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.
Pain management – naturopathic approaches
Naturopathic approaches to pain management are tailored to each individual and may include treatment of pain symptoms directly – to provide fast relief, naturally, 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.
Our treatment tools include
- Mindfulness-based approaches including stress reduction techniques
- Addressing health concerns that could be contributing to pain (eg. Digestive problems, past or current injuries, inflammation, arthritis, fractures, fibromyalgia)
- Helping you prepare for and recover from surgery
- Assessing and treating alignment of the bones, as well as treating the muscles and soft tissues – looking at your body’s structure and how you move
- Improving your sleep quality so the body and mind can rest and heal properly
- Investigating food sensitivities that may be contributing to systemic inflammation and increased pain
- Acupuncture – either Traditional Chinese Medicine-based or modern medical acupuncture and trigger point release – or a combination of both!
- Hydrotherapy using water of different temperatures to influence circulation and promote healing
- Lymphatic drainage to decrease swelling and promote healing
- Homeopathic medicines – dilute medicines that stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself
- Plant medicines – to help with health conditions contributing to pain, to address nerve pain, for stress relief, or to improve sleep quality
- Nutrition foods and/or supplements
- Diet and lifestyle modification (eg. weight loss)
- Manual therapy gentle techniques that address the bones, soft tissues, and organs can help with misalignment issues, muscles spasms, improve circulation and promote proper healing.