Medical healing without the medication

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April 5, 2018 - 12:00am Updated: April 9, 2018 - 11:06am

Whether its chronic pain and inflammation or acne scarring and wrinkles, more patients are looking for alternative remedies that don’t require invasive surgery or prescriptions.

“We’re starting to see more references from physicians once traditional treatments and medications have failed,” said Bernadette Lavoie, co-owner of North Country Massage and Medi Spa.

The Prince Albert based spa now offers an alternative to registered massage therapy with the addition of Allisyn Camche – a licensed physiotherapist with nearly 20 years of experience. Camche offers a type of dry needling called Gokavi Transverse Technique (GTT) that helps relieve chronic pain that cannot be treated by conventional means.

“The needle is inserted in and out quickly and breaks down the tissue and releases the pressure which relieves the pain,” explained co-owner Lindsey Rask.

Some of the registered massage therapists on staff are also trained in Myofacia Cupping, prenatal massage and lymphatic drainage. Recently, a patient who suffered years of pain caused by kyphosis, also known as hunchback, began Bioflex treatments at the all encompassing medical spa. It’s a type of cold laser therapy that helps regenerate tissue.

“After six treatments, this patient felt an 80 per cent improvement in pain relief by alleviating inflammation and increasing circulation,” said Lavoie.

The therapy was featured in “The Brain’s Way of Healing”, an episode on The Nature of Things with David Suzuki on the CBC news network. The treatment has also helped to improve gout or arthritis pain, eliminate heal spurs and accelerate the healing process for broken bones and bruising. Rask said in some cases, surgery was avoided because the Bioflex treatments helped the body resolve issues on its own.

“People are looking for ways to heal themselves naturally and we’re finding ways to provide that,” Lavoie added.

The need for alternatives to traditional treatments extends from the medical aspect to the cosmetic. North Country Massage and Medi Spa has trained physicians able to administer facial treatments like Botox but those looking for a more natural approach now have an option too. Rask, who is a Registered Nurse, also trained at the Canadian Laser and Medical Aesthetic Centre. She recently started to offer micro-needling or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). It stimulates the body’s own collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, skin laxity and scarring such as that caused by acne or chicken pox.

“This treatment is effective regardless of your age or skin type and can treat many skin conditions safely without the potential side effects and long downtime of cosmetic surgery. There is very little risk for this minimally invasive procedure and it has consistently shown excellent results,” said Rask.

Pain free, health bodies that look good and feel good. North Country Massage and Medi Spa can help you start living your best life naturally.

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