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Naturopathic Physicians are licensed by the state of Washington and may act as primary care providers.
Naturopathic Medicine is a medical art which uses natural agents to stimulate the body’s own innate powers of healing. Originally developed in Germany in the 1800′s, it is now widely practiced in Europe as well as in the United States.
The central philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine is to find and treat the cause of illness; and to empower and respect each patient’s individual journey of healing.
Wellness is attained and maintained using a broad range of therapeutic tools ranging from changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle to prescriptions for vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal formulas, physical medicine, homeopathy, or even pharmaceutical preparations. The ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is to achieve optimal health by the least invasive means possible.
Here are two great resources for describing naturopathic medicine and naturopathic medical training:
Chinese Herbal Medicine:
Chinese herbal medicine can be traced back over three thousand years in the written historical record.
While some of the herbs used are also found in Western herbalism, they are prescribed by significantly different methods.
First, the same principles of Chinese medicine that underlie effective acupuncture treatment are also used to guide the construction of Chinese herbal formulas.
Second, in Chinese herbal tradition, the herbs are almost never prescribed singly, but rather in balanced combinations in carefully designed formulas.
These herbal prescriptions are tailored to the individual patient. They reflect not only the individual properties of each herb but also how all of the herbs interact together and function in concert to produce the desired therapeutic result.
The elegance and sophistication of this system arises partly from the fact that it has been in continuous development in China for thousands of years, and also that it is still the subject of refinement today as a living discipline in China and around the world.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of healing that works through the stimulation of anatomical points on the body, usually by the insertion of extremely fine sterile needles at precise locations known as acupuncture points.
According to traditional Chinese medical theory, this enhances and balances the flow of the body’s energy or “qi” through a system of channels or meridians that traverse the body. While western scientists have a different view of how acupuncture works, the medical community now widely recognizes the efficacy of acupuncture for a growing list of ailments including nausea, low back pain, neck pain and headache.
Its true power encompasses every aspect of health. It is used by a third of the world’s population for a wide range of health conditions. Recently in the United States fertility clinics have found that it enhances fertility.
Massage is a hands-on therapy in which muscles and other soft tissues are manipulated to improve health and well-being. There are over 100 different massage and bodywork techniques. Each technique is designed to achieve a specific goal.
Varieties of massage range from gentle kneading of muscles to deeper manual techniques. Your massage therapist will use a variety of these techniques depending on your needs and their training. The average session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.
In general, massage is believed to support healing, boost energy, reduce recovery time after an injury, reduce pain, and enhance relaxation, mood, and well-being. It is used to treat many musculoskeletal problems such as back pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, sprains, and strains.
At your first message session, your therapist will discuss your health history and your symptoms with you to get an idea of what treatments will be appropriate. The therapist leaves the room while you undress (you may choose to leave you undergarments on if it makes you feel more comfortable). You will then lie on the table under a sheet. The sheet will only be moved to expose the area of the body being worked on at the time. Your therapist will ask whether they are applying too much or too little pressure throughout the massage. You massage will usually last about one hour, but can be adjusted to suit your needs, and may include a schedule of follow-up visits depending on the severity of your situation.
Skin and Wound Care:
The Sound Holistic Health - Skin and Wound Care Team provides an interdisciplinary approach to develop a treatment plan for skin disorders, issues of aging and wounds. Our goal is to promote healthy skin through the aging process.
Our team approach focuses on personal and individualized care consistent with our holistic approach:
Diagnose. Our skin and wound specialist in consultation with our multidisciplinary team of naturopath providers evaluate your wound and skin condition by reviewing health, skin and wound history, identifying potential causes and addressing underlying health conditions.
Educate. You are the most important member of our healthcare team. Our specialists will teach and discuss options for care and treatment. We will also discuss ways to prevent new skin issues or wounds.
Treat. After the diagnosis has been determined and discussed, treatment options will be explored. Throughout the course of treatment, the team closely monitors the progress of the skin issue and may alter the course of treatment to improve results.
Support. Between clinic visits, we are available by phone support for questions or concerns.
A variety of wounds can be managed at the Sound Holistic Health Wound Care Clinic including: pressure ulcers, non-healing surgical wounds, malignant wounds, skin tears, radiation burns, autoimmune ulcers and trauma.
Our services include:
Comprehensive Health & Wound Evaluation
Advanced dressing selection
Debridement, Cleaning and Dressing
Redox Signaling Supplementation
The Sound Holistic Health Wound Care Team specializes in providing the best possible treatments to promote natural wound healing. We use the latest holistic healing practices and technology to improve skin health and/or help your wounds heal so you can get your best skin back and enjoy the quality of life that you desire.
Reflexology is an ancient relaxation technique that stimulates the nerve endings in your feet, hands and ears. The feet have 6 meridians or electrical pathways which are located in the toes. These meridians run through the main internal organs of the body. By stimulating the toes, one is causing the body to increase the life force flowing in these electrical pathways.
Reflexology is also based upon the belief that feet contain a microcosmic map of the body. Our body has a marvelous nervous system with “exposed” nerve endings on the surfaces of the feet, hands and ears. Stimulating these nerve endings creates an electrical/chemical message being sent throughout the nervous system, causing increased circulation in the entire body. This increased circulation sends a wave of vibration through the body’s cells, breaking up disease causing congestion, allowing oxygen to penetrate all cells. Where stagnation or congestion occurs; aging and disease follow. Where oxygen flows – life flows!
Reflexology works on a holistic level. Most diseases today are stress based. Rather than “treating” specific conditions, reflexology gently assists the healing process by bringing the stressed body back into a state of balance so that the body can heal itself. Reflexology soothes the entire nervous system which in turn relaxes the body, relieving stress and pain,thus improving overall functioning of the body’s systems.
Reflexology is utilized by mainstream health systems and recognized as a preventative health care modality in many countries such as China, Japan, Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden and Great Britain.
HEALTHY FEET PROVIDE A STABLE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR LIFE
Nutritional counseling is an essential component to any healthcare regimen. While dietary recommendations are ubiquitous these days, it takes a trained professional to assist individuals in implementing realistic changes. By addressing personal philosophies about food, shopping and eating habits, barriers to change, and overall lifestyle concerns, nutritional counseling is able to encompass a broad approach to overall well-being.
Naturopathic doctors are specifically trained to translate the science of nutrition into practical dietary advice for healthy living. Emphasis is on total diet, overall eating patterns, and individual variations focusing on the treatment and prevention of illness.
The standard of nutritional care is based on a personal approach to diet and health rooted in food quality and self-care. Nutrition goals are achieved through various tools including diet diaries, nutrient intake analysis, personalized meal plans, nutrition all with an emphasis on whole foods.
Reiki is a healing modality that has various types and lineages. Dr. Mikao Usui has been noted of its rediscovery in the early 1900s with origins in Japan. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki isn’t affiliated with a religion, spiritual practice, or belief system. It is not considered massage as it is practice with a client clothed and the practitioner’s hands above or gently on specific areas of the body. Reiki is an effective form of energy work using the life force or vitality within all of us. Each Reiki master is given attunements that allow them to deliver reiki to others - it’s like adding FM to an AM only radio receiver.
Many healing systems believe that a person’s life energy should be strong and free flowing resulting in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it may lead to symptoms of physical, spiritual, or emotional imbalance. A Reiki session may facilitate an environment for healing by encouraging strength and flow on physical, mental, and emotional levels. Experiences during treatment vary from person to person with common feelings of peace, calm, warmth, and deep relaxation.