How To Treat Back, Knee And Hip Pain

By: Dr. Sarah Millar, ND , Jun 22, 2016

The benefits of using natural medicine, osteopathy, and massage.

How can natural medicine help my back, knee and hip pain?

Natural supplements and herbs:

Professional quality Turmeric, Boswellia and NEM are some examples of natural supplements that can decrease inflammation in the body, thus reducing pain. Many over-the-counter, natural products purchased at health food stores or pharmacies have not undergone standardized testing which assures consumers that the therapeutic ingredients match what is listed on the label in potency and purity. Therefore, the efficacy of these vitamins and herbs can vary greatly depending on the quality of the manufacturing. All the professional supplements prescribed by Naturopathic Doctors at Health Momentum have undergone rigorous quality control. These supplements are therefore more effective at bringing symptom relief especially in pain management.

Mindfulness based techniques for pain management:

Chronic pain can be frustrating and debilitating, therefore it is only normal to physically and emotionally ‘resist it’ when it arises. A technique called Mindfulness is a highly effective tool for chronic pain because it helps the sufferer reduce tension in the body by relaxing the nervous system and facilitating healing. All naturopathic doctors at Health Momentum are trained in Mindfulness based techniques for managing all types of pain conditions ranging from mild to debilitating symptoms.

Nutritional/Dietary Healing:

The naturopathic doctors at Health Momentum implement an “Anti-Inflammatory diet” which outlines a nutrition plan that can help your body return to optimal health. This diet will provide the individual with ample vitamins, essential fatty acids and dietary fibre, needed to reduce inflammation and speed healing.


Acupuncture increases various “feel good” endorphins in the body. Endorphins help to control pain and speed up healing. In a healthy person, energy moves freely throughout energy channels called “meridians” in the body. In the ill person, these channels become blocked. Acupuncture works to restore health by improving the natural flow and balance among these pathways.

How can Osteopathy help my back, knee and hip pain?

Osteopathy uses gentle hands on techniques to align bones and joints, relax muscle tension, and release any compressed nerves. This re-alignment allows for pain signals associated with structural imbalances to cease, leading to a pain free body.

How can Massage help my back, knee and hip pain?

The therapeutic, deep release that occurs during massage, benefits the body on many different levels. Massage helps to break down muscle tension and calcifications or scar tissue that might be at the root of physical discomfort. Massage also goes beyond simple muscle relaxation and increases blood flow, lymphatic drainage and toxin removal.

Dr. Millar, has always been interested in the dynamic and inseparable role of the mind and body in healing. After studying four years of Health Psychology at McGill University, she went on to complete a four year Doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine. Without exception, Dr.Millar strives to address the root cause of every health concern. In her private practice, she specializes in working with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, fatigue and general low vitality. In addition to her private practice, Sarah runs workshops and seminars that teach people how to begin looking at illness from a totally different perspective. Sarah teaches specific and practical tools on how to begin working with the various challenges of life in an effective and balanced way. Essential tools for life are discussed and practiced as each individual learns to turn the tide on illness and suffering. Currently, Sarah treats patients at Health Momentum, a therapeutic centre in Kitchener, Ontario.