A Trigger Point Injection is a low risk pain management treatment used to reduce pain and promote healing of muscle tension and joint conditions. These injections are a mixture of Lidocaine and a corticosteroid that is injected directly into the site of pain to provide immediate pain relief and reduce inflammation, allowing the body to return to normal function. Unlike other anti-inflammatory treatments, like NSAIDs including Advil and Aleve, these injections treat the targeted source of pain and inflammation to stop it in its tracks and allow the body a chance to repair the damaged tissues.

What is a Trigger Point?

Trigger points are focal points in muscles that are prone to irritability and chronic tension when a muscle contracts. These focal points, also called “knots”, become activated in response to:

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Trigger points can occur in different muscles throughout the body, and are accompanied by their own characteristic symptoms, including:

What is an autonomic phenomena?

The part of the nervous system that is responsible for involuntary bodily functions or responses is known as the Autonomic system. This system controls basic survival functions like breathing, digesting food, changing heart rate and blood pressure, and reactive responses. The “Flight or Fight” response is an autonomic reflex. For example, when a person unknowingly touches something extremely hot or cold, before the brain gets a chance to process the touch sensation as pain, an autonomic reflex response occurs and the person pulls their hand away.

When a trigger point in a muscle becomes activated, it can trigger autonomic responses that aren’t necessary, which is why they are called phenomena. Blood vessels in the area can constrict, blocking the flow of nutrient-rich blood through the area, muscle fibers at the base of hair follicles can contract, causing goosebumps of the skin to appear, and glands in the area can be overactivated and release excess amounts of inflammation-causing chemicals known as pro-inflammatory cytokines. 

One of the more common spots where trigger points are prone to becoming activated and causing pain is in the neck and shoulders. Those pesky “knots” that a lot of people experience in these areas can be quite painful and irritating and when left untreated for extended periods of time, can have some serious side effects. The tension and inflammation of the knot cause pain and the autonomic phenomena of vasoconstriction can impact blood supply to and from the brain. This can cause:

Over time, the lack of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood supply to brain cells can result in cell death, which negatively affects the brain’s ability to perform normal functions. Symptoms relating to these cell deaths can include:

So how do the injections treat the muscle "knot"?

When the Trigger Point Injection is administered directly into the muscle knot, the lidocaine immediately numbs the area to provide instant pain relief. The action of the needle penetrating the cramped stimulates the muscle fibers to relax, relieving the tension, the lidocaine numbs the area for instant pain relief, and the Kenalong works over the next few weeks to reduce the release of inflammatory cytokines in the area. This reduction in inflammation allows the body to bring growth factors and proteins to the area to repair the damaged cells in the tissues to begin the natural healing process.

Activated muscle trigger points are something that people tend to ignore or use manual release therapies, such as massages to treat them, but often that may not be enough to achieve complete relief. If you find yourself relating to this, you should look into receiving Trigger Point Injections to experience the complete relief you seek. 

How do Trigger Point Injections work for joint pain?

These injections aren’t solely used to treat muscle pain and knots! Trigger Point Injections are corticosteroid injections, which have been used to treat joint pain for decades. The function of corticosteroids is to reduce inflammation by blocking the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, molecules that produce inflammation of tissues. 

When injected into an inflamed joint, these injections provide immediate pain relief and work to reduce the inflammation in the area. When inflammation is reduced, the body’s natural healing function is able to begin repairing and replacing damaged cells, ultimately working towards healing the tissue, in this case the joint, to return to normal and healthy function. There are many different reasons for a joint to become inflamed and painful, but regardless of the cause, these injections aid in reducing pain and inflammation and give the body a chance to heal itself naturally.

Some common joint problems that can be treated with Trigger Point Injections include:

On average, these injections provide relief for 1-3 months at a time. That’s 1-3 months of living without the debilitating pain caused by muscle “knots” or joint inflammation, all while your body works to repair the damage caused by these conditions. Trigger Point Injections are helping patients return to their normal daily activities and supporting their body’s natural healing abilities.

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In the U.S., new innovations in the medical field are opening the door for new forms of treatment for patients. Doctors are opting for more holistic medicines and patients are taking charge of their health, being more involved than ever before. One of the new approaches to treating patients is Functional Medicine. It is a systems biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of a disease or condition rather than focusing on solely treating the symptoms a patient may be experiencing.

The goal is to treat the root cause of a medical condition to have lasting health benefits beyond the scope of symptom suppression. Functional medicine practitioners focus on individualized treatment approaches that are patient-specific rather than disease-specific. Using low risk treatments rooted in nutritional science, cellular functions, and biology, functional medicine works to modify molecular and cellular body functions to reverse and prevent the development of medical conditions.

How does functional medicine differ from standard medicine?

Imagine going to your doctor and presenting them with the symptoms you are experiencing. They gather the information you give them then make a treatment plan to reduce those symptoms. They may request certain blood tests to ensure all your levels fall within the “normal” range and prescribe medications accordingly. Great, you will hopefully experience reduced symptoms and be able to return to normal life. But wouldn’t it feel even better to receive a diagnosis and a treatment plan that will focus on resolving the condition, reducing the need to take multiple medications for the rest of your life, and ultimately improving your health and wellbeing. 

Functional medicine also allows for more personal patient-clinician relationships, offers patients education on their condition and how the human body functions, and empowers patients by giving them the tools to improve their health. 

What kinds of medical conditions can be treated with Functional Medicine?

Optimizing the body’s normal functions can treat complex and multifaceted health issues, including:

The Functional Medicine Tree Diagram

How do functional medicine practitioners treat patients?

Every individual is different genetically and biochemically. All of our bodies have different requirements and needs in order to function optimally. By focusing on each patient’s individual characteristics, practitioners are able to find ways for the body’s normal healing mechanisms to resolve the problem. 

Practitioners have extensive evaluations with their patients, gathering information about:

They also review in-depth lab results to look for correlations between the physical symptoms and possible concerns on the lab results. Practitioners avoid looking at certain lab results and seeing the “normal” range because they know that every body has different requirements and being in the “normal” range doesn’t mean it’s enough to fuel their body optimally.

Practitioners encourage patients to take an active role in their health and their treatment. The body is capable of healing itself and preventing many diseases of aging when it is properly cared for and fueled to function optimally. Practitioners use a multifaceted approach to treat conditions and educate patients on their body and its different functions, explaining the importance of the different parts of their treatment, so their chances of successful treatment, as well as a healthy life, are improved. 

Treatments include:

The functional medicine model is a patient-specific treatment approach that uses proven scientific methods to empower patients to take part in their health care, while working closely with their practitioner to resolve the underlying causes of their symptoms to work towards the goal of optimal health and wellness. If this sounds like something you are interested in, schedule your free consultation here or call 352-512-9996 to learn more about how we can help you look and feel your best.

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Injectable dermal fillers are a minimally invasive cosmetic enhancement used to reduce the appearance of physical signs of aging such as wrinkles, volume loss, and sagging skin, as well as enhance facial features like the lips and cheeks, create contour and shape, and can be used to restructure facial features like the nose and chin as an alternative to invasive and expensive cosmetic surgeries. Using dermal fillers are not limited to just the face though, they can be injected almost anywhere on the body including the hands, buttocks, breasts, and even the labia for female intimate rejuvenation. The possibilities are virtually limitless, making fillers an increasingly popular alternative to major cosmetic surgeries. 

What types of dermal fillers do we offer?

There are different types of dermal fillers formulated from different ingredients. The most popular formulation is Hyaluronic Acid fillers. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in the body that plays a major role in skin hydration and volume, acts as a lubricant and shock absorber in joint capsules, and plays an important role in the wound healing process by controlling inflammation and attracting nutrient-rich blood to the damaged tissues to improve the rate of healing. HA fillers are versatile and can last anywhere from 4-12 months on average depending on the specific molecular structure of the filler. 

Recharge Clinic offers many different HA fillers by top rated brands Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero.

Another popular type of filler is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) filler by the brand Sculptra. This synthetic filler is different from other types in its chemical formula and its mode of action in the body. This filler solution is injected into the skin but does not produce immediate results like HA fillers. Sculptra stimulates increased collagen production in the body so it typically takes a few months to notice results as collagen is produced in the area. Although this type of filler requires some patience, the end result is worth the wait. Since the results are caused by the increase in natural fibrous collagen, they last much longer than HA fillers, up to 2 years. Sculptra results look and feel completely natural, making it extremely popular for restoring age-related volume loss in the face and hands and increasing volume in the breasts and buttocks for noninvasive and natural augmentation.

How do I know if dermal fillers are right for me?

There are so many different aesthetic options to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. With how versatile dermal fillers are, that can make it even more difficult to decide. Dermal fillers are an excellent treatment to fight signs of aging but that doesn’t mean that’s their only use. Some common concerns treated with dermal fillers include:

The best part about getting filler is the individualized experience each patient receives. Every patient has different likes and dislikes and filler gives each patient the result that they want.

Does it hurt?

Getting dermal fillers seems like it would be painful but it’s quite the opposite at Recharge Clinic. We offer topical numbing cream and lidocaine to all of our filler patients to ensure that their experience is comfortable. For patients getting lip fillers, on top of topical numbing solution we also offer dental blocks to completely numb the mouth so they don’t feel any needle punctures. We understand that there is often an extra level of nervousness when it comes to getting any kind of injections around the mouth, so offering a dental block to patients is the best way to calm their nerves. A dental block is a numbing procedure where a provider injects lidocaine into targeted nerves around the mouth to block any pain signals. The injections of lidocaine aren’t even felt! An oral numbing solution is applied to the gums in the spots that will be injected so by the time even the first needle stick happens, the patient doesn’t feel any pain. As with any kind of injection there may be some soreness and bruising for a few days after the fact, and there may also be some swelling depending on the area injected. We send all of our patients home with an ice pack and detailed post-procedure instructions so they know just what to expect and how to manage it.

Are dermal fillers permanent?

HA fillers are not permanent as they are slowly broken down by the body over time. Depending on the molecular structure of the HA filler and the individual patient’s metabolic rate, these fillers typically last anywhere from 4-12 months. A general rule of thumb is that the softer the filler, the faster it is broken down and metabolized by the body. HA fillers can also be dissolved at any time using an enzyme known as Hyaluronidase, typically known by the brand name Hylenex. This enzyme targets hyaluronic acid and immediately starts dissolving it without damaging the surface of the skin or any component of the dermal structure. Typically it can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes for the enzyme to completely dissolve the filler. Typically filler is dissolved because a small amount has migrated to the skin’s surface or to dissolve old filler to start over but it can be used for any reason the patient may have.

Sculptra, on the other hand, cannot be dissolved. Hyaluronidase has no effect on any other molecule besides hyaluronic acid. But since the results of Sculptra appear much slower than HA fillers, the subtle change over time and its natural look are often happily accepted by the patient. Also since it is a bio-stimulatory solution that enhances the natural collagen production in the body, there typically isn’t any medical need to dissolve anything, it’s all natural and accepted completely by the body. 

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Listen up ladies! We see articles on men’s health and their options to improve their health and quality of life all the time. But what about us? We want to learn about women’s health and our options to improve our overall health and wellness too! Recharge Clinic offers many different services and products to women to improve how they feel. Among these, one of our most popular services for both men and women, is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Specifically, Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) for men and women, both individually tailored to the gender and needs of each patient. So let’s dive into TRT for women and all of the amazing benefits it offers.

What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

Testosterone Replacement Therapy, known as TRT, is a form of HRT in which the hormone testosterone is supplemented or replaced using weekly intramuscular injections of testosterone or slow release pellets placed under the skin that release the hormone as they dissolve over extended periods of time, in women it’s typically 3 to 4 months. It’s a well known fact that TRT has incredible health benefits for men, but it also has amazing benefits for women! Women produce testosterone naturally in their ovaries and adrenal glands, in smaller amounts than men of course, but just as important! 

Women’s bodies require small amounts of testosterone to work in combination with other hormones to maintain:

Unfortunately, like most things made by our bodies, the amount of testosterone naturally produced in the female body declines as we get older.

What causes Low Testosterone Levels in Women?

There are many factors that can reduce testosterone levels produced by the female body. Age is the most common cause, as we get older, our bodies produce less and less of all hormones. In women age 40 and older, it is quite common to have low testosterone levels, especially women who have gone through menopause. 

But aside from age, there are other factors that can negatively affect testosterone levels in women of all adult ages, including:

Hormonal birth control methods and estrogen replacement therapy can alter the natural production and influence of hormones, including testosterone. The contraceptive patch and many brands of birth control pills contain estrogen to prevent pregnancy, but as a side effect, they may reduce testosterone production in the female body which results in negative symptoms. 

Adrenal disorders and chronic stress have a negative effect on the production and influence of testosterone in the body due to the increased production of Cortisol. The Adrenal glands produce Cortisol in response to stress due to the evolutionary “flight or fight” response that has kept humans alive for thousands of years. As part of this evolutionary response, Cortisol blocks testosterone’s influence on the body because evolution designed the “flight or fight” response to encourage the body to focus solely on surviving whatever situation has caused it stress. This was great when humans were living in caves and being hunted by animals, but nowadays the factors that cause a stress response in the body aren’t typically being stalked by a hunger animal, but more likely being overwhelmed with work or having a big party coming up that you keep procrastinating the planning for. But our Adrenal glands don’t know the difference, stress is stress, and they produce more Cortisol every day you feel stressed. In women, the increased levels of Cortisol blocks the small amount of production and important influences of testosterone on a woman’s normal bodily functions. 

Alcohol stimulates the secretion of Cortisol, and then Cortisol facilitates the rewarding effects of alcohol on the body that results in the “good feelings”. So heavy consumption of alcohol can have a huge impact on the body’s production and influence of testosterone. This is problematic in men and women of course, but since women already produce much smaller amounts of testosterone than men, the negative influence of heavy alcohol use and stress can be detrimental to healthy levels of testosterone in their body.

Living an extremely active lifestyle or having a strenuous manual labor job can also decrease testosterone levels in a woman’s body. Being active can be very rewarding physically and mentally, but sometimes your body’s hormone production cant keep up. Testosterone plays a crucial role in a woman’s energy levels and mood, and sometimes a woman’s natural production of testosterone may not be sufficient to keep up with the amount required by her body to maintain good energy levels and mood.

What Benefits does TRT offer Women?

This hormone plays a role in many different functions in the female body. It plays either a direct or indirect role in regulating mood, libido and sexual health, bone health, and many others.

Some of the major benefits of TRT for women include:

  1. Maintaining healthy bone density - this is very important since women are more susceptible to being diagnosed with osteoporosis as they age
  2. Increases lean muscle mass and aids in the burning of fat cells
  3. Increases libido and sexual fulfillment - as a sex hormone, testosterone can improve a woman’s sexual desire and drive as well as increase the pleasure and enjoyment of a sexual encounter
  4. Vaginal health and function - healthy testosterone levels support the structure and function of vaginal tissues, decreasing vaginal atrophy and reducing painful intercourse cause by vaginal dryness
  5. Can improve fertility - this hormone has a positive influence on Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH), which is crucial for women’s fertility
  6. Increases production of Hemoglobin - this is the protein in a red blood cell that carries Oxygen to cells throughout the body. Women who suffer from some form of anemia or anemia-like symptoms may experience huge improvements in their symptoms when receiving TRT due to the increase of hemoglobin produced
  7. Improves mental health, memory, and mood - testosterone has a positive influence on brain cells, improving their health and communication. This improves cognitive function, reduces brain fog and improves mental clarity, and boosts mood to combat feelings of depression or anxiety.

Am I going to start acting like a man if I start TRT?

This, for good reason, tends to be one of the biggest concerns for women when considering TRT. Well the answer is NO, you will not start acting like a man or start growing any male characteristics. Our Providers here at Recharge Clinic are highly trained and experienced in HRT. The prescribed dose of testosterone for women is much lower than what is prescribed to a man. Our Providers’ approach to TRT for women is to start small and increase dose slowly over time, if necessary. This greatly reduces any risk of experiencing any masculine symptoms. 

Our Providers also closely monitor all patients on TRT, and since women’s hormone levels tend to fluctuate more than men’s, they have all female patients come in to review their blood work every few months to ensure their dose is correct and make any necessary changes. This attentive care offered to patients by our Providers is comforting to our female patients, and is just one of the many ways that Recharge Clinic works towards our goal of helping all of our patients feel empowered, confident, and healthy!

If you have any concerns about your hormone levels or experience any of the symptoms we discussed earlier, schedule your free hormone screening today and take advantage of our women's TRT services, designed to help us ladies feel just as good as our husbands do since they started coming to Recharge Clinic for TRT!

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Recharge Clinic is proud to now offer therapy services to all existing and new patients. We offer adult, minor, senior, couples, and family sessions. Therapy can help someone recognize topics that may be affecting their mental health and teach them skills that they can use to cope with the symptoms that present themselves as a result of that topic.

Why Therapy?

Everyone faces challenges and struggles throughout their life, and sometimes those challenges can have a strong, lasting effect on a person mentally. There is a serious stigma about seeking therapy or counseling that can make it difficult for someone to reach out for help. Seeking help from a therapist does not mean that there is something wrong with you, or that you aren’t strong enough to handle life’s challenges. On the contrary, being able to recognize the benefits of seeking therapy shows a significant step forward on the path of self-care. Therapy can give someone the ability to learn life-long skills that someone can use to improve their relationships with others, mental and physical well-being, and overall quality of life.

How Common are Mental Health Issues?

Mental health is an important part of a person’s health and ability to participate in life to the fullest. Having a mental health issue does not mean there is something wrong with you. The definition of mental health simply refers to a person’s state of mental and emotional well-being. Having poor mental health does not necessarily mean that you have a mental illness, which is a diagnosed condition that affects your thoughts, behaviors, and interactions with others. Therapy isn’t available to only treat those with a diagnosed mental illness, anyone can benefit from therapy. 

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in the United States in 2020:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2016 and 2019, it was reported that in the United States:

Regardless of age, untreated mental health issues usually get worse over time and can have an increasingly negative effect on a person’s daily life. Therapy is recommended when a person’s emotional distress or mental health issues have an effect on a person’s daily life, social interactions, or ability to perform different functions.

Common signs that it is time to seek therapy include:

When is it time for me to consider therapy?

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There comes a time when trying to cope with a mental health issue on your own becomes overwhelming and difficult. Seeking professional help can help you learn to understand and manage the symptoms of your emotional distress in a healthy way. There are possible signs that it may be time to seek professional help to improve your mental health.

  1. Feeling overwhelmed/stressed - feeling like you have too much to do or too many issues to manage. It can feel like you’re drowning or unable to rest.
  2. Fatigue - this is a common indication of underlying depression and can cause you to sleep more than usual or make it feel difficult to get out of bed in the morning.
  3. Anxious or intrusive thoughts - feeling worried or having thoughts that you aren’t doing well enough in life can take a huge toll on a person’s mental well-being.
  4. Apathy - also a common indication of underlying depression, apathy is the feeling of losing interest in your normal activities, as well as losing interest in loved one’s lives or life in general.
  5. Disproportionate rage, anger, and resentment - when these feelings seem extreme compared to the situation or when they linger long after the situation occurred, and potentially lead to violent or harmful actions, there may be a reason that can be recognized in therapy.
  6. Hopelessness - feeling like you have no motivation to do anything or feeling as if you have no future can indicate you may be suffering from a mental health issue.
  7. Social withdrawal - feeling uncomfortable or overwhelmed around other people, can lead to a fear of being around other people and ruin relationships.
  8. Agoraphobia - this is the fear of being somewhere that a person may experience a panic attack or become trapped in that place. This phobia can cripple a person mentally, even making a person feel like it is unsafe to leave their home.

What if I’ve tried therapy before and it didn’t work?

There are many reasons why therapy may not have worked for you in the past. Finding the right therapist for you is like dating in a way. Different therapists have different approaches and styles of treatment that may or may not work for you. It’s important to do your research and meet with potential therapists to see if they’re “the one”. If you’ve been previously diagnosed with a specific illness, that can help narrow down the search. If you don’t have a diagnosis but feel the need to seek help, contacting therapists and setting up an introduction session can be very helpful. You can have the chance to explain your feelings and symptoms, they can get to know you, and if things feel right that’s great! If they don’t, at least that therapist can make recommendations to point you in the direction to find “the one”. This is the best way to go about seeking out a therapist because it reduces the potential of a patient walking away from therapy, saying “this isn’t for me” and giving up. If therapy didn’t work before, maybe it wasn’t the right therapist/patient match. The important thing to remember is that you are on a journey to a healthier life and the reward will be worth the time it may take to find the right help for you.

Therapy can help you learn about yourself, empower you to achieve your goals, and live a more fulfilling and happy life. Don’t let the stigmas and frustrations turn you away from professional therapy. Investing in your mental health is just as important as investing in your physical health.

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Semaglutide is an injectable peptide approved by the FDA in 2014 to use as treatment for type 2 Diabetes and weight management in obese patients. Over the years it has been discovered that Semaglutide has excellent weight loss benefits when combined with a diet and exercise program. This peptide has quickly become one of the most sought after options for weight loss due to the incredible results patients have seen, some even reporting that Semaglutide helped them lose up to 18% of their starting body weight!

What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) receptor agonist, that stimulates the production of insulin in the pancreas, which is secreted into the bloodstream to reduce blood sugar levels. Insulin activates cell membranes to absorb the sugar that is being transported throughout the body in blood vessels. The cells then metabolize the sugar into usable energy required for the body to function optimally. By reducing the amount of excess sugar in the blood, blood pressure is reduced, energy levels can increase, and metabolism speeds up to improve weight loss and reduce the number of fat cells in the body.

How does it improve weight loss?

Semaglutide’s influence on insulin is great for overall health but its weight loss specific interactions are even more incredible! This peptide also affects a patient’s food intake and appetite levels in a way that can boost a person’s weight loss results substantially. It slows the rate of digestion of food, which increases the length of time between meals that a person feels full, which can reduce the desire to snack and eat excess amounts of food every day. It also works in the brain to help block the hormone that stimulates hunger! Its appetite suppressing effects are achieved without causing stimulant-like side effects like other appetite suppressant medications that contain stimulant ingredients. This is extremely helpful for patients who would like an aid to their weight loss program but are unable to take any stimulant medications due to pre-existing conditions. Semaglutide’s weight loss results are only effective when combined with a diet and exercise program, weight loss is relatively unaffected when diet and exercise habits are not changed.

Benefits of Semaglutide (GLP-1) for weight loss include:

Are there any side effects of taking this peptide?

There are some potential side effects and limitations about who can take this GLP-1 receptor agonist. As with most types of peptides, the influence on hormone production can cause some patients to feel flushed, clammy, hot, and/or sweaty but these symptoms typically decrease as the body adjusts to the dose.

Common side effects include:

Most, if any, of the nausea, vomiting, constipation, and/or diarrhea typically occurs when the patient initially starts taking this peptide or when their dose is adjusted, but these symptoms typically subside once the body adjusts. 

If a patient does experience these, it is recommended to make the following dietary adjustments to reduce these symptoms:

The gastrointestinal symptoms may be the result of the slowed digestion rate of foods. The increase in the length of time food is digested means that food is broken down more than normal. As the gut flora (which is the healthy bacteria in the stomach and intestines that breaks down food) works on breaking down the food in the digestive tract, there are small amounts of gas that gets released. So the slower the digestion rate, the longer gut flora breaks down food, thus increasing the amount of gas released into the digestive tract, resulting in bloating, burping, etc.

To reduce these symptoms, it is best to avoid foods that are often linked to intestinal gas, such as:

In some cases, these gastrointestinal symptoms can cause Gastroenteritis, which is the inflammation of the intestines, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, AKA chronic acid reflux. Both of these can be treated by drinking plenty of water daily, and medications if necessary.

Semaglutide does have a black box warning to ensure providers and patients are aware of the risk of developing cancerous thyroid tumors. In animal studies done before FDA approval in 2014, there were cases where rodents developed benign and malignant tumors on their thyroid glands that resulted in thyroid cancers, including Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma (MTC). It was not determined if this GLP-1 receptor agonist will cause these symptoms in humans but for safety precautions, patients with a personal or family history of thyroid tumors, MTC, or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome, type 2 (MEN2) should not use Semaglutide or any other type of GLP-1 receptor agonist. 

How can I start taking Semaglutide?

Since Semaglutide for weight loss works best when added to an existing comprehensive weight loss program, Recharge Clinic is offering this peptide exclusively in addition to one of our many weight loss programs. It is safe to use in combination with all of our vitamin injections, appetite suppressants, including ones with stimulant effects like Phentermine, thyroid medications, and other weight loss supplements that we offer.

  1. The starting dose is 0.5mg, injected subcutaneously once a week, for four weeks.
  2. Dose may be increased by 0.5mg every four weeks if needed.
  3. The max dose is 2.0mg once per week, for four weeks.
  4. Patients must start out on the lowest dose but may slowly increase if necessary, but not required if a patient experiences good results at their current, lower dose.
  5. There is no limit to the length of time a patient may receive this peptide, as long as they remain in one of the weight loss programs.

If you are interested in adding this safe, beneficial peptide to your current weight loss program or if you’re interested in starting one of our programs and receiving this injection, be sure to ask your weight loss coach about it the next time you’re here or give us a call to schedule a free consultation to get started!

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There is a lot of misunderstanding about the use of Ketamine in the medical field and it seems that over the years it has become a “taboo” subject when mentioned as a form of treatment due to illegal recreational use. It is unfortunate that it has gotten a bad rap because it is a promising treatment option for many different mental illnesses. Racemic Ketamine Therapy, which is given intravenously (IV), is one of the most effective treatment options for treatment-resistant depression. As the name suggests, treatment-resistant depression is a form of depression that has not shown a positive response to antidepressant medications and/or therapies.

In addition to being a promising treatment for depression, Ketamine IV Therapy is highly effective at treating anxiety disorders, PTSD, chronic physical pain, drug/alcohol addiction, post-partum depression, suicidal ideations, obsessive-compusive disorders (OCD), and bipolar disorders.

How does Ketamine IV Therapy work?

Ketamine has been an FDA-approved anesthetic since the 1970s and has been used for decades for minor procedures requiring conscious sedation because, unlike other anesthetics, it does not slow breathing or heart rate, so patients do not have to be placed on a ventilator. Over the years it has been discovered that, at a lower dose, Ketamine has had profound effects on depression and other mental illnesses. 

The IV treatment causes the patient to experience a dissociative experience, commonly referred to as a “trip”, that usually lasts for about 2 hours. During this time patients experience a sort of “spiritual journey” where they can feel safe and confident in themselves, and feel like the weight of stress is lifted off of them.

During the infusion, Ketamine can produce:

Patients receiving this treatment are given a quiet and private room, offered pillows and blankets, and the option to have soothing white noise playing or a set of headphones to help make the experience as comfortable as possible. Before beginning Ketamine IV Therapy, Dr. Tieche and his team of providers work with patients to determine a treatment plan that will work best for them to maximize the beneficial results of this treatment.

How does Ketamine treat mental illnesses?

The results of this therapy are not produced from the dissociative experience itself, the long-term benefits are actually a result of the brain’s reaction to the Ketamine exposure. Ketamine breaks down the current synapses, which are the contact points between brain cells that work together to transport information throughout the brain to influence mood, energy levels, and the production of inflammatory proteins that cause pain and can damage brain cells responsible for mood, memory, and cognitive function. After the current synapses are broken down, Synaptogenesis (the formation of new synapses) takes place, with influence from the Ketamine, to increase the amount of synapses between brain cells and correct which receptors are activated on the synapses.

The correction of receptor activation results in improvements of:

How does Ketamine influence brain cell communication?

The influence that Ketamine has on Synaptogenesis is aimed at correcting the neurochemical imbalances in the brain that activate the NMDA and AMPA receptors on the newly formed synapses. The neurochemical Glutamate is responsible for activating these receptors and when too many of the NMDA receptors are activated, the imbalance causes Excitotoxicity, which increases the production of inflammatory proteins. In the brain, these proteins attach to brain cells and destroy them, which can result in declined cognitive function and mental illnesses. 

Ketamine helps correct the imbalance of receptor activation by:

  1. Binding to NMDA receptors, preventing Glutamate from binding to and activating them
  2. It also increases the amount of Glutamate available
  3. By reducing the number of NMDA receptors available, the Glutamate is forced to bind with AMPA receptors instead, restoring the balance of activation between these receptors
  4. The activated AMPA receptors influence the release of neurochemicals that are able to communicate information that leads to healthier brain cells and reduces the production of inflammatory proteins
How long does it take before I start feeling the results?

These incredible changes in mood and mental health are often noticed after 1-3 sessions. Usually a treatment plan consists of 6-8 sessions, improving the brain’s ability to lift itself out of the depression and pain more and more after every session. Many patients experience months, even years, of relief after their initial treatment series. Of course, not all patients are the same, so the actual number of treatments required may differ.

Patients have the option to be prescribed Ketamine nasal spray or troches to help maintain the results between treatments. Since the absorption rate of the nasal spray and troches is half that of the IV (which is 100% absorbed by the body since it is delivered directly into the bloodstream) it is safe for daily use to maintain the beneficial effects of the IV treatments without inducing the dissociative “trip”. 

Ketamine IV Therapy has changed so many lives and given people the ability to enjoy daily activities and be present in their loved ones’ lives again. Don’t let depression, anxiety, chronic pain, or other types of mental illness control your life. Take back your freedom and love for life with the help of Ketamine IV Therapy.

Created by: Bailey

CofixRX is a nasal spray that acts as a virucidal and sanitizer in the nasal passages. The main ingredient of this over-the-counter nasal spray is Iodine, which has been used for decades in the medical field as a highly effective antiseptic/anti-pathogen cleanser for surgical prep and wound cleansing. Iodine is an essential mineral, meaning the body needs it for proper function but cannot produce it on its own, so it must be ingested from foods such as salt, shellfish and seaweed, dairy products, and eggs. It is essential for proper thyroid function and when used as a topical solution it is a powerful solution that destroys viral pathogens, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Povidone-Iodine 1.25% is the active ingredient in CofixRX and it also contains purified water, Vitamin D3, Gellan Gum, Xylitol, Carrageenan, Polysorbate, and Sodium Hydroxide. All of these FDA-approved ingredients are sourced from here in the United States and the nasal sprays are also assembled and manufactured in the United States.

How does CofixRX work?

The solution is sprayed into each nostril and binds to and coats the nasopharynx and oropharynx, which is where illness-causing viruses, including Covid-19, the flu, and the common cold incubate. The Povidone slows the rate of absorption of Iodine into the body, allowing it to remain in the nasal passages for up to 8 hours to provide protection from foreign pathogens and bacteria. If a viral or bacterial pathogen enters the nasal cavity, the solution attracts and traps the foreign body then destroys it. CofixRX reduces the viral load of the Covid-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2, by 99.99% and destroys the flu and common cold viruses completely. The added Vitamin D3 provides 50mcg (2000 IU) per application to boost the body’s immune system. The way CofixRX works is actually quite a simple process. The Polysorbate and Sodium Hydroxide work as emulsifiers to stabilize the mixture of solutions, so the ingredients do not separate over time. 

  1. One spray in each nostril becomes effective protection within 45 seconds to one minute.
    1. The Xylitol, which is a naturally occurring sugar substitute, prevents the solution from having an unpleasant taste or feeling in the nasal passages
    2. The Gellan Gum binds the solution to the walls of the nasopharynx and oropharynx. 
  2. If at any point during the following 8 hours a person is exposed to a pathogen, bacteria,fungus, or parasite through droplet, physical contact, or airborne transmission through the nasal passages, the Carrageenan attracts and traps it so the Povidone-Iodine can destroy it within 45 seconds
    1. thus preventing the possibility of incubation and decreasing the foreign body’s potential of causing an illness
  3. The added Vitamin D3 is absorbed into the bloodstream and dispersed throughout the body’s immune system to aid in overall immune health.

How effective is it?

Utah State University’s Institute for Antiviral Research has performed extensive testing on CofixRX’s effectiveness on different illness-causing pathogens. One of their studies was a 7 day controlled experiment to determine CofixRX’s effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2 (the Covid-19 virus), Influenza B (the Flu), HRV-14 (the Common Cold), and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). The results of this experiment after each virus was exposed to the CofixRX solution for 45 seconds determined that CofixRX is highly virucidal against all four viruses. 

Based upon these results and other medical studies on CofixRX, it is believed that the proven virucidal effects of this product would have similar effects on different variants of these different viral pathogens and other illness-causing foreign bodies.

Is it safe for everyone? How do I use it?

The usage instructions for CofixRX are very user friendly and quick, making this a great OTC preventative for most individuals. For adults and children 6 years of age and older, simply shake well then apply one spray quickly and firmly into each nostril, equaling a total dosage of ¼ of a milliliter, of which 1.25% is the active ingredient Povidone-Iodine. Do not tilt your head back during application as it will affect the solution’s ability to properly coat the nasal passages. Do not use this product if you have a Shellfish or Iodine allergy. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before using this product if you have or recently had nasal ulcers or nasal surgery, a nasal injury that is not healed, trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate, heart or thyroid disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. After spraying the solution in each nostril the user is protected for 8 hours and can reapply 2 more times throughout the day, totaling no more than 3 applications within a 24 hour period. If a person sneezes or blows their nose within one minute of application, they must immediately reapply the nasal spray to ensure the solution is effectively in place.

What if I am already sick?

Although CofixRX is described as a preventative treatment, if a person is already sick they can use this nasal spray too! It will destroy any foreign pathogens and reduce the viral load in a sick person’s nasal passages, decreasing the number of infectious agents that the body’s immune system has to fight, and the Vitamin D3 will help boost the immune system’s abilities to fight off these infectious agents. Regardless of this product’s potent antiviral and sanitizing properties, it is still important to remember that the ultimate goal is to stop and prevent the spread of germs so it is highly recommended that people do not share their nasal spray with anyone else. Overall, CofixRX is a cost-efficient, safe, and powerful antiviral nasal spray that is an excellent addition to your daily illness prevention plan!

Created by: Bailey

So if you’ve heard about Microneedling, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of all the success stories that credit this facial treatment for the incredible results seen. But has anyone explained the actual science behind these results? The benefits of a Microneedling Facial is the result of stimulating your body’s natural healing response. Microneedling works by creating micropuntures in the skin, creating a small, controlled injury that sends signals through the body that there has been an injury to that area. In response to this signal, the body sends more platelets and proteins to that area to repair the damage. These proteins and platelets form into collagen and elastin fibers, as well as other skin cells, which replace the damaged cells. The new cells are healthier and stronger, resulting in firmer, more elastic skin with fewer dark spots and discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, and rough or uneven textures. The punctures in the skin are mostly unnoticable, though some redness or irritation may be seen for a few hours after the facial treatment. Topical numbing cream is available to provide our patients with the most comfort possible.

The micropunctures in the skin are made at different depths depending on the thickness of the skin and the type of blemish being treated. A depth from 0.25mm to 1mm is used to treat the outermost layer of the skin, known as the epidermis.The cells in this layer include keratinocytes and melanocytes, which are responsible for the texture and appearance of the skin. Microneedling at this depth is used to treat fine lines, shallow scars, dark spots, rosacea, pore size, and other superficial blemishes. Creating a deeper injury, usually between 1mm to 2.5mm deep, can treat blemishes in the Dermis, which is the middle layer of the skin tissue. This layer is made up of collagen and elastin fibers, hair follicles, glands, and also contains the blood and nerve supply to the skin. The deeper punctures stimulate healing and rejuvenation to this layer to repair deeper blemishes like larger wrinkles, sagging skin, and deeper scars or pigment issues.

The visible results from Microneedling usually become apparent after 2-4 treatments, usually 4-6 weeks apart depending on the patient’s needs. For faster, more dramatic changes, adding Fractional Radio Frequency (RF), Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), or both is recommended. An RF Microneedling treatment penetrates deeper through the layers of the skin and stimulates a stronger healing response by the body compared to regular microneedling. It is also extremely beneficial for treating acne because the energy waves emitted by the radio frequency create heat that kills the bacteria in the pores that causes active acne vulgaris and shrinks sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands produce an oil called sebum, which is necessary for skin health and protection, but when the glands become overactive, they produce an excessive amount of sebum which results in oily skin and clogs pores. Shrinking the glands decreases the amount of oil they produce and reduces the potential of getting clogged pores and cystic acne. PRP is added as a serum after the micropunctures are made, offering the skin a surplus of platelets and proteins to amplify the rejuvenating response by the body. This facial treatment is popularly known as the “Vampire Facial” because plasma is the viscous portion of blood that contains platelets and proteins required for healing. Adding both, RF and PRP, to a Microneedling facial treatment is the superior solution to experiencing the fastest and most dramatic results possible.

Microneedling with PRP can also be used to treat Alopecia and other types of hair loss. The same way that Microneedling stimulates the repair and rejuvenation of skin cells, it stimulates the cells and hair follicles on the scalp. By increasing the health of the scalp and hair follicles, Microneedling helps regulate the hair growth cycle to prevent premature hair loss and it also stimulates a longer growth phase of each hair follicle. The PRP supplies the follicles with vital proteins and nutrients needed to produce a hair strand faster and improves the structure of the hair strand as it grows out of the follicle. The results of this treatment include a decrease of hair loss or thinning, new hair growth (even in areas of complete baldness), faster hair growth, and healthier, stronger individual hair strands. Results from this effective treatment typically become visibly apparent after 3 treatments, each about 4 weeks apart, and then maintenance sessions are recommended every 4-6 months to maintain the results.

The increase in cell turnover and the production of new collagen and elastin fibers makes Microneedling a viable treatment option for a vast array of skin problems, from acne and sun damage to wrinkles and aging skin and everything in between! Be sure to schedule your free skin assessment with one of Recharge Clinic’s qualified estheticians and find out if Microneedling is the answer to your skin concerns!

Recharge Male is a supplement designed to boost testosterone levels using extensively researched natural ingredients. These ingredients are a proprietary blend of Maca Root powder, Fenugreek Seed Extract, PrimaVie Shilajit Fulvic Acid Complex, and Deer Antler Velvet powder. This combination boosts testosterone levels, playing a major role in increasing energy levels, mood, exercise performance, sexual desire, decreases depression and anxiety, and many other positive effects. Recharge Male is a cost effective supplement for those still unsure about making the jump to Testosterone Replacement Therapy, or TRT. It can also optimize the results of those currently on TRT, making it an excellent addition to a current treatment plan. The ingredients are naturally occuring, safe, and proven to boost testosterone levels, as well as other health benefits. 

Maca Root has been used for centuries in the Peruvian Andes as an herbal medicine to treat many issues relating to improper hormone levels. Its bioactive markers - Macamides, Macaenes, and Glucosinolates - work in the body to increase testosterone levels, decrease inflammation, and increase the immune system thanks to their antioxidant properties. These benefits result in increased libido/sexual desire, increased fertility and semen volume, improved mood and energy levels, and increased stamina and metabolism.

Fenugreek Seed Extract is known to boost free and total testosterone levels in men, increase sexual desire and drive, and aid certain metabolic conditions like types 1 and 2 diabetes by increasing the body’s carbohydrate tolerance and improving insulin function. It is also known to help control appetite, decrease inflammation, and decrease bad cholesterol levels. Supplementing with Fenugreek Seed Extract has shown an increase in sexual desire and arousal, resulting in the number of erections going from 1 a week to 2-3 a week and sexual activity going from 1-2 times a month to close to once a week.

Deer Antler Velvet powder is a supplement actively being used to increase strength and endurance. It also contains antioxidants which combat oxidative stresses from free radicals throughout the body. This helps to improve the body’s immune system, promotes rapid recovery from illnesses, fights infections, and counters the physical effects that stress has on the body. It can also help sharpen cognitive function and protect the liver from toxins. It is a known aphrodisiac, and is used as a natural treatment for erectile dysfunction. It has also been proven to increase the production of red blood cells, improve vascular circulation, and reduce tissue, bone, and muscular degradation.

The PrimaVie Shilajit Fulvic Acid Complex has shown to produce a 20% increase in total testosterone and a 19% increase in free testosterone. Shilajit is a herbo-mineral exudate that contains antioxidant properties, as it leaks out of the blood vessels into the tissue of the testes, it reduces the number of free radicals that negatively affect the production of testosterone and sperm production. Combined with Fulvic Acid, this complex reduces oxidative stress throughout the body, resulting in improved immune system function, increased testosterone production, and it helps to promote physical and mental youthfulness.

This supplement is filled with Mother Nature’s powerhouse combination of testosterone-boosting ingredients designed to increase a man’s general health and well-being. By boosting testosterone levels and reducing oxidative stresses, Recharge Male can help increase libido and sexual drive, increase energy levels, improve mental clarity and mood, and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. For best results, it is recommended that this supplement be taken in combination with a healthy diet and exercise routine as well as medically supervised hormone replacement therapy.

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