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Neuropathy is a medical term used to characterize damage or injury to the nerves, generally referring to the peripheral nerves as opposed to the central nervous system. The complications which follow neuropathy depends largely on the type of nerves that are affected. According to Dr. Alex Jimenez, different neuropathies can cause numbness and tingling sensations, increased pain or the loss of ability to feel pain, muscle weakness with twitching and cramps, and even dizziness and/or loss of control over the bladder function. The following articles take a closer approach to describe several neuropathies, their causes, whether known or unknown and possible solutions for individuals to feel relief from their neuropathy symptoms. For more information, please feel free to contact us at (915) 850-0900 or text to call Dr. Jimenez personally at (915) 540-8444. http://bit.ly/chiropractorNeuropathies. Clinical Testimonies: http://bit.ly/elpasoneuropathy Book Appointment Today: https://bit.ly/Book-Online-Appointment
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Chiropractic Relief From Pinched Nerves | Dr. Jimenez D.C. | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Chiropractic Relief From Pinched Nerves | Dr. Jimenez D.C. | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Pinched nerves occur when added pressure is applied to a nerve or set of nerves from surrounding tissues like bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons. The pressure affects the nerve's ability to function properly and usually causes pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness. A pinched nerve can occur at various sites in the body. Whether located in the neck, shoulder, arm, hand, back, or knees, if left untreated they can lead to other debilitating conditions/injuries and permanent nerve damage.

Pinched Nerves

The nerves are not actually being pinched, but are being compressed. The added pressure on or around the nerve causes painful sensations that can also include:

 

 

Pinched nerves are nothing to dismiss. Individuals experiencing any of the above symptoms should get a proper diagnosis from a chiropractor.

 

Compression Goes Away By Itself

A compressed nerve can go away on its own if the pain has recently started or is not severe. Home remedies like rest, heat, ice, and stretching can be utilized to help the compression subside on its own.

Length of Time It Takes for a Pinched Nerve to Heal

The length of time depends on the reason why the nerve is compressed and irritated. Some pinched nerves are brought on from poor posture and tight muscles. These can usually heal within 4 weeks. However, if the pain has been going on for some time, like more than 3 months it will take longer, especially to identify the root cause/s and address them according to their severity.

Treatment Options

Chiropractic Adjustments and Massage

These two types of treatment/therapy highly complement each other. A chiropractor understands the importance of massage when it comes to healing and stress relief. Some cases of pinched nerves come from tight muscles and muscle spasms. Massage therapy along with chiropractic adjustments are perfect for releasing and stretching out the nerves back to their natural form.

 

Studies show that chiropractic massage therapy offers pain relief and also helps reduce any depression and anxiety that the pain symptoms can generate. Comprehensive chiropractic treatment has been proven to be the best and fastest way to deal with pinched nerves.

 

Get More Sleep

Whenever the body is going through stress and needs repair more sleep gives the body the time it needs to heal itself. An extra hour of sleep also ensures that the injured area moves less. However, try to avoid sleeping on the stomach and make sure that the pillows being used provide plenty of support.

Warm/Hot Soothing Bath

Ice can really help lower swelling and inflammation but if icing the area has not relieved the pain after 72 hours, then it is time for a warm/hot bath. Warm water increases blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to help heal and restore. Heat relaxes the muscles of the body, which relieves pressure on the affected area.

Collagen Nerve Joint Repair

Collagen adds cushion to the spaces between the joints and bones while damaged tissues are being repaired. Collagen is the most plentiful natural protein in the human body. Supplements that have glucosaminechondroitinhyaluronic acid can help, as well as consuming bone broth, which is a healthy source of collagen. An anti-inflammatory diet can also help. Inflammation contributes to pain symptoms. Lowering inflammation lowers pain as well.

Proper Posture

Slouching and poor posture, whether sitting or standing, places added pressure/stress on the joints. When this goes on for long periods or when something traumatic occurs, a pinched nerve can be the result. A chiropractor will restore the body's natural curvature. A chiropractor will discuss and show what proper posture should be, as well as, how to strengthen the core to maintain proper posture.

Other Treatment Options

Conventional treatments usually include:

 

  • Over the counter pain relievers
  • Prescription pain relievers for severe cases
  • Corticosteroids
  • Microdiscectomy spinal surgery
  • Regular surgery

 

Most individuals want to avoid any of the above treatment options. The body has a tremendous ability to heal itself. Chiropractic will reduce the amount of time that is required to heal a pinched nerve. It's about treating the entire body, not just the symptoms. A customized treatment/recovery diet plan will be developed according to each individual's needs. At Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic, we encourage anyone who is experiencing any type of pain to call us right away.

 

Composition of the Body

 
 

What happens to the body when you stop eating

Not eating for a few hours causes the levels of glucose in the blood to drop and insulin release stops. There are Alpha cells in the pancreas that produce a hormone called glucagon that helps the liver to break down the body's stored glycogen, converting it back into glucose. The liver can also produce glucose by utilizing fats, amino acids, and waste.

 

If the body's blood sugar levels drop too low a condition called hypoglycemia happens. It occurs a few hours after eating when there is too much insulin in the blood, or from certain medications. This is why an individual might feel dizzy, shaky, anxious, or irritable when they have not eaten for several hours. Eating at least 15 to 20 grams of carbohydrates will reverse the symptoms.

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

 

  • Dubinsky RM, Miyasaki J.Assessment: Efficacy of transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation in the treatment of pain in neurologic disorders (an evidence-based review). Report of the Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2010;74:173-176.
  • Shrier I. Does stretching help prevent injuries? Evidence-based Sports Medicine. Williston, VT: BMJ Books; 2002.
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Pinched nerves come from pressure applied to a nerve or set of nerves from surrounding tissues like bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Prescriptions-Understanding What They Say and Mean | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Prescriptions-Understanding What They Say and Mean | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Prescription medications are used for treating various types of pain and their causes like inflammation and muscle spasms. Medication can be an important component of a multi-approach treatment plan. Today they are computer-generated and transmitted electronically to a local pharmacy. This article is to help understand what they say and what they mean.

 

Prescription Shorthand example could be something like - Medication Name 250 mg PO bid x 5 days.

 

  • The first part is the medication name, which can be a brand name or have a generic name.

 

  • The second part is 250 mg. This refers to how strong the medication is. In this case, it is 250 milligrams.

 

  • PO means the medication is taken by mouth.

 

  • The bid means twice a day.

 

  • The x 5 days means that this prescription is to be taken for 5 days.

 

Most of us know the Rx to mean prescription. This is true, with Rx being the abbreviation for the Latin word that means to receive. Prescription abbreviations come from Latin terminology. Here are some common ones used today.

 

Abbreviation Translation Latin Terminology ac before meals ante cibum bid twice a day bis in die cap capsule capsula gt drop guuta hs at bedtime hora somni od right eye oculus dexter os left eye oculus sinister po by mouth per os pc after meals post cibum pil pill pilula prn as needed pro re nata q2h every 2 hours quaque 2 hora qd every day quaque die qh every hour quaque hora qid 4 times a day quater in die tab tablet tabella tid 3 times a day ter in die

 

Understanding what a prescription says is more than just getting it filled at the pharmacy. Remember medications are not without risk. Here are a few guidelines designed to help individuals at the doctor’s office, pharmacy, and at the house.

Doctor Discussions

  • Make sure the doctor knows the entire medical history. Include past reactions to medications like rashes, indigestion, dizziness, and loss of appetite even if only a minor reaction.

 

  • If taking vitamins, supplements, and herbal compounds a doctor needs to know what is being taken, how much, and how often. This is because certain supplements are known to react with certain medications.

 

  • Over-the-counter medications can be purchased without a prescription but that does not mean not without risk. Tell the doctor precisely what is being taken, the dosage, frequency, and the reason for taking these medicines.

 

  • Ask the doctor for the full name of the medication that is being prescribed.

 

  • Discuss the use of the medication
  • The proper dosage
  • How often to be taken
  • If a dose is missed
  • Possible interactions with other medications including over-the-counter
  • Reaction/s to the medication
  • How it's supposed to work
  • Side effects
  • Activity level affects
  • Can it be taken with coffee, alcohol, supplements, etc

 

  • Take notes to help remember the information.

 

  • Ask for available written material/information about the medication. 

The Pharmacy

  • The pharmacy and the patient's profile is needed for the information included in the records like surgeries, allergies, and other medications being taken. This is to prevent a medication/s interaction complication.

 

  • Tamper-resistant caps will be provided if children or young adults are present.

 

  • Ask the pharmacist to include what the medication is used for on the label or if it is too long then a printout.

 

  • Not remembering how to take the prescription happens. Contact the pharmacy/pharmacist and do not guess.

 

  • For many, the doctor will telephone, or have a direct line with a pharmacy/s to send prescriptions instantly. However, it is a good idea to review the dose and frequency with the doctor or pharmacist to be completely sure.

 

  • If a new medication has been prescribed, the pharmacist can fill only half the prescription. This is in case a reaction or side effect presents and can help in saving on the cost.

 

  • Traveling to a different state/city/climate could require modifications, as some medications will not work properly if there is exposure to sun or other elements.

 

  • Certain large pills or tablets can be difficult to swallow, so before crushing or splitting, check with the pharmacist. Some medications have alternative forms of ingestion.

At Home Medication Safety

  • With children in the house don’t keep the medication in the nightstand or on the bathroom counter or cabinet. Always keep medications in a secure area.

 

  • Keep an antidote like Syrup of Ipecac. This is to induce vomiting if poison or harmful chemical is swallowed. Learn the dosing directions and precautions before an emergency.

 

  • Keep the phone numbers for poison control center and EMS.

 

  • Reaction or any side effects, call the doctor immediately.

 

  • Do not mix medications with other medicines along with their bottles. Keep medications in the bottles they came in. Mixing medications in one bottle can alter stability.

 

  • Keep medications in a dark, dry, and cool (non-refrigerated unless indicated) place. Heat, light, and humidity can affect medication potency and stability.

 

  • Take medications as directed by the doctor. Medications that are strong enough to heal can also cause damage/injury if taken incorrectly.

 

  • Never share or take another person's medication.

 

  • Only give children medication when fully awake and alert.

 

  • Some prescriptions and over-the-counter medications come with a dosing cup. Cups can be different sizes along with the dosing measurements. Do not use a cup from another product.

 

  • When the prescription expires, destroy the unused medication and bottle or take them to a drug disposal siteSome pharmacies offer this service.

 

  • Keep a list including medical history and medications being taken on a regular basis along with the dose and frequency in a wallet or purse. This information can help during a medical emergency.

 

Understanding the medication is the key to treating the condition. These recommendations could help to be healthy and safe.

 

 

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Dr. Alex Jimenez’s Blog Post Disclaimer

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

 

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

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Sensory Nerves and Deep Tendon Reflexes El Paso, Texas | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Sensory Nerves and Deep Tendon Reflexes El Paso, Texas | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Burning, numbness, tingling, and pain can be felt in the back, lower back,  legs, and into the feet. A lot of times these symptoms spread out/radiate from one part of the body into another area. Sciatica is an example of pain that radiates into an extremity, in this case, the back of the leg. Nerves originate from the spine and are divided/separated into sensory and motor nerves. The sensory nerve/s give the sensation to the skin known as dermatomesDermatomal patterns act as a map on the body.

 

Example: Dermatomes on the torso of the body react to the thoracic spinal nerve roots, the arms react to the cervical spine nerve roots, and the legs react to the lumbar spinal nerve roots.

Dermatome Location - Corresponding Spine Level

  • Shoulders - C4, C5
  • Inner/Outer Forearms - C6, and T1
  • Thumbs and Little Fingers - C6, C7, C8
  • Front of Thighs - L2
  • Middle, Sides of Both Calves - L4, L5
  • Little Toes - S1

 

A physician might use a piece of cotton, a swab, pin, or paperclip to test the symmetrical feelings in the arms and legs. Abnormal responses could be a sign of a nerve root problem.

Tendon Reflexes

Most individuals have experienced a physician tapping the knees with a rubber hammer. The normal response is a kick. This is a reflex, which is an involuntary muscular response generated by the hammer tapping the tendon. When the reflex responses do not present, this could mean that the spinal cord, nerve root, peripheral nerve, or muscle has been injured/damaged in some way. Absent reflexes are also clues to other conditions/injuries. An abnormal reflex response could also be caused by a disruption of the sensory (feeling) or motor (movement) nerves and sometimes both. Determining where the neural problem might be, a physician will test reflexes in various parts of the body.

Reflex Tested Areas - Corresponding Spine Level

  • Upper Arm Biceps  - C5-C6 Cervical Spine
  • Forearm Distal Radius - C6-C7
  • Elbow Triceps - C7
  • Abdominal - T8, T9, T10, T11, T12, Thoracic
  • Knees/Thighs Patellar, Quadriceps -  L3, L4 Lumbar
  • Ankles - S1 Sacral

 

Neurological Exams for Neck/Back Pain

Muscle Strength/Tone

Muscle strength and tone measurements are another way to diagnose nerve deficits. Depending on the symptoms/condition/injury/s there are different ways to evaluate muscle strength:

 

  • Stepping on a stool
  • Standing on the heels
  • Standing on the toes
  • Hopping in place
  • Performing knee bends
  • Gripping an item in each hand

 

Muscle strength is graded and recorded in the patient’s chart.

 

A physician will test the body's muscle tone by passively flexing and extending the arms and legsNormal muscle tone will respond with a slight resistance to passive motion. Other movements test for proximal (trunk/torso) and distal (distant) weaknessMuscle symmetry is also taken into account.

Neurological Tests

If necessary a spine specialist might order neurological studies like a Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) or Electromyogram (EMG), to measure nerve performance.

Imaging Studies

MRI and/or CT scans of the spine can be ordered to help the spine specialist/chiropractor make a correct diagnosis, as well as help in creating a plan of treatment.

Conclusion

neurological exam, along with a mechanical examination consisting of movement of the arms, legs, and torso, can significantly help doctors in making the correct diagnosis. Examination results are then correlated with the patient’s history, illness, and diagnostic studies. Once the diagnosis is made an appropriate treatment plan is discussed. This will begin with non-surgical strategies but if those fail, then surgical intervention could be considered.

 

 

Peripheral Neuropathy Relief & Treatment

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Burning, numbness, tingling, and pain can be felt in the back, lower back, legs, and into the feet. A lot of times, these symptoms spread out/radiate from one part of the body into another area. Sciatica is an example of pain that radiates into an extremity, in this case, the back of the leg. Nerves originate from the spine and are divided/separated into sensory and motor nerves. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Medicine El Paso, Texas | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Medicine El Paso, Texas | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder affecting millions and mostly women. It is physically and emotionally distressing. Those with the condition experience widespread chronic muscle pain. Research has shown that individuals with fibromyalgia could have a lower threshold for pain. This can come from injury, emotional distress, or abnormal levels of substances/chemicals in the brain and spine linked to pain sensitivity. One of the most common treatments is chiropractic medicine.

Common symptoms/conditions individuals report:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Irritable bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Sleep disorders
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • TMJ or Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Raynaud's Syndrome - a rare blood vessel disorder causing the toes and hands to feel cold or numb.

 

Doctors are still trying to figure out the relationship between these conditions and fibromyalgia.

 

Causes

Doctors have yet to determine the exact cause, however, research is ongoing and beginning to shed light on the condition. Some possible causes include:

  • Abnormalities in the endocrine system
  • Abnormalities in the autonomic nervous system
  • Genetics
  • Muscle tissue abnormalities
  • Abnormal blood flow

 

As research has discovered many conditions/disorders do not have one cause but rather, several factors that impact the probability of developing the condition.

 

Questions

It has become one of the most common chronic pain conditions. 1 in 50 Americans are dealing with fibromyalgia. The condition can be difficult to diagnose, and, because of its chronic nature, it can linger for months and even years. Typically it causes pain throughout the body and creates areas that become tender to the slightest touchThere are both traditional and alternative treatments available.

 

Traditional approaches to managing the pain:

 

  • Anti-inflammatory's
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Sleep medications
  • Muscle relaxants

 

Fibromyalgia medications include:

 

  • Lyrica - pregabalin, which is a nerve pain medication
  • Cymbalta - duloxetine hydrochloride, which is an antidepressant that can also help manage pain
  • Savella - milnacipran HCI, which is an antidepressant and nerve pain medicine

 

The type of treatment depends on the symptoms. For example, a doctor could prescribe an antidepressant to reduce pain and depression. If stress, anxiety, and trouble sleeping are presenting, a therapeutic exercise program could be the answer. Individuals prefer natural remedies/therapies instead of more medications like vitamin therapy, acupuncture, and meditation.

 

Other treatment options include alternative treatments like:

 

 

A doctor will usually recommend you see a physical therapist, chiropractor, and possibly psychologist to work on the mental and emotional toll.

Chiropractic medicine benefits

Pain is reduced

The most common issue is constant and consistent pain, which can affect the entire body for weeks and even months. Individuals realize that chiropractic helps restore overall health and aids the body to heal itself. Adjustments to the spine bring alignment and balance back to the body. Also incorporated is soft tissue work that can relieve and reduce painful pressure/trigger points and decrease pain in tender spots.

 

Range of motion is increased

Chiropractic medicine also adjusts the body's joints and helps loosen them up. This increases the range of motion and allows the individual to move more freely and easily. Depending on how long the individual has been dealing with the condition, it can take a few treatments to achieve optimal results, so it does take a commitment from the individual patient. However, in the long run, it is well worth the time.

Sleep is improved

The pain associated with fibromyalgia often affects an individual's ability to sleep well. Being unable to sleep normally will leave you exhausted, foggy, unable to accomplish things and irritable to downright angry. A chiropractor's ability to loosen the body's joints, massage tender points, and kickstart the body's self-healing mechanisms means individuals with this condition can enjoy deep sleep, and stay asleep.

Complements other therapies

Medicines/treatments/therapies can counteract with each other, or get mixed up and cause side effects. Chiropractic medicine can be utilized in combination with medications/treatments, either traditional or natural. Individuals diagnosed with this condition should speak to their chiropractor about the different treatments available. Customized treatment programs are created case-by-case and are tailored to the specific needs of that individual. Remember there is not a one-stop solution.

Empowers the individual

Individuals that have to deal with painful, chronic conditions can exhaust themselves with the varying treatment options and can feel as if they have no control over the situation. This causes stress, anxiety, and depression, which works against achieving overall wellness. With chiropractic, individuals are more in charge of their treatment plan, which leads to an optimistic outlook in their recovery. 

 

Chiropractic medicine treats not only the symptoms of fibromyalgia but attempts to get to the root cause to alleviate the condition or to activate the body's self-healing response. Patients that commit will see the benefits along with reduced pain, better mobility, and sound sleep.

 

The best benefit is being able to take control of the circumstances and playing a vital role in the managing of an individual's well-being. Understand that there are options available for fibromyalgia pain management. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, don’t go it alone. Dr. Alex Jimenez is passionate about helping those who are injured or struggling with a condition get relief. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

 

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Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder affecting millions and mostly women. It is physically and emotionally distressing. Those with the condition experience widespread chronic muscle pain. Research has shown that individuals with fibromyalgia could have a lower threshold for pain. This can come from injury, emotional distress, or abnormal levels of substances/chemicals in the brain and spine linked to pain sensitivity. One of the most common treatments is chiropractic medicine. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Alex Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Functional Medicine for Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

Functional Medicine for Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Approximately 5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), one of the most common types of dementia, worldwide. A variety of factors can increase the risk of developing other types of dementia and AD, including poor diet and lifestyle habits. Research studies have also shown that treating the body as a whole may help prevent and, in several cases, even reverse cognitive decline. The goal is to start treatment immediately. In the following article, we will ultimately discuss how a functional medicine approach can help improve AD and other types of dementia.

 

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease Overview

 

Our brain is a complex organ made-up of about 100 billion neurons that are constantly communicating with each other. Also known as brain cells or nerve cells, neurons play a fundamental role in our cognitive function, including memory, thinking, and learning. Neurons are constantly repairing themselves, especially during sleep, but when brain cells or nerve cells can’t repair themselves, due to a variety of factors, it can ultimately affect cognition. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with a build-up of compounds, such as active microglial cells, tau proteins, and beta-amyloid plaques, among several others.

 

Because the body can’t break down these compounds, they can start to block the synapses where brain cells or nerve cells communicate with each other. This is believed to be one of the most common causes of AD and other types of dementia. Dr. Dale Bredesen, a renowned expert and neurologist, developed a breakthrough, alternative treatment option for dementia and AD that focuses on reducing glial cells, protein, and plaque build-up in the brain. According to Dr. Bredesen’s research studies, a build-up of these compounds can occur due to toxins, infections, inflammatory biomarkers, and genetics.

Dr. Alex Jimenez's insight:

Approximately 5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), one of the most common types of dementia, worldwide. A variety of factors can increase the risk of developing other types of dementia and AD, including poor diet and lifestyle habits. Research studies have also shown that treating the body as a whole may help prevent and, in several cases, even reverse cognitive decline. The goal is to start treatment immediately. In the following article, we will ultimately discuss how a functional medicine approach can help improve AD and other types of dementia. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Functional Neurology: What is Hyperthyroidism? | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

Functional Neurology: What is Hyperthyroidism? | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, is a health issue that causes the thyroid gland to produce excess amounts of hormones. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ found in the center of the neck which releases hormones, such as triiodothyronine (T3) and tetraiodothyronine (T4), that regulate breathing, heart rate, temperature, and metabolism, among other bodily functions. Hyperthyroidism can cause bodily functions to speed up which may result in a variety of symptoms, including irregular heartbeat and weight loss. In the following article, we will discuss hyperthyroidism or an overactive thyroid.

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Thyroid dysfunction can ultimately cause a variety of health issues, including hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, is a health issue that causes the thyroid gland to produce excess amounts of hormones. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ found in the center of the neck which releases hormones, such as triiodothyronine (T3) and tetraiodothyronine (T4), that regulate breathing, heart rate, temperature, and metabolism, among other bodily functions. Hyperthyroidism can cause bodily functions to speed up which may result in a variety of symptoms, including irregular heartbeat and weight loss. In the following article, we will describe hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, and discuss the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900. 

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Functional Neurology: What is Hypothyroidism? | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

Functional Neurology: What is Hypothyroidism? | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland found in the center of the neck. It plays a fundamental role in a variety of bodily functions by releasing hormones that control heartbeat and digestion as well as regulate energy. However,  if the thyroid gland doesn’t produce the right amount of hormones, the body’s functions start to slow down which can result in various health issues. Hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism affects more women than men and it frequently affects people over the age of 60.  

 

Hypothyroidism may not cause any noticeable symptoms in the early stages but if left untreated, it can cause a variety of health issues, such as joint pain, obesity, heart disease, and infertility. If you’ve been recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism after symptoms have manifested or following a routine blood test, it’s essential to understand that there are safe and effective treatment options available. Healthcare professionals will utilize the proper dosage of synthetic hormones to supplement low hormone levels caused by hypothyroidism and ultimately help restore natural bodily functions.  

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Hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism may not cause any noticeable symptoms in the early stages but if left untreated, it can cause a variety of other thyroid diseases and health issues, such as joint pain, obesity, heart disease, and infertility. If you’ve been recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism after symptoms have manifested or following a routine blood test, it’s essential to understand that there are safe and effective treatment options available. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Akkermansia Muciniphila for Metabolic Syndrome | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

Akkermansia Muciniphila for Metabolic Syndrome | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

According to scientists, our gut microbiome may be associated with health issues like metabolic syndrome, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Scientists demonstrated that Akkermansia muciniphila, a culture of bacteria naturally found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of healthy people, may be associated with weight loss in humans. While diet and lifestyle modifications are recommended to help regulate metabolic syndrome and its associated health issues, recent research studies determined that using “beneficial” gut bacteria, such as A. muciniphila, may regulate excess weight and obesity.  

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According to scientists, our gut microbiome may be associated with health issues like metabolic syndrome, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Approximately 50 million adults in the United States have metabolic syndrome. Fortunately, scientists demonstrated that Akkermansia muciniphila, a culture of bacteria naturally found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of healthy people, may be associated with weight loss in humans. Excess weight and obesity can ultimately lead to metabolic syndrome and other health issues like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. While diet and lifestyle modifications are recommended to help regulate metabolic syndrome and its associated health issues, recent research studies determined that using “beneficial” gut bacteria, such as A. muciniphila, may regulate excess weight and obesity as well as improve essential metabolic parameters. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Foods to Eat and Avoid with Metabolic Syndrome | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

Foods to Eat and Avoid with Metabolic Syndrome | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Metabolic syndrome is medically defined as a collection of health issues that can increase the risk of developing a variety of other health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. These health issues are characterized by increased blood pressure (greater than 130/85 mmHg), high blood sugar (insulin resistance), excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal triglyceride or cholesterol levels. Although having a single one of these health issues doesn’t necessarily mean that you may have metabolic syndrome, it can ultimately increase your risk of developing various other health issues.  

 

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), approximately 23 percent of adults in the United States have metabolic syndrome. Fortunately, healthcare professionals can help properly diagnose and start treatment accordingly for the collection of health issues that can increase the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. As a matter of fact, healthcare professionals recommend diet and lifestyle modifications for metabolic syndrome. In the following article, we will discuss how the metabolic syndrome diet can ultimately help improve overall health and wellness. 

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Metabolic syndrome is medically defined as a collection of health issues that can increase the risk of developing a variety of other health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Although having increased blood pressure (greater than 130/85 mmHg), high blood sugar (insulin resistance), excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal triglyceride or cholesterol levels doesn’t necessarily mean that you may have metabolic syndrome, it can ultimately increase your risk of developing various other health issues. Fortunately, healthcare professionals can recommend diet and lifestyle modifications for metabolic syndrome. We will discuss how the metabolic syndrome diet can help improve overall health and wellness. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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What You Need to Know About Obesity and Depression | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

What You Need to Know About Obesity and Depression | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Doctors understand that people with depression can experience weight gain and over time, it may eventually lead to obesity if left untreated. Depression is also associated with poor eating habits, overeating, and a more sedentary lifestyle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 43 percent of people with depression have excess weight or obesity. In a 2002 research study, scientists found that children with depression had an increased risk of suffering from obesity. In the following article, we will discuss what you need to know about obesity and depression.  

 

Understanding Obesity and Depression

Mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, are associated with obesity. A 2010 research study found that about 55 percent of people with obesity had an increased risk of developing depression and other mental health issues compared to “healthy” people. Moreover, obesity can also cause a variety of other health issues, including joint pain, hypertension, and diabetes, among others. Anxiety, by way of instance, can also ultimately cause depression and obesity. Scientists believe that stress can make people turn to food as a coping mechanism. This can eventually lead to excess weight gain and obesity.  

 

Scientists were once hesitant to connect obesity and depression, however, further evidence from numerous research studies has demonstrated that excess weight or obesity can cause a variety of mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Many doctors utilize a multi-pronged treatment approach to help improve a patient’s mental and physical health. Scientists still don’t quite understand how obesity is closely associated with depression but it is clear that there’s a connection between obesity and depression. Furthermore, research studies demonstrated that mental health issues may also cause obesity.  

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Research studies demonstrated that obesity is associated with mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Doctors understand that people with depression can experience weight gain and over time, it may eventually lead to obesity if left untreated. Depression is also associated with poor eating habits, overeating, and a more sedentary lifestyle. In the following article, we will discuss what you need to know about obesity and depression, including the connection between obesity and depression as well as dealing with these mental and physical health issues, among others. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Functional Neurology: Brain Health and Obesity | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

Functional Neurology: Brain Health and Obesity | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Research studies demonstrated that brain health may ultimately be associated with obesity. Scientists also reported that obesity affects the overall size and function of the brain, as well as specifically altering certain neuronal circuits. By way of instance, a recent research study found a connection between smaller brain size and lower gray matter volume associated with obesity around the stomach region. Another research study also found that the prefrontal cortex, an essential area in the brain that plays a fundamental role in thinking, planning, and self-control, is less active in people with obesity.  

 

Scientists also demonstrated that a variety of specific brain cells or neuron can alter overeating habits in people with obesity. Several other research studies have also found further evidence showing the connection between brain health and obesity. Dr. Ilona A. Dekkers, from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, utilized MRI scans to understand how obesity can affect the size and function of the brain. Dr. Dekkers reported lower gray matter volume in people with obesity. Dr. Ilona A. Dekkers also found evidence between the structure of the brain and obesity, known as morphology.  

 

How Obesity Can Affect Brain Health

Dr. Dekkers and her group of colleagues demonstrated in a series of research studies how obesity can affect the size and function of the brain because previous research studies found an increased risk of cognitive problems and dementia in people with obesity. Scientists evaluated brain scans from more than 12,000 people who participated in the United Kingdom Biobank Imaging research study. The brain imaging methods and techniques that Dr. Dekkers and her group of colleagues utilized in the research study demonstrated additional insights into the participants’ gray and white matter volume.  

 

In another recent research study, Dr. Ilona A. Dekkers and her group of colleagues found that obesity is associated with smaller volumes of essential structures in the brain, including gray matter structures that are found in the center of the brain. Scientists also demonstrated that gender can affect the connection between fat percentage and specific brain structures. According to the research studies, men with obesity had lower gray matter volume in brain regions associated with movement while women with obesity had lower gray matter volume in the globus pallidus, a brain region associated with voluntary movement. According to the research studies, both men and women with obesity had white matter volume changes in a variety of brain regions.  

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In conclusion, scientists found that obesity affects the overall size and function of the brain. Recent research studies demonstrated a connection between smaller brain size and lower gray matter volume associated with obesity. Dr. Ilona A. Dekkers, from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, utilized MRI scans in a variety of recent research studies to understand how obesity can affect the size and function of the brain. According to these same recent research studies, obesity can ultimately affect brain health by causing inflammation, neurodegeneration, and various mental health issues. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Functional Neurology: What is Adrenal Fatigue? | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

Functional Neurology: What is Adrenal Fatigue? | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

The adrenal glands are small glands found on top of each kidney and they are necessary for our everyday health because they produce a variety of hormones, including cortisol and sex hormones. The adrenal glands produce the hormones that regulate sugar and blood pressure, respond to stress, as well as burn protein and fat. If these small glands don’t produce enough of the necessary hormones, it can ultimately cause a variety of health issues. Adrenal fatigue is a health issue recognized by many healthcare professionals, however, there is no evidence to prove that the condition exists.  

 

Adrenal fatigue is characterized as a collection of non-specific symptoms. James Wilson, Ph.D., naturopath and alternative healthcare professional, coined the term in 1998 when he first described the condition as a group of associated symptoms that developed when the adrenal glands aren’t functioning accordingly. He also stated that the condition is generally associated with severe stress and fatigue that doesn’t get better with sleep which follows with other health issues, such as bronchitis, flu, or pneumonia. In the following article, we will discuss adrenal fatigue as well as its diagnosis and treatment.  

 

Understanding Adrenal Fatigue

According to healthcare professionals, adrenal fatigue can commonly develop in people that have experienced mental, physical, or emotional stress for an extended period of time. However, as previously mentioned, there is currently no evidence to prove that the condition exists. Many doctors are also concerned that if a patient is told that they have this condition, it may ultimately cause them to miss another underlying source of their symptoms that probably also won’t be diagnosed and treated accordingly. However, there are a variety of other health issues that may affect the adrenal glands.  

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There are two adrenal glands, one on top of each kidney in the human body. The outer region of the adrenal gland, known as the adrenal cortex, produces hormones, such as cortisol and aldosterone. The inner region, known as the adrenal medulla, produces adrenaline or epinephrine and norepinephrine. These necessary hormones are important for a variety of functions including: regulating sugar, salt, water, metabolism, and blood pressure, as well as regulating stress and inflammation, among other functions. Adrenal fatigue can commonly develop in people that have experienced severe mental, physical, or emotional stress for an extended period of time. However, as previously mentioned above, there is currently no evidence to prove that the condition exists. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Functional Neurology: Foods to Naturally Increase Serotonin | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: (915) 850-0900

Functional Neurology: Foods to Naturally Increase Serotonin | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: (915) 850-0900 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a fundamental role in a variety of brain and bodily functions. This chemical messenger helps regulate mood and social behavior as well as support our circadian rhythm or sleep-wake cycle. Research studies demonstrated that “healthy” serotonin levels are associated with positive feelings and longevity. We can naturally increase our serotonin levels by eating tryptophan-rich foods or taking tryptophan supplements. This essential amino acid is used to synthesize serotonin. In the following article, we will discuss foods that can help naturally increase serotonin.  

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Serotonin is a well-known neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger, that is associated with mood and a variety of other important functions in the human brain and body. Serotonin helps promote positive feelings and social behavior, control appetite, support learning and memory as well as regulate our circadian rhythm or sleep-wake cycle. Serotonin deficiencies can cause a variety of brain and mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, sleep problems, fatigue, abnormal appetite and cravings as well as nausea and digestive problems. Fortunately, eating tryptophan-rich foods can help naturally increase serotonin levels in the human brain and body. In the following article, we will discuss how eating certain well-known tryptophan-rich foods can help naturally increase serotonin as well as promote overall health and wellness. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Optimal Nerve Energy Circulation/Communication with Chiropractic | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Optimal Nerve Energy Circulation/Communication with Chiropractic | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

The body's functionality, circulation, and communication are significantly affected by the health of the nervous system. The brain, spinal cord, and nerve roots connect every part of the body into a massive communication highway. If circulation and communication are interrupted, interfered with, or completely blocked then the body's health begins to breakdown. Chiropractic treatment and spinal alignment will clear the pathways and get the nerve energy flowing restoring overall health.

Nervous System Operations

The nervous system regulates all areas of the body in communication, coordination, and it functions in the control of all major bodily functions. This includes:

 

  • Basic cellular function
  • Organ processes
  • Higher-level brain functions that include
  1. Learning
  2. Thinking
  3. Memory

 

The nerves within the nervous system communicate via chemical and electrical messages. Nerve cells primarily communicate through quick electronic pathways and signals.

Nerve Energy Compromised

The signals that pass between the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and rest of the body maintain connectivity, coordination, and proper organ function. The electrical energy necessary to keep the circulation/signals flowing smoothly happens with optimal nerve strength. Causes that can affect nerve integrity include:

 

  • Chronic inflammation
  • Injury
  • Mental health factor
  • Spinal misalignment

 

If the circulation/communication highway in the nervous system is compromised, it can rapidly turn into misinterpreted, crossed, false, or no signals being sent. Ultimately, the signals can turn into total confusion, making the body fall into a state of total dysfunction. The lines of communication need to remain clear and uninhibited. This allows the body to function with ease as all systems cooperate.

Spinal Misalignment Affects Nerve Energy

With all the signals traveling through the spinal cord, any misalignment will affect circulation. Common causes of misalignment include:

 

  • Poor posture
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor body mechanics
  • Injuries
  • Weight factors

 

Misalignment can be addressed with professional chiropractic adjustments. A chiropractor will pinpoint any subtle changes, address them, and restore the nerves' circulation, as well as restore the body's balance.

Restore and Maximize Nerve Circulation

Chiropractic is a research-based systematic approach to whole-body care and is designed to yield optimal results non-invasively. Contact Injury Medical Chiropractic to see what they can offer in helping to achieve health goals.

 

The Body's Composition

 

 

Stress is hard enough to handle, but chronic stress can have complex, detrimental effects on emotional health. Over time, stress can wear away at both mental and physical health. And it does not take weeks or months to start seeing the effects.

 

It can take as little as four days to notice a significant impact on energy, fatigue, and soreness levels. Remember that achieving healthy body composition is more than just building muscle and losing fat. Maintaining a proper diet and getting enough sleep is necessary to make consistent progress.

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

Lorei, M P, and E B Hershman. “Peripheral nerve injuries in athletes. Treatment and prevention.” Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.) vol. 16,2 (1993): 130-47. doi:10.2165/00007256-199316020-00005

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The body's circulation and communication are significantly affected by the health of the nervous system. 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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Massage Therapeutics Can Improve Health and Well Being | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Massage therapeutics is not about the candles, aromatherapy, and the spa. Although those items can be beneficial for relaxation etc, the massage part of the therapy is just that. An intense manual manipulation of the body's tissues. Made to work out/relax tight, knotted, spasmed, and inflamed muscles, ligaments, and tendons back to a normal and relaxed function. This can be caused by injury, stress, awkward motion/s, etc. Research done by the American Massage Therapy Association shows that 50% of individuals asked for a therapeutic massage for musculoskeletal/stress issues.  

 

More physicians, specialists, and surgeons are recognizing the health benefits that massage therapeutics can bring and are sending their patients to certified/licensed massage therapists for treatment. There is now a high demand for massage therapists with the career possibilities being one of the strongest in the health care industry. Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of muscles and soft tissues including:

 

  • Connective tissues
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons

 

This is all done with the focus of improving an individual's health and overall well-being. Licensed certified massage therapists are highly-trained and highly-versed in anatomy and physiology. Many often work with chiropractors preparing patients for the chiropractic adjustment/s by loosening up the muscles/tissues, then after with a light massage to ease the soreness of the adjustment and if necessary with continued visits with a mild to intense massage session to keep the areas loose and mobile.

 

Massage therapeutics effectively treats several medical conditions, sports injuries, automobile accident injuries, personal injuries, and helps prevent health problems connected with stress. Research shows that these medical conditions can be significantly improved or even healed with massage therapeutics.  

Fitness

Top professional and weekend warrior athletes can benefit from massage therapeutics. Massage has been shown to help:

  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Improve exercise performance
  • Prevent injuries

Low Back Pain

The guidelines for treating chronic back pain. Now the suggested guidelines state that alternative treatments/therapies like massage, chiropractic, physical therapy, and acupuncture should be utilized before prescription medication, which is now the last resort, is implemented.  

Headaches

Head and neck massage reduces chronic tension headaches, along with the stress that often comes with headaches.  

Compromised Immune System Function

Myofascial massage has been shown to improve the nervous system, which is crucial to a healthy immune system. Through massage which increases blood circulation helps to increase the activity of T cells, which recognize and destroy cells that are infected with virusesStress reduction has been found to be a universally recognized benefit of massage therapeutics, and can also strengthen the immune system.  

Blood Pressure

Improved blood flow with massage therapeutics can also bring blood pressure down and elevates heart health.  

Fibromyalgia

Currently, there is no cure for fibromyalgia, but studies are showing a definite connection for those that receive myofascial massage therapeutics and improved quality of life. Reduced pain and anxiety, and quality sleep were has been experienced by individuals getting regular massage therapy. 

Cancer Pain

A common symptom for individuals battling cancer is pain, which can be mild to severe. Used in conjunction with other pain management techniques recommended by doctors, massage therapeutics have been shown to reduce pain along with anxiety symptoms.

PTSD

Those with post-traumatic stress disorder can benefit from massage therapy. Massage can help reduce:

 

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Pain associated with trauma/images/memories

 

Massage is often recommended as a companion for PTSD psychotherapy. Therapists are well established at many medical clinics and hospitals. With the opioid epidemic, the need for safe, natural, and effective pain therapy, then massage therapists can definitely help out.  

 

Massage Therapy Chiropractic Care

 

 

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*

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Massage therapeutics is an intense manual manipulation of the body's tissues. Made to work out/relax tight, knotted, spasmed, and inflamed muscles, ligaments, and tendons back to a normal and relaxed function. This can be caused by injury, stress, awkward motion/s, etc. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Mental Health Professionals Can Help with Fibromyalgia El Paso, Texas | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

Mental Health Professionals Can Help with Fibromyalgia El Paso, Texas | Call: 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Fibromyalgia pain is not just physical. Around 30% of individuals experience depression, anxiety, or some form of mood disturbance/swing. Fibromyalgia is still being researched if it causes these conditions or vice versa, but what is clear is that when the mental state gives in to the physical pain, your pain gets worse and worse.

 

A doctor may recommend a:

 

  • Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist

 

Symptoms are varied and impact an individual's life in ways that go beyond physical pain. Fatigue alone can be enough to alter lifestyle in a negative way, which affects mood.

 

Taking control of symptoms usually means taking a multi-disciplinary approach that includes:

 

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology

 

Mental and emotional therapy could be a part of a treatment plan.

Depression and Anxiety Difference

Depression and anxiety are sometimes put in the same category. Symptoms can include depression and anxiety occur at the same time but they are not synonymous disordersDepression is characterized by chronic sadness. Individuals handle depression, their own way. Some cry or lash out in anger/frustration. Some days are spent in bed, other days/nights are spent eating excessively, as a response to the pain. The most important thing is recognizing the change in behavior. Talk to your doctor or a therapist.

 

Anxiety is known for feelings of panic, fear, and excessive worry. Individuals feel their heart is racing that can get confused with a heart problem.

 

Fibromyalgia Depression Connection

To understand how fibromyalgia relates to depression and anxiety, and see the difference between depression and anxiety, here are some symptoms.

 

The symbols show symptoms most associated with the disorder. However, it's possible to experience less sleep than normal if you have depression, but the more common symptom is sleeping more than usual.

Finding a Mental Health Professional

Professionals include:

 

  • Licensed professional counselors (PCs)
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists

 

These professionals are trained to diagnose and treat mental/emotional issues. Your doctor can help in figuring out which is best for you.

 

  • Licensed professional counselors require a master's degree in counseling and are approved to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders.
  • Psychologists are considered as a separate group of non-physician mental health professionals. They have a doctorate and are approved to treat emotional problems using therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  • Psychiatrists are medical doctors that are licensed to prescribe medications to help depression and anxiety, along with several mental disorders.

 

Adding the impact this disorder has on a person's mental and emotional state can seriously damage their quality of life. Recognizing when the pain is not just physical is difficult. Therefore setting up a telemedicine/video conference with a mental health professional could help in dealing with the mental stresses that come with fibromyalgia. Even for those that don't require medication seeing a mental health professional can be highly beneficial.

 

You can openly talk about experiences having to do with fibromyalgia, how it affects your family, etc,  which is therapeutic in itself. Do not hesitate to seek the help of a mental health professional. The focus is to help you feel better, become educated on ways to help yourself and improved quality of life.

 

 

Peripheral Neuropathy Causes & Symptoms

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Adding the impact this disorder has on a person's mental and emotional state can seriously damage their quality of life. Recognizing when the pain is not just physical is difficult. Therefore setting up a telemedicine/video conference with a mental health professional could help in dealing with the psychological stresses that come with fibromyalgia. Even for those that don't require medication seeing a mental health professional can be highly beneficial. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900 or 915-412-6677

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Nutraceuticals for Sciatica | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

Nutraceuticals for Sciatica | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Nutraceuticals can help relieve several different types of chronic pain, including sciatica or sciatic nerve pain. Stephen DeFelice, MD, coined the term in 1989, which is a combination of the words nutrition and pharmaceutical. He defined nutraceuticals as food that offers a variety of health benefits as well as prevention and/or treatment of health issues. Although these foods are considered to be natural products, it’s essential to discuss nutraceutical options for chronic pain, including sciatica or sciatic nerve pain, with a healthcare professional to avoid any side-effects or interactions with drugs/medications.

 

Several nutraceuticals are also considered to be dietary supplements. According to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) is a product that is taken orally in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form which is made-up of any chemical ingredient that adds to what a person normally gets in their diet, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs as well as substances made from organs or glands and enzymes. Dietary supplements can also be an extract or concentrate. Several examples of dietary supplements include vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, and fish oil, best known as omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Nutraceuticals aren’t only limited to dietary supplements, as Dr. Stephen DeFelice previously described. It can also include genetically engineered food, such as food with added antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Nutraceuticals offer people extra nutrients that the body needs to use as fuel for energy. Nutrients, such as proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are broken down by the body’s metabolism, a process that uses energy to regulate breathing and heartbeat, among other essential bodily functions. In the following article, we will discuss how nutraceuticals can help improve sciatica or sciatic nerve pain.

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Nutraceuticals can help relieve several different types of chronic pain, including sciatica or sciatic nerve pain. Nutraceuticals are foods that offers a variety of health benefits. It’s essential to discuss nutraceutical options for sciatica or sciatic nerve pain with a healthcare professional to avoid any side-effects or interactions with drugs/medications. Several nutraceuticals are also considered to be dietary supplements. Several examples of dietary supplements include vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, and fish oil, best known as omega-3 fatty acids. Nutraceuticals can also include genetically engineered food. Nutraceuticals offer people extra nutrients that the body needs to use as fuel for energy to regulate breathing and heartbeat, among other essential bodily functions. In this article, we will discuss how nutraceuticals can help improve sciatica or sciatic nerve pain. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Foods to Eat and Avoid with Hyperthyroidism | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

Foods to Eat and Avoid with Hyperthyroidism | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900 | Neuropathy "The Painful Enigma" | Scoop.it

Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, causes the thyroid gland to produce excess amounts of hormones. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ found in the center of the neck which releases hormones that regulate a variety of bodily functions, such as breathing, heart rate, temperature, and metabolism. Hyperthyroidism can cause bodily functions to speed up which may result in a variety of symptoms. Diet and lifestyle modifications can ultimately help improve an overactive thyroid. In the following article, we will discuss foods to eat and avoid with hyperthyroidism or an overactive thyroid.

 

Diet and lifestyle modifications can help improve an overactive thyroid. Several vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are essential to balance thyroid function. Healthcare professionals generally recommend following a low-iodine diet together with other treatment options for hyperthyroidism. By way of instance, people with hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, may follow a low-iodine diet before having radiation therapy. After treatment, it’s often still essential to follow a low-iodine diet. A variety of other foods can also help to protect the thyroid gland and reduce hyperthyroidism symptoms.

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Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, causes the thyroid gland to produce excess amounts of hormones. Diet and lifestyle modifications can ultimately help improve an overactive thyroid. Several vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are essential to balance thyroid function. Healthcare professionals generally recommend following a low-iodine diet together with other treatment options for hyperthyroidism. A variety of other foods can also help to protect the thyroid gland and reduce hyperthyroidism symptoms. In the following article, we will discuss what foods to eat and what foods to avoid with hyperthyroidism or an overactive thyroid. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Functional Neurology: Hypothyroidism Diet | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

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Hypothyroidism is a health issue that occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones. According to healthcare professionals, thyroid hormones regulate metabolism, cell and tissue repair as well as growth, among other essential bodily functions. People with hypothyroidism experience weight gain, hair loss, cold sensitivity, depression, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. Diet and lifestyle modifications may ultimately help improve thyroid function. In the following article, we will discuss the best diet as well as what foods to eat and what foods to avoid with hypothyroidism.

 

What is Hypothyroidism?

 

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ found in the center of the neck. It produces hormones that affect almost every cell and tissue in the human body. When the thyroid hormones are low, the pituitary gland, a small gland found in the base of the brain, sends a signal, known as the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which causes the thyroid gland to release necessary hormones into the bloodstream. Occasionally, the thyroid gland doesn’t release enough hormones even when there is enough TSH. This is referred to as primary hypothyroidism and it’s one of the most common types of thyroid dysfunction.

 

Approximately 90 percent of primary hypothyroidism cases occur due to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that causes a person’s own immune system to attack and destroy the thyroid gland. Primary hypothyroidism may also occur due to iodine deficiency, genetic disorders, drugs and/or medications as well as surgery. In other cases, the thyroid gland won’t receive enough TSH signals. This happens when the pituitary gland isn’t functioning properly and it’s referred to as secondary hypothyroidism. Thyroid hormones regulate our metabolism which helps turn the foods we eat into energy.

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The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ found in the center of the neck which produces hormones when the pituitary gland releases a signal known as the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). However, thyroid dysfunction can ultimately cause a variety of health issues, including hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones. Diet and lifestyle modifications may ultimately help improve thyroid function. In the article, we discuss the best diet as well as what foods to eat and what foods to avoid with hypothyroidism. Several essential nutrients can also help improve hypothyroidism while certain substances can affect thyroid function. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Functional Neurology: Obesity and Thyroid Dysfunction | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

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The endocrine system is made up of a collection of glands that release hormones that regulate a variety of bodily functions, including metabolism. The thyroid gland is a large, butterfly-shaped organ found in the center of the neck. The thyroid gland secretes three hormones, known as triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), and calcitonin, in response to stimulation from the pituitary gland which secretes a compound, known as the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). However, if the thyroid gland produces too little or too many hormones, it can ultimately cause a variety of health issues, including obesity.  

 

According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, approximately 27 million people in the United States have thyroid dysfunction. Healthcare professionals found a connection between diabetes and thyroid dysfunction. People with obesity and diabetes have an increased risk of developing thyroid dysfunction compared with the healthy population. Because the thyroid gland regulates metabolism, thyroid dysfunction can cause various metabolic health issues. Thyroid dysfunction can frequently occur due to iodine deficiency, autoimmune diseases, and surgery.  

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The thyroid gland is a large, butterfly-shaped organ found in the center of the neck and it plays a fundamental role in the secretion of three hormones, including triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), and calcitonin, following stimulation from the pituitary gland, which secretes a compound known as the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). However, thyroid dysfunction can ultimately cause a variety of health issues, including obesity. Because the thyroid gland regulates metabolism, thyroid dysfunction can also cause various metabolic health issues. Thyroid dysfunction can frequently occur due to iodine deficiency, autoimmune diseases, and surgery, according to research studies. Scientists demonstrated a connection between thyroid dysfunction and obesity. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Metabolic Syndrome and Mental Health Issues | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

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Heart disease is one of the most common health issues associated with metabolic syndrome. People with metabolic syndrome can have several conditions that may increase the risk of developing a variety of health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Approximately 50 million adults in the United States have metabolic syndrome, however, scientists believe that people with mental health issues like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have a higher chance of being diagnosed with the collection of health issues. Antipsychotic drugs/medications can also cause considerable weight gain.  

 

Other factors that may cause metabolic syndrome can include, poor diet, lack of exercise or physical activity, and smoking. Excess weight and obesity can ultimately lead to insulin resistance, a condition that occurs when the human body can’t use insulin or the essential hormone that helps convert sugar or glucose into energy. If left untreated, insulin resistance can cause the pancreas to work harder and become exhausted, causing tremendously high blood sugar levels. Diabetes can damage blood vessels throughout the human body and increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke.  

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People with metabolic syndrome can have several conditions that may increase the risk of developing a variety of health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Approximately 50 million adults in the United States have metabolic syndrome, however, scientists believe that people with mental health issues like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have a higher chance of being diagnosed with the collection of health issues. Excess weight and obesity can ultimately lead to insulin resistance, a condition that occurs when the human body can’t use insulin or the essential hormone that helps convert sugar or glucose into energy. If left untreated, insulin resistance can cause diabetes which can, in turn, damage blood vessels and increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke, especially in people with severe mental health issues like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Functional Neurology: What is Metabolic Syndrome? | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

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Metabolic syndrome is characterized as a collection of health issues that can increase the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. These health issues include increased blood pressure (greater than 130/85 mmHg), high blood sugar (insulin resistance), excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal triglyceride or cholesterol levels. Although having a single one of these health issues doesn’t necessarily mean that you may have metabolic syndrome, it can ultimately increase your risk of developing these other health issues. Approximately 23 percent of adults in the United States have metabolic syndrome, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). In the following article, we will discuss, what is metabolic syndrome?  

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The outlook for people with metabolic syndrome is great if the signs and symptoms are properly diagnosed and treated. People who follow their doctor’s advice, eat right, exercise, lose weight, and stop smoking reduce their risk of developing health issues and complications, such as heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. Although simply regulating and managing the signs and symptoms of metabolic syndrome reduces health issues and complications, most people with metabolic syndrome may also have a long-term risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. If you develop any of these health issues or complications, you will need to be monitored by your doctor to help prevent the development of further health issues and complications, such as a heart attack. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Functional Neurology: How Obesity Can Affect Brain Health | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

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Research studies demonstrated that brain health may ultimately be associated with obesity. Scientists also reported that obesity affects the overall size and function of the brain, as well as specifically altering certain neuronal circuits. By way of instance, a recent research study found a connection between smaller brain size and lower gray matter volume associated with obesity around the stomach region. Another research study also found that the prefrontal cortex, an essential area in the brain that plays a fundamental role in thinking, planning, and self-control, is less active in people with obesity.  

 

Several other research studies have also found further evidence showing the connection between brain health and obesity. Dr. Ilona A. Dekkers, from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, utilized MRI scans in several recent research studies to understand how obesity can affect the size and function of the brain. Dr. Dekkers reported lower gray matter volume in people with obesity. According to the research studies, people with obesity also had white matter volume changes in a variety of brain regions. In the following article, we will ultimately discuss how obesity can affect brain health. 

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Research studies demonstrated that obesity may ultimately affect the brain. By way of instance, a recent research study found a connection between smaller brain size and lower gray matter volume associated with obesity. According to the research studies, people with obesity also had white matter volume changes in various brain regions. Several other research studies have also found further evidence showing the connection between obesity and brain health. In the following article, we will ultimately discuss how obesity can affect brain health, from changing how you look and feel to causing depression. 

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Functional Neurology: How to Improve Adrenal Fatigue with Diet | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

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Understanding the Adrenal Fatigue Diet

As previously mentioned, adrenal fatigue is a health issue that occurs when the adrenal glands aren’t creating enough of the essential hormones we need for our everyday wellness. Fortunately, many healthcare professionals recommend following the adrenal fatigue diet to ultimately help improve symptoms. The adrenal fatigue diet is a nutritional treatment approach that helps improve adrenal fatigue. The adrenal fatigue diet can increase energy levels and control a variety of bodily functions because it promotes healthier eating habits and lifestyle modifications. Following the adrenal fatigue diet can help promote:  

 

  • proper adrenal gland function
  • increased nutrients in the body
  • balanced blood pressure
  • reduced stress levels

 

Moreover, the adrenal fatigue diet is similar to most balanced diets recommended by healthcare professionals, which typically include eating plenty of vegetables, high-protein foods, and whole grains. The goal of this nutritional treatment approach is to naturally increase your energy levels in order for the body not to burn too many essential nutrients. The adrenal fatigue diet is still being tested. Healthcare professionals are still performing research studies on adrenal fatigue. However, it has been demonstrated that eating a proper diet and lifestyle modifications can ultimately make you feel overall wellness.  

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The adrenal glands are small glands found on top of each kidney. The outer region of the adrenal gland, known as the adrenal cortex, creates a variety of hormones, including cortisol and aldosterone. The inner region of the adrenal gland, known as the adrenal medulla, creates other hormones, such as adrenaline or epinephrine and norepinephrine. Adrenal fatigue can commonly develop in people that have experienced severe mental, physical, or emotional stress for an extended period of time. However, as previously mentioned above, there is currently not enough evidence to ultimately prove that the condition exists. Adrenal fatigue can commonly develop in people that have experienced severe stress. Following the adrenal fatigue diet can help improve symptoms. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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Functional Neurology: Differences Between Dopamine and Serotonin | El Paso, TX Chiropractor | Call: 915-850-0900

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Dopamine and serotonin are known as the “happy chemicals” because they play a fundamental role in regulating our mood. These two neurotransmitters or chemical messengers control a variety of functions in the brain and body, including digestion and sleep. Although dopamine and serotonin are in charge of many of the same things, these happy chemicals do so in slightly different ways. Dopamine and serotonin deficiencies can also cause a variety of health issues, including mood changes and depression. In the following article, we will ultimately discuss the differences between dopamine and serotonin.  

 

What is a Neurotransmitter?

As previously mentioned, a neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger in the brain that sends signals to other areas of the body. Dopamine and serotonin are two of the many different types of neurotransmitters in the brain and body. Below is a list of some of the most well-known neurotransmitters, including:  

 

  • Dopamine
  • Serotonin
  • Norepinephrine
  • Acetylcholine
  • Glycine
  • Glutamate
  • GABA

 

Understanding Neurotransmitters

Our brain is one of the most complex organs in the human body. The nervous system contains more than 100 billion nerves which are continuously sending signals from the brain to the rest of the body, ultimately regulating our mental and physical health. However, various factors can cause many problems. Dopamine and serotonin deficiencies, by way of instance, can cause a variety of mental and physical health issues, such as depression. While these two neurotransmitters are both commonly referred to as “happy chemicals”, it’s important to understand that dopamine and serotonin also play different roles.  

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Dopamine and serotonin are two well-known neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers, that play a fundamental role in our mood and a variety of other functions in the brain and body. Dopamine helps control mood, motivation, and movement while serotonin helps control positive feelings and social behavior, learning and memory, appetite as well as our circadian rhythm or sleep-wake cycle. Dopamine and serotonin deficiencies can cause a variety of mental and physical health issues, including anxiety, depression, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bipolar disorder. In this article, we will discuss the differences between the release of dopamine and serotonin in the brain and body. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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