Monday, May 21, 2018

How Reducing Stress Can Relieve Back Pain

Most people will experience some form of back pain during their lives. It can happen from lifting something heavy, doing yard work, or even just sitting at a desk all day. Getting older also takes its toll on your back, causing your muscles to lose their elasticity and the cushioning discs between your vertebrae to wear down.

But one common cause of back pain that many people overlook is stress. If your back is sore and you don’t know why, or if you’ve had back pain for awhile that only seems to be growing worse, your stress levels may be to blame. Here’s why—and what you can do about it.

What stress can do to your back

When you experience stress, your body releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol as a natural response. In an isolated instance, this hormone response is good, helping prepare you for a flight-or-flight situation. And after the perceived threat has passed, your hormones return to normal levels.

But if you constantly feel anxious or nervous, your body continues to release those stress hormones in situations that simply don’t warrant them—like when your boss keeps piling more and more work on your plate. You can’t fight or run away in that situation, so those hormones just linger in your body and lead to muscle tension, especially in the back and shoulders.

That constant tension is enough to cause pain—and can pile on to make existing pain worse. Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can try to relieve your tension and take control of your health.

1.     Work it out

Exercise can be a great way to help reduce anxiety and ease back pain. Walking, jogging, and other activities that get you up and moving can lower stress hormones and raise endorphin levels, making you feel more positive and acting as natural painkillers.

If you’re worried that exercises will make your back pain worse, try low-impact activities like yoga, swimming, and pilates. Inactivity can actually make your pain worse, so taking some time to do stretches or walk around your garden can work wonders on days when you don’t feel like hitting the gym.

2.     Take a deep breath

Stress causes your heart rate and blood pressure to go up, but deep breathing helps bring them back down. Slowly inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth for a few minutes a day can calm you and reduce stress.

Meditation is another way to lower anxiety, and it may actually change your brain’s makeup to make you more resilient to stress. Try sitting up straight with your feet on the floor and thinking or saying something positive while letting distracting and negative thoughts drift away.

3.     Loosen up

Massage, whether through a therapist or on your own, can help take your mind off stressors and loosen tight muscles. It allows you to directly target back pain and soreness—plus, it’s really relaxing.

4.     Sleep it off

Many of us don’t get enough rest, and stress can make drifting off all the more difficult. When you don’t sleep well, it affects your mind and your body, contributing to anxious thoughts and preventing your body from performing necessary maintenance work—like repairing the damaged tissues that are causing your pain.

To get some good shut-eye, avoid distractions like your TV or phone, and create a relaxing environment that’s quiet, dark, and cool. It also helps to stick to a consistent bedtime schedule, even on weekends.

Reducing your stress levels can often ease your back pain. But if you’ve been living with back pain for a while, it might be time to consider alternative treatment options. Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure which uses your body’s own regenerative abilities to help promote circulation and target pain. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy is right for you.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Four Simple Ways to Address Morning Soreness

Even after a solid eight hours of sleep, sometimes you still wake up feeling stiff and sore. And while a hot shower sounds enticing, the thought of actually getting into that shower doesn’t. If you’re one of the millions of people living with joint pain, the ache can set in long before the day begins.

So why does this happen? As you age, your bones begin to degenerate and the cartilage protecting and buffering your joints becomes drier and less porous. During sleep, your muscles relax and your circulation slows, as do the fluids lubricating your joints and cartilage. The less fluid available for lubrication, the stiffer your joints become. And since it can take some time for fluids to seep back into your joints in the morning, the result is stiffness and pain.

Whether you’re living with arthritis, a sports injury, back pain, or any number of other musculoskeletal conditions, joint pain in the morning can shape your entire day. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to make mornings a little easier on your joints.

1. Get Enough Sleep

This seems obvious, but many people people don’t realize how important sleep is to their health and wellbeing. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a whopping 35% of adults don’t get enough sleep.

When you get less than seven hours of sleep, the cost is often sore joints in the morning. Regularly missing out on sleep also increases your risk of developing any number of other chronic diseases and conditions, including stroke and heart disease. So embrace your beauty sleep—it does your body good.

2. Position Yourself Properly

Along with the amount of sleep you get, pay attention to how you sleep. A pillow that’s too soft or too firm can place undue strain on your neck, forcing your spine into uncomfortable positions.

Similarly, pay attention to your mattress. One that’s too soft can aggravate joint pain because there isn’t enough support, which can prompt restlessness and, ultimately, sleeplessness.

3. Take a Soothing Bath Before Bed

A warm bath is a great way to relax before bed, helping you sink into a restful sleep more easily. But the water also helps soothe your muscles and joints, leading to less pain and stiffness come morning. Trying adding Epsom salts to your bath to help with inflammation and soften your skin.

4. Sleep Tight (and Warm)

When the temperature drops, your joint pain can feel worse. No matter what the weather is doing outside, your body will be far more responsive and your muscles more supple when they’re toasty in bed. Always keep an extra blanket handy and keep your feet and toes under the covers. A pair of snuggly bed socks can help keep them warm if you find you often kick off the covers.

If joint pain is making your morning—and the rest of your day—hard to endure, it might be time to consider other non-surgical options. Stem cell therapy uses the body’s own regenerative abilities to help bring relief and healing to patients with joint pain. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy might help make your mornings a little brighter.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Four Common Misconceptions about Joint Pain

Joint pain is a common condition, but it’s also commonly misunderstood. Whether you experience it or not, it’s helpful to understand what joint pain is and what it isn’t. Here are four common misconceptions about arthritis and joint pain that you may have been holding for years.

Misconception 1: Arthritis only affects the elderly

It’s true that as you age, your risk of developing arthritis increases. Nearly half of all adults aged 65 or older have arthritis. But contrary to popular belief, arthritis doesn’t just affect older adults.

While arthritis pain can worsen with age, the condition typically gets diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 50. In fact, two thirds of arthritis patients are under 65—and that includes around300,000 children. Kids as young as one can develop a type of arthritis called systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, which can be a serious condition.

Misconception 2: Exercise is bad for joint pain, rest is good for joint pain

You may not feel like exercising much when you have joint pain. But staying active is actually key to managing your joint pain.

Exercising moderately for at least five days out of every week helps relieve stiffness and discomfort in the joints. It also strengthens your muscles and helps you sleep better—both important factors for healthy joints. Exercise also helps you lose weight, which eases the pressure on your joints and can significantly reduce your pain.

Walking, biking, and swimming are some of the best forms of exercise for people with joint pain because they’re relatively low-impact and don’t put much pressure on your joints. Talking to your doctor before you start a new exercise regime is always a good idea and helps you tailor your activities to your unique needs.

Still, you might hear people telling you that you need rest while you’re exercising your joint pain away. While you definitely want to be getting enough sleep and shouldn’t push yourself too hard, remaining sedentary is a sure-fire way to make your joint pain worse. Instead, try stay active and stretch regularly, but remember to stop if your pain suddenly increases.

Misconception 3: If you're active and healthy you won't get joint pain

Unfortunately, even the most active and healthy people can develop joint pain. While maintaining a healthy weight lowers your risk of developing osteoarthritis and gout, it won’t necessarily prevent you from getting arthritis or experiencing other forms of joint pain.

Active, healthy people can still injure themselves through overuse or sports accidents, so remember to stretch and look after yourself, even when you’re feeling fine. And some forms of arthritis are genetic, which means you might develop the condition even if you exercise and eat healthily. Luckily, there are many ways that you can manage your pain and continue living a full and vibrant life. 

Misconception 4: If you have arthritis, there’s nothing you can do about it

While there isn’t currently a cure for arthritis, there are plenty of things you can do to manage your condition and lessen the pain. Stay active, eat healthy foods that reduce inflammation in the joints, and practice self-care methods to take care of yourself and feel whole. You can also consider alternative therapies like stem cell therapy.

Stem cell therapy has helped many patients experience long-lasting relief from joint pain, including arthritis pain. This innovative treatment option is safe and minimally-invasive. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy is right for you.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

6 of the Most Common Causes of Elbow Pain

A tingling, vibrating numbness. A dull, burning ache. Intense, shooting pain whenever you move. When your elbow starts to hurt, everything from writing to stirring cream into your coffee can become painful and difficult to perform. And when you’re not sure what’s causing it, it’s natural to feel concerned.

The good news is, you can often care for elbow pain at home with rest, ice, and over-the-counter medication. But if your pain doesn’t go away or grows worse over time, it’s always a good idea to get it checked out for your safety and peace of mind. To help you find clarity and confidence, here are six common conditions that could be causing your discomfort—and some telltale symptoms you can look out for.

1. Strains and sprains

Muscle strains and ligament sprains can happen when you push your body a bit too far. If the box you’re lifting is extra heavy or you put some extra “oomph” behind the next pitch in a baseball game, your muscles and ligaments can overstretch and tear. The result: elbow soreness every time you lift your coffee mug, push the car door closed, or even just scratch your cheek.

2. Tennis or golfer’s elbow

You don’t have to be a world-class athlete, or even a dedicated amateur, to experience one of these common forms of tendinitis. They can crop up when any sort of repetitive motion (like raking leaves or putting a fresh coat of paint on the living room walls) causes the tendons in your elbow to swell. Tennis elbow leads to pain on the outside of the joint while golfer’s elbow affects the inside.

3. Bursitis

Say you’ve been working in the garden all morning and you start to feel a burning pain in your elbow. It could be bursitis, the swelling of small, fluid-filled sacs that help cushion your elbow joint as it moves. While most often caused by repetitive motion and overuse, bursitis can also develop after an accident or infection.

4. Trapped nerves

Sometimes, your nerves can slip out of position and get pinched. If you feel a burning or numbness in your fingers, hand, or arm, it could be because your ulnar nerve (one of the main nerves in your arm) is being squeezed in the tissue inside your elbow. Similar sensations on the outside of your arm could be a sign that your radial nerve is pressed in an uncomfortable position.

5. Stress fractures

Another common overuse injury, stress fractures are small cracks in your bones. While they’re more common in the lower legs and feet, continual pressure on the arm—like repetitive throwing or lifting motions—can cause stress fractures in the elbow joint as well. Your pain might be intense, especially if you try to make a throwing motion, and your elbow might continue to hurt even when you’re at rest.

6. Arthritis

There are many forms of arthritis, but the two that most commonly lead to elbow pain are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis happens when your immune system attacks healthy tissue and causes swelling in the joints. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in your joints wears down and your bones start rubbing together, leading to pain and stiffness.

Whatever the cause of your elbow pain, if it hangs around for too long, you may want to explore alternative treatment options. Stem cell therapy has helped many patients living with elbow pain find long-lasting relief. To learn more about this minimally invasive treatment option, contact us today.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

6 Life Hacks To Keep Joint Pain At Bay

If you live with joint pain, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 23% of American adults (that’s 54 million people) have arthritis, with countless more experiencing some sort of joint discomfort on a daily basis.

Whether your condition is chronic or you just get the occasional ache or pain, you deserve to move through each day in comfort. To help you out, here are six simple steps you can take to give your joints a little TLC—and avoid more pain in the future.

1. Eat healthy. Snack often.

A nutritious diet can have both an immediate and lasting positive impact on your joints. Choose foods that are anti-inflammatory and high in fiber and protein, like oatmeal and fruit for breakfast and nuts and berries throughout the day.

Enjoying a treat every three hours or so will keep you energized and combat swelling in your joints. Just make sure you’ve got a supply of healthy snacks close by to avoid the lure of chocolate, cookies, and chips, since fried and sugary foods can cause inflammation.

2. Commit to a good night’s rest

Unhealthy nighttime habits like drinking alcohol or caffeine, eating a heavy meal late in the day, or spending too much time in front of screens before bed can make it hard for your body to get the R&R it needs.

Since rest and joint health go hand in hand, developing good sleep hygiene can help you avoid unnecessary pain and get the most out of every night’s rest. You should also choose a mattress and pillow that support your joints—not too firm and not too saggy.

3. Reach for the sky—and then for your toes

You might have noticed that your joints are especiallysore in the morning. To help prepare yourself for an active, pain-free day, take a little time when you first get up to go through some basic stretches. Twist your torso. Wiggle your fingers. Roll your shoulders. Bend at the waist. These simple actions will help you jumpstart your body—so you can stride into the day with comfort and confidence.

4. Get 30 minutes of exercise every day

Whether it’s a brisk walk in the morning, a pick-up basketball game in the afternoon, or a weight-lifting session in the evening, find some exercise you enjoy and get active. Exercise strengthens your muscles, reduces stiffness, and increases your flexibility, so those minutes on the treadmill can go a long way toward keeping your joints healthy and happy.

If you’re worried about making your pain worse, low-impact exercises like swimming, riding bike, or yoga are great options. Just remember to stop and take a break if something hurts.

5. Breathe in. Breathe Out. Repeat.

When your joints are sore, your stress levels can skyrocket. But that stress can actually make your pain worse.

To combat it, take the time to learn some techniques that can relieve your stress and calm your mind. Activities like meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga are great places to start. Your joints will thank you!

6. Catch some rays

One of the biggest advocates for your joint health is right outside your window every day. The sun provides vitamin D, which helps keep your bones and joints strong.

While foods like salmon are also a good source of vitamin D, nothing beats the power of sunlight. Plus, soaking up some rays is a great opportunity to get some light exercise, like strolling around your garden or a nearby park. So get up, get out, and take care of your joints—and your overall health.

If you’re looking for long-lasting relief from joint pain, it might be time to explore alternative treatment options like stem cell therapy. To learn more about this treatment, and to find out if it’s the right call for you, contact us today.

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Modern Anti-Aging Approach

Pursuing your career. Starting your family. Growing wiser. Aging can be richly rewarding in many areas—but it definitely comes with its fair share of downsides. When was the last time anyone jumped for joy over wrinkles?

If you’ve ever daydreamed about turning the clock back, it might be time to explore the benefits of modern anti-aging technology. With natural results and minimal downtime or side effects, lasers and fillers are excellent alternatives to traditional anti-aging surgeries.

We’re committed to helping our patients look and feel their best, from soothing joint pain to smoothing out crow’s feet. Here’s a quick overview of the safe and natural anti-aging treatments that we offer.

Stem Cell Facelifts: restoring volume, smoothing wrinkles

Our Stem Cell Facelift is a revolutionary approach to aging that seamlessly blends cutting edge medicine and superior artistic skill. And unlike more traditional surgeries, this treatment is a natural process, which means its results can last for years to come.

As you age, you may find that parts of your face losevolume. Skin and fat can shift downwards in areas like the cheeks, losing the tight, smooth look they had in your youth. To combat this, the Stem Cell Facelift takes fat that is enriched with autologous stem cells and places it into the areas of your face that have thinned or sunk with age (such as the cheeks).

The treatment also restores volume and reduces wrinkles under the eyes, creates lifted, tighter skin around your smile lines, and minimizes crow’s feet. That means more smiles—without feeling self-conscious.

Stem Cell Injections: rejuvenating skin with a natural filler

Stem Cell Injections can restore volume and rejuvenate skin affected by the aging process (usually in the hands, breasts, and face).

We accomplish this by taking fat from another part of the patient’s own body, usually through a liposuction in the lower belly. This is a safe and simple procedure performed under local anesthesia, and we make sure our patients are very comfortable. Since the fat for the injection comes from your body, the chances of an allergic reaction are extremely low.

The injection itself contains a mix of fat and isolated stem cells. By enriching the fat with stem cells, we can create new blood vessels that last longer. Stem cells also help rejuvenate the cells in your skin.

The results? Younger, smoother looking skin, and a reduction in fine lines, age spots, and sun damage.

New year, new you

Stem Cell Injections and Facelifts can be an effective and natural alternative to serious surgery, helping you to look younger, feel rejuvenated, and enjoy long-lasting, natural results.

Age is just a number. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Clinical Trials Reveal Anti-Aging Possibilities of Stem Cell Therapy

Growing older can be a rich, rewarding experience—an opportunity to try new things, visit new places, and spend more time with the people you love. But it also comes with challenges. As your body ages, it can lose strength, making it harder to stay active. Aging is a part of life, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy your golden years. Recent research into stem cell therapy has shown positive anti-aging results which may hold the key to slowing or reversing the negative effects of aging. Let’s take a closer look at the research and explore the possibilities that stem cell therapy may hold.

How is age-related frailty currently treated?

Over the years, many approaches have been tested for limiting the effects of age-related frailty, which is often connected to an increased risk of musculoskeletal weakness and physical disability. These approaches include regular exercise, careful diets, and even anabolic steroids. While exercise and a healthy diet is beneficial at any age, researchers have continued to seek effective, natural treatments to benefit aging patients. And one of the most promising avenues of investigation is stem cell therapy.

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cells are some of the most powerful weapons your body has for fighting disease and degeneration. This is because stem cells are undifferentiated, meaning they can grow and develop into any of the other types of cells that your body needs in order to heal itself. In stem cell therapy, stem cells are extracted from the bone marrow or fat tissue of a healthy adult donor (in our treatment, they are extracted from the patient’s own body, minimizing the risk of a negative reaction). Those stem cells are then isolated and injected directly into the site of injury or degeneration. From there, they go right to work, helping to regenerate healthy tissue and promote healing. The process is safe, holistic, and minimally-invasive.

Recent clinical trials show “remarkable” results

In two recent studies, stem cells were extracted from younger adult donors and transferred into older test participants. The researchers were interested in whether the introduction of stem cell therapy could slow or reverse the effects of aging in the trials’ participants. They described the results as “remarkable,” observing dramatic improvements in several age-related activity measures. Better yet, these improvements were sustained long after the treatment was complete, and none of the participants experienced significant adverse effects. Studies like these demonstrate the tremendous potential of stem cell therapy to combat the effects of aging. We have treated many patients living with arthritis and other age-related degenerative conditions who have found long-term relief with stem cell therapy. Many report an improvement in mobility and a decrease in pain after just a single session. If you would like to find out more about stem cell therapy or book a session, contact us today.