6 Naturopathic & Homeopathic Treatments for Low Back Pain

1. Symptom ≠ Cause

Avoid conflating each sign or symptom of low back pain (LBP) with its cause.

Symptoms and their causes are, of course, intimately related.

And in a manner which is direct, ordered, and - in retrospect, anyway - completely rational.

But how exactly can we discover how this relationship between cause and symptom?

That's the tough part.

Studies and reviews of large cohorts (groups) of patients with (LBP) have attempted to answer this question.

With underwhelming results.

In fact, such studies & reviews have underlined the perhaps counterintuitive conclusion that - with a few notable exceptions, such as in cases of low back pain secondary to seronegative spondylarthropathies - structural MRI & X-ray findings generally show very poor correlation with onset, severity, or prognosis of LBP.

In similar fashion:

  1. Disc pathology on MRI is poorly correlated with LBP symptomatology.
  2. Facet joint osteoarthritis on CT is only weakly correlated with LBP signs and symptoms.
  3. Even findings of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis on CT are common in those without low back pain, and are overall poorly correlated with LBP.

In short - X-ray and MRI diagnostics tell us little to nothing about the vast majority of LBP.

My clinical experience also supports that links between symptoms and underlying causes of LBP are - at least initially and superficially - non-obvious.

What does all of this mean?

It means that even seemingly-uncomplicated cases of LBP often require expertise and care to properly diagnose and treat in a lasting, curative manner.

OK, fine.

But that's easy for me to say.

So what are you supposed to do if you can't receive such lasting, curative treatment of LBP from myself or another qualified, experienced practitioner?

What can you do to heal LBP yourself?

2. Think Outside The Box

"The box" here referring to the location of the LBP.

(apologies to those with non-rectangular pain distributions ...

... although "think outside the variously-dimensioned / amorphous region of pain distribution" would have been a little too on the nose).

Anyway, the location of the signs and symptoms of LBP are, in fact, frequently distant from the location of the cause.

This is understandably true for LBP secondary to deeper pathology, posture, injury, or subconscious patterning - such as that addressed by the Neuroemotional Technique (NET) and Neural Organizational Technique (NOT).

However, it is equally the case in seemingly-uncomplicated LBP.

My clinical experience also suggests that treatment which is delivered primarily to the region of pain itself typically provides transient and temporary relief at best.

Rather than truly curative, lasting healing.

OK, then.

So what could be better regions to treat to provide relief from LBP?

3. Treat Distant & Central Regions First

While individuals can most reliably obtain optimal healing through appropriately individualized naturopathic and homeopathic treatment, my clinical experience suggests that optimal treatment for a good proportion of patients, at least on the physical level, frequently involves treatment applied or performed to regions which are both in general relatively:

  1. Central along the body's axes, and
  2. Distant from the location of pain

"Distant", in this context, means "non-local".

As in something "outside the box".

As in I am not implying deep, curative naturopathic and homeopathic treatment of LBP involves focused treatment of the fingers, toes, or head!

... well, in most cases, anyway.

Indeed, the rare patient has required such truly "distant" treatment to address the underlying cause of their LBP, underlining the unique nature of every case and patient.

That said, the majority have benefited from treatment applyed first to some or all of the following general regions:

  1. Distant ("outside the box" of LBP) regions of the low back itself
    • Erector spinae, most notably
  2. Adductor muscles (hip)
  3. Gluteal muscles
  4. Iliotibial band (IT band)
  5. Vastus lateralis & medialis

The ideal physical treatment modality for any given patient is, in my practice, likewise optimally individually determined.

In my practice, this physical treatment can take many forms, including:

  1. Bowen Therapy
  2. Massage Therapy
  3. Acupuncture
  4. Acupressure
  5. Naturopathic Manual Manipulation (naturopathic medicine's version of chiropractic)
  6. Reiki
     

4. Treat Bilaterally

A natural extension of the "distant & central" theme for LBP treatment.

On the other hand, there is a parallel extension of the individualization theme.

As in not every patient requires such bilateral treatment.

Completely symmetrical treatment is, in my clinical experience, extremely rare.

That said, most patients have benefited from at least some degree of treatment to both sides of the body.

Regardless of whether the complaint appears to be entirely one-sided.

"Both sides of the body", by the way, applies to all axes of the body equally.

As in:

  1. Top & Bottom
  2. Front & Back
  3. Left & Right

"Tolle totum", indeed.
 

5. What's The "P" In Your LBP?

More specifically, what's the sensation of that "P"?

How do you, as an individual, experience it?

And, for that matter - why exactly is LBP even a problem for you?

Hold your incredulity at such a seemingly-unnecessary question.

After all, I've received equally incredible answers.

Or, more precisely, equally individual answers.

6. Individualized Naturopathic & Homeopathic Treatment of LBP

Every patient ultimately deserves deep, constitutional, individualized naturopathic & homeopathic treatment.

Treatment that respects, accounts for, and supports your individuality to provide you with truly lasting, curative results.

Nowhere is this as true as for patients with LBP.

A condition so omnipresent, yet so diverse in its underlying causes.

Which is the reason X-ray and MRI diagnostics tell us next to nothing about LBP.

It's not the fault of the X-rays or MRIs.

It's the fault of a healthcare system seeking generalized, patentable, scalable and, above all, profitable answers to complex, diverse, and individual conditions.

Conditions like LBP.

Constraining a condition as complex, diverse, and individual as LBP into the "box" of that non-individualized healthcare system is restrictive, debilitating, and disempowering.

Not unlike LBP itself.

But you still have a choice.

And a chance.

A chance to get out of the box.

To embark on a new path.

A path that understands, respects, and supports your individuality.

Ultimately permitting safe, natural, lasting, and curative healing of LBP to be realized.

The choice is yours.

Whatever your choice, I look forward to assisting you on your healing journey in whatever capacity I may be of service.

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The shoulder is a lot better! Before I couldn’t even lift things with it - now I’m back gardening and skating regularly. 

My cold actually went away very quickly with the treatment, too – I felt better almost immediately.

My sinuses don’t hurt like they used to, and I don’t get the headaches any more either. Where I injured my head with the concussion doesn’t hurt anymore, and I don’t think I’m as accident prone as I was before either.

I’ve even lost weight over the last few months. 

I originally had a tendency to run around and try to do way too many things at once, and then only do things half or three quarters of the way. The remedy has helped me learn to gather myself a bit, to get an overview of what’s going on, so that I feel more structured to plan my food and my work.

With my work, I’ve been able to work long hours and then relax after since we began the treament.

Also, when I am at home and with the kids, I am capable of talking to them and doing other things at the same time.

Finally, the anxiety, high blood pressure and palpitations are also much better. I don’t even pay attention to the numbers anymore. I know what I feel, and since your treatment, I feel much better with all of this!

S.A., Richmond, BC

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Your neuroemotional technique and biofeedback seemed to particularly help it.

C.R., Sunshine Coast (Sechelt / Gibsons), BC

Physically, I wasn’t sick in the sense of major disease or sickness. But if I was to keep going the way I was. I would have been for sure soon!

Being troubled with stomach issues for sometime, and having emotion issues I wasn’t even aware of.  

Before I met Dr. Andy Somody, my journey first started at a walk in clinic, where I was put through some blood and stool test after a quick intake. 

My test came back and I was told I have a parasite. I was put on antibiotics and it completely wiped me out. It wasn’t a pleasant experiences at all! 

After all that, I still had painfully stomach issues. I guess it wasn’t the parasite. That upset me a lot to think I poisoned my body for no reason with drugs. I was then told that I had IBS.

After doing some research about IBS I thought it was time to get a second opinion. Why do western doctors just treat the “what” and not want to figure out the “why” so it wont happen again? The reason I went to the walk in clinic in the first place was because my family doctor was a drug pusher who really didn’t listen to me and made me stupid for not wanting to put drugs into my system. 

I chose then to see Dr. Andy Somody.

I called him up made an appointment for the next Saturday. 

I was very pleased that I didn’t need to take anymore time off work and that he was available on Saturday.

My first appointment reassured me that this was the right choice for me.

Andy listened to everything I said.

He asked me question, that I never I been asked before.

He provoked thoughts in me that I never even new existed in me.

My cure was a simple but profound one.

I was stressed out from work and I was going down the wrong path in life. The balance in my life was way off.

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(which I never thought could happen, because I thought I was already happy.)

The pieces were always there in front of me - I just didn’t know what to do with them.

I owe Andy for helping me figuring it out, by opening my mind and spirit.

By listening and showing me love and compassion.

Andy has a true calling for naturopathic medicine.

Which has inspired me do what I love.

I am free of all pains and have learnt the ability to listen to my body for what needs it has at the time.

Thank you, Dr. Andy!

Jennie Robinson, Richmond, BC

The TIAs and stroke had left me weak, debilitated, paralyzed and unable to take care of myself.

I had given up hope when I was referred to Dr. Andy, and honestly didn't believe his weird-looking homeopathic treatment would be of any use at all.

My wife had to convince me to give the homeopathy, neuroemotional technique and Bowen therapy a try.

I didn't notice anything at all at first, but my wife, children, and friends all told me I was speaking, moving and looking better.

I don' t know, maybe the changes happened too slowly to notice.

However, the difference is obvious even to me now.

My face, speech and movements are more symmetrical, and I am more independent and capable than I have been for a long time, even since before the stroke.

Tom E., Vancouver (West End / Downtown), BC

My son is much better able to open and adapt to the world since your homeopathic remedy.

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John D, Pitt Meadows, BC

I started working with Andy to get some help with my son, who has had issues with anger, attention, aggressiveness for some time.

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Brian Dierolf, Vancouver (Kerrisdale), BC

I had given up on the conventional medical doctors, and was going crazy trying to find something to cure this debilitating bladder pain.

I was pretty resistant to Dr. Andy's homeopathic treatment and all neuroemotional techniques - it's pretty strange.

But I do feel much better now, so I know that it did something good.

And not just with my cystitis ... my sleep and energy have improved too.

Diane W, Surrey (North Surrey / Bolivar Heights), BC

Thank you so much for everything!

All my eye pain and headache is gone. The most I feel is just a little tingling now and then.

Otherwise everything else is going phenomenally well in life! It just couldn’t be any better.

I also got a new job. I sent out my resume, and it was the one type of job I wanted, and it was just a good fit.

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And I don’t seem to have so much a problem with nuts these days.

Since the last time I've seen you, I didn't notice my stomach at all. 

Even with other people in my life I’m just been letting them know how I feel about things, instead of letting that hold me back.

It’s just phenomenal.

I look forward to my appointments with you every month!

Jenny C., Vancouver, BC

The pain in my abdomen, hips, pelvis, back and intestines were there before pregnancy, but they all became 100 times worse during.

The pain was with me constantly, and just got worse as the pregnancy wore on.

Your bowen therapy was a lifesaver.

The pain was at a 9 or 10 out of 10 before the first session, but went down to a 5 or less afterwards.

With every bowen treatment, and your homeopathic remedies and emotional technique as well, the pain decreased more.

I can't say that the birth was completely pain-free, but it was way better than my first, and I'm certain I would've needed heavy-duty drugs if not for the bowen therapy.

C.P., Vancouver (Marpole), BC & Little Rock, Arkansas

I have been so fortunate to be one of Dr. Somody's patients and have to say that he is one of the most competent people I know.

I had painful stiffness, swelling, and arthritic pain in my hand joints.

And then it changed, and went to my tendons.

I would get throbbing pain in my fingers at night, I couldn't bend my fingers or work properly.

I also would get these little knobs or growths on the joints.

The joints would get really inflammed and red.

Some doctors once told me it was gout or a type of arthritis related to psoriasis.

I also had psoriasis that caused painful cracking and flaking skin on my hands.

Dr. Somody's homeopathic remedy and other naturopathic approaches made all these much better.

For instance after the first few days I could already notice the joints were less swollen and painful.

After a couple of months the joints, skin and tendons were at least 50% better.

They just kept getting better over the next few months and other than a rare flare-up I don't have these things any more.

I haven't had to see Dr. Somody or any other doctor again in years and I consider myself cured.

If it wasn't for him I would probably still be suffering from these problems or even unable to work.

 

Alex, North Vancouver, BC

 

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