Stem Cell Therapy

Align Healing Center Inc.

Chiropractic & Functional Medicine located in Danville, CA

The human body produces billions of stem cells. Medical studies show that using them therapeutically can help to heal damaged cells by replacing them with new, healthy cells. Studies show that stem cells can regenerate damaged or diseased tissues, reduce inflammation and modulate the immune system promoting better health and quality of life.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are the body's raw materials - they are cells from which all other cells are created. Stem cells are cells within the body without a predetermined function. The human body produces billions of stem cells. Medical studies show that using them therapeutically can help to heal damaged cells by replacing them with new, healthy cells. A stem cell can become many different cell types in the human body. The process of stem cells maturing into new types of cells is called differentiation. This process is the most critical aspect of stem cell therapies, as the cells become the type of cells required for one’s body to heal.

The type of stem cells that have the highest therapeutic benefit are called mesenchymal stem cells, or MSC’s. Mesenchymal stem cells are specific stem cells that have self-renewal, immune enhancing, anti-inflammatory, signaling, and differentiation properties.  MSCs' self-renewal capacity are characterized by their ability to divide and develop into multiple specialized cell types throughout the body. For example, if stem cells were used to treat a joint injury, cells administered during treatment could become bone, cartilage, and soft tissue cells and then replicate to create exponentially more cells on their own. Studies have supported the understanding of mechanisms, safety, and efficacy of MSC therapy in clinical applications. (1)

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine designed to repair damaged cells within the body by reducing inflammation and modulating the immune system. This phenomenon makes stem cell therapy a viable treatment option for various medical conditions.  Stem cell therapies have been used to treat autoimmune, inflammatory, neurological, orthopedic conditions, and traumatic injuries with studies conducted on use for Crohn's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, COPD, Parkinson's, ALS, Stroke recovery, and more. While stem cell therapy does not necessarily provide a cure for these conditions, the premise is to allow the body to heal itself well enough to mitigate the symptoms of the conditions for long periods. In many cases, this effect can substantially increase the quality of life for patients as well as delay disease progression. Studies show that stem cells can regenerate damaged or diseased tissues, reduce inflammation and modulate the immune system promoting better health and quality of life.

How does stem cell therapy work?

MSCs, once injected, start releasing proteins and growth factors. They send two signals to the rest of your cells. First, they signal the cells to reduce inflammation, quickly reducing pain. Next, they signal the cells to remove injured tissue and rebuild fresh, healthy tissues at the site. Mesenchymal stem cells have an innate intelligence and activate the body’s self-healing mechanisms. They seek out inflammation, degeneration, and injury. In other words, they give your body a boost of fresh,  young stem cells to help regeneration and repair. Our stem cells age with us, and we lose a significant percentage over time. That’s why, as we age, our body does not recover at the same rate as it did when we were younger. Mesenchymal stem cells can self-renew by dividing and developing into multiple specialized cell types present in a specific tissue or organ. 

Where do our stem cells come from?

At Align, we use human umbilical cord tissue which is rich in mesenchymal stem cells. The stem cells are taken directly from an area of an ethically donated human umbilical cord. As a commonly discarded tissue, the umbilical cord contains a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells, which are obtained non-invasively (2).

Why umbilical cord stem cells?

Our stem cells age as we do; stem cell numbers and effectiveness begin to decrease as we age. Utilizing new, vibrant, robust cells rather than scant, older, weaker cells makes the most therapeutic sense. For example, stem cells from a person in their fifties are not nearly as high quality as the brand new cells sourced from umbilical cord tissue. They are youthful, immune-privileged, undifferentiated cells with no rejection potential allowing the cells to be transplanted in a wide range of people without fear of rejection. Cord-tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells do not risk rejection within the body. No blood products are associated with them, removing the need for a donor match; they are universally accepted. Mesenchymal cord tissue-derived stem cells have been administered thousands of times at clinics worldwide without instances of rejection. In addition, our MSC's are not sourced from embryonic material and pose no ethical or cancer risk.

What can be treated with stem cell therapy?

  • Arthritis in major and minor joints
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Bulging discs in the spine
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Auto-Immune Disorders, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Nerve injuries
  • Degenerative neurological diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis

What does treatment consist of?

Our protocol consists of a medical consultation with a complete history and examination, clearance for your stem cell procedure, the procedure itself, and two follow-up visits. The first is your personal history and exam to discuss your options for stem cell therapy; pricing will be determined during this visit. The next is a medical clearance, payment, and scheduling of your stem-cell procedure. On the day of your procedure, you will receive a post-treatment class 4 laser therapy to increase stem cell activation and ignite the healing process. Follow-up visits are used to track progress and offer support.

How long does it take to work?

It’s important to remember that the results of this therapy aren’t instant. The body needs time to rebuild tissues, and that happens at a different rate for every person. Clinical studies have shown significant improvements as early as three months or as long as two years after treatment. Your results will depend on a couple of critical factors:

Age

The older you are, the longer it will typically take for the stem cells to do their work.

Medications

Certain medications can slow the process. We’ll discuss your medications at your consultation and help you decide the best treatment path for you.

Physical Activity

Most studies indicate that physically active people typically secrete growth factors more rapidly and efficiently than sedentary individuals. Physical activity is encouraged at the level that your body is accustomed to.

Severity of Condition

As might be expected, the more severe the condition and the longer it has been an issue, the longer it typically takes to heal.

Am I a good candidate for stem cell therapy?

Only a few things could prevent you from being suitable for this therapy. It’s essential to come in for a consultation so we can get a record of your condition and your medical history, go over the cost, and help you learn more about the best interventions for the fastest and most effective relief of your condition.

How much does stem cell therapy cost?

Each stem cell treatment is customized to the patient and includes an examination and medical clearance, a pre-treatment nutritional IV, the stem cell procedure, and two post-treatment nutritional IVs with a doctor's follow-up. The cost will vary depending on the patient's needs, and the average range is $9,600-$12,600.

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