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Getting Better Sleep with Inflammatory Spinal Arthritis

Getting Better Sleep with Inflammatory Spinal Arthritis

Inflammatory spinal arthritis can cause significant joint pain and severely damage sleep quality. Any of the following conditions can cause individuals to experience sleep problems:
  • Spondylosis (osteoarthritis)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylosis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Dr. Jimenez from Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic gives insight into how inflammatory spinal arthritis can disrupt healthy sleep, along with some tips to help individuals with joint pain restore healthy sleep.  
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Inflammatory Spinal Arthritis and Sleep

First, it is not just the joint pain of arthritis that is causing sleep problems. Research is discovering that more factors could be at play. A study in the journal SLEEP examined how individuals with chronic pain, including osteoarthritis slept. What was revealed was a strong connection between chronic pain and insomnia. Insomnia can lead to added joint pain because poor sleep can trigger inflammatory pathways that worsen arthritis pain. Plus a poor night of sleep can heighten an individual’s perception of pain the next day. Arthritis pain does not just impact the sleep of adults, but young individuals with juvenile idiopathic arthritis can also struggle with getting healthy sleep. Sleep, pain levels, and mood are strongly related.  
 

Sleep Tips

Achieving quality sleep and a well-rested body can be done. Things to consider to help secure a healthy sleep.  

Medication interference/side effects

Corticosteroids could be part of the sleep problem, as corticosteroid treatment has been linked to insomnia. If struggling to fall asleep, talk with a doctor about altering any prescribed medication regimen before sleep like taking aspirin or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory NSAID medication in its place.  

Adjust sleep position to joint pain

If the neck is sore/aching rest the head on a flat pillow so the cervical spine is in a neutral position. For low back joint pain, individuals might find relief by sleeping on their back or side with the knees and hips flexed at a 90-degree angle. For hip joint stiffness, sleeping on the side with a pillow between the legs is recommended.  
 

A firm mattress and support pillow

A firm mattress will support the body and help reduce pain. The right pillow/s are also important for healthy sleep. A lumbar and cervical pillow can help cushion tender areas.  

Readjust chores

Joint pain first thing in the morning needs time to adjust. For morning physical chores try to reschedule for later on in the day or if possible the night before. This could be fixing lunches, picking out clothes, preparing breakfast, or packing the work case, tools, etc. The extra time will reduce morning stress and allow the body to gently adjust.  
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Wake up and stretch

With joint pain in the morning, some gentle stretching can help. Doing some stretches before even getting out of bed will help minimize pain and allow the body to gradually prepare for movement. Follow the stretch session up with a hot shower to loosen stiff joints.  
 

Increase Sleep Quality

Sleep problems can affect anyone even those that don’t have inflammatory spinal arthritis/joint pain. There could be other issues causing sleep problems unrelated to joint pain. If still not getting quality sleep, talk to a rheumatologist about available options.

Body Composition

 

Osteoarthritis and Exercise

Obesity is a significant risk factor in the development of osteoarthritis. This is not only from the effects of extra weight on the body’s joints but also as a result of the pro-inflammatory effects of adipose tissue. The hips and knees are the weight-bearing joints. Excessive adipose tissue on the midsection and legs have been shown to negatively impact these weight-bearing joints. Promoting Lean Body Mass and encouraging weight loss can potentially lower the risk of osteoarthritis and improve the quality of life. Gentle exercise is regarded as safe for individuals with osteoarthritis and is a key component to improve body composition, reduce body fat mass, improve lean body mass and maintain a healthy weight. Improving body composition and utilizing exercise in weight management can have a direct and positive effect on joint 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*  
References
Myers W. 9 Ways to Rise and Shine With Osteoarthritis. Everyday Health.�http://www.everydayhealth.com/osteoarthritis/ways-to-rise-and-shine-with-osteoarthritis.aspx. Last updated September 25, 2014. Accessed April 18, 2017. Watson S. Why Osteoarthritis Could Disrupt Your Sleep�and Your Partner�s. Arthritis Foundation. http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/sleep-insomnia/osteoarthritis-and-sleep.php. Accessed April 18, 2017.
How Chiropractic Care Helps With Crohn’s Disease | El Paso, TX

How Chiropractic Care Helps With Crohn’s Disease | El Paso, TX

If you or someone you love is suffering from Crohn�s disease, you know how unpleasant it can be. A chronic inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn�s can make it difficult to lead a normal life. Even when you are able to work, play and relax the way you want, the disease can still cause painful, uncomfortable symptoms that you certainly can do without.

Fortunately, chiropractic care has been helpful for a number of patients with Crohn�s disease. You may be able to get some much-needed relief for your symptoms through regular chiropractic visits.

The Symptoms of Crohn�s Disease?

In most cases, Crohn�s disease causes parts of the small bowel and colon to become inflamed. The inflammation can result in several symptoms that are nothing you want to experience if you do not have to, including regular diarrhea, malnutrition, weight loss, abdominal pain, and fatigue.

Crohn�s Disease Is Usually Treated How?

It is an unfortunate reality that Crohn�s disease has no current cure. Standard treatments include using prescription medications and sometimes surgery to eliminate symptoms. Of course, these treatments may result in unwanted side effects which can sometimes be equal to or worse than the original symptoms. That is why chiropractors prefer to use treatments that are less invasive, like adjustments and complementary therapies.

Can Chiropractic Help with Crohn�s Disease?

There have been a variety of small studies conducted to determine the effects of chiropractic on Crohn�s disease. The results of these studies have been promising. Many have shown that chiropractic adjustments have helped those with Crohn�s to feel better than they did before the adjustments. They experienced a reduction in their symptoms, with some experiencing a significant reduction.

11860 Vista Del Sol Ste. 128 How Chiropractic Care Helps With Crohn's Disease | El Paso, TX

A young man suffering from severe belly pain, being overwhelmed by the debilitating condition of celiac disease/Crohn’s disease/strong anxiety

Why Choose Chiropractic?

The best thing about using chiropractic to treat Crohn�s symptoms is that it is so gentle and free of side effects. You can try chiropractic at very little risk to yourself or the danger of experiencing an increase in your symptoms. When you consider how likely side effects are from prescription medications�you only have to watch a commercial for pharmaceuticals to see the long list of possible side effects�and the risks of surgery, it is easy to see why so many Crohn�s sufferers look to chiropractic for relief.

What is a Chiropractic Visit like when You Have Crohn�s Disease?

Chiropractors are experienced in treating a wide variety of diseases and conditions. They also know how important it is to make you feel comfortable with your experience�from start to finish.

The first thing the chiropractor will do is conduct a thorough physical examination. He or she will also ask you a number of questions to find out exactly how you feel, and what your thoughts are on your condition.

After the examination the chiropractor will design a treatment plan that may include a variety of treatments:

  • Chiropractic adjustments. Adjustments focus on helping your spine and body achieve optimal alignment. The chiropractor will only apply enough pressure to achieve the desired result.
  • Massage therapy. Massage is an excellent complementary therapy that goes hand in hand with chiropractic care. By relaxing your muscles and releasing adhesions, massage can help your adjustments stay in place and lead to improved movement and less pain.
  • Spinal decompression. Using a specially designed machine, your chiropractor can increase the space between your vertebrae�space that leads to increased blood flow lowers pain levels and often results in faster healing.

If you would like more information about what chiropractic can do for your Crohn�s, please contact us. We are standing by to answer your questions and help you schedule an appointment.


 

Reduce *LOW BACK PAIN* with Foot Orthotics | El Paso, Tx

 

 

Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience some type of back pain sometime throughout their lifetime. Low back pain and sciatica are several of the most common complaints frequently reported in a doctor office setting. But, did you know that low back pain and sciatica can be caused due to foot problems?

Custom-made functional foot orthotics can help support and promote the natural alignment of the spine. Poor posture associated with foot problems and other health issues can be corrected through the utilization of custom-made functional foot orthotics. Because every individual has unique foot anatomy, custom-made foot orthotics can be beneficial for a variety of people with foot problems and other health issues. Dr. Alex Jimenez is the non-surgical choice for foot problems.


 

Foot Orthotics

Experiencing foot pain, there�s no doubt you checked out your foot to make sure it�s not�injured�or hurting from�improper fitting shoes, corns, plantar fasciitis, etc. This may seem counterintuitive, but you may want to check the condition of the�lumbar spine (lower back)?� Most foot problems are caused by issues with the foot itself, but you might be surprised to find that pressure on the sciatic nerve can cause intense foot pain.

Before taking an opioid for pain control, give Chiropractic care and orthotics a try. The combination of Chiropractic and orthotics have been proven in clinical studies.

 

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Pain & Opioid Prescription Usage

Researchers estimate that as many as 36 million people worldwide abuse opioids. Estimates in the U.S. alone reached�2.1 million people�in 2012. In 2014, six out of ten�drug overdose deaths involved an opioid � including prescription opioids for pain relief. Every day, 78 Americans die from an opioid overdose. As the Opioid drug problem continues to spiral further out of control, claiming more lives, people are looking for safer, drug-free ways to relieve their pain. Chiropractic offers such an option.

 

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11860 Vista Del Sol Ste. 128 How Chiropractic Care Helps With Crohn's Disease | El Paso, TX


 

Gait Style & Chronic Postural Pain

 

The way a person walks, their gait, can be very telling. It can reveal problems in the feet, ankles, knees, and hips � even in�spinal alignment. A problem with gait can indicate pain in a patient as well as serious conditions like diabetes and arthritis. It, is a diagnostic tool for many conditions, injuries, and syndromes including autism.

When it comes to chiropractic care, a patient�s gait can offer critical clues regarding the root of their complaints, allowing for a more well-rounded, whole-body approach to treatment. If you think that the way you walk or moves doesn�t matter, think again. It most certainly does matter.

 

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�NCBI Resources

 

Most people don�t think of chiropractic to treat conditions that do not involve the spine, but study after study shows it is effective in treating a wide variety of health issues.�Ulcerative colitis seems to have no real connection with the spine, yet patients and researches alike are touting the effectiveness of chiropractic care to treat the condition. This is due, in part to chiropractic�s approach to whole-body wellness, but�spinal alignments�are incorporated into the care as well. Bottom line, chiropractic care is extremely effective in treating uncreative colitis, and many patients are finding relief from their symptoms and discomfort.