What We Do
Prevention and Lifestyle Coaching
Environmental medicine addresses illnesses that result from environmental exposures. This area of medicine focuses on the impact of environmental toxins or pollutants (including everyday exposures) on our health and the short and long term impacts. People suffering from environmental illness may have allergies, be sensitive to certain chemicals, as in multiple Chemical Sensitivity(MCS) or be unable to work in an office or other enclosed environment without becoming ill, which is known as sick building syndrome. Some people who suffer from environmental illness become sensitive to almost everything in their environment. They may be allergic to pollen, mold and animal dander, be made sick by a large number of common foods through immediate food allergies and delayed food sensitivities, and be unable to tolerate tiny amounts of everyday chemicals in cleaning and cosmetic products. Environmental toxicants can impact the endocrine, immune and nervous system. Conditions that have been associated with chemical exposure include asthma,autoimmune diseases, certain cancers, chemical sensitivities, developmental delays in children, diabetes and fibromyalgia.
Bowen Therapy is a gentle muscle manipulation technique to stimulate your muscles and tissues. It helps to realign the musculoskeletal system by resetting the resting position of the muscles, draining and detoxifying the surrounding tissues, and restoring proper function to both the muscles and nerves. Bowen therapy is a powerful treatment for body pain and since there are no vigorous manipulations, the technique is extremely gentle and safe for all ages, infants to elderly. Bowen achieves profound relief for a wide range of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, joint pain, lower back pain, migraine headaches, shoulder injuries, sports injuries, TMJ syndrome, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, postural problems, leg length discrepancies, sciatica. Bowen can also address asthma, allergies, wheezing, bronchitis, sinusitis, influenza, sore throat/tonsillitis, as well as digestive concerns such as constipation, indigestion/heartburn, hernia, colic, hemorrhoids, and nausea. Women’s health concerns such as infertility, mastitis, breast lumps, PMS, and menstrual pain can also be addressed. Bowen can offer support for nervous system concerns such as anxiety, bedwetting in children, Bell’s Palsy, bladder problems, chronic fatigue, depression, and nervous exhaustion. Overall, Bowen is very good for general relaxation and stress relief. Bowen addresses the entire body holistically, and as a result, you may see improvements in conditions even if they are located far from where the practitioner touches you.
Colon hydrotherapy uses temperature -and pressure -regulated purified water to gently wash out intestinal material from the bowel and stimulate natural contraction and relaxation of the muscles in the bowel. Colon Hydrotherapy can help remove stagnant fecal matter, thus eliminating bacteria, fat soluble toxic material, gas, mucus, parasites, and cellular debris. This allows the colon to perform its natural function of absorption and elimination more effectively.Eliminating bowel toxins can contribute to an improvement or elimination of brain fog, mental irritability, skin problems, stiff joints, chemical sensitivities, fatigue and insomnia. Colon hydrotherapy may also be used as part of a cleansing or detoxification protocol.
Naturopathic Supportive Cancer Care
The Naturopathic approach to supportive cancer care is to provide natural support in the form of herbal medicine, nutrition, supplements, intravenous vitamins and minerals, and stress reduction techniques to lessen the side effects of conventional cancer treatment. In addition to enhancing the efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents, radiation, and other targeted therapies, natural treatment options can address nutritional deficiencies and contribute to improved energy and quality of life. Naturopathic Care can also provide strategies for long-term cancer prevention and optimizing health.
Manual therapy is a patient-centered approach to health, guided by principles relating to the patient as a whole. The body is regarded as a self-regulating, functional unit that requires proper circulation of all body fluids for health.Manual therapy seeks to find and treat primary physical impediments that prevent an individual from being, feeling and functioning at an optimal level. It’s like detective work, seeking the root cause of symptoms that may be far from the patient’s area of complaint.Only the hands are used in both assessment and treatment. The therapist has an in-depth understanding of the direct relationship between structure (anatomy) of the body and function (physiology) of the body. Diagnosis is based on the assessment of the position, mobility and vitality of each component part (anatomy) combined with each individuals personal history. The goal is to remove restrictions to vascular, neural and biomechanical mechanisms and ultimately support the natural healing mechanism by promoting autoregulation. It is actually the patient who heals themself; the practitioner’s role is to help initiate the process.It is unlike chiropractic treatment, massage therapy or physiotherapy. It is best understood through experience, as the sensation is unique and not comparable to other well-known therapies.Manual therapists recognize that a person’s symptoms are the culmination of many life experiences, and can take a long time to develop (except in the case of acute trauma). A person’s presenting health is often related to a number of complex interacting reasons that may include accidents, injuries, falls, car accidents, surgeries, illnesses, pregnancies and major dental work. The body, adapting to all of these experiences, may reach a point in which no further adaptation is available, recovery time lengthens and optimal health effected. Undue stress, poor posture and lifestyle habits can also lead to the state of the patient’s condition. Thus, it is by combining the patient’s history with physical assessment and diagnosis that root causes are sought out.
Principles Governing Methodology & Treatment: Treatment methodology is based on the following four principles:
- Structure and function are inter-related
- The body is auto regulatory
- The rule of the artery is absolute
- The body is a functional unit
The therapists hands are their most valuable diagnostic tool. Examination and treatment are done by gentle palpation. Using perceptive fingers, areas of swelling, tenderness, tension, density, pulls, thermal differences and quality of mobility are evaluated. Therapists use a combination of treatment approaches including musculoskeletal normalizations, connective tissue (including fascia) release, visceral work, cranial-sacral, muscle energy technique and others.
The therapist releases restrictions by following or guiding the tissue to specific positions and then engaging internal rhythms and forces to initiate changes toward healing.
Is Manual Therapy Right for You?
Reason’s people seek Manual Therapy include but are not limited to:
- Headaches and Migraines
- Chronic pain and tension
- Whiplash or falls
- Impact and sport injuries
- Joint and ligament injuries
- Decreased mobility
- Back and neck problems
- Frozen shoulder
- Postural problems
- Injury prevention and management
- Pre and post surgery
- Low back pain
- Respiratory disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Endocrine disorders
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Poor sleep patterns
- Scar Tissue
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Emotional and stress related issues
- Pregnancy support
- Reproductive complications
- Pre and post natal conditions
- Menopause support
- Bladder incontinence
- Birth trauma
- Delayed fine or gross motor skills
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity
Unfortunately, not everyone will recover from their condition or illness. In those cases manual therapy is beneficial in assisting those individuals to become more comfortable in their current state or deteriorating state of health.
What do I wear?
Patients are asked to please wear loose, comfortable clothing. (no jeans, skirts, dresses, pantyhose, etc.). If needed patient’s may be asked to dress down to their underwear.
What forms do I fill out?
Patients are asked to fill out the Health Information form as accurately and with as much detail as is possible before their first appointment. You can download and print the health form from the Resource Library on this site.
How long are treatments?
Initial appointments are 90 minutes and include health history, assessment and treatment if time allows.
Follow-up treatments are 60 minutes.
How many appointments will I need?
A series of treatments are usually needed to address concerns and build a foundation for lasting change. It is impossible to say how many treatments will be required for each individual as we each present with a unique history and respond to treatment at different rates. Treatment plan will be discussed further on an individual basis.
How do I pay and can I claim my treatment?
Manual therapy treatments are not covered by health insurance providers.
How do I book an appointment?
Appointments can be booked by:
or in person: at the true potential clinic
Where I can I learn more about Michelle’s training?
Saskatchewan Association of Osteopaths (SAO)
- Women’s Health Profile (Blood and Urine)
- Bone Resorption
- Urine Heavy Metals
- Organic Acid Profiles
- Gluten/Casein Peptide Test
- Urine Thyroid Testing
- Porphyrins Profile – Urine
- Phthalates & Parabens Profile – Urine
- Organophosphates Profile – Urine
- Bisphenol A (BPA) Profile – Urine
Blood Spot Testing
- IgG Food Allergy Panels
- Candida Antibody
- Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Profile
- Chlorinated Pesticides Profile – Serum
- Toxic Effects Core Profile
- Red Blood Cell Glutathione
- Volatile Solvents Profile – Whole Blood
- PCBs Profile – Serum
- Hair tissue Mineral Analysis
- Women’s Health Profile (Blood and Urine)