Here at Whole Health TC, we made the investment in a specialized piece of equipment that counts the number of platelets in a patient's whole blood and then again after the PRP is made. This way we know for sure the number of platelets in the patient's whole blood and in the finished PRP (dose or strength).
Dosing is extremely important in the practice of medicine, and knowing the dose ensures better outcomes than guessing and not knowing the quality of PRP being used to treat our patients.
This translates into more healing and less procedures necessary for healing to occur. Knowing the dose of PRP allows our doctors to escape from the "three injections once per month for three months and see what happens" type of care.
Our doctors know the power of the body's innate healing abilities and the potential of regenerative medicine to help maximize that natural ability without the use of potentially toxic pharmaceuticals or invasive surgery.
We are truly committed to assisting the body heal itself first, and the use of drugs and surgery second.
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma. Platelets are found naturally in your own blood and serve many important functions.
Most people think of platelets as the cell fragments that start the blood clotting process after a cut. And that is certainly one very important function of platelets.
Platelets also supply growth factors and proteins necessary for healing to take place. Think of these growth factors and proteins as "high octane fuel" for the stem cells that are responsible for healing all aspects of the body. The more and higher quality "fuel" supplied by the platelets, the more efficient stem cells will be and the more healing will take place.
PRP is made by taking some blood from a vein, much like when giving blood, but just not as much. This blood sample is then spun in a centrifuge, separating the heavier red blood cells at the bottom and suspending the plasma containing platelets at the top.
Transferring this plasma (liquid part of the blood) into another sterile tube and then spinning this in the centrifuge further concentrates the platelets toward the bottom of the tube where they can be used in treatment to help the body heal torn muscles and tendons, bone injuries, cartilage and spinal discs. Growth factors and proteins in plasma also help skin to heal with new skin cells and better blood supply.
Platelet Lysate (PL) is created by putting PRP through a series of freeze-thaw cycles. This process liberates all the growth factors and healing proteins within the PRP all at once. PL is best used when treating damaged nerves and is considered to be less inflammatory than PRP when treating sensitive nerves.
PRF is platelet-rich fibrin, and this is made by adding a very small amount of a calcium solution to PRP. This process results in the platelets starting the clotting process and captures the growth factors and healing proteins in a fibrous "glue" of sorts. This is useful in some applications of orthopedic and esthetic treatments by keeping the platelet growth factors in the area where the doctor wants them to remain longer and not be absorbed or lost through circulation, thereby maximizing healing right at the location where the PRF is injected or placed on the skin.
Aesthetics, or "Esthetics," is the practice of treating the skin to encourage the body's innate healing abilities to create healthier base layer, blood supply and new skin cells.
Some equipment is essential for this process, like the Vivace RF (radiofrequency heat) Microneedling machine we use.
Using very small needles in an automated machine, our nurse can reach the depths of the skin where the blood supply is to create the conditions necessary for healing to take place. This healing involves the creation of new skin cells and blood vessels which naturally results in smoother and younger looking skin, reduction in wrinkles and sun damage and an overall "glow" of health.
Adding PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and/or PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) immediately after the microneedling will aid in the healing process on a deeper level and with microneedling alone.
Trigenics® Myoneural Therapy is an advanced breakthrough developed in the late 1980’s by Allan Austin Oolo, DC, DO.
Trigenics® is a neurological-based treatment system that reconnects the communication between the brain and previously injured and damaged muscles and joints.
By stimulating the body’s natural reflexes using multiple therapies simultaneously, the normal neurological pathways already in place within the body’s anatomy “wakes up” the brain and results in immediate relief of pain and increased range of motion.
What’s more, once the preferred nerve communication pathways have been reset, the results obtained are permanent. In fact, putting this principle into practice is how the doctors decide whether or not they can accept a case and help someone.
If a person responds in the expected way to a complimentary trial visit or two, then the case can be accepted with confidence. This is our "Unique Clinical Guarantee."
Any joint can experience this immediate pain relief and increased range of motion using Trigenics®. Knees, shoulders, hips, neck. wrists ankles and spine may all benefit from Trigenics.
Trigenics improves and optimizes the brain’s use of neurological pathways and re-sets the “gamma bias” of large diameter myelinated sensory nerves within the muscles and tendons resulting in restoration of finely tuned coordination of all the muscles around a joint and immediate relief of pain. This greatly adds to joint stability, ease of motion and maximizes muscle strength. This is not intentionally obtained by any other therapy and the results achieved are permanent. The restoration of this level of function is what gives athletes that extra edge they need to perform at their highest level and "bone-on-bone" knee pain sufferers to experience less pain and better function overall out of their knees. Other joints benefit similarly as well.
Frozen shoulder / Impingement syndrome limits the range of motion of the shoulder and can leave those suffering in constant pain. The pain is often worse at night and causes restless and disturbed sleep. This can leave many people feeling exhausted and hopeless, not knowing where to go for help.
Pain may also occur only with certain ranges of motion of the shoulder. Examination of the neck and shoulder reveals which range(s) of motion is/are restricted or unstable, then the corresponding muscle neurology is treated with specific Trigenics procedures.
With or without attendant rotator cuff tears, getting the sensory nerves within the muscle belly and tendons to function normally is the goal of Trigenics. It is through normalization of these neural pathways that results in weak muscles becoming stronger and short muscles once again attaining their normal length which together results in normal joint motion.
When the muscles fire and relax exactly when they are supposed to, stabilization of the joint returns and pain is reduced or resolved.
Home exercises and physical therapy alone can, all too often, make the pain and joint dysfunction worse if stretching and/or exercises are administered too aggressively. Trigenics should always be utilized first, then when the joint complex is functioning optimally, then strength exercises and gently stretching will be effective (click here to read more about this phenomenon in our blog section).
Chronic rotator cuff tears respond remarkably well to Trigenics and most often do not require surgery.
The Functional Medicine Physician uses a holistic, patient-centered approach to identify and treat chronic disease. Following the examination, which often includes blood lab work and a very focused review of a patient's history, the physician begins crafting a customized treatment plan to address the unique needs of that individual.
Starting with an in-depth personal and family history, the doctor will also be interested in learning about all the specific stressors, and how the individual responds to these stressors in their life. Some of these stressors could include exposure to certain environmental and internal toxins and allergens associated with their current diet, work conditions, etc. Evaluation of the microbiome and the balance of the bacteria living in the gut and on the skin necessary for life is also of interest. Looking at the individual's genetic make-up can also give clues into possible weaknesses and what needs to be done to optimize metabolic function.
Common issues that people might choose a holistic model of care include asthma, allergies, digestive health, women's health issues, fibromyalgia, cancer prevention, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, Alzheimer's and dementia. Arthritis in its various forms, including autoimmune, are also common health issues a person might seek out a functional medicine practitioner.
The functional medicine approach to health is a simple yet effective one. The doctor will likely focus on optimal nutrition, various forms of exercise, strategies for dealing with stress, the importance and strategies for re-establishing good sleeping patterns, and the best times to get fresh air and sunshine. The doctor may also prescribe specific nutritional supplementation and/or IV infusion therapy to help provide the resources necessary for the body and mind to heal and function optimally.
While it is well known that traditional western medical care is hugely successful with acute, life-threatening conditions, unfortunately, the same track record cannot be said for treating chronic health conditions. This is where the functional medicine approach shines. Call today to see if functional medicine's individualized approach to restoring health is right for you.
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