STEM CELL THERAPY? ...BECAUSE IT'S 2016
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
I hope everyone had a blessed holiday filled with family and fun! I had a quiet holiday to allow time to get a stem cell procedure done on my knee. While this is a new procedure to Canada, doctors in Europe and the United States have been doing it for over 10 years.
STEM CELL TREATMENT The doctor extracted adipose tissue from my belly and placed it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge separated out the stem cells. They also took blood from my arm and put that in the centrifuge to separate the platelet rich plasma (PRP). The stem cells and the PRP were mixed together in a syringe and injected into my knee. The hope is that this wonderful concoction will regenerate my meniscus and reduce the pain from osteoarthritis. Stem cell therapy is being used to replace surgery and allow tissues to regrow themselves. This treatment also works for shoulders, hips and the spine.
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH Stem cell treatment takes on more of a holistic philosophy whereby patients are encouraged to take responsibility for their health to be sure the treatment will work. It's crucial to do prehab exercises to strengthen the knee before you go in. I have also been given a strict exercise protocol to follow post treatment. What goes into your body is important as well. You want to create an environment for the stem cells to multiply. To do this, eating clean is the key. Restricting sugar, salt and processed food keeps your inflammation down and allows the stem cells to get to work. Every body is different in terms of what percent improvement you can expect but for now I'm putting all the chances on my side.
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALTHY TRAINING The idea of taking responsibility for your health is also an interesting concept when we talk about training. Getting treatment when an injury crops up and doing your rehab exercises 1st and foremost to take care of chronic injuries will set you up for a successful year. Preventing injuries by doing stabilizing workouts and yoga has been proven to be effective especially for sports that have us continually moving in the same direction. Feeding your body the best possible nourishment will reduce inflammation and create an environment for your muscles to recover from workouts and become stronger. Staying injury free and eating clean increases your chances of reaching and exceeding your goals! What are your goals for 2016?
TIME TO SET SOME GOALS!! Measurable goals are important both in training and in racing if you want to improve fitness. January is a great time to set out long term goals. What is your A race this year? What B and C races do you want to complete to push you toward your A race? Pull out a calendar and start plotting out what dates work and then put together a strategy to set out weekly training goals to target your races.
NEED HELP? If you need help with a training plan, I can develop a program for you. The program includes a monthly and weekly plan with training goals to help you get to the finish line and maybe even a bit faster, if that's what you're after.
Happy and Healthy Training!