If you suffer from pain, you know how difficult it can be to find relief. Traditional medications pose unwanted side effects and offer little in the way of personalization. That’s why at Revive Me Mobile in St. Cloud, MN, we embrace IV therapy for pain – a faster and more comprehensive way to ease your symptoms and potentially restore mobility.
What Is IV Therapy for Pain?
Millions of people in the United States live with chronic pain, a factor that leads to increased rates of disability, mortality, and morbidity. But pain does more than exact a toll on the people living with it; it also impacts the economy with at least $560 billion spent every year on health care costs, in addition to lost productivity owed to chronic pain.
Treating pain, even that of migraines, is challenging at best because each patient poses unique needs. Blanket treatments like opioids commonly cause side effects that interfere with daily living, including constipation, dizziness, and drowsiness. They can also lead to tolerance and/or dependence. Antidepressants are associated with dry mouth, while muscle relaxers spur drowsiness. In short, none of these therapies are perfect.
Explaining Infusion Therapy
IV therapy for pain is so exciting because it offers fast-acting relief, a high rate of treatment success, and lasting symptom remission. It can also treat a range of different afflictions, including:
- Small fiber neuropathy
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Facial pain
- Pelvic pain
Pain occurs when NMDA receptors collect information indicating the body has been damaged or injured, and in turn, they send messages to the brain by way of interconnected nerves. Those same NMDA receptors gradually subside and shut down with acute pain but remain active and multiply in cases of chronic pain, thereby creating amplified signals of distress.
A Chance to Reset
Infusion therapy interrupts the activity of NMDA receptors and blocks pain signals so they do not reach the brain. When administered in a precise dosage, these treatments provide patients with almost immediate relief and give nerve receptors a chance to reboot. Repeated treatment turns off the pain signals that didn’t otherwise shut down naturally, thereby permanently stopping or at least reducing the sensation of pain.
How It Works
We provide concierge services, meaning we bring the IV treatments to you rather than forcing you to come to us. This is immensely beneficial when you’re suffering, for instance, a migraine and don’t want to get into a car to drive to our facility. New patients will have a consultation and physical exam that allow us to determine the IV treatment best suited to your needs; we’ll also use this information to identify the proper infusion rate, dose, and duration.
Your therapy will take place under close supervision of our staff, and after we start your IV, we’ll monitor your vital signs throughout treatment. Many patients feel relief in as little as 15 minutes, although the appropriate longevity and frequency of treatment will depend on the condition we’re treating. Once your infusion is complete, we’ll continue monitoring you before ending your session.
Although it may seem that IV therapy for pain is a new concept, it’s not. These treatments were first introduced in 1963 using lidocaine as a post-operative therapy. Since then, a number of studies have been conducted to support the efficacy of IV treatments for pain management. Therapy today strives to reach two goals: to significantly reduce pain and to restore physical functionality and mobility.
We offer six different IV therapies, each formulated in a unique way to deliver targeted results. They include:
- Hangover Treatment
- Pain Relief
- Immune Support
Pain Relief Formula
This is the most obvious therapy we offer for pain relief and is comprised of two ingredients, saline and Toradol. We’re going to break down these ingredients individually, because both are beneficial in treating pain. It’s true that saline rehydrates the body, although you’re probably thinking you don’t need such a benefit because you drink plenty of water. But the truth is that around 75 percent of Americans are dehydrated at any given time.
This doesn’t necessarily come as a result of insufficient water intake, although that doesn’t help. Instead, what we eat and drink alongside our water are the culprits. Caffeine, alcohol, and salt all dehydrate the body. We can also become dehydrated after working outside, vigorously exercising, or while fighting a virus.
One of the most common signs of dehydration is a headache that can range in intensity from dull to migraine-like, and it can afflict the side, back, front, or all of the head. In some instances, neck pain also persists. Saline can replenish the body, relieve pain, and ease additional symptoms of dehydration, including:
- Reduced urination
- Extreme thirst
- Dry, sticky mouth
This nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) has been evaluated after surgical procedures and proven to be effective enough in relieving pain that it decreases the need for opioids. But Toradol is not limited to post-surgery use; it’s also shown to reduce musculoskeletal pain, headaches, and migraines.
Even better, observational studies and randomized clinical trials have proven the efficacy of Toradol when administered as an IV treatment. Patients have further reported recovery to normal functions with sustained treatments, in addition to reduced inflammation and sustained pain relief. It’s even shown to be beneficial in patients who have not previously responded to other treatments.
Glutathione is widely recognized as the body’s master antioxidant. It defends cells against free radical damage and, in a broader sense, soaks up bacteria, toxins, and debris like a sponge. With its far-reaching effects, glutathione is involved in a number of critical tasks, including:
- Supporting immune functions
- Reducing inflammation
- Promoting mental clarity and high energy
- Improving sleep quality
- Brightening skin
Although the body naturally produces glutathione in the liver, production levels cannot meet demand when faced with high levels of oxidative stress. In addition, the body’s internal processes slow as we age, which is to say that different factors contribute to diminished levels of glutathione. IV therapy, however, has proven highly effective in replenishing this antioxidant.
A Treatment for Pain Relief
When glutathione levels drop, the body is vulnerable to a number of diseases and afflictions, including fibromyalgia. This condition poses treatment challenge because its many symptoms are often treated as separate conditions. The exact causes of fibromyalgia are also unknown, although we have determined it is at least partly the result of high levels of oxidative stress that lead to cell dysfunction.
Ramping up glutathione is an extremely beneficial way to fight oxidative stress and reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia, including pain. Glutathione is so important that inadequate levels serve as a sign for cells to activate their death mechanisms. It is the cornerstone of immune health and, as it fights damage inside and outside of cells, can reduce the debilitating effects of many diseases. For this reason, we include it as a potent way to relieve pain.
The Benefits of IV Treatments
IV treatments can be far more effective than oral medications because they enter directly into your bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract where sufficient absorption is not guaranteed. Every patient has an individual body chemistry that impacts the rate at which their system absorbs nutrients. We deter this by delivering nutrients where they can be carried throughout the body.
But the effects of IV therapy are two-fold in that the nutrients we administer are absorbed not only completely, but also quickly. This is how we provide rapid pain relief, whereas swallowing pills can take two full days to complete the digestive process.
Treatment times are also quick, with most sessions lasting about an hour. Throughout this time, you can simply relax and enjoy the process – in a place where you feel most comfortable. Whether you’re in the office or at home, we bring treatment to you in a way that is safe and convenient.
Treatments Can Be Customized
In addition to the six pre-mixed therapies we offer, personalized formulas are also available. We can customize your treatment of vitamins, minerals, and peptides after a consultation and laboratory testing.
Less Reliance on Pills
If you’re taking a daily regimen of oral medications and/or supplements, we may be able to help you reduce some of these pills. We’ll work with you to determine exactly what your body needs. In the case of periodic headaches, you may choose to schedule treatment on an as-needed basis. For conditions like fibromyalgia, consistent IV therapy for pain may prove more appropriate.
We’ll identify the frequency of treatment most ideal for you during your consultation. In some cases, regular therapy can even help prevent chronic conditions like migraines. The key is in addressing your body’s deficiencies, as we mentioned earlier, whether that means increased hydration, restored levels of glutathione, or a combination of nutrients.
Less pain usually equates to more energy to do the things you love. Pain can diminish one’s quality of life to the point that leaving the house sometimes becomes a struggle. Reducing it gives you back a lost sense of freedom and helps energize your body.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many people want to know how many treatments they’ll need to feel relief. Response to IV infusions varies, but we can say that most patients require several treatments. This number depends on factors like the exact medication and protocol being used. To provide you with long-lasting results, we may recommend a series of treatments delivered in a specific timeframe followed by regularly-scheduled maintenance sessions.
When Will I Feel Better?
Most patients experience positive effects almost immediately. These can include, apart from pain relief, improved mental clarity and higher energy – as previously discussed. The relief you feel will depend on the condition we’re treating. For instance, a person suffering from a migraine will likely feel more immediate relief than a person with pain caused by neuropathy.
Is This Therapy Right for Me?
Patients who grapple with chronic pain, routine migraines, or simply the occasional headache may benefit from IV therapy for pain. It is especially ideal for those who have tried and not responded to other treatments. This modality is both painless and easy to administer, and depending on the formulation we determine is right for you, may deliver additional benefits beyond pain relief. Glutathione, for example, is known to improve immunity and clarify skin tone.
A Proven Option for Pain Relief
IV treatments are used by many patients to address a variety of concerns, from lack of energy to immune support. These therapies are often the fastest and most successful ways to offer relief to those dealing with pain. Whether you need one treatment or a series, we’re happy to help. Schedule your consultation today by calling Revive Me Mobile in St. Cloud, MN.