If you have questions about your health or a family member, please call us during office hours. Although we may be able to address your concerns over the phone, we cannot give medical advice to those who are not currently under our care.
There are times when the clinic is especially busy. Please leave a message and we will do our very best to return your call within 24 hours.
If you are experiencing an emergency and cannot reach us at the office, please call 911 or see an urgent care provider in your area.
If you are new to Manitou Waters, your first visit will be a 90-minute introductory consultation that includes an in-depth patient history and physical exam. Prior to your visit, you must complete a patient intake form, which includes a week-long diet diary.
Our Approach to Care
Our primary goal is to understand the root causes of your ailment and provide treatment. We have experience working with patients that have many different kinds of health issues, including headaches, fatigue, depression, panic attacks, breathing issues, asthma, digestive disorders, ADD/ADHD, gynecological issues, Lyme disease, insomnia, injuries, and illnesses that have not been diagnosed or assessed.
One of the guiding principles of naturopathic medicine recognizes that we are people, not our illness. As a patient, we understand how important it is to get help for your symptoms, but we also work closely with you to understand their underlying cause, and to remove obstacles to better health.
Each patient is unique; that’s why in naturopathic medicine, we create a customized treatment plan for each and every patient.
At your first appointment, an in-depth patient history is taken, and a physical exam will be performed. To give us enough time to understand all of the factors impacting your health, 90 minutes is set aside for your initial visit. If you have lab results, please bring copies with you to our initial meeting.
Depending upon the complexity of your case, a personalized treatment plan will be implemented during your first visit, or at your next follow-up appointment. Recommendations will be made and may include herbal medicines, homeopathic remedies, dietary counsel, hydrotherapy applications, exercise, physical therapies and lifestyle modifications.
Balneotherapy & Peloid Therapy
Peloid therapy refers to the use of medicated mud (peat) or clay for rehabilitative and therapeutic treatment in the form of therapeutic bathing or wraps. You will be enthralled by the special “Three Sisters” area of the clinic and by our hydrotherapy facilities inside, which are unique to this region.
Peloids are comprised of humus and minerals formed by geological, biological and physical processes over thousands of years and extracted naturally from the earth. Peat peloids obtained from Hungary and the Czech Republic are used at Manitou Waters. Their highly valued properties include antiseptic effects, detoxifying, ameliorating arthritic conditions, immune function and hormonal disturbances.
Medicinal plants and plant extracts have been the backbone of healing around the world since the beginning of time. Botanical medicine remains a much valued, effective tool in modern naturopathic medicine supported by a robust and growing body of scientific research.
Bowen technique initiates responses by the stimulation of the nervous, musculoskeletal, fascial and energetic systems of the body, consisting of “moves” or small stimulations on specific points in the body, interspersed with rest or recovery periods.
Buteyko Breathing Therapy
When we chronically breathe too much or hyperventilate, every organ system in our body is affected; symptoms of hyperventilation mimic symptoms of stress. By changing breathing to a healthy pattern, patients can be helped in such areas as asthma, seasonal allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, depression, anxiety, digestive disorders, sleep apnea, insomnia and others.
Classical Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
While the defining image of Chinese medicine is an acupuncturist’s needles, that aspect of this ancient medicine represents only a fraction of the rich philosophy and practice of the world’s oldest intact system of healing. Treatments available at Manitou Waters include:
Cupping where a vacuum is created on a patient’s skin to help relieve stagnation and treats respiratory ailments as well as pain.
Moxibustion uses an herb, moxa to warm body areas and acupuncture points with the intent of stimulating circulation of blood and chi.
Gua Sha involves rubbing the skin with a massage tool to stimulate micro-circulation, cause lymphatic drainage and relieve inflammation and pain. Facial Gua Sha rivals Botox without the side effects.
Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on therapy that originated in Japan. This form of acupressure involves the practitioner’s fingers and palm applying pressure to certain sections of a patient’s body in order to correct any imbalances and to maintain and promote health. A Shiatsu treatment essentially stimulates all of the acupuncture points of the body.
Homeopathy, a form of medicine based on the LAW OF SIMILARS; that is, the use of tiny doses of the very substance that causes symptoms in healthy people. These minute doses of plant, animal or mineral derivation are used to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. Homeopathy is a powerful tool used all over the world that effects healing physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Hydrotherapy includes various baths, sitz bath, compresses, wraps, and a shower called the gush that was popularized by Father Sebastian Kneipp. Hydrotherapy is easy and helpful to people of all ages to preserve health and speed recovery from chronic and acute diseases.