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.

Naturopathic Medicine & Homeopathy Testimonials

My hands, fingers, elbows, and knees would just blow up every few weeks and get really red, swollen and painful.

Then I injured my achilles tendon, and ended up having bell's palsy somehow.

Dr. Somody's bowen therapy really helped my joints, and my attacks are more few and far-between now.

Even when they do come these days, they're much weaker.

Between the bowen, homeopathy, and neuroemotional feedback releases, my joints and achilles are feeling pretty great these days.

The Bell's palsy took a little longer to release, but once my joints got to the point of being mostly cured, things started moving in my jaw and face again.

Even my periods are more regular these days.

Catherine, West Vancouver (Lions Bay), BC

I have had chronic neck pain for over twenty years which improved significantly as a result of Dr. Somody's treatment.

Similarly, my daughter has had lower back pain for many years, which had dramatic improvement as a result of Dr. Somody's treatment.

She had low back soreness often, especially at night or when she was resting.

That disappeared very quickly as a result of the first Bowen therapy session.

This shift seemed to stick, too - she hasn't needed any more treatment in almost a year, and now barely even mentions her back.

Her stomach pain - it seemed that she had a low-level of parasites that were really good at hiding from her immune system.

Something about the treatment - the mind-body connection, perhaps, or the homeopathics, Bowen [therapy] sessions, dietary counselling, or something else - all I know is that she doesn't even mention her stomach now, and hasn't since the first session.

It's more difficult to judge the effect of the treatment on her anaphylactic allergies, as we've been trying to avoid her biggest anaphylactic triggers.

However, whatever the reason, she hasn't any anaphylatic attacks in the year since she began Dr. Somody's treatment.

Her dyslexia's also dramatically improved to where it could be considered cured, or at least so small that it barely interferes with her life.

Dr. Somody has been both professional and respectful in his care of both my daughter and myself.

I have great regard for Dr. Somody, and for the health results he has achieved in attending to both myself and my daughter.

Catherine Matthews, West Vancouver, BC

Lucas's adenoids and tonsils were always at least partially enlarged, and they'd get worse whenever he'd get a cold.

Which was like every month.

Since your homeopathic remedy last year, he stopped getting sick as often.

And his glands are almost normal-sized now.

I don't notice him mouth-breathing or snoring very much at all these days.

Becky L, New Westminster, BC

Multiple car accidents caused me to have less mobility and huge pain and stiffness in my neck, face and jaw.

I'd get super dizzy every couple of days, and have to go throw up.

My lymph nodes were always swollen too, and I got throat infections much more often.

I felt so tightly wound at work and in my marriage too.

The homeopathy, bowen therapy and neuroemotional releases all made my neck relax, and the pain started to go away too.

I've been pain-free for months, and have finally been able to drive without fear again.

Amanda R, Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows, BC

I had mono years ago, and then started getting all these immune problems - wheezing, itching, coughing up phlegm, and having really low energy levels.

And it used to feel like I was allergic to everything!

I got sicker and sicker for years before I found Andy.

His homeopathy and neuroemotional technique gradually made me feel stronger and healthier.

Now I just get infections once or twice a year, and when I do, they're not severe or debilitating at all.

Even my dyslexia and reading problems seem to have gotten better with the Bowen technique and biofeedback.

G.D., Burnaby, BC

We were all very scared for my daughter before we took her to see Dr Andy.

She's so sensitive, she can be really loving and warm.

But she would also feel completely abandoned, ashamed and hurt from even small things.

It had gotten so bad that she had started cutting, drinking, using drugs to cope.

Dr Andy's homeopathy remedy seemed to make something shift in her.

I think the mental-emotional releases and perhaps the bowen therapy also helped.

It was hard to see the changes day-by-day at first, but the difference between the way she is now and how she was a few months ago is obvious to all of us.

She's still as loving and kind as ever, but the negative emotions don't affect her so much.

And the best part is that she hasn't tried to hurt herself in months and her moods seem much more stable overall.

B.E., Delta (Ladner), BC

My MS had gotten almost uncontrollable before I saw Andy. I was losing control of my body - my muscles, balance, and even my bladder.

And when my body wasn't failing me, I was in excruciating pain from the muscle spasms.

Dr. Somody's homeopathic remedy and biofeedback have helped me regain a huge amount of control over my body.

And the Bowen Technique that he uses helped my muscle spasticity and paralysis.

All my symptoms have decreased by more than 80%.

If everything keeps getting better at this rate, I'll be totally cured in a few weeks!

Gail, Chilliwack, BC

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

 

More Testimonials

My 100 year old aunt suffered a bout of shingles after which she had severe neuralgic pain in her left arm and around her torso. The pain was so bad that even her clothing couldn't be tolerated.

Dr. Andy conducted a thorough interview and prescribed a wonderful remedy especially for her.

Within days the pain was forgotten by her body and mind and has never returned. 

Margaret Ball, Vancouver (Kitsilano), BC

My daughter was going through a horrible period of battling with anorexia, bulimia, and cycles of binging, starvation, and over-exercise.

Her electrolytes were so messed up that, even though she would try to hide it, she was having major problems with coordination and concentration.

She hadn't had periods for at least two years, her hair, teeth and nails were weak and brittle, and the doctors said that she was heading towards osteoporosis.

Dr. Andy was so compassionate and helpful, and his homeopathic remedy and mental-emotional releases seemed to make a difference almost immediately.

Even though my daughter didn't start to gain weight for a couple of weeks, I could see her brighten, relax, and open to the possibility of change.

Little by little, she started eating a little more and relaxing her rigid ideas about food.

It also helped that Dr. Andy was able to tell her what foods were good for her body.

Today, my daughter is happy, healthy, and has no more concerns about weight or body image.

Her periods are normal again too, and she doesn't even have anymore bad dreams or disturbed sleep either.

J.D., West Vancouver (British Properties), BC

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