Prolotherapy (Proliferative Therapy), also know as Non-Surgical Ligament and Tendon Reconstruction and Regenerative Joint Injection, is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to strengthen and repair injured and painful joints and connective tissue. It is based on the fact that when ligaments or tendons (connective tissue) are stretched or torn, the joint they are holding destabilizes and can become painful. Prolotherapy, with its unique ability to directly address the cause of the instability, can repair the weakened sites and produce new collagen tissue, resulting in permanent stabilization of the joint. Once the joint is stabilized, pain usually resolves. Traditional approaches with surgery have more risk and may fail to stabilize the joint and relieve pain, and anti-inflammatory or other pain relievers only act temporarily.Prolotherapy injections contain natural substances that stimulate the healing response, as well as local anesthetic agents to help with the pain of the injection. Traditional formulas include ingredients such as dextrose, saline, and procaine or lidocaine.
A variety of people are finding benefit from IV therapy- weekend warriors, professional athletes and those just looking for a boost are utilizing them. Clinically, IV’s are being used for many conditions including fatigue, chronic pain, heavy metal toxicity, colds and flus, allergies, chronic infections and cancer.
IV’s are beneficial because they provide high doses of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants tailored to the patient’s needs. These nutrients go directly into cells due bypassing intestinal absorption resulting in better utilization in the body compared to oral doses of the same nutrients.
Acupuncture and IMS
IMS is the needling of shortened, hypersensitive muscles with an acupuncture needle. This is directed at myofascial trigger points, areas where you may feel tight bands of tissue that are painful to palpation. The procedure helps the tissue to relax, stimulates blood flow to the area and helps facilitate healing.
Comprehensive Lab Tests (hormones, food sensitivities, genetic, SIBO, nutrients)
Naturopathic Doctors can order through LifeLabs in British Columbia, but we also have access to private labs that can go more in depth with their testing.
Lab testing can help solve stubborn problems like hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, chronic pain, inflammation, brain fog and much more.
Physical Medicine (soft-tissue work, adjustments, cupping, electro-stim acupuncture)
There are a variety of tools that may be right for your condition. Some focus on relaxing tissues, others are relieving pain. After a full work-up we will have a good idea about how best to help the area.
Full physical screening exams
Naturopathic Doctors are trained to take patients through full physical exams- something that should be done for everyone! From top to bottom- neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and more are all tested.
Clinical Nutrition with a focus on Plant-Based Nutrition for chronic disease
Plant-based nutrition is a passion of mine and I feel that there is no stronger medicine than a whole foods, plant-based diet. Through proper nutrition, it is possible to prevent and cure some of the most common and deadliest diseases in North America- heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension and cancer. What does this mean? It means cutting back (or eliminating) meat, dairy, eggs and seafood while consuming more whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
Professional Grade Supplements
We can review the supplement regiment you are currently on, get rid of what’s unnecessary and come up with a targeted plan containing high-quality supplements that will help you feel your best. Naturopathic Doctors have access to supplements that you can’t get in health food stores and are of superior quality.
Naturopathic Doctors can write and renew prescriptions for patients here in BC. This means that ND’s can prescribe a wide-range of medications, including bio-identical hormones.