Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mesotherapy and the Treatment of Lupus



Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can target your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart and lungs. The great majority of people affected are women. For reasons that aren't clear, lupus develops when the immune system attacks your body's own tissues and organs.
Three main types of lupus exist — systemic lupus erythematosus (which is also known as SLE), discoid lupus erythematosus and drug-induced lupus.
Of these, SLE is the most common and serious form of the disease, frequently causing swollen, painful joints, skin rash, extreme fatigue and kidney damage. 
Mesotherapy can be of great assistance when it comes to helping reduce the pain and inflammation that is associated with this disease.
Symptoms and Treatment of Lupus
Signs and symptoms may come on suddenly or develop slowly, may be mild or severe. It is a fickle and unpredictable disease as symptoms may be temporary or permanent.
Although it only affects about one in three people with lupus, the skin problem most often associated with the disease is a butterfly-shaped rash that develops across the cheeks and bridge of the nose. It may be flat or raised or blotchy. The lesions get worse if the person is exposed to sunlight.
People with lupus are often highly sensitive to sunlight, frequently developing severe rashes on sun-exposed skin. Sometimes even indoor lighting, especially fluorescent lighting, can cause the same response.
Other people develop a crusty red raised rash called a discoid rash on the neck, chest, face or scalp. This thick scaly rash can last for days or years and can cause hyperpigmented scars. Cosmetic injection therapy, also taught at Pinewood, can be helpful for treating these scars.
Most people with lupus eventually develop joint pain, stiffness and swelling, mainly in their fingers, hands, wrists and knees. The pain may shift from one joint to another or affect the same joint on both sides of the body. Lupus-associated arthritis can come and go quickly.
Mesotherapy treatment with acetyl-L-carnitine and oxfenicine can help sufferers of Lupus experience less chronic pain.
People with lupus are especially vulnerable to kidney damage and may emit frothy or tea-colored urine. They may also experience swelling in their ankles or lower legs, or high blood pressure without warning.
Lupus can cause a range of serious problems related to the brain or central nervous system, including headaches, seizures, dizziness, vision problems, behavior changes or stroke.
Pericaditis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the heart, is also common in people with lupus. It can cause sharp chest pains and shortness of breath.
Lupus can cause a number of lung problems, the most common of which is pleurisy, an inflammation of the chest cavity lining that can produce sharp, stabbing chest pain.
Sores called mucosal ulcers can develop on the roof of the mouth or in the nose.
Inflamed blood vessels can affect blood circulation. The inflammation may be mild and not require treatment or it can be quite severe. Mesotherapy can also help reduce this effect and stimulate the body to heal itself.
People with lupus can also suffer from fatigue, fever, digestive problems, weight loss and hair loss.
People with lupus may also experience depression or difficulty concentrating, either because of the disease itself or because of the challenges of living with a chronic condition. Vitamin injections along with the mesotherapy can help with this.

Allopathic Treatments and Outlook
The treatments for lupus can be as varied and individual as the disease itself and may change over time. But common-sense measures, such as rest, protection from sunlight, exercise, not smoking and a healthy diet are important for everyone with lupus.
Some medications used to treat lupus include as aspirin, naproxen and mnonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  Sometimes antimalarial drugs can help relieve the symptoms of mouth ulcers and joint pains.  Steroids can help counter the inflammation of lupus but one of the goals of mesotherapy with lupus sufferers is to help keep them off these types of drugs and their side-effects for as long as possible.
The outlook for people with lupus has improved considerably in recent years. With proper naturopathic care and mesotherapy treatment. most people with lupus can lead normal, active lives.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.

 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mesotherapy for the Treatment of Lower Back Pain


Lower back pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder, which affects the lumbar segment of the spine. It can be either acute, subacute or chronic in nature.  As it is essentially musculoskeletal disorder, mesotherapy can be useful for treating this type of disorder as students of the Pinewood mesotherapy course soon discover.



Most people feel pain in the lower back that can radiate to the knees, shoulders, neck and hip.  There may be stiffness in the morning upon awakening. 



Causes Of Lower Back Pain



Sometimes lower back pain occurs simply as a matter of muscle strain or less muscle strength due to aging.



An acute lower back injury may be caused by a traumatic event, like a car accident or a fall. In acute cases, the structures damaged will more than likely be soft tissue like muscles, ligaments and tendons. With a serious accident or due to osteoporosis or other causes of weakened vertebral bones, vertebral fractures in the lumbar spine may also occur. At the lowest end of the spine, some patients may have tailbone pain or pain in the sacroiliac joint at the bottom of the lumbar spine. This is called sacroiliac joint dysfunction.



Chronic lower back pain usually sets in over a long period of time. Physical causes may include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae, or a spinal disc herniation. Cancer is a rare cause of lower back pain.
Other possible causes of lower back pain are having one leg shorter than the other, sprains of ligaments, rheumatoid arthritis,  bone or spinal tumors, Paget’s disease, depression, repetitive strain and poor posture. 


Care and Treatment



Pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol may be prescribed to help deal with the pain. A mesotherapist can inject anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medications directly into the area that is afflicted to relax and soothe the muscles and ligaments of the spine. 

Mesotherapy is useful for the management  of  both acute and chronic lower back pain.


Applying ice packs alternating with hot packs can also help the condition, especially if used in conjunction with mesotherapy.

The goal of mesotherapy is not only to alleviate pain and swelling but also to help the patient defer the necessity for more invasive measures such as lumbar surgery. This type of surgery is performed if nerve damage causes loss of bladder control and other measures.

The most common types of low back surgery include microdiscectomy, discectomy, laminectomy, foraminotomy, or spinal fusion. Another less invasive surgical technique consists of an implantation of a spinal cord stimulator and typically is used for severe pain.



Prognosis       


Typically, the symptoms of low back pain do show significant improvement within two to three months from its onset. However, lower back pain does tend to be recurrent and become chronic once a person has experienced one episode of it.  The mesotherapy treatments taught in The Pinewood mesotherapy course can be of some assistance to those who suffer from this very common condition.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mesotherapy for Knee Pain a.k.a. ACL Injuries


Extreme pain in the knee area and an inability to support one’s weight on the affected leg are symptoms of an injured anterior cruciate ligament or what doctors call ACL for short.  The back of the knee and the sides of the kneecap may also be very sore when this ligament is injured. Mesotherapy can help with this issue as it can with all types of muscle and ligament swelling and pain.


In extreme cases the kneecap may actually appear to be dislocated just simply because the knee is so swollen with fluid.  This is where mesotherapy can come into picture, helping your patient to be triggered into a state of healing. 
Injections of non-steroidal, non-cortisone, FDA approved anti-inflammatory medications can be used to treat the pain through the use of an intramuscular injection.  The objective of the use of mesotherapy is to reduce healing times so the person can resume walking, running or training again.

Care and Treatment


Injury of the ligament means that it must be wrapped and stabilized. Bed rest is encouraged and walking is discouraged for a couple of days to two weeks depending on the severity of the injury. You may need to use a cane to walk.  You will not be able to play in sports for several weeks or more.
Over the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol and Advil may be used to handle the pain. A doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling. Sometimes if fluid builds up in the synovial joint due to inflammation it may be aspirated with a needle.
Mesotherapy has three goals when it comes to the relief of knee disorders and most knee conditions are treated within two to three sessions of therapy.  Usually pain relief, muscle relaxation and a decrease in inflammatory response is achieved so that the patient can avoid having to resort to having a steroid injection.  
The mesotherapist can administer injections that can stimulate the repair of the mesoderm including the skin, connective tissues and adipose tissue.  They are administered just under the skin. 
Engaging in proper training and conditioning before becoming involved as a player in contact sports is the best way to avoid painful knee injuries.  Performing stretching exercises and keeping well hydrated before playing sports can also help avoid an ACL knee injury.

Prognosis


Unless an injured ACL is accurately diagnosed and treated, the cushioning cartilage in the knee could be seriously damaged. Without this cushion, the thighbone and the shinbone would rub against each other, leading to further damage.
However for the most part, damage to the ACL ligaments it can be successfully treated with a closely followed regimen of non-operative self-care.
For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.