Applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of assessment using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person?s body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK testing will determine the best form of therapy for the patient. Applied kinesiology uses the triad of health – chemical, mental and structural factors – to promote the proper balance of the major health categories. Since AK draws together the core elements of many complementary therapies, it provides an interdisciplinary integrated approach to health care.
Auriculotherapy is a health care procedure that uses the auricle (external part of the ear) to assess and correct ones health. This is based upon something called somatotopic correspondence. This means is that the ear is basically a smaller version of the body and certain points on the ear represent certain points on the body. Stimulating these points can help to alleviate health conditions in other parts of the body.
Body composition means the different parts of your body: body fluids, fat, and lean body mass, which includes your muscles and organs. The medical instrument that measures these components is called a Bioelectrical Impedance Analyzer (BIA). From the data gathered in this test an accurate body mass index (BMI) can be calculated to indicate the level of fat being carried in the body. Body composition analysis (BCA) can determine how much muscle and fat is lost or gained as the result of any nutrition, exercise, lifestyle or wellness changes. It can also measure how the body fluids are balancing. These measurements can be used in cases of over or underweight, athletic training, and severe illnesses. Altered body composition is associated with many diseases or conditions including: cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol and other blood fat problems, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and hormonal imbalances. BCA can be done on anyone safely, even during pregnancy.
Please see the instructions on how to prepare for a body composition analysis (handouts).
One of the oldest of therapies, medicines derived from plants have been used for many centuries in the treatment of disease, illness and trauma. The affinity that many plants have for different tissues and functions within us make them very useful agents for healing when used in the proper combinations and proportions.
Thermopgraphy is a ‘high tech’ scientific medical technology used to locate changes in breast tissue function 5–8 years before cellular changes occur. It uses a digital infrared camera and high-speed computer for imaging to measure body tissue heat energy. Generally “problem areas” show high temperatures due to increased blood flow and increased metabolic activity. Early detection of these functional changes gives time to correct and optimize physiological function of the breast tissue. Thyroid glands can also be tested. This laboratory breast scanning service is available once per month at the Centre for Health & Well Being and also at various locations throughout Canada year round. All scans are read by a qualified thermologist and repeat scans are compared to previous results. Dr. Hunt uses these results in conjunction with other clinical results from consultation and examination to determine the breast health care plan for each client.
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts, which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a healthy functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment-resulting in stress or dis-ease. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body that is functioning improperly.
The conditions which doctors of chiropractic address are as varied and as vast as the nervous system itself. All chiropractors use standards of examination to assess and diagnose a patient’s condition and arrive at a course of treatment. Doctors of chiropractic utilize many methods: consultation, case history, physical examination, x-ray examination, and referral as necessary for diagnostic imaging such as CT scan, MRI, and bone densitometry. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural, functional and biomechanical examination, paying particular attention to the spine.
Accidents, falls, stresses and tensions (structural, nutritional, emotional, biochemical, etc), overexertion, repetitive and prolonged strain, ergonomics, and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These spinal changes are called vertebral subluxations. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. While chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery, Doctors of chiropractic do refer patients to other appropriate health care professionals when those interventions are indicated. In fact, chiropractors, medical physicians, physical therapists and other health care professionals now work as partners in occupational health, sports medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.
Nutrition and the therapeutic use of foods is a cornerstone of Naturopathic Medicine. Food intolerances, deficiencies, dietary imbalances or nutritional excesses have been associated with many medical conditions. A Naturopathic doctor is trained to understand the impact that your diet is having on your health. With appropriate dietary modification and nutritional supplements health concerns can be treated with fewer complications and side effects.
In our natural physical surroundings there are many things that affect the energy field of our bodies on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual and two of these are sound and colour. You only have to be in nature on a sun filled spring day to appreciate the green of the plants or the sound of voices singing in joy and harmony. On a cloudy November day inside an office filled with fluorescent lighting many people feel brain “fog” or one’s nervous system can feel very irritated with the continual sounds of sirens.
Sound and/or colour therapy has been used throughout time to enhance the well being of people by positively affecting their bio-energetic bodies. Now with the advancement of technology the methods of application can be precisely designed for the individuals needs, such as: brain injuries, autism, ADD, certain forms of impaired hearing discernment, anxiety disorders and more.
This new technology, Audiobiocolour System, has been developed over 30 years of research by a team of French physicians. Based on the results of a listening test and three different colour tests, with this computerized technology Dr. Hunt is able to tailor a treatment for an individual using specific frequencies, harmonics and sequences of colour and sound to re-integrate and balance the bio-energetic and physical body.
The ear, our centre of balance and hearing, is well developed before birth. In the womb we can hear starting in the later stages of pregnancy. From that stage on we experience life through our senses, hearing being the first, and emotions can result from these sensory stimuli. Different emotional experiences often affect how we interpret life events. The inner ear and the brain areas connected to the inner ear hold the memory of our entire history. Audiobiocolour and sound therapy allows a rebalancing on many levels and to develop one’s abilities and to encourage growth and learning. It reconnects us to our inner self and opens us up to new ways of being.
Sound therapy re-harmonizes hearing by stimulating through filtered music frequencies that are not well heard by the person and filtering out those most easily heard according to the results of a specialized hearing test. A system of filtering the music according to high and low frequencies and right and left brain hemispheres stimulates the nervous system, and encourages the balance between right and left brain. This enhances performance, learning, comprehension, concentration and memory.
Because each sound frequency humans should be able to hear corresponds to a specific part of the body, sound therapy has an action on body tension, psychomotor imbalances, developmental problems and body memory.
Sound therapy enhances listening, which leads to improvements in language, reading, writing and communication. It encourages attention, intuition, imagination, and self-confidence.
Audiobiocolor sound therapy has a general re-balancing effect, which allows the body to release tension, anxieties and blockages. It re-awakens cellular memory and frees up emotions. Re-balancing of the listening mechanism allows one to become more receptive and open to oneself and to others.
IN OFFICE ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT
Initial assessment along with colour takes about one hour. Then Dr. Hunt designs a specific program for you. In office treatment sessions are half an hour and are usually done simultaneously with colour therapy. The recommended treatment is 10 sessions over the course of 5 weeks. In some instances it may be recommended to complete the ten sessions in a shorter time period. After ten sessions, a re-assessment and redesign of your program is recommended. Usually 3 series of 10 sessions are optimal.
HOME TREATMENT OPTION
After the first 10 sessions you may opt for the CD version of your treatment. This allows for the convenience of doing the treatment in the comfort of your own home as often as you like. It is recommended that you do the treatment at least twice a week for 5 weeks. If you like, you can do it daily. You will need to have a pair of good quality headphones. Be sure you put the headphones on the proper way, as this treatment is right and left ear specific. Specific details are available form our office. You may listen to the CD while falling asleep. During treatment it is recommended to rest or engage in some type of creative activity. Do not do intellectual activity during the treatment, because it interferes with the re-patterning of the nervous system. Reading is best avoided. Children seem to benefit a great deal from drawing or painting during the session.
Colour acts directly on the vitality of the organism causing the vital energy within the body to react. There are 12 main colours, each of which represents a part of the colour white, which complement or balance each other.
If the person is not in balance they will not respond to colours in a balanced ratio when tested and these results reflect the state of imbalance in their bodies and bio-energy fields.
The action of colour has a physical effect on the body. Exposure to a colour acts on the photonic (light) receptors of the skin, which react directly to the specific energy given off by each colour.
More than 30 years of research by a team of French physicians has led to the creation of the Audiobiocolour System of colour therapy. The Audiobiocolour allows us to assess the fundamental imbalances of a person with regard to the frequencies of colour. Then, through application of specific frequencies, harmonics and sequences, colour helps to clear blockages, and to increase a person’s awareness and consciousness. Through this insight, individuals are able to create the means in their lives by which their imbalances can be resolved.
IN OFFICE ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT
We assess the colour imbalances of the subject using one to three different tests. These assessments show us which colours the person integrates well and which they do not. The design of the treatment program is based on the results of these tests using the computerized Audiobiocolour technology, which creates a sequence of colour harmonics and frequencies to address the identified imbalance. Treatment is usually recommended once or twice a week for five weeks. Each session is 30 minutes long and usually done in conjunction with the sound therapy. A colour re-assessment may be repeated at some point during the course of treatment and at the end of 10 sessions. A series of three 10 sessions programs is recommended
Colour & Sound Therapy Is Used for These Conditions
- slow development
- psychomotor difficulties
- lack of coordination
- problems of rhythm and balance
- muscular tension
- problems related to space/time perception
- slow language development
- difficulties at school
- problems of learning comprehension
- processing information
- easy distractibility
- lack of attention
- difficulties with listening
- concentration and memory
- difficulties of integration
- emotional instability
- lack of openness to others
- fear of strangers
- lack of self-confidence
Cranial Sacral Therapy is a soft touch, restorative therapy that has developed from the discovery of, and interacting with the cranial rhythm. For a long time, it was believed that upon maturity, the cranial bones were fused into a permanent position. Recent research, however, has discovered that these bones do in fact move. The cranial sutures, located where the cranial bones join, are actually linked by connective tissue. There is a gentle cranial rhythm whereby a pulse or rhythm can be felt at a normal rate of 8–12 fluctuations per minute.
The cranial bones are lined on the inside by membranes. When there are blocks or tension in the body, the membranes are pulled out of position. The membranes then pull on the bones of the skull, which cause them to move out of alignment. For example, it is uncomfortable to wear a sweater that has been twisted around the body and that is the feeling in the body when the membranes are pulled. The causes are many and varied. They can be recent or long standing. For example, the trauma of birth can have a lasting affect as can a recent blow to the head or body. A blow to the body will reverberate up to the head.
The very light holds on the cranial and sacral bones can facilitate a release in tension and thereby promote an environment for natural healing from within to occur. This therapy is very effective with health problems that are less well understood, such as chronic pain, lowered vitality, and recurring infections.
Ionic footbath cellular cleansing therapy is a technology that helps up-regulate or enhance cellular detoxification. Our bodies each contain trillions of cells, which are bound together by an electromagnetic matrix. The environment we currently live in with pollutants and heavy metals is very toxic and affects the efficient and normal function of the cell. The ionic footbath using the EBPro system excites the cell membranes to allow for greater ease of transport of nutrients into and waste products out of the cell across the membrane. The sessions entail a comfy warm footbath using the EBPro technology done every few days to weeks over 10–12 sessions.
Functional medicine is a science-based field of health care that is based on the acknowledgement of and respect for the principles of: biochemical individuality, patient centered medicine, the web-like interconnectedness of physiological factors, health as a positive expression of vitality, promotion of organ reserves and the need for the dynamic balancing of internal and external forces. Such factors as diet, nutrient input (air, water and food), exercise, traumas, genetic predispositions, attitudes and beliefs are considered.
Homeopathic remedies are made from specific dilutions of plant, animal and mineral substances. When carefully matched to the patient they are able to affect the body’s “vital force” and to stimulate the body’s innate healing forces on both the physical and emotional levels, with few side effects.
Iridology is an analytical process that uses the iris of the eye to assess ones health. The iris is viewed as a representation of the whole body and by studying its colour, markings, patterns, etc. A trained iridologist uses this assessment to identify the source of ill health.
During the first examination and then upon retesting many lab tests are done within the Centre: Salivary pH, Iodine absorption, urinalysis, body composition analysis, computerized gait analysis, lung vital capacity, Vit. C levels etc. In addition lab tests are performed that are sent to highly advanced labs throughout North America. Some of these tests include: hair tissue mineral analysis, hormone testing, food allergy testing, metabolic testing from blood, saliva, stool and breath.
Manual Therapy, or therapy by hand or touch, offers treatment for many different health concerns. Treatments can include soft tissue work (including therapeutic massage), naturopathic and chiropractic manipulation of muscle, bone or the spine, hydrotherapy techniques, gentle electrical impulses, ultrasound, diathermy, and exercise therapy.
Maya Abdominal Massage (Uterine/Prostate) has been in practice for centuries by the Maya people of Belize. In using this technique the practitioner guides the uterus, which in many women is dropped downward and off centre, and other tissues into their correct position through gentle, external massage of the abdominal and pelvic area. A women’s uterus may become displaced due to constipation, standing long periods on hard surfaces, carrying or lifting overly heavy objects particularly during menses, high impact injuries, miscarriages, abortions, difficult childbirth. Symptoms that may be relieved by this therapy include headaches, painful menses, genitourinary infections, parimenopausal problems, incontinence, childbirth preparation, varicose veins, pain in the low back and lower limbs, and prostate congestion in men. This technique aims to relieve obstruction to the flow of the blood, lymph, nerves and chi (energy) to the abdominal organs, muscles and ligaments and can be used on men as well.
Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care profession, which focuses on prevention and uses natural methods to promote healing.
In Canada, naturopathic practice is regulated under provincial law in four provinces: British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. At present, naturopathic doctors (ND) are the only health professionals in Ontario still regulated under the Drugless Practitioners Act of 1925. The process is underway to have them regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act.
Registered naturopathic doctors are required to complete three years of pre-medical studies at a recognized university followed by four years of full-time naturopathic training at an approved college. After graduation, they must pass rigorous regulatory board examinations that are standardized across North America. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto is the only recognized training institution in Canada.
Naturopathic doctors examine, diagnose and treat patients with programs tailored to each patient and their health conditions. They use a combination of:
- Clinical nutrition
- Botanical (herbal) medicine
- Homeopathic medicine
- Physical treatments
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine)
- Lifestyle counselling
Each of these modalities is used to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities. The treatment focuses on the underlying causes of illness rather than the symptoms, often eliminating the need for long-term medical care or prescription drugs. Naturopathic medicine’s focus on disease prevention, patient education, health maintenance and the natural treatment of disease results in cost-effective health care in the immediate and long term. In Ontario, the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) represents registered naturopathic doctors. The association advocates for naturopathic medicine through government relations, public and media relations. The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors promotes Naturopathic Medicine to the public, corporations, insurance companies and the federal government. It also facilitates communication within the profession and represents the interests of licensed Naturopathic Doctors throughout Canada.
Orthotics are customized insoles worn in any type of shoe and they correct the way a client walks. If a client is walking incorrectly, their entire body can be out of alignment causing all types of problems including foot, ankle, leg, hip, and back pain. Our clinic uses the Footmaxx System, which is the most consistent and accurate modality for manufacturing custom orthotics. It is a computerized system whereby a digitized analysis of your gait is recorded and interpreted. This information is then sent to the lab via modem and the orthotics are then custom made. The entire test takes only minutes and by doing so, it will determine whether you are a candidate for orthotics. The final product is a custom made semi-rigid orthotic which is revolutionizing the way both clinicians and clients evaluate foot orthotics.
They are covered by most insurance plans because insurance companies know the value of orthotic therapy in the prevention and treatment of many conditions that can lend to short-term or even long-term disability claims.
Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements in healing and disease. Addressing all aspects of a person’s life, identifying and addressing the impact that stress and life events have on a patient’s health is an important aspect of naturopathic treatment. Naturopathic doctors are trained to counsel on diet, lifestyle, specific stressors, exercise and occupational or environmental hazards as an integral part of the naturopathic treatment program.
Injury, trauma and weakness can lead to dysfunctional habits in body movements. Individualized exercise can be given for all stages of healing and maintaining of healthy structural function. In addition methods of movement can enhance how one utilizes the body for optimal fitness for each person’s needs.
Torque Release Technique utilizes neurologically based analysis that incorporates a non-repetitive sequence of adjusting priorities resulting in much greater effectiveness and patient improvement. Each adjustment leads to a new state of structural alignment, which is then assessed anew. Utilizing The Integrator, a torque and recoil release adjusting instrument, Torque Release Technique combines the best of existing chiropractic techniques and principles, quantum physics and the body/mind connection.
The key principal that defines and connects all of Chinese medicine is that of Chi, or vital energy. The chi of all organs must be in balance, neither too active nor too dormant, for a person to be healthy. The chi of the body’s organs and systems are all connected in meridians or channels that lie just under the skin. A Naturopathic Doctor will use Eastern herbs and acupuncture to assist the body in regulating the Chi and achieving balance. Acupuncture is the use of very thin needles, which are inserted into specific meridian points. The practice of acupuncture has been around for over two thousand years and has proven to be very effective especially for pain relief and chronic illness.