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What is Regenerative Injection Therapy?

Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) involves injecting substances into areas of pain or damage to promote repair and healing in the body. Multiple techniques are often used in conjunction to address the various aspects involved in specific pain or injury to achieve a broad treatment benefit. Prolotherapy is possibly the best known form of RIT and aims to promote the repair of soft tissues that contribute to many types of musculoskeletal pain.

How does prolotherapy work? 

Prolotherapy comes from the term “proli” as in proliferating or “to grow.” Injecting a solution – the proliferate – into injured tissues initiates a local immune and inflammatory response responsible for healing. New blood vessels form, nutrients and oxygen arrive, damaged tissue is removed, and new tissue is laid down and restructured over time, creating a stronger end product. Strengthening and tightening the injured structures allows the muscles to relax and pain signals to shut-off. NPT appears to work by blocking specific pain receptors and allowing anti-inflammatory mediators to be released. Because the same nerves that supply the deep structures also supply the surface structures, superficial injections may be used to affect the deeper nerves.

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Focus Areas: Digestive health, women’s health, pain management, energy and performance optimization. 

Dr. Ryan Nakama works to remove obstacles to health, including pain and mobility issues, in order to help patients obtain, maintain, or regain the life they want to live.

Dr. Nakama is skilled in the use of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, and lifestyle counselling, with additional advanced training in prolotherapy, regenerative injection therapy, and intravenous (IV) nutritional therapy.

In addition to self-directed research Dr. Nakama regularly attends conferences and workshops in order to stay up to date on the latest research and clinical expertise in the areas of naturopathic medicine and patient care.

Prolotherapy and Regenerative Injection Therapy FAQ

Can you be tested for SIBO

Yes, SIBO can be tested for using a simple at-home breath test.

What are common symptoms?

People with SIBO may experience bloating, distension, gas, abdominal pain or discomfort, loose stool and/or constipation, heartburn/reflux, and nausea.

How does it happen?

The most common cause of SIBO occurs after a bout of gastroenteritis (aka stomach flu/food poisoning/traveller’s diarrhea) and is known as post-infectious IBS. A process occurs in which the immune system begins to attack specific neuromuscular cells within the small intestine that control the Migrating Motor Complex. The MMC is a series of contractions that clear out food remnants, bacteria, and digestive secretions in the small intestine. A damaged or weakened MMC can allow bacteria to stick around the SI and colonize the area.u003cbru003eu003cbru003eOther causes can include abdominal adhesions from past surgeries of inflammatory conditions, ileocecal valve dysfunction, and others.

Why is SIBO important?

SIBO symptoms can have a significant effect on quality of life. In addition, SIBO can lead to nutrient deficiencies due to malabsorption and contribute to intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut).

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