently kneads your body. Water, when it is moving, stimulates the touch receptors on the skin, increasing blood circulation and releasing tight muscles.

What are the Benefits of Hydrotherapy?

  • Increases the metabolic rate and digestion activity
  • Loosens tense, tight muscles and encouraging relaxation
  • Increases the elimination of waste (detoxification).
  • Improves the function of the internal organs
  • Hydrates the cells, improving skin and muscle tone
  • Boosts the immune system

Why should I get a Clinical Massage?

Clinical massage relieves mental and physical fatigue; improve circulations and provides a non-drug alternative to alleviate: muscle fatigue, back aches, headaches, stiff neck and stress.

What is Deep Tissue Effleurage?

Is a technique use to alleviate chronic muscle pain by applying pressured strokes over lubricated skin to relieve trigger points in muscles .

What are Trigger Points?

Trigger points can be ropey bands, focal areas, and/or hyperirritable spots located along/within the muscle tissue.