Posted by Dr. Della Parker on February 28, 2018
The models for holistic healthcare and physical therapy are remarkably similar though the practices are fundamentally different. It is because of these similarities that these complementary practices collaborate so beautifully together.
The strongest similarity between physical therapy and naturopathic medicine is the practice of tailoring comprehensive treatments for a patient rather than simply treating a symptom and sending them on their way. While herbs, medications, alternative therapies, or surgery may improve a patient’s symptoms, these common treatments may not always focus on the root cause of symptoms to begin with.
Natural medicine focuses on using natural substances to help with the symptoms while using complex evaluations to decipher not only a root cause but also a practical solution. Similarly, physical therapy utilizes extensive patient evaluations to create treatment plans that not only reduce pain but also focus on preventative care and patient education.
Issues such as chronic pain, low energy, inflammation, and discomfort should be addressed by your primary care physician, your naturopath, your physical therapist, and potentially even your chiropractor or massage therapist in order to create a well-rounded treatment plan.
Dr. Della Parker treats all types of conditions, but has a special interest in digestive problems, chronic fatigue, and thyroid dysfunction. As a Naturopathic Doctor, her license allows her to prescribe pharmaceuticals, as well as help patients wean off of them.
This year, make your health a priority. Learn about our Integrative Nutrition Counseling, Nutrition Response Testing, Injection Therapies, and other services. Contact Dr. Della Parker for an evaluation today or call 503-344-6631.