By: Melissa Lee HBSc. ND.
“I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me piece of mind.”
– Peyton Manning
As an athlete, performing at your peak level is more than just having the best equipment, the best training, or achieving a high fitness level. It’s about total health resulting in excellent performance. Sports performance optimization recently has become a primary focus of many athletes. Thinking about and developing a plan on how to support your body specific to your individual and athletic needs is an important aspect of performance optimization.
Consider all the factors required for peak performance:
A Naturopathic Doctor can be key player on your healthcare team to achieve these goals, giving you the competitive edge.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor and What Can They Offer Me?
Let’s first explain what Naturopathic Medicine is. Naturopathic Medicine is primary health care system that focuses on the promotion of wellness, and prevention of illness and disease. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are similar to a Family Doctor, but NDs integrate scientific research and modern/standard diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. Their holistic and global health assessments of their patients allow them to treat the whole person and the root causes of “dis-ease.”
Naturopathic Doctors who specialize in Sports Medicine work with athletes and ultimately help them gain a competitive edge through:
- Addressing Nutrition
- Treating Physical Structures
- Preventing Illness
- Supporting Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Needs
We all know that an athlete’s fuel is their food. What an athlete eats is crucial to how they will train, perform, recover and refuel. It is important not only consume the right vitamins, minerals and nutrients in the form of food, but it is also important to ensure that foods are being well processed by the body. An ND can help you improve your nutrition status and ensure you are absorbing and utilizing all nutrients.
Tight muscles? Neck/Shoulder/Hip/Shin Pain? Limited range of motion? Bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons all make up the physical structure of the body and often are sources of imbalance. Ongoing Naturopathic physical therapies like IV vitamin therapy, acupuncture, intramuscular stimulation will help address pain, address current injuries, improve recovery time, and prevent future injuries. When NDs aren’t working on a specific injury, they can use their therapies to help athletes increase awareness of fine muscle movement and control ultimately promoting speed and agility.
With intense training, athletes are more susceptible to becoming bogged down colds, flus and infections. An ND can help an athlete strengthen their immune system to treat and prevent infection.
The Mental, Emotional and Spiritual
A lot of training is focused solely on the physical. An ND can work with an athlete to achieve mental, emotional and spiritual health. When this is in balance athletes are less distracted and able to focus on training and competing.
There are many other areas NDs can help an athlete achieve optimal health and their health goals. Are you ready to take your training to the next step?
For More information please contact Dr. Melissa Lee ND @ santehealth.ca or Insight Naturopathic Clinic.
Melissa is a dedicated Naturopathic Doctor who is passionate about health. She focuses on understanding people, illness patterns and disease, allowing her and her patients to identify areas of the body that need support. By actively listening and individualizing treatments, she helps people understand their health and addresses the root cause of a condition. As a regular speaker, Melissa loves engaging the community about various health topics and is keen to share her knowledge and the latest scientific research. Melissa welcomes all patients to her family practice, but has special interest in Women’s Health, Sports Medicine, Pain Management, and Digestive Health. Melissa is also member of the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapies- Naturopathic, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and Naturopathic Doctors Ontario.