Do you feel as if your body doesn’t work as well as it used to? Are you distraught by the side effects of aging? Do you feel like you could benefit from faster wound healing? If so, exosome therapy at Optimal Health and Wellness in Pasadena, CA may be right for you. Today, we’re answering some of the most commonly asked questions about exosomes.
What Are Exosomes and What Are They Used for?
Exosomes are messengers that hop from cell to cell, communicating critical commands. They can be derived from any number of types of cells, including stem cells, but they all play a crucial role in helping nearby cells function correctly. Exosome therapy involves the use of these messengers to tell the cells in the area to start their regenerative healing processes.
There are many common concerns that can be treated with exosome therapy. For instance, exosomes can treat the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, arthritis, and tendonitis when injected into the affected areas. These communicators can also send messages to your hair follicles to grow hair, accelerate healing in torn muscles, and accelerate healing in fractured bones or damaged cartilage.
What Else Can This Therapy Do?
When exosomes are administered intravenously instead of injected into a problem area, you will enjoy more overall anti-aging benefits. For example, you will notice an improved range of motion and feel less pain as you go about your day. The health of your skin, muscles, and bones will improve, mitigating the risk of age-related injuries and health conditions. It can also be used to bolster the immune system.
Where Do These Messengers Come From?
These messengers accompany stem cells and are usually harvested from ethically sourced umbilical cord tissue or amniotic fluid. Specifically, they are donated after C-sections, processed, and frozen at a lab that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversees. Then, they are thawed very carefully before they are used. Freezing and subsequently thawing these messengers ensures that your treatment will be as effective as possible.
How Do These Messengers Help Facilitate Regeneration?
Years ago, stem cell therapy involved injecting stem cells into problem areas that needed help to heal. The therapy was very good at speeding up the body’s own healing process, but scientists did not stop studying the structure of the cell. As technological advancements were made that resulted in more powerful microscopes, scientists were able to see stem cells in much greater detail.
They realized that it was the exosome released by the stem cell, not the stem cell itself, that could communicate with many types of cells. When this messenger is injected into an area of concern, it programs the nearby cells to heal themselves optimally using microRNA. The chain reaction of efficient healing starts almost immediately, but it can take several weeks or months for the healing to occur.
How Is Exosome Therapy Different From Stem Cell Therapy?
Both exosome therapy and stem cell therapy are similar in that they are usually injected into the area of concern. The primary difference between the two therapies is exosome therapy yields faster results because separating the exosome from the stem cell streamlines the treatment process. Another notable difference between the two therapies is that the healing is more widespread with exosome therapy.
Also, it is much easier to store an exosome because it is longer-lasting and much more stable when frozen. Moreover, an exosome is easier to thaw than a stem cell and exosome therapy is usually less expensive than stem cell therapy.
How Frequently Will I Need Treatment?
We can tell you how often you will need treatments when you come in for your initial evaluation. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment. Therefore, each treatment plan is tailored to an individual’s unique needs.
If your goal is to accelerate healing in an area that suffered a sports injury or other traumatic injury, you may only need between one and three treatment sessions to achieve your ideal results. On the other hand, if you want to bolster your immune system, treat a chronic inflammatory condition, improve your cognitive function, or fight aging signs, you may need regular treatments.
How Soon Will I Enjoy the Results of My Treatment?
The regeneration process in response to exosome therapy starts almost instantaneously. However, it may take many months before you enjoy the full effects of the therapy. Individual responses to this therapy vary, but most people enjoy their initial results two to three months after the first session. However, benefits can continue to develop for up to 12 months after the initial therapy session.
Am I a Good Candidate for Exosome Therapy?
If you are at least 18 years old and interested in the rejuvenating benefits of exosome therapy, there is a good chance you will be considered a good candidate. However, you need to come in for an initial consultation to find out for sure. Typically, when determining who qualifies for this treatment, we look at whether an individual suffers from the symptoms of an injury, medical condition, or aging-related concern.
However, it is not enough to suffer from the symptoms of something that can be treated with exosome therapy successfully. It is also very important that a potential candidate does not suffer from a medical condition that could affect the treatment process. Also, it is very important that a potential candidate has realistic expectations about the results of the treatment and the treatment process itself.
What Can I Expect Throughout the Treatment Process?
If you think exosome therapy sounds beneficial, you may be wondering about what the treatment process is like. While the benefits of treatment vary from person to person based on their unique concerns, here is a good idea of what you can expect throughout the process.
The first step in the treatment process is coming in for an initial evaluation so we can determine whether you qualify for this treatment. We will discuss the symptoms you are having to verify you are suffering from something that could be treated with this therapy effectively. Depending on the problems you are having, we may ask you to show us the extent of your mobility issues.
We will also review your medical history to ensure there are no medical conditions that may interfere with the therapy. Once we have determined this therapy is a good fit for you, we will advise you on what to expect throughout the rest of the process. Then, we will schedule your first therapy session.
The next step in the exosome therapy process is preparation. Since this therapy is non-invasive, you don’t have to do too much to prepare for treatment. However, there are a few important things you must do to ensure the therapy goes as smoothly as possible.
We will advise you on what you need to do to prepare during your initial consultation, but the most important thing you can do to prepare for your therapy is to be as active as possible. Also, it is very important that you continue attending PT sessions if you are seeing a physical therapist for mobility issues. The more active you are, the more benefits you will get out of your exosome therapy.
We will determine during your initial consultation whether you would benefit the most from the exosomes being injected directly into an area of concern or administered intravenously. Regardless, the administration site will be cleaned thoroughly with an alcohol-based cleanser. If you are receiving these messengers intravenously, the treatment process will take approximately one hour. The injection process is much faster.
Be advised, there is no need to worry about pain from the injection or IV process. We will use a topical anesthetic to numb the area so you don’t feel any pain or discomfort during your therapy session. Once your therapy session is over, we will advise you on what steps you should take to care for yourself during the brief recovery period. There is no downtime required.
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In the past, it was impossible to treat the symptoms of aging effectively. With exosome therapy and other regenerative therapies, rapid wound healing is possible. However, this treatment isn’t just for healing wounds quickly. It can also be used to bolster the immune system, treat inflammatory disorders, and restore fine motor function. To learn more about exosomes, book an appointment with Optimal Health and Wellness in Pasadena, CA today.