Dr. Kaleigh Anstett, BSc., ND, Naturopathic Doctor discuss Chronic Pain Treatment With Naturopathy
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Naturopathic doctors do see a variety of patients coming into their offices with chronic pain, whether it be fibromyalgia patients, patients with complex regional pain syndrome post-accident, perhaps patients with injuries that have never fully healed properly.
We see a lot of patients coming in with muscle pain, with myofascial trigger points that we can assess and treat. This is usually the easier type of chronic pain. But we do see patients with many different types of chronic pain.
Naturopathic doctors treat chronic pain slightly differently than other professionals would. We will look at the whole person. So, we’ll look at your digestion. We’ll look at your sleep. We’ll look at your stress levels. We’ll try to identify barriers to treatment.
If you’re not seeing results with your current treatment regimen and you’re getting to a point where you’re frustrated because you’re not seeing these improvements, there could be something else going on. It’s really important to understand why your body is suffering from inflammation, right?
And this is a buzz word, but I think it’s important to remember that the basis of most disease is inflammation of different tissues within the body. So, we want to really work with soft tissue and to support the body’s ability to heal.
So on top of normal rehabilitation exercises, perhaps acupuncture and dry needling for myofascial trigger points, looking at food sensitivities that could be contributing to fibromyalgia-like symptoms, we’ll basically look at your entire lifestyle and try to help you understand why you’re plateauing in treatment and help you kind of push through that.
There are a variety of treatment modalities that naturopathic doctors will utilize with patients such as intravenous therapies to improve soft tissue healing, dry needling and acupuncture, orthomolecular dosing of micronutrients to, again, help shift that balance within the body towards healing.
We really want to give those tissues what they need to heal. So, rehab sometimes isn’t enough in this case. And we really want to give our body the best chance we can to get past this injury and to really recover.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain and really aren’t seeing the results that you thought you would after months of treatment, it might be a very wise idea to speak to your local naturopathic physician about treatment options.
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