naturopathic medicine

The IV is your best choice for naturopathic medicine. Our doctors are passionate about health and have the experience and credentials to treat a variety of conditions and illnesses such as digestive disturbance, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, pain, stress and anxiety.

Dr. Heidi Rootes, Naturopathic Physician

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Over the past nine years in practice Dr. Rootes has created a strong presence within the health care community, earning a reputation as a physician who takes the time to listen to her patients, develop individual treatment plans and achieve excellent health outcomes. She has extensive specialized training in treating pain and injury, hormone imbalance, weight loss and fatigue.

Without Dr. Heidi Rootes, I’d still be a mess. When I first went to her I had constant pain in my neck for over 4 years. With only a few treatments the pain was gone and I was back enjoying the active lifestyle I was missing. Her professionalism and awesome personality put me at ease and made the treatments an enjoyable experience. I’d recommend her services to anyone that has any sort of joint injury in a heartbeat.

—Shawn L., Owner at BluLiving

Dr. Alaina Overton, Naturopathic Physician

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As a Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Alaina Overton provides medical care with an emphasis on natural healing. Dr. Alaina considers health to be an evolving state of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and is driven by passion to better understand this dynamic. Entrusting an evidence-based approach, and through her knowledge of the body and her philosophy that each person has a unique path to optimal health, Dr. Alaina will help you achieve your health goals. With the cause as her focus, Dr. Alaina’s emphasis in treatment is to alleviate symptoms and help you achieve long-term healing.

Dr. Alaina is a very patient and supportive Naturopathic Doctor.  She has helped improve my sleep and digestion and has taught me overall how to start living a healthier lifestyle.  I would recommend Dr. Alaina to everyone.

—RS

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Naturopathic Medicine – Alternative Medicine at a Glance

Naturopathic physicians are primary health care doctors who treat both acute and chronic conditions such as digestive disturbance, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, pain, stress and anxiety. Naturopathic medicine is based on the fundamental principle of treating the cause of a condition. By focusing on the cause with a holistic approach not only are a patient’s symptoms alleviated, long term healing is achieved.

Naturopathic Treatments

Naturopaths have a variety of treatment options to address various conditions and illnesses. These treatment options are based on treating the underlying cause while managing symptoms. This revolves around natural antibiotics and other natural remedies that rest on the foundation of herbal medicine and bio-identical therapies. Overall, treatments are wide and varied.

conditions treated

  • allergies
  • anxiety and depression
  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • digestive disorders and food sensitivities
  • headaches and migraines
  • heart disease and high blood pressure
  • heavy metal toxicity
  • hormone imbalance
  • immune dysfunction
  • infertility
  • insomnia and fatigue
  • menopause/andropause
  • pain and injury
  • skin conditions
  • sports injuries
  • stress management
  • thyroid disorders
  • weight management

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Are you suffering from an injury, old or new? Do you have painful joints or lower back pain? Regenerative injection therapies such as PRP and prolotherapy are safe, effective, non-surgical treatments to help stimulate repair of damaged tissue.

When a tissue is injured it requires blood flow to the area to promote healing. This response is what we feel as inflammation. Often times we suppress this response and shut down the healing process; other times the injury is too severe for the body to heal itself. PRP is a therapy that removes the healing factors (also called growth factors) from your blood and injects them directly into the injured tissue or joint. Essentially PRP uses the body’s own healing mechanism to promote tissue regeneration and repair!

PRP has been used for years throughout the US and other countries to improve healing and speed recovery. PRP is being used with increasing demand to treat chronic pain and injury such as back and neck pain, tendonitis, joint pain, arthritis, rotator cuff tears, ACL tears and much more. PRP can treat all joint, tendon and ligament damage whether it is chronic or acute.

conditions treated

  • ankle and foot pain
  • athletic injuries
  • arthritis
  • back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chronic pain from whiplash and head injury
  • chronic tendonitis
  • degenerative joint conditions
  • dislocation
  • elbow pain
  • headaches and migraines
  • hip pain
  • jaw pain
  • joint pain
  • knee pain
  • muscle pain
  • neck pain
  • partially torn ligament, tendon or cartilage
  • post surgical pain
  • rib pain
  • rotator cuff injury
  • sciatic pain
  • sacroiliac joint pain
  • shoulder pain
  • sports injury
  • TMJ

Prolotherapy

Are you suffering from an injury, old or new? Do you have painful joints or lower back pain? Regenerative injection therapies such as PRP and prolotherapy are safe, effective, non-surgical treatments to help stimulate repair of damaged tissue.

Much like PRP, prolotherapy is another regenerative injection therapy that uses blood flow to promote healing and repair of damaged tissue. “Prolo” is short for proliferation. By use of injection of a solution of dextrose, vitamins and other substances such as hyaluronic acid, prolotherapy stimulates blood flow to an area of injury such as a damaged ligament or tendon, and promotes healing. The result is the proliferation or growth of new, healthy tissue without surgical intervention or lengthy rehabilitation.

conditions treated

  • ankle and foot pain
  • athletic injuries
  • arthritis
  • back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chronic pain from whiplash and head injury
  • chronic tendonitis
  • degenerative joint conditions
  • dislocation
  • elbow pain
  • headaches and migraines
  • hip pain
  • jaw pain
  • joint pain
  • knee pain
  • muscle pain
  • neck pain
  • partially torn ligament, tendon or cartilage
  • post surgical pain
  • rib pain
  • rotator cuff injury
  • sciatic pain
  • sacroiliac joint pain
  • shoulder pain
  • sports injury
  • TMJ

Neural Therapy

Nothing relieving your pain or increasing your mobility? Neural therapy utilizes injections into nerve sites, acupuncture points, scars, muscle trigger points and other areas of the body to relieve pain and dysfunction. Neural therapy promotes the body’s own natural healing ability which results in a decrease in pain and an increase in motion and function.

Neural therapy is a safe and effective treatment used widely in Europe since the 1940s. It is extremely effective in creating long lasting treatment for a variety of conditions involving pain, dysfunction and immobility.

conditions treated

  • allergies
  • athletic injuries
  • back and neck pain
  • chronic pain from whiplash and head injury
  • headaches and migraines
  • hormonal imbalances
  • jaw pain
  • muscle pain
  • neuralgia
  • organ dysfunction
  • post surgical pain
  • joint pain
  • scar disturbance
  • sinusitis
  • trigger points
  • vertigo

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Any person who has suffered from hormone imbalance realizes the important role hormones play in our energy, mood, libido and sense of well-being.  Bioidentical hormones act in the body just like the hormones we produce.  It is a safe and effective way to balance hormones without the risk associated with other hormone therapies.

conditions treated

  • hot flashes
  • hair loss
  • weight gain
  • menopause/andropause
  • infertility
  • osteoporosis
  • low libido
  • fatigue
  • depression and anxiety
  • sleep disturbance

Weight Loss Programs

Can’t seem to jump-start your own weight loss program? Losing weight can be a frustrating process. Our customized weight loss plans will help you achieve your goals. Whether you need to lose weight fast, are in need of extreme weight loss, or are just looking to lose a few unwanted pounds, our weight loss programs are designed specifically for you.

At the IV our experienced doctors take time to create specialized diet plans and discuss with you not only how to lose weight but also how to keep the weight off. Weekly meetings with the doctor for a check in, weight and measurement reading and weight loss booster (an optional intramuscular injection of vitamin B12 to promote energy and metabolism, plus amino acids methionine, inositol and choline to help promote fat burning) will ensure you stay on track and meet your weight loss goals!

conditions treated

  • 6 week customized weight loss programs
  • rapid weight loss programs

Acne & Skin Conditions

Acne is one of the most common, (and frustrating!) skin conditions. It occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dirt, skin cells, and excess sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin. Bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes (P.acnes), grow in clogged pores, the release lipases that breakdown sebum, and this leads to an inflammatory cascade causing redness, swelling and pus. The visible results? Acne.

What causes acne?

Sex hormone fluctuations are largely responsible for acne, however diet, in particular food sensitivities, stress, certain medications, cosmetics and lotions may all contribute to or worsen acne.

the goals of a holistic natural approach involve:

  • removal of known food sensitivities and dietary triggers
  • balancing hormone levels to decrease excess oil production in the skin
  • increasing healthy skin nutrients
  • enhancing immune system function to prevent excessive bacterial growth

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

The IV Wellness Boutique offers a specific form of acupuncture called IMS. The technique involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into muscles, which have become tense, tight and shortened due to stress and nervous system dysfunction. This needling technique causes the muscle to contract, which leads to a reciprocal relaxation and lengthening of the muscle. Most patients for whom this technique is effective find they are sore following treatment for approximately 24 hours, then report a decrease, or in some cases, resolution of pain.

conditions treated

  • neuropathic pain
  • shoulder & neck tension
  • headaches & migraines
  • low back pain
  • sports injuries
  • overuse injuries
  • stress
  • sciatica, stiff muscles & arthritis

Clinical Nutrition

At The IV Wellness Boutique, we believe nutrition is the cornerstone of good health, and that it is possible to enjoy nutrient-rich foods while leading a busy lifestyle. Our naturopathic doctors will assess your nutritional needs based on your medical history and current circumstance, and may use laboratory or physical exam in order to make recommendations for your diet. We know that every person is unique and has different needs when it comes to nourishing their body; we take this into account in order to help you achieve your health goals.

conditions treated

  • restore energy
  • weight loss
  • digestive disturbance & heart burn
  • address food allergies or sensitivities
  • maintain optimal health
  • nutrition for athletic performance
  • alleviate symptoms of chronic disease or illness
  • hormone balancing
  • prepare for, or heal from a major medical event or surgery
  • post-concussion or brain injury
  • eating disorders
  • anxiety & depression

Holistic Counseling

Lifestyle patterns, behaviors, mental attitudes, emotional wellbeing, priorities and habits influence our physical experience of health. Counseling, in conjunction with other naturopathic modalities can provide support for patients dealing with many different health concerns.

conditions treated

  • fatigue
  • work or family-related stressors
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • relationship issues
  • chronic disease or trauma
  • major life transitions

Phytotherapeutics

Phytotherapy uses the healing properties of food and plant-based medicines to treat illness and maintain health. Contemporary research is continuously revealing the value of botanical constituents for their powerful healing and nutritional value.

conditions treated

  • pain relief
  • PMS
  • hormone imbalance
  • acne
  • allergies
  • digestive problems
  • fatigue & stress
  • weight management
  • chronic disease
  • cardiovascular health & high blood pressure
  • anxiety & depression

Bowen Therapy

Haven’t responded to other forms of therapy? The Bowen Technique has proven to trigger sometimes surprising and unexpected recovery when nothing else has worked. It is a system of subtle and precise mobilizations over muscles, tendons, nerves and fascia. The moves are performed using the thumbs and fingers applying only gentle, non-invasive pressure.

conditions treated

  • lymphatic congestion
  • joint immobility
  • muscle pain
  • poor circulation
  • poor posture

 

 

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