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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*
email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
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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Vitamin B12 and Shoulder Injuries | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Vitamin B12 and Shoulder Injuries | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

Vitamin B12 and Shoulder Injuries. Most shoulder injuries involve the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Individuals that perform repetitive arm motions/movements, constantly lift objects as part of their job, and athletes that use their arms repetitively have an increase in developing/experiencing shoulder injuries and problems. Shoulder injuries are commonly caused by physical activities that involve:

 

  • Excessive motions
  • Repetitive motions
  • Overhead motions
  • Sports like swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting involve these repetitive arm/shoulder motions that contribute to shoulder injuries.
  • Injuries can also be brought on from everyday activities like washing/painting walls, hanging curtains/plants, and gardening.

 

Shoulder Injury Symptoms

If there is discomfort and/or pain in and around the shoulder here are a few ways to analyze the situation.

 

  1. Is there stiffness in or around the shoulder?
  2. Can you rotate the arm through the normal range of active movement?
  3. Does the shoulder feel like it could pop out or slide out of its socket?
  4. Is there a lack of strength in the shoulder for normal daily activities?

 

If yes was an answer to any of these questions, individuals should consult an orthopedic surgeon and/or chiropractor for assistance in determining the problem and its severity.

Injury Categories

Individuals often underestimate the extent of an injury and usually just push/play through the discomfort and pain. This is how powerful the brain is as it ignores steady pain, weakness, or limitation of joint motion. Shoulder injuries and problems are grouped in the following categories.

Instability

This is when a shoulder joint moves/shifts or is forced out of its normal position. This is called instability and can result in dislocation of the joints in the shoulder. Individuals will experience pain when raising their arms. It can feel as if the shoulder is slipping out.

Impingement

Impingement is caused by excessive rubbing/friction of the muscles against the top part of the shoulder blade, known as the acromion. Impingement can happen during physical activities that require excessive overhead arm motion. Medical examination and care are recommended for inflammation, as it could eventually lead to a more serious injury.

Injuries

Bursitis

The bursa is the fluid-filled sacs that cushions the joints. These can become swollen and irritated from repetitive motions, falls, or other injuries. Individuals will notice the pain most when moving/rotating the shoulder.

Cartilage tear

The cartilage - the rubbery padding that goes around the rim of the shoulder joint can get damaged from repetitive motions, overextending, falls, or from intense force to the shoulder. With this type of injury individuals feel pain when reaching overhead, weakness, and/or catching, locking, and grinding feelings.

Rotator cuff tear

The rotator cuff consists of a group of muscles and tendons that hold the arm in place and allow for lifting the arm up and overhead. It can get damaged through overuse, falls, and regular wear and tear with age. Pain often presents at night, when lifting objects, and there could be a cracking sound when trying to move or rotate.

Frozen shoulder

This condition limits the joint's movement. What happens is abnormal bands of tissue called adhesions build up in the joint and restrict movement. The shoulder can freeze up from not using it. This could be because pain or surgery causes an individual to use it less. This is when adhesions begin to build up.

Separation

This injury affects the joint where the collarbone and shoulder blade join. It is known as the acromioclavicular or AC joint. A fall or hard impact can tear the ligaments that hold it together. If the collarbone gets pushed out of place a bump forms/develops on top of the shoulder.

Fracture

A bone can break or crack from a vehicle accident, fall, or takes a hard hit. The most common fractures are to the clavicle - collarbone and the humerus - arm bone closest to the shoulder. This type of injury causes a great deal of pain and bruising. If the collarbone is broken, the shoulder can sag with the inability to lift the arm.

Vitamin B12

Rotator cuff injuries involve dysfunctional and/or damaged connective tissue. This could be from impaired collagen synthesis Vitamin B12 helps combat inflammation and plays a significant role in collagen formation. Low vitamin B12 status can be directly linked to pro-inflammatory cytokines. This means that a lack of vitamin B12 increases inflammation.

Researchers followed a group of individuals to determine if their individual vitamin B12 levels correlated with an increased risk of a rotator cuff tear. To begin the study, levels of vitamin B12 were measured along with other nutrients that included:

 

  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Folate

 

Homocysteine and blood sugar biomarkers, which are both associated with B12 metabolism were also measured. Homocysteine is a metabolite that builds up in the blood when specific nutrients, like B12, folate, or B6 become deficient. Elevated levels of homocysteine can be harmful and cause damage to blood vessels and brain tissue when not detoxified properly. In the study, the homocysteine levels did not differ between the groups, but vitamin B12 levels were significantly different.

 

  • The patients that were included were a healthy group that did not have any rotator cuff injury during the study.
  • The second group all experienced a rotator cuff tear that required surgery during the study.
  • With the various nutrients measured, only vitamin B12 and vitamin D showed differences. With the B12 and D being lower in the group that had the shoulder injury.
  • Specifically, the B12 levels in the healthy group were 627 pg/mL compared to 528 pg/mL in the injured group. This was a 16% decrease.

These subclinical deficiencies are usually missed with traditional serum testing which is why functional nutritional testing is clinically recommended.

Body Compositional Testing

 

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*
email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
phone: 915-850-0900
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico

References

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Shoulder Pain.

 

American Academy of Family Physicians: Shoulder Pain.

 

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, April 2021

 

Cleveland Clinic: Rotator Cuff Tendonitis Shoulder Tendinitis.

 

Monica, James et al. Acute Shoulder Injuries in Adults. American family physician vol. 94,2 (2016): 119-27.

 

OrthoInfo: Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems, Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Conditioning Program.

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Problems/Issues With The Feet Can Affect The Entire Body | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Problems/Issues With The Feet Can Affect The Entire Body | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

The feet are the foundation of the body. The feet carry the body's entire weight allowing for movement with ease. The feet are a complex structure that consists of:

 

  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Nerve endings
 

Because of this, the feet are a high-impact area taking the everyday forces that come from:

 

  • Balancing
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Stopping
  • Twisting
  • Shifting positions
  • Tiptoe reaching

Common Symptoms

Symptoms commonly caused by foot issues include:

 

  • Soreness
  • Stiffness
  • Leg pain
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Poor balance

 

Flat feet, fallen arches, injuries, bone spurs, and other issues can cause problems with the rest of the body. The most common are:

Back Problems

When foot issues are present it's common to change walking postures to avoid pain and discomfort. Individuals often do not realize they are doing it until the awkward postures begin to present with pain and discomfort. Overcompensation combined with unhealthy walking patterns can cause back pain. This is because the spine is becoming misaligned. Balance of the body is crucial. When something shifts the proper balance, the whole spine can shift out of alignment. This is especially true for individuals with flat feet. Flat feet can cause the ankle/s to lose alignment. This leads to problems up the body, from the knees to the hips to the spine and neck.

Joint Pain

Imbalances cause the feet and spine to not absorb shocks from everyday activity properly. This means the rest of the body, especially the joints, have an added job of absorbing the shock/impact. As time goes on the stress and shock can lead to severe ankle, knee, hip discomfort/pain, and malfunctions.

Posture Imbalance

These misalignments cause imbalance and posture problems. When the feet have lost the proper anchoring and alignment, overall posture and balance become affected. This increases the risk for dangerous slip and fall accidents that can exacerbate or cause new injuries. Posture problems are usually the result of the body trying to redistribute weight to reduce the pain and because it works then becomes a bad habit.

Referred and Radiating Pain

The muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the feet connect to the rest of the body. Any pain/issues like calf pain or weakness in the feet can begin to present in the lower leg since that is where the soft tissue is most closely connected.

 

Foot Problems/Issues

The most common foot problems podiatrists see that lead to the aforementioned ailments.

Flat Feet

Flat feet also known as fallen arches. This is a condition where the feet lack or have lost the arch when standing. This can be quite uncomfortable and creates weight distribution problems. It can be a genetic condition but is also be the result of wearing shoes without arch support for a prolonged time.

Corns and Bunions

Corns are round circles of thick skin on the toes, or on the soles of the feet. The body forms them naturally to prevent blisters, but they could be the result of poorly fitting shoes. Typically they are not painful when they form, but can become irritated over time. Bunions are bumps on the side of the big toe that can cause a bending inward toward the other toes, creating a painful angle. This can cause severe irritation and inflammation in the bump and toes. These can be genetic or caused by structural problems. But they can be caused by tight-fitting shoes or excess pressure on the feet for prolonged periods.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe, also known as mallet toe, is a condition that makes one or more of the toes pointing down rather than straight. Walking can cause pain, and movement of the toe can reduce or stop completely. This is caused by arthritis or an injury, it can be genetic, or the result of poor footwear.

Plantar Fasciitis

This condition causes pain that goes from the bottom of the heel to the middle of the foot. It is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament also located in this area. There is a wide range of pain levels that can range from dull to stabbing. It is often caused by poor footwear with no arch support that has been worn for long periods when walking, standing, and running. Weight gain is another cause, as the added weight could be too much for the foot to manage, causing strain.

Shoes

Individuals that wear high heels, shoes that are the wrong size, or other uncomfortable footwear consistently will more likely develop the aforementioned issues. Shoes with proper support are essential to optimal foot and body health because they evenly distribute the weight of the body lessening the impact from everyday activities.

Foot Orthotics

Another recommended option for alleviating foot issues is custom foot orthotic inserts. These can be fit into any shoe, and are customized to an individual's feet. They’re affordable, and allow individuals to wear their shoes without pain.

Chiropractic & Physical Therapy

Chiropractic and physical therapy can help alleviate the pain that is resultant from foot problems. Seeing a podiatrist can treat the root cause of the condition, but the rest of the body could need chiropractic readjusting from the misalignment/s.

 

Custom Orthotics

 

Heat-related illnesses

Heat-related illnesses vary in their severity, but even light symptoms need immediate action to correct the problem before it does become severe.

Heat cramps

When exercising in the heat painful cramps can present. The affected muscle/s might feel hard, spasm, or generate sharp pain. The body temperature could still be within normal limits.

Heat syncope

Syncope is a loss of consciousness, that is usually recognized as exercise-related collapse. However, before this happens, there may be a feeling of lightheadedness or fainting. This happens when temperatures are high and the individual has been standing or exercising for a long time. The same can occur when standing up quickly after sitting for a long time.

Heat exhaustion

Heat exhaustion happens when the body temperature exceeds normal limits and rises as high as 104. This can cause nausea, weakness, cold, fainting, headaches, and vomiting. The body continues to sweat, but the skin may feel cold and clammy.

Heatstroke and Sunstroke

Heat exhaustion untreated leads to heatstroke or sunstroke. The body's core temperature is greater than 104 degrees and in a life-threatening emergency. The skin is no longer capable of sweating and can feel dry or moist. Individuals can become confused, irritable, and experience heart arrhythmias. Immediate medical emergency treatment is necessary to stop brain damage, organ failure, and death.

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*
email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
phone: 915-850-0900
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico

References

Joint Bone Spine. (December 2014) “Effects of unstable shoes on chronic low back pain in health professionals: A randomized controlled trial” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1297319X14001456

 

Your Foot Type Matters: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. (July 2018) “Association between the hyper-pronated foot and the degree of severity of disability in patients with non-specific low back pain” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1360859217303388

 

How to Find the Right Shoes: International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. (December 2001) “Biomechanical effects of wearing high-heeled shoes” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0169814101000385

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Supporting A Spouse, Partner With Chronic Pain - Dr. Jimenez D.C. | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Supporting A Spouse, Partner With Chronic Pain - Dr. Jimenez D.C. | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

For individuals that have a partner or spouse with chronic back painlife can feel like it revolves around the pain. For the individuals going through the pain, it does. The pain can be debilitating to the body, emotional and mentally. The physical and emotional exhaustion of chronic pain can affect a partnership. But with the right support, treatment can be enhanced making the couple's life a lot better.

Partners and spouses with Chronic Pain

Individuals unhealthily deal with chronic pain communication in two ways.

 

  • The first is, the individual dealing with the pain talks frequently about it. This can be viewed as constant complaining, resulting in their spouse or partner becoming irritated, cold, resentful, and frustrated by not knowing or being able to help.
  • The second way is, again the individual dealing with the pain wants to avoid sounding needy, never talk about the pain. This means instead they deal with the pain in silence. However, this wears the individual down physically and mentally.

 

This can turn to self-medicating bringing its own host of consequences. Regardless of how a spouse or partner communicates or not, the objective is to find healthier ways to work through the pain, work as a team, and support one another.

Practical Support

When it comes to normal daily activities, a common concern is the limitation of activities. This can be anything from exercising, standing, or walking. For the spouse or partner, it's the same but instead is on the support/aiding side. The key is to clearly express the type of support they do and don’t feel benefits their pain management. For the spouse/partner, expressing the desire and willingness to provide assistance and empathy provides tremendous encouragement and opens the door to team-based healing.

Exercises and Stretches

Exercise and stretching are an integral part of treatment. There are a variety of exercises that can be done right at home. The addition of a second person is an added benefit. Recommended are easy stretches of the:

 

  • Lower back
  • Hamstrings
  • Buttocks
  • Calves
  • These can ease the muscle spasms that usually happen during an episode.

 

Start with straight leg raises or knee-to-chest stretches while lying on the back. The spouse/partner can help by adding pressure and support to the legs. Additional stretches can be added to the regimen, but the objective when stretching with a partner is communication. This means verbalizing each other's needs and keeping an eye on one another's faces for signs of distress.

 

Exercising as a pair has the added benefit of support and motivation. Non-impact core strengthening exercises are recommended. This includes yoga and pilates. With all exercise and physical activities, choose courses that are age/ability appropriate. With classes, partners and spouses should inform the instructor of the back pain so they can modify the workout accordingly.

Spousal Partner Massage

A highly beneficial treatment/therapy from a spouse or partner is massage. Professional therapeutic massages provide the greatest relief. However, when not available, having a spouse/partner work out regular short massages around the affected areas provides immense relief. Massaging the body keeps acute conditions from becoming chronic, reducing pain and increasing mobility. This is recommended to fill the gaps in professional chiropractic treatment. Some basic techniques and tips:

 

  • Use broad sweeping strokes with steady pressure across the muscle/s
  • Use the heel of the hand to work out the areas
  • Use the thumb or knuckle to apply deeper pressure to the area by rubbing in circles or holding down in place
  • Use pain cream/ointment and/or massage oil to ease friction and increase blood flow
 

Daily Tasks

Basic lifestyle adjustments can also help. Breaking up household chores based on those that cause pain flare-ups, and those that don’t can prevent episodes and make life healthier. For example,

 

  • An individual with a disc injury might not be able to flex forward
  • An individual with facet syndrome or osteoarthritis could have problems extending upright

Treatment and Recovery

Finding the root cause of the pain and seeking the most effective treatment possible is the goal. Treatment could involve a combination of several approaches.

 

  • Chiropractic
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Core-strengthening yoga
  • All have been shown to have positive results.

 

Spousal/partner support through the pain, exercises, stretches, massage, and emotion will go a long way in expediting a healthy treatment plan.

 

Body Composition

 

Muscle mass and body health

Many think that muscle gain is only for highly active individuals and athletes. Not everyone wants to be muscular but everybody needs to be able to fight off infection. Protein is an important macronutrient that the body needs to function properly. Muscle is made up of water and protein. When the body enters a stressed state like getting sick, the body’s protein demands go up to four times the amount normally required.

 

If the body does not obtain the necessary protein it needs from an individual's diet, it will turn to the muscles treating them as protein reserves. When this happens the muscles begin to break down. If the muscles are underdeveloped they have a reduced ability and strength to fight off infections and become more susceptible. Focusing on muscle gain will help with recovery, strength, and function. Focusing on muscle gain will help with recovery, strength, and function.

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*
email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
phone: 915-850-0900
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico

References

Massage therapy for back pain: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. “Case Study: The Use of Massage Therapy to Relieve Chronic Low-Back Pain.” doi:10.3822/ijtmb.v9i3.267

 

Prevalence of back pain: Georgetown University: Health Policy Institute. “Chronic Back Pain.” https://hpi.georgetown.edu/backpain/#:~:text=Nearly%2065%20million%20Americans%20report,condition%20in%20the%20United%20States.

 

Yoga for back pain: National Institutes of Health. (October 31, 2011) “Yoga or Stretching Eases Low Back Pain.” https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/yoga-or-stretching-eases-low-back-pain#:~:text=A%20new%20study%20reports%20that,months%20after%20the%20classes%20ended.

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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*
email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
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

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

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

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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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Improper Posture Can Cause All Types Of Body Pain | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Improper posture affects the whole body and can lead to various pain issues throughout the body. Correcting posture is recommended before trying to correct it when pain begins to present. If pain is presenting, chiropractic treatment will bring relief, stabilize the spine, realign/balance the body, and educate the individual on maintaining proper posture through stretches, exercises, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments.  

Improper posture symptoms

Neck Pain

Discomfort, stiffness, tightness, and pain are common when sitting at a workstation. This comes from a forward head/head jutting position. The head pushes forward and is not aligned with the shoulders. This means that the neck takes on a compromised position. The head forward position places significant strain on the neck muscles. Because of this neck discomfort and pain often occur later in the afternoon and evening. If not sure whether head jutting is taking place, try placing the chin to the chest. If not able or if there is discomfort/pain in the upper back, there is some forward head jutting.

Shoulder Discomfort and Pain

When we sit for extended periods, the body relaxes muscles that would normally be used if standing. One set of muscles is in the upper back. This causes slouching with a rounded upper back/shoulders. The more time the body stays in any one position, the more it begins to conform to the unhealthy position. This also causes pain in the upper, front part of the shoulders. The pain is noticeable when trying to bring the arm/s overhead or when trying to perform exercises like pushups or pullups.

Regular Headaches

Regular headaches are another symptom of improper posture. Forward head posture is usually a contributor combined with the long hours sitting or standing. However, headaches can be caused by a variety of causes that include:

 

  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Dehydration

Low Back, Tailbone Discomfort, and Pain

Lower back pain is a very common symptom of improper posture. For individuals under 40, pain and discomfort present because of improper posture while sitting or standing and a lack of stretching and exercise. Sitting for a long time causes the muscles that bring the thighs towards the chest, known as the hip flexors to be consistently flexed, with no relief. This causes the hip flexors to shorten and tighten. This pulls the pelvis out towards the front of the body, creating an exaggerated spinal curve.

Buttocks or Stomach Pushes Outward

Take a look at the body's profile, does the butt and/or stomach stick out? If so this could be hyperlordosis also known as Donald duck posture. This can come from wearing high heels too much, the body having to carry extra weight in the stomach area, and sometimes this comes from pregnancy. Sometimes, this happens when individuals stand with their knees locked. This causes the rear end and/or belly to push out.

Correcting Improper Posture

The main problem with correcting posture is the ability to maintain proper posture. Many individuals go back to the unhealthy positioning without recognizing that they are doing it. There are devices to help correct poor posture habits. This could be a brace or harness that detects when the body is slouching and vibrates to let the individual return to a proper position.

Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy

The most effective and thorough way to correct years of improper posture is to see a professional chiropractor. A complete diagnosis, inspection, and analysis of an individual's posture when sitting, standing, walking, and running will be done. They will educate the individual on correct posture, how to achieve and maintain it. If pain is presenting, the chiropractor will take steps to correct any subluxations, misalignments, and develop a personalized treatment plan, to heal the body first. Treatment modalities can include:

 

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage
  • Heat therapy
  • Infrared
  • Ultrasound
  • TENS device
  • Health coaching
  • Nutritional advice

 

Once the body has healed and is moving freely, the doctor will recommend exercises and stretching programs to do at home. This will improve and help maintain proper posture. An experienced musculoskeletal professional will keep the body balanced and prevent further injuries.

Body Composition

 Hydrating the body with water or a sports drink

Many individuals prefer drinking sports drinks during and after physical activities, sports, and exercise. Many are opposed to water because of the lack of taste, while sports drinks have taste and added electrolytes. But many sports drinks have added ingredients and sugars. This makes them not the best choice for individuals trying to lose calories. Take a look at some of the additional ingredients:

Electrolytes

Minerals, like potassium, sodium, and magnesium, have an electric charge that helps maintain the body’s ionic balance. The body loses electrolytes when sweating. A sports drink can help replace the lost electrolytes.

Carbohydrates

Most of the carbohydrates come from sugars. Carbohydrates are one of the body’s energy sources and sports drinks are designed to refuel the body after hard physical activity.

Amino acids

These are protein building blocks. Drinking a sports drink after an intense workout can help the body recover quicker. Therefore, some of the additional ingredients in sports drinks offer hydration extras that water on its own cannot. However, water should always be the first drink of choice. But there are certain times when a sports drink is what the body needs.

 

  • When participating in high-intensity physical activities, workouts, sports that last longer than 45 minutes to an hour. Here a sports drinks can help replenish the body’s electrolytes better than water.
  • Individuals that sweat high levels of sodium (look for sweat stains/rings on skin or clothing) can benefit from re-hydrating with a sports drink.
  • Endurance athletes, triathletes, marathon runners, long-distance athletes, etc can also benefit from a sports drink, from the increased fluid loss.
  • In these activities, athletes should make sure the sports drink they are consuming contains carbohydrates and electrolytes.

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*
email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
phone: 915-850-0900
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico

References

Hao, Ning et al. “Enhancing creativity: Proper body posture meets proper emotion.” Acta Psychologica vol. 173 (2017): 32-40. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2016.12.005

 

Jaromi, Melinda et al. “Treatment and ergonomics training of work-related lower back pain and body posture problems for nurses.” Journal of clinical nursing vol. 21,11-12 (2012): 1776-84. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2012.04089.x

 

O'Connor B. Sitting Disease: The New Health Epidemic. The Chopra Center Web site. http://www.chopra.com/articles/sitting-disease-the-new-health-epidemic. Accessed January 7, 2017.

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Improper posture affects the whole body and can lead to various pain issues throughout the body. chiropractic will bring relief and balance. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 

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Radiculopathy Pinched Spinal Nerves, Pain, Weakness, Tingling and Numbness | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Radiculopathy Pinched Spinal Nerves, Pain, Weakness, Tingling and Numbness | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

Most individuals have heard of a pinched nerve or experienced a pinched nerve/s. This happens when the tissues, muscles, bone, or cartilage in/around the spine compress a nerve or nerve root. Radiculopathy is the radiating/spreading pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness that an individual experiences from a compressed nerve/nerve root in the spine. Pinched nerves left untreated can cause permanent damage known as neuropathy and contribute to chronic pain conditions.

Radiculopathy Causes

Radiculopathy can happen anywhere along the spine. The neck, middle back, and especially the low back. Depending on the location of the irritation the results are burning pain, numbness, and tingling that can spread out to the neck, arms, hands, legs, and feet. Each of the vertebrae consists of a hollow space called the spinal canal. This allows the spinal cord to pass through.

 

Spinal stenosis is a general term when the spinal canal becomes narrowed and crowded with all the nerves. This can cause radiculopathy if the nerve roots that branch off the spinal cord are compressed. Other causes of stenosis and nerve compression can include:

 

  • Bone spurs often caused by osteoarthritis
  • Inflammation of tendons or ligaments
  • Thickening of the ligaments in the spine, known as ossification
  • In rare cases, a mass on the spinal column could cause radiculopathy

Types of Radiculopathy

  • Cervical radiculopathy involves the nerves that come from the neck
  • Sacral and Lumbar radiculopathy involves the nerves that exit from the lower back
  • Sciatica is when nerve roots of the sciatic nerve become compressed

Risk Factors

Acute injuries, chronic conditions, and lifestyle habits can increase the risk of developing radiculopathy. Injury/s that result in a pinched nerve and osteoarthritis of the spine/spondylosis are the two most common risk factors. Individuals with jobs that involve heavy manual labor have an increased risk. This is because this type of work puts individuals at a higher risk of spinal injuries. Other risk factors include:

 

  • Being overweight
  • Pregnant
  • Family history of disc disease
  • Smoking
  • Men have a slightly higher risk than women
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Diagnosing and Treatment

Individuals experiencing radiculopathy symptoms are recommended to consult a doctor or doctor of chiropractic. They will perform a physical examination to determine if there is nerve compression. Physical and neurological tests will be performed to check the body's reflexes and muscle strength. This is followed by imaging studies like:

 

  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging MRI
  • Computed tomography CT scan

 

A doctor will perform a nerve conduction study to determine where the pain originates from and if the injury is muscular or neurological. For most cases, radiculopathy can be healed with physical therapy and time. Non-surgical treatment is the most common and usually includes:

 

  • Rest
  • Chiropractic treatment/spinal alignment
  • Physical therapy
  • Health coaching for lifestyle adjustments
  • Activity modification
  • Nutritional assistance for weight loss, bone health, anti-inflammatory diet

 

If non-surgical treatment does not help, surgery could be the next step, this includes:

Discectomy

This surgery removes all or portions of a herniated disc.

Foraminotomy

This surgery widens the space where the nerves exit the spine known as the foramina.

Spinal Fusion

This surgery fuses segments of the vertebrae together to stabilize the spine.

 

The condition has shown to result in favorable outcomes, both non-surgical treatments and for those that require surgery. Around 88% will improve within four weeks of non-surgical management. Do not hesitate to consult a doctor or chiropractor if radiculopathy symptoms are presenting.

 

Body Composition

 

 

Never Too Late To Start Lifting

Adults are recommended to engage in resistance training or some type of weight training at least twice a week. There are misconceptions that weight training has an age limit. This is absolutely not true. An individual does not have to be young to reap the benefits. These can be:

 

  • Dumbbells
  • Bodyweight exercises
  • Bands
  • Machines

 

Individuals don’t have to train at a high intensity. Both men and women can benefit from lifting weights. For older adults interested in increasing energy and decreasing body fat, look to resistance training. Resistance training in older adults:

 

  • Increases power
  • Reduces the difficulty of performing everyday tasks
  • Enhances energy expenditure
  • Improves body composition
  • Increases participation in physical activity

 

Remember that it is never too late to start lifting.

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*
email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
phone: 915-850-0900
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico

References

“Physical examination for lumbar radiculopathy due to disc herniation in patients with low-back pain.” Cochrane Library: Cochrane Reviews, London, UK. February 2010.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20166095/

 

“Pinched Nerve.” Mayo Clinic, Cleveland, OH. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pinched-nerve/symptoms-causes/syc-20354746

 

“Radiculopathy.” Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/radiculopathy

 

“Radiculopathy (Nerve Root Disorder).” Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/patient-information/conditions-treated-a-to-z/radiculopathy

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Injury Related Stress And Anxiety Addressed With Chiropractic Care | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Injury Related Stress And Anxiety Addressed With Chiropractic Care | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

Going through traumatic accidents that result in injuries can cause injury-related stress and anxiety for individuals. It is understandable that stress and anxiety are high as individuals figure out how to navigate through the situation. Therefore, it is very important to find ways to manage stress and anxiety because if they go unchecked it could become chronic leading to poor health and quality of life.

Stress/Anxiety Affects Health

Injury-related stress and anxiety can be exacerbated through different factors. These can include:

 

  • Medical bills
  • Employment
  • Relationships
  • Independence

 

The causes/reasons can vary however, the physical response the body goes through is the same. A stress-inducing situation can leave an individual feeling threatened and generate a physical stress response. The body responds to stress by releasing hormones that shift the body into survival mode. This requires a lot of energy placing massive strain on the body. This is an important mechanism for healthy living. However, if it begins to present on a regular basis it can lead to negative health issues that include:

 

  • Depression
  • Chronic anxiety
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Personality disorder

The body needs time every day to recover and rejuvenate. This is not possible when the body is constantly entering a heightened state of stress. Traditional treatment can lead to the over-prescription of medications that come with their own side effects. Effective injury-related stress treatment addresses issues like:

 

Health problems

Injury-related stress and anxiety affect mental health and can lead to physical symptoms and disease. These include:

 

  • Chronic pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Obesity
  • Asthma and breathing problems
  • Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory loss

Chiropractic Treatment and Care

A healthy brain and spinal cord are vital to the body's optimal health. When nerve energy and blood flow get blocked it can worsen injury-related stress and anxiety. Chiropractic delivers results helping to better manage mental health by addressing underlying issues with spinal misalignment. When the spine is properly aligned neural health is optimized for everyday functions. This increases vitality and an overall sense of well-being. With brain function improved adjusting to the injury and its effects no longer cause intense stress. Individuals cannot remove all the stressors and anxiety-inducing events from their lives, but proper spinal alignment can help build resilience for whatever situations life throws.

 

Body Composition

 
 

Recovery and Swelling

Recovery is an essential part of maintaining optimal body health. This goes for regular work, working out, athlete’s training, and just participating in physical activity. A significant sign that the body has gone through intense physical exertion and needs recovery time is swellingSwelling presents for different reasons. It is the body’s response to tiny, microscopic tears in the muscle that happens from constant and intense use. Running or lifting heavy objects are two examples that cause swelling. Swelling can be seen in body composition analysis results. An increase in Lean Body Mass reflects an increase in water. Recovery is about giving the body a chance to:

 

  • Relax
  • Recuperate
  • Recover from the swelling with the end goal of resuming physical activities

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*
email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
phone: 915-850-0900
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico

References

Pickar, Joel G. “Neurophysiological effects of spinal manipulation.” The spine journal: official journal of the North American Spine Society vol. 2,5 (2002): 357-71. doi:10.1016/s1529-9430(02)00400-x

 

Coleman, Brian C et al. “Factors Associated With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Veterans of Recent Wars Receiving Veterans Affairs Chiropractic Care.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 43,8 (2020): 753-759. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2019.10.016

 

Jamison, J R. “Stress management: an exploratory study of chiropractic patients.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 23,1 (2000): 32-6. doi:10.1016/s0161-4754(00)90111-8

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

Motorcycle Accident Causes, Injuries, and Chiropractic Treatment | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Chiropractic + Wellness | Scoop.it

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.

 

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

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.

Dr. Alex Jimenez's insight:

Motorcycle accidents are different from auto accidents. Specifically is how much the riders are exposed and unprotected during the collision. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677