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06–08–2015

Advice Featured

#51

You don't have to put up with...Achy Breaky Bits

We Naturopaths aren't competitive, so you'll always win with us!

Regardless of whether you’ve injured yourself, you’re suffering from a degenerative bone or joint condition, or you’ve developed one of the ‘hurty’ types of musculoskeletal conditions (Fibromyalgia or muscular spasm), we can help nurse you back to health. Naturopaths + Medical Herbalists can assist your Osteopath, Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, Massage Therapist, Doctor or Surgeon with the use of natural painkillers, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxants (among other things). Naturopathy doesn’t try to compete with the conventional system, rather it endeavours to complete it by slotting into its obvious gaps.

Naturopaths excel in preventative medicine (maintaining or improving health). Therefore,  it can be a good idea to see a Naturopath while you’re still healthy, rather than waiting until something happens. If you pick us first to be on your team, you may not need to be side-lined — let alone benched for the season!

Note: We’re also pretty awesome at dealing with chronic disease, and establishing wellness.

You'll be the one who loses out if you don't pick us for your team!

On the up-and-up

We don’t just aim to reduce the physical experience of pain, we also aim to address the underlying and surrounding issues (as appropriate).  We take the following areas into consideration:

01—Before and after surgery care

We offer prior support to achieve better surgical outcomes (reduced risk of infections and improved recovery time).

We can support your body while on conventional painkillers and antibiotics.

Note:  The effectiveness of our natural forms of pain relief may allow the dosage of prescription medication to be reduced.

02—Promotion of efficient tissue repair & regeneration

We provide restorative nutrients, promote correct digestive + immune function, and offer stress support.

03—The backlash of chronic pain

We can help improve sleep and mood disorders. We can also help to prevent painkiller dependence.

Prescription painkillers are highly dangerous and are open to abuse.

Lean on us — we'll support you!

These are the types of musculoskeletal issues that we can treat:

01—Chronic overuse syndromes

Conditions such as Bursitis + Tendonitis.

02—Fibromyalgia + Polymyalgia Rheumatica

03—Muscular tension + pain

04—OsteoArthritis + Rheumatoid Arthritis

05—Osteoporosis

06—Sports Injuries

After your injury has been initially treated by conventional medicine.

I can be difficult to work with!

If you’ve read my post on Food Intolerance, you’ll know that I suffer from a skeletal muscle condition that I manage through diet and various other natural therapies.

Note:  I very occasionally need painkillers when it gets on top of me.  And I’m only talking about taking 2 tablets 1-2x here.

I therefore know how important it is to use multiple therapies when dealing with musculoskeletal issues. If I go to my Chiropractor or Massage Therapist when I haven’t been looking after myself as well as I could  (not watching my diet, and not taking my magnesium + kava),  then the physical manipulation isn’t effective — I’m difficult to adjust, and the treatment doesn’t ‘hold’.  However, this manipulation is incredibly effective when I target my condition holistically and stick to my dietary + supplement + medicinal herb regime.

Similarly, if a client comes to me with stress or tension headaches, one of my recommendations will be that they also seek the services of a therapeutic masseuse. Or, if a client comes to me suffering from a nervous system complaint (which could result in — or be the cause of — a myriad of conditions) I will recommend they also see a Chiropractor or Osteopath.

We can treat these conditions in a variety of ways

Depending on the specific circumstances, a Naturopathic treatment plan could include any of the following:

Dietary Recommendations

We can manipulate your diet to:

01—MANAGE PAIN + INFLAMMATION

We will promote certain foods + herbs that reduce inflammation (oily fish + garlic), as well as discourage certain foods that create inflammation (red meat + chicken)

02—MANAGE WEIGHT 

If you have poor motility, or to aid your recovery

03—IMPROVE DIGESTION

To promote nutrient uptake

04—ENHANCE IMMUNE SYSTEM 

To promote healing

05—REDUCE STRESS 

To promote nutrient uptake, enhance healing and improve sleep quality

Note:  Sometimes we might use coffee therapeutically to promote ‘painkilling’ – as it works on a particular pain pathway in the body (it’s a LOX inhibitor). However, in most cases caffeine creates stress in the body. This is detrimental to the healing process.

 

 

Nutritional Supplements

We might recommend one or more of the following:

01—A PAINKILLER

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

02—ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES

Bioflavonoids
Bromelain
Quercetin
Vitamin C
EPA(Fish oil)
MSM

03—MUSCLE RELAXANTS

Calcium
Magnesium
MSM

04—REPAIR & REGENERATION

Glucosamine & Chondroitin
MSM
Specific vitamins & minerals
Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC)

05—STRESS/ANXIETY/DEPRESSION/SLEEP

Calcium
Magnesium
B-group vitamins

I love T.L.A' s
(Three letter abbreviations).

Did you notice how many times MSM featured above?
Methylsulfonylmethane (a form of sulphur) is fabulous for1:

—  Increasing blood flow (and therefore promoting repair + regeneration)
—  Reducing muscle spasm
—  Inhibiting pain impulses along nerve fibres
—  Inhibiting inflammation
—  Softening scar tissue, and
—  Modulating auto-immune diseases e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Note: Because of the many actions above, MSM is also beneficial for those that suffer from Asthma. MSM also modulates allergic responses making it beneficial for any ‘allergic’ condition e.g. sinusitis, or hay fever sufferers. And, sulphur is good for your skin, nails and hair. All of this, and it’s cheap!

Natural painkillers + anti-inflammatories don't cause gut or cardiovascular issues.

Herbal Medicine

We might recommend one or more of the following:

01—PAINKILLERS

California Poppy
Pasque Flower
White Willow
(Medicinal Marijuana; if it’s legal where you are)

02—ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES

Boswellia
Cayenne
Celery Seed
Devil’s Claw
Feverfew
Ginger
Liquorice
Turmeric

Note: our natural painkillers and anti-inflammatories work on the same enzymes as the equivalents in conventional medicine. In fact, we can access certain pathways that pharmaceuticals cannot (affecting change at the cellular membrane level), and some of our natural alternatives act on many pathways simultaneously e.g. Turmeric, Garlic, and Fish oil. 

03—MUSCLE RELAXANTS

Kava & Crampbark

04—REPAIR AND REGENERATION

Grape Seed
Gotu Kola
Gingko Biloba

05—STRESS/ANXIETY/DEPRESSION/SLEEP

Kava
Valerian
St Johns Wort
California Poppy
(Medicinal Marijuana; if it’s legal where you are)
Rhodiola — it’s one of my favourite herbs!

A herbal mixture of Hops, Rosemary & Olive Leaf is a fast acting + strong natural painkiller.

Arnica's not just for bruises!

There are many topical ‘natural’ anti-inflammatories on the market. They can contain substances like: Winter Green, Comfrey, Cayenne, Arnica, and MSM.  You can also choose from heating or cooling products depending upon your particular circumstances.

My favourite product for sore muscles is straight Arnica. It works a treat for any type of sore, bruised feeling — usually where there is tissue trauma.

Note: Only ever apply Arnica to intact skin.

Lisa
Says:

Talk to your Naturopath or Medical Herbalist

We’ll work with you, and in conjunction with your other health providers to provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan. We’ll let you know the best forms of supplements + herbs to take. We will advise the correct dosage and length of time they should be taken for.

If you’re not ready to give up your orthodox painkillers yet, then we can help to potentiate these medications to make them work even better for you. (We ensure they are working effectively, and that you only require the minimum amount.)

We can help make your big 'Boo-boos' all better — faster!

CONTACT

For Naturopathic appointments and enquiries email Lisa directly lisa@oomphealth.co.nz

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