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Bolton, ON

How Naturopathic Doctors Support Your Hormones

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are like your hormone BFFs. Whether it’s for wonky periods, thyroid troubles, or feeling like you’ve been hit by a hormone hurricane during menopause, naturopathic doctors have your back. 

NDs help you navigate the rollercoaster of health by creating personalized treatment plans that incorporate nutrition, stress management, herbal supplements, and acupuncture to rebalance hormonal fluctuations. Through comprehensive assessments, naturopathic doctors seek to address the root causes of hormonal imbalances and promote sustainable health improvements.

If you’re ready to kick those hormone woes to the curb and reclaim your groove, grab your green smoothie and let’s dive into how naturopathic doctors work their magic on your hormones.

Common Conditions Affected by Hormones

When hormones are balanced, life just feels right. You’re in sync with your body, radiating vitality, and ready to take on whatever comes your way! On the other hand, when they are off, you wake up feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck, you are breaking out like a teenager again, and your mood swings are giving you emotional whiplash. 

We use the analogy of trying to navigate a stormy sea without a compass. But fear not, there’s always a way to find balance and ride out the hormonal waves!

Common conditions influenced by hormones include:

    • Thyroid disorders

    • PCOS

    • Menopause

    • Adrenal fatigue

    • Infertility

    • Insulin resistance 

The Naturopathic Medicine Approach to Hormones

Naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on using natural remedies and holistic approaches to promote healing and wellness. Licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) emphasize the body’s inherent ability to heal itself and strive to identify and address the root causes of illness.

It is key to note that naturopathic doctors often work in collaboration with other healthcare providers to provide integrative care for their patients.

Herbal medicine

Naturopaths employ herbal medicine (plant based extracts) to restore hormone balance, utilizing plants with properties to support the endocrine system. Herbs like black cohosh, chaste berry, and dong quai are known for easing menopausal symptoms and regulating menstrual cycles. Adaptogenic herbs such as ashwagandha and rhodiola help manage stress, while maca root may enhance fertility.

Herbs may seem safer, but it’s important to know that not all herbs are suitable for every individual. Naturopathic doctors tailor herbal remedies to individual needs for effective hormone balancing at your life stage. They also consider your whole health history, allergies, sensitivities, and other medications in order to maximize the benefit of your treatment.

Acupuncture

This isn’t your typical joint-pain-type acupuncture. Naturopathic doctors are trained in the Traditional Asian Medicine (also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM) style of acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a key tool used by naturopathic doctors for hormone balancing, which involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote healing. In the context of hormonal balance, acupuncture is believed to influence the endocrine system, which regulates hormone production and cycling.

Targeted Nutrition

Do you need more healthy fats? Or more proteins? Maybe both!

Naturopathic doctors can use targeted nutrition to help you reach your goals faster but also sustainably. After a thorough assessment, your ND customizes dietary recommendations to support hormone balance and overall metabolism. This approach significantly influences hormone production, metabolism, and function within the body. Eating right for your body addresses the root causes of health issues and is paramount to maintaining hormonal freedom.

How Long Does Naturopathic Medicine Take?

The duration of naturopathic treatment varies depending on individual health concerns, baseline health status, and the body’s response to therapies. Typically, patients can expect to see improvements in their health over time, with some experiencing relief from symptoms within weeks, while others may require several months of consistent care to achieve optimal results.

For hormonal support, patients can expect a comprehensive assessment of their hormone levels, lifestyle factors, and overall health. Naturopathic doctors may recommend dietary adjustments, herbal supplements, stress management techniques, and other natural therapies tailored to rebalance hormones and alleviate symptoms such as irregular periods, fatigue, mood swings, and hot flashes. Treatment plans are individualized to address each patient’s unique needs and may require ongoing monitoring and adjustments to achieve long-term hormone balance and wellness.

Get started with Dr. Salwan, ND or one of our NDs at Wildflower Health and Wellness today.

Understanding Reiki: A Holistic Healing Practice

Author Jayshree Asnani

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in alternative healing practices that focus on the holistic well-being of individuals. Among these, Reiki has gained significant attention for its unique approach to promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. Rooted in Japanese tradition, Reiki is a gentle yet powerful technique that aims to channel energy to promote healing and relaxation.

Reiki revolves around the concept of an unseen life force energy that flows through us. When this energy is low, we are more likely to feel stressed or become ill, whereas when it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. 

Reiki is not limited to physical healing; it also aims to promote emotional and mental balance. Many clients report feeling a sense of emotional release, clarity, and a reduction in stress and anxiety after a Reiki session. It is believed that Reiki can help remove energy blockages, thus allowing the recipient’s energy to flow more freely.

Overall, Reiki serves as a gentle yet effective tool for promoting balance and harmony within the body, mind, and spirit. 

Pelvic Physiotherapy 101

Have you ever wondered what pelvic physiotherapy actually is and how it helps? Our pelvic physiotherapist explains.

What are pelvic floor muscles?

The pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles found along the base of our pelvis that create the foundation of our trunk and core. They form a hammock and should have the perfect balance of tension and relaxation to be strong and support our body.

The pelvic floor muscles support our low back and hip joints, they are an important member of our core system (you can’t have a strong core without a strong pelvic floor), they support our urinary function, bowel function and sexual function, and they are closely connected to our breathing, our resting state (calm or anxious) and our emotions. 

Because the pelvic floor muscles have many different functions, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction can present in many different ways and affect many different systems. 

What is pelvic floor dysfunction?

Pelvic floor dysfunction is when the pelvic floor muscles cause or contribute to symptoms such as:

  • Leaking on your way to the bathroom
  • Leaking when you sneeze, cough, or laugh
  • Leaking when you run or jump or suddenly change position
  • A feeling of fullness or heaviness in the vaginal area
  • Prolapse/bulging at the vaginal opening
  • Difficulty strengthening your core muscles
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Painful intercourse
  • Constipation
  • A sudden/intense urge to pee and/or difficulty making it to the bathroom
  • Needing to pee often/planning your day around where the bathrooms are.
  • Pelvic pain
  • Tailbone pain

How does pelvic health physiotherapy help?

A pelvic health physiotherapist does a full history and physical assessment to piece together the factors that are contributing to your symptoms. The history will give a clear picture of what your symptoms are and which systems are affected.

The physical assessment will look at all the surrounding factors that impact how your pelvic floor works: from breathing, posture, movement patterns, to core and hip muscle strength and conditioning. It will also include an internal evaluation (based on your consent) to assess the specific function and mobility of your pelvic floor muscles including: pelvic floor muscle strength, tension levels (under-active/hypotonic muscles or over-active/hypertonic muscles), quality of contraction and relaxation,  scar tissue restrictions and fascial restrictions. 

This will enable the physiotherapist to develop a treatment plan with specific mobility and strengthening treatments and exercises to improve your pelvic floor function and relieve your symptoms.

What happens to the pelvic floor during pregnancy and postpartum?

You may experience many of the symptoms above during pregnancy or postpartum as your core and pelvic floor adapt to a changing body.  

For an overview of how pelvic health physiotherapy supports you to have healthy and fit pregnancy, prepares you for labour and delivery and guides your postpartum recovery, click here for our guide:

The secret ingredients for better immunity

What can you use now to benefit your immunity?

And the secret ingredient is…..

Raw honey

Disclaimer: do not consume raw honey if you are pregnant 

Raw honey includes bee pollen and propolis which contains antioxidants as well as antibacterial and antifungal properties to help build your immune system, heal wounds and fight infections.

The best is local honey usually found at health food stores. Raw honey is not heavily processed and all the nutrients are still available. Another tip is to ensure that you do not heat honey over 95 degrees Fahrenheit as this can also destroy the amazing immune properties of raw honey.

Daily amount: 1-2 tbsp per day.

You can put honey in your herbal teas, drizzle over oatmeal, spread on toast or mix in yogurt.

Herbal teas

Another gentle approach to help support your immune system are herbal teas!

Consider:

  • Echinacea tea
  • Ginger lemon tea
  • Green tea
  • Elderberry tea

All of these can be found at your local grocery store or health food store. Add in your raw honey once the tea has cooled down after steeping in boiled water for 3-5 minutes.

This fall and winter season let’s stay healthy!

How We Can Help

Wildflower Health and Wellness has a Natural Dispensary. We offer high quality medicinal dried herbs, herbal tinctures, and professional line supplements all of which are high quality. Contact us today to refill your supplements for immunity, including: Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Zinc gluconate, Astragalus herb and Reishi mushroom.

Graston Technique Wildflower Health and Wellness Osteopathy Pain Scar Tissue

Treating Scar Tissue with the Graston Technique

 

45% of all chronic diseases treated in hospitals are related to fibrosis or scar tissue. Fibrosis occurs when the body’s tissues get damaged, sometimes due to surgery, a disease, or injury. To fill in the tear or cut, thick, healthy tissue made of collagen cells gets created. Although scar tissue is part of the body’s natural regenerative process, it can cause other health issues.

If left unmanaged, scar tissue can restrict movement, cause nerve pain, cause numbness, and lead to joint contractures. To manage scar tissue and prevent these consequences, patients are recommended to see a physical therapist for manual massage therapy. This helps to remodel the scar tissue and realign all the collagen fibres.

 

What is the Graston Technique?

The Graston Technique is a highly effective method of manual therapy for scar tissue. It involves using a stainless-steel instrument that is specifically designed for this purpose. When used by a registered massage therapist or physical therapist, the Graston Technique can help remodel the scar tissue in a pain-free way.

Cross fibre massage for scar tissue is a well-known, evidence-based treatment. The Graston Technique allows the practitioner to gain a better sense where there is resistance in the tissue. They can use the tool’s edges and surfaces to gently massage the tissue from different angles.

Who is the Graston Technique for?

There are numerous conditions that the Graston Technique can help with. Combined with other treatments, it can treat carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, back pain, shin splints, and more. It’s commonly used to address post-surgery scarring, especially in women post-mastectomy or post-Cesarean.

However, it’s rarely a standalone treatment. Your practitioner will also likely use manual therapy with their hands as well as other forms of treatment depending on where your scar tissue is located.

What Happens During a Session?

When you book a scar tissue massage, your appointment will be similar to any other RMT session. You will consult with the practitioner on how your body has been feeling, where it’s sore, and the status of your scar tissue. It’s important not to massage any open scars or unhealed wounds.

Then, you will remove your clothing (if you wish) and lay on the massage table. In addition to traditional manual therapy of the muscles and tissues, the practitioner will use a stainless-steel tool for the Graston Technique. They will gently run the tool across your scar tissue, assessing its tightness and restriction. Cross fibre massage (with an instrument or just the practitioner’s hands) helps break up scar tissue.

How Effective is the Graston Technique?

The Graston Technique has been proven to be effective in breaking down collagen fibres and stretching fibrous tissues. Not only does it increase blood flow to the area, but it also reduces the amount of pain you feel in the area. It can reduce recovery time from injuries and decrease the amount of treatment you need, in addition to other benefits.

You can read more about the empirical and anecdotal evidence on the effectiveness of this treatment on the Graston Technique website.

Where Can I Receive Treatment with the Graston Technique?

Wildflower Health & Wellness is proud to offer registered massage therapy treatments which incorporate the Graston Technique. Our practitioners have completed the accredited Graston Technique training and are fully licensed to provide this service.

Simply call our clinic at 905-951-7134 or book an appointment online here.