Techniques and Therapies

Activator Method

The Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) uses the latest advances in orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examinations to seek joint dysfunction in the spinal column and extremities for improved patient care. AMCT uses the Activator Adjusting Instrument to give consistent low-force, high-speed chiropractic adjustments.

For more information, visit: Activator Methods International Ltd


Applied Kinesiology

Applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis 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 diagnosis will determine the best form of therapy for the patient. This technique uses the triad of health - chemical, mental and structural factors - to describe 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.

For more information, visit: International College of Applied Kinesilogy



Auriculotherapy is a health care procedure in which stimulation of the auricle, or the outer ear, is utilized to alleviate health conditions in other parts of the body. This is based upon the somatotopic correspondence or the "mapping out" of specific parts of the body to specific parts of the ear.

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Bio-Impedence Body Composition Analysis

This test provides an accurate measurement of the body�s fat vs. lean mass and phase angle (one of the single most accurate measurements of cellular health and energy storage capacity). Bio-Impedance technology also analyzes the balance of intracellular vs. extracellular water, critical markers for proper cellular hydration and toxin elimination.

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Botanical Medicine

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.

For more information, visit: American Botanical Council


Bowen Technique

The Bowen technique is a gentle system of neuromuscular repatterning that works through the nervous, fascial and fluid systems affecting both structural and energetic levels. A Bowen session consists of a pattern of very gentle and precise rolling movements on muscle and connective tissue which balances the tissues, organs and the autonomic nervous system by restoring normal energy flow and connectedness within them.

For more information, visit: Bowtech


The Capno Trainer

The CapnoTrainer® is used for the observation, assessment and re-training of our breathing behaviour - leading to improved health, performance and well-being. The CapnoTrainer® is a combination hardware-software system that provides for real-time computer displays of partial pressure carbon dioxide (PCO2) while breathing. Low levels of CO2, a physiological condition known as hypocapnia, may trigger, cause, or exacerbate a wide variety of physical, emotional and mental symptoms. and deficits. This effects body pH, electrolyte balance, hormonal influences, blood distribution, hemoglobin chemistry, and kidney function.

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Chiropractic Medicine

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 musculo-skeletal area of the body which 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 of the time-honoured methods of consultation such as: 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.

The examination of the spine in particular to evaluate its structure and function is what makes chiropractic different from other health care procedures. Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the base of your skull and end in the centre of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network which influences every living tissue in your body.

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. Chiropractic teaches that 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.

For more information, visit: Canadian Chiropractic Association


Classical Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of therapeutics based on natural laws. The prime law which homeopathy seeks to fulfill is the law of similars - 'similia sililibus curentur' or 'like cures like'. In the way of similars, a patient suffering from a set of particular symptoms is given a minute dose of a substance which in large doses would cause similar symptoms to a healthy person. An example of this would the utilization of homeopathically prepared coffee (Coffea tosta) to treat a type of sleeplessness similar to that caused by the drinking of coffee.

For more information, visit: European Central Council of Homeopaths


Clinical Nutrition

This is the application of the knowledge of nutrients (foods) and nutrient concentrates (supplements) to the purpose of addressing specific health concerns or the optimization of health through the use of diet, lifestyle and nutrient concentrate recommendations.

For more information, visit: Planet Organic


Computerized Microcurrent (Acuscope)

This unique microcurrent instrument gathers tissue energy and operation information and in turn provides a gentle feedback modulated current that accelerates the body's own natural healing abilities at the cellular level. This can be used to eliminate inflammation and both acute and chronic pain. It will also improve blood flow in circulatory-impaired tissues and is effective in restoring circadian cycles and treating stress, anxiety and sleep disorders.

For more information, visit: BioHealth Energy Systems Ltd


Colour Therapy

How can colour light possibly cause a physiologic effect inside a human body? Common uses:

  • "Blue-light" therapy for some types of neonatal jaundice. Light applied to the skin causes a chemical reaction (photo-oxidation) in blood circulating under the skin, effectively lessening bilirubin levels with the aid of the liver.
  • Production of vitamin D though it is generated by a higher frequency (ultraviolet) rather than visible light.
  • Additional light exposure is well known to cause a beneficial change in "seasonal affective disorder" (SAD), a condition believed to be caused by insufficient light energization through the eyes to the hypothalamus and then to the pituitary gland, which controls the endocrine system.

Therapeutic uses: Each individual cell in a living organism has a specific function to perform. In so doing, it generates and radiates a specific energy; the cellular energy totality is often termed the "aura". The liver radiates the equivalent frequency (harmonic) of red light, the pituitary radiates green, the spleen violet, circulatory system is magenta, lymphatic system is yellow, and so on.

The logic behind colour therapy is this: when a particular organ or system is under active, its auric energy decreases so the appropriate activating colour is projected on the affected area (sometimes the entire body). If over activity is present, such as in excessive fever or inflammation, the obvious remedy is projecting an opposite (depressant) colour on the area.

There are many additional uses for colour therapy and your practitioner can inform you if this therapy applies to your case.

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Corrective and Rehabilitative Exercise

Our bodies are constantly subjected to biomechanical forces. When the stability and resilience capacities of our tissues are less than these forces injury occurs-often followed by inactivity, decreased energy capacity in the tissues, diminished function, disuse, muscle weakness and joint stiffness and increased vulnerability to repetitive injury. The role of rehabilitative and corrective exercise is focused on the reversal of this downward cascade. This is accomplished through motivation, identification of and corrective therapies applied to the causative factors, coaching/instruction in a restorative activity plan and identification of future goals and steps to accomplish these.

For more information, visit: What is Exercise Therapy


Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is a science-based field of health care that is based on the acknowledgment 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 pre-dispositions, attitudes and beliefs are considered.

For more information, visit: The Institute for Functional Medicine



Using HeartMath tools and methods improves people's emotional states. This affects several areas of people's health, as well as the quality of their performance at work, home, sport or play. In addition, the methods improve physiological and psychological stability and resilience. The technology assesses levels of balance in both the nervous and cardio-vascular systems. The program is initiated in-office, and with self-regulated practice, the benefits deepen.

For more information, visit: HeartMath


Homotoxicology (Complex Homeopathy)

This is a therapy based on homeopathic principles which enables deep cleansing of the body tissues, removing old toxins, disease processes and degenerative debris by the use of mixture of remedies used in functional application. This is applied not just on a symptomatic basis (as is classical homeopathy) but on a structured basis addressing function, toxicity and organ dynamics. It is most useful for many of our 'modern diseases' such as autoimmune and post-viral complications.

For more information, visit: Homeopathy Home



Iridology is an analytical process that uses the iris of the eye The changing patterns and markings in the iris can be used to reveal emerging conditions in every part of the body and to identify inherited weaknesses that may lead to physical and emotional disorders. To a trained Iridologist, markings and colour changes in the iris can provide information such as toxic overload and under or over-activity or congestion in any area.

For more information, visit: Iridology


Lifestyle Coaching and Health Psychology

Getting rid of life's stressors is not enough to thrive. People want their lives to be filled with good health and happiness, enjoyment, good friendships, success and a sense of meaning and purpose and fulfillment. Yet very few people have the ability to realize these hopes because they lack the understanding and know-how to do so.

The tools from positive psychology and life coaching are integrated into patient care to help people overcome the resistance to change and unknowingness which can interfere with their successful implementation of naturopathic regimes, lifestyle changes and their ability to thrive. These tools promote effective self-motivation, self-regulation and self-awareness leading to a wide variety of health benefits.

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NES miHealth

This handheld device helps regulate many of the body's healing and self-protection abilities. It scans and regulates the physical mental and emotional bodies, and supports improvement in mental and emotional issues, protection of the body and transformation of belief systems. The device uses topical bio electric stimulation and broadcast pulsed electro magnetic frequencies. It has a broad range functions (currently 40, with up to 150 in the future). While the unit works very well as a standalone unit, it also helps magnify the effectiveness of other healing approaches.

For more information, visit: NES Health


Nutri-Energetics System

The body has a self-regulating energetic management system called the Human body Field (HBF). As this system becomes either de-tuned or distorted, optimal health expression is diminished. This system assesses 145 parameters within this management field and indicates the priority in which these need to be addressed and provides information-based remedies (nutriceuticals) to restore/correct the HBF.

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For more information, visit: Nutri-Energetics Systems



The Pilates Method is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk. It works the deeper muscles and neurological co-ordination to achieve efficient and graceful movement, improve alignment and breathing, and increase body awareness. It is a series of controlled movements engaging your body and mind.

For more information, visit: The New York Pilates Studio®


Psychosomatic Energetics

Psychosomatic Energetics or PSE is as assessment and treatment method which identifies energy blocks behind many chronic health problems. These can be caused by geopathic stress or unrealized emotional or mental conflicts / traumas. This method identifies the location and character of the block and the tissues of your body which are being affected. While the assessment device is designed to work with the Rubimed series of advanced homeopathic remedies, it is also generally applicable as an accurate and simple biocompatibility tester, able to reveal the potential value of any substance based on the body�s reactions.

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Soft Tissue Release

This therapy combines a number of modalities to isolate, treat and restore proper movement to area of acute injury and chronic tension. Myofascial Release, active resisted stretching, trigger point therapy, cross fiber friction, and PNF stretching are all used to zero in on the specific points of distress, relieve the restriction and restore full movement. A powerful coordinated approach, it looks for the structural causes of pain, not just where it has appeared.

For more information, visit: Wikipedia - Soft Tissue Therapy


TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine

This is a multi-faceted system of healing developed over the last 3000 years which encompasses: acupuncture, dietetics, therapeutic exercise, physical manipulations, energetics and counseling in attitude and lifestyle. It is based on the idea that the laws of nature can be used to understand the inner workings of the body. The concept is that of bringing opposing forces into a state of harmony and equilibrium to arrive at wellness and balance. The wrist pulses and examination of the tongue are used in the assessment.

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Leading research in health care states: 'The medicine of the future will use Light, Colour, Information and Energy'.

My practice is strong in the Information and Energy components, and when I was introduced to Theragem, I recognized this therapy's potential contribution in the domains of Light and Colour.

So why Theragem?

This unique therapy combines many features:

  • A full spectrum light source, designed for greatest biological effect and deep tissue penetration (up to 23cm.)
  • Colour therapy which uses a selected light frequency (colour) to target specific physiologic functions in the body.
  • Gem therapy which uses the amplifying and modulating effect of crystals in synergy with Theragem's colour therapy.
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Energy to impart: Stimulating, Energizing, Calming or Balancing influences on the nervous system and tissues.
  • A Multi-Frequency Generator program which produces specific sequences of frequencies that can either enhance healthy tissue function or disrupt pathologic cells.
  • Schumann Resonance - the resonant frequency of the Earth, which is also the friendliest frequency to our body.
  • A 'white noise' generator which mimics important natural life-supporting noise that is much reduced in our urban life style.

These qualities are specifically combined in each treatment according to your individual needs.

For more information, visit: Theragem


Torque Release Technique

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.

For more information, visit: Holder Research Institute



Trigenics is an interactive and integrated assessment and treatment system. It involves the specific simultaneous applications of the understanding from modern neurophysiology with ancient manual meridian therapies and breathing techniques. Trigenics incorporates three proven treatment methodologies which, when combined, facilitate nervous system pathways that dramatically unload, relax and reset muscles and relieve pain in seconds and treat the patient as a whole from an Eastern medicine perspective via stimulation and balancing of the body's meridian systems. Trigenics is considered the 'leading edge' in soft tissue therapy and sports medicine.

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