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Simply select where you are experiencing pain for more information on your condition. RestoraLife can help you avoid surgery and ongoing chronic pain.

Our state-of-the art combination treatments include but are not limited to cell based therapies (stem cells), plasma injections (PRP) and laser treatments.

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Back Pain

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Lumbar Facet Injury
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated or Bulging Disc
  • Radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
  • Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Syndrome
  • Groin Tear
  • Other Disc and Low Back Issues


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Shoulder Pain - Front

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Arthritis of the shoulder joint
  • Labral tears or degeneration
  • Rotator cuff
  • Tendonosis
  • AC Joint Separation
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocations

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Elbow Pain - Front

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Nerve entrapment

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Shoulder Pain - Back

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Arthritis of the shoulder joint
  • Labral tear or degeneration
  • Rotator cuff
  • Tendonitis
  • AC Joint Separation
  • Shoulder dislocations

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Hip Pain - Front

  • Arthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinopathy
  • Labral / Labrum Tear

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Hip Pain - Back

  • Arthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinopathy
  • Labral / Labrum Tear

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Neck Pain / Cervical Spine

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Cervical Instability
  • Cervical Facet Injury
  • Neck, Back or Rib Instability
  • Disc and Cervical Issues Causing Pain

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Elbow Pain - Back

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Instability
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Nerve entrapment

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Foot Pain

  • Arthritis
  • Ankle Instability
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Peroneal tendon tear
  • Ligament sprain or tear
  • Sub-talar arthritis or instability
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Bunions

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Ankle Pain

  • Arthritis
  • Ankle Instability
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Peroneal tendon tear
  • Ligament sprain or tear
  • Sub-talar arthritis or instability
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Bunions

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Knee Pain - Front

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Chondomalacia
  • ACL Tears + PCL, LCL
  • MCL Tears & Sprains
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Pes anersine bursitis
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Instability
  • Hamstrings Tendinopathy
  • Biceps Femoris Insertional Tendinopathy

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Knee Pain - Back

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Chondomalacia
  • ACL Tears + PCL, LCL
  • MCL Tears & Sprains
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Pes anersine bursitis
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Instability
  • Hamstrings Tendinopathy
  • Biceps Femoris Insertional Tendinopathy

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Hand Pain

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Hand Arthritis
  • Basal Joint Arthritis
  • CMC / Carpometacarpal Arthritis
  • Instability
  • TFCC Tear
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger

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Wrist Pain

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Wrist Arthritis
  • Basal Joint Arthritis
  • CMC / Carpometacarpal Arthritis
  • Instability
  • TFCC Tear
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Stem Cells Become Any Cell

Stem Cells will become any cell needed in the body to repair painful or injured areas

Stem cells are incredibly special because they have the potential to become any kind of cell in the body. This fascinating ability to transform and divide has made stem cells a rich source in repairing damaged tissue, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone. When a stem cell divides, each “daughter” cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, liver cell, nerve cell or cardiac cell.

Stem Cells Become Any CellStem Cells Responsible for building and maintaining the human body

RestoraLife’s cell-based protocols are available for anyone experiencing chronic pain as a result of aging or injury. As we age, our bodies lose muscle mass, strength and cell regeneration. Our vital organs begin to lose some function as you age during adulthood. Aging changes occur in all of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs, and these changes affect the functioning of all body systems. Living tissue is made up of cells. And like us, our cells do not live forever. Most of the cells in our bodies today were not with us when we were born. Cells can split only a limited number of times. For example, fibroblasts, the collagen-producing skin cells, typically divide about 50 times. Once a cell reaches this end point, it enters a stage in which it no longer divides and finally dies. When the cell receives certain chemical signals that its time is up, the cell switches on a program called apoptosis that leads to the cell’s death. In other words, a cell that learns its time has come.

This being said, we harvest healthy cells from a donor and inject them into the injured area which boosts your body’s ability to heal again. Stem cells differ from other kinds of cells in the body. All stem cells—regardless of their source—have three general properties: they are capable of dividing and renewing themselves for long periods; they are not modified for a particular purpose or function and give rise to specialized cell types.

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RestoraLife, the leader in stem cell treatments, prides itself in staying on the forefront of Regenerative Medicine. One way we maintain our “patient’s top choice” title for chronic pain treatment is by offering Combination Treatments – including cell-based therapies, PRP (healing plasma) and class 4 laser treatments. Stem Cells are the key to ending opioid addiction for pain management.

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Chronic pain – #1 cause of long-term disability

Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined — Regenerative Medicine can help

chronic pain sufferersPain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system. It is a leading cause of disability and it is a major contributor to health care costs.According to the National Center for Health Stati stics (2006), approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain. Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability. The diversity of pain conditions requires a diversity of research and treatment approaches.
Pain can be a chronic disease, a barrier to cancer treatment, and can occur alongside other diseases and conditions (e.g. depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury).

For infants and children, pain requires special attention, particularly because they are not always able to describe the type, degree, or location of pain they are experiencing. Discoveries of differences in pain perceptions and responses to treatment by gender has have led to new directions for research on the experience and relief of pain. For example, medications called kappa-opioids provide good relief from acute pain in women, yet increase pain in men. NIH-supported scientists identified a gene variant of an enzyme that reduces sensitivity to acute pain and decreases the risk of chronic pain.

COX-2 (cyclooxygenase-2) is a major contributor to pain associated with inflammation. A study of genes affected by COX-2 led to the discovery of its role in connection to multiple cellular pathways that contribute to pain relief and adverse side-effects. Behavioral interventions for pain also demonstrate promise for providing pain relief either in conjunction with or in lieu of drug interventions. For example, NIH-supported research has demonstrated that individualized pain management programs may reduce cancer pain for some patients.

Unlike acute pain, which lasts temporarily, chronic pain is persistent and the pain signals continue for weeks, months or even years.

The definition of chronic pain is broad, and is generally defined as ‘any pain lasting for more than 12 weeks.’  Chronic pain has a lot of causes, ranging from initial injury or ongoing illness. There may also be no clear cause. As a result, chronic pain can be very hard to treat and can have negative impacts on patients’ lifestyles. If you or a loved one suffer from chronic pain, you are not alone.

We bring you key facts and statistics related to who is affected by chronic pain, its costs and how to manage it:

1) More than half of all adults in the United States have experienced chronic or recurrent pain in the past year.

2) Four most common types of chronic pain are:

  1. Low back pain (27%)
  2. Severe headache or migraine pain (15%)
  3. Neck pain (15%)
  4. Facial pain (4%)

The figures provided are from participants taking part in a National Institute of Health Statistics survey.

3) Women are more likely to experience the four most common types of chronic pain, and twice as likely to suffer from severe headaches, migraines or facial pain than men.

4) Age is an important factor when it comes to who is affected by chronic lower back pain. People 18-44 years old were less likely to experience lower back pain compared to those aged 45 and over, as found in a survey by the CDC.

5) Lower back pain is the most common form of frequent or chronic pain, affecting more than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64.

6) 7% of ongoing lower back pain cases develop into chronic pain.

chronic pain medication alternativeDid You Know Many Americans view pain as a misfortune and a sign of weakness?

Therefore, they believe it’s best to just keep going, as the pain should be dealt with by toughing it out.

If you or someone you love is suffering from chronic pain, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests talking to your doctor about managing pain without drugs through methods such as physical therapy and exercise or cognitive behavioral therapy. These methods can be more effective than drugs and have fewer risks and side effects.

RestoraLife offers Regenerative Medicine cell-based Therapies, such as stem cells and PRP to avoid surgery, downtime and medications!

LEARN MORE about our combination treatments and how RestoraLife has saved thousands from surgery, due to chronic pain.

Pain sufferers in shackles

To the pain sufferer, it is a shackle that keeps them from living their life.

This summer RestoraLife is celebrating the many patients they have helped take their life back from chronic pain.

When a new person walks through the door for their initial consultation, the story is pretty similar.  The sentence heard the most is “I am unable to do the things I would like in my life because of my pain.”  Pain can come from many different things.  However, to the sufferer, it is a shackle that keeps them from living their life.

At RestoraLife, the medical team helps patients to discover the root cause of their condition whether it is a bone-on-bone joint, chronic back pain or nerve condition. The medical director then selects a specifically customized plan to use the latest advancements in Regenerative Medicine to help combat the source of the problem instead of masking the symptoms.

Regenerative Medicine is something we are hearing a lot about recently, but what does it mean?

restoralife ceo with patient MarthaRegenerative Medicine, consisting of treatments like STEM CELLS, Concentrated PRP, Therapeutic Laser, connective tissue treatments, and more can help most chronic nerve and pain conditions.

RestoraLife utilizes these treatments in an individualized approach for each patient to provide a non-surgical, restorative treatment option that promotes the body to heal itself, without a long list of medications or painful procedures.

By focusing these treatments at the source of the pain, they have helped thousands of patients with a wide variety of conditions; take their life back from pain.

What makes someone a candidate for these Regenerative pain treatments?

Some examples of the problems walking through the doors are:  A 92 year old female that still has plenty of life left but is unable to walk any distance without pain due to severe osteoarthritis of her right knee.  This keeps her from being able to exercise or comfortably do her physical therapy in order to maintain her health.  Another female commutes from Winter Park for treatment each week because she found herself unable to sit or stand and walk without pain due to previous spinal compression fractures at the age of 62.  A 73 year old man from Viera, who found himself sitting around due to painful knee and ankle joints, which frequent cortisone shots were no longer helping.

The above patients are among the many that are singing the praises of the staff at RestoraLife Regenerative Care.  When talking with people in this office a common theme is how happy they are that the medical team takes the time to understand and address their specific pain.  “They all care.” Mrs. Cruz of Viera, Florida states, “Dr. Leyte, Nicole and the rest of the staff took the time to understand the different issues that were causing the pain throughout my back and lower body and dedicated the time and energy to help fix it.  After several weeks of treatment, I was in the kitchen dancing and cooking again.”

If you are a patient suffering from a nerve or pain condition that conventional medicine has not been able to help. Restoralife has an open door policy and invites you to stop by their office and take a tour and talk to existing patients being treated. If you would like to learn more about how Restoralife can help you with your specific condition, they offer complimentary consultations in their office that was designed to feel more like a spa than a medical office. The treatments are state-of-the-art and medically advanced to help with the most difficult cases, however, the environment they created is about healing and that is something a patient can feel when they first walk in the door. If education and learning is more your style, they also offer weekly seminars at local restaurants to allow patients the opportunity to learn more about the science behind these latest medical advancements in Regenerative Medicine.

Stem Cell Candidates

Stem Cell Treatments may not be right for everyone.

Over the last few years, stem cell treatments for painful conditions have become increasingly popular.  People are seeing outstanding results and reclaiming their life from pain.  Surgeries are being avoided, pain medications are minimized if not eliminated, and ongoing pain management efforts are ceasing.  Sounds great, right?

It is great, for many people and many conditions.  However there are instances where stem cell treatments are not the answer.  Not everyone and every condition can be treated successfully using stem cells.  Despite what some may say, this medically advanced treatment isn’t a miracle worker, and traditional treatments, medications and surgeries are sometimes necessary.

Stem Cell CandidatesStem cell treatments are essentially a concentration of materials delivered to a specific location that is in need of regeneration. The body recognizes the extra healing materials and sends additional resources to the area that assist in the rebuilding process.  This could apply to cartilage, ligament, bone, nerves, hair, etc.   It should be noted that these materials can produce regeneration on their own, however in order for maximum regeneration they need help from the body’s other healing mechanisms.

Blood circulation plays an important role in regeneration.  Our circulatory system is responsible for delivering platelets and other growth factors to the area of the body in need.  A compromised circulatory system can minimize the regeneration potential that stem cells may have.  Energy is also required for healing.  Diet and exercise habits play a role.  A compromised digestive system can stifle our ability to convert food into fuel and further repress healing.  Other medical conditions and medications can also slow or stop the regeneration process.  Tobacco and alcohol use can also have a negative affect on healing.  Any one or more of these factors can undermine an attempt at regeneration and pain relief.

Additionally, the location and severity of the condition play a primary role in determining if stem cells treatments are right for you.  Osteoarthritis (OA) is a good example of this.  Cell-based treatments are very effective when it comes to OA of the knee. However OA treatments for the hips may not respond as well depending on the severity of the condition.  This is also an example of how blood flow can play a part in regeneration.  Knee joints receive  more blood flow than hips and therefore are more productive in regeneration of cartilage.  Hip conditions can still be helped with cell based treatments, however, the patient needs to be seen by a clinician that has experience in understanding when a hip is too far deteriorated for stem cell treatments.

Needless to say, stem cells are not a black and white matter and they are not a stand-alone miracle cure.  The effectiveness of these treatments can be bolstered or muted depending on a number of other factors.  Determining whether or not these treatments are right for you can seem like a daunting task.  Add to this the growing number of “stem cell clinics” opening up across the country, of which the majority are not properly evaluating or projecting candidacy for effective outcomes.  How can a person even know where to start or who to trust?

RestoraLife offers free consultations for this very reason.  They also conduct public seminars weekly to educate people on stem cells and other regenerative treatments.  “A person should feel good about their decision to have these treatments.  They shouldn’t feel pressured and they shouldn’t feel like they are taking a huge chance”, says Nicole Hadjadj, Clinical Director and CEO.  RestoraLife evaluates each patient and condition separately, spending as much time as necessary with a patient to accurately determine candidacy.

Florida Stem Cell ClinicRestoraLife does not recommend services to all consultations for the reasons mentioned above.  “Unfortunately, not everyone’s body possesses a strong healing environment”, continued Hadjadj.  “Many times the hurdles of healing can be bypassed using other modalities like Laser Therapy.  Other times there are simply too many contradicting factors to even recommend a cell-based treatment.”

An example of this is a married couple came in recently for consultation.  The woman suffered from surgical complications and the man was dealing with Fibromyalgia.  “They were an amazing couple that operated as a team as they each lived with their painful conditions.  We wanted to help them so badly but could not recommend our services for them.  There were simply too many factors present that would’ve contradicted the regeneration process.”

Even though RestoraLife could not help them, they were both very understanding and appreciative of the time and care that was taken during consultation process.  They even took the time to write a personal letter to the RestoraLife staff expressing their gratitude and admitting that they would’ve started treatment had it been recommended.  They recognized how easily they could’ve been misled and taken advantage of, but were not.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a chronic pain condition and looking for guidance through the possibilities of regenerative medicine, call RestoraLife today. (321) 610-1848 

RestoraLife offers free consultations so individuals can receive the evaluation and information they need in order to make the right decision for themselves.

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Regenerative Treatments Giving Pain Patients New Hope

For those who are battling chronic pain, it has often seemed like there was no hope.

The traditional medical path for treating chronic pain has left many sufferers feeling trapped, as those traditional pain management techniques often are just not enough to relieve those who are suffering.  Currently, medicine focuses on minimally effective, potentially toxic drugs, short-lasting steroid injections or surgeries that offer no guarantees.

However, there is a new generation of clinicians focusing on a different direction for treating chronic pain. This new direction has been coined Regenerative Medicine and it’s a completely unique approach to the traditional orthopedic options.  The foundation of this approach is that the human body has always been capable of healing itself, but unfortunately, as we age and injure or wind up with chronic disease conditions, those natural healing processes become less and less proficient.  With regenerative treatments, these healing processes are given a new potential.

The goal of Regenerative Medicine is to uncover which of your body’s natural healing mechanisms are in need of restoration or revitalization and find a science-based technologically-advanced treatment option that will enable your body to do what it already knows how to do, heal itself.  There are 3 main healing mechanisms that focus on the processes of replacing and regenerating human cells and tissues to restore or re-establish normal function. These mechanisms are cell division, platelets and stem cells.

regenerative pain managementOnce a clinician determines which healing mechanism needs help, restoration is promoted through the application of cell-based treatments and bio materials.  These substances are naturally found in the body and when used in high concentrations, can drastically speed up the healing process.  Regenerative Medicine can be used for the management and healing of many orthopedic conditions including sports injuries.

Regenerative Medicine empowers the body to repair and regenerate itself whether it is arthritis, back, neck, knee, shoulder or hip pain, nerve conditions and even extreme conditions like fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy. Regardless of what chronic pain condition a patient may be suffering from, these new cell-based treatments relieve pain and accelerate natural healing processes already occurring in your body.

Regenerative Medicine’s quickly growing and rapidly advancing field is called Orthobiologics, which is simply the use of the body’s naturally occurring healing mechanisms that employ biomaterials such as platelets and stem cells to help injuries and disease conditions heal quickly.

By extracting and concentrating these bio materials, a clinician can then deliver them directly to diseased or injured areas thereby providing a means to stimulate the repair process and replenish the dead or dying cells. The healing triggered by this process can often prevent or delay the need for surgery.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, called PRP, is an orthobiologic solution for treating a large variety chronic pain conditions including ligament, tendon and joint injuries, arthritis and most other areas of chronic pain.  Platelets are partial cells that are found in blood that not only help stop bleeding, but also contain growth factors that the body uses to repair damaged tissues.  These growth factors play an important role in accelerating the healing of soft tissue injuries.  The goal of PRP therapy is to increase the rate of repair and regeneration of tissue by providing a highly concentrated volume of your own platelets that could never happen without the use of this advanced technique.

The area of orthobiologics that is growing that fastest and showing the most promise is the use of stem cells and other similar cell-based treatments that work with stem cells.  Stem cells help to back pain center flmaintain the body’s continuous cycle of regeneration, repair and healing.  As the body ages, the concentration of stem cells found in the body diminishes.  As the stem cell concentration diminishes, it becomes increasingly difficult for the body to recover from injury.  Similar to the techniques used in PRP, stem cells and the other cell-based biomaterials can be extracted, concentrated and delivered by a clinician into areas of chronic pain that need help. These building blocks provided at higher concentrations that can occur naturally due to the aging process are capable of advanced reconstruction and revitalization.

The popularity of these advanced regenerative treatments is growing quickly as patients now have an alternative approach to try that is minimally invasive, requires no down time like a surgery and also does not include the risks associated with surgeries.

If you are suffering from chronic pain and are looking for alternatives for prescription medications and surgeries, research in your area for a regenerative medicine clinic that specializes in advanced orthobioligic techniques.

Restoralife Regenerative Care is one such clinic serving the Brevard County communities since 2013. They pride themselves at staying at the forefront of the Regenerative Medicine Field and offer weekly Lunch & Learn Seminars to educate people with pain and/or injuries on the exciting new options for lasting pain relief using the latest and most advanced, science based treatment options.

Tips to Reduce Back Pain This Holiday Season

Reduce Back Pain This Holiday SeasonGift yourself with less neck and back pain this season.

The below tips are useful throughout the whole year!

The holidays can be a time of excitement among stress. For people with chronic back or neck pain, the struggles of accomplishing your to-do list can overshadow the pleasure of the season. This year, plan ahead so you can get your holiday chores and festivities done with minimum pain.

Another popular option would be to call RestoraLife for a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for Stem Cells, PRP and/or Therapeutic Laser Treatments. RestoraLife has helped thousands of people reduce pain and eliminate the root of the chronic problem. Got back pain, Osteoarthritis or Neuralgia? No problem!

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Here are 5 tips from RestoraLife to make this holiday season more enjoyable and comfortable.

Tip 1: Simplify Holiday Shopping

Back and leg pain, including sciatica, may make managing the mall difficult if not downright impossible during this busy shopping season. Why not pick up gift cards from your local drugstore or grocery store? You’ll be letting your family, and friends pick out items they truly want, while avoiding lifting and carry heavy shopping bags.
If you do want to buy personalized gifts, shop online. You can have the gifts shipped straight to your loved ones, and avoid long lines at the post office. Alternatively, have online purchases gift-wrapped and delivered to you, so you can hand them to friends and family in person.

Tip 2: Plan Ahead Before Cooking Meals

Having a big crowd over? Prepare as much as you can ahead of time. For instance, pies can be done the day before, and you can chop onions and celery for stuffing days in advance.
Before you start cooking, take a look at your kitchen. Is there a place you can sit while chopping? If not, why not use the living room for some tasks like snapping green beans? If you are using a high counter top, lean on it often for 10 to 15 seconds at a time to take some pressure off your back. Don’t get stuck in any one position for too long. If you forget, set your timer to remind you to sit down, rest, or stand up. At the meal itself, let your guests assist you with serving and clean up so don’t put too much stress on your body.

Tip 3: Make Decorating a Group Activity

Don’t try decorating by yourself. This is especially important when you’re moving heavy or cumbersome objects or putting up the Christmas tree. Get someone to help you, so one person can hand lights and ornaments to the other person to hang. This way, you’ll avoid repetitive reaching or twisting in a way that adds stress to your back.

Tip 4: Take Care of Yourself

The holidays can be so busy that you may be tempted to give up on your regular eating and exercise routine. Don’t do it—you need to strengthen and stretch your body with exercise no matter how hectic things get. Stretching can help you stay limber and reduce your risk of back or neck strain. If you don’t have time for your regular exercise routine, don’t give it up altogether. Try breaking exercise up into smaller chunks of time throughout the day.
Continue to eat regular, healthy meals. Gaining weight can make back pain worse. Keeping on track with healthy eating isn’t always easy during the holidays, so have some strategies in place before you start making the rounds at holiday parties.
For example:
•    On the day you’re going to a party, eat breakfast and have plenty of water to prevent overeating later in the day.
•    Once at the party, fill up your plate with low-calorie foods such as vegetables, leafy green salads and lean proteins. Drink more water.
•    Don’t stand within arm’s reach of munchies like chips or cookies.
•    If you want a high-calorie food, take only a little—enough to taste but not overdo it.
•    If you’re going to indulge yourself, choose something you don’t usually eat, like a piece of your aunt’s special pie that you only get to taste once a year.

Tip 5: Look Ahead

As you look ahead to the new year, consider simple ways to improve your back or neck pain. It can be as easy as setting a goal to add a 5- to 15-minute walking break to your day. You can sign up for that exercise class you’ve been thinking about. Alternatively, maybe this is the year to finally replace that old mattress.

Osteoarthritis (How to Avoid Joint Replacement Surgery)

Also known as Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis (OA) is an extremely common condition that involves the exposure and damage to bones in a joint as a result of cartilage loss.

Millions of people do not know exactly what it is, but continue to suffer silently in pain. OA is the most common form of arthritis, affecting approximately 31 million Americans. Initially it was viewed as a normal ‘wear and tear’ condition, but now it has become quite clear that it’s a disease that worsens over time. OA can affect any joint, but it occurs most often in knees, hips, lower back and the neck. As OA progresses, bones may break down and develop growths called spurs. Bits of bone or cartilage may chip off and float around in the joint further exacerbating the issue. Aside from the intense pain, it also interferes with the day-to-day life and can lead to functional disabilities.

Osteoarthritis and SurgeryThe symptoms of this debilitating condition vary, depending on which joints are affected and how severely they are affected. However the most common symptoms are pain, stiffness and soreness after inactivity or overuse. Other symptoms included limited range of motion, clicking or cracking when a joint bends, mild swelling around a joint, or pain that is worse after activity or toward the end of the day.

Eventually, the pain is too much and something must be done. Those suffering from this disease may be disappointed to learn that they have few options for treating OA through traditional medicine. Traditional treatments attempt to prevent the condition from worsening. Exercise, weight control, non-drug pain relief techniques and medications are all an effort to manage the condition. Exercise and weight control can be an effective effort if the OA is in its early stages. If in the later stages of OA, this physically may not even be an option. Medications and non-drug pain relief techniques are merely an attempt to hide the pain, but do nothing for the condition itself.

As a result, joint replacement surgeries are being executed in staggering numbers. In fact, more than 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed each year, and this number is expected to exceed 3 million by the year 2030.

However, growing populations of OA sufferers are learning that surgery is not the only option they have. Stem cells and regenerative treatments are becoming an increasingly popular option for OA sufferers. Not only do these treatments work to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with OA, but they also work to repair and regenerate the damaged tissue and bone at the cellular level. The reduction in pain and inflammation combined with the regenerative capabilities of cell-based treatments are successfully helping OA sufferers avoid surgery and regain normalcy of function and life. Furthermore, this is all done using minimally invasive techniques that involve little to no risk and downtime.

Patients receiving these treatments often report significant pain reduction within a few weeks. And due to the regenerative capabilities of these new treatment options, continued gains in pain relief and mobility are often experienced for months after receiving treatment. Most importantly, the pain relief from truly addressing the source of the pain and not just the symptoms is retained due to the regeneration and healing that has occurred.

If you are suffering from OA and are looking for alternatives to surgery and medications, search your area for a regenerative medicine clinic.

RestoraLife is one such clinic that has served the Brevard County communities since 2013. They pride themselves in staying at the forefront of the Regenerative field, offering combination treatments including stem cells, cell based therapies, laser treatments, platelet rich plasma and more. Restoralife offers free consultations and weekly Lunch & Learn Seminars to educate the public on the exciting new options for lasting pain relief using the latest and most advanced procedures.


REAL PATIENT EXPERIENCES

Harry M. – “I had pain in my ankle for 2 years and could not walk right. My only other option was an ankle fusion. Now I walk without pain!”
Condition Treated: Severe Degenerative Osteoarthritis – Ankle
Treatments Type: Combination (Stem cells / PRP / Laser Therapy)
Pain Relief Reported: 90%

Pete P.“I would recommend these treatments to anyone. I feel the best I’ve felt in 15 years!”
Condition Treated: Degenerative Osteoarthritis (Bone on Bone –Both Knees)
Treatments Type: Combination (Stem cells / Laser Therapy)
Pain Relief Reported: 95-100%

Deborah N.“Treatment was amazing! The staff was always concerned with my progress and pain level. The process was very professional and the outcomes exceeded my expectations!”
Condition Treated: Degenerative Disc Disease, Stenosis (Nerve pain down both legs), Degenerative Osteoarthritis (Bone on Bone – Both knees)
Treatments Type: Combination (Stem cells / PRP / Laser Therapy)
Pain Relief Reported: 95%

Don’t miss a PickleBall game due to pain or injury

What Is Pickleball?

PickleBall is a game resembling tennis, where players use paddles to hit a plastic balls over the net. The rules are simple and perfect for people of all ages and skill levels. The game can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for more experienced PickelBall players.

The History of PickleBall

PickleBall was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, neighboring Seattle, Washington. Three fathers named Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum, whose kids were bored with their summer activities — are credited for creating the game. Pickleball has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Florida. The PickleBall game is growing internationally as well, with many inner cities such as Brevard County / Melbourne FL.

pickleball brevard melbourne flThe Name of the Game
What’s with the name “PickleBall”?

PickleBall has a very odd name, especially since no pickle is ever used during the game. Accounts of how the name originated differ.

1. According to Joel Pritchard’s wife (Joan), she started calling the game PickleBall because “the combination of different sports reminded me of the pickle boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats.”

2. According to Barney McCallum, the game was officially named after the Pritchards’ dog Pickles, who would chase the ball and run off with it. According to McCallum, “The Pritchards had a dog named Pickles, and you’re having fun at a party, right? So anyways, what the hell, let’s just call it PickleBall.”

Others claim both accounts may actually be true. In the early years, no official name was assigned to the game. However, a year or two after the game was invented, the Pritchards purchased a cocker spaniel and named it Pickles. As the game progressed, an official name was needed and “PickleBall” was it.

Don’t miss a PickleBall game this season due to pain or injury

RestoraLife has helped thousands of people get back to their daily activities and sports without medication or surgery. As our bodies age, we lose bone density and muscle mass, therefore we can injure our bodies more easily. Sometimes as a result of an injury, we live with chronic pain. Medications and surgery most often make the painful situation more excruciating. Surgery limits our mobility and meds just mask the pain and make us feel reliant on drugs to feel any better.

Regenerative Medicine is non-invasive and works quickly to eliminate pain and Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)

Regenerative Medicine is a new approach with a focus on providing lasting Pain Relief. Regenerative treatments offer patients the ability to experience actual pain relief through minimally invasive procedures with very little or no risk, no medications, and no recovery period.  Regenerative treatments focus on the root issue causing the pain and help the body to heal at the source of the pain. Regenerative medicine is about long term healing, not masking symptoms.

The goal of Regenerative Medicine is to stimulate healing at the cellular level. Cell-based treatments promote regeneration wherever damage and degeneration has occurred. Nerves, cartilage, bone, ligaments and more have all been successfully regenerated, restoring function and providing lasting pain relief.  Patients with conditions such as arthritis, back, neck, knee, shoulder or hip pain, nerve conditions and even extreme conditions like fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy have all found solutions through Regenerative Treatments.

The human body has always been capable of healing itself, unfortunately, as we age and injure or wind up with chronic disease conditions, those healing capabilities are diminished. This leaves the body in a state of disrepair.  Regenerative Medicine stimulates the naturally occurring healing processes of the body.  Cell-based treatments utilize substances that are naturally found in the body and when used in high concentrations drastically speed up the healing process. Products such as Stem Cell and Platelets are used to help the body regenerate as needed and resume healing and recovery.  These bio-materials can be delivered directly to a diseased or injured area providing a means to stimulate the repair process and replenish damaged or dying cells.  The healing triggered by these treatments  has helped many patients who were told surgery was their only option, not only avoid the surgery, but regain the full function and live with dramatically less pain and often they find themselves pain free.

Back Pain Center MelbournePlatelet Rich Plasma Therapy, called PRP, is an orthobiologic solution for treating a large variety chronic pain conditions

including ligament, tendon and joint injuries, arthritis and most other areas of chronic pain.  Platelets are partial cells that are found in blood that not only help stop bleeding, but also contain growth factors that the body uses to repair damaged tissues.  These growth factors play an important role in accelerating the healing of soft tissue injuries.  The goal of PRP therapy is to increase the rate of repair and regeneration of tissue by providing a highly concentrated volume of your own platelets that could never happen without the use of this advanced technique.

The area of Orthobiologics that is growing that fastest and showing the most promise is the use of stem cells and other similar cell-based treatments that work with stem cells.

Stem cells help to maintain the body’s continuous cycle of regeneration, repair and healing.  As the body ages, the concentration of stem cells found in the body diminishes.  As the stem cell concentration diminishes, it becomes increasingly difficult for the body to recover from injury.  Similar to the techniques used in PRP, Stem Cells and the other cell-based biomaterials can be extracted, concentrated and delivered by a clinician into areas of chronic pain that need help. These building blocks provided at higher concentrations that can occur naturally due to the aging process are capable of advanced reconstruction and revitalization.

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Where to play PickleBall in Brevard County

There are 14 venues in Brevard County where pickleball players can play their favorite sport. Besides the 2 Viera locations, other places to play include the South Beach Community Center in Melbourne Beach, the West Melbourne Veterans Memorial Complex, the David R. Schechter Community Center in Satellite Beach, Sandrift Community Center on Singleton Avenue in Titusville, the Nancy Hanson Recreation Center in Cape Canaveral, the Flutie Sports Complex in Melbourne Beach, the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne, the Grant Street Community Center in Melbourne, the Walter Butler Community Center in Sharpes, the St. Teresa Catholic School Gym in Titusville and the Wickham Park Community Center in Melbourne.

Help Ease Fibromyalgia Naturally

RestoraLife’s Guide to help you ease pain associated with Fibromyalgia

According to a 2017 study, up to 70% of fibromyalgia patients report an increase pf painful symptoms during summer or winter. Changes in barometric pressure have also been reported to trigger fibro flare-ups. So, what can you do to battle the fibro flare-ups and symptoms that summer may bring?

RestoraLife™ provides six natural effective strategies for relieving your pain symptoms and minimizing summer’s impact on your fibromyalgia:

foods that make fibromyalgia worseStay hydrated — not with soda!

Ice-cold fountain sodas sound refreshing in the summer. For one, soda does not hydrate the body. In fact, they dehydrate your body even more! You don’t need me to tell you that soda doesn’t bode well for fibromyalgia sufferers (or anyone, for that matter). In addition, many sodas contain caffeine, which in the long term hurts you more than it helps you. So in place of soda, drink plenty of water or other liquids that will hydrate your body. Doing so will boost your body’s ability to regulate body temperate and perform other vital functions.

Not a big fan of drinking water to stay hydrated? Don’t worry – there are other ways to stay hydrated as well, including eating! That’s right – try eating some of these water-rich foods to stay hydrated this summer — Spinach, cabbage and celery (among others) are great choices for staying hydrated and cool.

Eat Right

Believe it or not – eating right can help keep you cool and fortify your body with the required vitamins and nutrients to help it better manage a flare-up of symptoms. Eat plenty of leafy greens as well as magnesium-rich foods like quinoa.
Besides eating foods to stay cool and hydrated – look for foods that are rich in the vitamins or nutrients your body needs to stay energized, relieve pain, promote healing and more. For anyone suffering from chronic pain, a few important vitamins and nutrients are magnesium, vitamin B12, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and iron.

 

Learn more about Nutrients That Can Help Ease Your Fibromyalgia Pain

In addition to eating right – avoid foods and ingredients that can aggravate your symptoms. Common culprits include artificial sweeteners, caffeine, simple carbs (sugars), dairy products and nightshade vegetables (i.e. potatoes, eggplants, etc.)

Did you know — humans are the only species that drinks milk after infancy?! Our bodies do not need it.

Stick to a sleeping (or at least resting) schedule

Sounds simple enough, right? Unfortunately, summer often throws a curve ball at our sleep schedules. It doesn’t get dark until later, meaning our body doesn’t begin naturally producing melatonin (hormone that regulates sleep cycles) until later in the evening. Our nights can become filled with more late night activities as friends & family take advantage of the warm summer evenings. Plan ahead now and be aware of your sleep needs so that you don’t inadvertently deprive your body of the rest it needs. Don’t put yourself out.

Incorporate low impact exercises (if you can)

If ever there were a secret drug to help combat a wide array of bodily ills, exercise is it. Perhaps not so secret anymore, exercise is of vital importance to a healthy body and mind. It is proven to improve mood, boost energy and promote better sleep.
Of course, exercise is a bit of a catch-22 if you have fibromyalgia. On the one hand – it has been proven to help improve symptoms long-term. However, for many with fibromyalgia, the widespread pain severely inhibits their ability to exercise. Just getting out of bed and taking a shower is enough to wipe you out some days – so the idea of exercising may seem a bit far-fetched.
If you find yourself in this boat – start out small and slow. Set a goal to do 5-10 minutes of low impact exercises each day. Low impact exercises like yoga, stretching or walking tend to be more gentle on the body but also promote healing. As you become more comfortable with your daily routine, gradually increase the amount of time you spend exercising each day. Finding a friend or family member to exercise with, makes it much easier. You’d be surprised how easy it is to come up with excuses not to exercise each day – having an exercise partner helps keep you motivated and you are more likely to stick to your goals.

Regulate body temperature

Your body may have a harder time regulating body temperature and adjusting to exposure to extreme temperatures if you have fibromyalgia. For many – perspiration problems like the lack of sweating sometimes associated with fibromyalgia handicap the body’s ability to regulate itself. These hiccups in temperature regulation can lead to symptoms like muscle pain, fever, lightheadedness, skin irritations and more. Help keep your body cool by wearing light, breathable clothing when possible. When planning your day or week, avoid planning activities that require you to be outside during the hottest times of the day – usually between 3 – 6 p.m.
As the temperatures rise and summer gets into full swing, take whatever precautions you can to help minimize your fibromyalgia flare-ups. Of course – you can still get out and enjoy it – just pay close attention to your body and know your limits. Your body will tell you when it’s time to slow down – but it’s important that you to listen to it. By eating healthy, staying hydrated, dressing cool, sticking to a sleep schedule, staying in shape and planning ahead – you can minimize the fibro flare ups and get the most out of your summer!









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