Physical Medicine

Physical Medicine

Physical medicine grows in its therapeutic relevance each year paralleling the growing prevalence of pain.

Pain accounts for nearly 80% of patients’ presenting complaints. This phenomenon will most certainly continue, as the senior citizen demographic comprises an increasing percentage of the U.S. population. Physical medicine can also play an important role in reducing the dependence on opioid pain medications, and the unfortunate epidemic of prescription drug addiction.

The naturopathic, osteopathic and chiropractic professions emerged within years of each other near the end of the 19th century. Each of the three disciplines features their own version of spinal (osseous) and muscular (soft tissue) manipulation. Developed in the therapeutic healing spas of Europe and the U.S., it was a natural process for naturopathic medicine to blend hydrotherapy (the systematic application of hot and cold water) and physiotherapy (electrical stimulation, and later ultrasound) in conjunction with the core practices of nutrition, botanical medicine and homeopathy.

At SCNM, the study of physical medicine encompasses osseous manipulation, orthopedics, hydrotherapy, sports medicine, soft tissue manipulation, injection therapy and physiotherapy. The classroom and lab experiences provide the basis for clinical hands-on learning at the SCNM Medical Center, in elective sites and at our community health clinics. However, naturopathic medicine doesn’t rely solely on physical medicine modalities in the treatment of pain. In keeping with the principle, treat the whole person, the naturopathic approach to treating pain includes clinical nutrition, mind-body therapies, acupuncture, botanical medicine and homeopathy.

True to our historical origins, you'll work with a diverse didactic and clinical faculty that includes naturopathic physicians, chiropractors, orthopedists, anesthesiologists and massage therapists. The SCNM campus expansion features a regenerative healing center, the first among naturopathic medical schools to bring together an interdisciplinary team in a clinical setting dedicated to the integrative treatment of neuromuscular pain conditions. It also provides you an opportunity to develop your clinical practice skills in a unique and beautiful clinical setting.