This therapy involves injections to help correct soft tissue injuries and chronic muscle tension. It is a natural healing treatment used to quicken the recovery of muscle and ligamentous injuries by maximizing normal collagen resynthesis. Because of its ability to treat tendons, ligaments and muscle injuries, RIT can be used for many different syndromes caused by the instability, hypersensitivity or incomplete healing of these structures.
Research has shown that RIT is very effective for chronic neck pain and related headaches, knee pain, low back and sacroiliac pain and also tennis or golfer's elbow. It is also commonly used to treat shoulder injuries, ankle instability, as well as hip or groin pain.
You can increase your B12 levels by taking B12 capsules orally however the absorption rate is much greater when taking sublingual forms. Absorption is even better when B12 is administered intramuscularly (i.e. a B12 shot). When injected the B12 goes directly into your blood stream, thus bypassing the entire digestive system.When supplementing with B12, be sure to take the healthiest forms. Various cofactors used include: cyanide (cyano-cobalamin), hydroxyl (hydroxy-cobalamin) or a methyl donor (methyl-cobalamin). Cyanide is a heavy metal and therefore not a desirable substance to ingest. It is often used however since it has a longer shelf life and is a less expensive form. The only forms of B12 used by KIH practitioners are hydrox or methyl-cobalamin.
Trigger point injection therapy is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. Many times, such knots can be felt under the skin. Trigger points may irritate the nerves around them and cause referred pain, or pain that is felt in another part of the body.
In the TPI procedure, a health care professional inserts a small needle into the patient's trigger point. The injection contains homeopathics, vitamin B12 and a local anesthetic. With the injection, the trigger point is made inactive and the pain is alleviated. Usually, a brief course of treatment will result in sustained relief. Injections are done in the naturopathic doctors office. Several sites may be injected in one visit. If you have an allergy to a certain drug, a dry-needle technique (involving no solution) or acupuncture needle can be used.
TPI is used to treat many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. In addition, TPI can be used to treat fibromyalgia and tension headaches. The technique is also used to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle) that does not respond to other treatments.