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  • Overview

Intravenous (IV) drip therapy is a medical technique that administers specially formulated fluids directly into a patient’s vein. The procedure enables water, medication, nutrients, blood products, or electrolytes to access the body faster through the bloodstream. IV drip therapy is the fastest way to deliver medications and fluid replacement throughout the body because they go directly into the circulatory system and are distributed quickly.

Why Is IV Drip Therapy Done?

IV drip therapy is an expected part of a routine in hospitalization from surgery or acute illness. It’s vital for patients with chronic diseases or special medical needs. Doctors and nurses use the technique to administer fluids, nutrients, medication, and anesthesia directly into a patient’s vein as quickly and efficiently as needed.

Some common reasons for receiving IV drip therapy include the following:

Dehydration 
Our bodies are made of about 60% of water essential for crucial bodily functions. Severe dehydration may occur when you are sick (vomiting and diarrhea), have serious injury or burns, spend too much time in the heat or exercising, or have had surgery and are unable to eat or drink. IV drip therapy is used to manage hydration in all these conditions, and you can also receive electrolytes and vitamins when needed.

Eliminate Toxins and Unwanted Free Radicals 
IV drip therapy can help cleanse and eliminate free radicles and toxins from the body that can harm cells, damage DNA, and promote aging.  

Hangover 
 IV drip hydration helps alleviate annoying hangover symptoms such as dehydration, headaches, excessive thirst, nausea, stomach pain, fatigue, brain fog, and vomiting. IV drip fluids rehydrate lost water caused by excessive drinking and contain electrolytes, which help fight fatigue, thirst, and dizziness. You may find relief after an hour of IV therapy.

Infections
When an infection is resistant to oral antibiotics or the patient cannot take antibiotics orally, IV antibiotics are used because they work more quickly than oral alternatives.

Chronic Conditions
Patients suffering from certain chronic conditions and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, multiple sclerosis, and psoriasis can be treated using IV therapy to administer biological medications, intravenous immunoglobulin, and other medications to manage these conditions.

Malnutrition
IV nutrition drips supply the body with the necessary vitamins and minerals to replenish deficiencies or aid healing. The IV drip delivers nutrients directly to the bloodstream to provide quick delivery to the cells that need it.

Benefits of IV Therapy

Intravenous (IV) drip therapy procedure is essential in healthcare, and its benefits include:

Speed: Medications, nutrients, and fluids are directly administered to the vein and quickly enter the bloodstream.

Efficiency: By bypassing the gastric system, the body can quickly absorb more fluids and provide medication to the target organs.

Convenience: Once a cannula is inserted by a medical professional, it can stay there for several days without repeatedly inserting a needle to deliver more fluids.

Sterile saline solutions: This offers premium quality hydration, especially with a medical condition where dehydration is a factor.

Versatile: Customized drip bags give you even more possibilities.

Risks

IV therapy is generally safe and effective, but it may cause side effects such as:
  • Allergic reaction to the adhesive tape that secures the IV in place
  • Skin irritation in the injection site
  • Cellulitis, or swelling in deep layers of the skin
  • Hematoma, or swelling from clotted blood under the skin
  • Skin necrosis, or premature death of skin cells
  • Dizziness 
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Muscle stiffness
  • How You Prepare

Before IV therapy treatment, follow your doctor’s instructions and inform them if you are taking any medications. Other preparations include:

Hydrate: IV therapy will respond better if you are properly hydrated before and on the day of your procedure. Finding a vein will be improved by drinking a few glasses of water before your appointment.

Eat: Have a warm meal about 1-2 hours before the infusion to help open the blood vessels, which will permit IV fluids and nutrients to access tissues deeply. Foods that contain water and proteins will help alleviate nausea.

Wear comfortable clothes: Put on a short sleeve shirt or top to allow easier IV placement. Avoid rompers or button clothes, and tie up your long hair.

Prepare things to keep you entertained: The amount of time taken for IV drip therapy sessions vary depending on the type of fluids being administered; some may take a few minutes, while others might take an hour or two. To help you pass the time, consider bringing a book, listening to music using headphones, or playing games.

Relax: Take slow and deep breaths to relax your mind and body. Breathing also sends oxygen to your brain.

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  • What to Expect with IV Drip Therapy

Your doctor or caregiver will explain the procedure and get consent from you. An IV drip session typically takes 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the type of treatment and severity of the symptoms. IV drip therapy uses a tiny plastic tubing (cannula) that goes into the vein into your hand or arm, a needle, and plastic tubing that connects the set-up to a bag of fluid.

Upon injection, you may feel a small prick from the needle, but any discomfort should pass quickly. Once your IV is in place, you can read, listen to music or watch a movie.

  • After Vitamin Injections

Most infusions take less than an hour and don’t have any downtime. You should drink at least 1-2 16oz water bottles after IV drip therapy. Other ways to take care of yourself after the IV therapy include:

  • Apply pressure to the site for two minutes after your IV is removed
  • Keep band-aid in place for an hour
  • Cold packs and elevating your arm can help with any bruising at the site. They can also relieve pain and decrease swelling at the injection site.

What you need to know.

There is no special preparation needed before a chiropractic adjustment; however, attire can be important.

While you can be treated in a variety of different clothing styles, there are some general guidelines. If you are getting soft tissue work done, the area of treatment should be easily accessible.

After your first few visits, you will get an idea of good attire.

You will have to fill out intake paperwork and you’ll need to schedule an evaluation.

woman tying shoes

What you need to know.

There is no special preparation needed before a chiropractic adjustment; however, attire can be important.

While you can be treated in a variety of different clothing styles, there are some general guidelines. If you are getting soft tissue work done, the area of treatment should be easily accessible.

After your first few visits, you will get an idea of good attire.

You will have to fill out intake paperwork and you’ll need to schedule an evaluation.

Tips on what to wear:

  • Clothes that are loose fitting
  • Sneakers or flats
  • thin/stretchy fabric (leggings, yoga pants)
  • sweatpants
  • gym shorts
  • shorts
  • pants

What you need to know.

There is no special preparation needed before a chiropractic adjustment; however, attire can be important.

While you can be treated in a variety of different clothing styles, there are some general guidelines. If you are getting soft tissue work done, the area of treatment should be easily accessible.

After your first few visits, you will get an idea of good attire.

You will have to fill out intake paperwork and you’ll need to schedule an evaluation.

woman tying shoes

What you need to know.

There is no special preparation needed before a chiropractic adjustment; however, attire can be important.

While you can be treated in a variety of different clothing styles, there are some general guidelines. If you are getting soft tissue work done, the area of treatment should be easily accessible.

After your first few visits, you will get an idea of good attire.

You will have to fill out intake paperwork and you’ll need to schedule an evaluation.

Results and Success Rates

Most patients experience significant overall improvements in their overall health, such as:

  • Better energy
  • Improved sleep
  • Overall feelings of well being

If you are interested in IV drip therapy, contact Arizona Chiropractic & Holistic Health Center today for more information.

Tips on what to wear:

  • Clothes that are loose fitting
  • Sneakers or flats
  • thin/stretchy fabric (leggings, yoga pants)
  • sweatpants
  • gym shorts
  • shorts
  • pants