Our biomedical, naturopathic treatments are designed to holistically address all aspects of care that are necessary to optimize recovery. This involves a multi-layered approach that includes the following:
- Diet and Nutrition
- Therapeutic intravenous therapies
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Neurotransmitter testing
- Nutritional supplementation and herbal medicine
- Injection therapies
Diet and Nutrition
Diet and nutrition are the foundation for a successful recovery. In order to heal properly we must provide the body with the fuel and resources necessary. This starts with improving basic nutrition. Proper nutrition requires the diet to provide:
- adequate protein for generating new tissue,
- balanced mineral and vitamins to help with bone growth, nerve conduction, and muscle stiffness,
- antioxidants to decrease oxidative stress,
- anti-inflammatory substances such as good fats to decrease the cytokine response;
- and balanced levels of carbohydrate, fat, and protein for the body to feed the tissues.
In addition to basic nutrition, specialized therapeutic diets, done under the supervision of one of our naturopathic doctors, may benefit the individual depending on their condition. One example is the ketogenic diet. This diet which is high in fat, low in protein, and low in carbohydrates has shown promising results in many neurological conditions such as epilepsy, brain cancer and multiple sclerosis. This diet works to calm inflammation, and promote nerve growth. The naturopathic doctors at the Nardella Clinic of Calgary have years of experience working with neurological patients to optimize their neurological rehabilitation with diet and nutrition.
Therapeutic Intravenous Therapies
Intravenous administration of substances allows for therapeutic levels of a compound to be administered. In the case of neurological rehabilitation, intravenous administration is often preferred to have the desired effect. Our naturopathic doctors treat neurological conditions with a combination of the following IV therapies
- Alpha lipoic acid
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The Calgary Nardella Clinic’s naturopathic doctors have extensive experience in the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and neurological rehabilitation. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the administration of 100% oxygen under pressure to increase tissue oxygen saturation. When the tissues are saturated with oxygen, nerves are one of the many tissues that benefit. HBOT has the following effects:
- Decreases inflammation
- Promotes healing
- Mobilization of one’s own stem cells
- Angiogenesis; the growth of new blood vessels
- Increases blood flow and oxygen delivery to damaged tissues
These effects create an environment that helps to slow the progression of chronic neurological diseases and help to heal nerves after traumatic events such as spinal cord or traumatic brain injury. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, done under the supervision of one of our Calgary naturopathic doctors, is an important adjunctive therapy for neurological rehabilitation.
Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that send messages within our nervous system. They are in charge of mood, learning, sleep, behaviour, attention and muscle control. Urinary neurotransmitters evaluate systemic levels of various neurotransmitters in the body which can help with conditions such as mood or cognitive issues post-concussion or in Alzheimer’s, motor and gait issues in Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis, and spasticity in Cerebral Palsy and spinal cord injury. The testing evaluates a number of neurotransmitters including:
- Kynurenic acid
Once these levels are evaluated by a naturopathic doctor, targeted treatments can be put together to help to correct any imbalances. Naturopathic treatments typically include the use of amino acids, vitamins and herbs to regain a state of balance and improve neurological symptoms.
Nutritional Supplements and Herbal Medicine
Our Calgary naturopathic doctors have over a decade of experiencing using herbal medicine and nutritional supplements to help the body to heal. Herbal medicine and vitamins can be utilized in neurorehabilitation in a number of ways including:
- pain relief
- muscle and nerve regeneration,
- decreasing inflammation
- antioxidant support
- and neurotransmitter support.
Herbs and supplements build upon a strong foundation of a healthy diet. Use of these naturopathic medicines allows for a patient to receive therapeutic doses of specific herbs, minerals, vitamins, and other nutritional supplements to meet the high demand for these during neurological recovery and repair. Individual requirements are determined by our naturopathic doctors using case history and diagnostic testing.
Injection therapies allow for substances to be administered in higher doses, with better absorption to specific areas of the body. These injections, administered by a naturopathic doctor, can help to reduce spasticity, decrease inflammation, improve energy, promote healing, and decrease pain. These injections may include:
- Neural therapy (Procaine)
- Vitamin injections
- Platelet-rich plasma
- Homeopathic medicines
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of conditions. It has proven to be an effective tool in neurological rehabilitation to help address the following:
- Muscle spasticity
- Pain reduction
- Decreasing inflammation
- Improving circulation
- Decreasing neuropathy
- Improving balance
Our Calgary naturopathic doctors use a combination of traditional acupuncture, IMS (Intramuscular stimulation), dry needling and electro-acupuncture to obtain the best results.