About Physical Medicine

Physical medicine is use of physical or mechanical manipulation, heat, cold, radiant energy, or electricity to treat disease rather than surgery or medication. Physical medicine is a medical discipline used to diagnose and treat while also emphasizing prevention.

Physical Medicine Services

Visceral Manipulation

What is Visceral Manipulation?

In a healthy body, the tissues that connect organs, muscle, fascia, and bones are stable and resilient despite the variety of motions the body experiences.  However, when an organ’s natural range of movement becomes restricted as a result of adhesion or displacement, this can affect the motion and function of the other tissues it is connected to.  This leads to areas of physical dyfunction that can give rise to chronic pain or disease states.

Visceral manipulation is a manual, physical medicine technique that identifies and resolves visceral areas of tension or dysfunction. Our naturopathic doctors apply gentle, manual and rhythmic force to the viscera to evaluate how abnormal connections are affecting the internal organs.  Visceral manipulation can improve function, restore normal movement, and restore the structural integrity of the viscera.

Conditions Treated with Visceral Manipulation

Visceral manipulation has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a range of conditions including:

  • Acute injuries, including whiplash and seatbelt injuries as well as sports injuries involving the chest or abdomen
  • Digestive disorders, including bloating, constipation, nausea, acid reflux, and GERD
  • Men’s and Women’s health issues, including incontinence, prostate dysfunction, referred testicular pain, chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, fibroids and cysts, and dysmenorrhea
  • Musculoskeletal disorders, including somatic-visceral connections, chronic spinal dysfunction, sciatica, headaches, migraines, carpal tunnel, and peripheral joint pain
  • Chronic pain associated with post-operative or post-infection scar tissue

Cold Laser Therapy

What is Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold laser therapy, also referred to as low level laser therapy, is a non-invasive procedure that can provide relief of pain without the need for surgery or medications. Low level lasers to not possess the energy to damage cells, and, depending upon the instrument, may or may not have the energy required to penetrate into deep tissue.

Conditions Treated with Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy is FDA-approved for a number of musculoskeletal conditions including joint pain, muscle pain, arthritis-associated stiffness, muscle spasms and associated muscle pain, pain of the hand or wrist associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and low back pain, and wound healing.