Toronto Naturopathic Doctor

Suikodo™ (Neuroplastic Massage Technique)

For pain, when nothing else has helped

Suikodo™ is a gentle “hands-on” technique used to manage pain and treat musculoskeletal injury.

With roots in Shiatsu and Swedish massage, it involves gentle manipulation of joints, or gentle pressure over the skin, to stimulate nerve endings and acupuncture points to trigger a change your nervous system’s response to pain stimuli.

Typical conditions treated using Suikodo™ include headaches, neck, low back and hip pain, “frozen shoulder”, sciatica and tendonitis.

Benefits of Suikodo™

Suikodo™ is often effective where other pain treatments have not been. It is gentle enough that it may be used to treat conditions in which intensity of pain makes use of other treatments (e.g., chiropractic, physiotherapy) inappropriate.

Although the precise mechanism by which Suikodo™ affects the body is not known, the benefits are often longer lasting than other treatments, not requiring repeated treatments to maintain benefit (e.g., in joint misalignments).

In certain cases, Suikodo™ has been used to successfully correct “untreatable” musculoskeletal health concerns (e.g., scoliosis, chronic arthritis, severe injuries).

What to Expect

Suikodo™ treatments are typically 45 to 90 minutes in duration, and involve gentle, passive manipulation of joints and muscles.

Some improvement in pain or loss of function is expected after the first treatment.

The number and length of treatments required for maximal benefit vary from patient to patient, depending on health concern and lifestyle factors that may affect rate of recovery.

Suikodo™ at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine

Suikodo™ treatments at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine are performed by John MacIntosh, ND, one of the two most experienced living practitioners of Suikodo™.

Suikodo™ treatments provided at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine are covered by most extended healthcare plans.

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