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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.

Yes! Dry Needling For CRPS Pain Relief

Does Dry Needling Really Work For CRPS Pain Relief? Experts Say Yes!

Relief from one of modern medicine’s most challenging nerve diseases is a pin prick away, according to medical experts at the Cleveland Clinic. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a rare but very real condition that is recognized by the U.S. FDA. This neuro-inflammatory disorder is diagnosed in no less that 200,000 Americans annually. The primary cause of CRPS pain is the misfiring of nerves, which signals intensely high levels of pain to the brain.

CRPS pain usually develops following an injury that is musculoskeletal in nature (injuries to a muscle, bone, tendon, or to blood vessels, nerves and other soft tissue). The injury can be accidental or surgical in nature. It can also follow prolonged immobilization after an injury or physical trauma.

Historically, this difficult to diagnose nerve disorder has been equally difficult to treat. The tendency has been to rely on medications that put the sufferer at risk of dependency. But, now, the therapy known as dry needling has been confirmed to make a significant difference in CRPS pain relief by researchers at some of the most respected medical research facilities in the United States.

DRY NEEDLINGThe Cleveland Clinic says yes to dry needling for CRPS pain

According to the Cleveland Clinic, “Yes, dry needling for CRPS is particularly effective if there is myofascial (muscle) dysfunction. Treating the myofascial (muscle) dysfunction effectively may reduce the other all effect of CRPS pain.”

But, what exactly is dry needling and how exactly does it help CRPS pain? The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), one of the leading regenerative clinics in the United States, takes a closer look at this exciting new tool for relieving the intense pain of complex regional pain syndrome.

Dry Needling: What Is It?

Dry needling is a therapy that employs several extremely thin needles. The needles are gently inserted into the skin, stimulating key trigger points. The therapy is becoming more widely available at medical clinics and rehabilitation facilities as confirmation of its effectiveness has grown. Particularly in more advanced clinics that practice a multi-faceted approach to pain therapy, dry needling is used to address the symptoms of a number of diseases and disorders, including CRPS pain and symptoms.

Dry needling helps to release painful muscle co-contractions, including like trigger points. Trigger points are hard knots that form in muscles and cause intense pain. This pain can spread across a large area. The co-contractions common in CRPS pain can be so severe that they can interrupt the simplest of daily activities and chronically affect quality of life.

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Dry Needling: What It Is Not

Dry needling is not the same as another needling technique known as wet needling. Wet needling uses hollow-bore needles to deliver corticosteroids, anesthetics, and other medications into key areas. A dry needle is a solid filament. Dry needling works without the insertion of any substance. It is used to address muscle, ligament, and tendon issues. But dry needling can also be used in a medically cosmetic method to address problems with scar tissue and acne.

Dry needling is not acupuncture. Acupuncture is an energy-based therapy that centers on creating balance within the body as a whole. Dry needling is very region-specific, focusing on exact areas of co-contractions like trigger points. For CRPS pain, the results can be significant.

The Science Behind Dry Needling For CRPS Pain

The Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, published findings from some of the best clinical studies to date on the effects of dry needling for symptoms like those involved with CRPS pain. The researchers discovered that dry needle therapy has a high effectiveness rate when it comes to myofascial (muscle) pain. The relief of myofascial pain may have a cascade effect on other symptoms of CRPS.

When used in a suite of therapies that address CRPS pain –such as nutritional counseling, platelet rich plasma and/or stem cell therapy- dry needling can help dramatically restore quality of life to pain sufferers.

Myofascial trigger points are not a symptom of CRPS alone. But those who suffer from complex regional pain syndrome know the debilitating effects of them all too well. Since CRPS can result from muscle injury, the pain of trigger points is an all-too-often symptom. The slightest touch or the gentlest of presses on these trigger points can cause intense pain that may well erupt in other areas as well.

How Dry Needling Therapy Is Done

Whether for CRPS pain or other types of conditions, the basics of dry needling are the same. Here’s the step-by-step breakdown of dry needling therapy:

  1. The therapist palpates the targeted muscle area to locate the exact point of the hyper-irritation. To palpate is a medical term that simply means the therapist gently makes contact with the patient’s skin in order to feel the precise regions of pain or tenderness. Depending on the location and orientation of the affected muscle, the therapist will either gently pinch the skin between her fingers in order to insert the dry needle, or use her finger or thumb tip to softly but directly press the location of the trigger point.
  2. While depressing or gently pinching up the skin, the therapist uses her free hand to take up the needle. The needle is sterile and housed inside a small holding tube. The therapist will position the tube over the area in need of therapy, then tap or flick the tube. This drops the dry needle, which slightly penetrates the skin.
  3. The therapist then guides the needle more directly into the trigger point until she notices resistance at the point, or sees the patient’s natural local twitch response. This is a reflexive action that is triggered by the needle’s penetration. Studies tell us that the local twitch response is an indication of relief or loosening happening within the affected area. When the person being treated has an involuntary twitch response, it’s an indication that the right spot has been hit.
  4. Once the trigger point is located by the needle, the therapist draws the needle slightly back until it is positioned in tissue directly beneath the skin but still firmly embedded within the skin.
  5. The needle will then be redirected toward the remaining trigger points as needed.
  6. Once the needle fully withdraws, the therapist applies pressure directly at the insertion point as an aid in preventing any swelling or soreness that may occur.

What Dry Needling Is Used For

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), says that trigger points play an important role in many types of illnesses and disorders. These include:

  • Migraine
  • Tension style headache
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Computer related injury conditions
  • Whiplash related conditions
  • Spinal dysfunction
  • Pelvic pain
  • Shingles induced neuralgia
  • CRPS pain
  • Nocturnal cramping
  • Phantom pains
  • Tendonitis
  • Disc pathologies
  • Joint problems

Dry needling is also used in therapies that address dysfunction occurring in connective tissues. It is used to reduce impairment of body structure and function, helping to promote improved activity and participation.

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Three Main Benefits Of Dry Needling

  1. Pain Reduction

A number of medical studies, including a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, have shown that immediate improvement in conditions like CRPS pain can be achieved by targeting trigger points with dry needle therapy. The 2007 study incorporated fourteen patients who had bilateral shoulder pain (pain in both shoulders) with active myofascial trigger points. Dry needle therapy was applied to one shoulder while the other shoulder served as the control.

Dry needle therapy was shown to increase both active and passive ranges of internal rotation motion within the treated shoulder. The intensity of pain in the shoulder that received the therapy was significantly reduced also.

  1. Improvement in Movement

Research both past and ongoing tells us that patients who undergo dry needle therapy, paired with therapy designed around movement, report the ability to move more fluidly. In 2010, the journal Acupuncture in Medicine reported on a study that followed four international female volleyball athletes who underwent dry needling while in a month-long intense competitive phase. Three criteria in particular were focused on: range of motion, strength and pain. Assessments were made before and after therapy. Scoring in all three criteria showed measurable improvement following therapy. Of particular note were the athletes’ abilities to continue with overhead activities, proving that dry needle therapy doesn’t result in functional weakness or reduced motion range immediately after therapy.

Experts see similar results in practical applications at physical therapy facilities. This is particularly true in clinics that provide not just medical methods like regenerative medicine, but make up a comprehensive facility that encompasses medical intervention, functional rehabilitation, and nutritional counseling. Taking a three-prong therapy approach has been sown to be a boon to those who suffer from chronic symptoms like CRPS pain.what is dry needling

  1. Speeding Up Recovery Time

Dry needling helps patients feel pain relief quickly. The majority of patients get relief immediately following their first therapy session. Reports released by the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, tell us that functionality is restored far more rapidly when dry needling is included in patient therapy packages.

A 2012 study published by the Wiley Periodicals specifically focused on the affects of dry needling on CRPS pain and symptoms. The study showed reduction of warmth, redness, and swelling after each dry needling session. This, in turn, enabled pain-free passive mobilization. Range of motion also improved, whether the therapy was done for CRPS pain for the limbs, hands/fingers, or feet/toes. All patients in the study progressed from total disability to full motor recovery, and were able to take up their usual activities thereafter.

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Dry Needling: Is It Right For Everyone?

It is the rare patient that does not benefit from dry needle therapy. By and large, it is people who have a significant needle phobia or other anxiety issues regarding needles who may not be good candidates for it. Additionally, dry needling is not recommended for patients under the age of 12.

Side effects are infrequent, but in cases where patients experience them, they tend to be the following:

  • Pain during initial needle insertion
  • Muscle soreness
  • Fatigue
  • Bruising

As with any therapeutic procedure, dry needling should be done by a skilled physical therapist. The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) strongly recommends that those interested in dry needling do thorough research into the facilities being considered. That being stated, dry needling as a therapy for CRPS pain and symptoms –and the other many conditions that are routinely treated through dry needle therapy- is a non-drug alternative that has now been well-established as safe and effective. And it carries the added benefit of giving patients significantly improved range of motion and joint use immediately following therapy.

Keep in mind that it is typical for patients to need several dry needling therapy sessions in order for total function to be restored. However, the majority of patients feel noticeable improvement immediately after each therapy session, which increases steadily with each session.

Regardless of the above stated side effects, by and large dry needling has a reputation for being relatively painless. Typically, needle insertion isn’t felt, and the local twitch response that is an integral part of the therapy generally rouses only a very brief pain response. Patients report that it feels most like a mild shock or cramping. Feeling the local twitch response is, in fact, a positive thing as it is the natural, therapeutic reaction that lets both patient and therapist know the intended trigger point has been hit and is responding to therapy.

Summing It All Up

  • Dry needling is an established method of orthopedic manual physical therapy.
  • Dry needling is done by pushing a very thin needle through the skin so that a trigger point causing symptoms such as CRPS pain and disability will be stimulated toward relief and healing.
  • The dry needle is designed to penetrate trigger points, stimulating what is known as the local twitch response. It is this response that tells the therapist that the trigger point has been hit and a therapeutic response will follow.
  • Dry needle therapy is a safe, effective, non-drug option for any patient without needle anxiety issues and for people over 12 years of age.
  • People who choose dry needle therapy experience immediate benefits in range of motion and use of joints. Depending on the condition and its severity, several therapy sessions may be needed for full elimination of symptoms.

Dry needling is now an established therapy for the relief of CRPS pain and many of its symptoms. It can help reduce or, in some cases, eliminate pain medication dependency. For those who know the cascading effects of CRPS pain, dry needling is one of advanced medicine’s best weapons against complex regional pain syndrome.

When seeking out a qualified dry needling therapist, be sure to research your options thoroughly. NSI recommends seeking therapy for CRPS pain that is practiced by experts in a facility that takes a multi-faceted approach to treatment. Below, NSI offers tips on how to ensure you are going to a legitimate, licensed clinic.

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.

Reversing Brain Injury: 6 Effective Therapies

These 6 Therapies Are Repairing The Damage Of Brain Injury Right Now!

In May of this year, an expert in neuroscience delivered exciting news to a roomful of medical professionals. It was a watershed moment for one of today’s fastest growing and most challenging neurological dilemmas: traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI has been brought into public focus because of the devastating effects of NFL brain trauma like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative disease caused by TBI. Continue reading “Reversing Brain Injury: 6 Effective Therapies”

Myths And Realities About Far-Infrared Therapy

Been Hearing About The Benefits Of Far-Infrared Therapy? Here’s The Science Behind It

The benefits of using heat in physical therapy are undeniable. In particular, the use of hot stones has been known for centuries. This knowledge has been built upon year by year, but never has heat therapy in the service of functional rehabilitation become as developed and improved upon as in this century.

Today, we know more about how and why certain natural elements in select, precious stones promote a deeper, more effective heat treatment. Jade is one, tourmaline is the other, and both have exceptional qualities that go far beyond other stones in delivering effective, safe, deep heat therapy for chronic pain.

bath

But it’s been discovered that they do so much more than that. These semi-precious stones are known to help break up fat, increase energy, and boost metabolism. They aid in the healing of certain chronic illnesses like diabetes, autoimmune disease, and mood disorders.

How can a couple of semi-precious stones do all this? First, let’s separate the myth from the established facts about the therapeutic qualities of jade and tourmaline.

benefits of jade

The 2 Main Elements Behind Far-Infrared Therapy

  1. Jade

Jade has been one of the most sought after semi-precious stones for thousands of years. Known for its deep green luster, the beauty of this stone has been the pride of royalty throughout Asia and Europe.

But jade’s beauty is more than skin deep. The Chinese held it in higher regard than gold, believing it could bring health, wealth, and longevity. Other ancient civilizations prized it as therapy for kidney conditions and adrenal gland disorders. While claims of ancient miracles can’t be substantiated, modern research does confirm which historical claims of the healing elements of jade actually do fit into modern medicine.

When exposed to far-infrared heat, jade absorbs and then emits these light waves. Far-infrared (FIR) is a longer light wave than typical infrared wave, and the rays of far-infrared are not harmful like those in ultra violet (UV) spectrum. FIR can only be experienced as heat. In fact, you’ve experienced it if you’ve ever laid in the sun and felt its deep-penetrating heat. Far-infrared is an isolated wave with no dangerous effects whatsoever.

FIR is also a valuable quality in the use of therapeutics. Far-infrared has an exceptional ability to penetrate deep into the tissues of the body, speeding the relief of pain both chronic and acute. FIR can even penetrate to the bone. It stimulates blood circulation, and is a proven element in the reduction of tension and stress whether physical or neurological. All this adds up to highly improved flexibility, an essential element in physical rehabilitation.

Far infrared is also known for its mood enhancing capabilities. This is due to FIR’s emissions of negative ions. Negative ions act as natural antidepressants by oxygenating the brain and regenerating the blood. Unlike many man-made pharmaceuticals, negative ions have no negative side effects.

Medicinal qualities of jade that have been scientifically research include:

  • As a detox aid by strengthening the body’s filtration and cleansing systems
  • Immune system booster
  • As an aid in improve heart, lung, and thymus functions
  • As a therapy for back pain
  • As a therapy for sciatica
  • As a therapy for deep muscle tissue
  • As a treatment for hypertension
  • As a treatment for arthritis
  • As a therapy for mood disorders

In fact, jade is an effective treatment for any general acute or chronic body pain that is conventionally treated with painkillers or massage therapy. And the relief lasts for hours, not minutes.

handmade-bowl

  1. Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a semi-precious mineral related to granite. Within the black background of tourmaline, vibrant colors can range from of magenta, teal, bright green or yellow. Like jade, tourmaline has highly therapeutic qualities related to its ability to absorb and emit heat. This remarkable heat retention quality may account for ancient lore about its supernatural qualities.

Regardless of whether those ancient claims are true or not, what is established is that tourmaline has exceptional conductivity qualities, emits negative ions, and absorbs and conducts far-infrared rays.

Known qualities of tourmaline include:

  • Aiding in detoxification
  • The support of fat loss
  • As an aid in the reduction of water retention
  • Improved circulation
  • As a support for liver and kidney functions
  • As a mood enhancer
  • As an aid in the reduction of lactic acids and free fatty acids

Professional athletes who use tourmaline report greater performance. Among them is Swedish Olympic swim champion Glen Christiansen, who says that tourmaline allows him to recover more quickly after intense workouts. Many people –men and women like- who use tourmaline also report the pleasant side effect of boosted sexual vitality.

stonemassage

The Therapeutic Forms Of Jade And Tourmaline

Physical therapists and functional rehabilitation specialists have begun using jade and tourmaline in a variety of therapeutic methods. Of these, the majority support the use of products and equipment produced by Therasage, a company that specializes in professional physical therapy aids and gear. Below are four primary methods of using the therapeutic qualities of jade and tourmaline.

  1. Sauna

This method uses a portable, enclosed system that fully surrounds the body. This allows the four main qualities of jade and tourmaline –deep heat therapy, detoxification, blood circulation, and blood oxygenation- to fully envelope and penetrate the entire body.

  1. Full Length Healing Pad

This form of therapeutic equipment more directly pinpoints the front, side, or back by positioning the patient in a reclining position. The natural jade emits far-infrared heat that penetrates as deeply as two to three inches into the body. The quality and depth of these jade healing pads far exceed the typical pain relief and flexibility experienced through conventional therapeutic heating pads generally used by physical therapists.

  1. Bio Bands

These therapeutic bracelets are often recommended by physical therapists for patients who need a more constant feed of pain relief. Safe for anyone and any age the bracelets offer effective, consistent treatment for pain and muscle or joint stiffness. They are also known to increase mobility and promote feeling of overall health and wellbeing.

  1. Healing Belts

These specialized belts apply very specific deep-heat therapeutic benefits to the back, waist and stomach/mid abdominal areas. Using the natural qualities of tourmaline and jade the belts not only provide excellent directed pain relief, they excite the body’s cells in these areas. This stimulates the expulsion of toxins that are stored within fat cells. This metabolic action also breaks up and emulsifies fat clusters. These particular healing belts are prized among many rehabilitation professionals as one of the most advanced and effective dual purpose therapeutic belts available today.

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Where Is Far-Infrared Therapy Practiced?

Among leading physicians who advocate for more natural and effective therapeutic practices is regenerative medicine specialist Dr. Eric Edgerton of the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI). So much so, that Dr. Edgerton has directed the Institute’s functional rehabilitation department to include the use of far-infrared therapeutic equipment whenever appropriate during physical therapy.

You can learn more about the science behind the therapeutic effects of far-infrared therapy at the site of noted natural medicine expert Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS.

Are You A Candidate For Far-Infrared Therapy?

Wondering if far-infrared therapy is right for your illness, injury, or chronic condition? You’re likely a good candidate if:

  • You suffer from cardiovascular disease
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have diabetes
  • You have congestive heart failure
  • You have chronic fatigue
  • You have rheumatoid arthritis
  • You suffer from depression
  • You have poor digestion
  • You have chronic muscle or joint pain

But the above are not the only conditions that may be improved through far-infrared therapy. NSI is happy to answer any questions you may have about the long-lasting therapeutic effects of this advanced, yet natural remedy for chronic pain, disorders, and illness.

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.

Cellular Healing Power Of Infrared Therapy Is Revealed

Heared About The Cellular Healing Benefits Of Far-Infrared Therapy? Here’s The Science Behind It…

The benefits of using heat in physical therapy are undeniable. In particular, the use of hot stones has been known for centuries. This knowledge has been built upon year by year, but never has heat therapy in the service of functional rehabilitation become as developed and improved upon as in this century.

Today, we know more about how and why certain natural elements in select, precious stones promote a deeper, more effective heat treatment. Jade is one, tourmaline is the other, and both have exceptional qualities that go far beyond other stones in delivering effective, safe, deep heat therapy for chronic pain.

bath

But it’s been discovered that they do so much more than that. These semi-precious stones are known to help break up fat, increase energy, and boost metabolism. They aid in the healing of certain chronic illnesses like diabetes, autoimmune disease, and mood disorders.

How can a couple of semi-precious stones do all this? First, let’s separate the myth from the established facts about the therapeutic qualities of jade and tourmaline.

benefits of jade

The 2 Main Elements Behind Far-Infrared Therapy

  1. Jade

Jade has been one of the most sought after semi-precious stones for thousands of years. Known for its deep green luster, the beauty of this stone has been the pride of royalty throughout Asia and Europe.

But jade’s beauty is more than skin deep. The Chinese held it in higher regard than gold, believing it could bring health, wealth, and longevity. Other ancient civilizations prized it as therapy for kidney conditions and adrenal gland disorders. While claims of ancient miracles can’t be substantiated, modern research does confirm which historical claims of the healing elements of jade actually do fit into modern medicine.

When exposed to far-infrared heat, jade absorbs and then emits these light waves. Far-infrared (FIR) is a longer light wave than typical infrared wave, and the rays of far-infrared are not harmful like those in ultra violet (UV) spectrum. FIR can only be experienced as heat. In fact, you’ve experienced it if you’ve ever laid in the sun and felt its deep-penetrating heat. Far-infrared is an isolated wave with no dangerous effects whatsoever.

FIR is also a valuable quality in the use of therapeutics. Far-infrared has an exceptional ability to penetrate deep into the tissues of the body, speeding the relief of pain both chronic and acute. FIR can even penetrate to the bone. It stimulates blood circulation, and is a proven element in the reduction of tension and stress whether physical or neurological. All this adds up to highly improved flexibility, an essential element in physical rehabilitation.

Far infrared is also known for its mood enhancing capabilities. This is due to FIR’s emissions of negative ions. Negative ions act as natural antidepressants by oxygenating the brain and regenerating the blood. Unlike many man-made pharmaceuticals, negative ions have no negative side effects.

Medicinal qualities of jade that have been scientifically research include:

  • As a detox aid by strengthening the body’s filtration and cleansing systems
  • Immune system booster
  • As an aid in improve heart, lung, and thymus functions
  • As a therapy for back pain
  • As a therapy for sciatica
  • As a therapy for deep muscle tissue
  • As a treatment for hypertension
  • As a treatment for arthritis
  • As a therapy for mood disorders

In fact, jade is an effective treatment for any general acute or chronic body pain that is conventionally treated with painkillers or massage therapy. And the relief lasts for hours, not minutes.

handmade-bowl

  1. Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a semi-precious mineral related to granite. Within the black background of tourmaline, vibrant colors can range from of magenta, teal, bright green or yellow. Like jade, tourmaline has highly therapeutic qualities related to its ability to absorb and emit heat. This remarkable heat retention quality may account for ancient lore about its supernatural qualities.

Regardless of whether those ancient claims are true or not, what is established is that tourmaline has exceptional conductivity qualities, emits negative ions, and absorbs and conducts far-infrared rays.

Known qualities of tourmaline include:

  • Aiding in detoxification
  • The support of fat loss
  • As an aid in the reduction of water retention
  • Improved circulation
  • As a support for liver and kidney functions
  • As a mood enhancer
  • As an aid in the reduction of lactic acids and free fatty acids

Professional athletes who use tourmaline report greater performance. Among them is Swedish Olympic swim champion Glen Christiansen, who says that tourmaline allows him to recover more quickly after intense workouts. Many people –men and women like- who use tourmaline also report the pleasant side effect of boosted sexual vitality.

stonemassage

 

The Therapeutic Forms Of Jade And Tourmaline

Physical therapists and functional rehabilitation specialists have begun using jade and tourmaline in a variety of therapeutic methods. Of these, the majority support the use of products and equipment produced by Therasage, a company that specializes in professional physical therapy aids and gear. Below are four primary methods of using the therapeutic qualities of jade and tourmaline.

  1. Sauna

This method uses a portable, enclosed system that fully surrounds the body. This allows the four main qualities of jade and tourmaline –deep heat therapy, detoxification, blood circulation, and blood oxygenation- to fully envelope and penetrate the entire body.

therasage infrared suana

Thera360 Portable Sauna

Featuring exclusive Natural Earth Element Infrared heating panels, with natural Tourmaline gem stones, to generate an abundance of negative ions, and bathe your body from every angel in gentle full spectrum Infrared frequencies and negative ions.

Our unique method to shield harmful EMF’s allows the body to absorb the maximum healing benefits of our Thera360 InfraRed sauna.

  • Minimal Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF)
  • Antibacterial material
  • Dimensions: 34″L x 26″W x 40H” and approximately 1/2″ thick
  • InfraRed Full Spectrum Ultra Wave Frequencies plus infrared foot pad
  • Natural Tourmaline Stones for maximum heat transfer and Negative Ion release
  • Advanced Earthing Technology for polarity balancing and grounding

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  1. Full Length Healing Pad

This form of therapeutic equipment more directly pinpoints the front, side, or back by positioning the patient in a reclining position. The natural jade emits far-infrared heat that penetrates as deeply as two to three inches into the body. The quality and depth of these jade healing pads far exceed the typical pain relief and flexibility experienced through conventional therapeutic heating pads generally used by physical therapists.

Heating Pad Large

The difference is Infrared heat. Conventional pads use heating coils and emit high levels of electromagnetic radiation, or EMF. Such products only heat your skin. Our unique Far Infrared Pads, with enhanced therapeutic benefits through TheraFusion Technology, effectively relieves pain, increases circulation and naturally removes harmful toxins. Infrared technology is the wave of the future in the health and wellness industry. Our uniquely crafted heating pads, with natural jade stones, use Far Infrared heat to penetrate deep into your body for optimal relaxation and pain relief.

  • Minimal Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF)
  • Antibacterial material

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  1. Bio Bands

These therapeutic bracelets are often recommended by physical therapists for patients who need a more constant feed of pain relief. Safe for anyone and any age the bracelets offer effective, consistent treatment for pain and muscle or joint stiffness. They are also known to increase mobility and promote feeling of overall health and wellbeing.

biobands

Bio Bands Energy Bracelets for Men, Women & Children

Incorporating Far Infrared technology, Negative Ions, Germanium and high powered Neodymium magnets. These fashionable bracelets combine form with function, as these elements work together and can be effective in treating pain, alleviating stiffness, increasing mobility and promoting general well being. The combination of Negative Ions, Germanium and Far Infrared, and Neodymium magnets make these bracelets the ultimate golf /sports energy and health bracelet on the market today.

  • Temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain and stiffness
  • Temporary relief of joint pain associated with arthritis, muscle spasms, minor strains, and sprains, and minor
  • Muscular back pain
  • Muscular relaxation
  • Temporary increase of local circulation
  • Features negative ions which are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments; such as near mountains, waterfalls, and beaches. Once they reach to our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions helping to relieve stress & depression.

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  1. Heating Belts

These specialized belts apply very specific deep-heat therapeutic benefits to the back, waist and stomach/mid abdominal areas. Using the natural qualities of tourmaline and jade the belts not only provide excellent directed pain relief, they excite the body’s cells in these areas. This stimulates the expulsion of toxins that are stored within fat cells. This metabolic action also breaks up and emulsifies fat clusters. These particular healing belts are prized among many rehabilitation professionals as one of the most advanced and effective dual purpose therapeutic belts available today.

HEATING BELTS – BUY HERE!

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Where Is Far-Infrared Therapy Practiced?

Among leading physicians who advocate for more natural and effective therapeutic practices is regenerative medicine specialist Dr. Eric Edgerton of the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI). So much so, that Dr. Edgerton has directed the Institute’s functional rehabilitation department to include the use of far-infrared therapeutic equipment whenever appropriate during physical therapy.

You can learn more about the science behind the therapeutic effects of far-infrared therapy at the site of noted natural medicine expert Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS.

Are You A Candidate For Far-Infrared Therapy?

Wondering if far-infrared therapy is right for your illness, injury, or chronic condition? You’re likely a good candidate if:

  • You suffer from cardiovascular disease
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have diabetes
  • You have congestive heart failure
  • You have chronic fatigue
  • You have rheumatoid arthritis
  • You suffer from depression
  • You have poor digestion
  • You have chronic muscle or joint pain

But the above are not the only conditions that may be improved through far-infrared therapy. NSI is happy to answer any questions you may have about the long-lasting therapeutic effects of this advanced, yet natural remedy for chronic pain, disorders, and illness.

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.

6 Natural Ways To Treat The Symptoms Of MS

You Can Be Pro-Active In Managing The Symptoms Of MS. Here’s How!

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is classified as an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is a malfunction of the immune system. The immune system mistakes the body’s own cells for foreign invaders and attacks them. In the case of MS, it attacks the central nervous system.

While MS is known to mostly affect women, men can also fall victim. Multiple sclerosis knows no age limits, but usually is diagnosed in people aged twenty to forty. Today, multiple sclerosis has been diagnosed in over 2.5 million people throughout the world, with at least 400,000 people suffering the symptoms of MS right here in the U.S.

The symptoms of MS are caused by erosion of the myelin sheath, which surrounds and protects nerve cells. When the myelin sheath is damaged so, too, is the nerve exposed to damage. This causes signals being emitted by the nerve to slow or stop altogether.

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At their core, the symptoms of MS are the result of inflammation

This happens when our bodies’ immune system confuses the elements of the nervous system as foreign objects and attacks them. The entire nervous system is vulnerable to multiple sclerosis, and damage can occur anywhere within the brain or the spinal cord.

The origin cause of MS is still unknown. But high on the list of culprits are infection, toxicity (such as mold), excessive traumatic or emotional stress, hormonal imbalance, deficiencies in vitamin D, and food allergies.

The Symptoms of MS

Symptoms of MS are notorious for how widely they vary. However, certain ones are the most common. They include:

  • Vision Problems
  • Difficulty in Thinking Clearly
  • Poor Coordination
  • Balance Troubles
  • A Sense of Numbness or Tingling
  • Arm or Leg Weakness

There is no single, neat formula for what to expect in the symptoms of MS. Every patient experiences them differently and at different levels of intensity. It’s possible to suffer a single symptom, then live your life for weeks, months, or even years without experiencing any other types of symptoms. Or symptoms can occur just once, and never recur. For others, the symptoms of MS can worsen over the course of weeks or months.

Multiple sclerosis is among the most common degenerative conditions seen at the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading regenerative medicine facility in the United States. The good news is that with today’s regenerative treatments like stem cell therapy for MS, strides are being made in the relief and even remission of this chronic disease. Reversal in damage done by multiple sclerosis is a regular occurrence for many.

Especially in cases of chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis, NSI strongly urges that patients take a pro-active role in treating their symptoms of MS in order to build upon the health and function that returns during and after treatment. With that in mind, the Institute recommends augmenting medical treatment with these six natural ways to help alleviate the symptoms of MS.

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#1: Foods That Help Relieve Symptoms Of MS

Food plays an important role in managing the symptoms of MS. A diet high in healthy fats and nutrients is essential for this. Foods that aid in managing multiple sclerosis symptoms include:

Food that are Unprocessed. Good choices are whole foods, preferably organically grown and as unprocessed as is possible.

Coconut Oil. This delicious oil is known for its large amounts of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA). These fatty acids are highly beneficial for the brain and nervous system.

Fresh Veggies and Fruit. The more colorful the fruit or vegetable, the higher its antioxidant count, which is a critical player in the prevention of damage from free radicals.

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Omega-3 Fats. These healthy fats are most abundant in fish that are wild-caught. Omega-3 fats help in the reduction of inflammation, one of the primary causes of symptoms of MS.

Cabbage and Sprouts. Both cabbage and bean sprouts are rich in lecithin. Studies done on the benefits of lecithin show that this essential fat for cell health may go a long way in helping to strengthen nerves and keep the myelin sheath intact.

Avoid these Foods if You have Multiple Sclerosis

Food that is Processed. Since there seems to be a connection between toxins and the recurrence in the symptoms of MS, reduce exposure to chemicals and toxins as much as possible when making food choices. Processed foods usually contain high quantities of chemical preservatives and flavor enhancers.

Gluten. Usually, multiple sclerosis sufferers are gluten intolerant. If this is the case for you, avoid foods that have this protein compound. It can make a big difference in flare ups and the intensity of symptoms of MS.

Food Allergens. Have a food allergy? Even if it doesn’t seem to be related to your symptoms of MS, it is likely contributing their recurrence or severity. Avoid foods that you suspect you may be allergic to.

Processed Sugar. Any type of processed sugar will interfere with the body’s immune response. The result is systemic inflammation and premature aging. Even in cases of natural sugars like honey, go lightly in order to help reduce chances of flare-ups.

Alcohol. Not just in products like liquor, beer, and wine, alcohol in any form can increase inflammation and produce a toxic environment within the body. Go alcohol free as much as possible, even in products as seemingly innocent as mouth washes.

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#2 Through #5: The Right Vitamins And Minerals

Fish Oil. Fish oil continues to prove highly valuable in reducing inflammation. It is also known to support improved nerve function. Taking a 2,000mg daily supplement is a great way to help manage symptoms of MS.

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High Potency Multi-Vitamins. Select high potency when shopping for your multi-vitamins. These provide the right amounts of the basic nutrients that affect immune function.

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Digestive Enzymes. These are enzymes that break down polymeric macromolecules into their smaller building blocks. This is what facilitates their absorption into the body. They are essential in breaking down starches into sugar and protein into amino acids. Taking one or two capsules at each meal may aid digestion and help in the reduction of autoimmune reactions to foods.

Vitamin D3. This vitamin is an immune system modulator aid. It also supports the healthy functioning of the brain. Adding 5000 IU daily to your supplement regimen can go a long way in helping to control the symptoms of MS.

Vitamin B12. This vitamin is related to the healthy formation of nerves. Include 1000 mcg daily.

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Astaxanthin is a potent carotenoid antioxidant. It’s known for supporting the brain and nervous system. You can get it through wild caught salmon or in supplement form. Taking 2 mg once or twice daily will do nicely.

Try These Essential Oils For Treating The Symptoms Of MS

Essential oils have been proving their worth as health aids for centuries. Regarding the symptoms of MS, frankincense and helichrysum are especially supportive in neurological function. The frankincense should be taken internally on a cycle of two drops three times a day for three weeks, break for one week, then return to the two drops three times a day for three weeks. Repeat the cycle.

Helichrysum oil is derived from plants found in the sunflower family. Its restorative properties provide excellent support to the skin, liver, and nervous system. Use it by rubbing two drops to the temples and neck twice a day.

Basil and cypress oils, meanwhile, are known for improving circulation and muscle tone. Both of these qualities can help reduce the symptoms of MS. Rub several drops of one or both into your palms and massage into muscles.

#6: Regenerative Medicine Therapy

Today, the best treatment for the symptoms of MS is a three-prong approach. Regenerative medicine methods are considered in the class of disease-modifying treatments. This is because regenerative techniques like stem cell therapy for MS have the ability to address the core cause of symptoms.

All healing and regeneration begins at the cellular level

Regardless of the reason for the damage -whether illness, injury, or chronic disorders-the stem cell’s most essential purpose is as a building block that repairs that damage. They replace, repair, heal, or re-grow whatever is in need within the body.

Multiple sclerosis is a case in which the body’s nerves have been attacked by the immune system. So one of the goals of stem cell therapy is to heal nerve damage and re-grow healthy nerve tissue as needed. Myelin sheaths can only be repaired or re-grown on the cellular level. Because of stem cells’ plasticity, their abilities to address the relapses and symptoms of MS make them a natural and effective treatment.

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Advanced regenerative medicine facilities like the National Stem Cell Institute strictly comply with FDA guidelines

These guidelines require minimal manipulation of the patient’s stem cells. NSI has developed treatment that is very minimally invasive and is done on an outpatient basis with no recovery time needed after therapy.

Stem cell therapy for MS is rigidly controlled under exacting sterile conditions and done entirely in-house. There is no risk of rejection, since NSI procedures work exclusively with the patient’s own stem cells derived from a small sample of fatty tissue.

In addition to the specific procedure, stem cell therapy for MS at the Institute also includes nutritional counseling and functional rehabilitation. This three-prong approach provides optimal relief of symptoms of MS and has created a treatment is safe, effective, and has significantly longer-term results than the conventional multiple sclerosis previously used in medicine.

MS Facts

MS is not contagious. It is a reaction of the immune system.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can be used to determine disease progression and assess how well your treatment for the symptoms of MS is doing.

The Four Types of Multiple Sclerosis are:

  • Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS)
  • Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS)
  • Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS)
  • Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS)

Pain is a real part of the symptoms of MS. Pay no attention to those who might tell you the pain “is all in your mind,” or “just shake it off and power through it.” The symptoms of MS are very real, and legitimate medical facilities like the National Stem Cell Institute treat them as such.

It is not possible to predict when or where a lesion on a myelin sheath will occur. But it is possible for these lesions to be healed. The repair of these lesions one of the primary factors in today’s advanced medical treatments such as stem cell therapy for MS.

Applying heat to an area affected by multiple sclerosis can worsen symptoms.

Multiple sclerosis is more widespread in latitudes that are southern or those that are high northern.

Modern medical practices such as stem cell therapy for MS are known as disease modifiers and have been shown to decrease relapse frequency.

Most Common Symptoms Of MS

Fatigue affects 75% to 90% of those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In fact, it is reported by MS patients that it is the most disabling of all symptoms of MS.

Incontinence and other bladder and bowel troubles are also very common symptoms of MS.

Spasticity is commonly experienced by MS patients when demyelination happens in nerves that control regulation of muscle tone. It presents as a stiffness or tightness in muscles. Spasticity is known to impede normal movement, speech and gait.

The inflammation of the optic nerve (called optic neuritis) is often among the commonly felt symptoms of MS.

Cognitive dysfunction, frequently referred to as “cog fog” occurs in many people with MS.

Clinical depression is diagnosed in at least 50% of people who suffer from MS.

Multiple sclerosis is not considered a directly inherited neurological condition. However, studies indicate that genetics may play a role in a person’s predisposition to develop MS.

Understanding More About Multiple Sclerosis

To have a better grasp of how multiple sclerosis affects the central nervous system (CNS), it helps to think of the nervous system as an internal tree. The CNS is both the tree’s roots and its trunk. Symptoms of MS can spring up from anywhere along this internal tree.

People suffering from the symptoms of MS often experience relapses. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers this definition an MS relapse:

  • A symptom -whether new or one that worsens- lasting longer than 24 hours, that may happen 30 days or more following a previous attack, and is related specifically to MS rather than another cause like stress, infections, or elevations in body temperature.

Though the definition of a relapse omits external factors, this is not to say that elements such as stress, sickness, or temperature fluctuation cannot worsen the symptoms of MS. This is medically known as pseudo-exacerbation.

Today’s Advanced Treatments For Multiple Sclerosis

The advancements that have been made in treating the symptoms of MS have gone far beyond attempted management through medication alone. Regenerative medicine now makes combating multiple sclerosis at the cellular level a reality. Pairing stem cell therapy for MS with healthy nutritional habits and the right physical activities is the 21st century high-water mark in modern medicine’s ability to significant improvement the lives of those with the disease, offering a bright future based in science reality.

What To Look For In A Licensed U.S. Regenerative Medical Clinic

Stem cell therapy procedures are medical specialties that must be practiced by experienced, legally licensed professionals. Just as you would not trust a medically untrained person to perform surgery on your heart, you shouldn’t trust someone who is not a qualified physician to perform stem cell therapy or platelet rich plasma treatment.

The National Stem Cell Institute offers the following tips on how to determine if a facility is a legitimate, FDA guidelines-compliant clinic licensed to practice regenerative medicine methods in the United States:

If the stem cell clinic in question uses any type of stem cells other than those derived from human bone marrow or adipose fat, the facility is putting your health at risk. That clinic is not following FDA guidelines, and is not a legitimate regenerative medicine facility.

Under President George W. Bush, the use of embryonic stem cells for regenerative medicine practices was banned years ago. If the clinic in question is claiming to use human embryonic stem cells, consider that facility dubious. Seek out a facility that strictly adheres to FDA guidelines.

A legitimate regenerative medicine clinic takes a holistic approach to health and treatment. Follow-ups after therapy are essential, and companion therapies such as functional rehabilitation and nutritional counseling should be on-site at the facility as well. Particularly with chronic illnesses and injuries, these are essential to achieving optimum health and function while receiving stem cell and/or PRP therapy. If the clinic you are considering does not offer these services, consider that clinic highly suspect.

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.

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