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9 Great Ways to Get Natural Back Pain Relief

With the Right Stretches and Exercises, You Can Keep Back Pain at Bay

For decades, chronic back pain in the United States has been on the rise. It has been estimated that 80% of Americans will have significant back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, chronic lower back pain is now the leading cause of disability in the United States. This doesn’t just take a toll on the sufferer in both pain and medical costs. It also affects national productivity.

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Spinal Stenosis: What is Stenosis of the Spine?

Learn the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

When you hear the words “spinal stenosis” from your doctor it can be pretty scary, especially when you aren’t really sure what it is. After all, any medical condition that involves the spinal cord can seem dire to the average patient.

In most cases, spinal stenosis is a secondary condition caused by osteoarthritis. Many people go through life with stenosis and never have a single symptom. Others will experience a sliding scale of intensity in symptoms. The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading regenerative medicine clinic based in the United States, regularly admits patients with stenosis pain that varies from minor to acute to chronic. Continue reading “Spinal Stenosis: What is Stenosis of the Spine?”

What is Failed Back Syndrome & Surgery Failure?

The Case for Stem Cell Therapy to Avoid Surgery Failure & Failed Back Syndrome

To say that surgery failure in treating acute or chronic back pain is disheartening is an understatement. Yet countless patients regularly come away from back surgery with no relief or, in some cases, with worse pain than when they went into surgery. It happens so often, in fact, that there’s a name for it: failed back syndrome (sometimes call failed back surgery syndrome or FBSS). It is notable that no other type of surgery has an equivalent term. For example, no one is diagnosed with “failed cardiac surgery syndrome” or “failed knee surgery syndrome.”

The term “failed back syndrome” is technically a misnomer since it’s not really a syndrome. FBSS is a sweeping term intended to depict the post-surgical pain and/or complications that remain unresolved when back or spinal cord surgeries don’t render successful results. The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading regenerative medicine clinic based in the United States, reports that post-surgical failed back syndrome is a frequent reason why patients go to NSI for back pain therapy after traditional surgery has let them down.

So, why does back surgery fail? And how can patients be healed when it does?

Reasons Why Failed Back Syndrome Occurs

To understand how failed back syndrome can happen, it helps to first understand what spine surgery can accomplish.

Many people are surprised that spine surgery really only attempts to do two things. They are:

  • The decompression of a pinched nerve root
  • The stabilization of a diseased or injured joint

While identifying the probable cause of the patient’s back pain has improved over the years, it is by no means a perfect science. In fact, the number one cause of ineffective back surgery is that the perceived injury addressed during the operation winds up not being the cause of the person’s pain.

But there are other reasons why failed back syndrome occurs after surgery. Among them are:

  • Lesion transfer after spine fusion surgery
  • Solid fusion failure (the failure to create solid bone between adjoining vertebra)
  • Recurrent spinal stenosis or disc herniation
  • Inadequate decompression of a nerve root
  • The formation of scar tissue around a nerve root
  • Spinal implant failure

The Most Common Types of Pain Associated with Failed Back Syndrome

Surgery failure can result in various types of pain associated with failed back syndrome. In many cases, the initial pain that brought the person to the surgical table may be resolved immediately after the operation. It can take 3 months or more for pain to re-develop and cause failed back syndrome.

For example: in spinal decompression surgery, the nerve root generally takes a while to heal. Because of this, the surgery really can’t be declared as either a success or failure until weeks or months afterward.

In fact, pain continues for as many as 20% of people who undergo decompression surgery.

In some cases the pain doesn’t end even after the nerve begins to heal, and numbness, tingling, or weakness persist for as much as a year. If the symptoms of failed back syndrome remain for this long, the chances of resolving the pain and symptoms with more surgery are slim to none and the nerve damage may be deemed permanent by some medical experts.

Another hallmark of failed back syndrome is the recurrence of stenosis or spinal disc herniation after surgery. Many spine clinics tout relief from these two conditions as if to imply that the patient will be pain-free for life after surgery. However, spinal stenosis can return even years after the procedure.

In the case of disc herniation pain may be alleviated immediately following surgery, but can return abruptly. This category of failed back syndrome is called recurrent lumbar disc herniation.

Other Reasons for Back Surgery Failure

Of course the majority of surgeons are experienced, well-trained, and ethical medical professionals. But they are every bit as human as the rest of us, which means mistakes can be made.

Surgical errors are also among the reasons for failed back syndrome. These can include:

  • Missed fragments of a disc or bone that may cause a nerve to remain pinched, resulting in continued pain and the need for a second procedure.
  • Surgery performed at the wrong level of the spine.
  • A discectomy causes more trauma rather than eliminating it (a discectomy is a type of surgery designed to remove herniated disc matter that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord).
  • A part of the nerve root remains pinched after decompression surgery.

Making Scar Tissue a Surgical Scape Goat

Even the best of us –surgeons or otherwise- sometimes grasp at straws when the reason for a problem isn’t immediately obvious. When it comes to failed back syndrome, scar tissue is often held up as the reason why pain hasn’t ended or has worsened.

Scar tissue is an essential and natural part the healing process. Every patient undergoing surgery will develop scar tissue afterward. And while scar tissue may worsen the pain and symptoms of failed back syndrome, it is very rarely the cause of it. When a medical professional offers up scar tissue as the sole explanation for pain that continues after surgery, frankly, the excuse is a bit of a cheat.

Often, there is little to no evidence that scar tissue is the direct cause of pain.

There are some rare cases in which scar tissue is the direct cause of post-surgical pain associated with failed back syndrome. But scar tissue too often serves as a convenient clinical explanation even when there is little to no evidence supporting the claim.

There are far more likely scenarios that are the cause of failed back syndrome pain. These include:

  • Secondary problems that need to be addressed.
  • The lesion that was the focus of the surgery wasn’t the source of the person’s pain.

In fact, the only way that scar tissue may actually cause post-surgical pain is when fibrous adhesions begin to bind the lumbar nerve. This is called epidural fibrosis. When this happens, the pain mounts gradually sometime between 6 to 12 weeks after surgery. Unrelenting pain that flares years after an operation, or that persists immediately or within a few months after surgery, is not due to scar tissue formation.

Surgery for Back or Spinal Pain Should be a Last Resort, not the First

Technology, science, and medical breakthroughs have all brought about an era of safer surgery. But surgery was always intended as a last resort to be used after less- or non-invasive therapies and treatments have been tried. Surgery, no matter how advanced today, remains invasive and risky. The very fact that there is a post-operative condition known as failed back syndrome highlights this.

Yet in our evermore commercialized world, there are many who stand to profit by promoting surgery as the first resort. This can lead to compromised ethics where medical professionals recommend surgery that is far more expensive and risk-laden than other means that are highly successful in treating illnesses, injuries, or chronic conditions without the inherent complications and costs involved in surgery, as well as promote faster healing and recovery.

We are in a golden age of advanced medicine that further reduces the need for surgery.

Many people have yet to learn that regenerative medicine methods like stem cell therapies and platelet rich plasma treatments have already been in use in the United States for a number of years. In particular, the development of adipose-derived stem cell therapy has been responsible for a golden age of medicine that further reduces the need for surgery.

Stem cells are microscopic packets of potential that have the ability to become whatever type of cell the body needs for repair, re-growth, and rejuvenation. Adipose stem cells are those that are harvested from the fatty layer that lies just beneath the skin are especially potent. They are easily harvested directly from the patient for therapeutic use for a wide variety of medical conditions, including back and spine problems.

This breakthrough has lead to procedures that are performed on an outpatient basis and are inherently safer and less risky than surgery. Failed back syndrome is associated with surgery, after all, not regenerative therapy.

Stem Cell Therapy in the United States

Though regenerative medicine is an umbrella term for several advanced medical methods, it is popularly referred to as stem cell medicine or stem cell therapy. Clinics that practice regenerative medicine are commonly known as stem cell clinics.

As with all medical procedures, stem cell therapy must be done by a trained, licensed physician. Legally operating stem cell clinics in the U.S. must adhere to the guidelines set out by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With that in mind, the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) offers advice on how to find a legitimate regenerative medical facility.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

5 Strength Exercises to Beat Back Pain

The Best Exercises You Can Do At Home To Combat Back Pain

Back pain is among the most commonly reported issues doctors hear from their patients, and it is the number one reason for missed work and decreased efficiency on the job. When one considers this, it is easy to see why relieving back pain with exercise is so commonly searched for. With millions wanting to get help with finding relief from back pain, these are the strengthening exercises you need to start working into your daily routine!

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To ensure you reap all the benefits of these exercises and do the greatest amount of good, it is important that you pay close attention to every moment and ensure you maintain proper form from start to finish. If you want to strengthen your back and reduce pain, here is how to begin:

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1. Decompression Breathing

Oxygen is good and getting a boost of good clean air is wonderful for the body, especially when you are starting a workout routine. Deep breathing techniques have long been used in exercise and workouts and yield amazing benefits. Surprisingly, something as simple as good breathing methods can do wonders for relieving back pain with exercise. Getting started with proper breathing practices is easy! Stand straight so your toes are touching and your heels are a few inches apart. Shift your weight back so you are resting mostly on your heels, unlock your knees so they bend slightly, and gently slide your heels together until they touch. Stretch yourself up nice and tall and pull your arms up over your head, keeping palms together. When you inhale, you want to lift the ribcage away from the hips and when you exhale, tighten your stomach and back muscles slightly. You can do this breathing as often as needed but a few minutes is usually a good way to start your workout.

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2. Founder

For this foundational workout pose, you want to start with your feet on the ground, about hips distance apart. Bend your knees slightly and stick your butt back so your lower back is extended and your chest and upper body is in as close to a normal vertical position as you can get. Once you are in this position, slowly pull your arms up along your sides and extend them out in front of you until they are extended up over your head. Hold for a count of 2-3 deep breaths then as you exhale, slowly bend down until your hands are on the floor. If you cannot bend that far, you can use a chair, couch or prop of some kind that you can lean on rather than doing all the way to the floor. From this position you will slowly pull your hands to your shins and slide them up to your knees as you start to stand up. While still partly bent, pull your arms back behind you as far as you can and hold for 2-3 deep breaths here as well. Slowly bring your arms up over your head, take a deep breath, and then bring your arms down to your side and stand up into a full normal stance and relax your muscles by taking a few deep breaths.

 

3. Adductor-Assisted Back Extension

When it comes to relieving back pain with exercise, this is a good routine to include in your daily workout plan. Among those who do workouts on a regular basis or who have worked with trainers, this is a very well-known exercise that is specifically designed to isolate some of the key muscles located deep in the lower back. This is a great workout for building core strength and improving lower back muscle strength so injuries and pulls do not happen as easily or as often. Start on the ground, lying on your stomach. Rotate your feet in slow arches and flex them a few times. Slide your legs together, ensuring that there is still a slight bend at the knees. Straighten your legs slowly as you press your hips and knees against the floor and then slowly lift your elbows so your hands begin to “float” above the ground. Pull your shoulders in a downward pull, tighten the muscles of your lower back and butt, and lift your chest off the ground as much as you can. Keep your neck straight during this entire movement and hold the pose for as long as possible between 10-30 seconds. Simple yet challenging moves like this makes finding relief from back pain easier.

 

4. Eight-Point Plank

A plank is a great exercise and while it targets and abs and chest, this is beneficial for back pain relief because when your core is strong, your back is strong and your body balance and alignment can be preserved. Lie on your stomach, feet pointed and flexed, knees touching, and your elbows just in front of the shoulders. Pull your shoulders down and out so you are pulling away from your ears, and at the same time lightly squeeze the knees and elbows so it feels like they are pulling towards your body and pressing as close as possible to your core and your spine. Press knees, toes, and elbows down into your workout mat and slowly lift your hips up as high as you can- the target height being even with the shoulders. Tighten your core to keep your spine in a long straight extended position. Pull the elbows and knees toward each other and once in this position, hold it for 20 to 30 seconds or for as long as you are able to. It is normal to start to tremble and it is a sign that you’re doing this right and putting the necessary pressure and resistance on the muscles groups being targeted. This move is great for relieving back pain with exercise and stretching routines.

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5. Woodpecker

Like its namesake birth that tips forward during its search for food, this move will strengthen the lower back muscles as well as the large muscle complex of the buttock. Performing this move is relatively easy but equally challenging. From a lunge position, press your weight into the front heel and stretch yourself up nice and tall. Lift the back heel slightly so it comes up off the ground and then slowly stretch your arms out in front and extend them fully. Push butt as far back without moving your knees as far as you can until you feel the slightly pull start in your hamstrings. Your arms are going to naturally start to reach out further forward to act as a counterbalance so you do not fall. At this point you will need to tighten your core so you keep a neutral spine line, and when you have assured your balance, slowly reach the arms overhead. You will hold this pose for about seconds, then return to a neutral position, take a few deep breaths, and then repeat on the other side.

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The Takeaway

Research shows that the spine is one of the integral parts of maintaining a strong and healthy body. By strengthening your back you can relieve your pain and keep other systems and areas of your body in good working order. You’ll be able to reduce pain and stiffness, be more active, and take your health and wellness into your own hands and actually do something about it! With a practice and minimal investment of time and energy you can reap the benefit right from the very first workout! If you are looking for ways to go about relieving back pain with exercise these workouts are a great starting point and can make the path to finding relief from back pain easier!

 

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

7 Things To Do If You Underpronate Or Overpronate

When Feet Overpronate Or Underpronate, Lots Of Leg And Back Problems Follow

It gets a bit of a bad rap, but pronation is actually a natural element of walking. Pronation is what aids the feet’s shock absorbing qualities. So pronation, in and of itself, is not what causes foot and leg pain. But when we overpronate or underpronate…well, that’s another matter.

The technical name for under- or overpronation is supination. When the foot underpronates, the natural act of pronation is too abbreviated. When the foot has a tendency to overpronate, the natural roll inward is too much. Over- and underpronation are among the most common reasons for pain and mobility problems related to the feet and ankles. Abnormal pronation accounts for many postural problems that can lead to chronic, painful lower body conditions.

According to Becker’s Orthopedic Review, orthopedic surgeons now exceed cardiologists in annual earnings. This comes as no surprise to the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), which reports that chronic foot, ankle, knee, and back pain are among the most common reasons patients come to them for therapy. While people are relieved to find an alternative to invasive surgery –which is usually followed by long periods of rehabilitation, they are often shocked to learn that they may have been able to nip their chronic condition in the bud by correcting their feet’s tendency to under- or overpronate.

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It is believed that collapsed arches affect most industrial-world adults.

To one extent or another, collapsed arches (also known as flat feet) are believed to affect the majority of adults in the industrialized world. When feet tend to overpronate, it is usually because of one or more of the following reasons:

  • Footwear doesn’t support the feet properly
  • Weak legs
  • Daily walking on a flat, hard surface

All of the above can contribute to the breakdown of the foot’s soft tissue structures. This can cause joints to become too loose which, in turn, cause the bones in feet to shift.

There is little wonder, then, that feet which under- or overpronate are a regular source of pain. But the foot pain is just part of the story. Walking and posture problems may begin there, but pain and mobility issues regularly migrate upward to affect ankles, calves, and knees. Abnormal pronation can also be the root cause of back pain. When left undiagnosed, over- or underpronation can lead people to misunderstanding the reason for their lower back pain and wondering why they can’t get consistent relief.

Feet that under- or overpronate affect how a person stands, runs, and distributes body weight, increasing the risk of injury during activities like exercising, dancing, or even simply picking up a child or grandchild for a hug.

The Basics Behind Feet That Under- Or Overpronate

Naturally, no one has a body that is perfect in its symmetry and balance. That means that most people’s feet have a tendency to under- or overpronate. The problem occurs when the pronation is excessive to the point that it adversely affects the normal gait cycle.

So what causes the feet to have pronation abnormalities? By and large, it is generally caused by one or more of the following:

  • Muscular compensation that is the body’s response to poor posture or old injuries.
  • Poor running form (particularly common in athletics).
  • When circumstances like too little activity, limited range of motion, or age-related stiffness cause lower body to become weak.
  • Overuse, such as excessive exercise or having to stand for long durations.
  • Cartilage loss in the subtalar joint (where the foot and ankle meet)of the foot.
  • Dysfunction or injury of the tibialis posterior tendon, which attaches the calf muscle to the bones on the inside of the foot.

Typical Symptoms Of Feet That Under- Or Overpronate

Foot pain is, of course, the single most common symptom when a foot tends to under- or overpronate abnormally. Types of pain and other symptoms related to excessive pronation include:

  • Pain that moves from the foot upward. It is usually felt when the sufferer stands for extended periods, walks or runs. It may very well spread from the underfoot to the thighs and even the back.
  • Ankles or heels that swell.
  • Stiffness, loss of function, and a reduction in the foot or lower body’s range of motion.

This all may seem scary. But there is good news. Your feet can be “taught” to improve their function. In most cases, the tendency to under- or overpronate can be “trained” away.

Overpronating Or Underpronating. Which One Is Happening to You?

Overpronation

The tendency to overpronate abnormally happens when the foot rolls excessively when you walk or run. But it can also occur when you stand. Over a period of time, the arches of the feet “collapse” and roll inward, flattening too much toward the ground.

When feet overpronate, the first and second toes are forced to absorb too much shock. When walking or running, the front of the foot must depend too much on the first and second toes to push off the ground. The result of this abnormal pressure can be foot pain. A foot with a tendency to overpronate is more susceptible to injuries such as runner’s knee, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendinitis.

Underpronation

With underpronation, the foot insufficiently rolls when it lands while walking, running, or other foot placement activities. Not enough of the outer foot absorbs the shock.

In the case of underpronation it is the outer toes of the foot that must bear the better part of the weight as the foot pushes away from the ground. Again, foot pain can result. Common injuries include iliotibial band syndrome of the knees, Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. It can also be the underlying reason for general instability and stiffness.

Knowing When You Have A Tendency To Under- Or Overpronate

Make no mistake. The tendency to under- or overpronate abnormally may not be immediately obvious to the untrained eye. The problem can often be caused by very minute changes in ankle, knee, or hip alignment. You may not become aware of abnormal pronation until you notice visible changes in your posture or suffer joint strain.

So, how can the average person be more aware of a tendency to under- or overpronate? One of the best ways is to understand what a healthy posture should look and feel like.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

To check for any tendencies to under- or overpronate, begin at the toes:

  1. Stand with your shoes and socks off. Face straight ahead. With hands resting on thighs, straighten the back upright.
  2. Now look down, checking the stance of legs, ankles, and toes.
  3. The feet and knees should be facing forward or with only a minor external rotation of the toes outward.
  4. The toes should be pointing in the same forward direction as the feet and ankles. There should be no rolling inward or outward of either ankles or knees, other than very slightly.
  5. Do the knees seem to roll inward while the toes point outward? This is an indication of overpronation.
  6. Or do the knees face outward? This is an indication of underpronation.

Another way to check for any tendencies to under- or overpronate is to physically draw a line on the front of your legs (remember! Don’t use permanent marker!). The line should run from the thighs, over the knees, and to the ankles.

Does the line curve at any particular area? If it seems to curve inward, that indicates overpronation. If it seems to curve outward, that indicates underpronation.

How Abnormal Pronation Is Diagnosed

A physical examination of the hips, legs, and feet by a trained professional is the first step. Besides looking for signs of excessive pronation and imbalances, special attention is paid to any loss of function. You’ll be examined for any possible nerve damage as well as other problems with functionality and pain.

Whether you show a tendency to under- or overpronate, a common recommendation is to begin with orthotic shoe inserts. By correcting alignment, these are often effective in the relief of foot pain by resolving abnormal pronation or supporting flat feet.

In severe cases, physical therapy, medication, or regenerative therapy may come into play.

When the feet under- or overpronate to the point where severe problems arise, physical therapy (PT) may be in order. The patient will be trained in custom stretches and exercises designed to retrain the hips, legs, knees, ankles, and feet to balance weight properly.

Feet that under- or overpronate abnormally can, in some cases, contribute to tissue and joint inflammation that can be acute or even chronic. When this happens, anti-inflammatory medication might be prescribed. If pain ever becomes very bad, some doctors might also prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to decrease swelling and tissue/joint inflammation.

Today, regenerative medicine methods like stem cell and/or platelet rich plasma therapies are used regularly when abnormal pronation has caused damage to the joints of the hips and/or knees and ankles. It is quite rare today for patients who suffer from acute or chronic joint or foot pain to have to resort to surgery. But, even in cases where this must be done, regenerative therapies are often used as an auxiliary treatment to speed healing and reduce time spent in rehabilitation.

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5 Ways To Resolve Overpronation Naturally

  1. Make Improvements to Posture and Walking/Running Form

Poor posture and form play a large underlying role in leg, heel, and foot pain. Injury and the tendency of the feet to overpronate can arise repeatedly when posture and/or form issues aren’t corrected.

Among the signs to look for that warn you’re not using correct form in walking or running include:

  • The arches don’t roll upward when your feet strike the ground.
  • The heel strikes the ground too hard and abruptly without rolling evenly forward.
  • The toes don’t lift properly as your foot goes into its forward roll to complete the step.

To help correct any tendencies to overpronate, work on the following:

  • Focus on having the outer side of the foot/heel make first contact with the ground.
  • If you’re a runner, consider landing closer to mid-foot, especially if you’re a heavy heel striker. Work on making a softer landing. When you don’t lead with the heel, landing more lightly becomes natural.
  • Increase your number of steps slightly. A small increase per minute can help keep you find a more naturally healthy foot placement.
  • Avoid making your toes do the bulk of the push at the lift-off point.

Keep in mind that you’ll be teaching your mind and body a new habit in form. If you have a tendency to overpronate, you may have using poor form for years. So be patient with yourself as you develop the new form. Eventually your body will get on board with the better gait and it will feel natural and come more easily to you.

YouTube has many good videos demonstrating good walking form.

  1. Give Your Legs Better and More Frequent Stretches

When you overpronate excessively, the muscles of the legs and lower back experience increased stress. They can feel sore and stiff, which can worsen matters. Ensuring that the legs received proper stretching before and after working out helps increase flexibility, motion range, and circulation.

A good stretch session for your calves and hamstrings can include:

Using a foam roller on your calves just before stretching (assuming your doctor gives you the okay to use one). Foam rollers help loosen knots and micro-tensions. When you find tender spots, focus the roll on each one for about thirty seconds. Remember not to roll back and forth too quickly.

Simple and effective calf raises can be done by sitting on the edge of a couch or chair with your feet flat on the floor. Using one leg at a time, keep the heel of the foot on the floor while you lift and point your toes toward the ceiling. You should feel the stretch in your calf. Maintain the stretch for about thirty seconds, so that you feel a stretch in your calf muscle. Hold for 30 seconds, then do the same with the other leg, three times per leg.

Do some old-fashioned toe touches. In a standing position, make sure your legs are straight. Bend from the waist and stretch as far toward the floor as you safely can. Hold the stretch for about thirty seconds. Toe touches can be done with legs together or stretched wide. You can do the stretch against the wall for a little balance support if needed. Repeat a few times.

Ankle rolls can be done lying on your back. Lift your legs in the air and rotate your ankles gently. Do several rolls clockwise, then counter clockwise. You can do both ankles at once, or lift each leg separately. A few sets per ankle will do nicely.

Consider learning yoga. Yoga’s benefits are many, and two of the prime ones is effective stretching that relieves tight legs and improves overall flexibility.

STRETCHING

  1. Find a Physical Therapist that Specializes in Soft Tissue Massage

A professional soft tissue massage loosens and activates muscles. When used on the lower back, hips, and legs, it aids in the restoration of proper alignment and breaks up tissue adhesions/scar tissue. When applied to the feet, soft tissue massage can help in the alleviation of arch conditions.

If you presently overpronate to excess, don’t be discouraged. Neither over- nor underpronation has to be a permanent condition. Muscles and joints can be trained to distribute body weight in a healthy manner. Professional assistance can make the “re-set” go more easily.

Professional soft tissue massage/functional rehabilitation is especially beneficial for those who must stand for long periods of time daily, those who are professional or serious amateur athletes, or those who are highly active day in and day out.

  1. Make Sure You Wear Quality Support Shoes

Have you looked at the wear pattern on the heels and outsoles of your shoes? When you overpronate, you’ll see more wear on the inward part than the outward. You may even feel the shoes’ tendency to roll inward, especially if they are very worn down. Choosing the right shoes and sneakers can go a long way in helping you avoid lower back, leg, and foot pain.

Below are tips to help you choose the best footwear for those who overpronate:

  • Select thicker, firmer shoes to help with motion stability. Shoes that are flimsy and too flexible offer poor arch support. If you have fallen arches, this can increase your risk of injury.
  • Look for shoes with multi-density midsoles. These are shoes that have more than two layers of density at the center of the shoe’s outsole. The multi-density can help prevent the foot’s tendency to overpronate.
  • Adding quality arch supports to the inner sole your shoes can help relieve foot pain and pressure. These can be custom-made, but well-constructed arch supports that are mass produced are also available.
  1. Properly Treat Calluses & Bunions

When you overpronate, bunions and calluses can form. This can begin an unhealthy cycle, in that bunions and calluses can rub against the shoe, causing you discomfort which –in turn- can promote even more abnormal pronation. Choose wider footwear and properly padding bunions and calluses to help put a stop to the cycle.

If foot pain from bunions and calluses becomes worse, try applying ice several times daily for twenty minutes at a time. Elevating the sore foot helps to reduce swelling. So does a self-applied foot massage using essential oils that are anti-inflammatory, such as peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender.

Underpronation The Problem? Try These Natural Treatments

  1. Loosening Muscles that are Susceptible to Injuries Due to Underponation

The stretching exercises outlined above for those who overpronate are also great for people who underpronate. For those with sufficient overall body strength and flexibility, adding a stretch known as the “crab crawl” or “crab walk” to those above can be a real help.

Try, also, rolling a tennis ball across the length of the bottom of each foot to massage the fascia muscles. If you prefer, massaging the fascia with your hands works well, too.

  1. Strengthening Your Legs

To strengthen weak leg muscles, try the exercises below:

  • Squats
  • Lunges (not just the forward kind, but side lunges, too)
  • Calf Raises
  • Uphill Walking
  • Sprinting
  1. Get Rid of Over-Worn Footwear!

Whether you under- or overpronate, footwear that is too worn should be replaced. This is especially important for people who must stand for long periods or who exercise regularly.

A good way to know if your shoes need to be replaced is to set them on a flat surface. Look at the outer edges. If they tilt outward, you underpronate. If they tilt inward, you overpronate. Those who underpronate will likely have better relief from hip, leg, and foot pain by wearing more flexible, lightweight footwear. Lighter weight shoes tend to hold up better with foot motion for those who underpronate, as opposed to overpronate.

What To Do If Pronation Causes Chronic Pain

In most cases, tendencies to under- or overpronate can be overcome by learning better movement form and correcting poor posture. And the importance of quality, properly fitting shoes that fit every level of activity cannot be stressed enough.

But when pain becomes chronic, it can be due to damage that must be addressed in addition to the above solutions. Today, the therapeutic methods of regenerative medicine has greatly reduced the dependency on surgery for chronic joint, muscle, and tendon injuries that can result from years of abnormal pronation.

As with any medical procedure or physical therapy practice, it is essential that your selected regenerative medicine facility (commonly referred to as a stem cell clinic) be fully licensed and employ trained physicians, therapists, and staff. With that in mind, the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) offers the tips below to help you with your research.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

7 Natural Remedies For Sciatica Pain

These 7 Natural Remedies For Sciatica Pain Really Work!

Has this ever happened to you:

  • Have you woken up with excruciating pain radiating from the upper thigh to your foot?
  • Are you dealing with persistent lower back pain spreading downward that doesn’t stop regardless of what you try?

You might be experiencing sciatic nerve pain, also called sciatica. Sciatica is a condition hallmarked by fiery or throbbing back pain that occurs in the lower lumbar region and/or legs. Sciatica pain originates in the lower spine area. It often comes and goes. But whether it is constant or periodic, there is no doubt that sciatica pain is uniquely agonizing and capable of completely shutting down your day or even several of them in a row.

It may not feel like it when sciatica pain hits, but there is good news about getting relatively fast relief. The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) sees cases of sciatica regularly, and has tips on effective remedies for alleviating the back pain that results from sciatic nerve injury. These tips also help in the overall improvement of spine health, which can in turn help prevent other musculoskeletal injuries to areas like the hips or knees. Continue reading “7 Natural Remedies For Sciatica Pain”

Stem Cell Therapies: Fact vs. Fiction

Wondering If All The Buzz You’ve Been Hearing About Stem Cell Therapies Is Real?

You’ve probably been hearing quite a bit about stem cell therapies and platelet rich plasma treatments already in practice here in the United States. And what people are saying sounds amazing: how the harnessing of the body’s natural regenerative powers through adult stem cells is restoring, re-growing, and repairing so effectively, it’s a true revolution that is changing the face of modern medicine. Continue reading “Stem Cell Therapies: Fact vs. Fiction”

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Stem Cell Use For Spinal Cord Injuries

How Stem Cell Therapy is Being Used for Spinal Cord Injuries

spinal injuryIs stem cell therapy the future in healing spinal cord injuries? Positive results at advanced medical clinics like NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida are pointing in that direction*. Think of the spinal cord as a multi-wired cable running down the center of your back. When those “wires” are damaged or severed, a successful repair system would need to “splice” the damaged or detached ends. Stem cells provide the basic “splicing material” in this exciting new concept in treating spinal injury.* Continue reading “Stem Cell Use For Spinal Cord Injuries”

4 Common Back Pain Conditions to Watch out For

As we grow older, many of us accept that back ache and pain is simply a part of life. We assume that it is a result of aging and that all back pain is one and the same. However, this cannot be farther from the truth. There are many factors that play into back pain as well as a few different types of back pain conditions. Although many of these back pain conditions can be treated with similar procedures or treatments, it’s important to know what type of back pain you suffer from in order to receive the most efficient and effective care. Let’s review 4 of the most common back pain problems that plague many Americans today.

  1. Sciatica

Sciatica may be a result of bone spurs, spinal stenosis (spine narrowing) or herniated discs, all of which can affect your sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back and into the legs. Most sciatica suffers experience a shooting pain through these regions. It typically only affects one side of the body. And even though sciatic pain is often severe, it can be reduced or eliminated with physical therapy or other non-operative treatments like those offered at NSI Stem Cell.*

  1. Facet Joint Syndrome

Facet joint syndrome is characterized by pain and swelling between two spinal vertebrae. It may be due to age, disease, overuse, injury and commonly, osteoarthritis. Pain is usually felt along the thoracic and lumbar region of the back as well as the neck. Many have experienced this gradually, whereas some have noticed pain striking suddenly without any sign. Those with facet joint syndrome often have trouble bending or twisting their back. Treatment can potentially involve physical therapy, spinal injections or regenerative medicine treatment.*

  1. Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a common cause of lower back (lumbar) and cervical (neck) pain, and may appear in people as young as 30. Degenerative disc disease occurs when the spinal discs in your back begin to thin and wear out. “Degenerative disc disease” is actually a misnomer because what is occurring in your spine isn’t actually a “disease” at all. The degeneration of the spinal discs is often a result of aging and daily bodily stress. This involves the discs losing fluid, making them less capable of absorbing shock from our regular movements. The outer layer of spinal discs develops tiny cracks or tears that allow fluid to leak out, leading to bulging, fragmented, or broken discs.

  1. Injuries

Back injuries happen every single day – whether you’re playing a sport, in a car accident, or lifted a heavy item improperly at work. Back injuries are the most common work injuries in America, which are often caused by lifting improperly, falling on a hard surface, or even bending the wrong way. Most back injuries are acute, lasting less than six weeks, but some can be chronic.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

Is Degenerative Disc the Cause of Your Back Pain?

Have you been experiencing neck or low back pain? Is this pain accompanied by numbness or weakness that radiates from your back, through your thighs and into your legs? Or, perhaps these radiating sensations are felt in your shoulders and arms? If this scenario sounds familiar, it’s possible that you might have degenerative disc disease.

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc disease occurs when the spinal discs in your back begin to thin and wear out. The label “degenerative disc disease” is actually a misnomer. What’s really occurring in your spine isn’t actually a “disease” at all. The degeneration of the spinal discs is often a result of aging and daily back and neck stress.

The purpose of these spinal discs is to cushion the vertebrae and aid in our daily movement and activity. However, this becomes difficult when the disc wall breaks down and develops small cracks or tears. The damage then causes the disc to loose nutrients, oxygen and fluid, resulting in a stiff disc.

Ultimately, this disc (which may be classified as a “bulging” or “herniated” disc) is unable to absorb the shock and stress of our movements, which affects the surround nerves and causes pain. Although it is not impossible, degenerative disc disease typically isn’t located in the middle of the back, as this section of the spinal column isn’t subject to the kinds of stresses that the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower) spine are.

How do I know if I have Degenerative Disc Disease?

If you recognize all the symptoms above and are over the age of 50, there is a good chance you have degenerative disc disease. But that doesn’t exempt all the other patients who might not be over 50 or display the exact same symptoms.

Whenever a patient walks through our doors complaining of back pain, we always perform a thorough physical examination and take a detailed medical history. Our job is to get to know the patient, inquire about their daily chores and activities (like their active routine or the sports they participate in), and find out if their back has been under any strenuous work. We check the patient’s reflexes and the range of motion of their arms and legs. We also note any tender areas and rule out fractures, tumors or infections that can be contributing or causing the pain.

It’s our job to get to the root of the problem and diagnose any other issues along the way. Being seen by a medical professional with the proper training and equipment is the only way to be certain of degenerative disc disease. Failing to seek professional help may worsen the situation, as not all back pain should be treated the same.

What Can Be Done About Degenerative Disc Disease?

There are more traditional methods for treating back pain for temporary relief, but, we offer our patients stem cell injection procedures for long-lasting results.* With stem cell treatment, we can get right to the route of the problem and begin the healing and regeneration of damaged or injured tissue, bone, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.* By repairing the body, we can restore function to the back and reduce pain – not to mention the benefits of avoiding possible surgeries and extended periods of physical rehabilitation.*

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

Degenerative Disc Back Pain?

Is Degenerative Disc the Cause of Your Back Pain?

Have you been experiencing neck or low back pain? Is this pain accompanied by numbness or weakness that radiates from your back, through your thighs and into your legs? Or, perhaps these radiating sensations are felt in your shoulders and arms? If this scenario sounds familiar, it’s possible that you might have degenerative disc disease. Continue reading “Degenerative Disc Back Pain?”