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Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries or SCI’s don’t just happen from intense force/high-energy trauma like hard falls or auto accidents. Non-traumatic spinal cord injuries are more common. However, traumatic spinal cord injuries tend to get the most attention. This can cause problems as it can delay treatment for individuals with a non-traumatic injury. Awareness is vital because spinal cord disorders tend to not get recognized for their impact on overall health.

Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Non-traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Non-traumatic spinal cord injuries is an umbrella term that includes several disorders, like:

  • Degenerative cervical myelopathy
  • Degenerative spondylosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Paget’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Metastatic cancer
  • Developmental disorders like Spina Bifida and cerebral palsy
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Friedreich’s ataxia

Understanding these disorders helps determine a correct diagnosis. Degenerative cervical myelopathy or DCM is the most common form of a non-traumatic spinal cord injury. It is a slow progressive injury that causes continued compression usually brought on by spondylosis or osteoarthritis of the spine’s joints. DCM can have a devastating effect on the quality of life if not diagnosed and treated as it can have a ripple effect by raising the risk of falls, leading to a traumatic spinal cord injury. Being aware can help in preventing the damage.

Other Causes and Complications

Other causes for non-traumatic spinal cord injury include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Blood supply loss to the spinal cord
  • Compression from a tumor or blood clot
  • Infection
  • Spinal abscess
  • Atherosclerosis

One of the most significant risk factors is age. This is due to an increased risk of conditions like osteoarthritis and hypertension as individuals get older, which is why individuals with a non-traumatic spinal cord injury are, on average, older than individuals that suffer a traumatic spinal cord injury. Weakness, instability, and loss of muscle control are common complications that can develop as the non-traumatic spinal cord injury progresses. Other complications that can present include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Constipation
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Impotence
  • Pressure ulcers/bed sores if immobilized
  • Possible blood clots that can lead to deep vein thrombosis
  • Depression and anxiety


With a traumatic spinal cord injury, treatment depends on the severity of the injury. With non-traumatic spinal cord injuries, treatment depends on what type of condition is involved. The primary treatment for non-traumatic spinal cord injuries typically involves various forms of rehabilitation to minimize further damage to the spinal cord. Surgery may be necessary if the spine needs to be decompressed.

Body Composition

Extracellular Water and Intracellular Water

Extracellular Water – ECW

  • Extracellular is the water located outside the body’s cells.
  • The water in the blood falls into this category.
  • Around 1/3 of the body’s fluid is attributed to ECW, and this water is found in the interstitial fluid, transcellular fluid, and blood plasma.
  • This water is important because:
  • It helps control the movement of electrolytes.
  • Allows oxygen delivery to the cells.
  • Clears waste from metabolic processes.

Intracellular Water – ICW

  • Intracellular is the water located inside the body’s cells.
  • It comprises 70% of the cytosol, which is a mix of water and other dissolved elements.
  • It makes up the other 2/3 of the water inside the body.
  • Intracellular water is important because:
  • It helps in cellular processes.
  • Allows molecules to be transported to the different organelles inside the cell.
  • Picks up where the extracellular water leaves off by continuing the pathway for fuel/energy to be transported to the cells.

Badhiwala, Jetan H et al. “Degenerative cervical myelopathy – update and future directions.” Nature reviews. Neurology vol. 16,2 (2020): 108-124. doi:10.1038/s41582-019-0303-0

Handbook of Clinical Neurology (2012) “Spinal Cord Injury.”

Milligan, James et al. “Degenerative cervical myelopathy: Diagnosis and management in primary care.” Canadian family physician Medecin de famille canadien vol. 65,9 (2019): 619-624.

Physical Management in Neurological Rehabilitation (2004) “Spinal cord injury.”

High School Football Athletes and Chiropractic Benefits

High School Football Athletes and Chiropractic Benefits

High school football takes a toll on the body. The sport can cause all kinds of injuries that can range from mild – severe. Areas that are commonly injured include:

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Shoulder
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Spine
  • Legs
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Feet

Chiropractic has become a medically recommended form of treatment and rehabilitation for these injuries but also injury prevention. Today all NFL teams utilize a chiropractic team for players and staff. College teams are also discovering the benefits that chiropractic offers. There are significant benefits that high school football players can attain from chiropractic care.

High School Football Athletes and Chiropractic Benefits

Enhanced Mobility

A chiropractic adjustment, technically known as chiropractic manipulative treatment/CMT, is a primary therapy in sports medicine. It helps to increase flexibility and minimize or eliminate pain during motion/movement. Adjustments have been shown to improve athletic performance.

Injury Prevention

Athletes who regularly use chiropractic experience a decline in sports-related injuries.

Treatment increases flexibility and mobility, allowing for optimal agility that has been linked to preventing injuries. This is because the body is relaxed and stays loose, even when tackled, instead of tensing up, which is a major contributor to strains and injuries.

Enhanced Strength

Chiropractic adjustments also help increase muscular strength, making the body stronger, and more resistant to injury. It has been shown to promote strength in the muscles after a few sessions effectively. The strengthened muscles also help avoid injury by being able to withstand the hits and recover faster. The strengthened body also helps to increase endurance and stamina.

Pain Relief

Many high school players use chiropractic to ease the general pain that comes from general practice and games. Adjustments and massage are highly effective for pain management and alleviate headaches, especially those that come from constant impact to the head and neck. It helps to alleviate soreness, stiffness, and pain from the entire body.

Sports Hernia

Athletes often experience athletic pubalgia. This is one of the most common causes of injury-related groin pain. Chiropractic can relieve the discomfort within 8 weeks in combination with rehabilitative stretches and exercises. Chiropractic plays a critical role in whole-body care, pain relief and keeps the body operating and performing at the highest level.

Body Composition

Water Intoxication

When an individual overwhelms their body’s ability to excrete water and waste products consumed, water intoxication can develop. Water intoxication causes disturbances in the body’s electrolyte balance. This can cause a life-threatening condition known as hyponatremia. With a rapid decrease in the sodium levels in the blood, relative to the amount of water, symptoms can develop rapidly:

  • Early symptoms include:
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Changes in mental state
  • Symptoms of psychosis
  • If left untreated, later symptoms can develop into:
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

Hession, E F, and G D Donald. “Treatment of multiple lumbar disk herniations in an adolescent athlete utilizing flexion distraction and rotational manipulation.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 16,3 (1993): 185-92.

Pritchett, J W. “A statistical study of physician care patterns in high school football injuries.” The American journal of sports medicine vol. 10,2 (1982): 96-9. doi:10.1177/036354658201000206

Shane, Eric R et al. “Sports chiropractic management of concussions using the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool 2 symptom scoring, serial examinations, and graded return to play protocol: a retrospective case series.” Journal of chiropractic medicine vol. 12,4 (2013): 252-9. doi:10.1016/j.jcm.2013.08.001

Body Composition: High-Intensity Training or Bodybuilding

Body Composition: High-Intensity Training or Bodybuilding

High-intensity interval training or bodybuilding? Getting to the gym, choosing a strength-training method, and figuring out which method is right for you can be frustrating and confusing. With all of the options available, there�s just no easy way to figure out which training regimen is right. Here are two of the most popular training methods broken down. The principles behind each training method and how they influence body composition. The journey to getting healthy goes a lot smoother when knowing which training program will help reach optimal fitness goals.  
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Not all training programs are the same

Bodybuilding is about physical appearance. This means big muscles and low body fat which is accomplished by heavyweight training workouts. High-Intensity Interval Training/HIIT workouts focus on performing high-intensity exercises in large volume repetitions quickly to raise an individual’s heart rate, cycling between high intensity and rest. This is accomplished by using:
  • Light weights
  • Bodyweight
  • Cardio exercises
It�s important to understand that different training methods will affect body composition differently. Body composition is about painting an accurate picture of what�s going on in the body. The key is to break down:
  • What each training program looks like
  • What it does
  • How to choose the program that�s best for the individual
  • Gaining Lean Body Mass
  • Losing Fat Mass


Bodybuilding at its core is about gaining muscle while minimizing body fat. Minimizing fat is a key to building a muscular-defined physique, and requires a detailed focus on protein and calorie intake. It is the emphasis on aesthetically increasing muscle size and reducing body fat. Bodybuilders focus on higher reps and lighter-weight workouts. This encourages muscle hypertrophy. Other factors in bodybuilding are:
  • Adequate cardio
  • Consistent protein intake
  • Calorie restrictions
  • These are important aspects of this type of regimen and building visually impressive musculature.
This impressive musculature is not only for looks, as it can help with fat loss as well. This is because resistance training/weight training can burn a lot of calories and lose a substantial amount of fat. A study by the Department of Exercise Science showed that 10 weeks of resistance training can reduce fat weight by 1.8kg and increase resting metabolic rate by 7%.  

Body Composition

For the average person, if the focus is on building visible muscle while keeping a low body fat percentage, bodybuilding is a great choice. Ideal body composition focuses on keeping fat content to a minimum without compromise.  

High-Intensity Interval Training/HIIT

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Body Composition: High-Intensity Training or Bodybuilding
Modern training programs like CrossFit utilize HIIT-style workouts. HIIT burns calories through workouts that significantly increase heart rate. The exercises are short, loaded with mini-breaks in between high-intensity sets designed to test cardio. The focus is on high repetitions. However, HIIT workouts are so intense that professional trainers recommend individuals only train 2-3 times a week, to avoid overstressing the body. There are bodybuilding exercises included like: However, they are done with different goals in mind. The priority of a HIIT workout is to reduce fat, improve cardio, and developing some muscle.  

Body Composition

Scientists from Ohio State University observed more than 40 subjects at all levels of cardio fitness. Over the next 10 weeks, the subjects completed a variety of HIIT workouts. The scientists realized that the individuals were developing a more capable cardio system, and their body fat percentages were dropping significantly.
  • If the goal is to get stronger and lose weight, then bodybuilding is the best option.
  • If the goal is to have stronger cardio and lose serious weight then HIIT workouts are the best option.
No matter what training program is chosen. Remember that achieving a healthy body composition that the individual feels comfortable with is the most important thing. Making positive changes and achieving optimal health is the objective. Both workout strategies can be incorporated into a regular strength training regimen. Both training methods can be challenging, but the health benefits are absolutely worth it. Contact us today to help figure out which training regimen will achieve optimal health.



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*  
Ross, Leanna M et al. �High-intensity interval training (HIIT) for patients with chronic diseases.��Journal of sport and health science�vol. 5,2 (2016): 139-144. doi:10.1016/j.jshs.2016.04.005 Westcott, Wayne L. �Resistance training is medicine: effects of strength training on health.��Current sports medicine reports�vol. 11,4 (2012): 209-16. doi:10.1249/JSR.0b013e31825dabb8
High Blood Pressure and Chiropractic Management

High Blood Pressure and Chiropractic Management

The heart never stops working. The efficiency of the heart and how it operates depends on various factors related to individual health. High blood pressure management can include chiropractic treatment for proper spinal alignment. This promotes improved nervous system function, regulation, and optimal blood flow throughout the body. High blood pressure is also known as hypertension, often it has no symptoms, and if left untreated, it could lead to heart conditions like heart disease and stroke. Blood pressure is the force the heart exerts on the arteries each time it contracts and relaxes. It is measured with a blood pressure cuff or monitor.
  • Normal is around 120/80 mmHg
  • A blood pressure reading of 130/90 mmHg or more, is categorized as high blood pressure.
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 High-Blood Pressure and Chiropractic Management

High blood pressure

Any type of heart condition can place added strain on the body and can lead to poor quality of life, disease, and be fatal. When the body’s ability to pump the proper amount of blood gets compromised the body suffers from a lack of oxygenated blood. These issues can go undiagnosed for years. Often high blood pressure does not get associated with any specific symptoms other than general poor health. When left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to issues like:
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Dementia
Prevention and regular monitoring are crucial for staying on top of any potential heart issues.

Heart conditions

Different heart conditions can cause pain in the chest, upper back, and shoulder(s):
  • Angina is when the heart muscle does not get enough blood causing chest pain.
  • A heart attack occurs when there is reduced or complete loss of blood supply from the blockage of an artery.
  • Pericarditis is the inflammation of the thin layers that surround the heart.
Heart conditions are commonly associated with chest pain but remember that chest pain is not always present or severe. Pain-related to the heart can also be felt in other areas, like the shoulder or upper back.

Risk factors

Risk factors associated with high blood pressure include:
  • An unhealthy diet high full of processed foods, sugar, and salt
  • Age
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Metabolic disease/s like:
  1. Obesity
  2. Kidney disease
  3. Diabetes
The most common treatment for high blood pressure is medication. However, this does not address the root cause of the issue in relation to individual lifestyle and underlying imbalances of the body that include the spine.
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 High-Blood Pressure and Chiropractic Management


Lifestyle adjustments should be the first line of defense for managing, and reversing heart health issues. High blood pressure management includes:
  • Focus on nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Stress management


Chiropractic is a specialized approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of musculoskeletal health issues and optimized organ function through restored impaired nerve function. Spinal misalignment can cause nerve signals to be impaired/damaged which can affect the heart and overall health. A chiropractic physician can help reduce the strain on the body�s functions by restoring nerve function/energy/blood flow with spinal adjustments that bring the body back into proper alignment. One primary cause of high blood pressure is over-activation of the autonomic nervous system, which regulates the stress response. When spinal alignment is achieved, there is improved regulation to prevent unnecessary spikes in stress affecting body homeostasis and organ function. Chiropractic can help an individual achieve the best possible heart health. Once the diagnosis is found, an effective customized treatment plan will be developed.

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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*
Win, Ni Ni et al. �Effects of Upper and Lower Cervical Spinal Manipulative Therapy on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Variability in Volunteers and Patients With Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled, Cross-Over, Preliminary Study.��Journal of chiropractic medicine�vol. 14,1 (2015): 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.jcm.2014.12.005
A High-Risk Job, Your Spine, and Back Injury El Paso, Texas

A High-Risk Job, Your Spine, and Back Injury El Paso, Texas

Work/Job Ergonomics

In today’s workforce, many jobs place workers at a higher risk for a back injury. The list is pretty extensive and may surprise you! Individuals that have suffered a� neck or back injury at work know the cost goes beyond lost wages. The impact of these injuries on employees, employers, and the economy is staggering.

In a report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.8 million cases of non-fatal occupational injuries and in 2018.� Of these cases, more than 50% lost time from work, transferred to a different job, or restricted work activity. Not all of these cases were spine-related injuries. However, 880,000 cases were back pain-related injuries.

The World Health Organization’s International Labour Office says that the problem is global.

Musculoskeletal diseases are a very common part of 270 million non-fatal work/job accidents where employees missed at least 3 workdays.


11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 126 A High-Risk Job, Your Spine, and Back Injury El Paso, Texas


Risky Jobs

Occupational safety experts gather all kinds of information that they factor. This includes job requirements, work environment, and work station set up. In compiling the list of risky occupations, here are some of the criteria:

  • Heavy physical work
  • Forceful lifting movements
  • Bending
  • Twisting
  • Awkward work postures
  • Whole-body vibration
  • Static work postures like standing/sitting but never changing position compounds the risks to workers.

Two occupations that lead the list of jobs placing workers at the highest risk are construction and nurses/nursing home workers. Workers in both of these jobs tend to share the under-reporting of work-related injuries. This happens as the employees fear they will lose their job and cannot afford to take any time off.

Construction Workers

Employees at a construction site are repeatedly lifting, bending, carrying, pulling, and tugging. These repetitive movements lead to overuse injuries and back strain/sprains are a common part of this. More than 30% of workers have to miss job time. Those that must climb ladders or work on scaffolds have a greater risk of falling. This is where some serious spinal injuries can occur, causing disability and sometimes being fatal.


11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 126 A High-Risk Job, Your Spine, and Back Injury El Paso, Texas

Nurses/Nursing Workers

Nursing homes and employment opportunities are growing from elderly population growth. These workers are at high risk for back pain and spine injury. This comes from transferring patients’ from their beds, bathtub, and bathroom facilities. All these actions require lifting, carrying, holding, pulling, pushing, and turning. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports nearly all back and shoulder injuries are the result of moving patients.


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Warehouse Workers

This is another job that requires lifting, along with using forceful movements, bending, twisting, carrying, and placing the body in awkward positions. Sometimes these workers have to drive a truck or an industrial vehicle that creates whole-body vibration. Continual exposure to vibration can cause backache and soreness that can lead to lost work time.


11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 126 A High-Risk Job, Your Spine, and Back Injury El Paso, Texas

Dentists and Surgeons

Both of these professions involve prolonged standing, stooping, bending, and awkward body positioning. Not to mention the mental strain that diverts the doctor’s attention to proper posture and body mechanics that results in injury and pain.



The American Chiropractic Association puts landscapers in the top 10 list of jobs that cause back pain. This job puts these workers at a greater risk for cumulative trauma disorders. All the tasks that a landscaper has to do that include hedge trimming, tree pruning, and planting. These actions/movements involve lifting, reaching, bending, and stooping. This is a perfect set up for an overuse back injury.

Hand tools that get used over and over can cause painful conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and thoracic outlet syndrome. Thoracic outlet syndrome is when the nerves and blood vessels become compressed between the neck and shoulder.


Store Cashier

Grocery and retail store cashiers require workers to stand in one place for a long time. This along with the repetitive motions of scanning, typing, opening, closing combined with bagging and lifting bags over and over can cause neck, shoulder, back, leg and foot pain. Over half of checkout workers complain of back pain.


Other High-Risk Jobs

  • Airline crews meaning pilots, baggage handlers,
  • Factory workers
  • Bakers
  • Bus
  • Cab drivers
  • Cable and telephone line installers
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Hairstylists
  • Plumbers
  • Carpet installers/cleaners
  • Dry cleaners
  • Medical technicians
  • Farmers
  • Firefighters
  • Police
  • Maintenance workers
  • Automotive technicians
  • Office personnel
  • Professional athletes


Job Injury Prevention

We may not be able to instantly change our occupation, but there are steps to help prevent neck and back injuries. The key is workplace ergonomics and safety. Be proactive to help reduce workplace risk for neck and back injury and share what you learn with co-workers.


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NCBI Resources

Injuries that are caused by repetitive movements often develop gradually.�This is the time when the symptoms are mild and come and go, so the individual just works through it and doesn�t think about it. It�s�not until the symptoms get very painful and debilitating that the individual realizes that something is wrong, and then they seek medical attention. Don�t wait, as soon as you feel a tingle, slight pinch, or a little soreness�and you feel that it stems from your work�s repetitive movements, get in touch with a doctor or chiropractor before it becomes excruciating.


High Heels Can Cause Back, Knee & Hip Pain

High Heels Can Cause Back, Knee & Hip Pain

Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Alexander Jimenez looks at high heels at what they do to the back.

Ladies, ever wonder why you suffer from regular bouts of lower back pain?� Achy hips?� How about crazy tight leg muscles?� Don�t blame it on your cycling class, or too many squats or, the trainer you only see once or twice a week.� Look down.� Are you wearing high heels?� Bingo!� You�ve heard high heels are bad for you.� But it�s not just because they cause all kinds of pain and trauma to your feet.� High heels are also messing up your physical fitness. �They throw you out of proper postural alignment causing your joints and spine to take on more�wear and tear, which means aches and pains.

Is it possible to still look rockin� and save your joints? �My suggestion is more Athleisure-wear. �I know some fashion hard-liners say, no way will I walk around in yoga pants on a weekday!� But we�ve come a long way since those flare-leg, fold-over yoga pants.

Let�s chat for a moment about the evils of high heels.

First there�s the obvious.� They make your feet hurt.� Blisters, calluses and swelling are par for the course.� And pointy toes, fuhgeddaboutit!� I�m sure they were invented by someone on the Marquis de Sade�s payroll.� Second, they can lead to foot injuries like plantar fasciitis (usually from a bone spur that makes your heels hurt), hammertoes, bunions, and neuromas.� �Then there�s the domino effect.

Not only do high heels make your feet hurt, but problems with the feet can travel up the leg and cause injuries in the back, knees and hips. �Your knees take on extra pressure from the weight being pushed forward onto the balls of the feet. �Walking in this position makes your hip flexors and calf muscles short and tight. �And it doesn�t stop there.� Back problems are incredibly common in women who don�t give up their high heels.



Back Problems are incredibly common in women who don�t give up their high heels

Here�s why:


  1. Postural changes:�The S-curve of your spine has cushiony discs in between the vertebrae that act as a shock absorbers to protect them from stress. Like when you�re bending or jumping. �Wearing heels causes the lower back to arch more than normal because the body weight is pushed forward.� To compensate, the upper body has to lean back to maintain balance.� This puts extra stress on the discs. ��Spending hours with your body in funky alignment can lead to muscle spasms and back pain. �Tight hamstring muscles, which�attach to back of the pelvis and lower back, can also make your back ache.
  2. Anatomical changes: Wearing high heels on a daily, or very regular basis, over years, can actually cause anatomical changes to your body.� In addition to the extra strain on your back and knees, the calf muscles can also shorten and the tendons can get tighter and thicker.

And It Can Get Even Nastier If You Get One Of These Spine Injuries:


  • Spondylolisthesis: it�s a mouthful, but is a common injury that can happen in the lower back from too much hyperextension (arching the back).� It�s when one vertebra slips forward over another.
  • Foraminal stenosis: I have this one congenitally and it sucks. This is a spine and nerve issue that occurs when anatomical abnormalities reduce the spaces the nerves travel through as they exit the spinal column.� The spaces are called foramina, and when they get blocked, the nerves get squeezed.� The pain can radiate through the buttocks and down the legs.� Symptoms are shooting pains, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, spasms and, or cramping.
  • Sciatica: The sciatic nerve is the longest one in the body. �It runs from the bottom of the lumbar spine all the ways down the legs. �When the sciatic nerve gets compressed it causes radiating pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness down the leg and can The pain can travel all the way to the bottom of the foot.

What Can You Do? �My Case for Athleisure-Wear To Combat Back Pain



It�s time for stuffy office attire to retire. �Comfy clothes and flat shoes can be very chic. �Have you seen the boards on Pinterest?� Thanks to this hopefully permanent fashion style, my jeans and heels spend more time in my closet than on my body.� Leggings and cute kicks are my go to�s.� Night out?� No prob.� I reach for my sleek workout leggings, a ruched top or off the shoulder top with some high heel sneaks (they�re wedges so not nearly as bad for you). �I also discovered these by Bluprint which I put to the test at 2 huge conventions where I walking and standing for hours on end.� The soles made of memory foam � like those beds!



My podiatrist friend, Steven Rosenberg, DPM has been preaching the need for comfy shoes to his female clients for years. �(Fortunately for his practice, not everyone listens!) �Dr. Steve says, wearing shoes designed more for comfort can help you live more pain-free. ��Because comfort shoes are made of�soft cushiony materials�with soft foam innersoles, those are what you should turn to for shopping, walking or standing for long periods of time to avoid�blisters, muscle spasms or arch cramps.� � He also says to check for arch support in your shoes. �If there�s none, you can buy ones to put inside.




Even after reading this, you may still not be willing to give up high heels for good. �Me either.� I still get glammed up once in a while.

Here Are Some Tips For When You Must:

  • Wear them for as little time as possible.
  • Try to opt for heels around 2� high
  • Steer clear of pointy toes.
  • Buy shoes with leather insoles to so your foot doesn�t slide.
  • Buy arch inserts or use orthotics to support your arches.
  • Vary your footwear so you�re not wearing high heels every day.
  • Gradual or lower slopes are a little better, go for platforms or wedges instead of stilettos
  • Thicker heels are better than spiky heels
  • Stretch and strengthen the overworked muscles.


Here�s How:

  • Stretch your leg muscles and hip flexors before and after wearing heels.� For the calves, stand on a step and let one heel hang down until you feel a stretch.


Try this convenient device, the foot rocker by Vive.� It stretches the calf and the sole of the foot relieving pain from plantar fasciitis.




Front of the hip and thigh stretch for before and after wearing high heels


Hamstring stretch for before and after wearing high heels


  • Massage and stretch the muscles in the soles of your feet.� Roll your foot on a golf ball before and after wearing heels and, get regular foot massages.
  • Strengthen and increase the range of motion in your ankles and feet.� Put a rag on the floor.� Using your foot, write the letters of the alphabet.� Also put a bunch of marbles on the floor.� Pick one or a few of them up using just your foot.� Put them down about 6 inches away without lifting your foot off the floor.� Try that 10 times.� If you don�t have marbles, you can do it with a hand towel.



So next time you�re shopping for shoes, think about your foot fitness first. �Look for fashion that keeps you closer to the ground and that will hopefully keep you farther away from the doctor.


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