What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a safe, effective system of medicine, used by millions of people worldwide for over 200 years. Homeopathic medicines are prepared from natural sources and are used in extremely small amounts. They are recognized as drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration. They are non-toxic and, when properly administered, can be safely used with infants, children, and adults. Homeopathy is based on the principle that "like cures like." That is, if a substance can cause symptoms in a healthy person, then it can stimulate self-healing of similar symptoms in a sick person.

This principle of similars was developed into a system of medicine called homeopathy (meaning "similar suffering") by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700's but the concept dates back to the time of Hippocrates. The exact mechanism by which homeopathy works is unknown, but 200 years of clinical experience along with research published in such medical journal such as The Lancet, Pediatrics, and the British Medical Journal have confirmed homeopathy's effectiveness. (A variation of the principle of similars is incorporated by conventional medicine in its use of vaccinations and allergy treatments.)

Homeopathy treats the whole person - physical, mental, emotional - and treats each person individually. The homeopath tries to get a complete picture of the person's individual experience of the condition. Then the homeopath chooses a homeopathic medicine that best matches this person's unique set of symptoms.

There are no known or suspected contraindications or drug interactions between homeopathic and conventional medicines. The remedies are prepared by a homeopathic pharmacy in accordance with FDA approved guidelines.

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What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care - an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles upon which its practice is based. These principles are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances. The techniques of naturopathic medicine include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods.

The principles are: Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove any obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process. The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or supress symptoms. Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient: Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat. Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms. Acknowledge, respect and work with the individuals self-healing process. Naturopathic physicians educate their patients adn encourage self responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic protential of the doctor-patient relationship. Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, socal and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development. Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease - assessing risk factors, heredity, and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine is committed to the creation of a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.

The Practice of Naturopathy: Naturopathic medicine is defined by its principles. Methods and modalities are selected and applied based upon these principles in relationship to the individual needs of each patient. Diagnostic and theraputic methods are selected from various sources and systems, and will continue to evolve with the progress of knowledge. Naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic adn therapeutic modalities: Nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic physical medicine including naturopathic manipulative therapy, public health measures and hygiene, counseling, minor surgery, homeopathy, acupuncture, naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth), and appropriate methods of laboratory and clinical diagnosis.

Michael E. Reece, N.D. is our Naturopathic Physician.  He received his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, an accredited four-year graduate level naturopathic college. He also received his undergraduate B.S. degree from The University of Maryland.  He has been practicing with staff since 1984.

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What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
(Therapeutic Massage)

NMT is a highly effective treatment for the elimination of pain caused by soft tissue (muscular) injury, regardless of when the injury occurred.  NMT examines six physiological factors which create or intensify pain in the body.

They are:

  • Ischemia
  • Nerve Entrapment or Nerve Compression
  • Trigger Points
  • Postural Distortion
  • Nutrition
  • Emotional Well-Being

This specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief will help to bring about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system.  NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement) and it releases endorphins, the body's own natural pain killers.

 Susan K. Dougherty's training ranges from deep therapeutic neuromuscular massage to an invigorating sports or Swedish massage, cranial sacral and lymphatic drainage therapy techniques are used.  The deeper neuromuscular massage is designed to remove adhesions which build up in the muscles, tendons and fascia of our bodies from injuries or repetitive work syndromes.  The lighter sports and Swedish massages will stimulate lymph drainage and blood flow while relaxing tensed muscles.  Reflexology will focus on foot and hand contact points for stimulation and healing of other body parts. Cranial sacral work uses very light touch to promote cerebral spinal fluid movement and rhythym to help balance the body's neuromuscular system. Lymphatic drainage treatments release backed up or reduced lymph fluid flow thus draining tissues of unwanted chronic edema or swelling. Benefits include: facilitate healing of acute and chronic pain, increases mental and emotional vitality, enhances stress management, elevates body awareness, provides a vital preventative to disease and it is relaxing and enjoyable! The massages offered at our facility will invigorate, yet relax you and allow you to feel one with your body.

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What is Body Rolling?

 Body Rolling - a new category of stretching. An innovative technique that uses a ten-inch ball to stretch muscles, freeing restrictions in the body, increasing blood flow, and promoting healing.
  • By applying your body weight into a ball which gives resistance and pressure at the point of origin of a muscle, the muscle automatically begins to elongate through its entire length.
  • As the weight bearing into the ball rolls the ball through the entire length of the muscle, the muscle continues elongating, the tone of the muscle increases, and myofascial restrictions anywhere along the length of the muscle are freed.
  • It is a complete stretch and the muscle does not resist the elongation during or after the muscle is released.
  • Myofascial restrictions are freed from the muscles' possible attachment to the muscles, and bone, via connective tissue.

    Benefits of Body Rolling include:

    • Greater range of motion, length, tone, and circulation throughout the entire body.
    • The release of old restrictive patterns and injuries.
    • Stress reduction - it has a powerful healing effect on the nervous system.
    • Freeing up myofascial restrictions.
    • Increasing balance and equilibrium.
    • Increasing lung capacity and fuller use of breathing.
    • A powerful self-help tool that, once learned, enables you to heal and prevent injuries.
    • Developing greater body awareness.
    • Free emotional restrictions held in the body.

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What is CranioSacral Therapy?

The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area.

Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems could include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor coordination impairments, learning disabilities and other health challenges.

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease.

The CranioSacral Therapy practitioner uses a light touch - generally no more than the weight of a nickel to test for restrictions in the craniosacral system. This is done by monitoring the rhythym of the cerebrospinal fluid as it flows through the system.

While experienced clinicians can detect that motion anywhere on your body, they can most easily feel it at the skull, sacrum and coccyx. These bones attach to the membranes that enclose the cerebrospinal fluid.

CranioSacral Therapy strengthens your body's ability to take better care of you. It helps alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Motor Coordination Impairments
  • Stress and Tension Related Problems
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Learning Disabilties
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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What is Lymphatic Drainage?

The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body's ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, recover crucial substances that have escaped from the blood, and maintain a healthy immune system.

Unlike the circulatory system, which uses the pumping of the heart to circulate its blood flow, lymph vessels rely upon hundreds of tiny muscular units (lymphangions) contracting throughout the body to propel the lymph. These contractions enable the lymph vessels to transport numerous substances (i.e. proteins, toxins, hormones, fatty acids, immune cells) to the lymph nodes, which can then eliminate the waste. The action of these muscular units can be hindered or stopped however, due to fatigue, stress, emotional shock, cold temperatures, infections, lack of physical activity, age, chemicals or food additives. When the lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is significantly compromised. This opens the way to many physical ailments and hastens the aging process.

How Lymph Drainage Therapy is PerformedThe LDT process involves the use of subtle manual maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of the lymphatic flow. Specifically, the therapist works with flat hands, using all the fingers to simulate wave-like movements. The pressure applied is generally the equivalent weight of a nickel. Using this technique, the therapist is able to detect the direction, rhythm and quality of the lymph flow anywhere under a person's skin.

The Benefits of Lymph Drainage Therapy

Lymph Drainage Therapy works to activate fluid circulation and stimulate the functionings of the immune system and parasympathetic nervous system. It is shown when these actions are accomplished, the results may be:

  • Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of many origins
  • Regeneration of burned, scarred (pre- and post- surgery) and wrinkled tissue
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Improvement in venous conditions
  • Relief of chronic conditions such as sinusitis, acne, eczema and allergies
  • Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
  • Relief of headache and chronic pain
  • Antispastic actions to relieve constipation and muscle hypertonus
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