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1677 Carling Ave.
Unit B
Ottawa, On

info@naturalsolewellness.ca

(613) 761-6060

Temporary Hours

Of Operations

Mon: 9:00 to 16:00

Tue: 10:00 to 18:00

Wed: 10:00 to 19:00

Thu: 10:00 to 18:00

Fri: 9:00 to 16:00

1677 Carling Ave.
Unit B
Ottawa, On

(613) 761-6060

info@naturalsolewellness.ca

Temporary Hours

Of Operations

Monday: 9:00 to 16:00

Tuesday: 10:00 to 18:00

Wednesday: 10:00 to 19:00

Thursday: 10:00 to 18:00

Friday: 9:00 to 16:00

Photodynamic Therapy

The science behind Photodynamic Therapy. In 1960, while experimenting with light biostimulation, scientists discovered that certain light wavelengths, such as near infrared, can stimulate cellular activity and in response create more energy. This concept is similar to plants performing photosynthesis. By creating more cellular energy in our body, we are contributing to faster tissue repair from injuries, chronic conditions and possible infections.

What is Near-Infrared Light? Near Infrared Light uses wavelengths between 700-1400 nm, which don’t penetrate deep into human tissues. It stimulates the mitochondrial function in cells which increases metabolism and energy production. This mechanism contributes to repairing and healing damaged tissues. By stimulating the mitochondria in the cells, their ATP level is increased. ATP contributes to DNA synthesis, which can accelerate tissue repair such as the skin, muscle, tendon, ligament, bones and nerves. Near Infrared Light also contributes to collagen production.

How do we use Photodynamic Therapy? At Natural Sole Wellness Centre, we use our non-invasive Photodynamic Therapy technology to help you with pain management in the lower limbs & feet and for the treatment of toenail fungus.

Who should not be receiving Photodynamic Therapy? Please read our Precautions and Guidelines before beginning Photodynamic Therapy treatments. This therapy is to be avoided to the following:

  • Pregnant woman.
  • Cancer patients (with primary carcinoma or secondary metastasis).
  • Patients who’ve had an organ transplant.
  • Patients who are immunosuppressed.
  • Patients who are photosensitive or with darker skin tone, treatment will be adjusted to a low scale which can mean that it may require further sessions.
  • Patients who’ve had recent steroid (cortisone) injection in the affected area.
  • Patients with tattoos in the treatment area.

Always talk to your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner before starting any new alternative therapies to ensure that it is best suited for your condition

Arthritis and Chronic Pain Management 

What is arthritis and how does it affect us? Arthritis is described as joint inflammation. Normally, our joints are covered and protected by a resilient and smooth elastic tissue called cartilage. This allows our joints to move softly and to absorb shocks from movements such as walking and running. In the case of arthritis, cartilage is broken-down and therefore the joints are stripped from their protective measure. Bones rub together which causes pain and inflammation.

Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common kind of arthritis, affects 1 in every 6 Canadians. OA is not only associated with the aging, as recent studies have shown that it is also resulted from the body’s inability to repair damaged tissue from either heavy workloads or normal daily activities. Symptoms include pain, sleep disruption, fatigue & altered mood. This can lead to social isolation and depression. To this date, no cure has been found, but health professionals are actively finding ways to help manage symptoms and improve their patients’ quality of life.

What about chronic pain? Our aging bodies expose us to more aches and chronic pain, resulting from years of wear and tear. Our ligaments and tendons that hold joints, muscles and bones together lose their strength and elasticity. Our body’s collagen production decreases. When one area of our body becomes sore, the rest of our body takes in the additional stress by overcompensation. Unfortunately, this increases our risk of injuries to other areas of our body that were once healthy.

Chronic pain leads to chronic stress reaction and have a negative impact on our daily lives and quality of life. The unwanted outcomes are significant. This includes fatigue, loss of appetite, insomnia, weakness, anxiety, depression, heart related conditions, sedentary lifestyles, social isolation, loss of employment, etc. An increase in our aches, stiffness and soreness can lead us to a splurge in over the counter pain medication or even opioids which have many negative side effects.

How can we help?

At Natural Sole Wellness Centre, we believe that pain relief is an essential part of your well-being. Our Photodynamic Therapy offers a non-surgical and drug free alternative to pain management. Our technology uses near infrared to stimulate cellular activity to create energy which increases cellular repair. In response, pain and inflammation are reduced.

We know we cannot cure these conditions, however, our goal is to offer a different treatment option to pain management to help you restore as much of your physical condition as you can. We not only want to alleviate your pain, but wish for you to regain your sense of control with your daily activities.

Typically, each treatment lasts about 20-30 minutes per affected area. Depending on the severity of the pain, treatment sessions are recommended twice a week, between 4-8 weeks. Our Foot Care Nurse, who specialises in lower limb and foot care, can help you manage your symptoms of arthritis and chronic pain in your knees, ankles and feet, in hopes to get you mobile and back to the activities you love!

Always talk to your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner before starting any new alternative therapies to ensure that it is best suited for your condition.

Stress Injuries, Strains and Sprains

How do stress injuries, strains & sprains affect us? Injuries from muscle strains and sprains can affect the very best of us. Whether you’re a highly trained athlete or not, injuries happen and can affect your ability to get back up to on your feet. These include: slips and falls, prolonged repetitive movement, lifting heavy objects, sports related injuries, etc. The degree of the injury can vary from mild to severe.

What is a sprain? A sprain is a sudden and violent twist of ligaments in a joint (ankle, wrist, etc.). This can cause pain, swelling, limited flexibility and range of motion of the affected joint. Bruising can also occur.

What is a strain? A strain is caused by overstretching a muscle or tendon which can lead to a partial of full tear. Symptoms include pain, swelling, limited flexibility and range of motion as well as muscle spasms.

Other common lower limb injuries than can limit your daily activities are plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles pain and tendonitis.

How can we help?

Muscle and ligament injuries are common incidents in our everyday population. The use of RICE (rest, ice, compression & elevation) is a popular practice. However, depending on the severity of the injury, longer treatment periods may be required. At Natural Sole Wellness Centre, we offer a new treatment option for the common strains and sprains. Our Photodynamic Therapy stimulates the tissue repair at a cellular level which can accelerate your recovery time.

Typically, each treatment lasts about 20-30 minutes per affected area. Depending on the severity of the pain, treatment sessions are recommended twice a week, between 4-8 weeks. Treatment results are best achieved during the early stages of the injury. Our Foot Care Nurse, who specialises in lower limb and foot care, can help you manage your symptoms of acute pain in your knees, ankles and feet, in hopes to get you mobile and back to the activities you love! Treatment frequency may vary depending on severity of your condition.

Always talk to your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner before starting any new alternative therapies to ensure that it is best suited for your condition.

Toenail Fungus

What is toenail Fungus? Toenail fungus infection is called onychomycosis. It is a common and contagious condition that accounts for nearly half of all nail problems. There are some signs that could indicate if you have a toenail fungal infection:

  • Yellow, white or brown discoloured toenails
  • Brittle and crumbling toenails
  • Thick toenails

If you suspect that you have toenail fungus, we recommend that you visit your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner for proper testing, diagnosis and treatment therapy (ex: topical medication).

Your toenails grow at a much slower rate than your fingernails, which means that it can take 12-18 months for a toenail to grow out completely. This means that a toenail fungus can take time to treat. In addition, fungus proliferates in moist and dark environments which is exactly the type of condition your feet a subject too when they are hidden in socks and shoes for most of the day.

Possible Complications? Toenail fungus is not just a cosmetic concern. Without proper treatment, the infected toenail (or toenails) becomes so thick that it can press into your skin causing pain and irritation. The pain can interfere with walking, standing, working…

Toenail fungus doesn’t go away on its own. Early identification & treatment is critical to prevent the infection to progress. If left untreated, treatment can become difficult as the infection progresses and can cause serious complications:

  • Infected nail becomes thicker and more painful
  • Infection spreads to other toenails.
  • Infection spreads to skin causing Athlete’s foot
  • Pain, irritation & redness to surrounding skin

How can we help?

Some evidence suggests that a combination of treatments may increase efficacy against toenail fungus. At Natural Sole Wellness Centre, we use a non-invasive Low-Level-Light Therapy (LLLT) to help treat Onychomycosis. Combined with proper toenail debridement and methylene blue, our photodynamic treatment device uses near-infrared light to deliver safe, rapid and effective results.

Typically, each treatment lasts about 5-10 minutes per affected toe; results can be seen after 3-6 treatments. Depending on the severity of the fungus, more treatments can be needed. No local anaesthesia is required, and there is no downtime. You may not see results immediately as toenails grow slowly, but you will relieved once you see a re-growth of clear and healthy toenails.

Always talk to your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner before starting any new alternative therapies to ensure that it is best suited for your condition.

Research Review

We’ve included below a summary of a few clinic researches that have shown the benefits of light therapy as well as its benefits. Research shows that light therapy stimulates the mitchondrial oxidative metabolism, and in return this accelerates cell and tissue repair. As a result, light therapy can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, increase collagen production and promote wound healing.

Near Infrared Light Basic and Clinical Research Review