Treatment & Services

NATURAL SPORTS MEDICINE

There’s more to sports injuries and performance than just Ibuprofen!
Too often, standard care of sports injuries includes little more than ibuprofen and the rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) mantra. Not only is this approach outdated, it rarely results in complete healing that leads to full recovery.

Natural sports medicine utilizes an integrative approach.
Combining natural and conventional approaches to sports medicine, naturopathic treatment of a sports injury utilizes treatments that directly assist the body in repairing damaged tissue & allow for proper recovery. This type of care is supportive, and is designed to stimulate the body’s inherent healing capabilities, rather than just drugging the symptoms of the problem.

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS): What you should know:

NSAIDS are popular over-the-counter drugs that are almost always (and improperly) recommended by doctors to treat sports injuries. They are used to reduce pain and swelling at the site of an injury. However, there are a few things you should know about these drugs before you take them.

  • They do not promote tissue healing and actually prevent the body from repairing cartilage and bone injuries.
  • They have many side effects including stomach pain, bleeding and ulcers. Significant bleeding in the gut can occur when taking NSAIDS without any warning. 
  • NSAIDs can impair kidney function, leading to organ damage.
  • Newer scientific studies are showing that tissue inflammation (swelling) is actually beneficial for healing injuries. NSAIDs prevent this from occuring.

Optimizing Performance
Dr. Barker is an expert in sports nutrition and proper supplementation. By teaching athletes how to fuel and hydrate, employing the necessary supportive nutrients, and by identifying and correcting any metabolic inefficiency, your performance and recovery will improve, guaranteed.

Prevention of Injury
A body that is fine-tuned through the use of clinical nutrition and specific supplementation is stronger and less prone to injury. And when injury occurs, the natural medicine approach assists the body in adequately repairing tissues so injuries occur less frequently. Natural sports medicine supports the body by assisting normal physiologic processes of healing and repair.

PREVENTIVE / FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Functional medicine is a science-based health care approach that recognizes that each patient is unique and that the functions of the human body are orchestrated as an interconnected network. Functional medicine emphasizes "patient care" rather than "disease care." Some common approaches used by Dr. Barker include:

Hormone Balance & Anti-aging solutions
Hormones are the master control of the body; balance and restoration can bring relief to a number of symptoms related to the aging process and improve overall health.

Chronic or Frequent Illness
Is not due to antibiotic deficiency! Diet and lifestyle are major contributors to the many illnesses people experience. Proper nutrition and supplementation can eliminate many of these illnesses.

Immune system support
A strong immune system keeps us healthy, warding off diseases ranging from colds to cancer.

Food sensitivity & allergy testing
Offending foods can be difficult to identify without proper testing. Identification and removal of foods that one is sensitive or allergic to can provide a huge boost in health.

GET HEALTHY AGAIN

Fitness prescription and weight loss
Healthy Diet and Clinical Nutrition

There is no magic formula other than a simple, healthy diet and exercise plan. Dr. Barker provides a realistic, effective plan for those wanting to get healthy again.