Migraines, Fibromyalgia, and Osteoarthritis

Naturopathic Doctors are trained to treat and cure all causes of pain, including the most common forms, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, and common musculoskeletal pain whether from injuries from sports, motor collisions, or normal wear and tear. Naturopathic Doctors have been trained in many alternative therapies that have withstood the test of time and have proven to be more efficient and affordable in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.

Therapies such as Acupuncture can restore function and reduce pain within hours of a sports injury or motor vehicular accident. Prolotherapy and PRP can rebuild ligaments and tendons to original functional status prior to injury and chronic disability without the use of long term pain medications or needless surgeries.

Naturopathic Doctors also understand the underlying causes of Fibromyalgia, arthritis, and autoimmune disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, and can guide you to complete recovery so that you can live everyday without focusing on pain management. We are the specialists when it comes to immediate and chronic pain. We offer immediate solutions for sudden onset of pain syndromes and we can determine the underlying causes of chronic pain and help you eliminate them from your lifestyle. We seek to have all of our patients lead an active, productive, and pain free lifestyle.

Migraines & Headaches

Many patients suffer from ongoing headaches or migraines. The most common type of headache is a tension headache. Tension headaches arise from the muscles in the upper back and neck. Trigger points or knots develop or persist causing a shortening of muscles which attach at the base of the skull. These tight muscles radiate pain either over the top of the head across the forehead or around the temples toward and across the forehead. This type of headache is relieved with trigger point injections to the posterior attachments of the neck muscles at the base of the skull. Acupuncture also helps to relax the muscles and reduce trigger point influence.

Migraines on the other hand or more complex. In having helped many patients eliminate migraines we have discovered that most migraines have multiple triggers. One trigger is tension headaches. Any hx of head or neck trauma can damage tendons and predispose toward more complex migraines. We have also found many different aggravators for migraines over the years. For example IgG food allergies, dehydration, exposure to solvents, cleaners, and perfumes, and candida overgrowth. Clues are gathered during an intake to the other potential triggers. Once these are discovered, eliminated, or treated, migraines become nonexistent.

Fibromyalgia

There exists a cure for Fibromyalgia. It is accessible to each and every patient. It is not a fictitious or stealthy disease, but a disease resulting from a negative synergism of multiple, but treatable causes. In our mesa practice, we see daily, patients who have been to doctor after doctor searching for answers to their fatigue and pain. At the root, we find the most insidious underlying cause, we call yeast.

Naturopathic Doctors are trained to treat and cure all causes of pain, including the most common forms, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, and common musculoskeletal pain whether from injuries from sports, motor collisions, or normal wear and tear. Naturopathic Doctors have been trained in many alternative therapies that have withstood the test of time and have proven to be more efficient and affordable in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.

Therapies such as Acupuncture can restore function and reduce pain within hours of a sports injury or motor vehicular accident. Prolotherapy and PRP can rebuild ligaments and tendons to original functional status prior to injury and chronic disability without the use of long term pain medications or needless surgeries.

Naturopathic Doctors also understand the underlying causes of Fibromyalgia, arthritis, and autoimmune disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, and can guide you to complete recovery so that you can live everyday without focusing on pain management. We are the specialists when it comes to immediate and chronic pain. We offer immediate solutions for sudden onset of pain syndromes and we can determine the underlying causes of chronic pain and help you eliminate them from your lifestyle. We seek to have all of our patients lead an active, productive, and pain free lifestyle.

Arthritis or Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is a common debilitating condition affecting the quality of life for many patients. The treatment of acute and chronic arthritis with Naturopathic medicine has proven beneficial when compared to the treatment of pain with standard medications, steroid injections, or surgery. Arthritis is not a condition that needs to be tolerated and great relief can be found through treatments offered by Naturopathic Doctors.

Arthritis is caused largely by uncontrolled inflammation in the body, the largest percentage being derived from the diet. Ga

ining control of inflammation requires reducing inflammatory foods in the diet. The most reliable approach to determining inflammatory dietary foods is through performing IgG Food Intolerance Testing. Research continues to substantiate the fact that particular foods can aggravate every type of arthritis. Your physician will also discuss with specific dietary guidelines that help improve inflammatory control. Candida cleansing or detox has also been shown to be very beneficial, when discovered to be present through lab testing.

Our bodies produce a small amount of its own steroid, called cortisol, to keep inflammation under control. With aging and stress, this normal physiological output of cortisol can decline leading to impaired inflammatory control.  Adrenal Function Testingmeasures the strength and output of cortisol, and thus providing information allowing for customized anti-inflammatory therapy.

In addition, a significant amount of pain arises from ligament and tendon weakness with the resultant instability in joints. When joints are unstable they fail to perform optimally and cause premature wear and tear. When the wear and tear becomes significant enough, inflammation becomes apparent and patients notice swelling, limited movement, and localized pain. Prolotherapy and PRP are the best treatments for weak ligaments and tendons. Prolotherapy and PRP consists of injections that cause proliferation of connective tissue. The proliferation leads to increased density and strength and improvement in joint stability.

Another effective therapy for the treatment of chronic pain includes acupuncture. Acupuncture works by clearing meridians or channels to allow improved circulation and support to the body’s innate ability to heal. Although acupuncture is new to western medicine, it has been a mainstay in eastern medicine for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture is extremely effective with helping muscles relax and reducing joint inflammation and pain.

Arthritic pain has been linked to derangements in biomechanics, inflammation, injuries, food intolerances, nutritional deficiencies, and even the normal process of aging. Determination of the underlying causes of pain begins with an appropriate assessment, including labs and physical exams. Once the underlying causes have been determined, a specific and directed approach to pain treatment or management will be prescribed. Much of what is applied in the treatment of Fibromyalgia can be applied also to osteoarthritis.