Kingston Integrated Healthcare

Integrative Chronic Pain Program

This chronic pain program is our response to the significant need for more pain care in our community. It’s also our way of encouraging you to address the multifaceted nature of pain and experience the value of a truly integrative approach.

Chronic pain is a complex condition often involving structure, mechanics, the immune system (e.g. inflammation), the nervous system (e.g. the brain and neurotransmitters), and endocrine system (e.g. stress hormones, thyroid hormones, estrogen). In other words, the source of the pain is rarely where you feel the pain. An integrative approach investigates each of these systems and your environment for underlying causes of pain and for obstacles to the body’s natural healing process.

If you’re on our waitlist for manual therapy, consider exploring one of the many other supportive ways we can address contributing factors, such as inflammation. This pro-active approach can make manual therapy even more effective and long-lasting.

Ask our receptionists to email you a screening questionnaire designed to help you decide where to start! Our Clinic Director is also happy to review this with you and offer suggestions when necessary. Also remember that each of our health professionals offer complimentary introductory appointments.

At a glance, an integrative approach to your pain:

Acupuncture (the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach): This style of acupuncture is all about balance in the body. It is useful for pain that is systemic, recurrent (such as back pain or headaches), and for individuals who are sensitive to changes in their pain. 

Medical nutrition: Poor digestion or disrupted gut function is a significant source of inflammation and body pain. This is in part due to the “gut-brain axis” in which the brain’s ability to respond to pain is modified by signals coming from the gut and microbiome. Interventions might include an anti-inflammatory diet or intermittent fasting regime, testing for inflammatory foods or microbiome imbalance, or support for healthy weight-loss.

Medical TestingThis is available through our Naturopathic Doctors and can offer insight when pain is complex and resistant to conventional forms of treatment. This might include testing for metabolic or mitochondrial dysfunction, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, or food intolerances.

Botanicals and Nutraceuticals: These supplements are particularly useful for people who are too sensitive to the side-effects of pharmaceutical pain-relief options. Our professional health dispensary is stocked with dozens of options for your health practitioner to choose from – because everyone’s pain is unique.

Photobiomodulation (PBM) TherapyThese devices use red and near-infrared light to address pain, injury, fatigue, and and many other chronic health conditions. We’ve developed a rental program so that KIHC patients can try this therapy daily at home and, if improvements are noted, apply the cost of this rental against the purchase of their own device. 

Pharmacy: If pharmaceuticals offer you significant pain relief but aren’t worth the side-effects, speak to our Clinical Pharmacist about alternative pharmaceutical options, including compounded drugs free of additives or unique pain creams that are more effective and better tolerated by your body.

Heartmath: This biofeedback tool measures “heart rate variability” and nervous system “coherence”. We can use it to literally see our stress on the screen and apply techniques that improve nervous system balance, thereby impacting inflammation and pain perception. This is offered at KIHC by Dr. Sonya Nobbe.

Reiki and Shamanic Healing: These approaches help you explore how stress, emotional trauma, spiritual health, and family relationships impact complex pain conditions. 

Additional Resources for Chronic Pain:

Articles and blog posts about pain, written by our team


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We respectfully acknowledge that Kingston Integrated Healthcare is situated on ancestral Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory. Since time immemorial they have cared for these lands and waters, and we are grateful. We recognize that a healthy environment is essential to the wellbeing of all people and all life.

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