Hills Physiotherapy Clinic’s have offered the best in Allied Health care for over 30 years, initially with just Physiotherapy, and then recognising the diverse needs of our patients we sought to find the best quality practitioners of suitable adjunct services. Initially massage, then Myotherapy and an Orthotist, Aquatic Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates. We got lucky when one of our Physiotherapists was also an incredible Chinese Medicine practitioner, and now finally with the merger in Knoxfield we have the benefit of adding Naturopathy.
A Holistic Approach
Many of our patients express a feeling that their persistent pain condition or physical state seems to be affected by their mood, stress, nutrition or general health, and this correlation is indisputable fact. Naturopaths are highly trained in analysing a patient’s whole life balance – whether it be diet or stress factors, family history of disease, reliance on drugs or alcohol, and making recommendations to reduce the negative effects of this lifestyle and promote optimal self-healing. The dietary, herbal and lifestyle prescriptions of a naturopath work in tandem with the more physical healing modalities of physiotherapy, myotherapy and remedial massage and provide a more complete solution for managing many painful conditions or injuries.
Outside of its beneficial symbiosis with the other physical modalities we have at the clinic, Naturopathy is a fantastic and increasingly popular natural alternative to modern medicine for many conditions. The modalities used in Naturopathy integrate conventional and empirical methodology with ancient and ancestral medicines that have been practised for centuries, and it is this marriage of modern and ancient, symptomatic and holistic approaches that makes this discipline so attractive to so many.
During Your Consultation
A typical Naturopathy consultation will involve a long discussion about a patient’s family history, ailments, diet, exercise habits, sleep hygiene, bowel habits, stressors and any other factors that may influence gut health, biochemical balance or homeostasis (equilibrium of body systems). Often the practitioner will conduct some body composition testing, using either conventional tests of weight and body fat, or newer techniques involving analysis of electrical impedance for body fat, and stool samples (to assess gut flora and give an indication of digestive function).
Ultimately naturopathic treatment aims to provide restoration of health and vitality in the most natural way possible, avoiding drugs where possible and treat the whole person to allow healing from within. Some people find that modern medical approaches that may tend to treat on a symptom basis have been unsuccessful for treating lifestyle related illness, and it is only when the entirety of their health status, diet and exercise habits are taken into account (and there has been some commitment to change) that true healing will occur long term. It is in this realm that the naturopath has great value and skill, and will work WITH the patient to create sustainable solutions.
Alysia Raftery is marries her Naturopathy training with her Myotherapy qualifications, combining to create a therapist who can manage the full complement of health concerns. By treating the internal and the external expressions of poor-health, she can swiftly and effectively restore a person to good health, happiness, and vitality.
To learn more about Naturopathy, visit Health.gov.au.