Physical medicine helps you to recover from injuries by working on joints, muscles, fascia, and the skeletal system. It also helps to speed healing and strengthen the immune system by way of detoxification and improved circulation.
The modalities used in naturopathic physical medicine are acupunture, hydrotherapy, massage, infrared sauna, and manipulation of the spine and extremities.
Physical medicine can benefit a wide variety of conditions. Among them are sports injuries, chronic pain, muscle strains, arthritis, frequent colds and flus, and mental health.
Naturopathic physical medicine helps recover more quickly from sports injuries. Myofascial release, massage, the application of hot and cold packs, and manipulation can help speed recovery from strains and sprains and enhance muscle relaxation, which leads to faster recovery.
The use of myofascial release, hydrotherapy (hot and cold applications), massage, and manipulation can help improve circulation to the affected areas, support healing, and ease pain, thereby decreasing the need for prescription pain killers.
Massage and hydrotherapy increase circulation to the affected areas, which stimulates healing and reduces the need for prescription pain killers that can damage the liver.
Hydrotherapy and infrared sauna treatments stimulate the lymphatic system. A healthy lymphatic system is better able to fight infections, such as those caused by colds and flus, and mononucleosis.
Studies show that hydrotherapy (hot and cold applications) are as effective as electroshock therapy in the treatment of major depressive disorder, without the ensuing negative side effects, such as memory loss.