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5 Ways to Remedy Joint and Muscle Pain

June 1, 2015
5 Ways to Remedy Joint and Muscle Pain

5 Ways to Remedy Joint and Muscle Pain

You work hard multiple times a week, every week, to get your body in tip-top shape. You run, hike, bicycle, swim, or maybe work out at your local gym. Whatever you do for exercise, you are taking the time to care for your body and ensure your health is at its best for the long haul.

So when you start having grueling joint and muscle pain, you feel frustrated that you are essentially being punished for all of your hard work. You are trying hard to take care of your body, so why are you feeling penalized for it?

Joint and muscle pain is a common issue for athletes and workout aficionados of all ages. Regardless of how well you stretch and prep your body for workouts, sometimes it isn’t enough to stop aches and pains from bothering you.

Sometimes pain is a necessary evil for exercise, but there are plenty of ways that you can soothe these aches and get back to your workout routines fast. In this article, we got the scoop from local fitness studios about what they do to repair their sore or damaged muscles. So be ready to take notes while you read from the experts!

Some ways to soothe your joint pain include:

1. Eating right
2. Ice therapy
3. Stretching
4. Massages
5. Prolotherapy

Before you try any of these methods for your pain, be sure that you know exactly what is causing your pain. There are countless types of pains that occur in various areas of your body. A shin splint should not be treated the same as a muscle spasm, so take the time to properly diagnose the area of pain and what may be causing it.

1. Eating Right

Like many other health and lifestyle problems that people experience, nutrition is at the base of joint and muscle pain. Eating healthy can benefit the body in various ways, however something that the average runner may not know is that there are specific foods you can eat to help your body recover faster after a workout.

Brittny Golding is the program director for The Madison Improvement Club’s Tempe location. After she finishes a spin class, she recommends eating foods rich in protein to improve muscle recovery and growth.

Protein-rich foods contain vitamins that are natural remedies for pain and can also help prevent future injuries from occurring. Find out more about which types of food can help sooth your joint pain.

2. Ice Therapy

For people who don’t enjoy the cold, the feeling of ice against your body is not something that you look forward to. However, ice is another natural at-home remedy that can help ease pain you may be experiencing from your workouts.
Cold temperatures help reduce blood flow which prevents inflammation. By lessening your chances of inflammation and/or swelling, this method can be a fast way to get rid of pain in your joints and muscles.

The most common way for people to use ice therapy is by placing an icepack on the area they are experiencing inflammation. The rule of thumb is to place the icepack on the area for 20 minutes, and then take the icepack off of your body for 20 minutes. This alternation of 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, allows your body to receive the benefits of ice therapy without damaging your skin or muscles from extended direct contact with extreme coldness.

If the pain you are experiencing is hitting your body in several areas from head to toe, an ice bath might be the best option for you. Ice baths are something that athletes regularly participate in and is proven to help repair and build muscles to prevent them from being injured in the future.

If you are new to the concept of ice baths, be sure you know the proper precautions to take before diving in head first. If you have a bathtub in your home, fill the tub with cold water. The temperature of the water should be around 54 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, so place however much ice is necessary into the cold water to get a temperature within the recommended range.

For the first few times you partake in an ice bath, feel free to keep the temperature a bit warmer and then progressively make the water colder with each ice bath you take. This will give your body a chance to become acclimated to lower temperatures.

Ice baths should be no longer than 6 to 8 minutes. It doesn’t take long for the cold to span throughout your entire body, and overexposing yourself will do more harm than good. If your bathtub has jets, do not use them during an ice bath. The effect of the jets actually make the bath water colder and could potentially diminish its effects.

Last but not least, avoid jumping directly in a hot shower after you take an ice bath. The jump from one extreme to another is never a good thing for your body. To receive the most benefits, allow yourself some time to warm up on your own after getting out of the ice bath.

3. Stretching

Stretching your body out on a regular basis is something that many exercise junkies are familiar with. If you do nothing else to help prevent your muscles from being injured, stretching is the one thing you should be doing every day.

Golding says that after she wraps up a spin class at The Madison, she takes to her mat for a little bit of yoga. The two poses she recommends for a post-cycling stretch are hip openers. Try spending some time in pigeon pose and figure four pose to really feel your hips open up and stretch out.

4. Massages

Looking for a valid excuse to indulge in a massage? We’ve got you covered! Even though this may seem like an elaborate way to remedy joint and muscle pain, there is truly nothing else that will leave your body feeling better. A regular massage will do the trick for your aches and discomfort, but a high performance or athletic massage will be even better for you. Deep tissue massages are like an intense form of stretching. All of the lactic acid will be worked out of your muscle tissues and you will feel like a brand new person.

If you are on a budget and can’t spare the money to hire a masseuse, foam rollers are a great alternative. These easy, at-home tools give your muscles a deep tissue massage for a fraction of the cost of a professional massage.

5. Prolotherapy

If you have searched high and low for something to relieve your pain and still haven’t found success, sometimes a medical alternative is the only option left. Prolotherapy is a quick, easy and effective fix for your chronic pain due to injury.

This form of injection therapy requires little time spent in the doctor’s office and can have you getting back to your exercise routine in no time, pain free! Find out more about the specifics of this procedure and then give us a call to book your consultation!

Adult Stem Cell Prolotherapy, Pain Management

What is Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) and is it right for me?

September 10, 2014

Causes of Severe Muscle and Joint Pain

In a culture where everyone is trying their hardest to stay in shape and constantly be at the top of their physical peak, having to constantly deal with tedious and painful sport and exercise injuries is a setback no one wants to face. Working out should be a rewarding process with unlimited benefits, so why suffer through so much pain for working so hard?

Traditional methods of dealing with pain:

When individuals suffer from pain caused by sport or exercise injuries, most people’s immediate reaction is to hit their nearest drug store and subdue their pain with over the counter products such as Advil or Tylenol. Others may try getting massages regularly or perhaps purchase new workout equipment that alleviates stress on joints. Even though many of these remedies produce temporary results for pain relief, many people overlook the simplest and most effective way to get rid of the pain.

Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) also known as Adult Stem Cell Prolotherapy, is a service that DreamBody offers that produces long lasting relief from recurring pain due to sports injuries. It is a method of treatment that has proven to be effective since 1995 and is one of the safest and quickest answers to your long term pain problems.

Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT)/ Prolotherapy

Adult Stem Cell Prolotherapy is a treatment that can relieve you of pain through the use of its ground-breaking technology. This type of treatment goes by several different names, but they all refer to the same process. Some of these names include:

• Adult Stem Cell Prolotherapy
• Regenerative Injection Treatment

How this process works consists of the doctors at DreamBody extracting Mesenchymal Stem Cells from your body and relocating them to the inflamed or damaged muscular tissue that has been causing you pain. These brilliant little cells are instantly able to target the damaged cells in your tissues and ligaments and quickly repair them, restoring them virtually back to 100 percent.

Since life in Arizona involves so much outdoor activity, many Arizonans suffer from this type of pain from doing every day exercises. Some of the most common causes of constant and severe muscle and joint pains include:

• Sport Injuries
• Muscle or ligament tears
• Hiking
• Running
• High impact exercises

Even though exercise is the primary cause of this type of pain, genetics as well as aging can cause an individual to seek RIT. Everyone’s cartilage and muscle tissues breakdown at different rates. Some people with certain genetics simply have tissue that does not stand the test of time in the same way that other people’s tissue might, therefore causing severe pain at early ages.

Aging also leads to the breakdown of cartilage and tissue, and might cause someone to seek Prolotherapy. The primary cause of elderly individuals seeking RIT include:

• Osteoarthritis
• Pain after knee replacement
• Pain after hip replacement

When elderly people undergo any of the medical issues listed above, it is inevitably followed by extreme pain that makes something as simple as walking a grueling undertaking. Many people who suffer from these painful issues may seek out chiropractic treatment, cortisone injections or Prolotherapy. However, if you have exhausted every possible option of ending this pain and nothing has given you relief, RIT will be able to end your discomfort permanently.

Due to the fact that so many of these causes are a part of our everyday life, there is no excuse for letting the pain stop you from enjoying the outdoors and keeping yourself healthy. By consulting the doctor’s at DreamBody, you will be one step closer to nipping this pain in the bud for good.

Why Choose Prolotherapy

Even though joint and muscle pain are common occurrences for many people, this pain may not always derive form the activities that are necessary for Prolotherapy treatments. Many people can alleviate their aches and pains by resorting to simple solutions such as stretching more often and switching to sturdier shoes that provide more support during physical activity.

Below are some of the questions you should ask yourself prior to deciding on RIT:

• Do I have common and severe joint or muscle pain?
• Is the pain keeping me from doing the things I love?
• Did this pain derive from an injury?
• Do I want to get rid of this pain quickly and permanently?

Your responses to these questions should help you navigate yourself to landing on the proper decision for you and your body. Even though Prolotherapy is a wonderful treatment for those who need it, a doctor would never recommend undergoing treatment for something that isn’t necessary.

How Prolotherapy Works

This non-invasive and quick treatment is something that we are proud to offer and receive constant positive feedback for. During the procedure, natural substances are injected directly into the damaged musculoskeletal tissues in order to trigger the production of growth factors. This launches a controlled inflammation that stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanism to lay down new, strong collagen fibers and cells. Any joint or muscle can be treated with Prolotherapy and the process is the same regardless of what part of your body you want to target.

Once you decide to take the first step in receiving your initial Prolotherapy treatment, you will see results in as little as two weeks. This treatment requires most patients to receive anywhere from two to six separate Regenerative Injection Therapy treatments and doctors recommend that they be spaced approximately three weeks apart.

Even though this may seem like a long-term commitment, DreamBody’s convenient Scottsdale location makes the process that much easier to assist you in getting to a pain free lifestyle.

The Benefits

Once you go through the process of receiving your Prolotherapy treatments, you will never look back. Since this form of treatment has been approved by the FDA since 1995, many people have received this form of treatment with long lasting, positive results. You will be able to go about your life and participate in the activities that you love and keep you healthy. Even though the use of Stem Cells is a topic many individuals are still unsure of, with the usage of this particular form of Stem Cell replacement for nearly 20 years, we ensure our patients that this method of treatment is safe and beneficial for your health.

However, if you still aren’t sold on the idea of RIT, we encourage you to do some research for yourself! The FDA and provide useful information for anyone who wants to know more about the Adult Stem Cell process and what some of the pros and cons may be.

How to Get Started

After taking the proper steps to insure the Adult Stem Cell Prolotherapy is right for you, call DreamBody Medical Centers or go online to set up a consultation with one of our doctors. When they meet with you, they will discuss your symptoms and walk you through the process of pursuing this kind of treatment.

Featured, Pain Management

What May Be Causing My Pain?

February 20, 2014

What Is Causing My Paind

Don’t find yourself masking your pain with temporary over-the-counter medicine. Let’s take care of the problem! How you may ask, through Prolotherapy of course! DreamBody has a specialized team whose life revolves around helping people manage their pain, no matter how big or how small. If you don’t know the cause of your pain, we can sure find it. No, unlike many other health institutions we don’t do a lot of different injections and “poking around” to find the area of pain. Our extensive testing uses the levels of your hormones to find an answer. You can thank us later.

Why suffer through restless nights, daily doses of medicine, and increased frustration when DreamBody offers an easy way to help? You may not notice the seriousness that changing or limiting your life because of pain can cause. If you do, we have great news. You are not alone! People today of all ages experience joint and muscle pain, and think the only way through it is surgery or serious medication. If those were the answers, our job of getting you to return to your everyday life after pain management would be just a fairytale.

Determining the severity of a joint or muscle pain has numerous benefits when looking at the big picture. By not correcting the problem now, it could lead to future physical and emotional consequences.

Time to introduce you to Prolotherapy.

A treatment designed to help prevent surgeries and chronic use of pain killers. The treatment is used as injection therapy, directly aimed into the injured joint or muscle on the body. Once injected it triggers a controlled inflammation, stimulating the body’s natural healing methods. By doing so, the healing mechanisms lay new, strong collagen fibers in its place. That’s right, no knives, cuts, or bruising!

Let’s forget about Prolotherapy for a minute and say you have less of a pain discomfort. After consultation, some pain can be cured by changing your diet or taking the correct amount of vitamins and supplements. Whatever it may be, here at DreamBody we don’t do anything as easy as write a prescription. We find the cause and cure using the correct pain management techniques performed by our professional doctors. Sound like a dream? Well wake up and book your Prolotherapy consultation today!

Pain Management, Weight Loss

Top 3 Hiking Spots In and Around Scottsdale

December 20, 2013

Whether you live in Scottsdale or a surrounding city, are visiting for the weekend, or the season, hiking is probably a weekly occurrence, especially this time of the year. But with so many trails and mountains in the Valley of the Sun, how is anyone supposed to pick and choose where to hike each weekend? Below are three of our favorite
hiking trails in and near Scottsdale.

1. Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain
is definitely one of the most popular hiking spots in all of Phoenix. Named after its obvious “camel back” shape, the camel’s back can literally be seen from miles away, making it a true icon for the state of Arizona!

There are two main trails on the mountain; Echo Trail and Cholla Trail. The Echo Trail is considered by most to be the more difficult of the two. It requires quite a bit more rock-climbing than the Cholla Trail. Both trails are tough in their own right, but the end view is definitely worth the struggle.

2. McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve
is home to 120 miles of non-motorized and multi-use trails, making it a favorite for many Arizona natives. There are a total of 8 trailheads, giving hikers a wide variety and ability to change up their hikes on a regular basis.

3. Pinnacle Peak Park

Pinnacle Peak Park
reaches 2,889 feet at its highest point on the trail. There is only one trailhead at Pinnacle Peak Park, which can be too limiting for some. However, the trail reaches a total of 1.75 miles each way. Note that this trail is not a loop, so hikers often hike all the way to the end, and then head back, allowing them to pass quite a few stopping points such as Owl’s Rest along the way.

Camelback Mountain, McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Pinnacle Peak Park are our top three choices when it comes to hiking in and around the Scottsdale area. Be sure to check them out next time you decide to take in all that our state has to offer!

Here in Arizona, hiking is something that most residents and visitors do on a more than regular basis. Unfortunately, with hiking often comes knee and ankle problems; especially for those older hikers. Luckily, with Prolotherapy, you can heal the pain without having to go through surgery. For more information on Prolotherapy and how it works, call us at 480-907-3917 or contact us here.

Adult Stem Cell Prolotherapy, Age Management

Prolotherapy: Get Rid of the Pain Without Going Through Surgery

October 1, 2013

Prolotherapy Heal Pain Without Surgery

If you are like most other Americans living today, chances are you have some sort of joint or muscle pain. Since Scottsdale, Arizona has such great mountains for hiking (such as these:, the chance of having these pains may actually be increased. One of the most common types of pain involves the knee. There are many studies that have been done in order to determine what the main cause or causes of knee pain may be. While there are multiple causes, some of the most common include:

•Sports injury

• Athletics

• Hiking

• Genetics

• Aging

• Bad shoes

At DreamBody, we offer
adult stem cell Prolotherapy
, an advanced form of
that can manage and relieve you of pain through the use of its ground-breaking science. If you have never heard of
, then our blog titled “Prolotherapy 101: An Introductory Guide” may be the best source for you to get started.

This advanced treatment, also known as
Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT)
, works by triggering a controlled inflammation that then stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms in order to lay down newer and stronger collagen cells and fibers, thus healing your injury and ridding you of the pain!

Typically, patients require anywhere from two to six
regenerative injection therapy treatments
. Our doctors also suggest that each treatment be spaced three to six weeks apart to achieve the best results possible. This is made easy with our conveniently located medical center located right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale.

If you are afraid of going through surgery, or simply don’t want to deal with the hassle of pre-op, post-op and all of the rehabilitation that comes with surgery, Prolotherapy may be just for you.

At DreamBody, we know the importance of receiving as much information as possible before committing to any type of medical treatment or procedure. This is why we suggest anyone with chronic pain to schedule a consultation with us in order to receive the best and most appropriate treatment possible. To schedule your consultation, please visit: or call us at 480-907-3917 in order to get started on Prolotherapy!

Pain Management

Keep Running with Prolotherapy

July 10, 2013

Runners are naturally prone to injuries. That is the fact of the matter but, that doesn’t mean that every runner should have to deal with the pain that comes with the sport! No runner wants to deal with the hassle of surgery, but many think that it is their only option to get rid of the pain. When you sign-up for surgery, you have to go through the actual surgery, the recovery time and the rehabilitation. If you want to avoid surgery and get rid of the pain, try Prolotherapy. Prolotherapy is a surgery-free treatment offered here at DreamBody Medical Centers that is performed right inside our medical center.

Unlike surgery, Prolotherapy does not have any downtime or real rehabilitation. Most patients tend to feel localized soreness after the treatment, but nothing too severe.

The Process

• The patient receives an injection into the area of pain

• The injection then causes a controlled inflammation

• The controlled inflammation stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms to lay down newer and stronger collagen fibers and cells

This process typically requires anywhere from two to six injections in order to completely rid the patient of their pain. Each treatment is generally spaced out three to six weeks apart from one another.

Prolotherapy is a natural and surgery-free way to heal your running injury and reduce the pain. And the best part about this treatment? You can start to notice improvement as soon as two weeks from your first injection! Whether you have pain in your knees, ankles, shins or any other body part from being an avid runner, Prolotherapy can help reduce the pain and get you back to running in as little as two weeks from your first treatment.

Pain Management

Joint Arthritis: How to Ease the Pain

May 16, 2013

RIT Can Help Ease the Pain from Arthritis
Whether your
joint arthritis
came from skiing, running, playing too many sports when you were younger, or from simply getting older, it can be a real inconvenience.
Joint pain
can ruin your day, week or even your year. All of that cracking and popping is not only annoying, it is also painful!
Adult Stem Cell Prolotherapy
can help ease the pain that comes from the joint arthritis you experience day in and day out.

The doctors at DreamBody proudly practice some of the most modern technology out there,
Regenerative Injection Therapy
(RIT), also known as

Regenerative Injection Therapy
is a unique procedure that is used to reduce the pain caused from joint arthritis. Through this process, the doctor launches a controlled inflammation that stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms to lay down newer and stronger collagen fibers and cells into the body. This controlled inflammation is started by injecting natural substances directly into the damaged area in order to stimulate the natural healing process.

Most patients require anywhere from two to six Regenerative Injection Therapy treatments to reach their desired level of comfort and can expect to notice results and changes within two weeks of receiving treatment.

Joint arthritis is very common and can continue to get worse as time passes if it is not properly treated. RIT is a great option for those whose pain is holding them back from something – whether that be exercising regularly, playing ball with the kids, or even simple daily tasks such as walking up stairs.

Pain Management

Reduce The Pain WITHOUT Going Under the Knife

February 15, 2013

Do you hear constant clicking in your joints or have pain in ligaments that you find intolerable? Hate the idea of going under the knife? If you answered yes to both of those questions, you’ll want to keep reading!
is perfect for those with pain that don’t want to go through the struggle of surgery. Whether you have pain caused by a
vitamin deficiency, anacute infection
or some other reason, Prolotherapy can help to reduce that pain and get you feeling better than ever!

can be scary, dangerous and more often than not can result in exceptionally long recovery times. If you could
altogether and still reduce the pain in your tendons and ligaments, why wouldn’t you? It seems like an obvious choice to us, but the truth of the matter is, most people don’t know a lot about Prolotherapy and the positive results it can produce.

With Prolotherapy, you won’t have to go under the knife, be knocked out, or have to deal with any of the unwanted and inconvenient recovery time. Prolotherapy is a simple injection procedure that is used to strengthen tendons and ligaments that may be painful or weak from injury. Prolotherapy is very effective with little discomfort thanks to the ingredients used in the

Whatever your reasoning may be, Prolotherapy is a viable, successful and safe option when it comes to
pain management.

* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.