Pain Sufferers, Meet Biopuncture

biopuncture If you are looking for an effective, safe and natural alternative to deal with pain, then look no further. Biopuncture has been practiced by physicians in Europe since the early 1990s as a therapy to manage everything from pain to allergies. It has started to garner more attention in North America because it can be used as a viable alternative to conventional pain and anti-inflammatory medications. Biopuncture involves the injection of natural products into the skin or a specific muscle group for the purpose of healing. This medical procedure is local to the area of concern and both the injection and the frequency of treatment are determined based on the condition. The goal of Biopuncture is to stimulate the body’s own healing process and return tissue to normal healthy function. So how does it work? Biopuncture works by stimulating the repair of muscle, cartilage, bone, fat, and connective tissue. The puncture of the needle causes an endorphin release and the injected medication expands the tissue matrix, thereby reducing the pressure on the nerves, arteries and veins. The injected medication also induces an inflammatory cascade and stimulates circulation, immune response and local healing. The treatment encourages lymphatic drainage and repairs tissue damage. Biopuncture can be used for many health concerns including pain and inflammation, sports injuries such as sprains, strains and tears, osteoarthritis, calcifications/bone spurs, nerve pain and disc herniations, migraines and headaches, post-operative pain and painful scars. It is also effective for those who have tried other approaches, such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and cortisone injections, but who have had limited success or who have stopped taking medication because of side effects. Good candidates are those people who find themselves in pain. This therapy is not a miracle cure and will not heal people from chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. But, it can be used as an adjunctive therapy to help support the immune system and decrease inflammation. The safety profile of Biopuncture is impressive. There are few, if any, adverse reactions or side effects to the substances used in Biopuncture. People have reported feeling fatigued over the 24-hour period following the injections as the body initiates a healing process; that is often a positive sign. A person may develop slight bruising and/or mild pain at the injection site, but these reactions are short-lived. In terms of treatment, the typical number of sessions required for the full effect of Biopuncture is four. The first session is 15 to 30 minutes to assess the area of concern and determine the best course of treatment. Three subsequent treatments of 15 minutes are required to ensure full healing benefits. Treatments are spaced one week apart over four weeks. Patients may require additional maintenance treatments depending on how chronic their complaint is. mark_ellingson Head shot Dr. Mark Ellingson, BSc, ND Mark Ellingson is a licensed and board certified Naturopathic Doctor practicing at Balance, a Toronto boutique fitness centre. His practice focuses on sports medicine, pain management, and men’s and women’s health. Mark is a former professional and national team volleyball player and high performance coach and is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic  Doctors. balancefit.com

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