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Naturopathic Therapeutic Modalities


Botanical Medicine I–V (Didactic with Lab)

This series of courses provides an in-depth study of the botanical materia medica and the clinical use of whole plants and extracts.

There is substantial time devoted to formulating, compounding and pharmacognosy, as well as toxicology and safety issues.

The development of a systematic understanding of the indications and actions of medicinal plants that can be applied practically in the clinical context is emphasized.

Naturopathic Counselling I-VI

Naturopathic counselling prepares students to work with patients, peers and supervisors. The courses have a workplace focus that includes team building and relationship building. This series of courses support and compliment the integration of personal and professional identity and focuses on how to develop essential clinical rapport with patients, which is the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship.

The course starts with patient-centered principles and then integrates these with the naturopathic therapeutic order. From there, motivational interviewing is introduced just before students begin their clinical experience.

In addition to case conceptualization and communication skills, the courses examine the mind - body relationship and the process of death and dying for both patients and the patient’s clinician. Designed to help the naturopathic doctor understand mainstream mental health systems, the course also examines at the DSM and then in the latter years, focuses on clinical applications of knowledge and skills when students are working in the clinic.

Homeopathy I-IV

This is a four-part sequence that prepares the student to prescribe homeopathic remedies in an acute and classical manner. Earlier classes define and describe the rationale and use of homeopathics, its theories and definitions. Repertory, case-taking, posology, case analysis and case management are covered in detail. Individual remedies are subsequently studied. Students acquire a working knowledge of the homeopathic materia medica and repertory in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions.

Nutrition I–IV

The Nutrition series examines the physiological functions, metabolism, and requirements for all macro- and micro- nutrients, as well as the pharmacological effects of individual nutrients. Instruction is provided for assessing diet quality and nutritional status. Diet planning, sports nutrition, and special nutritional needs are addressed. The clinical use of dietary management and nutrient supplementation is presented from the standpoint of both prevention and therapeutics. Various diets are investigated, and protocols for supplementation programs relative to specific disease processes and stages of the human life cycle are examined. The psychological meaning behind foods and food habits is also investigated.

Physical Methods and Agents Program

Dr. Nik Vizniak, Chair of Physical Medicine, explains the Physical Medicine modality in a video

The Physical Methods and Agents Program provides hands-on training in physical assessment and physical medicine modalities. Included are the evaluation of soft tissue pathologies, orthopaedic testing, structural analysis, gait analysis, and examination and assessment of the vertebral column, pelvis, and peripheral joints. The principles and practice of goniometry and manual muscle-testing are introduced. Various systems of soft-tissue and osseous manipulation are taught such as Swedish massage, manual lymph drainage, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular technique, muscle energy, strain/counterstrain, craniosacral manipulation, fascial release therapy, and joint mobilization. Training in preventive and therapeutic exercise provides a foundation in the principles, techniques, and therapeutic application of exercise and stretching for improved strength, co-ordination, balance, posture, ergonomics, relaxation, and cardiovascular training.

The following seven courses comprise the physical methods and agents program.

  • Manual Therapies surveys the electrotherapeutic modalities and their application in a variety of conditions, including musculoskeletal disorders and pain management. The hydrotherapy component provides an education in the physiological principles and proper application of various hydrotherapeutic procedures, as hydrotherapy is at the root of naturopathic treatment.
  • Exercise and Rehabilitation focuses on the rehabilitative education of patients with injured tissues, as well as the maintenance of healthy ones.
  • Soft Tissue Mobilizations describes the various techniques for soft tissue work.
  • Naturopathic Manipulation is a four-part series of courses that provides a solid basis for the practitioner to determine the need for, and perform specific spinal and peripheral adjustments of joints in the body. The primary focus is the spinal column.
  • Physical Medicine I provides lecture style and hands-on training in physical assessment and pathology recognition for the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand). Included is the evaluation of common myofascial, articular, osseous, neurologic and vascular pathologies of the upper extremity. A variety of core patient assessment methods are identified, including patient history, postural assessment, detailed palpation, range of motion assessment, orthopaedic testing, diagnostic imaging and basic patient management. The principles and practice are also applied with patient simulation exercises and practical clinical examinations. Specifically, this course allows the student to identify pathological dysfunction in the upper extremity, and select appropriate treatment options given the specifics of each individual case.
  • Physical Medicine II provides lecture style and hands-on training in physical assessment and pathology recognition for the lower extremity (hip, knee, leg, ankle and foot). Included are the evaluation of common myofascial, articular, osseous, neurologic and vascular pathologies of the lower extremity. A variety of core patient assessment methods are identified, including patient history, postural assessment, detailed anatomy palpation, range of motion assessment, orthopaedic testing, diagnostic imaging and basic patient management. The principles and practice are also applied with patient simulation exercises and practical clinical examinations. Specifically, this course allows the student to identify pathological dysfunction in the lower extremity, and select appropriate treatment options given the specifics of each individual case.
  • Physical Medicine III Lecture style and hands-on training in physical assessment and pathology recognition for the axial body (sacroiliac, lumbar, thoracic, ribs, cervical spine and TMJ). Included is the evaluation of common myofascial, articular, osseous, neurologic and vascular pathologies of the axial body. A variety of core patient assessment methods are identified, including patient history, postural assessment, detailed anatomy palpation, range of motion assessment, orthopaedic testing, diagnostic imaging and basic patient management. The principles and practice are also applied with patient simulation exercises and practical clinical examinations. Specifically, this course allows the student to identify pathological dysfunction in the axial body, and select appropriate treatment options given the specifics of each individual case.

Traditional Asian Medicine I–V

This series of courses provides a working knowledge of the philosophy, theories of diagnosis and therapeutic concepts and techniques of Traditional Asian Medicine. It emphasizes and demonstrates the use of acupuncture, tongue and pulse diagnosis, five-element theory, and the basic use of Asian botanicals.

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