Archive for October, 2014

Spring sniffles?

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Sinusitis and Allergies

As the season changes, sinusitis is a common problem. Sinusitis is inflammation of the air cavities within the passages of the nose. Sinusitis can be caused by infection, but also can be caused by allergies and chemical irritation of the sinuses.

 Signs and symptoms

The following signs and symptoms may be present in sinus infection:

  • sinus headache
  • facial tenderness
  • pressure or pain in the sinuses
  • fever
  • nasal stuffiness
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • facial swelling

 

The detrimental effects of medications

Sinusitis is commonly treated with anti-biotics such as penicillin, erythromycin and amoxicillin, oral decongestants, mucolytics and anti-histamines in the case of allergies. Not only does the repeated use of anti-biotics build up resistance, but approximately two-thirds of people with sinus infection experience side-effects from medications, such as dizziness, increased heart rate, difficulty sleeping, nausea, bloating and fatigue.

Our treatment

At Regenerative Health, sinusitis can be treated with Acupuncture, ozone therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, sinus problems may be caused by several factors, including lung heat and dampness.

Acupuncture treatment is focused on diagnosing the exact problem and then stimulating the acupoints to treat it. Acupuncture operates under the belief that inserting needles into certain points along the body’s meridians will stimulate the body and cause it to heal itself, through restoration of the natural flow of life energy. In Western medicine, acupuncture is known to release neurotransmitters and hormones through the insertion of needles into various pressure points. The release of biochemicals stimulates the central nervous system, strengthens the immune system, regulates the body functions and helps to ease pain. Acupressure can also be performed on the sensitive spots on the forehead, hairline, cheeks, nose, ears and over the sinus acupuncture points in order to enhance the effects.

Insufflation of ozone gas into the ears is also proven to be effective in the treatment of sinusitis. The ears are full of capillaries which link to the lymphatic system. It is indicated for infection, sore throats and sinus drainage. Ozone is an immune system modulator, it acts as a local disinfectant, antiviral and antibacterialimproves circulation and oxygen delivery to the tissues, and decreases pain and inflammation.

Using herbal formulas to prevent and treat sinus infection is one of the best-developed and most successful aspects of TCM. Traditional Chinese herbs are effective in reducing nasal congestion and running nose, moistening the lungs and loosening phlegm. They can also have a potent anti-bacterial and antiviral effect.

 

 

SURGERY: YOUR LAST RESORT!

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Prolotherapy as an alternative

Chronic pain due to osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions is a major medical and socioeconomic problem. Lower back pain is the most common form of chronic pain, followed by knee and shoulder pain. The increase of chronic pain is associated with a rise in the number of musculoskeletal surgeries, especially joint replacements and arthroscopic procedures.

 

The risks and complications of surgery

Although surgery is sometimes necessary, all carry with them certain risks and complications. The most common complication is the need for a revision procedure. Other possible peri-operative risks include:

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Loss of blood and need for blood transfusion
  • Damage to adjacent soft tissues
  • Nerve injuries
  • Post-operative pain
  • Loosening and wearing of the prosthesis
  • Dislocation of prosthesis
  • Associated degeneration of adjacent structures

Aside from the potential risks and complications, surgery often has low success rates, persistent pain and long recovery time.

Prolotherapy as an alternative

Prolotherapy is an injection therapy which initiates an inflammatory response, causing a reparative cascade. It helps to generate new collagen and extracellular matrix, enabling the connective tissue to withstand force and loading.

Prolotherapy has been shown to improve pain and stiffness, as well as improve quality of life, including depression, anxiety, medication usage, joint range of motion, sleep and exercise ability. In a study by Dr Ross Hauser, it was found that 91% of patients felt Prolotherapy improved their pain by over 50%. 79% of patients felt that they no longer required surgery following Prolotherapy.

Prolotherapy is superior to surgery in the fact that it does not have the risks or complications, the results of Prolotherapy are permanent, no future treatments are needed, and patients are usually able to return to work after receiving Prolotherapy resulting in lower rates of lost work productivity.

Cervical Instability: a pain in the neck!

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The upper cervical region includes the C1-2 vertebrae. Instability in this area is caused by laxity of the spinal ligaments, which can occur as a result of joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS), over manipulation syndrome (OMS) or previous trauma such as whiplash injuries.

 

Symptoms of upper cervical instability

The upper cervical spine is a crucial area, since is provides support and protection of the brainstem. Damage to this region can have more severe consequences than just pain. The C1-2 vertebrae can also lead to blockage of the neural signals, resulting in dizziness, fainting spells, double vision, tinnitus, nausea and headaches, as well as a shooting pain down the arm.

Signs of upper cervical instability can include fatigue and inability to hold the head up during sustained postures, need for self-manipulation, feeling of instability and sharp pain often associated with sudden movements.

Prolotherapy for treatment of cervical instability

Prolotherapy involves injecting small amounts of solution into the damaged area, which then signals the body to begin an inflammatory process, sending immune repair cells, growth factor and cytokines. These reparative cells enable the body to heal itself, through strengthening the supporting spinal ligaments, stabilising the affected vertebrae and eliminating excessive mobility.Through this process, pain is decreased and the associated signs and symptoms of cervical instability can be resolved.

Read further about what Dr Stavrou’s mentor, Dr Hauser has to say about Prolotherapy in upper cervical instability.