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.

  • A system of 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 causes of illness.
  • Treatment of the whole person including physical, mental, emotional, nutritional, environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors.
  • Prevention and treatment of disease through education, early detection, and risk factor analysis.
  • An effective, less expensive alternative or adjunct to long-term health care and many kinds of non-emergency surgeries.

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 physician’s role is to use nature’s resources to facilitate the body’s healing process.

Doctor as Teacher: The physician’s task is to educate, empower, and motivate patients to become more proactive in being healthy.

Identify and Treat the Causes: Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal itself.

Treat the Whole Person: Our goal is to understand the person as a whole, and provide a comprehensive treatment protocol.

Prevention: Prevention is best accomplished proactively through lifestyle education that promoting healthy choices.

What Should New Patients Expect At Southbury Clinic?

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

Does Insurance Cover My Visit?

Check with your insurance provider to ensure reimbursement for services rendered.

What is the training of Naturopathic Physicians?

In the US, the profession’s infrastructure 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, stimulating the touch receptors on the skin, increasing blood circulation and releasing tight muscles.

What are the Benefits of Hydrotherapy?

  • Increases metabolic rate and digestive activity.
  • Loosens tense, tight muscles and encourages 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.

 What are the benefits of a Clinical Massage?

Massage relieves mental and physical fatigue, improves circulation, and provides a non-drug treatment for muscle fatigue, backaches, headaches, stiff neck, and stress.

What is Deep Tissue Effleurage?

A technique used to alleviate chronic muscle pain by applying compression over lubricated skin to increase circulation and relieve tension by resetting trigger points.

What are Trigger Points?

Trigger points are neuromuscular junctions between muscles and their associated tendons.