Intravenous (IV) and Intramuscular (IM) Injections
What is IV therapy?
Intravenous nutrient therapy is the infusion of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients directly into the bloodstream, helping to correct low nutrient levels and improve the overall state of your health. IV’s are used for a variety of health concerns and can be utilized by nearly every person in any state of health.
By infusing the nutrients directly into circulation, they bypass the gut and are delivered directly to your cells. For people with conditions like Crohn’s, Colitis, SIBO, IBS or any other GI issue, this can be a very beneficial treatment as nutrient absorption may be sub-optimal for those patients.
While many of the IV’s share common formulas, including Vitamin C, Magnesium, Calcium and B-vitamins, IV’s are tailored to a patient’s specific needs to ensure each patient receives exactly what they need.
What is the process like?
First appointments- please call the clinic to book an appointment and indicate it is for IV therapy. Admin will provide you with an intake form which must be completed before arriving at the clinic. Your first session includes an appointment with Dr. Morton to review your health concerns and to ensure you are a good candidate for IV therapy. If you have any current bloodwork, please bring it with you.
Return visits- please book in with admin and indicate the visit is for IV therapy.
Once the IV is hooked up and dripping, you just sit back and relax. We recommend bringing a book, a tablet to watch a show or just closing your eyes and taking a rest. Treatments last between 45 minutes and 2 hours.
What can IV’s treat?
- Acute asthma attacks
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Acute muscle spasm
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- Chronic sinusitis
- Seasonal allergies and rhinitis
- Cardiovascular disease
- To enhance athletic performance
Chelation therapy is an intravenous therapy that has been found to be effective in treating heart disease, degenerative neurological diseases and heavy metal toxicity. Before beginning chelation therapy you will need to perform a heavy metal lab assessment.
High dose Vitamin C is a commonly used adjunctive treatment in many forms of cancer. It has been found to kill cancer cells and many patients find it improves their quality of life when undergoing conventional treatment.
What’s the difference between an IM (intramuscular injection) and an IV?
IM injections are 1.5-3.0ml injections that go directly into the muscle. These are done in the shoulder or glute and are very quick and easy.
IM injections offered at Backfit include B-12, B-complex, Stress Support, Slim Shot (a lipotropic fat-burn support), Energy Blast, Chill Out and Brain Power for focus and concentration.
Does it hurt?
There can be a slight pinch with the insertion of the catheter, but once things are dripping there isn’t much pain. If you are experiencing discomfort, let the doctor know so that he can make adjustments for you.
How can I prepare?
Please be well hydrated and eat a meal 1-2 hours before your IV.
When will I feel the effects?
Some patients feel the effects immediately and notice a change that day. Others need 3-4 IV’s before they really feel a change in their energy/mood/sleep/condition. Everyone is different and is at a different place with their health so there is no easy answer.
How many IV’s will I need?
Just as above, there’s no straight-forward answer, but usually doing one IV per week for 4-6 weeks will give you a good idea about what IV therapy can do for you.