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Prolotherapy and Osteothapy in San Jose, CA
Osteopathic therapy, or osteopathy, is a broad based field that treats medical disorders through the massage and manipulation of bones, joints, and muscles, along with related techniques. It differs from chiropractic therapy in that a chiropractor primarily focuses on the spine and joints, while osteopathy treats the entire body. At Santa Cruz CORE, we offer a variety of osteopathic services.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is at the heart of osteopathy. This holistic, hands-on care follows a functional approach designed to prevent, diagnose, and treat injuries and illnesses. OMT has been proven to help treat conditions as diverse as carpal tunnel syndrome, menstrual pain, migraines, and even asthma. We focus on finding and treating the source of the problem rather than simply managing symptoms.
Platelet rich plasma injections, or PRP, promote healing and repair of both the skin and soft tissues of the body. Platelets are pockets of fluid taken from large cells known as megakaryocytes. This fluid, known as cytoplasm, contains a variety of molecules that trigger inflammation followed by the body’s natural healing mechanisms. By injecting platelet rich plasma into a targeted area, we can jump start the healing process in that specific part of the body.
An injection-based regenerative treatment, prolotherapy is extremely helpful in healing soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments. A proliferant induces cell division, promoting healing by encouraging the formation of new fibrous tissue. Prolotherapy uses pro-inflammatory substances such as dextrose, platelet rich plasma, or autologous stem cells to encourage inflammation and trigger the body’s healing response. It is particularly useful in treating musculoskeletal pain, as the soft tissues act as shock absorbers for both acute and repetitive trauma. Healing the soft tissues can relieve pain while other techniques focus on the affected joints and muscles.
Facial rejuvenation injections increase collagen and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to the well-known Juvéderm and Botox injections, we also offer the increasingly popular “vampire facial.” This treatment uses your own blood platelets to stimulate collagen growth and tighten your facial skin.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, has long been used to treat decompression sickness (the bends) in divers. It is also commonly used in wound healing for those with diabetes or radiation sickness, as well as to treat vascular deficiencies, migraines, and concussions. The increased level of oxygen has also been found to trigger the release of stem cells and growth factors that boost the results of prolotherapy.
For hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you will be placed in a 98% oxygen environment under three times air pressure. This increases oxygen uptake and delivery throughout the tissues of your body.
Stem cells have the ability to replace other cells by taking on their functions. Stem cell prolotherapy injections can be highly useful in treating degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis, in which the bones and joints are severely degraded.
Stem cell prolotherapy uses your own stem cells to repair incompetent tissues. They may be harvested from your bone marrow or from your adipose tissues. Each type of stem cell has unique uses, but both types can play a vital role in regenerating compromised areas of the body.
If you are in San Jose, and you believe you could benefit from osteopathy, call (831) 425-9500 today to learn more or schedule your first appointment.