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If you live with muscle or joint pain, you know that even the most minor of tasks can be a challenge. Your body just can’t do the things it used to do. Whether it’s back pain, arthritis, or some other kind of pain, naturopathic medicine can help alleviate your pain so you can get back to doing the things you love.

What causes muscle or joint pain?

Pain is is an uncomfortable or disturbing sensation that can be caused by injury or illness. Sometimes pain is sharp and shooting, other times it’s dull and achy. The type of pain you have can tell a lot about what’s causing it. Unless you’ve experienced a recent injury, most muscle pain is dull and achy, and if you have had a recent injury,  then the pain is probably sharp and stabbing. Joint pain from arthritis often has a rusty sensation, and your joints might swell and turn red.

Naturopathic medicine can help whatever kind of pain you’re experiencing with treatments depending on the the source.

Back pain

We all know someone who has back pain and we know how limiting that pain can be. Days spent being unable to get off the couch or out of bed are a significant hindrance on quality of life.

There are several muscles in your lower back that help stabilize your spine and pelvis, and any one of them can spasm and cause you pain It’s common for people with high stress levels to have higher levels of back pain due to tension in these muscles. There are also joints running all up and down your spine, and any one of them can be a source of pain too if it becomes inflamed, joint degeneration or arthritis, or if the joints themselves fall out of alignment.

Even if your back pain is mild or moderate, and you’re not missing work from it, naturopathy can help get you pain free. Naturopathic doctors use natural therapies like supplementations and acupuncture so that you don’t have to take drugs that leave you feeling drowsy and exhausted.

Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain can significantly impact your ability to perform even the simplest of tasks. Rotator cuff injuries and frozen shoulder can leave you unable to carry your groceries or pick up your kids. It might leave you off work until you can lift your tools again. This loss in productivity and income destabilizes life and can lead to more issues..

Arthritis

Whether you have osteoarthritis (caused by repetitive movements, old injuries, and aging) or rheumatoid arthritis (a painful autoimmune conditions that affects many joints at the same time), there are plenty of natural therapies that can help decrease the medications you’re taking, reduce your pain, and get you back to moving freely. Diet plays a surprisingly large role in how your joints feel, and your ND can assess what you’re eating to make sure your joints are healthy and pain free.

Sprains and strains

Naturopathic medicine isn’t just for chronic conditions. If you’ve recently experienced a sprain or strain, the quicker it is treated by an ND the quicker you’ll recover. Acupuncture, supplements, and short-term dietary adjustments can all help speed up the healing process, getting you back in the game.

Do you want to know more about how naturopathic medicine can help reduce pain? Book your complimentary 15 minute consult today to find out how we can help you attain your health goals.