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Treatment Options for Fatigue - Ottawa Holistic Wellness

13 Treatment Options for Fatigue

There are many reasons why we experience fatigue.

A physiological issue may cause fatigue such as impaired thyroid function, lack of nutrition, hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, chronic pain or allergies among others. Emotional stresses and past traumas can also trigger fatigue.

A physiological issue may cause fatigue such as impaired thyroid function, lack of nutrition, hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, chronic pain or allergies among others. Emotional stresses and past traumas can also trigger fatigue.

Whether the reason is physiological or psychological, we can all benefit from some help to identify and resolve the underlying issues.

Physiological Issues

The first step might be to investigate any physiological issues.

Family doctors and Western medicine. Your family physician can order various tests to rule out certain diseases and to identify nutritional deficiencies such as Vit D or B12 deficiency and anaemia (low iron). They also have access to pharmaceuticals which can address symptoms and bring relief. They are not always able to get to the cause of your fatigue but can help to alleviate it.

Naturopathic or Functional Medicine. These doctors work with your family doctor. They look deeper, at root causes of ill health, and address issues such as lifestyle, diet, hormone imbalance, insomnia, allergies, celiac disease and digestive health. They use natural healing methods including diet, nutrition, lifestyle modification, acupuncture, homeopathy and herbal remedies.

Emotional reasons for fatigue

Once physiological causes have been dealt with or ruled out, you may wish to consider psychological causes for your fatigue. Whether it is from past traumas, genetic memories from previous generations or current stresses in your life, we all need some help to release these.

Some modalities to consider are as follows:

Counselling and psychotherapy can approach these emotions from the conscious mind. Make sure to choose someone that you are completely comfortable with, and has suitably experience in your type of issue.

Hypnotherapy works with your subconscious mind. During a session, you collaborate to access the subconscious, let go of the restrictions and limitations provided by the conscious mind, and bring about the release and shift of those trapped emotions. The majority of people will remain aware of their surroundings to some degree.

CranioSacral therapy accesses these traumas and emotions from the body level. A good CS therapist will sense the shock and trauma resonating in your body even after your conscious mind thinks it has been resolved. They work extremely gently, facilitating the release of these emotions and bringing the body back into balance.

Reiki, Chakra balancing and energy healing all work with your body’s energy to rebalance, release trapped emotions, bring calm and profound relaxation. During a healing session the body enters a parasympathetic state, also called the rest and digest state, which is responsible for long-term health, improved digestion, conservation of energy, and maintenance of a healthy balance in your body’s systems

Physical Treatments

Misalignment and imbalance in your body will upset the correct functioning of many of the body’s systems.

Chiropractic, Massage and Osteopathy all work with the physical body including the muscles, ligaments, spine, joints and organs, releasing these tensions and bringing balance to your structure. Working on your physical body will allow your body to work in the most optimal way and healing to take place.

These therapies also address physical pain. Relief from chronic pain can go a long way towards improving energy levels.

Acupuncture is one modality that can help both physiological and emotional issues. It is an ancient method that rebalances the body, allowing the correct function of all your body’s symptoms and healing to take place. It can be used initially for symptom relief and longer term to bring lasting healing.

Support energy production at the cellular level

1. Vitamin B12: produce energy

Vitamin B12 is responsible for forming red blood cells, which transport oxygen in the blood throughout the body. Once the oxygen arrives to your body’s cells, it is utilized for energy production. Vitamin B12 also plays an important role in neurological function. According to guidance published by the National Institute of Health in 2016, if you don’t consume enough vitamin B12 in your diet, you will be at a greater risk of fatigue, weakness, or weight loss.

2. Coenzyme Q10: energy production

Coenzyme Q10 (aka CoQ10) is an antioxidant necessary for proper cell function, found in every cell of the body. Your cells need CoQ10 to produce energy, and research shows that it benefits patients with cardiovascular disease.

3. Magnesium promotes better sleep

Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body, required for more than 300 different biochemical reactions, including muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and energy production. It is commonly found in foods like fish, almonds, and whole grains, and is an excellent source of energy.

4. Optimize cell function with iron

Iron is an essential mineral that helps oxygen circulate throughout the body. It is also necessary for the body’s cell to function and develop properly. Iron deficiency is the primary cause of anemia, which can impair cognitive abilities, decrease immunity, and negatively impact work performance.

Ease stress and feel your best with adaptogens

Wondering what adapotgens are? They’re a group of botanical supplements that protect the body against the effects of physical and mental stress . To be considered “adaptogenic,” an herb must be non-toxic, provide widespread physiological support, and help balance the body’s processes.

5. Reduce stress and fatigue with Rhodiola rosea

Rhodiola, also known as Rhodiola rosea, is a botanical supplement that has been used in traditional medicine in Eastern Europe and Asia for centuries. Not only will it help you feel more alert and decrease stress, it can also improve your mood, according to clinical research.

Want to know what’s best for you? Book for a free, no obligation introductory health coach session to discuss your needs.

Disclaimer

This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Massage and Craniosacral Therapy to help ease Anxiety and Depression

How Craniosacral Therapy and Massage Can Help Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and Depression are being talked about openly more and more. Doctors, employers, schools and family members are witnessing the effects of these conditions on a regular basis. I bet that every person who reads this knows at least one person currently seeking advice, care, or medication for anxiety or depression.

These conditions affect all of us. And so it is imperative that how we manage these conditions, and other types of mood disorders, become part of our regular dialogue.

Much like stress, anxiety and depression increase cortisol levels in the body. This tends to keep our nervous system in an active and alert state, making restful sleep, relaxation, and a feeling of wellbeing seem out of reach. Consequently, sensations of pain, sense of sadness, exhaustion, and irritability will feel stronger, as the body struggles to make enough serotonin to balance out our mood.

Seeking care and advice from a GP is always recommended, but some things can be done outside of the doctor’s office to help cope with and manage the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Massage and Craniosacral Therapy are two of the most pleasant ways to bring a sense of wellness back into your life. Safe, nurturing touch sends messages to the brain that begin the process of balancing out the mood.

How Craniosacral Therapy and Massage can help

By gently, yet directly, accessing the central nervous system through touch, we can direct your body into its healing mode. When we engage the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, the body enters what is known as the ‘rest and digest’ period. And here the body begins producing serotonin, flooding the brain and body with a sense of calm and wellbeing.

Often a welcome relief to what can feel like an overwhelming day, week, or month!

Imagine an entire hour, or more, of dedicated YOU time. Imagine lying comfortably on a heated massage table, and wrapped in a warm blanket, while a trained therapist spends an hour, or even longer, consciously and intentionally working to rid your body and mind of pain and stress. My treatment room is an available, sacred space. Nothing else matters there except for you to unwind, relax, and melt into the table.

Using manual therapy techniques, and the option of relaxation music and aromatherapy, my treatments are meant to be deeply relaxing and nourishing to the body, mind and soul. Like a giant hug for your whole being!

Why not give yourself, or a loved one the gift of wellness and balance?

Caution; Massages can be highly addictive and good for your health!

Book today and start to feel better!

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