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.

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.

5 Tips to Relieve Your Joint Pain This Winter

Bundle up, it’s going to be a cold one! If you live with joint pain, you might find that your joints ache more than usual as the temperature plummets. Combined with icy sidewalks and thick snow on the ground, it might make you reluctant to get outside and enjoy the good things winter brings. Don’t let joint pain hold you back from doing the things you love. Here are five easy tips to relieve your joint pain and feel better this winter.

Enjoy Indoor Exercise

Nothing banishes the winter blues faster than getting active. Exercise isn’t just a great boost for your mood—it also helps relieve stiff and sore joints by improving strength and flexibility, and giving you more energy throughout the day. When it’s cold and icy out, it’s best to stick to exercises you can do indoors. Group classes like water aerobics and tai chi are ideal if you’re not sure how to begin, or if you just want to meet new people and make the activity more fun. And if you don’t feel like leaving the house some days, that’s okay too—try to walking around more than usual, or lifting small weights (or soup cans!). It’s a good idea to speak to your doctor before starting a new exercise regime. And if something hurts, stop and let your body rest before you try to continue.

Try Herbal Teas

Many arthritis patients swear by herbal tea. Since inflammation is often a cause of joint pain, the anti-inflammatory properties of certain teas can help alleviate pain. They’re also very warming, and come in a wide range of enjoyable flavors. Try green tea, which is full of antioxidants, and ginger tea, which many arthritis patients take to relieve stiffness and pain. If you’re taking any medication, it’s best to check with your doctor before trying a new tea.

Relax with Hydrotherapy

A relaxing way to relieve your joint pain, hydrotherapy involves soaking the affected area in warm water. Taking long, soothing baths is the perfect remedy to the cold winter weather, and many patients with joint pain find it greatly eases the stiffness in their joints. Adding Epsom salts to your bath can help decrease inflammation. Or try adding a splash of peppermint essential oil, which will smell lovely while also reducing your swelling.

Change Your Diet

There are lots of small, simple changes to your diet that can help reduce swelling in the joints and relieve pain. Foods like salmon, spinach, and walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, meaning they can help lower inflammation (plus, they’re good for your heart). You can also take Omega-3 in capsule form. It’s also a good idea to eliminate certain foods from your diet as much as possible, as they may be contributing to your inflammation. This includes processed foods that are high in trans-fats and sugar, like frozen dinners, and anything that contains a lot of salt.

Wear Plenty of Layers

When it’s cold out, it’s always best to wear plenty of layers that you can strip away as needed. Wearing a few pairs of gloves at once is a good way to keep stiff fingers cozy, and adding a cardigan or sweater under a coat adds an extra layer of warmth if you need to brave the cold. If you do get too hot, you can always peel a layer away. If you’re looking for long-term relief from joint pain, it might be time to consider alternative treatments. Stem cell therapy is a safe and minimally-invasive treatment that has helped many patients find relief, often providing noticeable results after a single session. To find out more about stem cell therapy, contact us today