Scientific Method in Natural Medicine
I employ the scientific method with each patient. This starts with gaining the pertinent information from my patients including their health history, relevant fractures and surgeries, long-standing health problems, etc. I seek to understand the timeline of your health history in order to develop my hypothesis. I then test my hypothesis by putting a patient through different movements, palpating the health of the tissues, and/or ordering lab work. Then, I get to work on treating your body!
Dr. April Graham, ND
As a Naturopathic Doctor, I am invested in the restoration of health by removing barriers in the body, but my unique skillsets also allow me to use targeted movement and bodywork to encourage that healing.
Even as a cross country runner in High School, I had a fascination with the dynamics of the body. This deepened later as a cross country coach and as a pro-ranking mountain bike racer and XTERRA World Championship triathlete—I had to pay attention to movement to excel and to avoid injury. It was this interest in sports and movement of the body that drew me to earning a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science and an M.A. in Sport and Exercise Leadership, and to
become an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist.
But it wasn’t until I saw the state of traditional healthcare when my father was pushed through the system with colon cancer and until my own lower back injury stopped my mountain bike racing that I chose naturopathic medical school. I had to learn how the body breaks down and how it heals, to make sense of it all, so I could help others.
At Bastyr University, I took a cutting-edge movement and fascial manipulation workshop where the movement system Rev6 and Fascial Manipulation® - the Stecco® Method were taught simultaneously. There, we unraveled the biomechanics of how all the layers work together and discovered that the fascia wraps everything in the body, creating tension from old injuries, surgeries, trauma, and leaves a
kinetic imprint. There was finally a system that considered the complexity of the human body and how all the parts are interconnected and function together.
By diligently applying these movements and treatments, I healed the lower back pain that had halted my pro mountain bike career. And I see now, how my diversion from racing opened new avenues for me to help others: to bring bodywork therapies to my clients to restore their fascia to proper gliding, decreasing pain, returning range of motion, and enhancing their physical performance.
As well as treating many professional athletes, I have had the great pleasure of traveling to California regularly to assist the world-renowned Dr. Edythe Heus in her immersive treatments. I spend time in the cadaver dissection lab, along with the world’s top fascia experts, learning more about the fascia and its effects on the body.
Stecco Fascial Manipulation® Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 - FMID
Revolution In Motion™ Level 1, Level 2, and Pelvic Floor Fitness Level 1
Craniosacral Therapy Level 1 & 2 with Dr. Masa Takukura
The Carroll Method with the Carroll Institute
New England School of Homeopathy (NESH) 2-Year Course
Advanced Fertility Mentorship with Dr. Jaclyn Chasse, ND
Constitutional Hydrotherapy with the Carroll Institute
Advanced Biofeedback training