What You Can Expect During Your First IV Therapy Session

Aug 02, 2022

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What You Can Expect During Your First IV Therapy Session

What comes to mind when you think of the term “IV”? Like most people, you probably think of the intravenous (IV) lines used to deliver medicines in hospitals or at-home therapies for chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. But IVs are also used on an outpatient basis as a wellness treatment, providing essential nutrients and fluids to support your body and health.

At Body Balance Chiropractic & Wellness Center, our team uses IV infusion therapy to help patients in Houston, Texas, tap into their body’s natural ability to heal and replenish itself. If you’ve never had an IV infusion before, here’s what our team wants you to know.

Benefits of IV therapy

IV therapy has numerous uses so patients can receive customized treatment based on their unique needs. Our team often recommends IV therapy for:

  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Chronic aches and pains, including headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma and allergies
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Improving immune function
  • Balancing hormone levels
  • Improving skin health
  • Combatting age-related damage

IV infusion can also be beneficial if you engage in sports or other demanding activities that could deplete vital nutrients or electrolytes.

Direct delivery

One of the most significant benefits of IV therapy is that it allows solutions to be delivered directly to your bloodstream without first passing through your digestive tract. Taking medications or supplements orally needs to be absorbed through the walls of the digestive tract to enter your bloodstream and reach the rest of your organs and tissues. This presents a couple of problems.

First, your digestive tract contains acids and enzymes designed to break down food as it passes through your gastrointestinal (GI) system. Sometimes, these acids and enzymes can alter or affect the chemical makeup of the oral medication or supplement, making it less effective.

The second concern regards how well your body absorbs nutrients. If you have a condition that impairs your ability to absorb nutrients through the walls of the digestive tract, those supplements won’t be nearly as effective as you’d hoped. Other times, oral supplements can irritate the lining of your GI tract, causing stomach pain, bloating, and other uncomfortable symptoms.

And finally, many oral supplements contain fillers or other products that can cause allergic reactions or sensitivity in some patients. IV therapy avoids all these problems by bypassing the GI tract and delivering the solution directly to your circulatory system, without any need to be “broken down” or absorbed through your stomach or intestine walls.

Your first session: What to expect

Before your infusion, our team will review your health history and symptoms, perform a physical exam, and possibly order additional testing to determine which nutrients your body needs for optimal health and function. In addition to fluids, your custom solution could include:

  • Vitamins like B or C
  • Minerals like calcium or magnesium
  • Antioxidants like glutathione (help combat aging)
  • Amino acids
  • Other important micronutrients

Once we determine the optimal combination of fluids and nutrients, the team cleanses the IV insertion site before placing the needle in your arm.

During your session, you’ll recline in a comfortable chair and relax while the IV does the work. You can read, listen to music, surf the web, or use the time to meditate and unwind. 

Most infusions take from 20-60 minutes. There’s no downtime afterward, so you can go back to your routine without skipping a beat. Best of all, you can repeat infusions as often as necessary to maintain optimal health and wellness.

Custom infusions focused on your health

Don’t wait for better health to “happen.” IV infusions help your body get the support it needs to repair, replenish, and restore itself for optimal physical and emotional wellness. To learn more about IV therapy and how it can help you lead a healthier life, call 281-890-5599 or book an appointment online with the team at Body Balance Chiropractic & Wellness Center today.