The Health Academy and Wellness Centre Inc

By: The Health Academy and Wellness Centre  09-12-2011
Keywords: Chiropractors, health care, Nutrition

We hope to inspire, develop and nurture an unlimited wellness potential within all those we serve. Wellness is about being “well”. This should be the main aspiration of every human being, as it is closely related to happiness.

Our focus is on improving your quality of living by reducing pain, emotional tension and stress. We achieve this by improving body awareness and supporting individuals on their path to feeling “well”.

Recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing with references in medical text nearly 4000 years old, practioners use a wide range of Swedish techniques at various pressures. At The Health Academy, our Registered Massage Therapists are experienced and highly qualified professionals. A comprehensive consultation and assessment will determine what type of massage your body needs on your way to wellness.

Utilizes smooth dense basalt stones that alternate in temperatures in conjunction with various Swedish massage techniques. “Hot stone massage” reaches beyond today’s hydrotherapy methods, taking relaxation to a new level while still promoting overall health and rejuvenation of tissues.

From ancient Greek, meaning “done by hand”, chiropractic therapy is the adjustment of joints of the body used for healing for many centuries and is at the heart of modern care. Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints, which help to relieve pain to ensure normal function in supporting structures of the body. An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a specific joint of the body that helps to loosen and restore proper movement and optimize function- so you can enjoy everyday activities as quickly as possible.

Naturopathic Medicine is a comprehensive system of healthcare that integrates current scientific knowledge with the art of natural medicine. Using this powerful combination Naturopathic Doctors are able to achieve the most effective results in health and wellness. The goal of Naturopathic Medicine is to effectively address the imbalance from its root cause, while stimulating and supporting each person’s inherent ability to heal.

Naturopathic care is focused on the unique needs of each patient, thereby providing individualized and personalized care that addresses the whole person. Naturopathic Doctors use investigative methods such as detailed health history, physical exam and laboratory testing to assess each person’s unique health concerns.  Individualized treatment plans are then developed to fit the patient’s health goals and needs. Patients are actively involved in their care and learn to make informed choices to benefit their health.

Naturopathic Doctors are primary health care providers who value working collaboratively with other health practitioners to be able to provide our patients with optimal care. Naturopathic treatment options include acupuncture, clinical nutrition and lifestyle education, vitamin and mineral therapy, physical therapies including hydrotherapy, herbal medicine and homeopathy. Naturopathic treatment fees are covered by most extended health insurance carriers.

Naturopathic Doctors use the following tools:

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Botanical/Herbal Medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Lifestyle Counseling

Additional Products and Services

  • Blood Allergy Testing
  • Saliva Hormone Testing
  • Hair Mineral Analysis
  • Pre-conception Counseling
  • Detoxification Programs
  • Acute care appointments
  • Natural Health Product Dispensary

Traditional Acupuncture therapy is intended to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health and sickness hinges on the concept of “vital energy,” or qi (chi). Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels, the acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of this “vital energy” within its pathways, known as meridians”. An acupuncturist is able to influence health and sickness by stimulating certain areas along these “meridians”

“Holism”, is a Greek word meaning all, entire, total. It is the idea that all properties of a given system (physical, chemical, biological, social, and mental) cannot be explained by its component parts alone. Holistic nutrition takes into account the whole person (mind, body, social relationships, work environment, diet, stress level, etc…) when considering the best diet for each individual.

When your body is deficient in certain nutrients, or if your organs are not functioning optimally, symptoms begin to appear. These symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that balance needs to be restored. Instead of simply masking symptoms with “band-aid” medications, we work to treat the root cause of these symptoms. Getting adequate vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients is essential for proper healing.

Holistic nutritionists do not prescribe standard dietary recommendations or follow Canada's Food Guide, but rather formulate precise nutritional recommendations based on your specific biochemistry. Every individual is unique, and therefore our food choices must suit our specific needs. As they say, "You are what you eat!"

How a Nutritional Consultation Can Benefit You!

  • Beneficial for those looking to treat a specific illness, or anyone looking to improve the quality of their life
  • Can be used in conjunction with modern medicine
  • Can help to prevent illness from occurring or recurring
  • Works to correct nutritional deficiencies, toxicity, and imbalances
  • Teaches you how to make proper food choices
  • Teaches you what is in the foods you are eating, and how these foods are manufactured and produced
  • Teaches you how to choose whole, good quality foods, in place of packaged, processed, and refined foods
  • May help to improve your mood, energy levels, and overall health
  • Food, supplement and lifestyle recommendations are given based on your specific needs
  • New, fun and delicious recipes are provided for you and your family
  • Weekly meal plans are given
  • Your progress is closely monitored and changes are made to your protocol if necessary
  • Monthly newsletters are sent out to all clients with news, tips, information, and recipes

Let your food be your medicine & your medicine your food." – Hippocrates

Chiropractic is a primary health care profession that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscle, bones) and the effects of these disorders on general health.

Chiropractic is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Chiropractic today is one of the largest primary care health professions in Canada with over 6,000 practicing chiropractors. Approximately four and a half million Canadians use the services of a chiropractor each year.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Adjustment is the most common form of treatment utilized by chiropractors in clinical practice. Also known as spinal manipulative therapy, adjustment is a non-invasive, manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed through four years of intensive chiropractic education. Adjustment is a carefully controlled procedure delivered by a skilled practitioner to dysfunctional spinal or extremity joints. The primary goal is to decrease pain and restore function by improving areas of reduced movement in the joints and supporting tissues, and decreasing muscle tightness or spasm.

The vast majority of patients who seek chiropractic health care do so for complaints of the musculoskeletal system, most often for conditions affecting the spine such as back pain, neck pain and headaches. Research studies have demonstrated that chiropractic treatment is effective for these conditions. Legislative bodies across Canada, as well as researchers and governments around the world have conducted extensive reviews of the chiropractic profession and have consistently endorsed chiropractic services.

Chiropractors are regulated, primary care health providers. In cases such as low back pain, chiropractic care may be the preferred method of treatment. Where other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition. Chiropractic care may also be palliative, providing symptomatic relief of the musculoskeletal disorders associated with chronic conditions.

Chiropractic is regulated by provincial statute in all provinces. Chiropractors along with medical doctors, dentists, psychologists, and optometrists have the legislated right and obligation to communicate a diagnosis and to use the title doctor. Each province has a regulatory college established by legislation in the same manner, and with the same structure and similar regulations, as the regulatory bodies for other health care professions. The regulatory colleges are responsible for protecting the public, standards of practice, disciplinary issues, quality assurance and maintenance of competency.

Osteopathy is a natural medicine which restores function to the organism by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal, an osteopath uses the quality and finesse of his or her palpation skills to determine the position, mobility, and quality of the tissues- Philippe Druelle, D.O.
During the consultation the osteopathic practitioner will do:

  • a complete evaluation of the patient’s posture, weight bearing, tensions, quality of tissues and skin etc.
  • global, regional and local functional testing.
  • palpation of the different tissues and physiological rhythms in order to ascertain the severity and origin of osteo-articular blocks and myofascila tensions as well as the the importance of the restriction it creates on the organism, both locally and at a distance.
  • a treatment based on the overall findings, the patients state of health, age and vitality and build a specific osteopathic treatment plan most appropriate for each person

What Is Osteopathy:
Osteopathy is a holistic approach of manual medicine based on philosophical principles introduced by the founder of osteopathy Dr. A.T. Still.

These basic principles are:

 • Our body is a unique biological unit
• The body has the inherent ability to defend, heal, correct & regulate itself
• Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated. Any structural changes affect function and vice versa

Another important concept of osteopathy is somatic dysfunction.
Somatic dysfunction is altered or impaired function of related components of the somatic system: skeletal with arthrovertebral, myofascial structures, and related vascular and neural elements.

It includes:

  • Tissue texture changes
• Asymmetry of structure
• Restriction of motion
• Tenderness to palpation

The goal of an osteopathic manual treatment is to restore the normal functioning of the affected areas of the body with somatic dysfunctions by stimulating a more appropriate healing process and interrelations between different systems of the human body (musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, pulmonary, digestive system etc). The patient is assessed and treated as a whole unique unit.

Keywords: Chiropractors, health care, Health Practitioners, Medicine, Naturopathic Doctors, Nutrition, Primary Health Care, Primary Health Care Providers

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