Research Summary Update
Summary of Completed Research in Prolotherapy and Bioregenerative Injection K. Dean Reeves, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, University of Kansas “This work is provided under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.”
How Injections Work
Explanation of Prolotherapy and Perineural Injection Therapy (Perineural Subcutaneous Injection and Perineural Deep Injection) Definition: Prolotherapy is an injection whose primary intent is to repair connective tissue (that is, ligament, tendon or cartilage).
Prolotherapy Is Not Experimental
Most state boards of medicine have definitions for what is experimental and what is not. Those definitions are based on two major issues. In general, if a procedure as taught by post graduate programs for the healing arts and has level II (out of IV) data in multiple areas, it is not considered experimental. Click to read more about why prolotherapy is not experimental.
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Dr Steven Stavrou
Dr Steve Stavrou; Bsc. Physio (Wits) DTCM (AHPCSA)
Registered Acupuncturist and Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Registered Physiotherapist.
Dr Stavrou runs an integrative holistic medical practice combining both Chinese and Western Medicine modalities.
Dr Steve Stavrou qualified from Wits University with a BSc Physio in 1998.
He started working in a sports physio private practice in Northgate in ‘99 with a contract with the Pirates Rugby Club.
Dr Stavrou’s own private practice then expanded to include Chinese Herbs and acupuncture, and he completed numerous TCM training courses with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) from 2001.
He initially registered as an acupuncturist with the AHPCSA in 2001, and as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine in 2007.
He is also a trained and accredited Dry Needler, trigger point injection therapist, and biopuncturist. Dr Stavrou was extremely privileged to study Trigger point Injection Therapy with neurologist Dr Robert Gerwin in Washington DC, in 2006.
In 2010 he completed the Hackett-Hemwell Prolotherapy Training Course in Madison, Wisconsin.
Prolotherapy, point injection therapy and biopuncture are extensively used in his daily practise, and he is currently mentored by Dr Ross Hauser(MD) from Caring Medical in Chicago
Post- Grad Lecturing Experience
Dr Stavrou started lecturing both Dry Needling and TMJ courses in 2001, and has lectured to over 10 000 medical professionals worldwide.
He has currently written many post-graduate teaching manuals and has featured in South African magazine articles.
Dr Stavrou is a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine (AAOM), and is one of the only Physicians in Africa certified in Prolotherapy by the AAOM
Business, Wellness, and Leadership Coaching
Dr Stavrou has since 2007 coached many of his executive patients as a Wellness Coach.He has been certified as a “Lemon Leadership Facilitator” and uses many of the principles in his leadership coaching.
He enjoys a fruitful wellness practice that incorporates and delivers holistic coaching. In 2018 Dr Stavrou received his certification in business coaching by Gibs Business School.
Helen is a qualified and registered Occupational Therapist and Life Coach, having obtained her degree at the University of Pretoria in 1997.
Between 1997 to 2000, Helen pursued her passion for mental health and emotional wellness. She worked at various health institutions across Gauteng, providing group therapy and one-on-one counseling and trauma debriefing. She worked with chronic patients as well as acute patients, setting up Occupational Therapy (OT) departments and doing extensive staff training.
After a brief, but deeply fulfilling experience mentoring and coaching OT students at Wits University, Helen decided to integrate her experience of coaching and counseling with that of training, and joined a Corporate Training Organisation, The Pacific Institute.
Helen has worked as a freelance facilitator in change of management and leadership coaching for The Pacific Institute for over 12 years, as well as coaches in her private practice capacity.
She enjoys using an integrated approach to help her clients set goals, enhance their emotional intelligence, reach their full potential and find meaning and purpose in their lives. Helen’s unique combination of medical, emotional and cognitive experience makes her a compassionate and insightful Wellness Coach.
With a special interest in women’s health and wholeness, having overcome her own personal challenges, she aspires to treat her clients in a non judgmental and professional manner at all times.
She has been happily married to her husband, Dr Steven Stavrou for 13 years and enjoys the challenges and blessings of raising their 9 year old son. Her life is based on faith, hope and love.
Meneshre studied at the University of the Western Cape, graduating in 2001. Her passion to pursue a career in physiotherapy stemmed from her athletic background at school, being brought up in a sporty family and encountering her mom’s battle with osteoarthritis.
Her eagerness to learn and advance her skills led to her furthering her studies in Dry Needling, cervical manipulation, Mackenzie therapy and acupressure. She practiced at Addington Hospital for 2 years, gaining invaluable knowledge, experience and exposure to a variety of conditions and treatment techniques while satisfying the need to give back to the community. She was involved with the Red Cross Flying Doctor programme which provided health services to outlying areas in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Following one of her other passions, travel, she pursued the opportunity to gain international experience. Meneshre worked in the UK from 2004 to 2006, and was privileged to work in a musculoskeletal outpatients department. Her key focus was sports injuries and orthopaedic rehabilitation.
During Meneshre’s 3 years of practice, she was involved in holistic health and fertility, as well as physiotherapeutic rehabilitation.
Meneshre has enjoyed the joys and challenges of motherhood and her work passions. Physiotherapy is her channel to create a positive change in the world.
The South African Society of Physiotherapy
The Ozone Association of South Africa
South African Sports Medicine Association
American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine