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Understanding The Difference Between Weight Loss and Fat Loss | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Understanding The Difference Between Weight Loss and Fat Loss | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

Understanding the difference between weight loss and fat loss will help promote a healthy change and an improvement in an individual's wellbeing. Fat loss can be a part of losing weight however, individuals lose more than just fat. For most individuals, fat loss is the goal, so taking a deliberate, focused approach will generate the best results. Here we discuss how individuals can optimize for fat loss.

Understanding The Difference

  • Weight loss is the overall reduction in body weight
  • Fat loss is a reduction in body fat

 

When losing weight, the body is not just losing body fat, there are changes being made to each component of body composition. This includes:

 

  • Body fat
  • Lean Body Mass
  • Body Water

 

This is also true for weight gain. An individual cannot control how much is lost but can influence what is lost.

Weight Loss

There are hundreds of diet and exercise programs that can help achieve fat loss some better than others. The ones that tend to work better focus on the same thing, which is reducing energy intake from food/diet while increasing energy output through exercise and regular physical activity. This forces the body to make up for the missing energy by breaking down the body's tissues, including fat and muscle. As an individual loses weight, they will also lose some muscle in the form of Lean Body Mass in addition to body fat.

Fat Loss

Body fat is a combination of essential fat and storage fat. Storage fat is adipose tissue that has accumulated for reserved energy. This type of fat changes with diet modification and regular exercise. Too much storage fat can negatively impact physical and mental wellbeing, so this should be the focus for better health.

Focus on fat loss and not weight loss

There is a clear association between obesity and chronic disease. Focusing on weight loss can lead to unintended consequences like eating disorders. This is why the focus on fat loss is key along with healthy body composition. This is the recommended approach because it encourages the individual to move more and eat healthily.

Understanding health benefits of losing fat

Body fat percentage works better as a gauge of health than weight.

 

Weight is composed of lean body mass, body fat, and water, so any changes that occur in these areas can lead to weight gain and not just fat loss. Excess body fat, specifically storage fat, has a close association to chronic diseases like:

 

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart Disease
  • Various Cancers

 

The key is understanding that a healthy body fat percentage will help reduce the risk of these diseases, improve mental health and overall health.

Different ways to measure fat loss

Tracking body fat loss means having body composition tracked and monitored. There are devices and methods for determining body composition, including:

 

 

For truly accurate results get tested by a highly skilled professional who uses medical-grade tools for assessment. Cheap plastic calipers and at-home scales don't tend to be the best options.

Metabolism changes with weight loss

When losing weight there is more lost than fat. One loss can be Lean Body Mass, which is critical because the amount of Lean Body Mass that the body has directly influence Basal Metabolic Rate or the body's metabolism. The Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the number of calories the body naturally burns when resting. When focusing on weight loss and not making changes to minimize lean body mass loss, the individual decreases the size of their metabolism. However, if an individual continues with the same eating habits, this could be a setup for weight regain.

Weight loss can slow down metabolism

Here is an example of a typical set of body composition results of someone who would be clinically diagnosed as obese.

 

Along with weight and body fat mass measurements, the individual naturally developed muscles by carrying their body weight. This means that individuals that are obese also have relatively large metabolisms. Dramatic changes to Lean Body Mass and metabolism are not ideal, especially when the goal is maintaining healthy body weight.

 

This is why it is important to come up with a focused/customized approach for gaining muscle, losing fat, and body recomposition, rather than just weight loss. The weight and body fat bars on the above chart are significantly over average, as well as, the Skeletal Muscle Mass bar. This is common for individuals that are obese. Individuals that are obese have developed this muscle by carrying a large amount of weight. Large amounts of muscle begin to develop to move the heavy body.

Stopping weight regain

With weight loss, there will be some Lean Body Mass loss. This means a low metabolism, combined with non-regulated eating habits can lead to regaining weight. With no development of Lean Body Mass and skeletal muscle to help grow the metabolism, there is an increased chance for weight regain. It is crucial to focus on body composition, developing muscle, and Lean Body Mass. Along with continued changing eating habits after an individual reaches their target weight.

Building muscle, losing fat for healthy body composition

The main areas to focus on to change body composition, overall health, and wellbeing.

Focus on body composition, not on weight loss

Instead, track changes in body composition. This means optimizing programs for fat loss while minimizing Lean Body Mass loss. Weight loss will occur, but combined with proper nutrition and strength training can minimize Lean Body Mass loss.

Develop new eating habits

An important step is understanding how to improve eating habits by choosing a diet plan that will be fun and enjoyableWhen optimizing for fat loss, it will take longer than weight loss. Effective dietary plans go for half to one pound of fat loss per week. This is a manageable and sustainable goal that will not cause negative effects on metabolism. Slow and steady is the better option and will lead to long-term changes.

Start strength training to increase metabolism

Strength training/weight lifting is a great way to increase metabolism. Increased muscle benefits range from:

 

  • Increased ability to recover from disease/s
  • Reducing insulin resistance
  • Keeps the body mobile
  • Helps combat obesity by increasing BMR and metabolism

Body composition in the long-term

Fat loss is more important than weight loss and will lead to long-term changes. Understanding that working out smarter and finding out body composition numbers will promote getting fit while keeping the fat off. It will take longer than expected, but dropping 30 pounds in less than a year then regaining it all back is counterproductive. Take the time to make small, impactful adjustments that will lead to a lifetime of optimal health.

 

InBody

 

 

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References

Hall, Kevin D et al. “Calorie for Calorie, Dietary Fat Restriction Results in More Body Fat Loss than Carbohydrate Restriction in People with Obesity.” Cell metabolism vol. 22,3 (2015): 427-36. doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2015.07.021

 

Merlotti, C et al. “Subcutaneous fat loss is greater than visceral fat loss with diet and exercise, weight-loss promoting drugs and bariatric surgery: a critical review and meta-analysis.” International journal of obesity (2005) vol. 41,5 (2017): 672-682. doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.31

 

Tobias, Deirdre K et al. “Effect of low-fat diet interventions versus other diet interventions on long-term weight change in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” The lancet. Diabetes & endocrinology vol. 3,12 (2015): 968-79. doi:10.1016/S2213-8587(15)00367-8

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Understanding the difference between weight loss and fat loss will promote a healthy change and an improvement in an individual's wellbeing. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Body Awareness, Position, Movement, and Chiropractic Adjusting

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Individuals do not have a poor posture on purpose. It becomes a habit that just goes on until discomfort or pain present. Body awareness is known as proprioception. Proprioception is known as muscle sense or joint position sense. This is the subconscious nature of the body's understanding of its position in space and the ability to position ourselves comfortably.

 

Achieving proper and healthy posture means there needs to be a constant mindset of staying aware of how the body is positioned. Then regular adjustments of body position are required to maintain healthy body awareness and from getting into bad habits. To illustrate this consider walking forward in complete darkness. The body knows its relative position even without seeing and understands its existence in space. This is a function of the brain.

 

It is part of the subconscious and so have little to no control over it. Because of this individuals begin to lapse into poor poster habits. An example tilting the head when looking forward or all the way down when checking the phone. Over time, these bad habits contribute to spinal misalignment. This is where chiropractic can help individuals realize their proprioception tendencies and actively relearn and strengthen positive body awareness and break away from negative postural habits.

Body Awareness Habits

Laying the groundwork for correction of body awareness involves understanding the body's unconscious habits and the damage that is occurring. Chiropractic is highly effective for outlining what is happening with the help of radiological imaging and spinal curvature benchmarks. Once an individual begins to understand how their posture and spine health are being affected, they can make adjustments to combat this. This requires constant vigilance by the individual to actively realize and correct proprioception.

 

Optimal Body Exercises

For individuals that have engaged in dysfunctional habits for years, a chiropractor may recommend optimal loading exercises. This process involves teaching how to better balance the body for optimal posture development. For examplea chiropractor will have a patient strengthen a weak leg that is shifting the body's weight to the other dominant leg that results in unbalanced weight distribution causing hip and back pain.

 

Another example of optimal loading may include executing a series of motions/movements with the non-dominant side. The goal of optimal loading is to train the brain to balance the body in a healthier fashion, instead of reverting to a bad habit.

Ergonomics

Ergonomics can also help correct dysfunctional proprioception. They can help to address specific defaults of the subconscious. For example, the positioning of a computer screen at the correct height and angle can improve the habit of turning or tilting the head. Another example is utilizing custom foot orthotics to balance the feet and prevent pronation. A chiropractor can determine exactly where the ergonomic intervention will have a significant effect in correcting dysfunctional proprioception.

Chiropractic Relief

Chiropractic postural adjustments, optimal loading exercises, and ergonomics are all recommended tools in rehabilitating and preventing bad posture habits. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic will explore every possible approach to help patients understand and overcome the body’s bad habits, and help them achieve optimal spine health.

 

Body Composition

 
 

Muscles get weaker with too much sitting

When sitting the gluteal muscles, abdominal muscles, and legs become dormant. Sitting for extended periods day after day causes these muscles to begin to degenerate. Metabolism is linked with body compositionHaving more muscle increases metabolism and helps the body burn more calories.

 

Any muscle loss, especially from the lower body which is the largest muscle group, can lead to progressive fat gain if the diet is not adjusted. With time gradual muscle loss from the lower body can hurt functional strength, and older age increases the risk of falls and affects the quality of life.

Dr. Alex Jimenez’s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

 

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

References

Corliss J. Too much sitting linked to heart disease, diabetes, premature death. Harvard Health Blog. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/much-sitting-linked-heart-disease-diabetes-premature-death-201501227618. Published January 22, 2015. Accessed January 7, 2017.

 

Ergonomics for Prolonged Sitting. UCLA Spine Center Web site. http://spinecenter.ucla.edu/ergonomics-prolonged-sitting. Accessed January 7, 2017.

 

Florido R, Michos E. Sitting Disease: Moving Your Way to a Healthier Heart. U.S. News & World Report. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/09/14/sitting-disease-moving-your-way-to-a-healthier-heart. Published September 14, 2015. Accessed January 7, 2017.

Dr. Alex Jimenez's insight:

Poor posture becomes a habit that goes on until discomfort or pain present. Body awareness is known as proprioception. Chiropractic can help. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Whiplash, Herniated Neck, Radiculopathy, and Chiropractic Relief | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Whiplash, Herniated Neck, Radiculopathy, and Chiropractic Relief | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

Whiplash is one of the most devastating cervical/neck spinal injuries. Rapid acceleration and deceleration can be so powerful that it bruises, tears the muscles, ligaments, soft tissue, and herniates the neck's discs. Chiropractic relief can take care of initial and late-onset symptoms. As symptoms develop, they typically take the form of radiculopathy pain. Depending on the severity of the whiplash the types of symptoms that can occur include:

 

  • Swelling of the face
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder and arms aching and pain
  • Hands can swell and ache
  • Loss of mobility
  • Numbness or complete loss of feeling
  • Symptoms can get worse indicating progressive nerve damage

If left untreated the individual can face long-term, chronic spine problems. Injury Medical Chiropractic Relief focuses on treating the whiplash, radiculopathy, and herniated discs at the source. After assessing the symptoms and the severity we can develop the most optimal treatment plan for the individual.

Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy is the result of a pinched nerve. This sends pain signals throughout the entire length of the nerve. With the neck's nerve bundles, this means the pain travels as far as the face and hands. Tracing the extent of the radiculopathy informs the chiropractor as to which specific vertebrae have been affected.

 

For example, if the nerve bundle in C7, which is the lowest neck vertebrae gets pinched, it can present in the armsAnother example, if chronic and persistent headaches or cheek pain are presenting, then C3-C4 will be the focus. The key is to look past the site of the pain and find its point of origin. Tracing referred pain quickly will allow the chiropractor to get a handle on the symptoms, even after the accident.

Herniated discs

A major factor in radiculopathy is a herniated disc. Displaced discs are how nerve compression and signal disruption begins. Until the disc/s are realigned, corrected, and reset, the affected nerves will continue to suffer.

The Connection

Make mention of any vehicle accidents throughout life. This can help the chiropractor immensely in diagnosis. A severe case of whiplash can occur even if the airbag does not deploy. The rocking motion of the cervical spine is strong, meaning whiplash can happen at collisions as slow as 5 miles per hour. Whether a minor car accident, a roller coaster ride, or sports, the condition frequently presents long after the accident.

Chiropractic Relief and Realignment

A chiropractor must put together the clues of a condition to hypothesize the cause. If experiencing pain symptomatic with recent neck trauma, it is essential to get checked. Injury Medical Chiropractic Clinic will address the condition before symptoms progress to a chronic condition.

 

Body Composition

 

 

The Function of Skeletal Muscle

Skeletal muscle is one of three major types of muscles in the body. The others are smooth and cardiac muscle. These muscles are attached to the bone by tendons. Skeletal muscles consist of nerves and blood vessels along with connective tissue to operate properly. These muscles consist of cells that come together and form bundles of skeletal muscle fibers.

 

Strength training stimulates the muscle fibers and combined with proper nutrition causes the muscles to grow. Muscles contract and shorten pulling on the bone and joints. This is what causes body movement. The nervous system sends signals to the nerves in the muscle and trigger contractions. Besides movement, skeletal muscle helps maintain posture, generate body heat, and stabilizes the bones and joints.

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

 

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

References

Rodriquez, Arthur A et al. “Whiplash: pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.” Muscle & nerve vol. 29,6 (2004): 768-81. doi:10.1002/mus.20060

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Injury Medical Chiropractic Relief Clinic focuses on treating the whiplash, radiculopathy, and herniated discs at the source of the injury. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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The Health of The Spine and Chiropractic For Optimal Body Performance | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

The Health of The Spine and Chiropractic For Optimal Body Performance | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

The health of the spine and optimal body performance go hand in hand. When thinking about chiropractic treatment thoughts of cracking, popping, or fixing spinal kinks are what usually come to mind. This is true, however, chiropractic goes much deeper than just adjustments. Regular chiropractic will help maintain overall/optimal health and prevent:

 

 

Learn more about the treatment options and benefits that chiropractic can provide.

How Chiropractic Supports The Health Of The Spine

The main focus of chiropractic is on the health of the spine. This is because the spine's health is the base for all other aspects of the body's health. When the spine is properly aligned, nerve energy/communication and blood circulation are optimized to support the body's function. When the body is in proper form the health benefits are numerous. These include:

 

  • Pain alleviation
  • Increased energy
  • Increased productivity
  • Clear thinking
  • Improved biomechanics movement
  • Improved mood

 

The chiropractic approach is science-based and is highly recommended for achieving positive health results.

Treatment Options

Chiropractic builds-up the body's nervous system, immune system, and strengthens the musculoskeletal system. What to expect from treatment sessions depends on each individual's specific conditions, needs, and goals. Treatment can include:

Spinal adjusting

  • Spinal adjustments combined with other treatment techniques are needed to maintain the body's health long term.

Health Coaching

  • Understanding the causes of ill health/conditions will help manage and prevent issues. A chiropractor and a health coach can discuss positive lifestyle modification factors that will help like:
  • Posture education
  • Exercise tips
  • Stress management techniques
  • Sleep modification
  • Developing healthy diet habits

Deep/Soft tissue massage

  • Soreness, stiffness, and connective tissue flexibility problems are common with misalignment. Addressing these areas with physical therapeutic massage will help reinforce proper body alignment.

Prescribed exercise program

  • chiropractic practitioner will recommend exercises for strengthening and stretching muscles, tendons will provide support for optimal body alignment and overall health.
 

Health Potential

Seeking treatment options for improved health, consider a chiropractic provider. They will address the root cause to help bring out the best on every level. Chiropractic providers are in high demand and will get the body back to its full potential. See what the possibilities can be.

 

Body Composition Benefits

 
 

Best Diet for Weight Loss

Life is about balance and is important to remember that all macronutrients are needed to function properly. Protein does not just affect muscle, it also acts on hormones, enzymes, and antibodies. Carbs are an energy source that the red blood cells use, and without enough fat in the diet, an individual can gain weight by eating more filler foods. The body is a well-refined machine that does not function on fad diets.

 

The function is obtained through balance and variety in a healthy diet. The best diet for weight loss is not complicated or high-tech. The focus should be on whole unrefined foods, reduced red meat consumption, and plenty of vegetables. But, the food does not have to taste bad or have no taste at all. A too rigid diet can make individuals more likely to revert back into unhealthy eating habits. Try a salad with leafy greens, brown rice, sweet potatoes, avocado, black beans, and cilantro lime dressing. It may be a surprise, how healthy eating can taste amazing.

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez’s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

 

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

References

Meeker, William C, and Scott Haldeman. “Chiropractic: a profession at the crossroads of mainstream and alternative medicine.” Annals of internal medicine vol. 136,3 (2002): 216-27. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-136-3-200202050-00010

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The health of the spine and optimal body performance go hand in hand. Chiropractic providers will get the body back to its full potential. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Sleep Soundly With Chiropractic Adjusting | Dr. Jimenez D.C. | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Chiropractic adjusting: Poor sleep is detrimental to the body's general health. If it becomes chronic side effects like high blood pressure, brain fog, exacerbation or development of a disease, and chronic fatigue can set in. Getting the proper quality amount of sleep needs to become a priority. The hard work and to-do lists can only get done when the machine that is the human body is functioning well-rested and at full capacity. When the body is starved of sleep it sets in motion a downward spiral of system failure, burnout, declining health, and decreased productivity.

 

Assessing sleep quality

7 to 9 hours should be the objective for the quantity each night or day depending on shift work, etc. Quality of sleep is just as vital as the proper amount. Sleep quality can be affected by:

 

  • Chronic pain
  • Poor sleep hygiene
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of physical activity

 

Improper sleep hygiene can be associated with:

 

 

Here are a few ways to evaluate sleep quality:

 

  • The ability to fall asleep within 30 minutes
  • Not waking up unless to use the bathroom and being able to fall back to sleep within 30 minutes
  • Wake up feeling fresh and rested
  • Being full of energy, focused, and able to handle responsibilities

Spinal alignment affects sleep ability

Chiropractic can improve sleep quality by adjusting the spine, bringing the body back into balance. Chiropractic is an expert-based approach that will address any underlying issues with spinal misalignment that could be affecting sleep. Spine misalignment contributes to poor nerve energy circulation that affects the body’s ability to function and recover, which occurs during the sleep cycle.

A chiropractor will restore alignment and provide expert recommendations for decreasing pain and sleeping posture optimization. Poor posture specifically when sleeping, a pain-causing injury, and poor biomechanics can all contribute to poor spinal alignment. This affects the body’s ability to complete normal tasks like sleep. Not letting the body rest properly can exacerbate other health issues and create a vicious cycle of compromised health.

Chiropractic adjusting

Restoring the body's balance via the spine allows the body to properly move, heal, and function at full potential. Working with a chiropractic care provider can help this process and help restore refreshing and restful sleep. When sleep quality improves quality of life improves. Chiropractic practitioners can provide effective spinal treatment and optimize the quality of sleep.

 

Sciatica Pain Chiropractor

 
 

 

 

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

 

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

References

Fietze, Ingo. “Sleep Applications to Assess Sleep Quality.” Sleep medicine clinics vol. 11,4 (2016): 461-468. doi:10.1016/j.jsmc.2016.08.008

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Chiropractic improves sleep quality by adjusting the spine, restoring the body's balance to properly move, heal, and function. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Alexander Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Chiropractic Treatment For Chronic Stress Relief | Dr. Jimenez D.C. | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Chiropractic Treatment For Chronic Stress Relief | Dr. Jimenez D.C. | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

Chronic stress is a continued and constant feeling of stress that negatively affects the body's health if left untreated. It is caused by everyday pressures from work, family, or trauma, but instead of calming down and going back to a neutral demeanor, the worry and anxiety keep going. Chronic stress happens when the body experiences stressors to an intense degree, that the nervous system is not able to activate the relaxation response regularly.

 

 

Normal stress is an essential part of the body’s fight or flight response that keeps an individual safe from danger and ensures survival when something threatening occurs. If the stress becomes chronic and is not managed appropriately it can be detrimental causing or exacerbating serious health problems that include:

 

  • Mental health problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease/s
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

 

This affects almost every system in the body, directly and indirectly. The body can handle acute/short-term stress, but not chronic stress. Despite how chronic stress can damage overall health, chiropractic can bring the body back into balance and help manage the stress.

 

Chronic Stress Health

There are a variety of factors that can lead to the onset of chronic stress and include:

 

  • Mental health problems related to depression, anxiety, etc
  • Traumatic events like natural disasters, automobile accident, injuries
  • Caring for a family member or elder that is sick
  • Continued exposure to negativity from social media, news, etc
  • Chronic blue light exposure from electronic devices
  • Unhealthy habits related to poor sleep, unhealthy diet, and lack of exercise
  • Chronic illness
  • Having no stress management techniques or unhealthy coping methods

 

The body is not meant to be in a constant state of stress, as it does not allow the body to repair itself and rest properly. This can lead to the breakdown of cellular processes, proper organ functions, and lead to disease. Chronic stress has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and depression.

 

Identification

It is not easy to recognize chronic stress. This is because of its long-lasting nature that individuals get so accustomed to, that it becomes normal. Symptoms to look for when identifying chronic stress:

 

  • Mood fluctuations and/or irritability
  • Always worrying about something
  • No time to take care of oneself or take part in enjoyable activities
  • Little inconveniences become too much to handle
  • Constantly getting colds or infections
  • Rely on unhealthy coping mechanisms like junk food, or alcohol to manage the stress

 

Management Techniques

The ability to properly manage chronic stress is crucial for achieving optimal health. Management can be simple and straightforward. Options for management include:

 

  • Chiropractic
  • Healthy diet
  • Sleep improvement
  • Regular physical activity
  • Relaxation techniques like massage and heat therapy
  • Time management skills improvement
  • Reduced screen exposure specifically at night
  • Less time on social media
  • Mindfulness practice like meditation

 

Spinal Alignment

The techniques listed address reducing the external cues that affect internal health brought on by the stress response. Addressing internal imbalances will help the body return to a state of homeostasis. A common underlying imbalance that contributes to chronic stress is spinal misalignment. This is a root cause that could be over-activating the stress response which limits the body's ability to return to a relaxed state.

 

Chiropractic Management

Spinal misalignment/s hinders the nervous system’s ability to regulate the body’s stress response. This is due to improper nerve signaling and poor blood, and energy flow. Chiropractic is a research-oriented, science-based natural medical approach that specializes in addressing spinal issues. It gets the body's natural healing ability to activate returning the body's natural state of balance.

 

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References

Abdallah, Chadi G, and Paul Geha. “Chronic Pain and Chronic Stress: Two Sides of the Same Coin?.” Chronic stress (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) vol. 1 (2017): 2470547017704763. doi:10.1177/2470547017704763

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Young Adult Degenerative Disc Disorder and Optimal Spine Health

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Young adults don't think about disc deterioration/degeneration until it's time for the golden years. The disorder is known as Scheuermann's diseaseScheuermann's Kyphosis, and juvenile disc disorder. It affects young adults usually in the late teens to early thirties. Spinal injuries can be the cause but many doctors believe genetics that leads to disc degeneration is a major factor. And still, others believe it is the wear and tear on the spine as the main cause.

 

The disorder is characterized by disc degeneration throughout the spine. The discs are weakened and cannot withstand the pressure of everyday spinal support. Then the spine is open to all kinds of spinal health issues. These include:

 

 

 

If left untreated, the condition shifts into full-blown degenerative disc disease combined with various health problems like numbness, muscle weakness, and nerve damage. Juvenile disc disorder is rare but is a condition that requires immediate ongoing medical attention to make sure young adults and juveniles protect long-term spinal health. Adolescents with consistent back pain need to be thoroughly examined by a chiropractor. The value of an accurate diagnosis when it comes to developing and administering advanced treatment could be vital.

Cause For Concern

The disorder occurs when parts of the vertebrae known as endplates become too weak to withstand the spinal pressure inside the disc. The endplates are the top and bottom areas of the vertebrae that attach to the cartilage disc between each vertebra.

 

When the endplates become weak, segments of the tough cartilage can protrude into the endplate, and into the vertebra. These protrusions are called Schmorl’s nodes and can contribute to the pain.

 

Age-related wear and tear spinal conditions should not be present in kids and young adults. If there are persistent spinal issues and back pain there could be undiagnosed problem/s. Potential symptoms can include:

 

  • Continued pain throughout the spine/back
  • Sitting, standing, or laying down causes an aching back
  • Transitioning from walking to running or vice versa causes pain
  • Bending, lifting non-heavy objects causes aching and pain
  • Stretching the arms over the head causes aches and pain
  • Posture problems to compensate for the back discomfort and pain
  • Sleep problems

 

Disc Disorder Management

Because the disorder primarily affects the vertebral discs, chiropractic pain management is focused on reducing the pressure and strain on the discs. However, it does not mean that activity is to be restricted. Managing the condition focuses on improving strength and flexibility.

 

Foundation strengthening/support is where a chiropractor could begin. This strengthens the hips, thighs, and hamstrings promoting stabilization of the posterior chain. This leads to body core stability and less spinal concussion during activity/s. Stretching exercises help maintain flexibility for dynamic movements like twisting and bending.

 

Aerobic activity is also recommended to keep the condition in check. The heart-pumping circulates more blood throughout the body ensuring that the inflamed or injured areas get plenty of oxygenated blood, specifically the spine. Body mechanics also play a role as a proper heel striking when walking or running.

 

Proper body mechanics lessens the impact of the aerobics on the spine and promotes overall wellness. Chiropractic spinal adjustments and realignment could also be part of a management treatment plan. High-velocity low amplitude adjustments help to reset the vertebrae and takes the stress off of discs.

 

Prevention

Addressing any disc disorder early is the first step to prevent a lifetime of back pain problems. Seeking a chiropractic assessment as soon as possible will help identify any spinal misalignments or underlying conditions that mimick back pain symptoms/conditions. A chiropractor will develop a customized treatment/management plan to fit an individual's needs.

 

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References

Heithoff, K B et al. “Juvenile discogenic disease.” Spine vol. 19,3 (1994): 335-40. doi:10.1097/00007632-199402000-00014

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Chiropractic and High-Blood Pressure Management | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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The heart never stops working. The efficiency of the heart and how it operates depends on various factors related to individual health. High blood pressure management can include chiropractic treatment for proper spinal alignment. This promotes improved nervous system function, regulation, and optimal blood flow throughout the body.

 

High blood pressure is also known as hypertension, often it has no symptoms, and if left untreated, it could lead to heart conditions like heart disease and stroke. Blood pressure is the force the heart exerts on the arteries each time it contracts and relaxes. It is measured with a blood pressure cuff or monitor.

 

  • Normal is around 120/80 mmHg
  • A blood pressure reading of 130/90 mmHg or more, is categorized as high blood pressure.

 

High blood pressure

Any type of heart condition can place added strain on the body and can lead to poor quality of life, disease, and be fatal. When the body's ability to pump the proper amount of blood gets compromised the body suffers from a lack of oxygenated blood. These issues can go undiagnosed for years. Often high blood pressure does not get associated with any specific symptoms other than general poor health. When left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to issues like:

 

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Dementia

 

Prevention and regular monitoring are crucial for staying on top of any potential heart issues.

 

Heart conditions

Different heart conditions can cause pain in the chest, upper back, and shoulder(s):

 

  • Angina is when the heart muscle does not get enough blood causing chest pain.
  • A heart attack occurs when there is reduced or complete loss of blood supply from the blockage of an artery.
  • Pericarditis is the inflammation of the thin layers that surround the heart.

 

Heart conditions are commonly associated with chest pain but remember that chest pain is not always present or severe. Pain-related to the heart can also be felt in other areas, like the shoulder or upper back.

 

Risk factors

Risk factors associated with high blood pressure include:

 

  • An unhealthy diet high full of processed foods, sugar, and salt
  • Age
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Metabolic disease/s like:

 

  1. Obesity
  2. Kidney disease
  3. Diabetes

 

The most common treatment for high blood pressure is medication. However, this does not address the root cause of the issue in relation to individual lifestyle and underlying imbalances of the body that include the spine.

 

Lifestyle

Lifestyle adjustments should be the first line of defense for managing, and reversing heart health issues. High blood pressure management includes:

 

  • Focus on nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Stress management

 

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a specialized approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of musculoskeletal health issues and optimized organ function through restored impaired nerve function. Spinal misalignment can cause nerve signals to be impaired/damaged that can affect the heart and overall health.

 

A chiropractic physician can help reduce the strain on the body’s functions by restoring nerve function/energy/blood flow with spinal adjustments that bring the body back into proper alignment. One primary cause of high blood pressure is over-activation of the autonomic nervous system, which regulates the stress response.

 

When spinal alignment is achieved, there is improved regulation to prevent unnecessary spikes in stress affecting body homeostasis and organ function. Chiropractic can help an individual achieve the best possible heart health. Once the diagnosis is found, an effective customized treatment plan will be developed.

 

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References

Win, Ni Ni et al. “Effects of Upper and Lower Cervical Spinal Manipulative Therapy on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Variability in Volunteers and Patients With Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled, Cross-Over, Preliminary Study.” Journal of chiropractic medicine vol. 14,1 (2015): 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.jcm.2014.12.005

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Chiropractic Techniques: Spinal Manipulation | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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There is a multitude of chiropractic techniques for spinal alignment. They are used by chiropractors all over the world. All chiropractors have their favorite and specific techniques that they utilize. Depending on how long they have been practicing they can have five to ten different approaches or more refined techniques from years of experience.

 

The focus of these chiropractic techniques is to get the body back to optimal health and allow the body to heal itself naturally. As the body gets restored joint function is enhanced, muscle tension is released, and inflammation and pain are alleviated.

 

 

Various approaches use a form of force, hence the manipulation of the spine. The chiropractic adjustment technique that is the most common is spinal manipulation. It can also be called the diversified technique or HVLA - high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust.

 

However, chiropractic techniques are continually evolving. This comes from creating variations on existing techniques, a combination of techniques, or the chiropractor needs to adjust/tweak their own specific technique/s because they begin to suffer overuse injury/s from the constant adjusting, pushing, thrusting motions. Most techniques are named after the chiropractor that developed the method. These are the most common spinal manipulation techniques currently in use.

 

Manipulation Techniques

Chiropractic adapts to the condition/s and specific needs of each individual. Treatment plans can involve a forceful approach and a gentler force technique. This could happen during the same visit or the treatment plan could be half forceful adjustments, that could range from 6 to 10 visits, with the final visits using the gentle approach.

 

Spinal Manipulation

 

This is the High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Thrust technique. The most frequently used chiropractic technique. This is the manipulation that most are familiar with because of the audible pop that results. This is from the chiropractor's hands applying a controlled quick forceful thrust to the spine while the body is positioned in a specific way.

 

Spinal Mobilization

 

This is the Low-Force/Gentle Chiropractic Technique. These techniques are for individuals that require a gentler approach. The technique is known as spinal mobilization. This approach could be utilized due to:

 

  • Underlying conditions like Osteoporosis for example
  • Pathology
  • Size of the patient - a baby or child for example
  • Patient's comfort
  • The patient prefers the gentle approach

 

Some chiropractors prefer and/or specialize in mild spinal mobilization techniques. These are techniques that do not involve twisting the body or using forceful thrusts. Along with spinal mobilization, chiropractors often employ complementary therapy, as part of an overall treatment plan. This could be:

 

  • Ice
  • Heat
  • Physical therapy
  • Electric stimulation
  • Ultrasound

 

Individuals need to discuss symptoms and preferences with the chiropractor. It is their role to perform a thorough examination to determine the most optimal treatment plan satisfactory to the patient. Chiropractors are not the only health care providers who utilize spinal manipulation for back pain. Osteopathic physicians can also provide types of spinal adjustments. Physical and massage therapists often work with chiropractors with continued treatment. They are fully trained in providing spinal therapy as well.

 

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Analgesics are pain-relieving medications, also known as painkillers. These can be over-the-counter and prescription medications. Either could be part of a treatment plan for spine-related pain. Individuals dealing with back or neck conditions, typically take analgesics to reduce symptoms.

 

  • Analgesics are available over-the-counter/OTC and with a prescription
  • Prescription analgesics usually include the more powerful form of over-the-counter medications
  • Various analgesics are available in topical form
  • Analgesics can be specialized with some to relieve pain, with others reducing inflammation/pain

 

Over-the-counter

Acetaminophen, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and topical analgesics are the most commonly used medications for various pain symptoms. Over-the-counter analgesics are most effective when taken at the first sign/presentation of acute pain. Whiplash, along with muscle sprains and strains are common injuries known to cause short term pain that can be mild to severe. Follow the medication's instructions on dosage recommendations and precautions.

 

If the medication does not work or helps manage the pain, and/or pain symptoms worsen, contact your healthcare provider. This could be an indicator that a more powerful prescription analgesic is needed to help manage the pain, along with added therapy like physical therapy, and chiropractic to help avoid dependence on the prescription meds.

Acetaminophen

Tylenol is one form of medication taken for different types of pain and is one of the most popular over-the-counter analgesics. Acetaminophen's purpose is exclusively to relieve painIt does not reduce inflammation.

 

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - NSAIDs

 

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs work to reduce inflammation and pain. Types of over-the-counter These include:

 

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen

 

Topical analgesics

Topical analgesics like capsaicin cream and salicylates are an alternative to analgesics taken by mouth. These creams, balms, gels, and sprays are applied to the painful area. It is a very common application and is widely used for joint, muscle, and back pain. Salicylates are plant-based chemicals that operate to decrease the body's production of prostaglandins. These are lipids that let the body know that there is a problem causing inflammation and pain.

Prescription

A doctor could prescribe an analgesic as part of a treatment plan to help manage short-term and chronic pain. It is extremely important to precisely follow the doctor's instructions on how much and when to take the medication. Remember that any of these medications have the potential for side effects, which includes the risk of negative interactions when taken with other meds. Be sure to talk with a doctor about potential risks, and keep them informed about all medications like blood pressure and diabetes meds and natural herbs/vitamins/supplements taken for other medical conditions.

COX-2 Inhibitors

Cyclo-oxygenase-2 or COX-2 inhibitors are a prescription NSAID medication type that is formulated to target specific enzymes that trigger inflammation. Inflammation is not just a symptom but can also be a cause of pain related to many different spinal disorders. COX-2 inhibitors have a lower risk of causing/contributing to gastrointestinal problems.

 

There are other potential side effects and risks associated with COX-2 inhibitors. Potential side effects include an increased risk of cardiovascular problems, like a heart attack or blood clots. COX-2 inhibitors reduce the risk of stomach problems than classic NSAIDs but if gastrointestinal conditions exist to talk with a doctor before taking these medications.

Opioids

These are highly potent analgesics and are no longer the first type of pain-relieving medication that a doctor prescribes. They are now to be the last resort for reducing moderate to severe pain symptoms. These medications work by decreasing the perception and reaction to the pain. Opioids are prescribed for short-term use following surgical procedures and trauma. However, there are different situations where use is appropriate. When opioids are recommended, the doctor will begin with the lowest strength/dosage to manage the pain. Types of opioids include:

 

  • Codeine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Oxycodone
  • Meperidine
  • Tramadol

 

Opioids have an increased risk for addiction and abuse. If an opioid-based medication is prescribed the medication is safe and effective as long as it is used exactly as the doctor instructs. Side effects can include:

 

  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Euphoria
  • Slowed breathing

 

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Analgesic medications are commonly used for various types of pain-causing conditions. When they are used properly with a doctor’s supervision they are safe and effective at managing pain and discomfort. If new symptoms present and/or the pain worsens or becomes different contact your doctor on appropriate instructions.

 

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Sacrum and Coccyx Vertebrae Possible Cause of Low Back Pain | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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The sacrum and coccyx are part of the vertebral spinal column and could contribute to low back pain. They are not like the other bones in the spinal column. The sacrum, also known as the sacral vertebra, sacral spine, and S1 is a large, flat triangular-shaped bone that is between the hip bones and below the last lumbar vertebra known as L5. The coccyx, known as the tailbone, is positioned below the sacrum.

 

The sacrum and coccyx are made up of smaller bones that fuse and grow into a solid bone mass by the age of 30. The sacrum is composed of 5 fused vertebrae known as S1-S5 and 3 to 5 smaller bones that fuse creating the coccyx. Both are weight-bearing bones and are integral to walking, standing, and sitting functions.

Sacrum and the Lumbosacral Spine

The sacrum forms the back of the pelvis. Along with the coccyx and the two sacroiliac joints make up the pelvic girdle. S1 is at the top of the sacrum and connects to the last lumbar vertebrae L5. Together they create the lumbosacral spine. Where they join forms the lumbosacral curves known as lumbar lordosis and lumbar kyphosis.

 

The curvature works to support the upper body, weight/force distribution maintains spinal balance and flexibility. Lordosis is the inward curve of the spine, but too much can cause swayback that can be associated with spondylolisthesis. Loss of this curve can cause spinal imbalance and can lead to Flatback syndrome.


Kyphosis is the outward curve of the spine. The location of the sacrum at the intersection of the spine and pelvis means it has an important role in the movement of the low back and hips. The sacrum’s joints help to bear weight and help stabilize the spinal column along with the ligaments, tendons, and muscles to help support/stabilize joint movement.

Lumbosacral joint

Joint L5 and S1 connect the lumbar spine to the sacrum. The pressure at this meeting point can be massive as the curve of the spine shifts from the lordotic forward curve to a kyphotic backward curve. The L5-S1 region bears weight, absorbs, and distributes the upper body’s weight when moving and resting. Disc herniation and spondylolisthesis are more common at L5-S1 for this reason.

Sacroiliac joints

The sacroiliac joints connect the sacrum to the left and right sides of the pelvis. The range of movement of the sacroiliac joints is minimal compared to other joints like the knees. However, the joints are essential for walking, standing, and stabilization of the hips. Sacroiliitis and sacroiliac joint dysfunction are two spinal disorders related to the joints. Other spinal disorders related to the sacral spine include:

 

  • Sciatica
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Spinal chordoma, a common type of spine bone cancer

 

The Coccyx’s Function

The coccyx commonly known as the tailbone is just below the sacrum. It is smaller than the sacrum and has an important weight-bearing function. It helps supports weight while sitting. An example is leaning back while sitting. This motion and position increase the pressure/weight on the coccyx. An injury in this area can cause tailbone pain. Inflammation of the coccyx’s connective tissue that results in tailbone pain that gets worse when sitting is a common symptom. A traumatic event like a fall or auto accident that causes a tailbone fracture can also cause this pain.

Sacral and Coccygeal Nerves

The spinal cord ends at L1-L2, which branches out into the cauda equina, which is a bundle of nerves that looks like a horse's tail. In the sacrum, there are sacral nerves known as the sacral plexusPlexus means a network of nerve structures. The sacral and lumbar plexus compose the lumbosacral plexus. This is where the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the sacral plexus converges into the bandSciatic nerve compression causes a combination of symptoms known as sciatica. It is very well known for causing low back and leg pain.

 

The coccygeal nerve serves the tailbone. There are five sacral nerves numbered S1 through S5 and are part of the spinal cord.

 

  • S1 supports groin and hip function
  • S2 the back of the thighs
  • S3 the middle of the buttock area
  • S4 and S5 the anus and vagina

 

Injury or trauma to the sacral spine can cause mild stress fractures to severe bone fractures. These fractures can cause sacral nerve compression and intense pain. Symptoms include:

 

  • Low back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Bowel dysfunction
  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Unusual buttock/s or groin sensations
  • Osteoporosis or spinal inflammatory arthritis increases the risk of a sacral fracture.

 

Sacrum and Coccyx Injury Prevention

doctor or chiropractor, physical therapist are excellent sources for information to help prevent sacrum and coccyx pain. These medical professionals will utilize a patient's medical history, recommend lifestyle changes and injury prevention guidelines.

 

  • If at risk of developing osteoporosis then a bone mineral density test could be recommended.
  • Activities that stress the lower spine should be avoided. Extreme flexing could cause or contribute to low back/leg pain, numbness, and weakness.
  • Moderate exercising like walking, jogging, yoga, and strength training all help keep the spine strong, flexible, and healthy.
  • The core or abdominal muscles should be strengthened. Proper core muscle strength will stabilize the sacrum.
  • Proper posture must be maintained. Avoid slouching as this places added pressure on the lumbosacral spine and the sacroiliac joints.
  • Proper body mechanics when engaging in any activity needs to be observed.
  • Use leg strength to lift objects.
  • Avoid twisting while lifting or holding heavy objects, as this can cause sprain, strain, or serious injury of the lower spine.
  • Put on the seat belt. Auto accidents are a major cause of spine trauma. Exercise restraint when driving or riding in any vehicle even a golf cart.

 

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A chiropractor is an excellent source for information to help prevent sacrum and coccyx pain. They could contribute to low back pain. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Women With Low Back Pain and Possible Causes | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Women experiencing low back pain will find there are a variety of possible causes. Lower back pain can stem from the reproductive system or the spine itself. Finding the possible cause of low back pain can be difficult to diagnose. As well as, pinpointing the pain can be a very challenging task. Women wonder how it's possible to mistake menstrual cramps for back pain and then it happens to them. There are certain conditions that make the low back and core region a central location of continual pain. And unfortunately, women could be more susceptible.

 

Most individuals will experience low back pain at some point during their life. However, there is a slight prevalence and is more common in females than males across all ages. Low back pain in women increases with age. A research comparison studying middle-aged individuals reported an increase of low back pain in females versus males post-menopause. Some possible low back pain causes include.

Menopause and Hormone Issues

Chronic lower back pain is one of the most reported musculoskeletal issues women face during menopause. About sixty-seventy percent of perimenopausal women present symptoms associated with estrogen deficiency. And over half in perimenopause report chronic musculoskeletal pain. Many of these studies show increasing menopausal symptoms and the correlation to chronic low back pain symptoms.

Menstruation and Uterine Dysfunction

Dysmenorrhea is a uterine dysfunction that involves frequent and severe cramping during menstruation, which often leads to low back pain. The condition is classified as primary or secondaryBoth types include low back pain as a common symptom.

 

Primary dysmenorrhea starts when a woman begins menstruation and continues throughout their life. Intense contractions can cause continual and severe menstrual cramping. Secondary dysmenorrhea usually starts later and is caused by another condition like endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition that can contribute to back pain in women. Tissue that behaves like endometrial tissue begins to grow outside of the uterus, in the pelvic cavity or other areas. The new tissue responds to the body's hormonal changes and can cause swelling, pain, spotting, and bleeding. Endometriosis growths bleed monthly as wellWithout a place for the blood to go, the excess irritates and inflames the surrounding tissue.

 

The condition can cause heavy periods, chronic pain, and scar tissue build-upSymptoms can present at any menstrual cycle stage. Pelvic pain that runs down the legs is common. Some women have also reported throbbing, shooting pain that can be mild to severe. Symptoms include:

 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Low back pain
  • Pain when walking or standing
  • Pain during ovulation
  • Pain when urinating
  • Urinary urgency
  • Pelvic inflammation
  • Constipation
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Bowel movement pain
  • Rectal pain that radiates
  • Pain caused by scar tissue build-up within the bladder, fallopian tubes, bowels, and ovaries
  • Chronic fatigue

 

Endometriosis can be diagnosed by a doctor during an initial pelvic exam. Further imaging tests to assist in the identification could be requested.

Spinal Issues

The reproductive organs can sometimes contribute to back pain. However, women can also be susceptible to degenerative conditions that affect the spine's structure. Low back pain is common with an average patient experiencing one to two episodes a year. Low back pain can start in early adulthood and become a chronic problem that can be triggered by various events or activities. Most back pain issues are resolved within six weeks. This is known as acute low back pain. When the pain doesn't stop for more than 12 weeks it is considered chronic lower back pain.

Postmenopausal Compression Fractures

Around twenty-five percent of women will go through a vertebral compression fracture of the middle or lower spine. The risks increase with age, with around a 40 percent chance at 80 years of age. Small cracks in the vertebrae can cause severe disability and limit function. Osteoporosis is the most common cause of vertebral compression fracture/s. Postmenopausal women are at an increase of developing osteoporosis. This comes from hormonal changes that decrease bone mineral density, leaving the bones open to fracture.

Spondylolisthesis

This is when one vertebral body, or the thick oval bone segment in front of the vertebra, slips against an adjacent body. The result is pain or mechanical symptoms. The pain can spread throughout the spine to the hip, buttocks, into the legs, and possibly the foot. The condition can be congenital, from an unknown cause, or acquired. There is some research on childbirth and hysterectomies putting women at risk for spondylolisthesis.

 

It is common in the lumbar spine/lower back, but can also present in the cervical spine/neck region. The thoracic/middle spine is extremely rare except in trauma cases. The thoracic spine is the longest region of the spine. It is between the cervical and lumbar regions. One cause of the increased pain is longer times spent sitting in chairs that are not ergonomic. A second is being confined to smaller workspaces. The key is to get up and move around or use a sit-stand desk to alternate sitting and standing. Irregular and localized low back pain is typical for low back spondylolisthesis. The pain usually worsens when the area/region is flexed or directly touched.

Piriformis Syndrome

Back pain sometimes isn’t back pain, but piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle is a small muscle that extends from the lower spine to the top of the femur. It can involuntarily contract and compress or irritate the sciatic nerve. The muscle helps rotate and turn the leg and foot outward. Symptoms are consistent with sciatica. It typically presents with buttock pain that shoots, aches, or throbs along the leg’s backside, thigh, calf, and foot. Tingling along the nerve along with numbness is common. Causes include:

 

  • Buttock injury
  • Hip injury
  • Weight training specifically the gluteal/buttock, hips, and hamstrings
  • Sitting for a long time - Examples include truck drivers, desk job workers, etc.
  • Damage to the piriformis muscle
  • Sciatic nerve wraps around the piriformis muscle

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction involves inflammation of the joints, located at the connection of the pelvis and lower spine. It can present as low back or buttock pain that radiates down the leg/s. The pain worsens when climbing stairs or standing for an extended amount of time. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction can be tough to diagnose, as it is often mistaken for other low back pain causes.

SI joint dysfunction causes:

 

  • Pregnancy - the increased weight and altered movement/s can cause additional stress and wear.
  • Joint infection - in rare cases, the joints can be subject to infection.
  • Arthritis - the joints can develop arthritis from normal wear and tear.
  • Traumatic Injury - the joints can be injured from a forceful impact from a fall or auto accident.

 

Most cases do not end up requiring medication or surgery. It is when the pain lasts more than six weeks that there could be something more taking place like neurologic symptoms or other conditions, spinal or otherwise.

 

 

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Certain Medications Increase Risk for Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Medications can be lifesavers when it comes to the treatment of various conditions. But they can also open the door to other serious conditions. Medications fall into pharmacological drug classes. Certain medications can interfere with bone health, and induce bone density loss. Users of these medications could put them at risk for osteoporosis and possible spinal fracture/s. Medications that can potentially weaken bones and how to protect yourself is the focus. Not all of the medications listed are for treating spinal disorders or neck and back pain.

Steroids

Steroids taken by mouth are commonly prescribed for spinal conditions. This includes:

 

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Spinal inflammatory arthritis

 

These medications carry anti-inflammatory compounds that are pretty powerful. These help the pain but can cause bone loss with long-term use. These types of steroids put the bones at risk because of how they slow down the osteoblasts, which are bone-building cells. As the osteoblasts are slowed, the work of the osteoclasts, which are bone-absorbing cells gets increased straining the system and ultimately leading to bone loss.

Examples of steroids:

  • Dexamethasone
  • Methylprednisolone
  • Prednisone

 

Daily doses of more than 5 mg pose the biggest threat to the skeletal system. Ask a doctor about a short-term low-dose regimen, especially, if there is a heightened risk for osteoporosis or spinal fracture.

Selective Serotonin Receptor Uptake Inhibitor

Selective serotonin receptor uptake inhibitors help those with neck and low back pain in a variety of ways. These include reducing the mental and emotional effects of chronic pain. But, selective serotonin receptor uptake inhibitors can boost the fracture risk. This type of medication can cause bone loss in older women and reduced bone density in men and children.

Examples of selective serotonin receptor uptake inhibitors:

 

Ask a doctor for another type of selective serotonin receptor uptake inhibitor. Possibilities include serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, that can achieve the same results without bone loss and fracture risks.

Certain Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsants are used to control seizures. However, they have been found to help individuals with spinal nerve pain. But there are some types of anticonvulsants that can increase the liver’s vitamin D metabolism. This lowers the blood’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is essential to the body’s ability to absorb calcium. That means that lower vitamin D levels can cause bone loss.

Examples of anticonvulsants:

 

Talk to a doctor, chiropractor, or health coach about taking a vitamin D supplement/s to boost vitamin D levels.

Certain Diabetic Medications

There are two types of diabetic medications that can increase the risk of fracture. Thiazolidinediones known as TZD's and sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors. The TZD's increase the fat cells in the bone marrow, and lower the bone-building cells. The sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors can reduce bone density.

Examples of TZD's:

 

If there is a high risk of fracture, ask a doctor if an alternative medication to a TZD can be taken.

Examples of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors:

  • Canagliflozin
  • Dapagliflozin
  • Empagliflozin

 

If there is a greater risk of falls, ask a doctor if an alternative to taking a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor can be taken.

Hormone Medications

Medications that reduce estrogen or androgen levels in the body also increase the bone's absorbing cell activity. And this can lead to bone density loss.

Examples of hormone medications:

  • Anastrozole
  • Exemestane
  • Leuprolide
  • Goserelin
  • Medroxyprogesterone acetate

 

If there is an increased risk for osteoporosis or fracture, talk to a doctor about ways to protect the bones while taking these medications.

Antacids

Antacids both over-the-counter and prescription that contain aluminum help to neutralize stomach acid. There are other medications called H2-blockers also known as proton-pump inhibitors. These reduce how much acid the stomach produces. While these aid in reducing heartburn, stomach pain, etc, long-term use can reduce the body’s ability to absorb calcium and thus increase the risk for fracture.

Examples of these types of antacids:

Examples of Proton-Pump Inhibitors:

  • Omeprazole
  • Esomeprazole
  • Lansoprazole

 

Ask a doctor if a different H2-blocker can achieve the same results. Additionally, a doctor, nutritionist, or health coach could recommend dietary changes/adjustments to help reduce stomach acid.

Blood Thinners and Anticoagulants

These medications help reduce the risk of stroke, can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb calcium. They reduce the activity of the bone-building cells. This causes bone loss and increases the risk of fracture.

Examples of anticoagulants or blood thinners:

  • Enoxaparin sodium
  • Warfarin

 

Talk to a doctor about a possible alternative anticoagulant. A change in medication has been shown to put the bones at less risk.

Diuretics

Loop diuretics work by reducing inflammation/swelling along with water retention by increasing the kidneys urine production. These medications can cause the kidneys to remove key nutrients like calcium, potassium, and magnesium to help increase bone production. Reduction in all of these increases the risk of bone loss and a spinal fracture.

Examples of loop diuretics:

  • Furosemide
  • Ethacrynic acid
  • Bumetanide

 

Talk to a doctor about an alternative known as a thiazide diuretic. These encourage the kidneys to retain calcium, thus increasing bone density.

Reduce The Risk

Protecting bone health is the objective. A bone mineral density test could help along with taking bone-boosting supplements. Learning about the risks of taking these medications can help prevent osteoporosis and spinal fractures. Keep track of all medications over-the-counter, prescription, holistic, all-natural, etc, and make sure all doctors, specialists understand what is being taken. A spine specialist or endocrinologist might not what the other doctor has prescribed, so keep everyone informed.

 

 

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Spinal Decompression Surgery: Laminotomy and Laminectomy | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Spinal decompression surgery could be a treatment option discussion with a doctor to relieve nerve pain brought on by a spinal condition or disorder. Everything to know about the procedures straight from the experts.

Spinal Decompression Surgery Types: Laminectomy or Laminotomy

Both procedures involve the vertebrae’s lamina, which is an arch of bone that protects the spinal canal.

 

  • In a laminectomy, the lamina is removed almost entirely.
  • In a laminotomy, it is a partial removal.

 

Despite the removal, the large muscles of the back provide sustained protection for the nerves below. Therefore, the spinal nerves are still safe and secure following the procedures. Which one is right depends on the situation.

  • A laminectomy is usually performed to treat an arthritic condition of the spinal canal like spinal stenosis.
  • Laminotomy is used almost exclusively to remove a herniated disc.
  • A laminectomy removes more bone and sometimes the inner edge of the facet joint.
  • Ultimately, a surgeon will determine which of the two procedures is best for the individual's needs and condition.

Decompression Surgery

Spinal stenosis or the narrowing of the spinal canal is usually caused by arthritis and overgrowth of the discs and joints. Similar compression issues respond well to non-surgical treatment. But sometimes surgery is necessary to treat uncommon but potentially severe cases. These include patients with:

 

  • Bowel or bladder problems caused by the pressure on the spinal nerves
  • Leg weakness that gets worse
  • Inability to walk or move for long periods and distance

 

The objective of spinal decompression surgery is to create space around the spinal cord and surrounding nerves by removing the compressing structure/s. When the cord and/or nerve/s are compressed, physical and neurological symptoms are experienced down the nerve’s pathway. This includes:

 

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Electric shock sensations
  • Radiating/spreading pain
  • Weakness

 

Once the compressed nerves have space to relax and move around symptoms subside.

 

Laminectomy process

  • Lumbar laminectomy is the most common procedure to treat spinal stenosis in the low back.
  • It also helps treat herniated discs by allowing the surgeon to easily access the discs to repair any damage.
  • The surgeon removes the lamina and ligaments that have thickened and are causing problems to create more space in the canal.
  • The surgery enlarges the spinal canal so that pressure is relieved.
  • By removing the source of the pressure, the pain caused by the compressed nerves is alleviated.
  • An open laminectomy creates an incision of a couple of inches and exposes the spine.
  • The muscles of the spine and back are cut through to expose the bone.
  • Another technique that surgeons utilize is operating through a tube.
  • They've adapted these techniques to be able to decompress both the right and the left sides although they are only operating on one side.
  • Both procedures, minimal and traditional accomplish the same goals.
  • The difference is the minimally invasive approach involves one or more tiny incisions also known as skin punctures and small instruments designed to separate muscles and soft tissues instead of cutting through them.
  • The traditional approach requires a larger incision and instruments that retract, separate and cut tissues.

Laminectomy surgery

  • Laminectomies are performed under general anesthesia using a posterior approach/lying face down during the procedure.
  • It can be open or minimally invasive sometimes called a microlaminectomy.
  • In an open laminectomy, the surgeon makes an incision near the affected spinal area.
  • Once the incision is made, a retractor will move the skin, fat, and muscles to the side so the surgeon can access the spine.
  • Next, they remove or trim the lamina and thickened ligaments to enlarge the space surrounding the compressed nerves.
  • Once done, the retractor is removed and the incision is closed with sutures.
  • Minimally invasive surgery or MIS is performed using special instruments like endoscopes and tubular retractors.
  • These instruments allow for smaller incisions and less cutting.
  • They will also use special eyewear to have a detailed view of the surgical field.
  • Sometimes, the surgeon uses an endoscope or a microscope focused down the tube to perform the surgery.
  • The portion of the lamina is removed, along with any bone overgrowths/osteophytes and ligament tissue.
  • The tubular retractors are taken out so the soft tissue moves back into place, and the incision is closed with dissolving sutures.

Other spinal procedures performed alongside

Laminectomies and laminotomies are typically not performed together. However, a surgeon could perform both if the surgery affects multiple levels of the spine. They can also be combined with other spinal surgeries, that include:

Foraminotomy

  • A foraminotomy is also a decompression procedure. But instead of removing part or all the lamina, the surgeon accesses the nerves through the spine’s foramen or the passageway that nerves pass through on both sides.

Discectomy

  • This decompression surgery involves the removal of all or part of the damaged intervertebral disc and is utilized for herniated discs.

Spinal fusion

  • Fusion is often performed after spinal decompression surgery, as the space that was created by removing spinal structure/s can cause instability to the spine.

Candidates for spinal decompression surgery

Both are common procedures performed by neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. Laminectomies are considered one of the most effective treatments for spinal stenosis and spinal canal issues like:

 

  • Tumors
  • Certain types of infections and abscesses
  • Spinal issues involving bowel/bladder dysfunction
  • The primary reason for laminectomy is spinal stenosis, most common in individuals over the age of 60.

 

Other considerations and conditions include:

 

  • Non-invasive treatments that don't improve the condition that includes medication, massage, and physical therapy
  • Fusion surgery failure
  • Injection treatment failure
  • The presence of tumors in or around the spine
  • An infection like an epidural abscess
  • Neurologic issues
  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction
  • Cauda equina syndrome

 

Ask questions about the procedure to ensure you are comfortable with the operation. Here are some questions:

 

  • What are the risks associated?
  • Will the surgery relieve all symptoms?
  • Not having the surgery risks?
  • What is recovery like?

Recovery

  • Open or micro, recovery does take time. Following the doctor’s instructions carefully are essential to make a full, healthy recovery.
  • Individuals should be careful for about a month following the surgery. But does not mean laying down or being sedentary. Movement is crucial to recovery.
  • The patient should not stay in bed or lie on the sofa.
  • Wait a week or two before beginning physical therapy if necessary.
  • Most will have a weak core, poor posture, and poor body mechanics, the goal is to help develop and strengthen these areas.

 

Things to help with recovery include:

 

  • Ice/cold packs will help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Try not to sit for too long, as sitting is the least comfortable position after back surgery.
  • Body mechanic awareness means avoiding too much bending or lifting and using the right body mechanics when bending or lifting.
  • Post-operative body movement after surgery is vital and helps prevent post-surgery issues.

 

Things to do before surgery:

Quitting smoking

  • Especially before surgery. Quitting entirely or at least for at least six weeks before surgery will make recovery easier and healthier.

Losing weight

  • Speak with a doctor about weight. Just 5 pounds can make a significant difference during recovery.

Blood sugar

  • For individuals with diabetes, having an A1C under eight before surgery is ideal.

Every patient’s recovery is different. Recovery time depends on:

  • The complexity of the surgery
  • Personal medical history
  • Health issues

 

Recovery typically takes about two to four weeks after the surgery. However, it depends on the reason/s for the surgery.

Questions

Post-laminectomy syndrome

  • Post-laminectomy syndrome PLS also known as failed back surgery syndrome is a condition where an individual continues to have pain after surgery. Individuals still having symptoms after should speak with their doctor to determine the next phase of treatment.

How long before exercise?

  • Returning to the gym or getting into an exercise routine will take some time. It is important to follow the doctor’s recommendations and complete the full course of physical therapy before regular exercise activity can resume. Discuss workout plans with the doctor to determine the best timeline for the spine.

Full recovery?

  • Returning to some activity is possible around four weeks after surgery. Full recovery takes longer as each patient’s recovery is unique. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, most return to all activities within 6 to 9 months.

 

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References

American Association of Neurological Surgeons. “Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.” (n.d.) https://www.aans.org/en/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Minimally-Invasive-Spine-Surgery

 

Foraminotomy. MedlinePlus. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007390.htm. Reviewed November 27, 2016. Page last updated December 21, 2017. Accessed January 18, 2018.

 

Laminectomy. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007389.htm. MedlinePlus. Reviewed November 27, 2016. Page last updated December 21, 2017. Accessed January 18, 2018.

 

Mayo Clinic. “Laminectomy.” (n.d.) https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/laminectomy/about/pac-20394533

 

Mayo Clinic. “Laminotomy.” (n.d) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-stenosis/multimedia/img-20149227

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Best Mattress Toppers for Back Pain Chiropractic Review | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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mattress topper for back pain can help by conforming closely to the body, correctly aligning the spine, and providing relief to the pressure points. The right quality mattress topper can provide relief when sleeping and can help keep the spine in proper alignment. Chiropractor Dr. Jimenez shares some top mattress toppers for back pain including:

 

  • Pros
  • What to consider when buying
  • Determine if a mattress topper is the best solution

Layla Memory Foam

Best Temperature Neutral

The Layla Memory Foam Topper is 2-inches thick and made from memory foam infused with copper. It's enclosed in a polyester cover and becomes denser under deep compression points, like the hips and shoulders.

 

The Layla brand is known for coming with cooling copper-infusion technology improving airflow and blood circulation. The copper helps an individual sleep cooler than most memory foam and is available at a reasonable price. All sizes cost less than $400 and come with free shipping and returns, a 120-night trial, and a 5-year warranty.

 

Snuggle-Pedic Memory Foam

Best Memory Foam

The Snuggle-Pedic is a two-layer structure, with softer memory foam on the outer layer and a firm channeled base layer for spinal support. It is a versatile design that makes it appropriate for back, side, and stomach sleepers. Memory foam mattress toppers can be too soft, providing no support, or too firm. This topper finds the balance. One side is soft-to-the-touch, with the other providing twice the support. This double layer system is soft but supportive. It is available in all sizes for less than $300 and comes with free shipping, returns, and customizations.

 

Saatva Latex Mattress Topper

Best Latex

The Saatva is 1.5 inches of latex and is covered in organic cotton. The latex has ventilation to aid in breathability and the cotton cover adds to the overall temperature neutrality. For individuals that prefer all-natural materials, this latex topper is recommended. The latex used is Talalay latex and is natural and breathable. It also has ventilation spots and is hypoallergenic. For individuals that sleep hot, want a natural option, or have allergies, this could be an option. It comes with a 120-night trial period, free shipping and costs less than $350 in all sizes.

 

Zinus Memory Foam

Best For Side Sleepers

The Zinus topper measures four inches thick. It is a simple design with 2 inches of gel memory foam that is highly durable. Under the gel foam is a 2-inch-thick layer of support foam for added durability and support. This is an affordable option. The dual-layer provides cooling comfort, durable support and is designed to fit under any deep-pocket sheets. Side sleepers with hip and shoulder pain can appreciate the top layer’s softness and benefit from the durability of the bottom layer, preventing cradling and sinking.

 

Linenspa

Fastest Relief

The Linenspa is made with three inches of memory foam that conforms to the body's curves while sleeping. This mattress topper is infused with temperature-regulating gel beads that evaporates any heat. It is available in two-inch, three-inch profiles and the foam is made to distribute weight evenly. With every size available for less than $105, this is a comfortable and affordable way to rejuvenate a worn mattress or soften a mattress that is too hard.

 

What to Look For

Mattress toppers can be beneficial for providing relief for aches and pains, but the best topper for back pain requires knowledge about materials, styles, and features that will provide relief. An overview of what to look for:

Materials

  • Memory foam and latex are ideal for pressure relief because they conform to the body’s curves without sagging. Look for high-quality materials, like American Talalay latex and open-cell foam.

Body Conformity Amount

  • The ideal amount of conformity provides pressure relief for painful areas. An ideal level depends on weight and sleeping positions. Look for details about the mattress weight, type, and sleeping style.

Sleeping Position

  • Sleeping on the back is a way to naturally align the spine, but a firm topper that does not sag is needed to provide the proper support.
  • Stomach sleepers need a topper that does not sag in the midsection, which can lead to neck pain.
  • Side sleepers need a topper that conforms to the contoured areas, like the shoulders and hips.

Price

  • Prices for mattress toppers vary. There are high-quality mattress toppers available for $150. For luxury, prices will be in the $300s and above.

Durability

  • Sagging is the main issue to avoid. Optimal spinal support is the objective. Do the research, read reviews, consult a chiropractor, and take plenty of time before investing.

Thickness

  • Toppers differ in thickness and can measure from one to seven inches thick. Thicker does not mean more comfortable and thicker toppers tend to be softer. Thinner toppers are usually firmer, which is better for back and stomach sleepers. What feels right depends on an individual's sleeping position, weight, and size, however, most toppers fall in the two to three-inch thickness range.

Back Pain Causes

Back pain can range from a dull ache to sharp sensations and can be the result of an auto accident, work injury, or personal injury that has developed over time. A sedentary lifestyle also contributes to low back pain. The following conditions are common sources of back pain:

 

  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Disc degeneration
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Traumatic injury
  • Radiculopathy

 

Lifestyle-related risk factors:

 

  • Aging
  • Fitness level
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight gain
  • Occupation
  • Mental health
  • Genetics

 

Regardless of the cause or source, a mattress topper, which is more supportive than a mattress pad, can help alleviate back pain when sleeping, leading to a minimization of symptoms and improved quality of life.

 

Possible Option

Aching muscles, shooting/stabbing pain, reduced range of motion, and flexibility are detrimental to work, and home life. Whatever the case, there’s an option out there. An overview of mattress topper benefits:

 

  • The current mattress is old or not supportive enough, but don’t want to invest in a new mattress.
  • The current mattress is too firm, but a partner is comfortable on it. Mattress toppers are available in split sizes to soften/firm up one side.
  • A sedentary lifestyle has increased the frequency of dull low-back pain. A topper can help with back pain prevention.
  • Improve the comfort of a guest bed without spending too much. Similar to the first scenario, a mattress topper can be an upgrade for just several hundred dollars.

 

One of the most affordable sleep innovations today, but remember that durability, materials, and sleep factors, like weight, position, and height, should all be considered.

 

Composition of The Body

 
 

Sleep Stages

Sleep researchers are divided into two types of sleep: REM sleep is when dreams occur and NREM sleep which is non-REM sleep. NREM sleep is divided into stages:

Stage 1

  • Stage 1 makes up just 5-10% of a sleep cycle and is known as light sleeping. In this stage, the brain remains semi-conscious and is in between wakefulness and sleep. The brain waves start to elongate from alpha to theta waves.

Stage 2

  • Stage 2 is the bulk of the sleep cycle and makes up around 55%. In this stage, the body/brain is fully asleep and brain waves slow down even more.

Stage 3

  • Stage 3 is the deepest sleep state and is marked by elongated brain waves and slowed brain activity. It is also called short wave sleep. Slow-wave sleep makes up 15-25% of sleep but is the most important sleep state for body composition because most of the body's restoration happens during this cycle.

REM/Rapid Eye Movement

  • This is the stage where dreams occur. It’s very distinct from the other three in that brain activity becomes more active. An individual passes through these sleep stages every 90 minutes. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night means going through 4-5 cycles. Going through a complete sleep cycle ensures an individual will go through Stage 3, which has a significant effect on body composition.

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References

Bolash R, Drerup M. How to Beat Insomnia When You Have Chronic Pain. Cleveland Clinic Web site. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/12/managing-insomnia-for-those-with-chronic-pain/. Published December 18, 2015. Accessed April 18, 2017.

Improving Sleep: Special Health Report. Boston, MA: Harvard Medical School; 2015.

 

What is Sleep? American Sleep Association Web site. https://www.sleepassociation.org/patients-general-public/what-is-sleep/. Accessed April 18, 2017.

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The new year offers a blank slate to better our lives and try new things that will help us achieve our life goals. Health goals can be achieved through chiropractic treatment and nutritional coaching. Improving one's health is one of the quickest ways to boost the body and mind's quality of life.

Health Goals and A New Year

Individuals set health goals only to forget about them after a few weeks or months. When setting goals that don’t stick, the biggest issue is the focus is on the wrong process to achieve these goalsIndividuals tend to aim for goals that are doable but too advanced to jump right into. Much like someone that has never worked on home renovation, but decides they can knock out a kitchen, or bathroom remodel in two weeks. This is where training comes in to learn how to go about achieving these goals properly and in a healthy fashion. Common goals include:

 

  • Weight loss
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Increased energy
  • Stress management skills improvement
  • More time with the family
  • Quitting smoking

Chiropractic Motivation

If there are health goals that have been a struggle to maintain then it is time to get expert professional help. Chiropractic and health coaching could be a practical option. Chiropractic addresses whole-body health with sustainable changes/adjustments to achieve optimal health. Chiropractic is a specialized branch of medicine dedicated to addressing body dysfunction through non-invasive spinal realignment.

 

A misaligned spine leads to poor nerve and blood circulation that affects the body's functional health at every level. Treatment with a chiropractic provider can help achieve health goals from the ground up. Once spinal alignment has been achieved and the body is ready, then guidance and recommendations with lifestyle changes, like exercise and stress management can be addressed to reach full health potential.

Stop Waiting

There is no better time than now to start working toward health goals that can actually be controlled. We can control how we perceive our lives, treat our bodies and minds. A chiropractor and health coach will help set small attainable goals that can be kept, contact Injury Medical and Chiropractic Clinic today.

 

The Body's Composition

 
 

Invest In Your Body

It is easy to think of your body as healthy and invincible. This is true when young, but age will catch up. The muscles will begin to plateau in strength in an individual's 30s, which can lead to less physical activity. Being aware of the body's fat percentage and keeping track is a great way to determine if body composition is declining. If weight has not changed over a couple of years but body fat percentage seems to have increased, this is a red flag that could indicate age-related muscle loss is taking place.

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References

Maiers, Michele et al. “Chiropractic in Global Health and wellbeing: a white paper describing the public health agenda of the World Federation of Chiropractic.” Chiropractic & manual therapies vol. 26 26. 17 Jul. 2018, doi:10.1186/s12998-018-0194-y

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Post-Injury: We push ourselves throughout our lives, and accidents that result in injuries are just part of the process. The top causes of injury include:

 

  • Falls
  • Automobile accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Work injuries

 

Many of them lead to prolonged injury to the spine, knees, hands, and feet. The objective after an injury is to make sure the body heals properly. Without proper treatment, disability, chronic pain, and the development of other health issues are increased.

 

Post-Injury Care

Injuries cause pain that can result in spinal misalignment, range of motion problems, and a poor quality of life. Seeking care from a spinal expert in alignment and movement will help recover quicker and sustainably. Chiropractic is a research-oriented, top-quality approach that provides natural whole-body care. A chiropractic practitioner will promote proper recovery and decrease the risk of disability and chronic suffering.

Proper spinal alignment

Chiropractic providers are experts in spinal alignment. Here are a few of the amazing benefits that chiropractic provides. Even the most subtle misalignments affect blood and nerve circulation/energy leading to decreased overall body function, slow down the healing process, increases pain, and other health issues. Misalignment is associated frequently as a root cause for symptoms. This allows the body to restore its normal function and heal the recovery process.

Tissue restoration and flexibility

Once alignment has been restored, the continued chiropractic adjustments will maximize the effectiveness of the treatment plan. A personalized treatment plan focuses on the most effective, optimal, non-invasive techniques. The objective is to maintain body balance/alignment allowing the body to recover and rehabilitate properly. Treatment can include:

 

  • Pain management with modalities
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Exercises
  • Stretching
  • Health coaching
 

 

Maximize the benefits

Initial symptoms can become chronic and worsen with time if left untreated/ignored and are not medically addressed. Properly maintained recovery will minimize this risk of exacerbating or developing new injuries. Long-term issues typically stem from:

 

  • Improper mechanics
  • Misunderstanding of the injury
  • Scar tissue
  • Spinal misalignments

 

Chiropractic experts are trained to recognize subtle changes that can make differences in the long run and will help minimize all issues right from the start.

Chiropractic for injuries

After an injury has been sustained chiropractic post-injury will increase recovery potential and get the body back on track. Chiropractic post-injury will reduce pain, and get the body back at its best. Find a chiropractor to maximize the recovery process today.

 

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References

Piper, Steven et al. “The effectiveness of soft-tissue therapy for the management of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the upper and lower extremities: A systematic review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) collaboration.” Manual therapy vol. 21 (2016): 18-34. doi:10.1016/j.math.2015.08.011

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The nervous system helps regulate the body's immunity. Any dysfunction can initiate or aggravate issues associated with autoimmune disease. Chiropractic medicine focuses on the body’s ability to heal itself. These natural abilities function optimally when the body, and the nervous system, are well-balanced. Total body homeostasis elevates:

 

  • Mood
  • Immunity
  • Overall health
  • Quality of life

Autoimmune Disease

The immune system goes after any foreign bodies that the body comes in contact with to combat/prevent illness and disease. This could be:

 

  • Bacteria
  • Cancer cells
  • Viruses

However, the system can over-activate and start attacking its own cells and organs. This can manifest as an autoimmune disease. The type of disease depends on the specific area of the body that is being attacked. Common autoimmune diseases include:

 

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Psoriasis

chiropractic approach to addressing autoimmune disease will usually begin with stress reduction. Therapies include:

 

  • Chiropractic adjustments to get the body balanced
  • Massage to loosen and relax the body's tissues
  • Meditation to help manage stress, learn strategies of healthy coping
  • Yoga to keep the body limber
  • Exercise to strengthen the body inside and out
  • Diet to help with gut health and inflammation

The Nervous System and Immunity

The nervous system has a significant role in the body's immunity. The system transmits signals when to battle illness when to engage in the healing processand so on. If the nerve's path is compromised it can interfere with the brain’s ability to properly function and regulate immunity. This can lead to an underactive or overactive immune system that translates into an autoimmune disease.

 

Proper spinal alignment is vital for maintaining optimal nervous system function. When the spine is out of alignment/balance, the communication highway/s are inhibited, deteriorating the body's health and neural tissue response. Spinal misalignment restoration is a chiropractic specialty that will increase the body's natural healing power and promote whole-body balance. The nerve circulation is optimized and can properly communicate without sending improper/damaged signals.

 

Chiropractic

Any type of misalignment can be overlooked as a cause for body dysfunction. Chiropractic is about naturally sustained spinal and whole-body health. It will optimize the body to manage the disease and possibly reverse it. Injury Medical and Functional Chiropractic Clinic can offer a variety of customized treatment plans to achieve optimal health and maximum quality of life.

 

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References

Stojanovich, Ljudmila, and Dragomir Marisavljevich. “Stress as a trigger of autoimmune disease.” Autoimmunity reviews vol. 7,3 (2008): 209-13. doi:10.1016/j.autrev.2007.11.007

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Overuse/repetitive body movements occur in jobs, chores, video gaming, texting, and other forms of physical work. This means doing something over and over, with the hands and other muscles and bones of the body. Repeating bodily motions are common for individuals in their daily lives. However, doing these movements regularly and for too long can lead to muscle, ligament, tendon pain, and injuries. Performing the same motion over and over generates significant stress/pressure with a highly increased risk of injury/s.

 

The shoulders, elbows, knees, or wrists could present with stiffness and pain, even though there is no recall injuring any of these areas. These injuries are very common but are treatable with rest, physical activity modification, and chiropractic injury treatment. Once diagnosed a chiropractor/physical therapy team can begin developing a customized overuse/repetitive injury treatment plan.

 

Identification of overuse/repetitive motion injuries

Overuse/repetitive motion injuries are also known as repetitive stress injuries. They are caused by gradual progressive damage to the:

 

  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons

 

Individuals that perform the same movement many times a day, every day. Much like a machine with various moving parts that over time wear down and need to be replaced. With the human body, these moving muscles/tendons/ligaments are pulled and stretched to such an extent that small tears form in the tissue. These tears can worsen over time. If the activity movements continue with no treatment, the tears can happen faster than the body can repair them, causing inflammation and pain. The symptoms of overuse/repetitive motion injuries usually include:

 

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Swelling
  • Redness in the affected body area

 

 

Pain may only present when performing the repetitive motion, but over time pain can begin to present when doing other tasks and begin to linger nonstop.

 

Causes of overuse injury

An overuse/repetitive injury can be any type of muscle or joint injury/s. Examples include tendonitis or a stress fracture caused by repetitive trauma. Overuse/repetitive injury/s usually happen from:

 

  • Performance errors when an individual takes on too much physical activity too soon, causing overstrain on the muscles, tendons, etc, as they are not used to the activity.
  • Exercising too long can strain the body
  • Rushing through a task, chore, job
  • Technique errors can take a toll on the body. Using poor form during work, exercise, playtime can overload muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones.

 

Chiropractic

These injuries can be temporary or become permanent conditions that depend on the severity of the injury and the damage done. Reach out to a professional as soon as possible to ensure the proper treatment path. Activity modification will be necessary, specifically when beginning treatment, as the injury needs time to recover from all the stretching, pulling, and tearing. Depending on the injury’s severity, there may be a need to stop the motion/activity entirely until the muscles, tendons, ligaments are recovered to a treatable degree and can be retrained. Part of the treatment will include:

 

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Heat
  • Stretching
  • Diet adjustments to reduce inflammation

 

Chiropractic offers multiple benefits, including pain relief and improved mobility. A chiropractor will determine the appropriate techniques based on the individual's injury and severity.

 

  • Tissue massages will loosen the tight muscles and relieve cramping.
  • Specific stretches will be incorporated to work on the range of motion and prevent stiffness.
  • Physical therapy will increase muscle strength and stability.
  • Spinal adjustments will be utilized for starting up the body's natural healing ability and proper blood circulation

 

If dealing with an overuse/repetitive motion injury, contact a chiropractor. Our team targets the problem at the source promoting optimal healing and pain relief.

 

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References

Yang, Guang et al. “Tendon and ligament regeneration and repair: clinical relevance and developmental paradigm.” Birth defects research. Part C, Embryo today: reviews vol. 99,3 (2013): 203-222. doi:10.1002/bdrc.21041

 

Bohm, J. “Occupational repetitive motion injury: clinical overview and chiropractic implication.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 13,5 (1990): 267-72.

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The body is made up of muscles and fascia that can be thought of as myofascial chains or linked muscular tissue systems. When the fascia is healthy it is smooth and flexible. The fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue that envelopes and holds each:

 

  • Organ
  • Blood vessel
  • Bone
  • Nerve fiber
  • Muscle

 

 

The tissue provides and supports the body's internal structure. However, the fascia is also made up of nerves that can be as sensitive as the skinStress, injury, strain, overuse, etc can cause it to tighten up. The fascia can appear as a large sheet of tissue. But it is made up of multiple layers with hyaluronan fluid that lubricates and increases the elasticity of the surfaces. It is made to stretch with movement. It can dehydrate, tighten around the muscles, limiting mobility, and causing painful knots to develop.

 

Symptoms

Symptoms can be felt throughout the body's myofascial chains, but are often intensified in the lower back and neck. They include:

 

  • Aching muscle pain
  • Pain that does not stop or worsens and does not ease up
  • Tender knots felt around the muscles
  • Excessive pressure on muscles or joints that present pain
  • Sleep issues from the pain or discomfort
  • Sciatica

 

Factors

 

Factors that can cause the fascia to go through adhesion or become sticky/gluey, and wrinkled include:

 

  • A sedentary lifestyle with limited or no physical activity
  • Overuse/Repetitive movements that overwork a certain area of the body
  • Trauma - automobile accident, work/personal injury
  • Surgery

 

 

Overuse, underuse, or acute injury can cause adhesion in:

 

  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Nerves

 

It is like having sticky glue in the muscles, causing a reduction in the range of motion and flexibility.

 

Causes

Pain can be generated from the skeletal muscle or connective tissues being held down by tight or tightening fascia. The pain can also come from damaged myofascial tissue. This can happen where muscle fibers contract causing restriction, specifically at a trigger point. Or a muscle contraction can block proper blood flow to the structures, which keep the contraction process going until the area is treated.

 

Tissue tightness that restricts movement or pulls the body out of alignment. This will cause an individual to favor the side of the body that is not hurting. An example is individuals with low back pain or sciatica will lean to one side. However, now they are overusing that hip creating a set up for more injuries.

 

Myofascial Chains

Myofascial chains include the front/anterior, and back/posterior chain. The back connects the following structures:

 

Back

 

 

 

Force can be transmitted along the chain between the lat, the lumbar fascia, and the glute max. For example, tight lats can limit shoulder motion and cause impingement.

 

Chiropractic Treatment

A chiropractor can use a variety of examination and treatment techniques for myofascial pain. A chiropractor trained in differential diagnosis is especially helpful if the pain is felt in one place, but the actual root cause is in another area, specifically going along the myofascial chain. Treatments can include:

 

  • Massage targeting the affected muscle with the intent of loosening up the tissues to alleviate pain.
  • Myofascial release therapy releases muscle tightness and shortness.
  • Stretches can help lengthen the muscles and relieve tension.

 

Everybody experiences muscle pain now and again after a hard workout or from work involving movements the body is not used to. The muscles need time to heal for the pain to go away. This is usually a few days. However, in some cases, the muscles never stop hurting and can start to hurt more intensely.

 

Individuals initially think this is normal, especially if continuing to work out or engage in strenuous movements while the muscles are healing. This pain is not normal and could be a sign that the body is experiencing myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain can lead to chronic pain and can cause an individual's quality of life to decline. Fortunately, chiropractic manipulation can help with instability relieving low back pain symptoms and improving lumbar function.

 

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References

Xiao, Qing-Ming et al. Zhongguo gu shang = China journal of orthopaedics and traumatology vol. 33,10 (2020): 928-32. doi:10.12200/j.issn.1003-0034.2020.10.008

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Chiropractic spinal mobilization techniques involve the slow and steady movements of the spine's joints reestablishing their range of motion. Because it is a slower treatment style the techniques are done with the hands. However, a chiropractor can use various instruments/tools as well.

 

Spinal mobilization treatment has the same focus as spinal manipulation. To get the body back to optimal health and allow the body to heal itself naturally. However, there can be a variety of reasons for utilizing spinal stabilization, with treatment depending on the patient's needs, if there are underlying conditions, or previous injury/s, and individual preference.

 

Some prefer mobilization because it is gentler and does not generate the pops or cracking sounds. And the chiropractor's style/specialization comes into play. Some work in the firm manipulation high-velocity style, while others utilize the softer mobilization style and others work in combination.

 

Manipulation High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Techniques

 

This adjustment re-alignment utilizes the necessary force to release the joint out of its restricted motion to improve mobility and reduce pain. There are various types of high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation approaches. These are the more common manipulation techniques:

 

Diversified Technique

 

This high-velocity low-amplitude technique is the one that is commonly associated with chiropractic manual adjustments. The chiropractor applies a short - low-amplitude, quick high-velocity thrust of the restricted joints. This is done one at a time with the objective to restore the normal range of motion. The patient is positioned in various positions to optimize the adjustment/alignment.

 

Gonstead Adjustment

 

The Gonstead technique is another high-velocity low amplitude adjustment. It is similar to the diversified technique. The difference is the evaluation performed to specifically locate the painful joint and positioning of the body as the treatment is performed. Chiropractic or physical therapy chairs and tables can be used to position the patient for optimal treatment, like a cervical chair or a chest-knee table.

 

Thompson Terminal Point Drop Technique

 

Here specialized treatment tables with sections that drop down during a high-velocity low-amplitude thrust. The idea is that as the table drops the piece dropped allows for easier movement of the joint. A cracking sound can sometimes be heard. It depends on the patient and their condition. This type of manipulation can also be done in a gentle fashion making it a form of spinal mobilization.

 

Spinal mobilization

 

Slow steady motion/movements are performed to mobilize the joint. Spinal mobilization can be recommended for certain individuals for different reasons like:

 

  • Individual preference for spinal mobilization over spinal manipulation
  • Individuals with a sensitive nervous system can benefit from the gentle technique. This can keep the body from experiencing a negative reaction that can cause muscle spasms or other issues.
  • Individuals with certain conditions could be given a recommendation for spinal mobilization. This could be:

 

  1. Advanced osteoporosis
  2. Bone pathology
  3. Spinal deformity
  4. Types of inflammatory arthritis

 

  • Individuals in the acute stage of their condition and experiencing severe pain
  • Obesity can be a factor as the positioning and the manipulation procedures can be a challenge for the provider and the patient requiring a low force approach.

 

Mobilization Approaches

 

The more common spinal mobilization approaches include:

 

Activator Technique

 

The Activator is a hand-held, spring-loaded tool that generates a low-force impulse. A patient lies face down on the adjustment table, while the chiropractor:

 

  • Examines leg length
  • Performs muscle testing
  • Adjusts the spine and/or extremity joints

 

Cox Flexion-Distraction Technique

 

Here a gentle adjustment is designed to adjust the vertebrae by gently stretching the lower spine. This is usually performed in a series of repetitive slow movements like a steady rocking motion.

 

Toggle Drop

 

Here gravity is utilized to apply the adjustment. The chiropractors' hands are crossed and on top of each other. Then the chiropractor presses down quickly and firmly on the area of the spine while a section of the table drops. The table sections can be raised and dropped according to the localization of the spinal adjustment.

 

McKenzie Technique

 

This technique incorporates active patient involvement, empowerment, and self-care as part of the treatment.

 

Spinal Release

 

The chiropractor separates the misaligned vertebrae by applying gentle pressure using the fingertips, with the objective to restore the spine back to a natural position.

 

Sacro-Occipital Technique - SOT

 

This technique utilizes wedges/blocks under the pelvis. This allows gravity with added low-force to assist the chiropractor to realign the pelvis.

 

Sciatica Alleviation

 

All of these techniques can be utilized by a chiropractor for sciatic nerve pain alleviation or can discover other conditions that could be mimicking sciatica.

 

Nerve mobilization techniques have been recently used as a method to adjust radiating pain related to disc disease, and in particular, mobilization techniques for the sciatic nerves improve mobility of the sciatic nerves, decrease mechanosensitivity of the nervous system, and heighten compliance of nerve tissues, relieving low back pain.

Jeong, Ui-Cheol et al. “The effects of self-mobilization techniques for the sciatic nerves on physical functions and health of low back pain patients with lower limb radiating pain.” Journal of physical therapy science vol. 28,1 (2016): 46-50. doi:10.1589/jpts.28.46

 

 

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