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Back and Spine Health Exercise: Exercise is one of the most significant ways to increase longevity, improve health, and decrease pain and suffering. A proper exercise program can improve flexibility, mobility, increase strength, and reduce back pain. Knowledge of the best exercises to improve health or decrease pain is essential to a workout plan or pain management program. Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for overall health. The many benefits include improved health and fitness and reduced risk of chronic diseases.

There are many different types of exercise; it is important to pick the right types. Most benefits from a combination of exercises: Endurance or aerobic activities increase your breathing and heart rate. They keep your heart, lungs, and circulatory system healthy and improve your overall fitness. Examples include brisk walking, jogging, swimming, and biking.

Strength or resistance training, exercises make your muscles stronger. Some examples are lifting weights and using a resistance band. Balance exercises can make it easier to walk on uneven surfaces and help prevent falls. To improve your balance, try tai chi or exercises like standing on one leg. Flexibility exercises stretch your muscles and can help your body stay limber. Yoga and doing various stretches can make you more flexible.


Finding The Right Physical Activity, Exercise For You

Finding The Right Physical Activity, Exercise For You

Finding the right physical activity that elevates heart rate and maintains it for 30 minutes a day increases the amount of oxygen delivered to the heart, brain, and muscles. Some form of aerobic activity will keep individuals moving in a healthy direction. ​This benefits the:

  • Heart
  • Muscles
  • Mood
  • Self-esteem
  • Amount of energy

It helps to lower:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood sugar
  • Body fat
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue

Finding The Right Physical Activity, Exercise For You

Finding What Works For You

Doctors and health experts agree that individuals need to perform normal/moderate activity balanced with vigorous/intense activity. Some ideas for both types include:

Moderate Intensity Activities

General moderate exercises:

Many activities in the moderate-intensity list can be increased to a vigorous level by doing them faster or harder.

Vigorous Intensity Activities

General vigorous exercises:

Outdoor Moderate Activities

Moderate exercises:

Outdoor vigorous activities:

Vigorous exercises:

  • Sports – soccer, field hockey, tennis, basketball, flag football, volleyball
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Skating and skateboarding
  • Horseback riding

House and Yard Work/Chores

Moderate house and yard work exercises:

  • Sweeping
  • Vacuuming
  • Mopping
  • Washing the car by hand
  • Sweeping the garage, walkways, sidewalk, or patio
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Raking the lawn
  • Labor intense gardening

Vigorous house and yard work exercises:

  • Shoveling dirt, rocks, etc
  • Carrying groceries upstairs
  • Carrying boxes
  • Moving furniture
  • Cleaning and organizing the house

Mix it up

Finding the activities that work for you are important. But mix them up, so you don’t get bored and tired of them. For example, if getting bored with walking, try a light aerobics class, dancing, or something similar.

  • Try new routes for walking and biking.
  • Change the room for exercising or stretching.
  • Exercise at different times, so it doesn’t just become a chore.
  • Mix up the amount of time exercising. Do a full 30 minute or longer workout one day, then break the workout into smaller 15, 10, 5-minute workouts other days.
  • Having options allows you to pick and choose what suits your mood and schedule.

Job Physical Activity

If job occupation includes sitting for long periods, try adding short bursts of activity throughout the day:

  • If the commute permits, walk, jog, or bicycle to work.
  • Park several blocks away or the furthest in the parking lot to get some walking in.
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator for a few floors.
  • Get coffee or use the bathroom on another floor using the stairs the farthest from the office.
  • Need to talk to a coworker, take a walk to their office or station instead of e-mail or phone.
  • Finding breaks to take quick walks and stretch out.

Get Involved In Competition

Competition can motivate individuals as it:

  • Requires specific and measurable goals to work toward. An example could be training to walk or run a race.
  • Learning the details of an event and preparing/training can generate or restore the excitement and challenge of the activity.
  • Instead of entering a competition, an individual can help with organizing and planning. This can provide friendship with other individuals interested in the same activity that can lead to working out together and staying motivated.

CrossFit Training

CrossFit training is a combination of various exercises to work out various muscle groups. CrossFit can be beneficial because:

  • It prevents boredom by providing a variety of workouts.
  • It helps maintain balance among various muscle groups.
  • For example, runners that have powerful leg muscles cross-train to strengthen the upper body.
  • It reduces the risk of injuries because the combination of exercises allows muscles to recover while working out a different set of muscles.

Whatever the case, it’s all about finding what works for you. But the objective is to keep the body moving to maintain overall health.


Body Composition


Why the brain needs sugar?

The brain needs half of the body’s energy supply because of its complex system. The brain needs glucose for brain cell energy. As neurons cannot store energy, they need a constant fuel supply to function properly. The ability to think, learn and recall information is connected with the body’s glucose levels. When blood glucose levels are low, the ability to think clearly is slowed down as the production of neurotransmitters is reduced, leading to communication disruption. Natural sugars can increase brain health for optimal functioning. When consuming naturally occurring sugar like apples and bananas, sugar is released incrementally into the bloodstream. This maintains energy levels at a steady pace, and the body does not crave more sugar.

References

Berg JM, Tymoczko JL, Stryer L. Biochemistry. 5th edition. New York: W H Freeman; 2002. Section 30.2, Each Organ Has a Unique Metabolic Profile. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK22436/

Ainsworth BE, et al. (2011). Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide. Columbia, SC: Prevention Research Center, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Available online: http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/tools/compendium.htm.

A Teenagers Spine During Development

A Teenagers Spine During Development

Poor spinal health in adolescence can lead to chronic pain in adulthood. Teenagers, just like adults, can experience back pain from accidents, sports injuries, a sedentary lifestyle, part-time jobs, chores, etc. However, sitting too long in school along with heavy backpacks can also contribute to compromised spinal health. Chiropractic professionals can help these young individuals address and prevent spinal issues/injuries to maintain a healthy spine.A Teenagers Spine During Development

Teenagers Spine Issues

If discomfort or pain is present, much push through, as they and their spines are young. There are common spinal dysfunctions that teens and parents should be aware of. These include:

Disc injuries

Teenagers can put a serious strain on the spine from various forms of physical activity, jumping, dancing, and playing. This pressure gets transmitted through the spine. During a teenager’s development, this can result in permanent disc damage.

Scoliosis

A spinal deformity or exaggerated curvature of the spine is common and affects young children and teens. It usually happens during the growth spurt just before puberty. This is why it is important to have a teenager’s spine checked regularly and analyzed for signs/symptoms of scoliosis.

Spondylolysis

This condition is often associated with sports injuries. It happens when teenagers overextend/overreach their backs. It’s most common in gymnastics, weight lifting, tennis, football, diving, and other similar sports.

Protection and Prevention

There are several ways that parents and healthcare providers can help teenagers make healthy decisions to achieve and maintain optimal spinal health.

Sitting less, moving more.

Children are taught to sit from a very young age. In school, watching t.v., or doing homework, teenagers spend more time sitting than their bodies should. Teenagers need to stand, walk and move around just like adults to protect their spines from degeneration and injury.

Maintaining healthy posture

Teens who learn how to maintain proper posture at a young age can maintain it for the rest of their life. Learning proper posture at a young age.

Sports safety

Playing sports is healthy. However, there is a risk associated with teen sports. Although they are taught to play safely, encourage them to continue to educate themselves about sports injuries and know how to address them.

Chiropractic Support

At Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic, we’re committed to helping young adults and adolescents overcome and prevent spinal injuries that could turn into chronic pain conditions. We are continually developing our chiropractic, and physical therapy treatment approaches to achieve optimal results.


Body Composition


Sleep and Growth Hormone In Children

Growth hormones primarily control growth. The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland regulate this hormone. Sleep plays an important role in the proper function of these glands. A review showed that:

  • Growth hormone levels rise and peak at the onset of deep sleep
  • Multiple but smaller peaks were seen during other sleep stages
  • Individuals that have a delay in the onset of deep sleep have delayed peaks in growth hormone levels

For children to grow properly, they need to have adequate levels of growth hormone. This means they need to have a sufficient amount of sleep. The proper amount of sleep is vital for healthy body composition. A study measured the body composition of preschool-aged children. The study found that children who had proper sleep levels had less overall fat mass and reduced body fat. Children and teenagers need to get the proper amounts of sleep for their bodies to grow healthily.

References

Clement, R Carter et al. “What are normal radiographic spine and shoulder balance parameters among adolescent patients?.” Spine deformity vol. 8,4 (2020): 621-627. doi:10.1007/s43390-020-00074-9

Driehuis, Femke et al. “Spinal manual therapy in infants, children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis on treatment indication, technique, and outcomes.” PloS one vol. 14,6 e0218940. 25 Jun. 2019, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0218940

Manansala, Christian et al. “Change in young people’s spine pain following chiropractic care at a publicly funded healthcare facility in Canada.” Complementary therapies in clinical practice vol. 35 (2019): 301-307. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2019.03.013

Back Pain in Children

Back Pain in Children

Children and adolescents are experiencing back pain. Why it happens, and how parents can help prevent it is the objective. When thinking of back pain the image is typically a man or woman, hunched over grabbing their backs and wincing in pain. However, back pain in children and adolescents is not that uncommon. According to a 2020 study published in Spine, around thirty-four percent of children report having back pain, with almost nine percent experiencing severe back pain. By the time they are fifteen, 20 to 70% of children will have experienced back pain at some point. Developing chronic back pain increases with age and is more common in girls.  
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The study found those that sought out early treatment, physical therapy, and chiropractic being the most prescribed lessened the need for more invasive treatments, like spinal injections, and surgery. Back pain can have a major impact on an adult’s life, and more so on a child. Prevention and treatment are important to help restore overall health and wellness.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms can vary, the most common:
  • Pain increases with movement, like bending or twisting
  • Increased pain after sitting or standing for an extended period
  • Sore and tender muscles around the spine
  • Tight muscles
  • Muscle spasms
Most back pain in children is mild. However, there are times when the child will require medical attention. A child should see a doctor if back pain persists for more than two or three days, if there is a fever, or if there is any numbness or weakness in the arms and legs.

Common Causes

Like adults, muscle sprains and strains are the most common cause of back pain. Strains are more common in the low back than around the neck or middle back and usually occur from overuse injuries, poor posture, poor body mechanics, and falls. Other common causes include:
  • Weak core
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Muscle weakness and stiffness
  • A sedentary lifestyle, not enough activity
  • Sitting and slouching in front of the computer for too long
  • Carrying an overloaded backpack
 

Spinal Conditions

Recreational and sports activities with injuries sustained are the most common causes of developing back pain. However, back pain can be brought on by underlying health and spine-related conditions. About a third of adolescents with low back pain could have a spinal condition. The most common conditions include:

Idiopathic Scoliosis

This is an abnormal curvature of the spine. This is usually not a painful condition. Some curvatures can be severe enough to cause pain and require medical care. Scoliosis can include the middle, low spine, or the entire spine. It is most common in adolescents 11-17 years of age. Symptoms include:
  • Tilted shoulders
  • Uneven hip bones
  • One side of the ribs projects out more than the other

Scheuermann�s kyphosis

This is a growth disorder of the vertebrae. It happens when the front of the spine does not grow as fast as the back of the spine. This can produce a humpback curvature. The spine bends forward but the child cannot stand up straight. Usually, it happens during accelerated growth periods.

Spondylolysis

The vertebrae can break in children and kids that do repetitive exercises involving bending and twisting. Sports like gymnastics and football create a heightened risk for spondylolysis. It usually affects the low back and presents with non-stop low back pain. The most common treatment is rest. Other causes include:
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Infection
Tumors and infections are highly uncommon in children. They often present with pain and fever. If the nerves are pinched numbness, tingling, and weakness in the extremities can develop.

Common Treatments

Back pain in children is usually a short experience and can be treated with ice, rest, and over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen for children and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. A playing/exercise program can significantly help reduce child back pain. However, there could be a need to modify the activity, so as to not worsen the injury or create new injury/s. The activities could be made to be lighter or a brace could be utilized. A specialist like a chiropractor/physical therapist can provide treatment, along with exercises, stretches, and lifestyle changes that will help reduce the pain. Complementary therapies like massage and acupuncture can enhance the child�s healing/recovery time and knock out the pain quickly.  
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Parental Prevention

Proper posture can and will prevent back pain. Children’s and adolescents’ musculoskeletal structures continue to develop at this stage. Therefore, sitting, standing, and lifting properly is paramount to preventing back pain. Along with this is avoiding activities that place repeated strain on the spine. An example is an overexertion while playing sports. Tips for keeping kids back-pain free:
  • Avoid activities that generate repeated strain on the same muscles
  • Stretching breaks need to be incorporated when sitting for a long time
  • Limit sedentary activities
  • Teach proper posture
  • No slouching
  • As much as possible make the home a stress-free environment
  • Maintain a healthy weight and diet with balanced meals and snacks
  • Help promote overall mental and physical health
Children and kids that are stressed out or depressed have a greater risk of developing back pain. Encourage the kids to stay active, get proper sleep, stretch out, and eat foods that are healthy for the spine. If back pain is presenting, a customized treatment plan along with lifestyle changes will get the child back to their favorite activities.

Lower Back Pain Chiropractic Treatment


 

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
Chiropractic and The Benefits for Children’s Health and Wellness

Chiropractic and The Benefits for Children’s Health and Wellness

Chiropractic adjustments for children’s health is nothing new, but it could be something new for parents. Do children really need chiropractic adjustments? Chiropractic physicians, also known as DC’s provide techniques and treatments that pediatricians don’t offer.

Chiropractors offer non-invasive options, before referring an individual to a pain specialist that might only prescribe medication/s and surgery. The body’s central nervous system controls everything. Birth itself can be physically traumatic for some infants. Therefore, receiving an adjustment can improve neurological input and correction, allowing for healthy development. �

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If involved in sports or some type of physical activity, chiropractic helps recovery from injuries progress faster and is less traumatic than disruptive therapies like pain-meds or surgery. Chiropractic medicine takes into account the entire person when there is an adjustment/correction in one area, it supports and corrects the other areas.

Depending on the chiropractor, other techniques and specialties like acupuncture, craniosacral, nutrition, and more could be incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan. Here are a few ways chiropractic can benefit children’s health.

Non-invasive

Chiropractic treatment is holistic and non-invasive. For children’s health, adjustments help with proper growth and development by removing or limiting digestive issues like:

  • Nursing
  • Re-flux
  • Colic
  • Constipation

Other issues for where pediatric chiropractic care can be utilized include:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Bed-wetting
  • Colds
  • Ear infections
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Autism
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However, unlike adults, children, and especially infants, chiropractic medicine focuses on mobilization that places a lower amount of pressure on the area, rather than manipulation associated with chiropractic for adult treatment that places more pressure on the area being adjusted.

Nutrition

Parents who are considering chiropractic treatment for their children’s health and wellness should also expect nutritional health coaching for optimal health. Chiropractors go through extensive training in nutrition and are qualified to offer nutritional plans that are part of the treatment.

Proper nutrition is important for everyone�s health. But for children who are growing and developing, it is essential that they get the nutrients they need for optimal spine health and development. Some foods and food additives can cause behavioral issues. These foods include:

  • Dairy
  • Artificial colors
  • Sugar
  • Preservatives
  • Other food allergens

Chiropractors can help parents and caregivers by testing and identifying behavioral triggers whose root cause could be nutritional that is improper or deficient for children’s health. �

Wellness Philosophy

Educating parents and families about the benefits of proper nutrition and fitness are essential for children’s health and wellness. Families need to follow the principles of:

  • Eating whole foods
  • Junk food minimalization
  • Electronic device limits
  • Playing/exercising regularly

These are strategies that will reduce childhood obesity that is causing a range of problems for health care like Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Excess weight in young children and if it goes on for a long time creates a higher chance of earlier death in adulthood. From a psychological perspective, it is important to understand that during childhood kids can develop a negative body image, leading to low self-esteem, and causing depression. This can lead to serious mental health issues.

Safe

Overall, chiropractic care for children is safe and highly effective. Children typically have a positive response or no response. If you�re considering chiropractic for your child, there are many resources to help make an informed decision. For more information, visit the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association to find a chiropractor.


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

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

Kids and Strength Training

Kids and Strength Training

Strength training: The Centers for Disease Control have estimated that around 16% of six to nineteen-year-olds in the US are overweight or obese. This comes from inactivity, no movement, exercise, and poor diet. On the other end, young athletes search for ways to gain an edge, often falling victim to steroids and all of the negative effects they have.

This is where strength training comes in. This could be an answer to getting kids off the couch, moving, and offers a healthy alternative to the young athletes looking for that competitive edge. Fitness experts, doctors, health coaches, and parents say absolutely.

Strength Training

 

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Kids’ strength training is very different than strength training for adults. This exercise program focuses on:

  • Controlled movements
  • Proper technique
  • Correct form
  • Uses more repetitions
  • Uses lighter weights.

This type of workout program can be done with:

  • Free weights
  • Weight machines
  • Resistance bands
  • A child’s own body weight

The focus for children in strength training is not to bulk up, as this is not weightlifting, powerlifting, or bodybuilding. Fitness experts agree that these types of training regimens are not healthy or safe for children. The goal is to:

  • Build strength
  • Improve muscle coordination
  • Enhance long-term health
  • Rehabilitate injuries
  • Prevent injuries

Added benefits of strength training can help young athletes improve performance through increased endurance.

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Training Guidelines

It is fundamental to find a program that is safe and successful for children. Parents want a program designed specifically for kids supervised by a fitness professional with child experience, and most of all, it is fun. For strength training, there is not a minimum age; however, the kids should understand and follow directions.

Before starting a child on any new fitness program, check with their doctor or healthcare provider.

A training program should include:

  • A session should start with a 5-10 minute warm-up exercise/s like stretching and light aerobics.
  • Every session should end with a cool-down combined with stretching and relaxation.
  • Kids should not immediately be using weights until proper form and technique are learned.
  • Kids should start with their own body weight, bands, or a bar with no weight.
  • Using 6-8 different exercises that address all the muscle groups, begin with 8-15 repetitions.
  • Each exercise should be done with a complete follow-through of the full range of motion.
  • If the repetitions are too much with a specific weight, reduce the weight.
  • Repetitions and sets should gradually increase over time to maintain the intensity of the training.
  • Add more weight only when the child displays the proper form and can easily do at least 10 reps.
  • Workouts should be 20 to 30 minutes long, 2 to 3 times per week, to get the most benefit.
  • Make sure to rest a day between each workout day.

Safety

Strength training was not always considered an appropriate exercise for kids. Doctors and fitness professionals believed that it was unsafe for a child’s growing body because of the added pressure on growth plates or the cartilage that has not fully turned into solid bone. However, experts now know that kids can safely participate in a strength training program with proper technique and supervision.

As with any exercise/fitness regiment, safety measures need to be in place along with heightened supervision. Unfortunately, most injuries happen when kids are not supervised, not using proper techniques, or from trying to lift too much weight. Here are some safety precautions to remember:

  • Learning new exercises should be done under the supervision of a trainer/instructor, making sure proper technique and form are used.
  • Smooth, controlled motions should be the goal.
  • Controlled breathing and not holding their breath needs to be taught
  • Proper technique will help avoid injuries
  • The kids’ progress should be monitored
  • Have the children record the exercises they have done, how many reps, and the amount of weight/resistance.
  • If enrolled in a strength training class, a good ratio is one instructor per 10 students. With this ratio, the kids can receive proper instruction and supervision.
  • Kids should train in a hazard-free, well-lit, and properly ventilated facility.
  • Make sure the kids drink plenty of water during and after the workout
  • Fitness trainers/instructors will see to it that there are frequent rest and rehydration breaks

Keep in mind

In a strength training program for children, there should be no competitive drive. Instead, the focus should be on participation, learning the movements, and positive reinforcement. Set realistic goals and expectations for the child to understand that it will take time to learn these new skills.

Remember that kids do not increase muscle size until after puberty. Please make sure the kids enjoy the strength training sessions and that they are having fun. Keep in mind that kids can become easily bored. Therefore, use various exercises and routines, keeping them excited and wanting to learn and do more.

Healthy Habits

Getting kids interested in fitness early on can help establish a life-long habit of wanting to be and stay healthy. This includes a balanced diet, plenty of rest, and regular exercise. When done correctly, strength training can be a fun and highly beneficial activity.


 

PUSH Fitness

 


 

PUSH Fitness Podcast: What Is It & Why Are We Here?

PUSH Fitness Podcast: What Is It & Why Are We Here?

 

[00:00:10] You know what keeps them moving and growing and living? Tell me. It’s other catfish or that predator. So, if we never had predators in our lives. We’d stay stuck and we progress nothing. So every time we ask, “God, take away the stress, God, take away this issue,” we’re asking God to make us weaker, not stronger.

[00:00:33] Because instead of asking like, “Hey, God, make me more creative, make me more passionate, make me more patient”. We ask, “Hey, take away this”.

[00:00:45] But then we still want everything else that comes along with it. How does that work?

[00:00:49] It’s easy. I don’t know. I mean, if you think about it, you know, from the first time we’re born, Danny. It’s not easy. Right. You’ve got to be one in a trillion sperm, really, and only to God, it’s very, very clear that, if you don’t get to that egg first? Done. Right. You’re done. So from the moment we’re given a chance, we’re on the point of destruction from the beginning. Exactly. So, in essence, why did that sperm get to that egg? Right. So you asked. It fought through. Fought through, right.

[00:01:27] So, when you think of everything else as far as people complain, how people say, “oh, you know, I want more money, I want this”. But they don’t look at everybody’s backstory, the back end. And then behind the curtains, they think, “oh, man, Dr. Jimenez, you’re a doctor”. Sure, you don’t know how many times you’ve lost and rebuilt your practice or you’re a gym owner and you have it made. You don’t know how many times you have to go in at 4:00 in the morning to get a work out because you have to train people all day long to ensure that this business stays afloat. You know? Right. People don’t see that back end. Right. You know, they’re quick to say, “oh, it must be easy”. No, it’s not easy until you step into the person’s shoes because you’re the one that has to sign the checks. You’re the one that has to stay up at night and figure out payroll. You’re the one who has to be creative and figure out how you’re going to make ends meet. You’re the one that constantly has to be on it. You know, as much as you want to kick back and say whatever and do this. Well, I would love to work out four to five hours a day. That my passion. Is it your passion? It’s my passion. And do we? No, no. Right. What do we have to do? We have to be meticulous. We have to be disciplined. And we have to keep, I’m sure, we have to keep a proper order to ensure that we stay on top of schedule. Yes or no? Absolutely. Exactly. You know, so I’m saying at the end of the day is, if you don’t have something chasing you, you become fat and dormant and you become lazy.

[00:02:54] I think nature is designed to eliminate you. Alex would say, you know, it’s survival of the fittest limiting the species or whatever he’d call it when he’s in biochemistry. You know, I got to tell you, it’s not easy to be a business owner. It’s not. It’s not easy when you have no sleep.

[00:03:15] Ever since I’ve known you, you’ve put time in from early hours and you’re here from 430 in the morning and here. What time is it now? You’re here. You’re here. And we’re here sharing some stories. You know, it’s one of those things where it’s going to be nonstop all our lives.

[00:03:29] But here’s the thing. If you don’t do it, it doesn’t stimulate you to become good at what you do. Right. You become lethargic and everything goes bad. Literally, you slowly begin the process of ceasing to exist. Right.

[00:03:45] So, we all need rest. Right? Right. To rejuvenate. Get creative. It’s scientifically proven. You need that to reset. You have to. Otherwise, you burn out. Right? Right. But after how many days of rest? One. Two. Where you just get, disconnected, spastic. You know, you’re kind of like, “All right, cool. I rested enough. I’m good”. You don’t stay stuck there.

[00:04:12] No, no, no, no. And I pray for vacation. Right. And when I get it, after about three days, I’m like, OK. Right. All right. I’m done. Let’s go. Yeah, OK. What am I going to break? What am I going to do? That’s how we are. Exactly. But that’s what makes you so successful, right? Yeah, well, it drives us. And it drives us in creating who we are. And it also gives us a vision as to what we’re going to do. You know, Danny, when we start these podcasts, we want to get a little bit or tell the people a little bit about the story of what you do. And tell them about, you know, where you’ve been and what’s been happening with you. OK. So for me, it’s very important to share with the people what is actually happening.

[00:04:59] I’ve always been one to say, you know, I see how hard you work. And I see how much effort you put into things. But I’d like to know a little bit about you as to what actually made you and what kind of makes you click a little bit. When I actually discuss these things, I want to ask you what made you begin PUSH, what made you start this massive, massive organization.

[00:05:25] I want to reach the masses of people and help people.

[00:05:33] So, in all reality.

[00:05:39] My sister, my brother-in-law, my brother. We’ve all come from platforms, as far as, speaking, preaching, singing. Whatever it is. I was always, kind of the black sheep, so to speak, and I mean that like in a good way because I wasn’t treated differently. I just was very much a rebel. If that makes any sense.

[00:06:00] I wanted to create my own. So if my family went right, I’d go left. The people go right. I’d go left. I was always trying to find a different way. And I was just stubborn like that. But I think that’s what allowed me to become the most successful. But that’s what allowed me to create this place so I can reach the masses of people and have my own platform of changing people’s lives.

[00:06:23] Let me ask you. When you first started PUSH. What was the reason you started it out? You know? Did you? You were always in the fitness. Ever since I’ve known you, you’ve always been into a deep understanding. You know, I love sharing that story with people about when I first met you. You were driven. I mean, you were this kid, it’s just like you were hunting for knowledge. You were trying to figure out what it was that made people tick. And you wanted to teach people. A little cocky. I’d say. But being 18 years old, I mean, who isn’t? Right. At that age? You haven’t even thumped in the head a couple of times, but you did and you shared it with people and you did that. But what made you, what drove you? Because I got to tell you, I’m a big believer, Danny. About like, when you evaluate families, I see how hard your dad works. I see how your mom is incredible in terms of what she does. She just, she wins these crossfit competitions just on mere, literally, you have to turn off the lights to get her off the wall because she just keeps on going. Right? I mean, what is it that you feel drove you and what started the whole philosophy of trying to help people out?

[00:07:32] I mean, like you put it, in my my parents work ethic. They just never stop. They still don’t stop. They still try to move forward despite what life throws at them and they’re successful in their own way. They never stop working towards their marriage, towards their love, towards serving each other. The biggest thing they showed me is that, well, we always have to serve people and they serve each other. They serve at the church, they serve wherever they go. My dad, it doesn’t matter where it is. He’s always trying to, if it’s not your house. It doesn’t matter. Try to take out your trash, clean your table, whatever it is. You’ve got to tell him, “Hey day, just chill. But that’s where I learned it from. You don’t just go anywhere and just be. Wherever you go, you always serve. And that’s my sense of faith mentality. You know, it’s biblical. You know? Wherever you are, we are supposed to serve people. As husbands and wives, we’re supposed to serve each other. That’s what makes us so successful. You know, you look at Jesus in the Bible and he’s, “What do you do? You serve people.

[00:08:44] He helped people.

[00:08:47] Not the norm. The most unorthodox non-religious people, you know, other people that needed the most help, not the most religious. And I think that’s what I love to do. I love helping the people that need the most help. The unconventional. Not the people that are already athletic. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I do love helping them, but I guess I like helping the unorthodox, so to speak.

[00:09:17] Yeah. You know what? When you mentioned that about your dad, one of things I noticed is that I came here to work out around 6:00 in the morning and it was freezing outside, literally freezing.

[00:09:29] You had a flat tire. Your dad was lifting the car by himself to get that tire up. Yeah. It was crazy. I go, you know, by the time I got there, I was like, there’s this guy working on that. There was no jack. He’s actually picking up the car himself. He’s pushing that thing up and lifting the car to fit the tire on. I was like, you gotta be kidding me. You didn’t even know. I told you and you go, man, my dad never asked or, you know, he just does it. That’s one of the things you said. And that’s who we are. We are our parents. We eventually become our parents to some extent. And that’s very much how you are. Your philosophies that have guided the PUSH fitness, you know, entourage and the people that come here have been like extreme athletes. Tell me a little bit about that. In terms of what actually drove you to pick athleticism as your way of serving.

[00:10:20] I think seeing the potential of.

[00:10:24] Well, what people can be pushed to if you believe in them. A lot of times people, you know, do believe in themselves but it’s amazing what you see people become or individuals or athletes when you say, hey, I believe you. Someone that, not your mom not your dad, because it’s kind of like, it’s expected, sister, relatives, you know. And you know, not that they have to tell you that but, you know, it’s kind of sometimes expected. Yes, exactly. But then you have this stranger saying, I believe in you genuinely, wholeheartedly. And it brings out that much more of you. I know. That’s how I was. I still remember various times where you tapped me on the shoulder and said, you know.

[00:11:15] What are you doing? You can, and I’m very different.

[00:11:20] I don’t need someone to preach to me. To tell me how to run the place it’s kind of like a little, just a little hug. A kick, a get going. And that gets you going to move on to the next level of the mountain. And that’s what allowed, that’s what I love seeing as a potential that you could bring out in all individuals. When you see that pretty much you’ve been able to see everyone crack.

[00:11:45] What is it you look for when you see them kind of hit that wall? When you start working with an individual with a specific set, whatever sport they’re in or whatever their dreams are, a weight loss or whatever it is. What is it you look for?

[00:11:59] To see the reason why they’re quitting. They’re genuinely tired or have they’ve been?

[00:12:07] Babied so much by society that they don’t know how to push themselves anymore, and it’s really a sensitive society nowadays you can’t, you know, push kids because they get their feelings hurt or they feel this way or that way, and sometimes it’s like.

[00:12:25] Dude, you got to wake your ass up.

[00:12:28] If not, you’re not making it in this life. Nothing comes easy. And then we’re all expecting for things to become easy because we’re, you know, a microwave generation, everything we do we want to do so quick. So I look for the reason as to why they’re quitting. This genuinely like, the why, they’re tired and they’re gonna throw up. Oh, alright. But you remember firsthand when I worked out with you, I went to go to the restroom, threw up. I came right back. Why? Because it’s what you build with that person, that respect. You know, why would you want someone to quit on you when it gets hard, you know? Yeah. That’s exanctly right. How are you gonna count on them. I know you depend on them. No, when it gets tough. You know, they’re just gonna jump the wagon. That’s it. You’re left alone.

[00:13:18] You know, you’re given a responsibility, a huge one, with a lot of the El Paso kids in whatever sports they do, in whatever the sport, whether it be agility sport based or just some sort of sport based system where where they’re just kind of, you know, let’s say hockey or even things like tennis or golf.

[00:13:37] But they all have a moment of trying to reach within. I love the way you do that in terms of, you can go ahead and see the depths of what is wrong with them and you can actually connect with them like no other. I’ve seen that every single time, my own kids too when you train them. You asked why? So really like that boats to the point? No one cares what you know. They care that you care. And that caring really allows them to open up, huh?

[00:14:04] Right. Yeah, definitely it does. You know, it makes them see like I do have it in me. I, you know, need to quit babying myself. Right. And I need to get up and get after this because no one’s gonna give it to me. I gotta get up after it and work for it, period.

[00:14:20] When I would tell my daughter, when they would come in, I’d say, you know what? You know, I’m not coming and, you know, I’m not going today. Right. I’d say, all right let me call, Danny. No, no. They’d feel like they have a, well.

[00:14:34] They sense the obligation that and the trust that you have put into their hearts like no other. Because that’s what they want. They want someone to believe in them. Exactly. You know, push them. That’s why the push. Push. You know, there’s the added edge of the push. You know, these are very important points. What got you into, do you have to deal with, like the mind-stuff and like work? How do you work on developing a child or working them through their own mental impediments or their own mental kind of dynamics to make them better of who they are? If that makes sense.

[00:15:13] You have to build a foundation with them first. You have to build trust with them. You can’t just go in and yell at them. Hey, let’s go, let’s go. Like, move your ass. Don’t be a little, bitch. You know, you can’t just do that. You have to build a relationship first, have them trust you and have them understand why you’re pushing them. And then when they’re at the brink of giving up, you yell at their ass and they know why you’re yelling at them. A good parent, after they discipline their kid or ground them, they’ll tell them the reason why they did that. But they don’t stop loving them. They appreciate because they know they’re wrong.

[00:15:48] Same concept here. Obviously I don’t hit them. But I do yell at them after they know like hey. Yeah, I was sucking and I need to stop feeling sorry for myself and get after it. Right?

[00:16:01] You know, in my own experience with what you did. You know, you have a lot of moms watching you train their kids. Moms are really sharp. There’s nothing smarter than a mother in this world. Right.

[00:16:14] And they intuitively understand and they feel the depths of the change in the child. Right. So when they see the depths of the change in the child, they trust you. And this is in mass because I have like a whole wall of families of moms, dads. They bring their kids no matter what. Tired, cold, sleet, rain, snow. They bring their kids here to train with you and the entire crew with the philosophies of pushing to those limits. You know, how does that feel when you see those kids, you know, kind of, excel?

[00:16:54] Proud.

[00:16:57] Completely, pretty much over the moon because you see the hard work that you took to instill that time into them and make sure their full potential came out. So it’s well, it’s rewarding. It’s inexplicable.

[00:17:11] Let me ask you this. You’ve been now, you know, you’re not young, like 16 years more. You’re in your 30s, which is a very young age. However, you’ve lived long enough to see some of these kids go on and do their their thing.

[00:17:27] Tell me how that feels in terms of you watching them develop, in terms of who they are and what they are, what they develop because of the foundation or at least influenced by the foundation of just don’t give up and keep on pushing through it. How does it feel? What do you think?

[00:17:45] It feels very, in a lot of sense, a lot of pride, because you can see what they could have been and what they couldn’t have been. A lot of times some kids do come from poor or poor extremities. And so to see them excel, believe in themselves, to go to college, to get a successful job, to be something of a higher profession, that other wise they thought they couldn’t build or settling for less and not letting them settle for less is really amazing. It’s of most, that’s why I keep doing what I’m doing.

[00:18:26] These kids keep on calling you? They talk to you personally?

[00:18:30] Yeah, they do. They still kind of keep up with me as far as like what they’re doing, how they’re doing, the’ll come in work out. Still, you know, to chat with me, everything. It’s fun. You build that long lasting relationship.

[00:18:43] If you could come up with a couple of words vindicating what makes PUSH unique and you can look deep inside your heart and figure out what it would be. Say you were to had an obituary being read about you. What would they say about PUSH and you? What would you want them to say?

[00:19:04] Honestly.

[00:19:06] That they have somebody other than their parents believe in them.

[00:19:11] That’s amazing. That’s really a huge component to everything that’s going on. When do you think someone should actually be coming out to this place and enjoying the kind of lifestyle that this place, you know, helps enhance their lives with? When is that time?

[00:19:29] Whenever. Whenever you want to be a better version of yourself.

[00:19:33] Ok. Ok.

[00:19:34] What do you think people sometimes think about, you know, why shouldn’t they come in? What should not be an impediment? Of them coming in here?

[00:19:43] Their image, that they can’t do it. That they’re not athletic enough. That they’re obese. That they have any problems, low back problems. That they look foolish. You know, the whole thing is that at the day, we all look foolish to one extent or another.

[00:19:56] But the point is that if I always assume what others thought and paid attention to how I felt, as far as being embarrased and not being good enough, then I wouldn’t be where I’m at.

[00:20:11] I tell you, I’ve learned a lot from you, and if anything, my kids have learned a lot from you by just your persistence. You know, I can honestly tell you that my son is better as an athlete because of his relationship with you.

[00:20:29] But let me ask you, in terms of what kind of physical changes as well as emotional changes have happened with you in terms of watching your clients attain their goals?

[00:20:43] Hearing people say you saved me from.

[00:20:48] From diabetes, medications, diabetic medications, I mean you hear people say like.

[00:20:55] I would have died being in this obese state. You saved my life. Man. How do you not get emotional with things like that?

[00:21:04] How do you not get emotional? People saying like, you know, I thought I couldn’t walk or had this muscle imbalance or muscle type of. How do you say?

[00:21:18] I have this one client that couldn’t build muscle. I can’t remember terminology, but the fact that she can build muscle now where the doctor told her she wouldn’t be able to squat a bar and now she’s squatting over one hundred and thirty five pounds, that’s phenomenal.

[00:21:31] How does that not keep you motivated and getting up every single day when you don’t feel like getting up, you know, and I’ll say it again. I am in the King David. You know, when you had to encourage yourself, because somebody is not always going to be there to encourage you. You do have to encourage yourself so you can be the best or somebody else that needs it more than you. Ultimately, at the end of the day, someone has it harder than you and you can always help somebody under you.

[00:22:01] Oh, Danny, you’ve basically said it in very short and very important keywords. You know, we appreciate you. We’re here at the PUSH Fitness Center. You know, we’ve got some information there that you can use to find Mr. Alvarado, the PUSH Fitness Center is a monster center with a lot of people that care and make changes in people’s lives.

[00:22:25] If you guys have any questions, any comments, any ideas in terms of what we do for people, let us know. And we’re here to serve as Danny is. Danny, thank you very much, brother. And I appreciate everything you’ve done.

[00:22:38] And God bless, brother. God bless. Thank you.

 


 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.

 

 


 

Neural Zoomer Plus for Neurological Disease

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Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual�s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.

 

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

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Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with a variety of food sensitivities and intolerances. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual�s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient�s specific needs.

 

Gut Zoomer for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

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Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate gut health associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The Vibrant Gut ZoomerTM offers a report that includes dietary recommendations and other natural supplementation like prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols. The gut microbiome is mainly found in the large intestine and it has more than 1000 species of bacteria that play a fundamental role in the human body, from shaping the immune system and affecting the metabolism of nutrients to strengthening the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut-barrier). It is essential to understand how the number of bacteria that symbiotically live in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract influences gut health because imbalances in the gut microbiome may ultimately lead to gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, immune system imbalances, and multiple inflammatory disorders.

 


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Formulas for Methylation Support

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XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

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Modern Integrated Medicine

The National University of Health Sciences is an institution that offers a variety of rewarding professions to attendees. Students can practice their passion for helping other people achieve overall health and wellness through the institution’s mission. The National University of Health Sciences prepares students to become leaders in the forefront of modern integrated medicine, including chiropractic care. Students have an opportunity to gain unparalleled experience at the National University of Health Sciences to help restore the natural integrity of the patient and define the future of modern integrated medicine.

 

 

Ergonomic Computer Use for Children El Paso, TX.

Ergonomic Computer Use for Children El Paso, TX.

As you teach healthy ergonomics, remember these neutral posture guidelines apply to children but can also benefit adults.�The main focus is to always work in a neutral posture. Following these guidelines will ensure your child uses a computer in a comfortable and ergonomically correct fashion.

 

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Neutral Posture

  • Healthy upper body posture means the shoulders are back, relaxed and not slumped/slumping forward over the keyboard.
  • The back/spine should be at a 90� degree angle supported by a chair with proper back support.
  • The knees�should not compress the chair seat. If they do adjust the seat to go back enough for the knees to be free.
  • The knees should be at a 90� degree angle behind the knees and should be open.
  • Don’t sit with legs and feet tucked under the chair.
  • The feet should be firmly flat on a stable surface ensuring proper support on the floor or a footrest.
  • The head should stay balanced and not tilted back or too far forward.
  • The upper arms should be close to the body and relaxed.
  • The elbows should be at a 90� degree angle and the forearm horizontal.
  • The wrist should remain in a neutral position.

Let your child use the computer for a little while then adjust their posture and the workstation if needed, so they are working in the most neutral posture. Find ways to help them remind themselves of their posture and to take frequent breaks to stretch out and move around.

 

Create/Organize a Normal Workstation

  • The work area should be a space that is easily accessible by a child while they can sit comfortably/properly without having to bend awkwardly or overly twist to reach for something.
  • Keep the items that are used the most�while working at the computer within arms reach.
  • If your child needs to type and use a text document or book for reference, make sure there is a document holder/stand that is next or as near to the screen as possible so that they don’t have to turn or twist their head over and over or in a strenuous fashion. You want them to use their eyes with minimal head movement other than to look away for an eye break, a quick neck stretch and repositioning to stay comfortable.

Check the Screen Position

  • The computer screen should be positioned to be able to comfortably view the screen without having to tilt their neck backward or forwards.
  • Too high, the child’s neck will tilt back, and too low means it will be bent forward.
  • Adjust the height and angle to avoid these incorrect postures.

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Workstation Equipment

Ergonomic furniture and equipment can help create a comfortable and adjustable workstation for your child as they grow.

  • An ergonomic chair with height adjustment, adjustable/comfortable seat and proper lumbar back support.
  • Make sure they work on a stable and sturdy desk with a flat work surface so that your child works in a neutral posture.
  • An ergonomically tilted keyboard system or a height-adjustable keyboard and mouse platform can help keep the forearms and wrists in a neutral posture.
  • The fit of the keyboard and mouse should be comfortable in your child’s hands.
  • If they have small hands, then consider a smaller keyboard and mouse if necessary.

Screen Glare

  • Check the computer screen for glare areas/bright spots. This could affect the eyes and cause the child to start moving their head/neck around too much and in the wrong way that would create a crick or strain.
  • Adjust/reposition the screen to get the correct angle for the proper posture or adjust the room’s lighting.
  • Proper lighting is a must for reading and protecting the eyes.
  • Make sure they take frequent eye breaks and look away at something other than a screen like a piece of furniture or out a window and that is farther away to readjust the eyes.

Computer Time Management

  • Posture problems associated with computer use vary on the length of time that your child uses the computer, takes rest breaks and does other tasks/chores to keep them moving/stretching out and not staying seated or in one position for too long.
  • Regulating computer time use is important and can be done just watching the clock and saying when is when or use an app to set the time on and off. These apps give screen alerts and tell when to take a break and provide simple stretching exercises.

 

As part of our Acute Injury Treatment & Rehabilitation Practice, we are presently offering detailed�Institute For Functional Medicine��Collaborative Assessment Programs focused on Integrative Treatment Protocols. We completely evaluate personal history, current nutrition, activity behaviors, environmental exposures to toxic elements, psychological and emotional factors, in tandem with your genetics.

Our purpose with these high-level assessments is to understand the root cause of chronic disorders and to treat the person holistically.� Integrative Personalized Medicine is the future of healthcare and we are very proud to bring it to all our patients.� Our online�Functional Medicine Health Assessment Questionnaire has given insights into our patients’ present Functional Health.


 

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Because we spend so much time�in a chair we need to have the right one that will protect our spines.�Think of the�chair as a piece of�work�equipment to optimize productivity.�Ergonomics utilized to the fullest means less back pain and better focus.

 

The Benefits of HIIT

The Benefits of HIIT

Do you feel:

  • Weight gain?
  • Difficulty losing weight?
  • Does eating relieve fatigue?
  • A sense of fullness during and after meals?
  • Agitated, easily upset, or nervous?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, why not try a HIIT workout to relieve these symptoms.

Everyone can agree that they do not have enough time to exercise. When asked why people will not work out, one of the reasons is that due to their hectic lifestyle, the lack of time comes out on top of it all. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults should get between 150 and 300 minutes per of moderate-intensity. There is a way to cut that time commitment in half by opting for high-intensity workouts instead. With high-intensity interval training or HIIT, it is one of the proven ways to reap all the benefits of exercise in less time. Research shows that spending less time doing HIIT may even be better than spending more time doing less intense exercises for individuals.

What is HIIT?

High-intensity interval training or HIIT alternates explosive bursts of full-throttle efforts with periods of recovery. It can either be rest or a lower-intensity exercise. In many fitness centers and gyms, HIIT workouts often include both cardio and resistance training; however, HIIT workouts can be done as a strictly cardio routine.

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During intense burst in a HIIT workout, a person is working out at around 80 percent of their max heart rate for 15 seconds to a few minutes. Between each of those periods, a person is either slowing down or resting completely to let their heart rate come back down to around 50 percent.

A person can calculate different target heart rates by using an online calculator. During a workout, a person can wear a heart rate monitor to keep track on much they are exerting themselves. For a lower-tech option, Denver-based certified personal trainer Lindsay Kelly recommends the “talk test.” The way the “talk test” is when a person is doing their target intensity heart rate like sprinting; for example, it should be hard to speak more than two words without taking a breath. Then when they are in the recovery period, the reverse factor is real.

Why HIIT Works

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HIIT is so effective because it allows a person to exercise at a higher intensity for such a short period. The exertion gets the heart working and the blood pumping better than any moderate-intensity exercise can bring with their prolonged periods of rest.

The Importance of Rest

While a person might not realize it, the rest periods are built into the HIIT workout and are a critical part of the routine. They force the body to adjust to a very different state of activity, which is excellent for cardiovascular conditioning.

Feel The Afterburn

Another benefit of a HIIT workout is that even after a person is finished with their HIIT workout, it keeps on working for them. Research shows that when individuals keep on burning calories after their HIIT workout at a higher than they would after a continuous exertion workout. It is commonly known as the “afterburn effect,” and it helps people extend the benefits of their efforts.

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The Benefits of HIIT

Researchers have been studying HIIT extensively, and the results are precise: HIIT workouts are better than continuous exercise when it comes to improving health in a variety of ways. One of the health benefits of a HIIT workout is that it improves cardiorespiratory fitness, which is the health of the heart and breathing. This matters to a person who is trying to get in as much exercise as possible with little time because cardiorespiratory fitness is a primary factor in the risk of diseases and death. Studies have shown that HIIT workouts can increase cardiorespiratory fitness at twice the rate of continuous exercises.

The health benefits of HIIT does not stop there, as other research studies have shown that HIIT can help with the following areas of the body.

Endurance

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By improving cardiorespiratory fitness, HIIT can improve a person’s stamina. What it does is that it enhances the body’s ability to consume and use oxygen. One study has compared a regular endurance training to HIIT by looking at how they affect maximal oxygen consumption known as VO2max. The research found out that HIIT was superior to endurance training by improving VO2max in healthy young to middle-aged adults. Once a person starts to build their endurance, they can increase the length or the intensity of the HIIT working periods and enjoy the significant health benefits it provides.

Heart Health

One of the significant contributors to cardiovascular disease and death is high blood pressure, and one of the best ways to keep it in check is through regular exercise. The traditional recommendation for blood pressure modulating has been to exercise at moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes on most or all day so that way high blood pressure will not transform into hypertension. Several studies have suggested that HIIT may be an even better option, and one study shows that while both continuous exercise and HIIT helps with blood pressure control, HIIT is the only workout to help reduce arterial stiffness. Arterial stiffness is a predictor of cardiovascular disease in people with high blood pressure.

Brain Function

When a person feels that that mental clarity after a good workout, it is not their imagination. The brain and mental health benefits of exercise are well documented. Research shows that HIIT helps explicitly improve the cognitive function, including short-term memory, verbal memory, attention, and processing speed in the brain. HIIT also increases the amount of oxygen that the brain gets from the blood.

Diabetes Management

Since exercise is an essential part of diabetes management, research shows that HIIT may be a wise exercise choice for anyone who has type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that HIIT workouts can improve endothelial function, insulin sensitivity, glucose control, and other health effects of diabetes that are better than continuous exercise.

Conclusion

HIIT workouts are perfect for anyone who does not have enough time out of their busy schedule. With the alternating burst of exercises and periods of recovery, HIIT workouts are beneficial to anyone with a short amount of time to complete them. HIIT includes both cardio and resistance training and works with the entire body. Some products are excellent in countering the metabolic effects of temporary stress and supporting the body�s system.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.


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Chobanian, Aram V., et al. �Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.� AHA Journals, 1 Dec. 2003, www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/01.hyp.0000107251.49515.c2.

Council on Sports, HHS Office. �Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.� HHS.gov, US Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Feb. 2019, www.hhs.gov/fitness/be-active/physical-activity-guidelines-for-americans/index.html.

Dupuy, Oliver, et al. �Effect of Interval Training on Cognitive Functioning and Cerebral Oxygenation in Obese Patients: A Pilot Study.� Latest TOC RSS, Medical Journals Limited, 1 Nov. 2014, www.ingentaconnect.com/content/mjl/sreh/2014/00000046/00000010/art00016.

Francois, Monique E, and Jonathan P Little. �Effectiveness and Safety of High-Intensity Interval Training in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes.� Diabetes Spectrum: a Publication of the American Diabetes Association, American Diabetes Association, Jan. 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4334091/.

Gillen, Jenna B., and Martin J. Gibala. �Is High-Intensity Interval Training a Time-Efficient Exercise Strategy to Improve Health and Fitness?� Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 27 Sept. 2013, www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/10.1139/apnm-2013-0187#.XdQT5y2ZP1J.

Guimar�es, Guilherme Veiga, et al. �Effects of Continuous vs. Interval Exercise Training on Blood Pressure and Arterial Stiffness in Treated Hypertension.� Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension, U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2010, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20379194.

Milanovi?, Zoran, et al. �Effectiveness of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIT) and Continuous Endurance Training for VO2max Improvements: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Controlled Trials.� SpringerLink, Springer International Publishing, 5 Aug. 2015, link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40279-015-0365-0.

Pescatello, Linda S, et al. �American College of Sports Medicine Position Stand. Exercise and Hypertension.� Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Mar. 2004, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15076798.

Unknown, Unknown. “Is High-Intensity Interval Training Right for You?” Fullscript, 12 Nov. 2019, fullscript.com/blog/high-intensity-interval-training.

Weston, Kassia S, et al. �High-Intensity Interval Training in Patients with Lifestyle-Induced Cardiometabolic Disease: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.� British Journal of Sports Medicine, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine, 1 Aug. 2014, bjsm.bmj.com/content/48/16/1227.short.

Can Aerobic Exercise Help With Low Back Pain El Paso, TX?

Can Aerobic Exercise Help With Low Back Pain El Paso, TX?

Q: Dr. Jimenez, I read one of your articles about physical therapy and spinal stenosis exercises that focus on stretches for relieving pain. I was wondering if it was also possible to do aerobic exercise with a spinal condition and can you recommend a safe cardiovascular program?

I’m a 65-year-old with spinal stenosis, and I want to stay in shape. I try to ride a stationary bike for 20 minutes at least 2 times a week, but with my low back pain, I don’t always finish the workout.

 

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How else can I stay in shape

A: I do recommend aerobic exercise for everyone, but especially for people with spinal conditions.

Aerobic exercise increases the blood flow to the body’s tissues, and people with high levels of cardiovascular fitness generally do better dealing with spinal problems.

However, before anyone with a spine condition or any medical condition for that matter, starts a wellness and fitness program, they should check with their primary caregiver, to clear the individual as fit to exercise.

Example: Someone with cardiovascular (heart problems) can have restrictions when it comes to certain types of exercise.

A physical exam will make sure your body is ready for exercise.

 

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Physiotherapist assisting a senior woman with exercise ball at a chiropractic rehabilitation clinic

 

Low-impact aerobic exercise is recommended

  • Walking
  • Swimming

These are excellent examples of low-impact aerobic exercise. They increase heart rate and are easy on the body.

  • Riding a stationary bike is another recommended form of low-impact aerobic exercise.

It can be tiring, but if recommended by a caregiver/therapist, then realize they did so for a reason/s to get you healthy.

By biking, you are building up endurance, and that is exactly what you want, as it speeds up recovery.

  • Walking is a great exercise for spinal conditions. It is low-impact, and you can control the pace to fit your needs.��
  • Daily walks after lunch or after getting home are a great way to exercise.

If exercise does begin to increase back pain or another type of pain, tell your caregiver or physical therapist right away.

The phrase, no pain, no gain does not apply when there are spinal conditions. So do not try to push through the pain or think that the hurt is good.

Also, do not try to do take on too much right away. Even if you feel good, follow the fitness plan.

But if you want to mix it up, discuss with your chiropractor/physical therapist if adding walking and swimming to the plan will be beneficial, as well.

It can be tempting to not exercise with a spinal condition. But remember that if there is no movement at all, you could make the pain worse. Knowing what your body can handle and sticking to a workable schedule, these healthy steps will relieve you and help with your low back pain.


 

Chiropractic Care Sports Injury Rehabilitation El Paso, TX

 

Daniel Alvarado, the owner of Push-as-RX Fitness, discusses how he carries out his PUSHasRx Functional Fitness Workouts personal injury rehabilitation and athletic training program as a part of Dr. Alex Jimenez’s chiropractic rehabilitation plan.

Physical therapy (PT), also referred to as physiotherapy, is one of the allied health professions which, by utilizing mechanical force and motions (bio-mechanics or kinesiology), manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy, remediates impairments and promotes mobility and purpose.

Physical therapy is used to enhance a patient’s quality of life through:

  • Examination
  • Diagnosis
  • Prognosis
  • Physical intervention

 

NCBI Resources

Exercise is an essential part of good health. It can help with weight loss and plays a crucial role in preventing many chronic health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Regular exercise has also been shown to help with depression and anxiety. It is what nature intended; as humans, we are supposed to be active. The more active you are, the better you will look and feel � and the healthier you will be.

 

Probiotics For Toddlers El Paso, Texas

Probiotics For Toddlers El Paso, Texas

Children are not born with a fully developed microbiome, and a baby’s diet has a large impact on the foundation set for a healthy guts future (Biotics Education Team, 1).� Setting up a child to have healthy gut flora from early stages can help them:

  1. Boost immune function
  2. Aid in digestion
  3. Improve nutrient absorption (Biotics Education Team, 1)�

 

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In the TEDDY study published in Nature Medicine, it shows that a child’s microbiome goes through 3 transitional phases:

 

  • Developmental phase (3�14 months)
  • Transitional phase (15�30 months)
  • Stable phase (31�46 months)(Stewart et al., 3)

 

Throughout the developmental stage, those with a higher breastfeeding rate were associated with increased levels of Bifidobacterium.� “However, once the infants were weaned, there was a rapid loss of the�Bifidobacterium spp.,�and a quick turnover occurred in the microbiome, which featured a higher population of bacteria within the�Firmicutes�phylaphase (Biotics Education Team, 1)”.� Once infants begin to wean off milk, it is helpful to start providing them with probiotic powders.

 

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What Are Probiotics & Prebiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms that provide the gut with health benefits when consumed. The main purpose of probiotics is to restore and maintain healthy gut flora. Some fermented foods that provide probiotic effects include kimchi, kombucha tea, and yogurt (Lewis, 2). Prebiotics are a necessity in order for the probiotics to properly function.

Prebiotics are the dietary fiber that the live organisms in the probiotics need to eat in order to flourish.

Some foods that include prebiotics are:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Legumes

It is great to start toddlers on prebiotics and probiotics because it can help them to continue to have a healthy gut. A healthy gut can help prevent many issues that adults face later on in life (Veereman-Wauters, 4) Having a healthy gut can help to protect the gut from harmful bacteria and fungi, it can aid in sending signals to the immune system, regulate inflammation, create a supportive barrier in the cell lining of the colon and reduce the risk of cancer (Lewis, 2)�

Probiotics are safe for most children and can reduce the risk of upper respiratory tract infections and well as helping to reduce their risk of allergies. It is beneficial to have toddlers on probiotics and prebiotics so they do not develop a “leaky gut”. By starting children on probiotics and prebiotics young, it can aid their overall health for life.

 

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�Overall, it is best to start building the child’s microbiota through the maternal diet in pregnancy, expose them to environments, and talk with their pediatrician about starting them on probiotics. It’s better to start young and build a healthy foundation than to be diagnosed in their 20’s with leaky gut from something that could have been prevented. – Insight from Kenna Vaughn, Health Coach�

 

NCBI Resources:

Our knowledge of microbiota is rapidly developing and changing. A relatively young field, the science of gut bacteria has been quickly taken up by industry. Most drugstores sell probiotics in some form or another, and yogurt and other fermented foods are frequently hailed as healthy for the gut because they contain live bacteria. Probiotics are food or supplements that contain living microbes intended to support or improve your microbiome’s health. If your favorite yogurt contains �live and active cultures,� you are getting a dose of probiotics along with your breakfast. These microbes are thought to bolster or replace the bacteria communities in the gut of people.

 

 

�Cites:

  1. Biotics Education Team. �Impact of Diet on Baby’s Microbiome.� Biotics Research Blog, blog.bioticsresearch.com/impact-of-diet-on-babys-microbiome.
  2. Lewis, Sarah. �Probiotics and Prebiotics: What’s the Difference?� Healthline, Healthline Media, 3 June 2017, www.healthline.com/nutrition/probiotics-and-prebiotics.
  3. Stewart, Christopher J., et al. �Temporal Development of the Gut Microbiome in Early Childhood from the TEDDY Study.� Nature News, Nature Publishing Group, 24 Oct. 2018, www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0617-x.
  4. Veereman-Wauters, Gigi. �Application of Prebiotics in Infant Foods.� The British Journal of Nutrition, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Apr. 2005, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15877896.

 

Microbiome : Vaginal vs Cesarean El Paso, TX.

Microbiome : Vaginal vs Cesarean El Paso, TX.

As humans, we depend on microbiomes to stay alive. Microbiomes are essential in fighting off germs and maintaining health. The development of microbiomes begins in utero where the microbes have been isolated to the placenta, fetal membranes, amniotic fluid, and umbilical cord blood, but are mainly transferred from mother to child during birth in a process referred to as “seeding” (1,2). “Seeding”� occurs as the child passes through the mothers vaginal canal and becomes coated in her microbiome. In addition to this, small amounts of microbiomes get transferred to the child as the mother breastfeeds. This early introduction from mother to infant serves as an inoculation process with long term health outcomes for the newborn (2). With the number of cesarean births being higher this decade than in the past, you may find yourself asking, “How does a cesarean birth affect my child’s microbiomes?”

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Microbiome : Vaginal vs Caesarean El Paso, TX.

Vaginal

 

With vaginal births still being the most common way of delivery (68%), these children are seen to have overall better health throughout their lifetime than those born via cesarian (2). Vaginal birth is the most effective way to spread the microbiomes to the child’s skin, but studies have found that microbiomes do differ between ethnic groups. Microbiomes are made up of multiple bacterias and specifically, women with a higher pH have a smaller community of protective biomes. It has also been seen that the gut microbiota in pregnant women with gestational diabetes, tend to have an increased abundance of disease-associated microbes (2). That being said, the pH and mothers gut microbes play a significant role in the types of microbiomes that get transferred to their child.

 

Cesarean

 

There are generally two ways a child ends up being born via cesarean, labor ending in a cesarean, or a planned cesarean with no labor attempted. Children who are born via cesarean with labor attempted first, have a slightly higher number of microbiomes due to the vaginal fluids exposed to them during labor than that born elective cesarean. The most effective way a mother can transfer microbiomes to their newborn via cesarean is to “incubate” a cloth for 1 hour in their vaginal canal. When the infant is born,� the doctors rub the child’s mouth, eyes, and skin with the cloth that was previously incubated within minutes after birth (2). This process ensures that the child will have microbiomes more closely related to those born vaginally. Children born elective cesarean without using the incubation method, show fewer gut microbiomes related to their mother, but rather have more skin and oral microbes, and bacteria due to the operating room (2).

 

Children who are born via cesarean, whether labor was attempted first or not, are more likely to develop immune-related disorders such as asthma, allergies,� inflammatory bowel disease, and obesity (2). This is directly linked to not being “seeded” by the mother. Furthermore, adults who were born via cesarean contain a fecal microbiota that is drastically different than adults who were born vaginally (2).

The purpose of the female reproductive system is to reproduce and birth. Therefore, the best route will always be vaginal if it is safe for baby and mom. This being said, a cesarean is not a bad way to bring a child into the world. The child will just face more skin irritability and have a greater risk of developing health issues due to not receiving the same microbiomes as a child born vaginally. – Kenna Vaughn, Health Coach Insight

References:

(1) Aagaard, Kjersti, et al. �The Placenta Harbors a Unique Microbiome.� Science Translational Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 21 May 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4929217.
(2) Dunn, Alexis B, et al. �The Maternal Infant Microbiome: Considerations for Labor and Birth.� MCN. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5648605/.

Heavy School Backpacks: Avoid The Negative Effects | El Paso, Tx.

Heavy School Backpacks: Avoid The Negative Effects | El Paso, Tx.

Now in the heart of the school year � new shoes, haircuts, homework, and their bulging backpacks. Think about the backpack your child is carrying. Sure, they load them up with books, but did you know that wearing a heavy backpack for a long time can actually hurt your child? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has provided some helpful guidelines for choosing a backpack for your child and avoiding the injury that can result from one that is too heavy.

What are the health risks of a heavy backpack?

Wearing a heavy backpack can strain the shoulders, back, and neck. As the child�s body tries to compensate for the extra weight, such as leaning forward, it can adopt positions that put the spine out of alignment. It can also cause the muscles to fatigue and weaken. This results in poor posture and a misaligned spine.

The longer he or she carries the extra weight, the worse it gets. Over time, the child can experience pain, stiffness, and problems with flexibility and range of motion. This can significantly increase the child�s potential for injury. The effects may include backache, sore or stiff neck, sore shoulders, and headaches.

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How heavy is too heavy for a child�s backpack?

According to the AAP, a child�s backpack should weigh less than 10 to 20 percent of his or her body weight � and no more. However, a Consumer Reports survey showed that the lower end of the range, around 10 percent or less, is preferable. In short, the lighter the backpack, the healthier it is for your child. A good rule of thumb is to observe your child wearing the backpack. If they are stooped or leaning forward, it is too heavy.

Children who are shorter, as well as girls, may be more prone to back pain caused by carrying heavy backpacks. This means that for these children you need to aim for even lighter weights. Children who are overweight may also be at risk for injury. The excess weight already puts a strain on their joints and muscles; the heavy backpack exacerbates the situation.

Children who wear their backpack over one shoulder also increase their risk of injury. This puts all the weight on one side, causing the child to bend or lean in an effort to compensate for the off-kilter weight. This can strain the shoulder and back, eventually causing injury and pain.

Helping your child avoid carrying a heavy backpack.

If you notice that your child cannot stand up straight while wearing the backpack, then it is too heavy. You should inspect your child�s backpack on a regular basis to test the heaviness. When purchasing a backpack, aim for wide, padded straps that are adjustable. It should fit the child well and to be too big. The straps should not be too loose. You want it to fit close to your child�s body and should come to just below the waist � but not too far. Don�t allow your child to carry the backpack on one shoulder, encourage them to wear it on both shoulders. This distributes the weight more evenly.

If your child is carrying a heavy backpack, you may need to talk to their teacher to see what is necessary for him or her to carry daily, and what can be left at home or at school. Work together to find ways to lighten the load and avoid injury. Also, keep in mind, your child may not bring your attention to the fact that their backpack is too heavy. It is up to you to observe and intervene for them.

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Chiropractic Care for Kids With Sensory Processing Disorder | El Paso, Tx.

Imagine a world where clothing feels like sandpaper, light is excruciating, or sounds make you feel like your ears are going to bleed. That is what it�s like for someone with sensory processing disorder�or SPD.

Approximately 1 in 6 children have SPD (some reports say 1 in 20, but this appears to be based on earlier research). It is unclear how many adults are affected; it is typically seen in children with autism and ADHD. There is very little research on adults with these issues at this time.

There are not many treatments for SPD or ways for people with it to get relief. Cutting tags out of clothing and laundering it multiple times before wearing (so it is soft) can help with tactile issues. Precision tinted lenses can help with photophobia, and earplugs can help with auditory issues. However, chiropractic has been found to help.

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

SPD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that occurs because the brain is unable to process and integrate common sensory information that is received from one or several of the five senses (taste, touch, smell, vision, sound) as well as two other senses, the proprioceptive system,�and vestibular systems. The proprioceptive system extends throughout the spine and joints. When there is a problem with this system, it can cause problems with motor skills, learning, behavior, and emotional and social development.

The vestibular system is located in the cerebellum (base of the brain), the cervical spine, and inner ear. It regulates all sensory information that the body takes in and of the sensory systems in the body, is the most important.

The result is an inability to tolerate certain types of stimulation including being touched, eating certain foods, and hearing certain noises. It can also affect other seemingly unrelated issues like sleep problems, uncoordinated or clumsy, balance issues, and difficulty writing or reading in cursive. This can make life very difficult because the individual essentially lives in a world that they were not built to tolerate. They may feel depressed, anxious, frustrated, or afraid as a result. Parents may feel helpless because they don�t know how to help their child cope in a world that often feels scary and painful.

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How is SPD treated?

There are several ways that treatment for SPD is approached. One very effective treatment is chiropractic for SPD.

Another popular treatment for SPD is therapy. Children work with a specially trained, licensed therapist in a sensory gym. The goal is to help them better adapt to their environment.

Diet is an important aspect of SPD treatment, particularly gut health. A clean diet (no processed foods, all natural and organic) is a very good start. Some doctors recommend a gluten-free diet.

Whatever the case, it must be well balanced and provide the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for good health. Magnesium and Omega 3 fatty acid supplements may also be advised. This works very well with chiropractic as it also addresses the root of the problem.

How does Chiropractic Help Sensory Processing Disorder?

It is the primary role of the spine to protect and contain the fragile nervous system. The nervous system is what controls how we process our environment. Its function is to respond and adapt to internal and external environments.

Structural shifts caused by injury, habits, even a forceps birth can affect the alignment of the spine. This creates neurological stress that hinders the processing and flow of information. By bringing the spine into alignment, chiropractic can help ease the neural stress, improve neural processing, and facilitate better flow of information and neural firing. This, in turn, helps to alleviate the symptoms of sensory processing disorder.

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Walking Vs. Running: Which Is Better For Low Back Pain Sufferers?

Walking Vs. Running: Which Is Better For Low Back Pain Sufferers?

If you are one of the seven out of 10 Americans who have back pain, you are probably looking for relief. What you probably aren�t looking for are injections or pills with harmful side effects. Your doctor may have told you that exercise is a great way to relieve pain naturally, but you aren�t sure where to start or even what activity is best.

Running and walking are both good exercises, but they aren�t for everyone. Some back pain patients can run with no problem with others have significant trouble. So, which is better for back pain sufferers? The answer might surprise you.

Benefits of running

When it comes to health benefits, running and walking, don�t differ much. Both help to decrease your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension as well as lower your cholesterol.

Running also has the added benefit of increasing the bone that connects the femur head to the shaft, substantially strengthening the hips and helping to prevent hip fractures. Both running and walking burn calories, facilitate weight loss and can help to make you healthier. However, one activity is a lot harder on the back, so if you have chronic back pain, there are some things you should know.

How running affects the back

Running puts repetitive impact and stress on the back. If you have a problem with your lower back, running can exacerbate it or lead to additional issues like sciatica.

You can experience back muscle spasms, muscular strain, and other centralized lower back pain. If you have disc problems, the high impact nature of running can make put a lot of stress on your spine and make your disc problems worse.

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How walking benefits back pain sufferers

Walking is a much lower impact activity than running. Although some back problems can be made worse by walking, that is relatively rare.

Most back pain is relieved with walking, and you can enjoy other great benefits as well. By adopting a regular walking routine, you will strengthen your hips, legs, ankles, and feet as well as your core.

This helps to provide better stability for your spine. It also helps to increase circulation in the spinal structures, draining toxins, and pumping nutrients into the surrounding soft tissues.

Pain often restricts mobility. Walking helps to improve range of motion and flexibility. You will find that your posture improves as well as your mood. A stronger body and increased flexibility help to prevent injury.

Walking at least three times a week for at least 15 minutes is great for overall wellness and a strong body. Combine it with a healthy diet and stress relief techniques, and you will look, feel, and move better � and your pain will be easier to manage.

Make walking work

When you start your walking program, don�t push too hard too fast. Go at your own pace and start slow. If you have a higher fitness level, you may want to try speed walking. After a five-minute warm-up, walk as fast as you can for about 8 minutes then slow to a moderate pace for two minutes to cool down.

You can also engage your core muscles by using several techniques. Walk on an incline or using walking poles are excellent for strengthening the core. Pulling your abdominals in toward your spine while you walk is also a great move.

Running is beneficial for your health, but it isn�t for everyone. Walking is a far better choice for most patients with lower back pain. You may even find that your pain is alleviated altogether so get out there and get moving.

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How Chiropractic Can Help With Childhood Ear Infections | El Paso, TX.

How Chiropractic Can Help With Childhood Ear Infections | El Paso, TX.

More than 80% of children will experience at least one ear infection before they turn three-years-old. Ear infection is one of the top reasons that parents seek medical treatment for their children, causing fever, irritability, and ear pain. Also known as otitis media, an ear infection is caused by fluid buildup behind the eardrum that results in inflammation. It is typically caused by bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), antibiotics are not a recommended treatment for most ear infections.

Types of Childhood Ear Infections

There are three types of childhood ear infections. Each type has its own distinct set of symptoms that can aid in diagnosis and treatment.

  • Otitis Media with Effusion (OME) � This results from a fluid buildup that occurs in the middle ear although there are no symptoms or signs of infection. While it can happen when the fluid remains after an ear infection has run its course, other causes may include allergies, previous respiratory infections (like cold or flu), elevation changes, environmental irritants, air travel, and drinking while lying down (usually on the back). Antibiotics are not sufficient for this type of ear infection.
  • Acute Otitis Media (AOM) � This type of ear infection is the most common, affecting the middle ear, and is marked by infection, swelling, and trapped fluid behind the eardrum. Symptoms may include an earache and fever. It may be seasonal (most earaches occur in the winter and fall months), environmental pollutants (second-hand smoke), age (children under two years of age are more prone to earaches), and attendance at daycare. AOM may also be caused when the fluid from OME becomes infected. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed for more acute cases.
  • Chronic Otitis Media with Effusion (COME) � This can be a serious condition if left untreated. It occurs when fluid in the middle ear continuously returns or remains trapped for a long time. Often infection is not present, and there are no symptoms. Children with COME have a more difficult time fighting new infections, and they may suffer from hearing damage or loss.
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Risk Factors for Ear Infections

Children are more prone to ear infections than adults. This is because the eustachian tubes (connecting the middle ear to the upper part of the throat) are smaller in children and more level. This means that the fluid does not drain as easily and if a respiratory illness like a cold causes the eustachian tubes to become blocked or swollen, the fluid may become trapped because it can�t drain. Other risk factors include:

  • Drinking while laying on their back
  • Respiratory illness such as a cold
  • Allergies
  • Air travel (changes in air pressure)
  • Cigarette smoke and other environmental pollutants
  • Changes in elevation

Childhood Ear Infection Symptoms and Signs

Most of the time children get ear infections before they are old enough to verbalize their discomfort so parents must rely on telltale sure signs and symptoms.

  • Crying and fussiness
  • Fever (most prevalent in younger children and infants)
  • Pulling or tugging at the ears
  • Difficulty hearing or failure to respond to quiet sounds
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Balance problems or clumsiness

Chiropractic for Ear Infections

Several studies have shown Chiropractic for ear infections to be an effective, natural, antibiotic-free treatment. While full spine adjustments are commonly used, other techniques include occipital subluxation, atlas subluxation, and axis subluxations.

Chiropractic care not only treats ear infections, but it also improves their overall health and ability to function. It has a strong focus on whole-body wellness so the chiropractor may recommend diet and lifestyle adjustments in addition to treatment. Parents need to realize that they have a choice when it comes to the type of care their children receive for ear infections and other kinds of illnesses.

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