Healing Therapies: Say Goodbye to the Pain

Are you in pain? Pain is among the most common reasons for a doctor visit and the foremost cause of disability in the United States. Did you know there are many alternatives to medication and surgery? The Naturopathic Physicians (NP) at IPC take a Comprehensive Approach to Pain Management (CPM). During a visit with Dr. Xan Simonson and Dr. Cindy Romero, they will explore the root cause of your pain and determine if it is an anatomical change to the joint(s), functional pathology or both. 

Drs. Simonson and Romero utilize a variety of modalities such as traditional oriental therapeutic massage, acupuncture specially designed for pain management (Gua Sha), Biomodulator/Low Light Laser Therapy, and a diverse repertoire of unique injection protocols to support pain management. Each consultation with these NPs will also include a review of diet, exercise and supplements that will aid in your healing process.

Oriental Therapeutic Massage is often used by itself or in combination with other modalities. It is an ancient form of massage therapy which primarily has its roots in Asia. This technique, developed centuries ago, is used predominantly to treat joint and muscle pains, reduce stress and tension, increase blood circulation, maintain a healthy, beautiful body and for general peace of mind, relaxation and comfort. It is intended to balance and harmonize the flow of chi (the life force) through meridians (energy pathways). Oriental massage stimulates the same points stimulated in acupuncture.

Acupuncture works to restore optimal functioning by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to “free up” or “unblock” the qi energy. The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called chi or qi present in every living being. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as qi flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained; once the flow of energy is blocked, the system experiences imbalance, and pain and illness occur.

From a biochemical perspective, we know that acupuncture has many positive effects on the body. It increases the body’s natural production of endorphins, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (which shuts down in chronic stress) and increases blood flow to local areas.

In the United States, low back pain is one of the most common reasons patients go to a physician. Back pain can be caused from many issues, but is usually muscular in origin. Muscle pain perpetuates what is known as the pain cycle, a phenomenon of which the back is particularly prone. In the pain cycle, pain causes a muscle to spasm, which may move the discs, joints and nerves of the spine. This spasm leads to further pain, leading to further misalignment, which compounds the original problem. Acupuncture can play an important role in the reduction or elimination of back pain and preventing a chronic condition from developing. Oftentimes, relief from back pain is immediate after an acupuncture treatment. Remember, acupuncture stimulates qi (or energy) to circulate in an area and can often stop a pain cycle.

Biomodulator/Low Light Laser Therapy are treatments that utilize specific frequencies and/or wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and help accelerate the healing process. Patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions often find it helps eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality. Every organ in the body runs at a different frequency. Chronic disease and pain are always associated with low voltage. To increase the voltage back to normal to promote healing in the body and pain reduction/elimination, the voltage of the cells must increase. One way to achieve this is by using the Tennant Biomodulator®. Since the device creates the necessary frequency to match each organ, by placing the electrode over an acupuncture point on the perineural nervous system transfers electrons to the attached organ.

Cold laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy, or laser therapy that uses low levels of light to stimulate healing. Low-level light is applied directly to the problem area. The tissue then absorbs the light. In a basic sense, this leads to a biological or chemical reaction to red and near infrared light. Damaged cells have a physiological reaction that helps promote their regeneration. Cold laser therapy is ideal for tissue repair and relief from pain and inflammation. While each session only takes a few minutes, it does require a series of treatments for full effectiveness and healing.

Check back next month, when we continue exploring naturopathic pain management options related to trigger point therapy.