The Naturopathic approach:
A functional and naturopathic perspective involves treating the underlying or root cause of disease and supporting the body’s healing while preventing further damage, discomfort, or exacerbation of disease. To treat and manage pain it is important to remove any obstacles or triggering factors that may worsen symptoms. For instance, osteoarthritis is worsened by obesity and joint injury – our naturopaths work with you to remove offending factors while supporting weight loss (thus removing any stress upon the joints). As rheumatoid arthritis has an autoimmune component, our naturopaths recommend dietary, lifestyle, and physical treatment options to help decrease pain and reduce systemic inflammation*. Acupuncture in the joints affected help to promote pain reduction, improve functioning, and decrease inflammation and swelling.
*Inflammation is a natural and normal result of the immune system doing its work. When the body has an injury, the immune system responds by creating inflammation as a way to promote healing of the site. After the area has healed the inflammation will subside on its own. In autoimmune related diseases, the body is triggered (by benign events) to create inflammation, swelling, and pain all over the body.