“…For the bath soothes the pain in the side, chest and back … and allays lassitude; for it soothes the joints …. Such are the benefits to be derived from the bath.” ~ Hippocrates
Hydrotherapy is healing with water. Water is used to warm up and cool down the body to promote healing. Hydrotherapy is safe, simple, inexpensive and non-invasive.
Dr. Z uses hydrotherapy to increase vitality, stimulate the immune system, speed up wound healing, treat inflammation, stimulate circulation, support lymphatic drainage, and to detoxify.
Physical medicine refers to the use of hands-on techniques such as soft tissue work, therapeutic massage, and spinal manipulation for pain management.
Dr Z. also uses electostimulation acupuncture, ultrasound, and exercise therapy to treat musculoskeletal problems. You may walk out of your visit with home-care exercises, hydrotherapy and stretches to extend the effect of your treatment in the office.
“I can’t manage without homeopathy. In fact, I never go anywhere without homeopathic remedies. I often make use of them”. ~ Paul McCartney
Homeopathy is a powerful system of medicine that stimulates body’s natural ability to heal. Homeopathy uses extremely small quantities of natural substances, such as arnica, to match the totality of person’s symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic and can be administered to adults and more sensitive population like children, infants, elderly, pregnant women and even animals.
Homeopathy is safe and effective. In Canada, they can even be found in grocery stores and pharmacies. As homeopathy works at energetic level rather than molecular, it does not interact with supplements or prescription medications.
Dr. Z believes homeopathy works well on everyone. She mainly uses homeopathy with her paediatric patients and people with fragile health and her patients see incredible results. As homeopathy addresses all the symptoms at the same time, it will treat the cause of the disease, unlike conventional medicine that addresses symptoms one-by-one.
“It feels amazing and it’s very relaxing, and it feels terrific. It’s just one of the alternative medicines that I do instead of taking antibiotics.” ~ Gwyneth Paltrow in an interview with Oprah Winfrey
Cupping is believed to be a form of acupuncture. Experts believe that the suction from the cups draws skin up and mobilizes blood and energy around the body to begin the healing process.
When Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston walked on the red carpet with cupping marks the whole world started paying attention to their benefits. Cupping can help with lymphatic flow, increase circulation, decrease musculoskeletal pain, decrease cellulite, decrease blood pressure by sedating nervous system, address respiratory conditions, and massage.
Dr. Z uses cupping quite often in her practice for weight loss and musculoskeletal pain. In her opinion, cupping is one of the most famous deep tissue therapies and can work as a complementary treatment to detoxification. Cupping is a very safe modality used in Naturopathic medicine. However, Dr. Z makes sure not to use cupping when her patients have fever, convulsion or are taking blood thinners. She also advises pregnant women to strictly avoid cupping in their stomach and lower back.
It is important to note that the bruising associated with the cups are temporary and painless. The cups used are thick-rimmed and do not heat up; hence, they will not hurt.
Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
“Where there is pain, there is no free flow. If there is free flow, there is no pain.” ~ Chinese Proverb
The goal of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is to balance yin-yang in the body. TCM attributes the root cause of health conditions to this imbalance. To restore health, TCM uses acupuncture and herbal patent formulas.
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing with stimulating the flow of a vital force called Qi (pronounced “chee”). Acupuncture points have lower resistance to passage of electricity and they are all connected to make a pathway for the flow of Qi in the body. Free flow of Qi is associated with optimal health. Hence, balancing the Qi with inserting needles in acupuncture points will promote well-being and prevent illnesses.
Acupuncture is often associated with chronic pain. However, there are many more benefits associated with acupuncture when performed by a licensed practitioner. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:
Menstrual problems, infertility, premenstrual syndrome, adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, sinusitis, breech babies, morning sickness, induction of labour, lactation, headaches, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, frozen shoulder, tendinitis, low back pain, post operative pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, obesity, and digestive disorders.
Dr. Z knows that many people shy away from acupuncture because of fear of needles. The needles, however, are much thinner than those used for injection purposes. Dr. Z will work in your comfort zone to make this experience as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.