How to fix that nagging shoulder pain Is lingering shoulder pain inhibiting you from your daily activities or performing at a high level? Ever get a shoulder stinger while playing football or goofing around as a youngster? It is likely that you caused damaged to surrounding ligaments or labrum of the shoulder. When that happens, even endless hours of physical therapy and icing the shoulder can’t make the pain go away completely. What can you do? It’s time to learn a little more about PRP regenerative injections! Why do I still have shoulder pain? Shoulder pain is caused by connective tissue or surrounding musculature that is injured during an abnormal movement. The muscles or tendons that are usually involved are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, or teres minor (rotator cuff muscles). The dysfunction of these muscles causes a downstream effect by inhibiting certain muscles or over-activation. The most common injury in the shoulder joint is to the supraspinatus – inhibiting shoulder flexion & abduction, as well as internal rotation (lifting the arm to pick up an item). Shoulder pain is quite common because the dynamic function of our shoulder puts heavy strain on the surrounding muscles and connective tissues. PRP may have significant benefits for many shoulder injuries. It is suggested to consult with a
Everyone has heard of the term “antioxidant” and we most likely are thinking “berries and fruit carry antioxidants – right”? Yes, berries are rich in antioxidants that prevent oxidative stress placed upon the body at the cellular level. Glutathione acts as the navy seal of our immune system – attacking and ridding the specific target (oxidative radicals) that cause damage to our cells. Have you ever felt that your body needs a “detox”? This is your answer! In our modern day society – individuals are seeking optimal health to further improve the way they feel and how they perform in our competitive society. Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant that is produced by the human body. It helps protect the body from oxidative stress – that is caused by the simple action that we all take for granted – BREATHING. I believe the simple act of breathing and being exposed to oxygen propels the aging cascade. The process of aging has many hypotheses – but the leading hypothesis is caused by oxidative stress at the biological & cellular level. The best way to explain oxidative stress is like a banana, peeled open and exposed to the open air. The banana browns, softens, and actually becomes sweeter in taste. The browning is caused by oxygen, damaging the cellular structure of the banana – causing the banana to “Age”. This process also occurs within our bodie
Hangovers get worse and worse as we age! The morning after a long night out can be rough sometimes; at Spark Health we have the ultimate cure! IV Nutrient Therapy. Here are the 5 truths about IV Vitamin Therapy and Curing Your Hangover Improved Detoxification (Liver)
- IV Vitamin Therapy supports liver health by nourishing all the enzymes and cofactors the liver needs to process alcohol and toxin build-up after a long night of drinking.
- Vitamins that support liver function include: glutathione, NAC, L-carnitine, and vitamin C. These act to bind up oxidative free radicals and excrete out of the body.
Improved Breakdown of Acetaldehyde (Alcohol = Ethanol)
- Alcoholic beverages are usually combined with tasty sugary mixers to mask the pungent taste of alcohol.
- Alcohol is a toxic substance to the body that must be broken down into a substance called acetaldehyde and excreted out of the body. The buildup of acetaldehyde is the chemical involved in feeling “hungover” the morning after a night of drinking.
- Supporting liver, gut, and kidney function is important in minimizing the effects of alcohol. Some vitamins that are beneficial are glycine, glutathione, magnesium, B2, and B6.
- The well known notion of why individuals get “hungover” is that they are dehydrated. Alcohol consumption in c
The Spark Health PRP Timeless Facial – “Vampire Facial” When we look good, we feel good! Taking care of our skin is important because it is the biggest organ in our body. We can absorb nutrients, secrete toxins, and its how we present ourselves to the exterior world. Anti-aging medicine and increasing vitality is important because as humans we want to defy the impossible. To change the status quo – to live different, to be different. Increasing the length of our lives while staying vibrant and healthy is a goal of our modern day society. What are PRP Timeless Facials, “Vampire Facials”? The Spark Health PRP Timeless Facials or the trendy “Vampire Facial” is a new aesthetic treatment to help increase collagen production, improve skin tone, tighten facial pores, and lighten & brighten up your beautiful face! All of these beneficial improvements in your skin are the result of the platelets extracted from your own blood! These platelets consist of growth factors, stem cells, and collagen precursors that is injected back into your skin tissue. There are new advances in medicine that are trending, to learn more on the PRP Facial from Spark check out our site at The Show Featuring Dr. Cicerone
Listen to “The Show 11-17-16 Dr. Aliza Cicerone” on Spreaker. Our very own Dr. Cicerone, aka “Dr. C,” was on “The Show” with Elizabeth Meza. They talked naturopathic medicine, prolotherapy and all things Spark Health! Dr. C shared valuable insight into how Spark Health finds the roots of its patients’ health issues, and neutralizes them in a natural and conclusive fashion. Meza conducted an informative and engaging interview that allowed Dr. C to really delve deeply into the benefits Spark Health offers its patients. Dr. C discussed the four key elements of Spark Health’s products and services: PRP Injections, PRP Facials, Vitamin Injections and Vitamin IV Therapy. Dr. C explained, “Prolotheraphy is a regenerative joint injection. And it’s been done in the professional athletic world for years now, and in the past — probably — 5 years or so it’s really become more mainstream. So, the public has access to it.” Dr. C broke down the
Spark Health has focused its medical background in the areas of pain management and improving athletic performance. Utilizing a sports medicine background with natural medical knowledge, prolotherapy and PRP regenerative injections are the main therapeutic modality performed for pain. Our practitioners are highly trained in physical medicine and regenerative joint injections being taught by The American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative injections have been treating acute and chronic pain for the past 40 years. It has gained popularity in the United States due to NBA star Kobe Bryant going to Germany to receive Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Now NFL stars such as Brandon Marshall have been receiving regenerative injections for acute physical conditions. Prolotherapy has been showing promising results compared to cortisone (steroid) injections. It has shown long lasting and well-tolerated results in nearly every joint of the body. Prolotherapy is a mixture of 50% dextrose solution combined with 0.9% normal saline and an anesthetic such as lidocaine. This formula is specially formulated to produce inflammation in a person’s affected joint. Yes, you read that correct, prolotherapy causes inflammation in the joint, which therefore, your body produces an inflammatory response to bring growth factors, cofactors to produce collagen and elastic
Platelet Rich Plasma Timeless Facial (Vampire Facial) is a leading-edge procedure that uses the healing power of platelets and growth factors from your own blood to stimulate new collagen growth. Our PRP Timeless Facial promotes circulation, repairs and regenerates damaged skin, and helps slow and reverse the signs of aging. This procedure triggers the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, resulting in healthier and younger looking skin. Our PRP facial helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, tightens and tones, and minimizes scars and dark spots. If you’re interesting in learning more about the Spark approach to personalized medicine, visit our website at mysparkhealth.com, or call us at 858.228.4188.
At Spark Health, we believe the key to losing weight and keeping it off is understanding the factors contributing to the problem. These factors vary person to person, but they can include hormone imbalances, digestive problems, food intolerances or negative emotional environments. Our doctors will examine all of these factors, and work with you to create an individualized program that includes diet, exercise, lifestyle counseling, oral supplements and IV therapy. Weight-loss programs increase cell membrane fluidity to allow toxins to exit the cell, as well as help maintain a proper blood sugar balance, healthy cholesterol level and appropriate digestion or absorption rates. Spark’s signature treatments support healthy weight loss and body detoxification, such as our Body Sculpt Shot or our Weight Loss and Cellular Detox IV bags. Spark Health helps empower our patients to lose weight in a healthy, safe a
Naturopathic doctors (ND) support patients with cancer to maximize overall health, fight disease processes and prevent or reduce side effects of standard cancer treatment regimens for patients who utilizing them. Spark Health doctors may recommend specific supplements or nutritional programs in an individualized treatment approach. Naturopathic doctors who specialize in naturopathic oncology understand both the standard treatments employed by medical, radiation and surgical oncologists, and how best to work in a collaborative model of cancer co-treatment. Spark Health doctors often help patients maintain their oncology treatment regimens while providing vital support reducing the side effects of those treatments. Naturopathic doctors are well aware of the multitude of ‘alternative therapies’ promoted to cure cancer and work to educate patients on evidence-based treatment modalities. Spark Health also screens for any potential interactions between conventional cancer therapies and natural products that may affect the efficacy of a treatment. This supports the natural cancer-fighting ability of the immune system in helping prevent recurrence or other types of cancer. If you’re interested in speaking with Dr. Aliza Cicerone and learning
At Spark Health, we tailor our supplement treatments specifically to a patient’s needs based on their symptoms and labs results. There is no generic or one-size-fits-all plan. This is why we strive to address and understand each patient’s individual picture of health to help treat them. Our doctors will recommend specific supplements that will encourage your body to function optimally. All of the supplements we carry at Spark Health come from the highest quality of manufacturer, and are third-party tested to ensure purity and dose accuracy. We understand the importance of checking drug and nutrient interactions. Our doctors not only make sure that no natural supplement interferes with a prescribed medication, but they also ensure that supplements are safe, effective and necessary. Our personalized treatment plans mean Spark Health patients take the appropriate supplements based on their individual physiological needs. If you’re interested in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.