Pain management, naturally
By Katrina Traikov ND
Pain is the most common reason people seek health care
According to the Canadian Pain Society, pain is the most common reason people seek health care. One in five Canadian adults suffers from chronic pain, and its prevalence increases with age. Chronic pain can negatively affect our level of social engagement and our quality of life. It is also associated with higher rates of depression, and even suicide.
Pain medications can play an important role in pain management, but they may also put stress on our digestive system, cardiovascular system, liver or kidneys; and may even slow the healing process. In some cases, there can also be a risk of dependence. Additionally, the approach here is generally to stop the pain, rather than working to address its root cause.
Naturopathic approaches to pain management
Naturopathic approaches to pain management are tailored to each individual and may include treatment of pain symptoms directly, or ideally, helping to bring the body back into a pain-free balance.
Naturopathic Doctors also work with patients to help them prepare for and recover from surgery, address health concerns or past injuries that could be contributing to pain, improve stress management skills and sleep quality to help the body heal properly, and shift both how we perceive pain, and how it affects us.
Therapeutic tools Naturopathic Doctors may use for pain management include: diet and lifestyle modification, dietary supplements, IV therapy, herbal medicines, acupuncture, assessing and treating the bones and soft tissues, hydrotherapy — using water of different temperatures to influence circulation and promote healing, and homeopathic medicines — dilute medicines that stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal.
Naturopathic doctors are experts in natural and preventative medicine. We are trained to work with other members of your healthcare team, and to avoid interactions between medications and any therapies we recommend. We have been a regulated healthcare profession in Ontario since 1925. Our services are also covered by most extended healthcare plans, or can be claimed as a medical expense on your tax return.
ASK THE EXPERT:
Katrina Traikov ND
(out of Active Chiropractic)
1169 Pembroke Street East,
Originally published in Health Matters magazine, Winter 2014
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