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Nerve Injury

Back Clinic Nerve Injury Team. Nerves are fragile and can be damaged by pressure, stretching, or cutting. Injury to a nerve can stop signals to and from the brain, causing muscles not to work properly and losing feeling in the injured area. The nervous system manages a great majority of the body’s functions, from regulating an individual’s breathing to controlling their muscles as well as sensing heat and cold. But, when trauma from an injury or an underlying condition causes nerve injury, an individual’s quality of life may be greatly affected. Dr. Alex Jimenez explains various concepts through his collection of archives revolving around the types of injuries and condition which can cause nerve complications as well as discuss the different form of treatments and solutions to ease nerve pain and restore the individual’s quality of life.

General Disclaimer *

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

We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN*

email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com

Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*

 


The Effects of Low Laser Therapy on Repairing The Calcaneal Tendon | El Paso, TX

The Effects of Low Laser Therapy on Repairing The Calcaneal Tendon | El Paso, TX

The body is a well-working machine that can endure anything that is thrown in its way. However, when it gets an injury, the body’s natural healing process will ensure that the body can get back to its daily activities. The healing process of an injured muscle varies throughout the body. Depending on how severe the damage is and how long the healing process will take, the body can recover to a mere few days to a few months. One of the most gruelly healing processes that the body has to endure is a ruptured calcaneal tendon.

The Calcaneal Tendon

The calcaneal tendon or the Achilles tendon is a thick tendon that is located in the back of the leg. This muscle-tendon is what makes the body move while walking, running, or even jumping. Not only that, the calcaneal tendon is the strongest tendon in the body, and it connects the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles at the heel bone. When the calcaneal tendon is ruptured, the healing process can last from weeks to months until it is fully healed. 

 

 

The Healing Effects of Low Laser Therapy

One of the ways that can help the damaged calcaneal tendons’ healing process is low laser therapy. Studies have shown that low laser therapy can speed up the damaged tendon repair after a partial lesion. Not only that but the combination of ultrasound and low laser therapy has been studied to be the physical agents for treating tendon injuries. The studies showed that the combination of low laser therapy and ultrasound has beneficial properties during the recovery process of treating calcaneal tendon injuries.

 

 

The study found that when patients are being treated for their calcaneal tendons, their hydroxyproline levels around the treated area are significantly increased with ultrasound and low laser therapy. The body’s natural biochemical and biomechanical structures on the injured tendon increase, thus affecting the healing process. Another study has shown that low laser therapy can help reduce fibrosis and prevent oxidative stress in the traumatized calcaneal tendon. The study even showed that after the calcaneal tendon is traumatized, inflammation, angiogenesis, vasodilation, and the extracellular matrix are formed in the affected area. So when patients are being treated with low laser therapy for about fourteen to twenty-one days, their histological abnormalities are alleviated, reducing collagen concentration and fibrosis; preventing oxidative stress from increasing in the body.

 

Conclusion

Overall, it is said that the effects of low laser therapy can help speed up the healing process of repairing the calcaneal tendon. The promising results have been proven since low laser therapy can help repair the damaged tendon, reducing oxidative stress and preventing fibrosis from escalating, causing more problems on the injured tendon. And with the combination of ultrasound, the calcaneal tendon can recover faster so the body can continue its everyday activities without any prolonged injuries.

 

References:

Demir, Huseyin, et al. “Comparison of the Effects of Laser, Ultrasound, and Combined Laser + Ultrasound Treatments in Experimental Tendon Healing.” Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2004, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15278933/.

Fillipin, Lidiane Isabel, et al. “Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Prevents Oxidative Stress and Reduces Fibrosis in Rat Traumatized Achilles Tendon.” Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2005, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16196040/.

Oliveira, Fla’via Schlittler, et al. Effect of Low Level Laser Therapy (830 Nm … – Medical Laser. 2009, http://medical.summuslaser.com/data/files/86/1585171501_uLg8u2FrJP7ZHcA.pdf.

Wood, Viviane T, et al. “Collagen Changes and Realignment Induced by Low-Level Laser Therapy and Low-Intensity Ultrasound in the Calcaneal Tendon.” Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2010, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20662033/.

Multiple Sclerosis, Sciatica, and Nerve Pain

Multiple Sclerosis, Sciatica, and Nerve Pain

Multiple sclerosis and sciatica can exist side by side or have overlapping symptoms. The sciatic nerve begins at the lower back, then through the hips into the buttocks, and separates into both legs into the feet. Sciatica is a type of pain caused by a compressed/pinched or damaged/injured sciatic nerve. The sensation radiates across the nerve with frequency and severity at varying levels, depending on the individual’s body position and/or movement. Individuals with multiple sclerosis can also experience sciatica, believing it’s their multiple sclerosis. Neuropathic pain is a common symptom in multiple sclerosis or MS. It is caused by injury or damage to the nerves of the central nervous system and can cause burning, or sharp, stabbing sensations.

Multiple Sclerosis, Sciatica, and Nerve Pain

Multiple Sclerosis and Sciatic Nerve Pain Difference

MS is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the protective layer around nerve fibers known as myelin. This affects the central nervous system pathways that regulate feeling and sensation in the body. It can cause painful sensations that include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Burning, tingling, or aching in the lower legs
  • Electrical shock-like sensations travel from the back toward the legs.
  • Migraines
  • The painful sensations result from the damaged nerve fibers creating interference in the brain’s neural pathways.

Sciatica works differently

An autoimmune response does not damage the sciatic nerve’s pathway, but an added stress/pressure compresses the sciatic nerve. The pain is usually caused by a quick, jerking, twisting, bending, reaching motion that pinches or twists the nerve. Herniated discs and bone spurs are another common cause, along with being overweight can place intense pressure on the sciatic nerve. The critical difference is that multiple sclerosis causes the central nervous system’s signaling pathways to malfunction.

MS and Sciatica

Most individuals, around 40%, will at some point experience some form of sciatica symptoms. This is from age, and all the wear and tear the low back goes through daily. This is why it’s not unusual for individuals with MS to experience sciatica as well. MS can cause body changes that affect activity levels.

  • Decreased mobility can lead to sitting for extended periods that can strain the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, causing sciatica.
  • There is evidence that the lesions that present from MS can extend to the sciatic nerve.
  • One study compared 36 individuals with MS to 35 individuals that don’t have it.
  • All of the participants underwent magnetic resonance neurography to obtain high-resolution nerve images.
  • The research found that those with MS had slightly more lesions on the sciatic nerve than those without MS.

Sciatica Care

It can be challenging to figure out the types of pain being experienced. Sciatica travels down the length of the nerve uniquely and is often felt in only one leg. The pain, tingling, numbness, electrical sensations can present only in the lower back, the buttock, the back of the leg, hamstring, calf, and foot, or in a combination of all the areas. Treatments for sciatica depend on the severity. They include:

  • Chiropractic
  • Physical therapy
  • Posture exercises
  • Lifestyle adjustments
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Cold and hot packs
  • Acupuncture
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Medications – anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, tricyclic antidepressants, and antiseizure medications.
  • Steroid injections – corticosteroids
  • Surgery is a last resort reserved for severe cases that did not improve with other treatments and therapies.

It can be easy to mistake sciatica as a symptom or related condition of multiple sclerosis. Chiropractic can help alleviate sciatica, and although treatment cannot directly treat MS or its symptoms, it can relieve pain and discomfort.


Body Composition


Diabetic Nephropathy

Diabetic nephropathy or diabetic kidney disease is the result of mismanaged diabetes. Kidney failure is a severe medical emergency and can be fatal if not treated. Chronic low kidney function results in:

  • Fluid retention in the body.
  • Inability to filter out metabolites and waste from the blood.
  • Increased risk of infections.

Common symptoms of diabetic kidney disease include:

Increased blood pressure

  • This is the result of increased stress on the body.
  • The kidneys can no longer filter out all the metabolites and excess fluid needed to stabilize the blood pressure.

Proteinuria or protein in the urine

  • Chronic kidney damage results in the protein being excreted through urine.

Fatigue

  • Poor kidney function affects every organ in the body.
  • The organs have to work harder to compensate, leading to fatigue and low energy.

Lower extremity edema

  • Fluid retention usually presents in the lower extremities.
  • Puffy, swollen ankles and legs may appear shiny or waxy.
  • This is common in individuals that have severe diabetic nephropathy.

Shortness of breath

  • As the fluid builds up in the body, additional weight can get stored on and around the lungs.
  • This can make breathing very difficult when lying down or when engaged in physical activity.

Impaired cognition

  • Metabolites in the blood can cause brain damage when not filtered properly.
  • Memory loss
  • Mood changes
  • Loss of consciousness
References

Jende JME, et al. (2017). Peripheral nerve involvement in multiple sclerosis: Demonstration by magnetic resonance neurography. DOI:
10.1002/ana.25068

Mayo Clinic Staff. (2019). Sciatica.
mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sciatica/symptoms-causes/syc-20377435

Murphy KL, et al. (2017). Chapter 4: Neuropathic pain in multiple sclerosis—current therapeutic intervention and future treatment perspectives.
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470151/

Pain and itching. (n.d.).
nationalmssociety.org/Symptoms-Diagnosis/MS-Symptoms/Pain

Samson K. (2017). In the pipeline-multiple sclerosis neurography, MRI reveals peripheral nerve lesions in MS patients. DOI:
10.1097/01.NT.0000527861.27137.b0

Sciatica: Of all the nerves. (2016).
health.harvard.edu/pain/sciatica-of-all-the-nerve

Using Heat and Ice For A Pinched Nerve

Using Heat and Ice For A Pinched Nerve

Most if not all of us have probably used heat and/or ice on a sprain, strain, or sore area of the body. Having a pinched nerve, however, has a different feeling than a sprain or strain. Chiropractic treatment for a pinched nerve is recommended, but if the pain isn’t too bad, then home care can work. Which is better for a pinched nerve, heat or ice? Both. Using heat and ice helps reduce swelling, increases blood flow to the area, and relaxes the muscles around the pinched nerve. The objective is to know when to use ice and/or heat.

Using Heat and Ice For A Pinched Nerve

Applying Heat on a Pinched Nerve

Applying heat on a pinched nerve is fine. The general guideline for a pinched nerve is to use heat only after the pain has subsided/reduced.

  • When pain presents or flares up, use ice before using heat.
  • Do not apply heat to the area directly after applying ice.
  • Wait 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Keep the heat on the affected area for 10 to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Take a minimum 30-minute break between sessions.
  • If the heat helps, make the heat moderate and use it on the area for an hour or more.
  • Extended heat therapy is beneficial for severe pain from a pinched nerve.
  • The equivalent is like soaking in a hot bath.

Heat for a Pinched Nerve Benefits

  • Heat soothes and relaxes both the muscles and the mind.
  • Heat increases healing abilities by circulating new blood to the injured/affected area, helping to flush toxins away.
  • Decreases tension and spasms in the muscles.
  • Increases the range of motion in the joints.

When Not To Use Heat Therapy

It can be dangerous for individuals with pre-existing conditions. Conditions include:

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Diabetes
  • Vascular disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Consult a doctor if unsure.

Applying Ice

Tips to safely use ice on a pinched nerve.

  • Keep the ice pack on for 15-20 minutes at a time, then remove.
  • Take an hour break between icing sessions.
  • Ice massage, apply ice directly to the affected area for 5 minutes at a time using circular, massaging motions.

Ice for a Pinched Nerve Benefits

  • Relieves pain quickly by numbing the area.
  • Reduces swelling by slowing blood flow to the area.
  • Cools the muscle fibers.
  • Reduces muscle spasms.

When Not To Use Ice

  • Individuals, especially those who have difficulty feeling pain, can damage the skin with an ice pack.
  • Those with diabetes should take special care, as nerve damage can make it hard to feel or discern pain.
  • If trying to relieve soreness and/or stiffness in joints or muscles, use heat instead.

Making a Pinched Nerve Worse

A pinched nerve can become worse. Examples of things to avoid when managing a pinched nerve.

  • Lifting heavy objects.
  • Making sudden, twisting, shifting, jerking movements.
  • Engaging in high-intensity or high-speed exercise.
  • Engaging in contact sports.
  • Sitting too much.
  • Laying down too much.
  • Not consulting a doctor or chiropractor if the pain continues.

Home Remedies and Prevention

A few other home remedies and prevention tips for a pinched nerve.

  • Practice maintaining proper posture.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
  • Incorporate anti-inflammatory foods.
  • Get 7 to 8 hours of healthy sleep.
  • Get a professional therapeutic massage.
  • Incorporate stretching and or yoga.
  • If home remedies don’t work, know when to consult a chiropractor.

Doctors of chiropractic specialize in pinched/compressed nerves. A chiropractor is trained in different techniques to relieve the pressure and release the nerve back to its proper position.


Body Composition


Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease or PAD is the narrowing of the arteries that carry blood away from the heart to the other areas of the body. What to know about PAD:

  • Peripheral artery disease risks increase with age.
  • Over half of affected individuals do not present with symptoms.
  • Around one-fourth of individuals with peripheral artery disease have diabetes mellitus.
  • Smokers have an increased risk of developing PAD.
  • This is why it’s important to monitor blood pressure.
References

Chandler, Anne, et al. “Using heat therapy for pain management. (clinical practice).” Nursing Standard, vol. 17, no. 9, 13 Nov. 2002, pp. 40+. Accessed 15 Sept. 2021.

Edzard Ernst, Veronika Fialka, Ice freezes pain? A review of the clinical effectiveness of analgesic cold therapy, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Volume 9, Issue 1, 1994, Pages 56-59, ISSN 0885-3924, https://doi.org/10.1016/0885-3924(94)90150-3.

Shu, Jun, and Gaetano Santulli. “Update on peripheral artery disease: Epidemiology and evidence-based facts.” Atherosclerosis vol. 275 (2018): 379-381. doi:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2018.05.033

Chiropractic Relief From Pinched Nerves

Chiropractic Relief From Pinched Nerves

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

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Relief From Pinched Nerves
 

Pinched Nerves

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

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

 

Compression Goes Away By Itself

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

Length of Time It Takes for a Pinched Nerve to Heal

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

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Treatment Options

 

Chiropractic Adjustments and Massage

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

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

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Relief From Pinched Nerves
 

Get More Sleep

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

Warm/Hot Soothing Bath

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

Collagen Nerve Joint Repair

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

 

Proper Posture

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

 

Other Treatment Options

Conventional treatments usually include:

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

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


Composition of the Body

 


 

What happens to the body when you stop eating

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

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

Dr. Alex Jimenez’s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, 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 directly or indirectly support our clinical scope of practice.*

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

References
  • Dubinsky RM, Miyasaki J.Assessment: Efficacy of transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation in treating pain in neurologic disorders (an evidence-based review). Report of the Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology.Neurology. 2010;74:173-176.
  • Shrier I. Does stretching help prevent injuries? Evidence-based Sports Medicine. Williston, VT: BMJ Books; 2002.
Optimal Nerve Energy Circulation/Communication with Chiropractic

Optimal Nerve Energy Circulation/Communication with Chiropractic

The body’s functionality, circulation, and communication are significantly affected by the health of the nervous system. The brain, spinal cord, and nerve roots connect every part of the body into a massive communication highway. If circulation and communication are interrupted, interfered with, or completely blocked then the body’s health begins to breakdown. Chiropractic treatment and spinal alignment will clear the pathways and get the nerve energy flowing restoring overall health.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Optimal Nerve Energy Circulation/Communication with Chiropractic
 

Nervous System Operations

The nervous system regulates all areas of the body in communication, coordination, and it functions in the control of all major bodily functions. This includes:
  • Basic cellular function
  • Organ processes
  • Higher-level brain functions that include
  1. Learning
  2. Thinking
  3. Memory
The nerves within the nervous system communicate via chemical and electrical messages. Nerve cells primarily communicate through quick electronic pathways and signals.  
 

Nerve Energy Compromised

The signals that pass between the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and rest of the body maintain connectivity, coordination, and proper organ function. The electrical energy necessary to keep the circulation/signals flowing smoothly happens with optimal nerve strength. Causes that can affect nerve integrity include:
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Injury
  • Mental health factor
  • Spinal misalignment
If the circulation/communication highway in the nervous system is compromised, it can rapidly turn into misinterpreted, crossed, false, or no signals being sent. Ultimately, the signals can turn into total confusion, making the body fall into a state of total dysfunction. The lines of communication need to remain clear and uninhibited. This allows the body to function with ease as all systems cooperate.  
 

Spinal Misalignment Affects Nerve Energy

With all the signals traveling through the spinal cord, any misalignment will affect circulation. Common causes of misalignment include:
  • Poor posture
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor body mechanics
  • Injuries
  • Weight factors
Misalignment can be addressed with professional chiropractic adjustments. A chiropractor will pinpoint any subtle changes, address them, and restore the nerves’ circulation, as well as restore the body’s balance.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Optimal Nerve Energy Circulation/Communication with Chiropractic
 

Restore and Maximize Nerve Circulation

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

The Body’s Composition

 
Stress is hard enough to handle, but chronic stress can have complex, detrimental effects on emotional health. Over time, stress can wear away at both mental and physical health. And it does not take weeks or months to start seeing the effects. It can take as little as four days to notice a significant impact on energy, fatigue, and soreness levels. Remember that achieving healthy body composition is more than just building muscle and losing fat. Maintaining a proper diet and getting enough sleep is necessary to make consistent progress.

Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Lorei, M P, and E B Hershman. �Peripheral nerve injuries in athletes. Treatment and prevention.��Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.)�vol. 16,2 (1993): 130-47. doi:10.2165/00007256-199316020-00005
Weakness, Pain, Numbness, Radiculopathy, and Chiropractic

Weakness, Pain, Numbness, Radiculopathy, and Chiropractic

Weakness, pain, and numbness can find their root in the spine. It is known as radiculopathy. If left untreated, health problems will only continue to get worse, with the potential to become a chronic condition. When it comes to degenerative pain conditions they usually start small. There is occasional discomfort that gradually develops into pain, then weakness and numbness.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Weakness, Pain, Numbness, Radiculopathy, and Chiropractic
 
Usually, by the time an individual seeks help, the original condition has devolved into radiating pain. This is why it is important to address the issue right away. Chiropractic works with individuals to help them understand the degenerative nature of pain and how to address and prevent it. Early intervention will prevent minor discomfort from turning into debilitating, chronic pain.

Radiculopathy

Radiating pain root cause is a compressed or inflamed nerve. It happens at the site of compression and spreads outward growing larger with time. It can be a catalyst for different pain conditions and syndromes like sciatica or complex regional pain syndrome. There are a variety of terms for nerve pain, they are typically a form of radiculopathy.  
 

Stages

The pain can spiral as fast as the underlying condition/s that is causing it. A compressed nerve that generates pain but does not become worse in severity is usually because the compression stays the same. Conversely, minimal discomfort brought on from shifted vertebrae can rapidly progress into weakness, numbness, and reduced mobility as a nerve is continually and severely getting compressed. Radiculopathy pain usually follows a pattern. Understanding the signs and symptoms will help determine to what extent the condition has progressed, and how it can develop into a worsening nerve injury:
  • Discomfort is the first stage. Subluxation, rotation, or a spinal shift is what is occurring, with the nerve not yet affected.
  • The pain signals that come from nerve compression along with the severity can help determine the cause of the condition.
  • Weakness usually follows pain. The nerve that is affected begins to take on permanent damage and cannot function properly.
  • Numbness follows the weakness reaching the most severe level. Mobility is limited along with a high increase for permanent nerve pain.
Being aware of these radiculopathy symptoms will help an individual stay ahead of nerve injury. Acting on discomfort can prevent progression into pain, addressing pain can stave off weakness, and acting upon weakness may prevent permanent nerve damage. The sooner an individual seeks help for any type of pain, the better chance they have to prevent degeneration.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Weakness, Pain, Numbness, Radiculopathy, and Chiropractic
 

Long-Term Prevention

It is crucial to consult with a chiropractor at the first sign of discomfort in the spine or if there is radiating/spreading back pain. A chiropractor will be able to provide decisive treatment that will bring relief and prevent the pain from worsening. The pain, weakness, and numbness can be avoided, along with long-term damage to the nerves.

Sciatica Pain Therapy


 

Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Stochkendahl, Mette Jensen et al. �National Clinical Guidelines for non-surgical treatment of patients with recent-onset low back pain or lumbar radiculopathy.� The European spine journal: official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society�vol. 27,1 (2018): 60-75. doi:10.1007/s00586-017-5099-2
Disc Pain and Nerve Root Pain Understanding Spinal Disc Problems

Disc Pain and Nerve Root Pain Understanding Spinal Disc Problems

Back or disc pain is becoming increasingly common for individuals of all ages. The spinal discs are prone to injury because of the extreme amount of pressure/stress placed on the lower back and neck. Fortunately, most cases of back pain heal on their own, while others can cause long-term chronic pain that can be difficult to manage, without proper treatment.  
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Different types of pain can be caused by problems with the spinal discs. The spinal discs are elastic sections of the spine that sit between the vertebrae. They are made up of materials called annulus fibrosus on the outside and a gel-like material called nucleus pulposus on the inside.  
 
These discs are flexible, which allows for a range of motion to the spine and body shock absorption to increase comfort when in motion. When an individual visits a chiropractor, the practitioner will not know the exact cause of the pain, but only that it hurts around a certain area. Our spinal experts will help individuals understand the different types of ailments or conditions that could be affecting the spine. Then a customized treatment plan can be developed.  

Disc problems

Spinal disc pain has two major sources of pain related to spinal discs: They are disc degeneration and nerve root pain. They are most common in the neck and the lower back. Individuals need to be informed of the difference to understand what is happening with the spine and potential treatment options to alleviate the pain and heal the problem.  

Degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease is when the spinal discs begin to dry out and deteriorate. The discs start to shrink and can tear, which leaves that segment with little or no cushioning. This can cause pain, as well as inflammation of the surrounding muscles and joints. Disc degeneration usually presents with low levels of consistent pain and occasional severe flare-ups.  
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A chiropractor can utilize spinal manipulation to restore alignment, function, and mobility of the affected joint. Massages stretches and exercises will help alleviate the tension in the surrounding muscles along with strengthening them for better support.  

Nerve root pain

Nerve root pain does not take place within the disc but is usually caused by a bulging or herniated disc. This condition can be called a slipped disc or pinched nerve, affect the nerves that are in close proximity to the neck and lower vertebrae.  
 
The pain can lead to numbness, tingling, and weakness along the path of the nerve, and radiate out to the arms and legs. A bulging disc is when the spinal disc progressively protrudes through a narrow opening.  
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This can irritate any nearby nerve roots causing inflammation and pain. If the disc herniates or breaks through then the outer protective material tears, letting the cushion/gel leak out and come in contact with the nerve root/s, which could also cause pinching and inflammation. Treatment for a bulging or herniated disc includes:
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Corrective exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage
  • Diet adjustments
These treatments can help realign the disc/s, moving them away from any nerves, and minimizing inflammation.  

Proper Identification and Diagnosis

Spinal disc problems can be similar in their pain and symptoms. For example, degenerative disc disease can weaken the spinal discs to such a degree that nerve root pain follows creating a dual combination of pain. The conditions require various approaches and treatment methods often done in combination. However, they require a proper diagnosis to create a proper and custom treatment program for every individual. This will ensure the root cause of the disc pain is properly identified and handled. Call us to learn more.

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References
Browning, J E. �Chiropractic distractive decompression in the treatment of pelvic pain and organic dysfunction in patients with evidence of lower sacral nerve root compression.��Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics�vol. 11,5 (1988): 426-32.
Spinal Injury Could Cause Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction

Spinal Injury Could Cause Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction

Spinal disorders and injuries could cause a nerve injury through compression or damage causing Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction also known as Bladder Dysfunction. Neurogenic bladder disorder means an individual is having problems with urination.

Neurogenic involves the nervous system and the nerve tissues that supply and stimulate the organs and muscles to function and operate correctly. Neurogenic bladder dysfunction causes the nerves that control the bladder and muscles in urination to be overactive or underactive. �

 

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Symptoms

  • Constant bathroom visits
  • Control in urination is limited
  • Complete involuntary urination
  • Sudden urge/s to urinate
  • The bladder is unable to hold urine
  • The bladder fails to empty completely
  • Overfilling of the bladder creates intense pressure causing accidental leakage
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Nerves of the Bladder

The brain and spinal cord function as the headquarters with the spine as the body’s highway that transmits and relays signals/messages to and from the bladder. In the low back, the spinal cord splits apart into a bundle of nerves called the cauda equina. �

At the end of the lumbar spine is the sacrum this area is known as the sacral spine. The sacrum is the backside of the pelvis between the hip bones. The nerves in the sacral spine branch out and become part of the peripheral nervous system. �

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These nerves provide and stimulate bladder sensation and function. When these nerves become compressed, inflamed, injured, or damaged in some way, organ dysfunction can present. This is when any of the symptoms listed above can develop and progress. �

Potential Causes of Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction

Spinal Cord Injury/s are a common cause of neurogenic bladder dysfunction. The spinal cord does not have to be severed to cause paralysis below the injured part of the spine. If the spinal cord gets bruised or there is improper blood flow, the spinal cord’s ability to send nerve signals can become inhibited. Cauda Equina Syndrome happens when the nerves spinal roots become pinched or compressed. It is rare, but it is a serious medical condition that requires immediate medical attention. Causes of cauda equina syndrome include:

  • Low back disc herniation
  • A tumor in or near the low back
  • Spinal fracture
  • Infection
  • Spinal stenosis which affects the spinal canal
  • Trauma like an auto accident, personal/work/sports injury
  • Spinal condition from injury or present from birth
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Treatment

The treatment depends on the cause or causes of neurogenic bladder dysfunction. A primary physician could call upon a bladder specialist like a urologist, nephrologist, or urogynecologist to collaborate and coordinate the treatment plan. If the dysfunction is caused by a nerve root compression, a spinal procedure (discectomy) is performed to decompress and relieve the pressure on the nerves.


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Sensory Nerves and Deep Tendon Reflexes

Sensory Nerves and Deep Tendon Reflexes

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

 

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

Dermatome Location – Corresponding Spine Level

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

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

 

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Tendon Reflexes

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

Reflex Tested Areas – Corresponding Spine Level

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

 

Neurological Exams for Neck/Back Pain

 

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Muscle Strength/Tone

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

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

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

 

 

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

Neurological Tests

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

Imaging Studies

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

Conclusion

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


 

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Functional Neurology: Dopamine and Brain Health

Functional Neurology: Dopamine and Brain Health

Dopamine is a well-known neurotransmitter that plays a fundamental role in sending information between brain cells or neurons. As many of you may already know, neurons are the basic units that make up the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and sensory organs, such as the eyes and ears. Dopamine also plays a role in motivation and movement, as it is most commonly associated with the pleasure and reward center of the brain. This chemical messenger can ultimately help us strive and find things interesting but, too much or too little of it can cause a variety of brain health issues. �

What is Dopamine?

 

Dopamine is the “feel-good” neurotransmitter or chemical messenger that is released by the pleasure and reward center of the brain. Dopamine is found in several different regions of the brain. The first area is the substantia nigra, which plays a role in both rewards and movement. Dopamine can first be found in the substantia nigra, another area of the brain that plays an important role in motivation and movement. The substantia nigra is made up of the brain cells that die off in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) which then results in tremors and various other symptoms associated with the movement disorder. �

 

Most dopamine in the brain is released in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) of the brain, which plays the most fundamental role in the pleasure and reward center of the brain. Dopamine is produced in the VTA and then released into various other regions of the brain when a person engages or participates in a mental or physical activity that starts a pleasure and reward response, even when a person simply anticipates this reaction. Although most people associate the pleasure and reward response with behaviors like sex or drug/medication use, dopamine also responds to behaviors like eating or drinking water. �

 

The human brain requires us to experience some type of pleasure and reward response by releasing dopamine in order to support the motivation and movement we require to keep us doing these survival behaviors. When dopamine is released, the pleasure and reward center of the brain ensures that we continue to engage and participate in the necessary mental and physical activities to promote overall health and wellness. The main purpose of dopamine is motivation and movement. However, dopamine also plays a fundamental role in other cognitive functions, such as memory, focus, and mood. �

 

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that also plays a fundamental role in a variety of mental, physical, and behavioral functions, including:

  • Attention
  • Learning
  • Mood
  • Motivation
  • Movement
  • Heart rate
  • Blood vessel function
  • Kidney function
  • Pain processing
  • Control of nausea and vomiting
  • Lactation
  • Sleep

 

When dopamine is released in the brain, it can produce temporary feelings of euphoria. Dopamine can also cause various other feelings, including:

  • alertness
  • motivation
  • focus
  • happiness

 

Low dopamine is one reason why you may not be in the best mood. Dopamine deficiencies may also cause various feelings, including:

  • reduced alertness
  • decreased motivation
  • difficulty concentrating
  • poor coordination
  • movement difficulties

 

Excess levels of dopamine can ultimately cause the brain to go into serious overdrive. Excess dopamine may be a contributing factor in:

  • hallucinations
  • delusions
  • mania

 

According to research studies, scientists believe that too much dopamine released in the brain may play a role in various health issues, including:

  • schizophrenia
  • ADHD
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • obesity
  • drug/medication misuse and addiction

 

Dopamine and Brain Health Issues

 

It’s difficult to determine a single cause of brain health issues. But, many of these have been associated with dopamine levels in the brain, including:

  • Schizophrenia. Scientists believed that symptoms were caused by a hyperactive dopamine system. Now we understand that excess dopamine levels in several regions of the brain can cause hallucinations and delusions. Dopamine deficiencies cause other symptoms, such as lack of motivation.
  • ADHD. No one knows for sure what causes attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Several research studies have shown that it may be due to a dopamine deficiency. ADHD may also occur due to your genes. The ADHD drug/medication methylphenidate (Ritalin) helps boost dopamine.
  • Parkinson�s disease. Dopamine allows brain cells or neurons to communicate and control movement. In Parkinson�s disease, however, one type of neuron will gradually start to deteriorate. Because the brain doesn�t have to send a signal to that neuron anymore, the brain will make less dopamine. This chemical imbalance can ultimately cause mental and physical symptoms. These can include tremors, slowed movement, stiffness as well as poor balance and coordination. Healthcare professionals can treat PD symptoms with medicines that can help increase dopamine levels in the brain.

 

Dopamine and Other Health Issues

 

Just like in the brain health issues previously mentioned above, abnormal dopamine levels can also play a role in various other health issues, including:

  • Obesity. According to scientists, people with obesity may have problems with the pleasure and reward center of the brain. This can affect the amount of food they eat before they feel satisfied. Research studies suggest that the brain may not release enough dopamine in people with obesity.
  • Drug/medication misuse and addiction. Drugs, such as cocaine, can cause a tremendous increase in dopamine levels which can also greatly satisfy a person’s pleasure and reward center in the brain. But, repeated drug use also raises the threshold for this type of satisfaction. This can cause people to need to take more to get the same satisfaction. Meanwhile, medications can make the brain less capable to naturally produce dopamine in the brain.

 

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Dopamine is a well-known, “feel good” neurotransmitter that plays a fundamental role in sending information between neurons or brain cells. Dopamine ultimately plays a fundamental role in motivation and movement, as it is most commonly associated with the pleasure and reward center of the brain, as well as in a variety of other mental, physical, and behavioral functions. Moreover, scientists believe that too much dopamine released in the brain may also play a fundamental role in the development of a variety of health issues, including schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. Understanding how dopamine can affect brain health is important to determine the best treatment for a variety of brain health issues and other health issues. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 

Dopamine is a well-known neurotransmitter which plays a fundamental role in sending information between neurons or brain cells. As many of you may have already learned, neurons are the basic units that make up the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and sensory organs, such as the eyes and ears. Dopamine also plays a role in motivation and movement, as it is most commonly associated with the pleasure and reward center of the brain. This chemical messenger can ultimately help us strive and find things interesting but, too much or too little of it can result in various brain health issues. �

 

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.�

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez � References:

  1. Jaehnig, Jon. �What Is Dopamine And How Does It Affect The Brain And The Body?� Betterhelp, BetterHelp, 24 July 2018, www.betterhelp.com/advice/medication/what-does-dopamine-do-in-the-brain-and-what-is-its-function/.
  2. Pietrangelo, Ann. �Dopamine Effects on the Body, Plus Drug and Hormone Interactions.� Healthline, Healthline Media, 5 Nov. 2019, www.healthline.com/health/dopamine-effects#hormones-dopamine.
  3. Bhandari, Smitha. �Dopamine: What It Is & What It Does.� WebMD, WebMD, 19 June 2019, www.webmd.com/mental-health/what-is-dopamine#1.

 


 

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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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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. �

 

 

Functional Neurology: Nutrition and Parkinson’s Disease

Functional Neurology: Nutrition and Parkinson’s Disease

Approximately 1 million people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease (PD) and about 60,000 more people are diagnosed with the movement disorder every year. Common PD symptoms can include, muscle soreness, spasms, and tremors, however, symptoms may be different for each person. Although further research studies are still required to determine the causes of PD, scientists have found that the movement disorder is associated with a lack of dopamine in the human body. Healthcare professionals are starting to look for ways to naturally increase dopamine through a patient’s diet. �

 

Other Parkinson’s disease symptoms, such as confusion and dementia, may also improve through diet and lifestyle modifications like exercise. Moreover, while drugs and/or medications, such as levodopa (Sinemet) and bromocriptine (Parlodel), are used to help control PD symptoms, there are currently no treatments that will help completely stop Parkinson’s disease symptoms and these can often have severe side effects. That’s why more people are starting to look for more natural treatments for Parkinson’s disease. In the following article, we will discuss the role of nutrition in Parkinson’s disease. �

 

The Role of Nutrition in Parkinson’s Disease

Proper nutrition can help promote the body’s ability to control symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease as well as support overall health and wellness. Patients with PD should eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein-rich foods, including legumes and beans, and whole grains as well as drink enough water for overall well-being. Patients with PD should also consider eating “good” fats, such as nuts, olive oil, eggs, and fish as well as foods that are high in antioxidants to ultimately help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain. Patients with PD should be aware of several special considerations. �

 

  • Dehydration: The use of drugs and/or medications to help control PD symptoms can also cause dehydration. Dehydration can cause fatigue that may also cause weakness, confusion, balance problems, and kidney health issues. PD patients should drink plenty of water and other fluids.
  • Constipation: Parkinson�s disease can slow down the digestive system and cause constipation. Constipation is often a mild to moderate problem, however, severe constipation may cause the large intestine to become impacted. Eating plenty of fiber-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, drinking enough water and other fluids, and exercise can also help patients with PD avoid constipation problems.
  • Drug and/or medication interaction: One of the most well-known drugs and/or medications commonly utilized to control PD symptoms, carbidopa-levodopa, is absorbed in the small intestine, however, that absorption can be interrupted if it’s taken immediately after eating a high-protein meal. Make sure to eat protein-rich foods at other times of the day in order to help maximize the effects of the drugs and/or medications.

 

Although there is no specific diet for Parkinson’s disease, the nutritional guidelines below may ultimately help regulate and manage PD symptoms, including:

 

  • Avoiding �fad� diets. PD patients should eat a variety of different foods, following the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Agriculture MyPlate program.
  • Eating a balanced diet. Eating fruits, vegetables, protein-rich foods, and whole grains can provide nutrients necessary for overall well-being.
  • Restricting sugar consumption. Eating too much sugar has many calories and few nutrients. It can also cause a variety of other health issues.
  • Decreasing salt and sodium consumption. Eating less salt and sodium can ultimately help decrease the risk of developing high blood pressure.
  • Adding foods that are high in antioxidants. Foods that are high in antioxidants can include brightly colored and dark fruits and/or vegetables.
  • Following a balanced diet and participate in exercise and physical activity. This can also help promote and support overall well-being.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight to prevent a variety of health issues. Your doctor can help determine what a healthy weight means for you.
  • Reducing or eliminating alcoholic beverages. Drinking too much alcohol can also cause a variety of health issues for several PD patients.
  • Drinking enough water and eating fiber-rich foods. Eating fiber and drinking water can help improve constipation and digestive health issues.
  • Taking drugs and/or medications with plenty of water. Drinking a full glass of water may help break down the medicine much more efficiently.
  • Restricting caffeine, alcohol, and sugar consumption. Taking these, especially before bed, can affect sleep and cause sleep deprivation.
  • Talking to a doctor about increasing Vitamin D intake. Vitamin D can help regulate and maintain bone health in patients with PD.
  • Snacking on small quantities of cashews, walnuts, and other nuts to promote brain health. Also, try to include berries, which have antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory foods like tuna, salmon, and dark, leafy green vegetables to ultimately help decrease oxidative stress and inflammation.

 

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a movement disorder that affects the central nervous system. Common PD symptoms can include, muscle soreness, spasms, and tremors, however, symptoms may be different for each person. Research studies have demonstrated that nerve cell damage in the brain can decrease dopamine, a neurotransmitter and/or hormone, that can cause Parkinson’s disease. Healthcare professionals are starting to look for ways to naturally increase dopamine through a patient’s diet. Proper nutrition can help promote the body’s ability to control symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease as well as support overall well-being. Although there is no specific diet for Parkinson’s disease, several nutritional guidelines may ultimately help regulate and manage PD symptoms. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 

Approximately 1 million people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease (PD) and about 60,000 more people are diagnosed with the movement disorder every year. Common PD symptoms can include, muscle soreness, spasms, and tremors, however, symptoms may be different for each person. Although further research studies are still required to determine the causes of PD, scientists have found that the movement disorder is associated with a lack of dopamine in the human body. Healthcare professionals are starting to look for ways to naturally increase dopamine through a patient’s diet. �

 

Other Parkinson’s disease symptoms, such as confusion and dementia, may also improve through diet and lifestyle modifications like exercise. Moreover, while drugs and/or medications, such as levodopa (Sinemet) and bromocriptine (Parlodel), are used to help control PD symptoms, there are currently no treatments that will help completely stop Parkinson’s disease symptoms and these can often have severe side effects. That’s why more people are starting to look for more natural treatments for Parkinson’s disease. In the article above, we discussed the role of nutrition in Parkinson’s disease. �

 

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.�

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez �

 

References:

  1. Watson, Kathryn. �Parkinson’s and Diet: Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid.� Healthline, Healthline Media, 20 Sept. 2018, www.healthline.com/health/parkinsons-and-diet.
  2. Johns Hopkins Medicine. �Fighting Parkinson’s Disease with Exercise and Diet.� Johns Hopkins Medicine, www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/parkinsons-disease/fighting-parkinson-disease-with-exercise-and-diet.
  3. Parkinson’s Foundation. �Diet & Nutrition.� Parkinson’s Foundation, www.parkinson.org/Living-with-Parkinsons/Managing-Parkinsons/Diet-and-Nutrition.

 


 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form AE260 (1)

 

The following Neurotransmitter Assessment Form can be filled out and presented to Dr. Alex Jimenez. The following symptoms listed on this form are not intended to be utilized as a diagnosis of any type of disease, condition, or any other type of health issue. �

 


 

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

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

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

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

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)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

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. �

 


Dunwoody Labs: Comprehensive Stool with Parasitology | El Paso, TX Chiropractor


GI-MAP: GI Microbial Assay Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor


 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

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.

xymogen el paso, tx

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

 

* All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

 


 

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 unparallel experience at the National University of Health Sciences to be able to help restore the natural integrity of the patient and define the future of modern integrated medicine. �

 

 

Functional Neurology: The Gut-Brain Connection in Parkinson’s Disease

Functional Neurology: The Gut-Brain Connection in Parkinson’s Disease

Do you experience chronic gut health issues? Research studies have found that Parkinson’s disease (PD) may be associated with the gut-brain connection. Evidence in a group of mice demonstrated that PD can actually start in the gut, which may explain why patients with PD have constipation and other gut health issues. Scientists have also found that patients with Parkinson’s disease report having gut health issues up to 10 years before experiencing tremors and other symptoms. According to other research studies, patients with PD may even have different biodiversity of gut bacteria than other healthy adults. �

 

Outcome measures in the group of mice showed that the “harmful” alpha-synuclein fibers that build-up in the nerve cell endings of patients with Parkinson’s disease can immediately affect neurons in the brain. Scientists found this by identifying the spread of alpha-synuclein fibers in the nerve cell endings of the affected neurons in the brain of patients with PD. Alpha-synuclein is a fat-soluble substance, generally found in healthy neurons, however, alpha-synuclein molecules can clump together and damage brain cells. Scientists also found that patients can have a build-up of alpha-synuclein fibers in their gut. �

 

The Gut-Brain Connection

A collection of fibers, known as the vagus nerve, which starts in the brain stem and extends to the major organs, including the gut, is believed to be the main source of PD associated with the gut-brain connection. Recent research studies of vagotomy patients demonstrated a reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Scientists have also found that alpha-synuclein fibers injected into the digestive system of a group of mice can reach the brain through the vagus nerve. If alpha-synuclein molecules can reach the brain from the gut, why does the fat-soluble substance build-up in the gut in the first place? �

 

Scientists believe that alpha-synuclein develops in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to help combat pathogens and other “harmful” components. Michael Zasloff, a professor at Georgetown University, and his colleagues reported that alpha-synuclein molecules developed in healthy children after having an infection and alpha-synuclein seemed to trigger immune cells. Scientists also believe that alpha-synuclein can build-up in the GI tract due to the gut microbiome itself. Evidence in a group of mice demonstrated that bacteria can ultimately activate the development of alpha-synuclein in the gut and brain. �

 

Research studies have started to understand how the gut microbiome may be associated with Parkinson’s disease. Scientists have found that patients with Parkinson’s disease have a unique biodiversity of gut bacteria and scientists have also found that fecal microbe transplants from patients into a group of mice may increase alpha-synuclein in the brain and worsen symptoms in patients with PD. Other research studies have also shown that alpha-synuclein molecules seem to trigger microglial cells. This substance may send a signal through the vagus nerve or penetrate it completely through the bloodstream. �

 

Inflammation and Parkinson’s Disease

According to several research studies, inflammation caused by an abnormal gut microbiome may also cause the development of Parkinson’s disease. In one research study, Inga Peter, a genetic epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and her colleagues analyzed the relationship between inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) and Parkinson’s disease. The analysis compared 144,018 participants with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease and 720,090 healthy controls where PD was 28 percent higher in people with IBS than in those in the control group, supporting previous research study findings. �

 

Inflammation is believed to increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease because it may increase alpha-synuclein as well as increase intestinal and blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability. Inflammation may also increase cytokines, molecules which can increase inflammation in the body. Moreover, an abnormal gut microbiome can also cause inflammation. However, because not all patients with Parkinson’s disease will have inflammatory bowel syndrome or any other gut health issues, further evidence is still required to determine how the gut-brain connection can ultimately be associated with PD. �

 

If this is indeed true, however, it will allow scientists to develop new interventions for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease that targets the gut instead of the brain. Several research studies have already started to analyze the effects of these new interventions. In 2015, Michael Zasloff and his colleagues started a company, known as Enterin, which is currently testing a substance that decreases the development of alpha-synuclein molecules in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Although the treatment is intended to reduce constipation, the scientists hope that they will be able to prevent or even restore the effects of PD. �

 

Although many research studies and evidence support the hypothesis that Parkinson�s disease may be much closely associated with the gut-brain axis than we thought, the question of how early the digestive system changes may occur is still unknown. Furthermore, other scientists still suggest that PD may start elsewhere in the body. �I believe that there�s possibly various sites of origin for Parkinson�s disease,� stated Viviane Labrie, a neuroscientist at the Van Andel Research Institute in Michigan. �For several people, it might be the gut while for several people, it might simply be something that occurs in the brain.�

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a movement disorder that affects the central nervous system. PD can cause various, well-known symptoms, including tremors, slowed movements, stiffness, and loss of balance, among others. Research studies have demonstrated that nerve cell damage in the brain can decrease dopamine, a neurotransmitter and/or hormone, that can cause Parkinson’s disease. However, scientists have found that the gut-brain connection may ultimately be associated with PD. Inflammation caused by an abnormal gut microbiome as well as gut health issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is also believed to be one of the main factors for PD associated with the gut-brain connection.�- Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 

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.�

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez �

 

References:

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. �New Research Shows Parkinson’s Disease Origins in the Gut.� Medical Xpress – Medical Research Advances and Health News, Medical Xpress, 26 June 2019, medicalxpress.com/news/2019-06-parkinson-disease-gut.html.
  • CureParkinsonsTrust. �New Evidence Suggests Parkinson’s Might Not Start in The Brain.� The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, 28 Nov. 2019, www.cureparkinsons.org.uk/news/parkinsons-starts-in-gut.
  • Kwon, Diana. �Does Parkinson’s Begin in the Gut?� Scientific American, Scientific American, 8 May 2018, www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-parkinsons-begin-in-the-gut/.

 


 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form AE260 (1)

 

The following Neurotransmitter Assessment Form can be filled out and presented to Dr. Alex Jimenez. The following symptoms listed on this form are not intended to be utilized as a diagnosis of any type of disease, condition, or any other type of health issue. �

 


 

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

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

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

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. 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)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

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. �

 


Dunwoody Labs: Comprehensive Stool with Parasitology | El Paso, TX Chiropractor


GI-MAP: GI Microbial Assay Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor


 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

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.

xymogen el paso, tx

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

 

* All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 


 

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 unparallel experience at the National University of Health Sciences to be able to help restore the natural integrity of the patient and define the future of modern integrated medicine. �

 

 

Functional Neurology: Overview of Common Movement Disorders

Functional Neurology: Overview of Common Movement Disorders

Movement disorders are health issues that can cause abnormal and involuntary body movements. Many common movement disorders are frequently caused by problems in the transmission signals of the brain and they can ultimately affect quality, fluency, speed, and ease of movement. Movement disorders are also referred to as conversion disorders and/or psychogenic movement disorders. Damage, injuries or underlying conditions of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system don’t necessarily cause movement disorders. We will discuss the most common movement disorders, including: �  
  • Tremor: also known as an essential tremor or a resting tremor.
  • Ataxia: characterized by “jerky” movements and coordination problems.
  • Dystonia: characterized by abnormal, involuntary, and prolonged muscle contractions.
  • Huntington’s disease: also known as chronic progressive chorea.
  • Parkinson’s disease: one of the most “well-known” movement disorders, associated with tremor.
  • Multiple system atrophies: also known as Shy-Drager syndrome.
  • Myoclonus: characterized by rapid, brief, and irregular movements.
  • Tourette’s syndrome: another “well-known” movement disorder, associated with repetitive or unwanted sounds and movements.
  • Wilson’s disease: also known as an inherited health issue, associated with common symptoms and liver disease.
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy: also known as a rare health issue that affects movement.
 

Tremor

Tremor is a common movement disorder that is characterized by abnormal and/or involuntary shaking or “trembling”. It can generally affect single or multiple limbs and it can also frequently worsen with simple movements. Tremor affects approximately five million people in the United States. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, tremors most commonly develop in older adults, specifically in those over 65 years of age. It is commonly caused by problems in the regions of the brain that regulate and manage movement. Tremor is not associated with damage, injury, or an underlying condition.  

Ataxia

Ataxia is a well-known movement disorder that affects the brain and/or spinal cord. Ataxia can cause common symptoms, such as instability, imbalance, clumsiness, tremor, and/or a lack of coordination. Normal movements associated with ataxia generally aren’t smooth and they may appear to be “jerky” or disjointed. People with ataxia may also fall down frequently due to an unsteady gait or walking cycle. Ataxia also can affect speech and eye movement.  

Dystonia

Dystonia is a common movement disorder that is characterized by abnormal and/or involuntary muscle spasms. Dystonia is caused by basal ganglia dysfunction, a region of the brain that regulates and manages movement coordination to control the fluency and speed of movement and avoid unwanted movement. Dystonia can cause common symptoms, such as repetitive, abnormal and/or involuntary movements of any part of the body. General dystonia can ultimately affect the whole body while focal dystonias can ultimately affect a single area of the body, most commonly affecting the neck, known as spasmodic torticollis, eyelids, known as blepharospasm, lower face, known as Meige syndrome, or hand, known as writer’s cramp or limb dystonia.  

Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease is another well-known movement disorder that gradually deteriorates the brain cells. It can also often be fatal. Huntington’s disease affects approximately one in every 10,000 people in the United States and generally develops between 35 and 50 years of age, progressing without remission through 10 to 25 years. A juvenile form of the movement disorder affects approximately 16 percent of all cases and generally develops in people less than 20 years of age. Huntington’s disease can cause common symptoms, such as jerky, abnormal and/or involuntary movements of the face, limbs, and trunk, gradual brain dysfunction as well as mental health issues. Moreover, Huntington’s disease is well-known as a hereditary movement disorder.  

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is another commonly well-known movement disorder caused by the deterioration of the brain cells in the area, known as the substantia nigra, that regulates and manages movement. The brain cells can become damaged and die, ultimately affecting their capability to create an essential substance known as dopamine. Parkinson’s disease can cause common symptoms, such as tremor, muscle stiffness, gradual loss of movement, gradual brain dysfunction, decreased facial expressions and/or voice changes, decreased blinking, swallowing frequency, and drooling, a stooped, flexed posture, unsteady gait or walking cycle, mental health issues, and/or dementia. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, approximately 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed each year. Approximately four percent of people with Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed before 50 years of age.  

Multiple System Atrophies (MSA)

Multiple system atrophies (MSA) are gradual movement disorders that can affect blood pressure, movement, and other structures and functions. Because of the different ranges of symptoms, MSAs were initially characterized as three different health issues, including Shy-Drager syndrome, striatonigral degeneration, and olivopontocerebellar atrophy. All of these health issues are currently characterized as MSA. Common symptoms include stiffness, slowed movements, instability, loss of balance, loss of coordination, a considerable decrease in blood pressure associated with dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting or blurred vision, known as orthostatic hypotension, male impotence, urinary problems, constipation, as well as speech and swallowing difficulties.  

Myoclonus

Myoclonus is a common movement disorder characterized by abnormal or involuntary twitching or muscle spasms. There are several different forms of myoclonus. Cortical myoclonus develops in a region of the brain known as the sensorimotor cortex and it may be caused by a variety of health issues. Subcortical myoclonus affects various muscle groups and may be caused by unusually low levels of oxygen in the brain, known as hypoxia, or by a metabolic process, such as liver or kidney failure. Spinal myoclonus may be caused by damage, injury, or an underlying condition of the spine, such as multiple sclerosis, syringomyelia, ischemic myelopathy or an infection like herpes zoster, Lyme disease, E. coli or HIV. Peripheral myoclonus may be caused by the compression of a facial nerve or it may occur for no apparent reason. Furthermore, several other health issues associated with myoclonus can ultimately include celiac disease, Angelman syndrome, Huntington’s disease, Rett syndrome, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.  

Tourette’s Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome is a hereditary movement disorder characterized by repetitive, abnormal, and/or involuntary movements and sounds known as tics. This health issue commonly develops between six and 15 years of age, however, it may develop as early as two years of age or as late as 20 years of age. Common symptoms include abnormal and/or involuntary movements of the face and body. Tics are generally frequent, repetitive, and quick. Verbal tics, known as vocalizations, generally occur with the movements and/or may replace single or multiple movement tics. Vocalizations can include grunting, throat clearing, and shouting, among others. Verbal tics may also include the abnormal and/or involuntary utilization of obscene, socially unacceptable words and phrases, known as coprolalia,� as well as obscene gestures, known as copropraxia. Tics disappear in about 70 percent of cases.  

Wilson’s Disease

Wilson’s Disease is a common movement disorder that causes excess copper to accumulate in the brain or liver. Although copper can accumulate since birth, common symptoms can develop between six and 40 years of age. Wilson’s Disease affects approximately one in 30,000 people in the world. Wilson’s disease is also associated with mental health issues as well as liver disease. Other common symptoms can include jaundice, abdominal pain and swelling, vomiting, tremor as well as walking, talking or swallowing difficulties, suicidal or homicidal behavior, depression, and aggression, among others.  

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a rare but well-known movement disorder that causes gradual loss of certain brain cells, slowed movement, and balance, walking, swallowing, speech and eye movement difficulties. It may also affect cognition and personality, causing emotional outbursts and a decrease in intellectual capabilities. PSP commonly affects people between 40 to 60 years of age and it can generally run its full terminal course throughout six to 10 years. PSP is occasionally misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease because the symptoms are very similar. Although the cause of PSP is unknown, healthcare professionals understand that a protein, known as tau, can accumulate in unusual clumps in certain brain cells of people with PSP.   Dr. Alex Jimenez Insights Image
Common movement disorders are characterized as health issues that can cause common symptoms, such as abnormal and involuntary movements. Common movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, tremor, ataxia, and dystonia, among others, are caused by problems in the transmitting signals of the brain and they can ultimately affect quality, fluency, speed, and ease of movement. Common movement disorders are also frequently referred to as conversion disorders and/or psychogenic movement disorders. In the following article, we discussed several of the most common movement disorders. Understanding common movement disorders and their common symptoms is fundamental for diagnosis and treatment. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight
  Movement disorders are health issues that can cause abnormal and involuntary body movements. Many common movement disorders are frequently caused by problems in the transmission signals of the brain and they can ultimately affect quality, fluency, speed, and ease of movement. Movement disorders are also referred to as conversion disorders and/or psychogenic movement disorders. Damage, injuries or underlying conditions of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system don’t necessarily cause movement disorders. In the article above, we discussed the most common movement disorders.  

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.�

  Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez   References:
  • Stanford Health Care (SHC) – Stanford Medical Center. �Functional Movement Disorders.� Stanford Health Care (SHC) – Stanford Medical Center, stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-conditions/brain-and-nerves/functional-movement-disorders.html.
  • Swierzewski, Stanley J. �Movement Disorders Overview.� Movement Disorders Overview – Movement Disorders – HealthCommunities.com, 1 Jan. 2000, www.healthcommunities.com/movement-disorders/overview-of-movement-disorders.shtml.
  • AANS. �Movement Disorders.� AANS, www.aans.org/en/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Movement-Disorders.
 
 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

[wp-embedder-pack width=”100%” height=”1050px” download=”all” download-text=”” attachment_id=”52657″ /]   The following Neurotransmitter Assessment Form can be filled out and presented to Dr. Alex Jimenez. The following symptoms listed on this form are not intended to be utilized as a diagnosis of any type of disease, condition, or any other type of health issue.  
 

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

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   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

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. 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)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   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.  
Dunwoody Labs: Comprehensive Stool with Parasitology | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
GI-MAP: GI Microbial Assay Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

  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. xymogen el paso, tx For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download   * All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.  
   
 

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Functional Neurology: What are Movement Disorders?

Functional Neurology: What are Movement Disorders?

Movement disorders are characterized as health issues that cause abnormal and involuntary body positions or movements. Many neurological conditions are caused by brain signal problems and they can ultimately affect quality, fluency, speed, and ease of movement. Dyskinesia is characterized as abnormal and involuntary fluency and/or speed of movement while hyperkinesia is characterized as excessive movement and hypokinesia is characterized as slow or absent, abnormal and involuntary movements. Movement disorders are also referred to as conversion disorders and/or psychogenic movement disorders. � Injuries or underlying conditions to the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system don’t always cause movement disorders. Movement disorders can include:

 

  • Tics, characterized as abnormal and/or involuntary contractions of the muscles,
  • Tremor, also referred to as a resting tremor or essential tremor,
  • Ataxia, characterized by “jerky” movements and coordination problems,
  • Dystonia, characterized as abnormal and/or involuntary, generally prolonged contractions of the muscles,
  • Huntington’s disease, also referred to as chronic progressive chorea,
  • Parkinson’s disease, a well-known movement disorder, including tremors,
  • Multiple system atrophies, also referred to as Shy-Drager syndrome,
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS) and reflex sympathetic dystrophy/periodic limb movement disorder (RSD/PLMD),
  • Myoclonus, characterized by rapid, brief, irregular movements,
  • Tourette’s syndrome, another well-known movement disorder, including repetitive or unwanted sounds and movements,
  • Wilson disease, known as an inherited health issue that causes a variety of symptoms and liver disease, and
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy, characterized as a rare health issue that affects movement.

 

As previously mentioned in the list above, tics are a well-known, movement disorder characterized by abnormal and/or involuntary contractions of the muscles that can ultimately affect an individual’s regular physical activities as well as their overall quality of life. Tics are generally triggered by a powerful urge or sensation that is temporarily relieved after the contraction of the muscles. Several examples of common tics can involve the following, including:

 

  • Twitching of the face,
  • Clearing of the throat,
  • Grunting,
  • Sighing,
  • Blinking, and/or
  • Shrugging of the shoulders.

 

Dystonia can include spasmodic torticollis, characterized by abnormal and/or involuntary movements of the eyelids, face, head, neck, and blepharospasm. � Tourette’s syndrome is another well-known movement disorder characterized as a health issue that causes a variety of vocal and motor tics or repetitive contractions of the muscles. Common symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome generally manifest during childhood and/or early adolescence and they can commonly vary in severity and frequency. Patients diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome can also ultimately develop a variety of other behavioral problems, including inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, compulsions, and obsessions. A diagnosis is necessary to determine the presence of Tourette’s syndrome. �

 

What are the Symptoms of Movement Disorders?

Movement disorders are characterized by abnormal and involuntary movements. But, patients may also experience a variety of other symptoms, including:

 

  • Jerky movements or twitching,
  • Spasms and/or contractures, characterized as limbs “freezing” in an abnormal or involuntary body position,
  • Tremors, characterized by abnormal or involuntary movement of a limb, can range from moderate to severe and occasional or constant, and
  • Gait problems, characterized as walking problems that can ultimately cause difficulty while standing or unsteady walking.

 

The symptoms of the movement disorders previously mentioned above can be treated. Treatment can help improve the symptoms of movement disorders. �

 

What are the Treatments for Movement Disorders?

Movement disorders can cause stress and ultimately affect an individual’s overall quality of life. Qualified and experienced healthcare professionals that specialize in a variety of movement disorders can help diagnose as well as develop a treatment program for every patient’s unique needs and symptoms. The goal of a doctor is to help improve the quality of life of patients with movement disorders through the use of lifestyle modifications, therapy, and medicines. According to the diagnosis, the healthcare professional will ultimately suggest treatments and possible referrals to other specialists, including:

 

  • Hypnosis,
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy and/or dialectical-behavioral therapy,
  • Referral to neurobehavioral healthcare professionals,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Chiropractic care,
  • Medication

 

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Movement disorders are ultimately characterized as a variety of neurological health issues that can also generally cause various abnormal and involuntary body positions or movements. Many other neurological health issues are commonly caused by problems in the transmitting signals of the brain and they can ultimately affect quality, fluency, speed, and ease of movement. Movement disorders are also frequently referred to as conversion disorders and/or psychogenic movement disorders. Treatment of the symptoms of movement disorders will ultimately depend on the diagnosis of the patient. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 

Movement disorders are characterized as health issues that cause abnormal and involuntary body positions or movements. Many neurological conditions are caused by brain signal problems and they can ultimately affect quality, fluency, speed, and ease of movement. Dyskinesia is characterized as abnormal and involuntary fluency and/or speed of movement while hyperkinesia is characterized as excessive movement and hypokinesia is characterized as slow or absent, abnormal and involuntary movements. Movement disorders are also referred to as conversion disorders and/or psychogenic movement disorders. �

 

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.�

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez �

 

References:

  • Stanford Health Care (SHC) – Stanford Medical Center. �Functional Movement Disorders.� Stanford Health Care (SHC) – Stanford Medical Center, stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-conditions/brain-and-nerves/functional-movement-disorders.html.
  • Stanford Health Care (SHC) – Stanford Medical Center. �Symptoms.� Stanford Health Care (SHC) – Stanford Medical Center, stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-conditions/brain-and-nerves/functional-movement-disorders/symptoms.html.
  • Stanford Health Care (SHC) – Stanford Medical Center. �Treatments.� Stanford Health Care (SHC) – Stanford Medical Center, stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-conditions/brain-and-nerves/functional-movement-disorders/treatments.html.
  • Swierzewski, Stanley J. �Movement Disorders Overview.� Movement Disorders Overview – Movement Disorders – HealthCommunities.com, 1 Jan. 2000, www.healthcommunities.com/movement-disorders/overview-of-movement-disorders.shtml.

 


 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form AE260 (1)

 

The following Neurotransmitter Assessment Form can be filled out and presented to Dr. Alex Jimenez. The following symptoms listed on this form are not intended to be utilized as a diagnosis of any type of disease, condition, or any other type of health issue. �

 


 

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

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

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

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. 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)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

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

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

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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For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

 

* All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

 


 

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Natural Ways to Fix a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier in Functional Neurology Part 2

Natural Ways to Fix a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier in Functional Neurology Part 2

The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield that allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. However, many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. This can allow harmful components to penetrate the blood-brain brain, ultimately causing inflammation and brain health issues. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with many mental health issues and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. In the article below, we will discuss natural ways which have been demonstrated to help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier and improve overall brain health.  

Take Berberine

A variety of plants have an alkaloid known as berberine. This extracted substance has anti-inflammatory properties and it can ultimately promote brain health by protecting neurons. Scientists have also found that taking berberine can help lower “bad” cholesterol, improve gut health, and many others believe it may even have possible antidepressant properties. Other research studies have shown that it can reduce inflammation, improve blood-brain barrier permeability and decrease damage following a traumatic brain injury. However, further research studies are still required to demonstrate these effects.  

Avoid Exposure to Mold

Mold and mycotoxins, or toxic metabolites released by mold, can cause severe brain health issues in people with certain sensitivities and intolerances. Exposure to these can also cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. In 2010, scientists demonstrated that exposure to mold and mycotoxins can increase BBB permeability by breaking down the blood-brain barrier. Moreover, low amounts of mold and mycotoxins can also be found in the foods we eat, including nuts, tea, coffee, and chocolate. Charcoal or bentonite clay supplements are powerful remedies that can capture toxins and release them out of the body.  

Take B Vitamins

According to healthcare professionals, B vitamins have been found to help improve a leaky blood-brain barrier. B vitamin deficiencies can ultimately affect brain health. Taking vitamin B1 (thiamine) supplements can help fix BBB permeability. Research studies have also shown that vitamins B6, B9, and B12 can help improve brain health in older adults with increased homocysteine and moderate cognitive impairment. Homocysteine is an inflammatory component that can breakdown the blood-brain barrier. Fortunately, healthcare professionals have found that taking B vitamins can balance the blood-brain barrier.  

Take Magnesium

Magnesium is a fundamental mineral that plays a vital role in a variety of structures and functions in the body, including enzyme, hormonal, and neurotransmitter activity. Magnesium is also one of the nutrients that people are most deficient in. This important mineral can increase growth hormones in the brain, support mitochondria, protect the brain from alcohol and help people overcome addiction and withdrawal. Research studies have also shown that taking magnesium can improve BBB permeability. Bananas, avocado, spinach, chard, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and dark chocolate have magnesium.  

Take R-Lipoic Acid (RLA) and Acetyl-Carnitine (ALCAR)

R-Lipoic Acid (RLA) is a fat-soluble and stable, bioavailable form of lipoic acid or an antioxidant created by the body, that can pass through the blood-brain barrier and enter the brain. This essential antioxidant can also protect the brain from alcohol and support mitochondria. Research studies have found that RLA can decrease oxidative stress and inflammation as well as improve BBB permeability and. Acetyl-Carnitine (ALCAR) is an acetylated form of the amino acid carnitine that is synergistic with RLA. ALCAR is neuroprotective and it can help people improve brain fog as well as addiction and withdrawal.  

Eat or Take Turmeric or Curcumin

Turmeric or curcumin, the spice that gives curry its yellowish color, is another fundamental ingredient for brain health that can help reduce stress and increase growth hormones in the brain. Turmeric or curcumin can also improve BBB permeability and promote overall brain health by maintaining and regulating the integrity of the blood-brain barrier. Research studies have also found that eating or taking turmeric or curcumin can help prevent damage to the blood-brain barrier due to glucose and oxygen deprivation by considerably decreasing oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain and body.  

Take Vitamin D

Vitamin D is another fat-soluble vitamin that the skin produces when exposed to the sun. The brain, heart, muscles, and immune system, among other cells and tissues in the body, have vitamin D receptors. This fat-soluble vitamin is fundamental for a variety of structures and functions. Vitamin D deficiencies can also cause a variety of brain health issues and neurological diseases. Scientists have shown that vitamin D can decrease inflammation and improve BBB permeability. Vitamin D has also been demonstrated to help protect endothelial cells and improve BBB permeability in patients with multiple sclerosis.  

Take Citicoline or Alpha GPC

Citicoline or CDP-Choline is another essential B vitamin and bioavailable form of choline. This substance can help improve brain fog. Research studies have also found that citicoline or CDP-Choline can prevent the breakdown of the blood-brain barrier following a stroke or traumatic brain injury and brain ischemia. Alpha GPC is another form of choline that has been shown to help support the blood-brain barrier. Scientists have also found that it can fix damage to the blood-brain barrier following a stroke or TBI, restoring cognitive function. You can also find some choline in egg yolks and beef liver.  

Avoid Exposure to EMFs

According to a variety of research studies, radiofrequency electromagnetic fields or EMFs emitted from smartphones, laptops, and WiFi can affect the brain and mental health. Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields or EMFs can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier.��Several other research studies have found that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields or EMFs can increase BBB permeability. Increased blood-brain barrier permeability may ultimately result in the accumulation of brain cell and tissue damage as well as cognitive impairment. It’s important to be aware of the effects of being exposed to these devices.   Dr. Alex Jimenez Insights Image
Many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier, ultimately causing increased BBB permeability, oxidative stress, inflammation and a variety of brain and mental health issues, including neurodegenerative diseases. The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield which allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. Fortunately, several natural ways have been demonstrated to help improve overall brain health and wellness as well as help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight
  The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield that allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. However, many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. This can allow harmful components to penetrate the blood-brain brain, ultimately causing inflammation and brain health issues. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with many mental health issues and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. In the article above, we discussed more natural ways which have been demonstrated to help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier and improve overall brain health.  

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.�

  Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez   References:
  • The Star Academy. �How to Repair a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier.� The Star Academy, The Star Academy, 16 Oct. 2018, thestaracademy.co.za/repair-leaky-blood-brain-barrier/.
 
 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

[wp-embedder-pack width=”100%” height=”1050px” download=”all” download-text=”” attachment_id=”52657″ /]   The following Neurotransmitter Assessment Form can be filled out and presented to Dr. Alex Jimenez. The following symptoms listed on this form are not intended to be utilized as a diagnosis of any type of disease, condition, or any other type of health issue.  
 

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

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   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

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. 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)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   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.  
Dunwoody Labs: Comprehensive Stool with Parasitology | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
GI-MAP: GI Microbial Assay Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

  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. xymogen el paso, tx For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download   * All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.  
   
 

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