Our naturopathic doctors are highly trained in advanced certifications in IV and Injection therapies which can be used for a variety of health concerns and goals.
Naturopathic medicine is about getting to the root cause of dysfunction and imbalances in the body. Whether you are an athlete, a weekend warrior, or someone who values movement and exercise, getting back to pain-free and optimal range of movement can be a priority.
Each Sports Medicine-focused naturopathic visit starts with a thorough assessment, developing a comprehensive plan, and using one of the following treatments to help you move your best.
Trigger points are what most people call ‘knots’ in muscles- small areas of tightness located within a muscle fibre. Trigger points can cause discomfort, tightness and pain referral. Trigger point injection therapy involves injecting a small amount of sugar solution and anaesthetic directly into the trigger points. This can release the trigger points, allowing muscle to relax and decrease pain & referral associated with the trigger point.
Intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy delivers vitamins and/or minerals directly into the blood stream. This bypasses our normal route of obtaining nutrients through the food we eat and absorption through the digestive tract. Talk to our Naturopathic Doctors to see if IV therapy might be recommended for you based on your dietary requirements, dietary restrictions, or health condition.
Neural therapy is an injection technique that involves injection of anesthetic (lidocaine or procaine) into scars, scar tissue, ligaments, trigger points, and autonomic ganglia with the intention of decreasing pain, restoring optimal autonomic nervous system communication, and improving function.
Prolotherapy is an injection technique to create new growth of tendons and ligaments (proliferation) to treat tendon, ligament and joint injuries. A concentrated sugar solution mixed with anesthetic will be injected, bringing blood flow and healing factors to the area. The first appointment includes a thorough history & physical exam of the areas of injury, followed by the injections. For best results, we recommend 3-6 visits spaced a few weeks apart. Areas of injection offered include: shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, knees, ankles, feet, and more.
Cold Laser Therapy is a painless, non-invasive treatment that uses low intensity lightwaves. Different wave lengths of light are applied to an injured area to help encourage healing and regeneration. More and more research is coming out around cold laser therapy supporting its use for pain reduction in injuries. There is a wide range of conditions that cold laser therapy can used in including: neck, shoulder, back, and knee pain, sciatica, arthritis, bursitis, sports injuries, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and much more.
Come into the visit well hydrated and well fed. Wear comfortable clothes, as well as clothing that allows for access to the areas needing treatment (i.e. bring shorts with you for knee injections). Avoid anti-inflammatory medication for two days before your appointment.
The appointment time is 30-60 minutes, which includes an assessment and a check-in with the naturopathic doctor. The injections themselves should take no longer than 10-15 minutes, depending on the areas being treated.
Avoiding strenuous exercise for a few days after the appointment is recommended. Your doctor will review everything to expect after your appointment based on your treatment and area of treatment.