I talk a lot about ACP and PRP, two acronyms that relate to treatments harnessing your own body to heal your issues. But what on earth does it actually mean, this ACP? And how does it work?
I’ll try to keep this fairly high level, because I could talk about it for days. Needless to say, if you want to know more, just give me a call and we can talk about how ACP / PRP can work for you.
Using your plasma to heal
ACP stands for Autologous Conditioned Plasma, and PRP is Platelet Rich Plasma. You’ll see the word plasma in both – and that’s the secret ingredient here.
Your blood is made up of four separate components, and each performs a different function:
- Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body and remove carbon dioxide
- White blood cells help the body to fight infections
- Platelets are tiny cells that trigger the clotting process, and
- Plasma is a yellow fluid containing a number of substances, and it transports blood cells and platelets around the body
Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and regulates body temperature. It contains a complex mix of substances used by the body to perform important functions, including minerals, salts, hormones and proteins. It’s an essential carrier of nutrients in your body, and that’s why it’s our secret ingredient in treatments.
The treatment process
At the risk of getting a bit gruesome, I’ll go into the exact process of extracting that plasma so we can use it. The squeamish and feint of heart, you might want to look away!
First of all, we draw some blood from a vein in your arm. Think of it like having a blood test – it’s quick, relatively painless, and you don’t need to watch it happen if you don’t want to.
Then, we use a special machine to separate the plasma from the rest of the blood. This happens in the clinic, while you wait. We can have a cuppa and chat while the machine performs its magic.
Finally, once we have the desired substance – the autologous conditioned plasma, or the platelet-rich plasma, which are both basically the same thing – we then inject it all back into your body.
Why on earth would we do that?
It sounds a bit strange, I know, but honestly you won’t believe the results I’ve seen with this. What happens is the nutrients in the plasma stir something in the affecting area, meaning that the tissue begins to heal itself. Naturally, with no chemical stimulation.
And the best thing is, it keeps healing itself. It keeps literally rejuvenating. It doesn’t get to a certain level and dies off; it continues to grow and repair. Think of it this way: it’s like taking cells out of you when you were 20, and putting them back into you when you’re 40.
Some of the more old fashioned treatments such as hyrolonic acid only have a lifespan of about 18 months. Cortizone and anti-inflammatory injections will die off. But what we do with ACP / PRP is we are using living tissue, so you keep seeing results.
Plus, being a natural therapy means you can have as much as you want or need doing without worrying about allergic reactions. Unless you’re allergic to yourself, and I’m pretty sure you’d know that by now…
So what can you use it for?
Now, that would be telling. But stay tuned for future blogs where I’ll talk more about the specific issues that can be helped using PRP.
Or, as I said before, give me a call. I could literally talk about this for hours – I’m so excited!
Until next time.