By Dr. Kirsten Singler, NMD
Now that the FDA is concerned about drug dependency and addiction for opioid pain relievers, thousands of people in pain are looking for alternatives. Thankfully, naturopaths have a multitude of treatments that can help you or someone you know eliminate pain in a safe, natural, non-addictive way. Here is a list of some of the most effective therapies available to you.
Acupuncture has been use for thousands of years to relieve pain. I have used it to successfully treat chronic neck pain, low back pain, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, chronic headaches and migraines. Similarly, the National Institute of Health has compiled numerous studies indicating the efficacy of acupuncture for pain relief.
Did you see those circular marks on the Olympic athletes? This is a form of therapy in which the physician uses suction cups over the region of fibrotic or spastic tissue. It may look weird, but this is a wonderful therapy for upper back pain, low back pain, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, and tight IT band.
Prolotherapy is a nonsteriodal injection into a painful joint that stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal. The solution of dextrose and vitamins helps the body repair ligaments and tendons so that the joint becomes stable and strong again. Other forms of this therapy include stem cell injections and platelet rich plasma injections that are recovered from your body, processed, and then injected into a specific site so that the injury can heal.
KT tape is a specialized tape that helps to stabilize joints, support ligaments and tendons, while helping to reduce inflammation. You physician can teach you how to apply the tape so that you can have continued support and pain reduction at home.
This includes numerous compounds that may be applied topically to the region of pain to reduce muscle spasm and inflammation. My favorite and most used topical agents are castor oil, Young Living’s Panaway essential oil, Traumeel, and magnesium salts baths. There’s also pain relieving patches that can your naturopath can have formulated at a compounding pharmacy.
Nutrition and diet recommendations
One of the most important things you can do to reduce pain is to eliminate food that causes an increase in inflammation in your body. You naturopath can coach you though this and will also teach you exactly what foods you need to consume so that your tissues can have a greater ability to repair. I have treated numerous patients for chronic joint pain entirely with diet alone. It is truly amazing how responsive the body is when you give it what it needs to heal.
Nutraceuticals include herbs and vitamins that are specifically researched for your condition. They may include phenomenal anti-inflammatories such as Boswelia, turmeric, quercetin or anti-spasmodic such as Viburnum, Piper, Escholzia, Coydalis. This approach must be tailored specifically for you and your pain condition by your physician as you want to ensure that there is no contraindication with current medication or underlying disease condition.
If you wish to discuss your individual case or have more questions schedule an appointment with Dr. Singler or one of our other doctors at San Tan Natural Medicine. Call 480-636-1068 or schedule online today.
DR. KIRSTEN SINGLER, NMD
Dr. Singler comes from a family full of natural health professionals. She understands the value of complimentary, holistic care. Kirsten is a certified Naturopath and specializes in women’s health, acupuncture, nutrition, hormone balancing, thyroid disorders, digestive disorders, diabetes type II, weight loss, cardiovascular disease prevention and stress reduction.