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Tight Hip Flexors and How To Release | Personal Injury Doctor | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Tight Hip Flexors and How To Release | Personal Injury Doctor | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

Tight hip flexors are a common complaint among individuals. Sitting for too long is the usual suspect, but highly active individuals can experience tightness. Here is a hip flexor test to determine if there is tightness:

 

  • Lie on back on a table or bench
  • Let the lower part of the legs hang off the side at the knees
  • Pull one knee up to the chest while keeping the head, shoulders, back, and hips in contact with the table/bench
  • The other leg will stay in contact with the table/bench with the knee at a 90-degree angle if the hip flexors are not tight
  • If they are tight, the other leg will come up from the table/bench, causing the knee to come out of the 90-degree angle
  • Perform on both sides, because one hip flexor could be tighter than the other

However, if the hip flexors are not tight but there is still discomfort, soreness then the most common cause is weak hip flexors.

Why Hip Flexors Become Tight

Figuring out what’s making them so tight varies from person to person. Some individuals are more susceptible to tight hip flexors than others. Here are common reasons why individuals experience discomfort, soreness, and pain:

 

  • Sitting for a long time shortens and weakens the flexors
  • A shifted pelvis could be an anterior or posterior pelvic tilt
  • Uneven hips can cause tightness on one side
  • Poor posture can lead to standing or leaning on one hip
  • Sleeping too much on one side
  • Running or exercising without regular stretching especially of the hips

Tight Hip Flexor Symptoms

Many are surprised by how tight hip flexors can affect the rest of the body. This is because of the many different muscles in the hip flexor group. They help lift the leg at the hip, help stabilize the spine, and can affect the neck and shoulder area.

 

  • Tightness in the upper groin/hip area
  • Pain/tightness in the glutes
  • Tight hamstrings
  • Pain/tightness in the lower back when standing up
  • Trouble standing up straight
  • Pain/tightness in the neck

Releasing Tight Hips

The test is a great way to determine if the hip flexors are tight. Before attempting to stretch the hip flexors, it is key to determine that the flexors are tight or weak. If the hip flexors are not tight, stretching them will not help. Instead, they need to be strengthened. Individuals can confuse tight hip flexors with weak ones and become frustrated when there is no relief after stretching.

Stretches

Here are some easy stretches for the hip flexors.

Butterfly Stretch

  • Sit on the floor with the heels and toes of the feet pressed together
  • The weight of the knees as they open and move forward to the floor will stretch the hips
  • For a greater stretch, gently press down on the inside of the knees
  • Hold for 30 seconds to a minute

Chair Figure 4 Stretch

  • Sit in a chair
  • Raise one leg and place the ankle on the opposite knee
  • Straighten the back and then hinge the torso forward
  • The stretch will be felt in the hip and glute
  • Hold for one minute
  • Switch legs and repeat

Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch

  • Kneel down with one leg bent at 90-degrees in front and the other at 90-degrees underneath
  • Keep the back straight
  • Squeeze the glutes
  • Tuck the pelvis forward
  • Maintain this position, lean forward gently into the forward leg
  • The stretch will be felt along the hip and front of the underneath leg
  • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds
  • Repeat 3 to 5 times

These stretches can be done 2 to 4 times throughout the day keeping the flexors from tightening up.

Chiropractic Care To Loosen Tight Hips

If dealing with pain in the hips when stretching or sitting, there could be something other than tight hip flexors, or in addition to tight flexors. If exercising or stretching, causes discomfort/pain, stop the activities and contact a chiropractor for a possible hip adjustment. Chiropractic medicine specializes in the entire musculoskeletal system.

Massage

Combined with a hip adjustment, massage therapy will help relieve pain, stiffness and improve circulation. Many find relief from a massage after an adjustment, while others receive a massage before the adjustment.

Hip Flexors Cracking

A less common issue with hip flexors is cracking or popping during activity/s. Individuals can experience this while they are exercising or running and is usually caused by a tendon or muscle sliding over the bone. It can be difficult to determine the cause of the cracking/popping without seeing a medical professional. In some cases, it could be gas escaping the hip joint, while in others, it could be an issue that needs to be addressed by strengthening, massaging, and working out the muscle or tendon.

Strengthening Weak Hip Flexors

For those with weak hip flexors that is causing the discomfort, here are some exercises:

Single-Leg Stance

  • Stand on one leg
  • Keep the thigh of the other leg lifted parallel with the ground and the knee at 90-degrees
  • Hold for 30 seconds
  • Switch sides
  • Repeat 6 to 8 times

Knee Raises

  • Lift each knee as high as possible
  • Try to perform quickly but with control in alternating movements
  • Continue for 30 to 60 seconds
  • Repeat 3 to 5 times

 

Body Composition

 
 

Physical activity decreased

Physical inactivity is a primary factor in the progression of sarcopenia. Regular resistance exercise can help maintain muscle mass and help build muscular strength. Individuals that are more sedentary can exacerbate the effects of sarcopenia.

Decreased motor neurons

Aging comes with a loss of motor neurons caused by cell death. This leads to a decrease in muscle fiber numbers and size. This decrease leads to:

 

  • Impaired performance
  • Reduction in functional capacity
  • Decreased ability to perform everyday chores/tasks

Increased Pro-inflammatory Cytokines

Poor diet and exercise are known to promote and increase the storage of visceral fat. This type of fat produces pro-inflammatory cytokines which can accelerate muscle breakdown. Obesity and muscle weakness are associated with high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. This is made worse by decreased muscle mass and plays a role in the progression of sarcopenia.

Disclaimer

The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the musculoskeletal system’s injuries or disorders. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to 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 provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of 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.

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP, CIFM, CTG*
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phone: 915-850-0900
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico

References

Blue Cross Blue Shield. 2015.“A study of cost variations for knee and hip replacements in the U.S.” https://www.bcbs.com/the-health-of-america/reports/study-of-cost-variations-knee-and-hip-replacement-surgeries-the-us

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2017. “Vital Signs: Prevalence of Doctor Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation. The United States, 2013-2015. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6609e1.htm

 

Spine. 1983. “Hip-Spine Syndrome.” https://pubmed.ncbi/nih.gov/6623198

 

Anesthesia & Analgesia. 2005. “Sacroiliac Joint Pain: A comprehensive review of anatomy, diagnosis, and treatment.” https://pubmed.ncbi.nim.nih.gov/1624408.

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Pulled Shoulder Muscle Injury Chiropractic Care • Chiropractic Scientist | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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The shoulder joint consists of different muscles that are for moving, protection, and provide a wide range of motion. When one or more of these muscles is pulled or strained it can affect the smallest movements. A pulled shoulder muscle can make simple activities difficult, painful, and impossible. Minor shoulder injuries can heal on their own with home remedies. A serious shoulder muscle injury should be addressed by a medical professional. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. Pulling a muscle in the shoulder can be caused by:

 

  • Injury
  • Overuse
  • General wear and tear

Pulled Shoulder Muscle Causes

Pulling a shoulder muscle can happen quickly like falling on the shoulder or from a car accident. It can also develop from months or years of working a job where individuals perform repetitive motions with the shoulders and overuse the muscles to the point of strain. No matter the cause, rehabilitation, and recovery depend on the type and severity of the injury.

Common Shoulder Muscle Injuries

The shoulder joint is surrounded by several muscles and tendons and because the shoulder can move so freely, it is a common area for a pull or strain. Different shoulder muscle injuries fall under being pulled or strained.

 

  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Tear
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Pulled Muscle in the shoulder blade

A Pulled Muscle or Something Else

Unless an individual is a medical professional or has experienced this type of pain before, it can be hard to tell exactly what the cause is. Shoulder pain can have other or combined causes like inflammation of the tendons and joints, or the joint itself could be causing the injury. Here are a few ways to investigate what is causing shoulder pain.

Pulled Shoulder Muscle Symptoms

  • Pain in the shoulder blade area is characterized by dull, sore, or aching pain.
  • Sometimes shooting pain in the area between the shoulder blades will present, causing pain in the front or back of the shoulder.
  • Shoulder instability of the muscles or tendons.
  • The shoulder feels fragile
  • Movement causes pain
  • A bump can develop at the top of the shoulder near the end of the collarbone
  • General symptoms include:
  • Pain when the shoulder is at rest
  • Pain when the specific muscle is used
  • Tenderness
  • Possible swelling of the area
  • Inability to use the muscle at all

The Seriousness of a Pulled Shoulder Muscle

The majority of the time a pulled shoulder muscle is not serious. If the pain is not severe and it is not the result of an accident, it is okay to utilize home remedies to reduce pain and help the shoulder heal. However, there are symptoms that could indicate a serious injury or medical problem. If you experience shoulder pain and any of the following, seek immediate medical attention.

 

  • Severe and intense pain
  • Severe, abrupt pain that has no obvious cause
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest numbness or pain
  • Seeing clearly
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Sudden swelling, pain, or redness

 

For individuals that experience shoulder pain that does not get better over time, seek professional help, even if the pain is mild. A professional will develop the right treatment plan, reduce pain, and generate a healthy recovery, getting the individual back to normal and optimal health.

Treatment and Recovery Options

Treatment and recovery plans are different for everyone. This is because it depends on the severity of the pull and the individual's overall health. Many find that the pain is reduced with home remedies in two or three weeks. Chiropractic treatment for a pulled shoulder muscle can provide relief within one or two weeks.

Home Remedies for Pulled Shoulder Muscles

Depending on the severity and how much pain is presenting taking NSAIDs like Ibuprofen can help reduce pain and swelling. Individuals can also incorporate the following:

Rest

The shoulder should rest for 2 or 3 days. This gets the healing process started and prevents further injuring the area.

Wrap or Sling

During the days of rest, keeping the shoulder from moving can be difficult. To avoid this, wrap the shoulder or utilize a sling to support the arm. Remember that these should not be used for more than 2 or 3 days.

Ice for Swelling

If there is swelling, applying ice to the area can help reduce the inflammation. Apply for 20 minutes every hour. The swelling should begin reducing in a day or two.

Gentle Stretching

Working out the muscles after the 2 or 3 days of rest is important. Stretches will help the muscle group strengthen and heal. Not stretching the muscles and not using them for an extended time could worsen the injury and increase the risk of further injury.

Stretching the Shoulder

As aforementioned not moving/stretching can cause more problems in the long run. Not using the muscle can cause it to atrophy, which means that it will take longer to heal with the surrounding muscles weakening. Gentle stretches for a pulled shoulder muscle include:

Cross-Body Shoulder Stretch

  • Bring the affected arm across the body at an angle
  • Cup the elbow of the affected arm with the other hand
  • Use that hand to gently pull the arm toward the body
  • Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds
  • Repeat 3 to 5 times

Pendulum Stretch

  • Bend slightly forward, support the body by placing the non-injured arm on a table or chair
  • Allow the injured arm to hang straight down
  • Start swinging the arm in small circles clockwise that gradually grow wider
  • Do for 1 minute, then switch counterclockwise for another minute
  • Repeat 4 to 8 times throughout the day

Chiropractic

If home remedies are not enough, then chiropractic can help. Chiropractors use a variety of treatment modalities for pulled shoulder muscles. These include:

 

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Manual stretching
  • Ultrasound
  • Cold laser therapy to reduce pain and swelling
  • Health coaching
  • Posture exercises
  • Physical rehabilitative therapy

 

If the pain is persistent, it could indicate more than a pulled muscle is causing the pain. This could be a pinched nerve or a joint issue. A doctor of chiropractic can develop the best recovery option to get to the root cause.

 

Body Composition

 
 

Women and muscle distribution

Research reveals that women could have a higher distribution of type 1 muscle fibers and lower distribution of type 2 muscle fibers which are more prevalent in men. Type 1 muscle fibers are slow-twitch muscles and are extremely useful in long-endurance activities like long-distance running. Type 1 muscle fibers are also the first ones that activate during any type of exercise. Type 2 are the fast-twitch muscle fibers and get activated when performing powerful or explosive bursts of movements like sprinting.

 

Because of these muscle-fiber differences, men are likely to excel in training that involves explosive, powerful routines. However, a study found that women can gain more muscle mass using a total body strength training program compared to men. For optimal results mix up the workout with a variety of resistance and strength training routines. This will allow for greater muscle mass growth.

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

Kim, Jun-hee et al. “Comparison of the Shoulder External Rotator Strength and Asymmetry Ratio Between Workers With and Without Shoulder Impingement Syndrome.” Journal of strength and conditioning research, 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003343. 17 Sep. 2019, doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000003343

 

Verniba, Dmitry, and William H Gage. “Stepping threshold with platform-translation and shoulder-pull postural perturbation methods.” Journal of biomechanics vol. 94 (2019): 224-229. doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2019.07.027

 

Dealing with Painful Trigger Points. Berkeley Wellness. http://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/preventive-care/article/dealing-painful-trigger-points. Published September 1, 2011. Accessed June 14, 2018.

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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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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

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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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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

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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 Pain Symptom Relieving Medications | Dr. Jimenez D.C. | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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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

 

A Pain Helper

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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Motorcycle Accident Causes, Injuries, and Chiropractic Treatment | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Motorcycle accidents are a lot different from automobile accidents. Specifically is how much the riders are exposed and unprotected during the collision impact compared to individuals in a motor vehicle. A recommendation that comes from attorneys, doctors, and chiropractors is for all motorcyclists to learn about common causes of accidents to help prevent and reduce the level of risk. When on a motorcycle, there is nothing between the individual and the impact to protect the body from injury. If something hits the motorcycle, the individual is going to get hit or hit something. The strength and stamina that it takes to ride a motorcycle, takes a definite toll on the body. It’s very common for the spine to get out of alignment and sustain soft tissue damage from regular riding. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can help bring pain relief and rehabilitate the body's musculoskeletal system from regular riding or after a motorcycle accident.

Head-On Collisions

Accidents and crashes that involve motorcycles and other vehicles account for over half of motorcycle accident deaths. In a majority of these accidents, the vehicle hits the motorcycle from the front more than 70% of the time. Automobiles hit motorcycles from behind only 5% of the time.

Vehicles Making Left-Hand Turns

When an automobile is making a left-hand turn is one of the most dangerous situations for motorcyclists. These collisions account for almost half of all accidents involving a motorcycle and car. The turning car usually hits the motorcycle when the motorcycle:

 

  • Goes straight through an intersection
  • Is passing the automobile
  • Trying to overtake the automobile

 

These types of accidents are common with cars and trucks as well. However, the motorcycle's smaller size makes it even less visible to turning vehicles.

Lane Splitting

Motorcycles that pass cars within the same lane are at an increased risk of getting hit. Car and truck drivers don't expect the motorcyclist to pass and are often taken by surprise. Lane splitting is when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars, typically during high traffic time. It is a common cause of motorcycle accidents because:

 

  • The close proximity of the automobiles to the motorcycle
  • Reduced space that the motorcyclist has to maneuver around the other vehicles
  • Most drivers don't see or anticipate a motorcycle passing them in slowed or stopped traffic

Road Hazards

Motorcyclists are at an increased risk from road hazards. Because of the smaller size and unstable nature of the motorcycle:

 

  • Potholes
  • Roadkill
  • Slick road conditions
  • Uneven height between lanes
  • Other unexpected objects in the road pose a serious threat.

Common Injuries

Hip/Pelvic Misalignment

The pelvis has three major joints:

 

  • The pubic joint on the front of the body
  • Two sacroiliac joints on each side of the back, that connect the pelvis to the spine.

 

It also connects to different muscles, including the hip and pelvic floor. When the body falls on the hip or sustains various forms of crash-related impact, the hip or pelvis can get shifted out of place. This type of misalignment is a leading cause of back pain and can be agonizing. It can keep an individual off the road, and unable to work. A chiropractor can adjust any pelvic misalignment using manipulative therapy. Physical therapy rehabilitation and home exercises/stretches will also be recommended.

Whiplash

This is a type of neck injury that happens from a forceful, back-and-forth motion, during the impact of a crash, or with a sudden stop. It is a soft tissue injury where the tendons and muscles of the neck are stretched and/or torn. Common symptoms include:

 

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion

 

A chiropractor can help with gentle adjustments to realign the neck, and muscle stretching to loosen the tense muscles.

Other Neck Injuries

Other injuries can include misalignment or fractures of the vertebrae in the neck from a different impact like a side hit. Chiropractic can help an individual recover from these types of injuries and restoring the range of motion. Gentle chiropractic manipulative, mobilization treatment, and intersegmental traction can help realign the neck.

Back Injury

The spine and its muscles are highly prone to injury. Common injuries include:

 

  • Fractures
  • Herniated/slipped discs
  • Spinal misalignment
  • Soft tissue injuries

 

A chiropractor can rehabilitate musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries through therapeutic massage.

Leg/Foot Injury

Injuries to the legs and feet are common in motorcycle accidents. Common injuries include:

 

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Road rash
  • Fractures

Biker’s Arm

Biker’s arm also known as rider's arm, is specific to motorcyclists and sometimes bicyclists. It happens when a motorcyclist instinctively pulls in their arm/hand in front of them to try and lessen the impact when falling. This can lead to shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand injuries. The bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves can suffer damage and can be severe.

Treatment

Treatment of these injuries can range from a soft collar, chiropractic, anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, nerve blocks, and physical therapy. Surgery could be necessary and combined with the aforementioned treatments. Motorcycle riders can increase their safety by being aware of the common causes of accidents, staying alert, and taking steps to reduce and avoid the risk.

 

Body Composition Overall Health

 
 

Phase Angle Inflammation Injury Tracking

Phase angle determines the status of an individual's overall health. If an individual gets hurt and has a low phase angle then their ability to heal can be delayed. The extracellular water and water mass of the body are measured to assess how swollen an individual is after an accident. The individual is reassessed every two weeks to show water loss or inflammation loss. Body composition is important for understanding an individual's fluid status and physiological makeup. This is used for guiding and developing treatments aimed at improving status, and decreasing the length of staying at a hospital. InBody is non-invasive and convenient, making it the ideal tool for patient assessments. In less than 60 seconds, the InBody test provides easy-to-understand, accurate, and objective measurements to evaluate a patient’s health and monitor progress throughout their treatment. Doctors use InBody to:

 

  • Identify fluid imbalances related to medical conditions, trauma, and/or organ failure
  • Track fluid overload
  • Monitor variables for muscle loss and cachexia
  • Assess malnutrition risks

Disclaimer

The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure.

 

We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the musculoskeletal system’s injuries or disorders. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to 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 provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of 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 915-850-0900.

 

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References

Cherta Ballester, Oscar et al. “Analysis of trunk impact conditions in motorcycle road accidents based on epidemiological, accidentological data and multibody simulations.” Accident; analysis and prevention vol. 127 (2019): 223-230. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2019.03.006

 

Halbersberg, Dan, and Boaz Lerner. “Young driver fatal motorcycle accident analysis by jointly maximizing accuracy and information.” Accident; analysis and prevention vol. 129 (2019): 350-361. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2019.04.016

 

Spinal cord injury: Causes. Mayo Clinic Web site. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-cord-injury/basics/causes/con-20023837. Published October 8, 2014. Accessed August 30, 2017.

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Car accidents even minor ones can cause musculoskeletal problems, especially in the neck and shoulder area. When whiplash symptoms do not present immediately, this is known as delayed whiplash. Depending on the severity, it can be dangerous. Delayed symptoms can show up anywhere from twenty-four hours to months after the accident. This is because the body is masking the symptoms as a reaction to a traumatic event. Symptoms like:

 

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Present within 24 hours, but this is not always the case.

Delayed Symptoms

With delayed whiplash, symptoms typically don’t appear until 24 hours after the accident. But there are cases of symptoms being delayed up to six months. Whether immediate or delayed, symptoms include:

 

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Normal head movement is impaired
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Concentration problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Irritability
  • Chronic pain

 

Medical treatment should be sought out immediately if any of the below symptoms are experienced:

 

  • Weakness in the arms
  • The neck pain spreads to the shoulders and arms
  • Unbearable pain
  • Loss of vision

Causes of Delayed Whiplash

The most common cause of whiplash is automobile accidents. Even slow-speed tap can cause delayed whiplash symptoms if the head is snaps quickly, and it is not only being hit from behind automobile accidents that cause whiplash. Rear-end, front-end, and side collisions can cause whiplash and delayed whiplash symptoms. Any time the neck snaps in a quick fashion in any direction there is potential for a neck injury. Some less common causes include:

 

  • Contact sports
  • Amusement park rides
  • Getting hit on the head
  • Specific types of falls where the head quickly snaps around
  • Cycling accidents
  • Skating/skateboarding accidents
  • Skiing/snowboarding accidents

Symptoms Can Get Worse With Time

Determining whether to seek medical attention if there is no pain or symptoms after the event can be difficult. However, symptoms can get worse over time and cause serious problems in the neck like:

 

  • Small fractures
  • Ruptured discs
  • Pinched nerves

Untreated Whiplash

Whiplash can get worse with time when they are not treated. This is why seeking medical care after the event is extremely important. As a doctor, a chiropractor can diagnose if any serious issues are present and develop the best plan to deal with pain and symptoms. When left untreated chronic whiplash and neck pain can develop. Chronic whiplash is rare but does happen, even with injuries that are considered not severeMedical professionals will use X-Rays, MRIs, or CT scans to examine the extent of the injury and to prevent the symptoms from getting worse.

Treatment Options

Wearing a neck brace immediately following a neck injury can be an option but there is evidence that some movement of the neck and head should be incorporated, as it is beneficial for the healing process. If the pain is unbearable wearing a brace could be implemented into a treatment plan.

Ice and Heat

  • Ice and heat will help with stiffness and pain.
  • Ice will help relieve pain and should be used in 15-minute intervals.
  • Heat packs and ointments can help soothe the area, loosen up the muscles, and promote optimal healing.

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Meds

Advil or Ibuprofen can be taken for pain and inflammation. These meds help the symptoms, but should not be the only pain reliever.

Ginger

  • Ginger tea can help those suffering from nausea and dizziness.
  • It contains anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Supplements include green tea, turmeric curcumin, fish oil, and sage.

CBD Oil and/or Ointment

CBD oil or ointments can help relieve pain and relax muscles.

Stretching

Gentle stretches can help the healing process and keep the neck muscles loose.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic can treat whiplash utilizing a number of different techniques. They will perform tests to diagnose the extent of the injuries and determine what type and the best treatment plan. The plan can include:

Inflammation reduction and Pain relief

Heat, ice, ultrasound, and laser therapy can help reduce pain and inflammation.

Spinal Adjustments

Spinal adjustments will help relieve pain from pinched nerves, bulging discs, and strained muscles.

Massage

Massage is a common practice in whiplash cases. It helps to kickstart the healing process by:

 

  • Promoting proper blood and nerve energy circulation
  • Loosens the muscles
  • Flushes out the toxins

Stretches and Tips

A chiropractor will train the patient on specific stretches/exercises, along with pain-relief tips to do at home. These can include:

 

Physical Therapy

  • Physical therapists can help by focusing on the muscles in the affected area.
  • They will teach the individual stretches and exercises to stretch and strengthen the strained muscles.
  • They can also utilize heat and ice therapy, ultrasound, and laser therapy.

 

Body Composition

 
 

Hot Yoga and Metabolic Rate

Both internal and external temperatures influence the body's metabolic rate. The body's chemical reactions happen more quickly if the temperature is higher. This is because the body works harder to restore normal temperature balance. Brief exposure to heat is not enough to increase metabolism. To raise BMR, longer exposure to heat is necessary. This is where hot yoga comes in. Hot yoga involves performing a sequence in a studio that is 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity rate of 40%. It is an intense workout that involves sweating. The high heat:

 

  • Increases blood flow
  • Warms the muscles for deep stretching
  • Helps the lymphatic system release toxins
  • Raises the body's Basal Metabolic Rate

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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

Balla, J I. “The late whiplash syndrome.” The Australian and New Zealand journal of surgery vol. 50,6 (1980): 610-4. doi:10.1111/j.1445-2197.1980.tb04207.x

 

Fitz-Ritson D. Phasic exercises for cervical rehabilitation after "whiplash" trauma. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 1995 Jan;18(1):21-24.

 

Seferiadis, Aris et al. “A review of treatment interventions in whiplash-associated disorders.” The European spine journal: official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society vol. 13,5 (2004): 387-97. doi:10.1007/s00586-004-0709-1

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Car accidents even can cause musculoskeletal problems. When whiplash symptoms do not present immediately, this is known as delayed whiplash. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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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.

 

Body Composition Spotlight

 

 

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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

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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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

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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Achieve Health Goals With Chiropractic, and Nutritional Coaching | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Achieve Health Goals With Chiropractic, and Nutritional Coaching | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

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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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

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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Health goals can be achieved through chiropractic treatment and nutritional coaching. Chiropractic is dedicated to whole-body functionality. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Post-Injury Chiropractic Health and Wellness | Dr. Jimenez D.C. | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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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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After an injury has been sustained chiropractic post-injury will increase recovery potential and get the body back on track. 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 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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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

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

Dr. Alex Jimenez's insight:

The nervous system helps regulate the body's immunity. Any dysfunction can initiate or aggravate issues associated with autoimmune disease. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677