Finding the Right Natural Health Practitioner for You

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Your guide to better health and the right natural health practitioner. Take charge of your health this New Year and visit a natural health practitioner today! Wondering which natural health practitioner is right for you? Learn about what each of these natural health practitioners specialize in and how they can improve your health this New Year.

What’s up Doc? Bugs Bunny sure enjoyed eating carrots, and this is one doctor who will suggest eating more such raw foods. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) use a variety of natural health areas of care to support the body’s ability to heal itself (dietary and lifestyle changes, herbal medicines, massage and joint manipulation).

Osteopaths focus on a “whole body” approach, with special attention to the musculoskeletal system (muscles and bones). Did you know that muscles and bones make up two thirds of the body’s mass? Osteopaths also use manipulative treatment.

Ah, adjust my spine; that feels so fine! Chiropractors manipulate and adjust the body’s structures. It’s not just about a ‘crack’ – the aim is to correct a lack of normal nerve function to optimize health.

Massage Therapist
Skilled hands make Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) artists at relieving pain, rehabilitating sports or physical injuries and reducing stress or anxiety. RMTs use many different techniques to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Do you ‘knead’ a massage?

The only needle you’ll want to get, acupuncture is not just therapeutic but very relaxing. Research shows it encourages endorphin release (feel happy chemicals) in the body. By stimulating specific points on the body, acupuncture aims to remove blockages of flow of qi to restore and maintain health.

This Japanese technique is similar in principle to acupuncture, where pressure applied to the body is thought to benefit health, yet shiatsu uses finger pressure.

More than a foot rub, reflexology involves the massage of the feet or using pressure to specific points on these extremities to benefits other parts of the body.

Medicine from your fork? Yes, it’s possible. Nutritional experts (nutritionists) come in many forms all seeking to help you learn which foods can help fuel your body so it functions optimally. For information on how to use nutrients in dietary supplements and herbal medicines seek out Holistic Nutritionists.

A solution is dilution. Registered Homeopaths stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself by using small dosages of highly diluted substances that in larger dosages would be toxic.

Uses essential oils to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It may work by sending chemical messages to the part of the brain that affects mood and emotions.

Arctiel by - Allison Tannis