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Therapeutic Wavelengths, Tissue Absorption, & Spinal Decompression

Therapeutic Wavelengths, Tissue Absorption, & Spinal Decompression


The musculoskeletal system, comprising muscles, tissues, and ligaments, works with the brain from the central nervous system to provide mobility, stability, and function to the upper and lower extremities. However, pathogens, injuries, or traumas related to environmental factors can lead to overlapping risk profiles and musculoskeletal pain, causing disability and discomfort to individuals. Fortunately, many people opt for non-surgical treatments to alleviate pain and restore their bodies. This article delves into how pain affects muscles and tissues, how chronic conditions related to muscle and tissue pain, and how non-surgical treatments can ease such pain. We work with certified medical providers who use our patients’ valuable information to provide non-surgical treatments for muscle and tissue pain affecting the musculoskeletal system. We encourage patients to ask essential questions and seek education from our associated medical providers about their condition. Dr. Jimenez, D.C., provides this information as an educational service. Disclaimer


How Does Pain Affect The Muscles & Tissues

Do you experience muscle or tissue strain from reaching high places or neck and back pain from prolonged phone or computer use? Have you recently lifted a heavy object and now feel discomfort in your back muscles? These are all common forms of musculoskeletal pain that can affect various body parts. Symptoms can often vary depending on the severity of the pain, and research studies revealed that chronic musculoskeletal pain can be complex and either nociceptive or neuropathic. When muscle and tissue pain occurs, it can misalign the upper and lower regions of the body and cause muscle groups to work harder to alleviate the discomfort. This can lead to spinal subluxation and haywire nerve roots.



Now research studies mentioned that many individuals dealing with musculoskeletal pain often report decreased productivity or have to change or quit their jobs due to the pain. The symptoms that are correlated with muscle and tissue pain include:

  • Tenderness and weakness
  • Steady aches
  • Random sharp pains
  • Inflammation
  • Fatigue
  • Tingling 
  • Numbness
  • Joint issues

Various symptoms similar to pain can affect the muscles and tissues throughout the body. These symptoms can be widespread or localized to specific areas associated with the musculoskeletal system. The central nervous system is also impacted since the nerve roots are connected to the muscles and tissues in the musculoskeletal system. The nerve roots originate from the spinal cord and intertwine with muscle and tissue fibers, which can cause them to become trapped. This can result in stiff and contracted muscles, leading to chronic muscle and tissue pain.


Chronic Conditions Associated With Muscle & Tissue Pain

Experience muscle and tissue pain that affects the nerve roots. It may be due to chronic conditions like myofascial pain, sciatic nerve pain, herniated disc, or other musculoskeletal-related issues. Research studies suggest that this type of pain can be localized, regional, or widespread and can move from one spot to another, leading to sensory abnormalities and chronic conditions. Environmental factors like occupational hazards can also cause chronic muscle and tissue pain. For instance, desk jobs, truck drivers, and construction workers may experience pain due to overworking or overstretched muscle and tissue fibers, poor posture, and excessive sitting. This discomfort and pain in the extremities can be relieved with proper care and treatment.


From Injury To Recovery With Chiropractic Care- Video

Musculoskeletal pain can affect the muscle, tissue fibers, and nerve roots. If you experience this type of pain due to environmental factors, treatments are available to help alleviate the pain and reduce symptoms in your upper and lower extremities. While surgical or invasive treatments like spinal surgery or nerve root blocker injections are options, they can be costly and cause stress for some individuals. However, some non-invasive treatments, like chiropractic care, use gentle manual manipulation to stretch affected muscles and release pain, providing relief and allowing for natural healing. The video above talks more about non-invasive treatments for musculoskeletal pain.

Non-Surgical Treatments For Muscle & Tissue Pain


Research studies revealed that non-surgical treatments are crucial for enhancing recovery and overall well-being, as musculoskeletal pain can significantly impact one’s quality of life. Non-surgical treatments are safe, gentle, and cost-effective for those experiencing musculoskeletal pain affecting their muscles and tissue fibers. These treatments can also be personalized and combined with other corresponding therapies to reduce pain and restore muscle and tissue function. Here are some non-surgical treatments that may be helpful.


Therapeutic Wavelengths

Dr. Perry Bard, D.C., and Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, explained in their book “The Ultimate Spinal Decompression” that therapeutic wavelengths are a safe and non-invasive way to provide deficient muscles and tissue fibers with necessary nutrients and to relax affected surrounding muscles. The book also highlights that therapeutic wavelengths can promote healing in aging, sick, injured, or malfunctioning tissues and muscles. There are several benefits to therapeutic wavelengths, including:

  • Water retention
  • Hemoglobin absorption
  • Regulating melanin
  • Restoring connective tissue


Laser Therapy

Research studies have revealed that low-level laser therapy can alleviate the effects of overused muscles and tissues by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. This therapy emits a gentle, warming light that stimulates the body’s natural healing process by promoting effective cellular function. Benefits of low-level laser therapy include:

  • Accelerate tissue repair
  • Increased reduction of fibrous tissue formation
  • Increase anti-inflammatory response
  • Improve nerve function
  • Restore muscle tone


Spinal Decompression

If you’re experiencing musculoskeletal pain due to nerve root compression between muscle and tissue fibers, spinal decompression could be a non-surgical solution that helps. This treatment involves gentle traction that stretches the spine, which can help to reduce fatigue in your muscles and tissues. Research shows that spinal decompression can help rehydrate your spine, relieve pain in your upper and lower extremities, and allow your muscle and tissue fibers to stretch and feel relief from the effects of musculoskeletal pain.



Various environmental factors can affect the muscles and tissues in the musculoskeletal system, resulting in pain-like symptoms. These can be caused by injuries, trauma, or overlapping risk profiles, making individuals unable to work. Fortunately, non-surgical treatments can help alleviate the affected muscles and tissue fibers, providing a safe, gentle, and cost-effective means of restoring the body and promoting healing. These treatments can also be combined with other therapies to enhance an individual’s health and wellness journey.



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Making A Satisfying Salad: El Paso Back Clinic

Making A Satisfying Salad: El Paso Back Clinic

A satisfying salad is a great way to get more fruits and vegetables high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. A salad using the right ingredients can be a filling meal. With the summer heat kicking in, making a quick, satisfying salad using your favorite ingredients can help cool off, rehydrate, and refuel the body. 

Making A Satisfying Salad: EP Functional Chiropractic Clinic

Making A Satisfying Salad

Leafy Greens

  • Start with leafy greens.
  • They’re low in calories and a healthy source of fiber.
  • Different varieties include iceberg lettuce, leaf lettuce, spinach, escarole, romaine, kale, and butter lettuce.
  • The darker greens offer more nutrients.


  • Carrots, peppers, green beans, eggplant, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, or scallions.
  • Raw diced or cooked vegetables are a good addition.
  • Leftover cooked vegetables will work.
  • Brightly colored vegetables have flavonoids rich in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Choose all the colors and add two or three half-cup servings.

Grains – Starch

  • Add whole grains or starchy vegetables.
  • A serving of cooked:
  • Whole grains like brown rice, barley, or quinoa.
  • Starchy vegetables like roasted sweet potatoes or cooked butternut squash.
  • These provide fiber, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.


  • Fruits or berries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, pomegranate seeds, apple slices, oranges, dates, and raisins can add vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.
  • One-half cup of apple slices has 30 calories.
  • One-half cup of berries has about 40 calories.


  • A hard-boiled egg is an excellent source of protein.
  • A serving of lean beef, cooked shrimp, tuna, chicken breast, cheese strips, beans or legumes, hummus, tofu, or cottage cheese.
  • Be mindful of portion size.
  • A quarter cup of chopped chicken meat or one egg will add 75 calories.
  • Half a can of tuna adds about 80 calories.
  • Depending if it is low fat, two ounces of cubed or shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese can add 200 calories.

Nuts or Seeds

  • Almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, sunflower, pumpkin, or chia seeds are great for added crunch.
  • All nuts add protein and heart-healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids.
  • One-eighth cup of nuts adds around 90 calories.
  • Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Salad Dressing

  • Add salad dressing.
  • One tablespoon of regular commercial salad dressing adds 50 to 80 calories.
  • Low-fat and reduced-calorie dressings are available.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice.
  • Make a dressing with avocado, walnut, or extra virgin olive oil.

Low-Carbohydrate Taco Salad

This is an easy recipe. The meat can be prepared ahead or be leftovers from another meal.


  • One pound lean ground beef – 85% to 89% lean.
  • One tablespoon of chili powder.
  • Salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Green onions, chopped with white and green parts separated.
  • One head of lettuce, chopped.
  • One medium tomato, chopped.
  • One avocado, diced.
  • Optional – one 4-ounce can of sliced olives.
  • 1 1/2 cups of grated fat-free cheddar, Monterey Jack cheese, or a combination.
  • 1/2 cup fat-free Greek or plain yogurt.
  • 1/2 cup salsa.


  • Cook beef in a skillet with chili powder, the white part of the onions, and salt and pepper.
  • Once cooked, cover the pan.
  • In a large salad bowl, mix the green onion, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and olives.
  • Add the meat and cheese and gently toss together.
  • Top with dollops of low-fat or reduced-calorie sour cream, yogurt, or salsa.
  • Try other meats like ground turkey, chicken, or pork.
  • For a vegetarian option, replace the ground meat with beans or textured vegetable protein.
  • Adding beans will increase fiber, protein, and total carbohydrates.

Body Signals Decoded


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Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy Alleviated With Spinal Decompression

Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy Alleviated With Spinal Decompression


The central nervous system is responsible for sending neuron signals to all the organs and muscles in the body, allowing for mobility and proper functioning. These signals are constantly exchanged between the organs, muscles, and brain, informing of their activities. However, environmental factors and traumatic injuries can impact the nerve roots, disrupting the flow of signals and leading to musculoskeletal disorders. This can result in misalignments in the body and chronic pain if left untreated. Today’s article will inform us about peripheral neuropathy, a nerve injury correlated with back pain, and how spinal decompression can relieve this condition. We work with certified medical providers who use our patients’ valuable information to provide non-surgical treatments, including spinal decompression, to relieve pain-like symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy. We encourage patients to ask essential questions and seek education about their condition. Dr. Jimenez, D.C., provides this information as an educational service. Disclaimer


What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?


Peripheral neuropathy refers to a range of conditions that affect the nerve roots and can cause chronic symptoms throughout the body, as research studies revealed. The nerve cells in our body transmit messages between the brain and other body parts. When these cells are damaged, it can disrupt communication between the central nervous system, leading to muscle and organ problems. Studies have linked peripheral neuropathy to pain and other symptoms, which can have a negative impact on daily activities, quality of life, and mental and physical well-being. Additionally, peripheral neuropathy may increase the risk of falls.


How Peripheral Neuropathy Correlates With Back Pain

Have you recently felt a tingling or sharp sensation when you stepped or experienced constant lower back pain? These symptoms could be related to peripheral neuropathy, which can cause back pain. “The Ultimate Spinal Decompression,” a book by Dr. Perry Bard, D.C. and Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, explains that peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage that affects the legs, causing numbness, pain, tingling, and oversensitivity to touch in the toes and feet. This can cause the muscles in the lower back to shift weight away from the painful areas, leading to low back pain. Research studies have revealed that chronic low back pain can involve both nociceptive and neuropathic pain mechanisms. Nociceptive pain is a response to tissue injury that activates the muscles. In contrast, neuropathic pain affects nerve roots branching from the spine and lower limbs, often resulting from damaged spinal discs. Fortunately, there are ways to manage peripheral neuropathy and its associated back pain.


Peripheral Neuropathy Relief & Treatment- Video

Peripheral neuropathy is a nerve injury that affects people differently and can cause sensory symptoms in the upper and lower body. Those with peripheral neuropathy may experience constant pain in their extremities, which can lead to compensation in other muscles and spinal misalignment. This can result in chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Studies show that peripheral neuropathy, especially in cases of low back pain, can cause a malfunction in the brain’s pain modulatory system, leading to overlapping risks and dysfunction. However, various treatments are available to restore the body and reduce neuropathic pain, including chiropractic care and spinal decompression. The video above explains more information on how these treatments can help alleviate neuropathic pain and release the body from subluxation.

Spinal Decompression Alleviates Peripheral Neuropathy


Peripheral neuropathy can cause a lot of pain, and many people consider surgery to treat it. However, this can be expensive, so some people opt for non-surgical treatments like spinal decompression and chiropractic care. Studies have shown that spinal decompression can be very helpful in relieving nerve entrapment and improving low back pain symptoms. It’s a safe and gentle treatment that uses traction to help the spine return to its position and allow fluids and nutrients to flow back in. Combining spinal decompression with other therapies can also help reduce peripheral neuropathy symptoms, improving people’s quality of life and helping them become more mindful of their bodies.



Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that results from nerve injuries and can affect both the upper and lower parts of the body. This disorder can cause sensory symptoms that may lead to musculoskeletal conditions, spinal misalignment, and disability. Pain and discomfort are common experiences for those with this condition, which can negatively impact their daily lives. Fortunately, spinal decompression can help alleviate the effects of peripheral neuropathy by gently stretching the spine, releasing entrapped nerves, and correcting subluxation. These treatments are safe, non-invasive, and can be incorporated into an individual’s health and wellness plan.



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Athletic Running Shoes For Back Problems: EP Back Clinic

Athletic Running Shoes For Back Problems: EP Back Clinic

Individuals on their feet all day regularly experience back problems and discomfort symptoms. Wearing unstable shoes that are flat with no arch support with little or no shock absorption or the wrong type of shoe for gait can cause biomechanical issues that can cause back discomfort and lead to chronic back pain. Athletic running shoes are recommended for lower back pain because they are well-cushioned and designed to help absorb the impact of walking or running. They also have proper arch and ankle support to maintain foot position for correct posture. What to look for in running shoes to help relieve back pain and keep the back injury free?

Choosing Athletic Running Shoes For Back Problems: IMCFMCAthletic Running Shoes

Shoes that don’t have enough cushioning can cause inflammation in the back muscles from the lack of impact absorption. The best athletic running shoes for back pain relief are stiff, supportive, and well-cushioned. When selecting shoes for back pain, the most important factors to consider are:

  • Stiffness of the sole.
  • Quality support and cushioning.
  • Proper and comfortable fit.

Shoe Type

  • Athletic running shoes are available in various types of support for all foot types.
  • Consider foot structure and gait when selecting shoes.
  • Flat and high-arched feet can cause muscle imbalances, which increase pressure on the back, hips, legs, knees, ankles, and feet.
  • Consider motion-control shoes for flat feet or overpronation.

Arch Support

  • Proper arch support ensures that the feet stay aligned and takes the pressure off the knees, hips, and back, decreasing the risk of inflammation.
  • Look for a shoe with a rigid sole and solid heel cup for optimal foot and ankle support.
  • Make sure that the shoe fits the individual foot and gait type.
  • If you can twist the shoe or fold the shoe in half, there is insufficient support in the arch.
  • For example, overpronation requires stability with added medial support to prevent arch collapse.


Shoe cushioning:

  • Absorbs shock and vibration.
  • Reduces the impact of each step.
  • Helps alleviate back pressure.
  • A well-cushioned shoe provides comfort and support.
  • Wearing shoes without adequate cushioning makes the back muscles absorb the shock every time a foot takes a step.

Proper Fit

Proper shoes need to fit properly.

  • Shoes that are too tight could cause painful rubbing and foot blisters.
  • The irritation can force an awkward and unhealthy gait, worsening the back strain and pain.
  • Shoes that are too large could cause the feet to slip and slide, increasing the risk of injury.
  • Shoes with a wide toe box or in wide sizes can be an option to prevent cramped toes.
  • The correct fit will ensure the feet are properly aligned and prevent injury.


  • Shoes with excellent traction will keep the body stable and prevent slipping.
  • Look for grip rubber outsoles with a textured pattern.
  • The grooves and patterns increase friction and provide grip to the person while walking or running.


  • Wearing worn-out shoes with inadequate cushioning and shock absorption can increase the risk of back problems.
  • Depending on the uses, shoes can wear out in three months or less.
  • It is important to replace shoes when the cushioning wears out.
  • Look for high-quality material that doesn’t wear down quickly.

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Relieve Back Pain From Work With Spinal Decompression

Relieve Back Pain From Work With Spinal Decompression


Many people in the workplace suffer from back pain, which can limit and affect their ability to function and lead to a lifetime of discomfort and disability. Back pain can range from a dull, slow ache to a sharp, radiating pain and can cause the body to be misaligned. Fortunately, non-surgical treatments such as spinal decompression can help to relieve pain and discomfort. In this article, we will witness the impact of back pain in the workplace, how different occupations are associated with back pain, and how spinal decompression can help to alleviate these symptoms. We work with certified medical providers who use our patients’ valuable information to provide non-surgical treatments, including spinal decompression, to relieve pain-like symptoms associated with back pain in the workplace. We encourage patients to ask essential questions and seek education about their condition. Dr. Jimenez, D.C., provides this information as an educational service. Disclaimer


The Impact Of Back Pain In The Workplace


Are you experiencing headaches or neck tension? Do you feel pain radiating down your leg from sitting for extended periods? Or do you feel aches in your lower back after sitting at a computer for a long time? These symptoms could be due to the development of back pain. Research studies revealed that back pain is a common cause of missed work and reduced productivity. Depending on the severity, back pain has various mechanical or non-specific reasons. Some of the categories that many individuals in the workplace have back pain include:

  • Acute back pain: Last for a few days to a few weeks.
  • Subacute back pain: Last between 4 to 12 weeks.
  • Chronic back pain: Last longer than 12 weeks.


Occupations Associated With Back Pain

Back pain is a problem that many working individuals have experienced. This can lead to constant pain and compensating for the pain by using other muscle groups. Research studies revealed that both men and women in the workforce are affected by back pain, which can be influenced by psychological factors and can significantly impact their ability to perform occupational activities. Jobs like truck drivers, office workers, healthcare providers, and manual laborers are associated with back pain due to the physical demands of these occupations, increasing the risk of developing back pain. Some of the common causes associated with back pain at work include the back and surrounding muscles being under constant strain include:

  • Force: Exerting excessive force on the back muscles can cause injuries
  • Repetition: Repeating movements can lead to muscle strain on the surrounding muscles and affect the spine.
  • Inactivity: Sitting down for an extended period can lead to poor posture and cause the back muscles to be shortened.


Examples Of Workplace Conditions Associated With Back Pain

In many jobs, employees have to exert themselves physically, which can increase the risk of developing back pain. Some common workplace conditions that contribute to this risk include:

  • Using hands or body as a clamp to hold heavy objects while performing tasks. 
  • Maintaining the same posture while performing tasks.
  • Performing motions constantly without small breaks in between.
  • Performing tasks that involve long reach, both vertical and horizontal.
  • Cold temperatures
  • Vibrating working surfaces, machinery, or vehicles.
  • The floor surface is uneven, slippery, or sloped.

Fortunately, there is hope for those experiencing back pain. Research studies have shown that available treatments can aid in modifying activities and improving workplace conditions, providing relief and preventing pain from returning.

Non-Surgical Treatments For Pain Relief-Video

If you’re experiencing back pain due to work-related strain, there are treatments available that can help alleviate the pain and reduce its effects from returning. Many people who work for a living suffer from this issue because of the physical demands of their job, which can lead to various risk factors. Fortunately, several non-surgical treatments are available to help reduce the symptoms of low back pain. Spinal decompression and chiropractic care are two examples of such therapies. These methods use traction, manual manipulation, and other techniques to restore the spine to its proper alignment and relieve back pain. Both treatments are gentle and non-invasive, as they work with the body’s natural healing process to stretch tight muscles and prevent future pain. The video above explains how these treatments can help enhance your body’s healing process and avoid recurring back pain.

Spinal Decompression Relieving Back Pain


It’s important to know that putting too much pressure on your back can lead to back pain. If you’re experiencing back pain, spinal decompression can help. This technique involves gently stretching out tight muscles in your back and reducing pain and other symptoms. According to Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, and Dr. Perry Bard, D.C., authors of “The Ultimate Spinal Decompression,” spinal decompression uses gentle traction to slowly pull the spine and alleviate painful spinal pressure that causes back pain. Adding spinal decompression to your daily routine can help reduce muscle weakness and pain and increase awareness of your body to prevent future injuries.



Missing work due to back pain is common among many working individuals. Certain job occupations require physical exertion, which can push the body beyond its limits. When individuals try to compensate for the pain in their back muscles, it puts more strain on other muscle groups. Fortunately, treatments such as spinal decompression can provide relief by realigning the body and reducing subluxation associated with back pain. This non-surgical treatment helps the body naturally heal, enabling individuals to experience a pain-free journey toward health and wellness.




Treadmill Walking Exercise Errors: El Paso Back Clinic

Treadmill Walking Exercise Errors: El Paso Back Clinic

Working out on a treadmill is a great way to get cardiovascular exercise when unable to go outside or to change things up. However, it’s not just about getting on the machine and walking or running. Like anything, proper form and posture are important in preventing injuries. This allows the individual to walk smoother and faster, burn more calories, and get the full benefits. Individuals with a medical condition that impacts posture or makes it difficult to walk on a treadmill should speak to a healthcare provider for recommendations to ensure they can work out without aggravating the condition or putting themselves at risk. There is an option of working with a physical or occupational therapist to address any concerns individuals may have about using a treadmill.

Treadmill Walking Exercise Errors: EP Chiropractic Team

Treadmill Walking Exercise Errors


A common error is getting on a treadmill with the belt already running. This may seem unnecessary, but many accidents happen when individuals just jump on. To avoid injuries, it is recommended to follow these safety tips.

  • Make sure the machine is off.
  • Know where the emergency stop switch is.
  • Stand next to the base/running deck.
  • Clip the safety key to your body to stop the treadmill if you slip or stumble.
  • Start the treadmill and set it to slow speed.
  • Look at the speed and carefully get onto the moving tread.
  • Gradually increase the speed once comfortably on board.

Wrong Shoes

A healthy step is to strike with the heel in front with the forward foot slightly off the surface. The foot then rolls from heel to toe; by the time the toe is on the ground, the individual is halfway into the next step, and the forward foot is now the rear foot and ready for the toes to push off to take the next step.

  • This sequence is only possible with flexible shoes.
  • Wearing stiff shoes may not allow for the roll-through.
  • Stiff shoes force the foot to slap down.
  • The body and walking stride become a flat-footed stomp.
  • Take a few minutes during a walking session to think about what the feet are doing.
  • Ensure they strike with the heel, roll through the step, and the rear foot provides an adequate push-off.
  • If you cannot do this in your present shoes, then it’s time to look at other flexible walking/running shoes.

Holding The Handrails

  • The handrails provide stability, but natural walking posture or natural movement involves a healthy stride and arm motion.
  • Constantly holding onto the handrails doesn’t allow for this motion.
  • Walking or running at a slower pace is recommended without using the handrails.
  • Individuals will get a better workout at a slower pace than they would at a faster rate holding on to the rails.
  • Individuals with a disability or balance issues may need the handrails and should consult a trainer or physical therapist for healthy workout recommendations.

Leaning Forward

Proper walking posture means the body is upright, not leaning forward or backward.

  • Before stepping onto the treadmill, check and readjust your posture.
  • Engage the abdominals and maintain a neutral spine.
  • Give the shoulders a backward roll so they are not hunched up.
  • Get on the treadmill and walk.
  • Remind yourself to maintain this upright posture.
  • When changing pace or incline, check your posture again.

Looking Down and Not Ahead

  • A healthy walking posture means the head is up and the eyes forward.
  • An unhealthy walking posture can lead to neck, shoulder, and low back pain.
  • Improper posture doesn’t allow the body to take full, complete breaths.
  • It also reinforces unhealthy sitting postures.
  • Check the shoulders and do a backward roll every few minutes to ensure they aren’t hunching forward.


  • Overstriding means the front heel hits the ground too far in front of the body.
  • Many individuals do this to walk faster.
  • An overstride can result in the foot slipping, which can cause a trip and/or a fall.
  • A healthy walking stride means the front heel strikes close to the body while the back foot stays on the ground longer to provide a powerful push-off.
  • This push-off provides more speed and power and works the muscles better to burn more calories.
  • You may need to shorten the stride and take shorter steps when beginning.
  • Then focus on feeling the back foot and getting a thorough push with each step.
  • Focus on this for a few minutes each session until it becomes familiar and walking becomes faster and easier.

No Arm Movement

  • If the handrails are not necessary, the arms should be moving during the workout.
  • Proper arm motion allows the body to go faster and burn more calories.
  • The swinging motion can help shoulder and neck problems developed from unhealthy postures.
  • The legs only move as fast as the arms do.
  • To speed up the legs, speed up the arms.

Going Too Fast

  • Go only as fast as the body can go while maintaining proper walking posture and form.
  • If overstriding, leaning forward, or hunching shoulders begin to present, slow down until a comfortable/maintainable speed that allows the body to walk correctly is found.
  • If the workout doesn’t feel like it’s helping
  • Individuals with a bad walking form at high speeds may consider adding running intervals.
  • Running will create quick bursts of higher heart rate and change form.

Running Intervals

  • Warm up at a slow speed for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Increase walking speed to a fast pace that can maintain proper walking form.
  • Start a jog and increase the speed to match the jogging pace.
  • Jog for 1 to 3 minutes.
  • Return to the fast walking pace for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Jog for 1 to 3 minutes.
  • Repeat until the end of the workout.
  • Finish with 3 to 5 minutes at an easy walking pace to cool down.

Challenge Yourself

When the body has fully adapted to a workout, it’s time to challenge the body to achieve greater fitness and stay motivated. This is where workout variation intensity, duration, frequency, and/or mode come into play.


  • Add intensity by increasing the incline or the speed.


  • Increase the time spent on the treadmill.
  • If spending 30 minutes for several weeks, increase to 45 minutes for at least one weekly session.
  • After a couple of weeks, increase to 60 minutes.


  • Once the body is used to treadmill walking, try to incorporate a session every day or every other day.
  • Walk at a brisk pace for 30 to 60 minutes, going for a total of 150 to 300 minutes per week.

Type of Exercise

  • Try jogging or running.
  • Alternate using the exercise bike, rowing machine, or stair climber.
  • Add weight training, circuit training, or anything enjoyable that gets the body moving in different ways.

Set goals and get into the habit of using the treadmill regularly to reap all the benefits. Avoid common treadmill errors, stay safe, and make the most out of walking and running workouts.

Move Better, Live Better


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Disc Herniation Relieved By Spinal Decompression

Disc Herniation Relieved By Spinal Decompression


The spine consists of soft tissues, ligaments, the spinal cord, nerve roots, and cartilage, forming an S-shaped curve with three regions: cervicalthoracic, and lumbar. Its primary functions are to keep the body upright, provide mobility, and support the upper body’s weight. Injuries or other factors can cause mild to severe pain-like symptoms that affect the spine’s three regions, leading to misalignment and disc herniation, which can cause further complications. Fortunately, non-surgical treatments like spinal decompression can restore the spine’s functionality by realigning the body and restoring the spinal discs. This article will discuss how disc herniation affects the spine and body and how decompression therapy can treat it. We work with certified medical providers who use our patients’ valuable information to provide non-surgical treatments, including spinal decompression, to relieve pain-like symptoms associated with disc herniation and prevent chronic musculoskeletal issues. We encourage patients to ask essential questions and seek education about their condition. Dr. Jimenez, D.C., provides this information as an educational service. Disclaimer


How Does Disc Herniation Affect The Spine?


Do you experience stiffness or tingling in your neck, shoulders, or low back? Do you have radiating pain that is similar to other musculoskeletal conditions? Or do you feel aches and pains during stretching? These symptoms are often associated with spinal disc herniation, as research studies revealed, where the nucleus pulposus within the spine displaces and compresses the spinal nerve or cord. This can be caused by poor posture, incorrect lifting of heavy objects, or excessive twisting and turning, leading to wear and tear on the spinal disc. Left untreated, this can cause neurologic compromise or activity limitation to the rest of the body, as additional research shows. The three spinal regions can all be affected by this condition, causing a range of issues such as: 

  • Numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers
  • Muscle weakness and stiffness in the neck and shoulders
  • Gait disturbances
  • Paralysis
  • Cardiovascular abnormalities
  • Back pain
  • Muscle weakness in hips, legs, buttocks, and feet
  • Sciatic nerve mimicry


An Overview Of Disc Herniation-Video

Have you been experiencing numbness, tingling sensations, or instability when walking? These issues could be caused by disc herniation, which occurs when the spinal cord and nerves are compressed or aggravated by the nucleus pulposus. This can cause pain in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar areas and affect the functioning of your extremities. Research studies have revealed the severity of the herniation depends on the section affected, the size of the spinal canal, and pressure on the nerves. However, non-surgical, safe, and gentle treatments, such as chiropractic care and decompression therapy, can alleviate the effects of disc herniation. Watch the video above to learn more about the causes of disc herniation and the available treatments.

Decompression Therapy Treating Disc Herniation


If you are experiencing disc herniation, some treatments can help restore functionality to your spine. According to research studies, decompression therapy is one such treatment that works by using negative pressure within the spinal disc to increase hydration. This process pulls nutrients and oxygenated blood back into the disc, reducing pressure on the entrapped surrounding nerve root. Additionally, decompression therapy relieves the associated symptoms caused by disc herniation. In “The Ultimate Spinal Decompression,” written by Dr. Perry Bard, D.C., and Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, they explain that individuals with a herniated disc who use decompression therapy will feel negative or non-gravitational pressure within their spinal canal, which reduces the pressure from inside the disc. Decompression therapy helps restore the spine’s functionality and facilitates natural healing.


Other Treatments For Disc Herniation

Combining decompression therapy with chiropractic care can be effective in treating disc herniation. Chiropractic care involves spinal adjustments and manual manipulation to restore the natural alignment of the spine, which can relieve pressure on nerves caused by disc herniation. Gradual realignment of the vertebrae can help alleviate symptoms and reduce pain and discomfort while restoring the spine’s strength, flexibility, and mobility.



If the spinal cord is affected by environmental factors or injuries, it can cause pain and discomfort to the person. This is known as disc herniation, where the nucleus pulposus in the spine protrudes out of the spinal socket and presses on the spinal nerve. This can lead to neurological problems and affect the three spinal regions, causing mild to severe issues depending on the pressure on the spinal cord. However, non-surgical treatments like chiropractic care and decompression therapy can safely and gently manipulate the spine, realigning and hydrating the disc so the body can heal naturally. This can relieve pain and discomfort in the spine and restore mobility to the body.



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Improving Walking Posture: El Paso Back Clinic

Improving Walking Posture: El Paso Back Clinic

For individuals with aches and pains after walking, the first thing to check is posture. How an individual holds their body is important in walking effortlessly and comfortably. Improving walking posture will make it easier to breathe and walk farther and faster. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can treat back problems, restore mobility, and retrain individuals on achieving and maintaining healthy posture.

Improving Walking Posture: EP's Chiropractic Injury Specialists

Walking Posture

Sitting for extended periods weakens neck and back muscles and decreases spinal mobility, making it more difficult to maintain a healthy walking posture. Improving and maintaining healthy walking posture can go a long way regarding the body’s health.


The benefits include:

  • Strengthened core, back, leg, and buttock muscles.
  • Improved balance and stability.
  • Easier breathing.
  • Increased energy levels.
  • Improved walking speed, distance, and gait.
  • Back and hip discomfort symptoms prevention.
  • Decreased risk of injury and falling.

Set Up Posture

  • Stand up straight.
  • Engage the core.
  • Relax shoulders.
  • Keep the chin parallel to the ground.
  • Eyes forward.
  • Minimize leaning forward or backward.
  • Spend the first 15 seconds of walking focusing on posture.
  • Once a rhythm is achieved, periodically check yourself to ensure you stay consistent with proper posture until it becomes normal.

Stand up Straight

  • Visualize standing tall and straight.
  • Resist the temptation to slouch or arch the back.

Control Leaning Forward or Back

  • Leaning strains the back muscles when sitting, standing, and walking.
  • Leaning slightly forward from the ankles when walking up a hill.
  • Going downhill, leaning slightly forward, or maintaining a straight back is okay.

Keep Eyes Forward

  • Avoid looking down.
  • The focus should be about 20 feet ahead.
  • Maintaining a forward visual path allows individuals to see anything from the side.

Keep Chin Parallel to the Ground

  • This reduces strain on the neck and back.
  • A proper chin position maintains forward focus rather than down.

Shoulders Back and Relaxed

  • Shrug and allow the shoulders to fall and relax slightly back.
  • Loosening up the shoulders helps relieve tension and…
  • Positions the shoulders to use healthy arm motion while walking.
  • Shrug and re-loosen at intervals during the walk to ensure the shoulders stay relaxed.

Engage Core Muscles

  • The core muscles help resist slouching and leaning.
  • Keep the stomach pulled in slightly.
  • Take deep, full breaths to maintain a healthy walking posture.

Maintain Neutral Pelvis

  • Ensure the hips are not tilting forward or back while walking.
  • Practice sticking out the buttocks, tucking them in, and finding a natural middle.
  • The middle is the healthy balance that will keep you from arching the back muscles and spine.


  • Resist the urge to engage with the phone or activity monitor while walking and looking down.
  • Only look when necessary and then mindfully regain posture.
  • Some activity monitors have vibration alerts to reduce the need to look down.
  • Utilize earbuds or headphones for making and taking calls and other tasks.
  • Certain earbuds or headphones allow for voice commands, so you don’t have to look at the phone.

Chiropractic Realignment and Retraining

Maintaining proper posture is a gradual process. A chiropractor can correct years of practicing unhealthy postures like forward head issues or chronic slouching and realign the spine to restore optimal function.

  • A chiropractic therapy team will work on bones and muscles in specific body regions.
  • Massage will relax the muscle tissues to restore correct balance.
  • Chiropractic techniques will realign the neck, spine, hips, and pelvis.
  • Decompression therapy may be used to stretch the body.
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises will maintain adjustments.
  • Posture retraining will teach individuals to stay aware of their spinal position and help create healthy habits.

Regular posture checks, whether at work, school, just walking around doing errands, or exercising, will help the body learn proper positioning until it becomes second nature.

Revitalize and Rebuild


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Spinal Manipulation & Decompression Treatment For Low Back Pain

Spinal Manipulation & Decompression Treatment For Low Back Pain


Low back pain is a common issue worldwide that can cause individuals to miss work and require emergency care. This type of pain occurs in the lumbar region of the spine, which supports the upper body and is surrounded by muscles, ligaments, and tissues. If left untreated, it can cause disability. Fortunately, treatments available can reduce pain and alleviate other symptoms. This article will explain how low back pain occurs, how it relates to disorders, and how spinal manipulation and decompression treatment can help. We utilize and incorporate valuable information about our patients to certified medical providers using non-surgical therapies like spinal decompression to alleviate pain-like symptoms associated with the low back and reduce its correlating musculoskeletal disorders. We encourage referring patients to associated medical providers based on their findings while supporting that education is a remarkable tool to ask our providers essential questions at the patient’s request. Dr. Jimenez, D.C., comprises this information as an educational service. Disclaimer


How Does Low Back Pain Occur?


Do you frequently experience discomfort or pain in your lower back? Does it bother you when you bend down or lift heavy objects? Or are you dealing with radiating pain similar to sciatic nerve pain? These are all common symptoms associated with low back pain. Research studies have revealed that low back pain can stem from various potential sources, including anatomical, neurological, and psychological factors, making identifying the pain’s root cause complex. Additionally, research studies have revealed that low back pain can vary among many individuals and are complex, depending on how severe the symptoms affect the body. Low back pain can occur when the spinal discs in the lumbar regions of the spine become compressed due to unwanted pressure or axial overload or when the surrounding muscles are overused or underused.


Disorders Correlating With Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a complex musculoskeletal disorder caused by various factors. Research studies have revealed two types of low back pain: specific and non-specific. Non-specific low back pain is usually caused by overuse of muscles or wear and tear on the spinal vertebrae and joints. On the other hand, specific low back pain is caused by a relationship between environmental factors and the pain itself, such as compressed neural structures, joint inflammation, or spinal instability. Studies also suggest low back pain can affect an individual’s health and daily activities. Low back pain can also cause referred pain, meaning it can be felt in a different area of the body, affecting vital organs or muscles. For example, sciatic nerve pain is often associated with low back pain.


The Path To Healing- Video

Have you been experiencing aches and pain in your lumbar spine? Does it hurt when you twist or bend over or lift something heavy? These pains are often related to low back pain, which can also be connected to other chronic conditions that affect the body. Low back pain is a common and complex issue affecting the body’s upper and lower parts. The lumbar region of the body is responsible for stabilizing the upper body’s weight, and the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tissues protect the spinal cord. When the body experiences unwanted pressure or pathological factors, it can lead to low back pain and its associated symptoms. Unfortunately, back pain can significantly impact daily life, causing people to miss work or be unable to participate in regular activities. However, treatments available can reduce the effects of low back pain and its associated symptoms. The video above demonstrates how chiropractic care and spinal decompression can help alleviate low back pain, restore stability and mobility to the lumbar region, and improve a person’s quality of life.

How Spinal Manipulation & Decompression Treatment Relieves Low Back Pain


Many treatments available can help individuals struggling with low back pain. According to “The Ultimate Spinal Decompression” by Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, and Dr. Perry Bard, D.C., chiropractic care is one such treatment that can be effective. This type of care uses spinal manipulation to alleviate the effects of low back pain. Chiropractic care can offer relief by gently re-aligning the spine and reducing subluxation. Studies have shown that this treatment, known as decompression treatment, can reduce stress on posterior muscles, improving pain intensity and functionality. Additionally, decompression treatment can further help by stretching the lumbar spine and rehydrating discs. Both of these treatments are non-invasive, gentle, and non-surgical and can increase mobility and stability in the lumbar spine while reducing pain.



Low back pain can significantly affect a person’s ability to move around and maintain balance. It’s a common issue that can lead to disability and extended periods away from work, depending on its intensity. The causes can arise from various factors, including environmental factors and unwanted pressure. However, non-surgical, gentle, and non-invasive treatments can help alleviate the symptoms of low back pain. These treatments can realign the lumbar spine and stretch the affected muscles, relieving pain. By utilizing these treatments, individuals can become more mindful of their back health and prevent future injuries.



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Late Night Healthy Nutritious Snacks: El Paso Back Clinic

Late Night Healthy Nutritious Snacks: El Paso Back Clinic

With the summer approaching, the day’s heat makes the body want to eat light or not at all. That’s when late-night hunger kicks in. Individuals can’t sleep because their stomachs won’t stop growling. Whatever the reason, the body needs something to eat to go back to sleep. The challenge is figuring out what’s quick, tasty, healthy, and can help promote sleep, as some foods contain compounds that can improve sleep.

Late Night Healthy Nutritious Snacks: EP Chiropractic Clinic

Late-Night Nutritious Snacks

There are several reasons for needing a late-night snack, and a healthy snack can be a good way to get some additional nutrients for the next day. Having small nutrient-rich snacks under 200 calories is fine. Individuals who regularly have late-night snacks should consider having prepared snacks to promote sleep and not inhibit sleep. Planning is the key to choosing snacks to help support healthy sleep and satisfy hunger.

Snacks To Consider

Pumpkin Seeds

  • Pumpkin contains tryptophan which contributes to sleep.
  • They also contain essential nutrients zinc, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and magnesium.
  • These can help combat illnesses related to inflammation.


  • Bananas are a healthy source of dietary melatonin.
  • In one study, individuals who ate a banana had an increase in serum melatonin levels two hours after eating.
  • The potassium content of bananas can help inhibit muscle cramps, a problem some individuals have when trying to sleep.

Glass of Milk

  • Warm or cold, a glass of milk before bed can help improve sleep.
  • Milk contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help improve sleep quality.
  • Sleep-inducing amino acids like tryptophan are also found in milk.
  • Dairy milk is not the only type of milk shown to aid sleep.
  • Soy milk is a good source of both melatonin and tryptophan.
  • Plant-based milk made with nuts can confer the same benefits as whole nuts.

Milk and Cereal

  • Individuals may reserve cereal for breakfast, but it can make a healthy late-night snack to promote sleep.
  • One study found that high-glycemic carbs in many corn-based cereals before bed reduced the time it took to fall asleep.
  • Limit portion size as the entire snack should be under 300 calories, especially for those with heartburn, as a heavy meal can exacerbate the problem.
  • Dairy products contain calcium, a mineral that directly produces the sleep hormone melatonin and is a natural relaxant in the body.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

  • Foods like peanut butter contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which is converted into melatonin to promote sleepiness.
  • Carbohydrates like bread and jelly help make tryptophan more available to the brain.
  • Option for whole grain bread and natural peanut butter with no added sugars for added nutrition.

Yogurt with Fruit

  • Plain yogurt with berries, chopped nuts, and honey.
  • Yogurt provides a healthy source of calcium, which has been linked to better sleep.
  • Be sure to read the labels, as some varieties contain added sugar.

Fruit and Nuts

  • Fruit and nuts are great when hungry and tired.
  • They provide nutritional benefits, including vitamins, minerals, protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and fiber.
  • They nourish, provide satisfaction, and help the body fall asleep.
  • An apple with a handful of almonds, a banana, and pecans, or a pear with a few walnuts.
  • One teaspoon of peanut butter on banana slices or dip apple slices in almond butter.
  • If almond butter is too thick for dipping, microwave 1-2 tablespoons for 30 seconds until it’s soft enough to dip.


  • Popcorn is a great snack that is low in calories.
  • Three cups of air-popped popcorn have fewer than 100 calories and about 4 grams of fiber.
  • Skip the butter and mix in dried spices for extra flavor.

Vegetables and Dip

  • Craving something crunchy and low-calorie, fresh vegetables and dip.
  • Any combination of raw carrots, broccoli florets, cucumber slices, celery, zucchini, peppers, and grape tomatoes can satisfy a rumbling stomach.
  • Enhance the flavor with a plain low-fat cottage cheese dip, Greek yogurt, or hummus.

Turkey Sandwich

  • When craving a sandwich, a combination of protein and complex carbohydrates from lean protein like turkey and whole grain bread with tomato, lettuce, and a splash of mayo and mustard can satisfy.
  • Allow enough time to digest, as being too full can inhibit sleep.

Mediterranean Nachos

  • Top toasted healthy corn or pita chips with hummus, paprika, and red pepper for a crunchy and satisfying late-night snack to help the body fall asleep.
  • Chickpeas, the primary ingredient in hummus, contain tryptophan.

Body In Balance


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