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Chiropractic Treatment For Chronic Stress Relief

Chiropractic Treatment For Chronic Stress Relief

Chronic stress is a continued and constant feeling of stress that negatively affects the body’s health if left untreated. It is caused by everyday pressures from work, family, or trauma, but instead of calming down and going back to a neutral demeanor, the worry and anxiety keep going. Chronic stress happens when the body experiences stressors to an intense degree, that the nervous system is not able to activate the relaxation response regularly.  

 

Normal stress is an essential part of the body�s fight or flight response that keeps an individual safe from danger and ensures survival when something threatening occurs. If the stress becomes chronic and is not managed appropriately it can be detrimental causing or exacerbating serious health problems that include:

  • Mental health problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease/s
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

This affects almost every system in the body, directly and indirectly. The body can handle acute/short-term stress, but not chronic stress. Despite how chronic stress can damage overall health, chiropractic can bring the body back into balance and help manage the stress.  

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Chronic Stress Health

There are a variety of factors that can lead to the onset of chronic stress and include:

  • Mental health problems related to depression, anxiety, etc
  • Traumatic events like natural disasters, automobile accident, injuries
  • Caring for a family member or elder that is sick
  • Continued exposure to negativity from social media, news, etc
  • Chronic blue light exposure from electronic devices
  • Unhealthy habits related to poor sleep, unhealthy diet, and lack of exercise
  • Chronic illness
  • Having no stress management techniques or unhealthy coping methods

The body is not meant to be in a constant state of stress, as it does not allow the body to repair itself and rest properly. This can lead to the breakdown of cellular processes, proper organ functions, and lead to disease. Chronic stress has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and depression.

 

Identification

It is not easy to recognize chronic stress. This is because of its long-lasting nature that individuals get so accustomed to, that it becomes normal. Symptoms to look for when identifying chronic stress:

  • Mood fluctuations and/or irritability
  • Always worrying about something
  • No time to take care of oneself or take part in enjoyable activities
  • Little inconveniences become too much to handle
  • Constantly getting colds or infections
  • Rely on unhealthy coping mechanisms like junk food, or alcohol to manage the stress
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Management Techniques

The ability to properly manage chronic stress is crucial for achieving optimal health. Management can be simple and straightforward. Options for management include:

  • Chiropractic
  • Healthy diet
  • Sleep improvement
  • Regular physical activity
  • Relaxation techniques like massage and heat therapy
  • Time management skills improvement
  • Reduced screen exposure specifically at night
  • Less time on social media
  • Mindfulness practice like meditation

 

Spinal Alignment

The techniques listed address reducing the external cues that affect internal health brought on by the stress response. Addressing internal imbalances will help the body return to a state of homeostasis. A common underlying imbalance that contributes to chronic stress is spinal misalignment. This is a root cause that could be over-activating the stress response which limits the body’s ability to return to a relaxed state.  

 

Chiropractic Management

Spinal misalignment/s hinders the nervous system’s ability to regulate the body’s stress response. This is due to improper nerve signaling and poor blood, and energy flow. Chiropractic is a research-oriented, science-based natural medical approach that specializes in addressing spinal issues. It gets the body’s natural healing ability to activate returning the body’s natural state of balance.


 


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

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

References

Abdallah, Chadi G, and Paul Geha. Chronic Pain and Chronic Stress: Two Sides of the Same Coin?.Chronic stress (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) vol. 1 (2017): 2470547017704763. doi:10.1177/2470547017704763

Chronic Pain Treatment/Management

Chronic Pain Treatment/Management

There are various chronic treatment/management options available. Chronic pain treatment focuses on treating and managing the root cause and underlying condition that is causing the pain. The physical and psychological aspects of chronic pain need to be balanced in order for a treatment plan to work.

 

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That is why a complete treatment plan can sometimes be necessary to address both the physical and psychological factors generating the pain. Because of this treatment plans often involve different pain specialists working in conjunction with a customized treatment/management plan according to the individual’s needs. This can include a combination of treatment protocols, like:

  • Health coaching
  • Psychological therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga, Pilates

Treatment/Management

The focus of chronic pain treatment is to:

  • Lessen pain frequency and intensity
  • Help individuals get back to work
  • Improve mobility and flexibility
  • Maintain quality of life
  • Reduce or eliminate reliance on pain meds
  • Reduce possible re-injury or new injury
  • Reduce mental and emotional symptoms like anxiety and depression

Pain Meds

 

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Non-Opioids

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications are usually the first treatment for chronic mild to moderate pain. Examples are ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen. These medications work by blocking enzymes and reduce prostaglandins throughout the body that cause pain and swelling. Acetaminophen used in Tylenol is similar to these medications but works differently. Instead, these meds block the production of inflammatory chemicals in the brain.

Opioids

Opioids are narcotics and can be extremely powerful pain relievers. These are used to relieve severe pain symptoms temporarily. Narcotics work by blocking the pain signals before they get to the brain. However, these meds are highly addictive and can lead to abuse. Doctors prescribe narcotics when non-opioids and all forms of non-pharmacological treatment/s fail or don’t work in providing sufficient pain relief. Examples include:

  • Buprenorphine
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Tramadol

Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsants or anti-epileptics are used to treat seizures. They can also help in relieving pain that is associated with nerve injury/damage and fibromyalgia. Examples include:

Muscle Relaxants

Muscle relaxants can be used for chronic pain but there is division among medical experts as to how effective they are and of their addictiveness. Plus there are few studies supporting their use in individuals with chronic pain.

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are hormone-based medications that help reduce inflammation. They are generated naturally in the body while some are synthesized in a laboratory. Injectable steroids can help relieve pain brought on from pinched nerves or joint disorders.

Antirheumatics

Antirheumatic meds are used to control and manage rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. They prevent or inhibit the immune system and help reduce joint damage. Examples include:

  • Methotrexate
  • Leflunomide
  • Hydroxychloroquine
  • Sulfasalazine

Antidepressants

Antidepressants are used to treat anxiety disorders and depression disorders but are also used to relieve chronic pain. They are used to treat pain caused by:

  • Arthritis
  • Migraine
  • Nerve damage
  • Fibromyalgia

These medications increase the brain’s chemical levels like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. They can also be used even when an individual has no depression symptoms. Examples include:

  • Amitriptyline
  • Venlafaxine
  • Paroxetine.

Alternative Treatment

Alternative treatment/management can also help with the pain. It’s recommended to discuss any type of alternative treatment with a doctor or medical professional. Doctors encourage alternative treatments along with keeping a journal of how an individual feels after a series of treatment sessions. If the individual feels better, and the treatment is working, then consider continuing for an extended period. Here are some alternative treatments/therapies to think about.

  • Acupuncture: Works by releasing endorphins, the natural pain-relieving chemicals, and affects the brain region that controls serotonin, the chemical that regulates mood.
  • Massage: Helps relieve pain by keeping muscles, ligaments loose and proper blood flow throughout the body
  • Meditation: Has been shown to help improve pain perception and reducing depressive symptoms
  • Hypnosis: Has been found to be useful in treating cancer and back pain
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Psychological Therapy

Psychotherapy, also known as talking therapy could be part of a chronic pain treatment plan. What it does is to help improve the associated symptoms/conditions which include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fear of pain

Psychotherapy has shown promising results and has various forms. They are:

Acceptance/Commitment Therapy

Acceptance commitment therapy is short-term psychotherapy. There are two approaches to pain perception. One, it teaches the individual to accept things beyond what they control. Second, it encourages the individual to feel things the way they are, work towards relief instead of questioning and being skeptical. It opens an individual’s psychological perspective. It can be used to treat low back, leg, and neck pain.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

This therapy educates individuals on pain, mood, behavior, and how they all relate to each other. It also trains an individual on relaxation strategies. Individuals learn techniques to replace negative thoughts concerning their pain with positive thoughts. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been shown to be effective in treating pain caused by:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Chronic migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer

Early and aggressive treatment/management of chronic pain can make a significant difference. Knowledge is power so make sure you understand all options before deciding which to take.


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Chiropractic Physician For Pain Management

Chiropractic Physician For Pain Management

Individuals with chronic pain, whether back, neck, arm, hips, etc, want to avoid surgery or drug treatments. This is where a chiropractic physician comes in with natural/alternative medicine combined with conventional approaches to pain management. New pain assessment and management standards now require hospitals to provide or inform and educate individuals on pain treatment options that are not drug-based. These include:

  • Chiropractic
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy

The Centers for Disease Control also have guidelines for prescribing pain meds for chronic pain that say physicians need to:

�Provide Safer, More Effective Care for patients with chronic pain� and that �non-opioid therapy is preferred for chronic pain outside of active cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care.� CDC
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Physicians For Pain Management

A widely recognized and highly effective form of pain management is chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic physicians are trained and equipped with a wide range of diagnostic tools and treatment/rehabilitation options to bring relief from pain without surgery or drugs.

A chiropractic physician is trained or incorporates acupuncture and physical and massage therapy into their pain management plans. The ability to provide this type of range of care is why many individuals keep a regular chiropractic regimen to keep them loose, limber, and in top form.

Myths

  • Individuals that have pain believe they have to live with it and that it�s just part of the wear and tear on the body. It is true that the body wears down, however continual pain does not have to be part of the cycle. Chiropractic adjustments keep the body balanced and in proper alignment bringing relief and providing pain prevention.
  • Then there are those that believe the answer is muscle relaxers or pain meds, not realizing that chiropractic can offer relief.
  • The most common myth is that chiropractic physicians only treat back pain. Chiropractic doctors treat a wide variety of acute and chronic pain syndromes including:
  • Headaches
  • Sports injuries
  • Auto Accident injuries
  • Personal injuries
  • Work injuries
  • Athletic performance enhancement
  • Neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stress
  • Fertility
  • Pregnancy
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Chiropractic Pain Management

The principal focus for a chiropractic physician is the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and their impact on the health of an individual. They often work collaborate with the individual’s primary or emergency health care providers in diagnosis, treatment, and management for their health condition/s. They take into account various factors that are affecting their patients� health, which include:

Treatment options vary depending on every individual�s specific needs and personal situation. A treatment plan could consist of a chiropractor recommending therapeutic massage, stretches, and exercises as part of a daily regimen combined with manual adjustments to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Prevent musculoskeletal deterioration
  • Improve strength
  • Increased range of motion

Another treatment plan could include soft tissue massage therapy to augment/enhance muscle and ligament function. The primary aim of chiropractic medicine is to identify the source of the pain and return the body to its proper alignment and function. These adjustments to gain proper alignment allow the body to heal itself without medication or surgery.

The Benefits

Chiropractic therapy as a no-meds approach to pain management has gained support. The misconceptions and myths are being debunked as individuals and science are seeing the effectiveness of chiropractic for many pain-related conditions. Many job insurance plans cover chiropractic. Medicare and Medicaid include chiropractic services and are offered at military facilities/clinics.

The benefits of chiropractic include:

  • The risk of pain meds dependence is significantly reduced
  • The causes of pain and treating them naturally is the goal
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Natural rehabilitation for auto, personal, sports and work injuries
  • Health coaching

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

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

A Few Ways to Manage Chronic Back Pain During Summer

A Few Ways to Manage Chronic Back Pain During Summer

Chronic back pain does not have to ruin the summer season. The best approach is planning ahead remembering a few self-care warm/hot weather tips. The hot weather can worsen pain symptoms. With all the family activities going on, maintaining back pain wellness can be difficult. This is where the planning/preparing for chronic pain comes in.

Individuals should begin thinking around April what they will be doing once the hot months arrive and plan accordingly. However, self-care should be implemented for all seasons.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 A Few Ways to Manage Chronic Back Pain During Summer

Water Therapy

Depending on the condition, water can be a friendly sanctuary from the pain with the ability to do some spine exercises. Light stretching can bring relief and keeps the muscles and ligaments stretched. Outside of the pool, a misting fan can create a relaxing atmosphere along with ice packs during summer pain flares. �

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Avoid high heat

Sunburn or prolonged heat exposure can cause burning nerve pain. The changes in temperature and barometric pressure can trigger joint pain. Plan on doing activities in the morning or after the sun has set. Keep a hand-held fan close-by whenever going out. Wear loose light sun friendly clothing, comfortable shoes, possibly a hat to shield the face and keep an ice-cold water bottle with you. �

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 A Few Ways to Manage Chronic Back Pain During Summer

Proper seating

Summer activities typically include uncomfortable seating, like small chairs, bleachers, and activities where everyone sits on the ground. Plan ahead for these situations and store a comfortable possibly therapeutic folding or travel chair that fits in an automobile. Add a lumbar cushion to support the lower back. �

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Immune system health

Fruits and vegetables can boost the body’s vitamin and mineral bank. Better quality food will make you feel so much better. Whatever you can get at the market, get it and turn it into a cold healthy smoothie. The USDA found that cherries contain pain-fighting and inflammation-reducing compounds that can help reduce pain, specifically arthritis. �

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Air quality

Pay attention to the air quality rating during the summer. Studies have shown that air pollution can increase inflammation, specifically for individuals with:

Before heading outside, check the Air Quality Index or the AQI just as a precaution. �

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Don�t delay healthcare

Don�t let summer vacation or road trips get in the way of your chiropractic treatment plan. Check-in before you go and ask for help to navigate the adventure with as little pain as possible. Self-sufficiency can be achieved by planning ahead. Reduce stress and increase your independence.


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

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

Sleep Soundly with The Proper Mattress

Sleep Soundly with The Proper Mattress

Having the proper mattress can help reduce, prevent, and alleviate neck and back pain. Individuals spend around one-third of their life sleeping. However, when it comes to the mattress that we sleep on, there seems to be no consideration of how the mattress will affect our spines. No other piece of furniture in the house is used more often or affects overall health more than our beds. �

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Down to sleep

Everybody needs to sleep, as the proper amount of rest is an essential part of life. When there is a lack of sleep or sleep disorder, this contributes and leads to health issues of all types and increased/exacerbated pain.

Specifically, the spine benefits tremendously from a proper sleep cycle. The spine works all day supporting the body and its functions. Rest is essential to maintain this level of activity day in and out. But when the surface that we sleep on does not support our body and spine in the correct form, then proper sleep can be impossible to achieve.

Proper Mattress Selection

The mattress we sleep on can make a significant difference in the quality of sleep we are getting on a regular basis. A mattress that does not provide optimal support for the spine can lead to muscle fatigue and sleep deprivation.

A proper mattress keeps the spine in the same natural alignment as when standing. When the body can rest in its natural position, the muscles are relaxed and the sleep is healthy following the five stages of a full sleep cycle.

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Healthy sleep means the individual needs to cycle through five stages: 1, 2, 3, 4, and rapid eye movement or REM sleep. A full sleep cycle takes around 90 to 110 minutes to complete. Once the five stages have finished, it starts over at stage 1. Here is a look at the stages:

Stage 1

This is the lightest stage and is characterized by slow eye movement and relaxed muscle activity.

Stage 2

Eye movement stops and brain waves slow down.

Stage 3

This is the first stage of deep sleep where brain waves appear but are extremely slow. It can be quite difficult to wake someone from this stage.

Stage 4

This is the second stage of deep sleep with no eye or muscle activity. Just like stage 3, it can be more difficult to wake someone in this stage.

REM sleep

This is the dream phase where breathing quickens, heart rate, blood pressure increase, and eyes begin to move around in different directions. REM sleep could be considered the most important stage, as researchers believe REM sleep contributes to storing memories, learning, and regulating mood. Most adults spend half of their total sleep time in stage 2, 20% in REM sleep, and 30% in the other stages. �

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Mattress shopping

Here are a few considerations to keep in mind:

Type

Type of mattress include:

  • Gel
  • Innerspring
  • Latex
  • Memory Foam
  • Water bed
  • Air bed

Innerspring mattresses can offer more variety in terms of firmness and support. However, individuals find other types of mattresses just as comfortable. What makes a proper mattress the best is that it is the one that offers you the most support and the most comfort.

Foundation

This is usually called the box spring, which is just as important as the mattress. The box spring absorbs the weight along with the added stress of movement etc, from the mattress. Having the proper foundation extends the life of the mattress.

If possible try to purchase the box spring designed for the mattress. Using no box spring, an old box spring, or mixing the mattress and box spring can have a negative impact on the level of support and durability of the mattress.

Firmness

The belief that the firmer the mattress is the better is not exactly true. A too-firm mattress does not support the body in a balanced fashion. Which means that only the body’s heaviest parts are supported. A too-soft mattress can sink, preventing the spine from keeping proper alignment. Too firm or too soft does not allow the muscles to relax and rest, because they have to keep working to find a comfortable position just to maintain correct posture.

Comfort

Make sure to take the time to lie on the mattress and test it out when shopping. Lie down and position yourself the way you would when sleeping. Take turns turning/moving from side to side. If sleeping with a spouse or partner, try out the mattress together to make sure there is enough space to move around comfortably. Be sure that the mattress can support the spine and maintain its natural curve.

Beware, mattress manufacturers use different terms for comfort and firmness that could be confusing. Mattress makers will use a term like orthopedic but it does not have any actual medical merit or benefit. That is why trying out the mattress before buying is the way to go. It will definitely help to tell which one is the most supportive and comfortable.

Durability

How long the mattress and materials that it’s made of will last determines the durability. Top-quality materials are what to aim for. Especially, the core and the cover. Prices are determined by:

  • What the mattress is made out of
  • The quality of the construction
  • The size

A proper mattress and box spring should last for around 8-10 years. Therefore it is an investment in your spine and quality health. Don’t automatically go for the mattresses on sale or that are the cheapest. Instead, search for the best quality and value.

Flip or Rotate

Keeping the mattress in top form means flipping or rotating the mattress on a regular basis. This will ensure even wear and tear giving you optimal spine and body support.

Time for a new one

Even proper mattresses don’t last a lifetime. But like most of us, we wait way too long when it comes to replacing. For those who’ve had the same mattress for 10 years or more, it is definitely time for a new one. There are other signs letting you know it’s time to replace including:

  • Waking up tired and aching could signal that the mattress is no longer providing enough support for proper rest. Not feeling refreshed after sleep could be the sign it’s time for a new mattress.
  • If the mattress looks old, worn, or strained, and the box spring rocks and squeaks are all signs that the mattress and foundation are worn out.
  • The bed is no longer comfortable with the mattress sagging/sinking or leaving an impression where you sleep. Slipping or rolling toward the center along with the inability to find a comfortable position means it’s time to think about a new mattress.

Sleep position makes a difference

Sleeping on the side, with knees bent or with a pillow between the knees is considered the best way to maintain proper body posture. However, if you must sleep on your back, place a pillow under the knees to support the normal curve of the spine.

Sleeping on the stomach or with the head elevated on an oversized pillow creates an unnatural arch of the spine. This increases pressure on the diaphragm and lungs. These positions usually lead to restless tossing and turning and loss of proper sleep. �

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Don’t Worry

If there is difficulty getting the right amount of sleep or you are waking up exhausted then this could be the time to take a look at where and how you sleep. A proper mattress and box spring will generate proper comfortable rest all the while maintaining posture and protecting the spine. Remember that sleep is an essential nutrient for our bodies. Therefore, the bed that we sleep on can make a significant difference.


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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

Cervical Steroid Injections For Neck Pain

Cervical Steroid Injections For Neck Pain

Steroid injections into the cervical spine can help with�radiatingneck pain. Neck pain affects people all over the world. Although it is not as common as back pain, neck pain can really take a toll on a person�s quality of life and ability to work.� This comes in the form of:

  • Sleep problems
  • Radiating/Spreading pain
  • Mental health issues and more

Much like back pain neck pain can be hard to treat effectively without identifying the root cause known as the pain generator. If natural treatments like chiropractic aren’t working then injections could be the next phase.

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Injections can help with:

  • Identifying the source/root cause of the pain as a diagnostic
  • Treats the pain as a therapeutic

The most commonly used are cervical epidural steroid injections, medial branch blocks (MBBs), and facet joint injections. Learn about what they are, what they treat, and the scientific research behind their risks and benefits.

Cervical Epidural Steroid

The phrase cervical epidural steroid injection:

  • Injection means that medicine is delivered through a needle.
  • Cervical means the cervical spine, which is the neck.
  • Epidural means the dura or outer layer of the soft tissue that encases the spinal cord, nerve roots, and cerebrospinal fluid. Epidural means the medicine goes into the space around the dura.

Spine specialists use image guidance with a contrast dye called fluoroscopy ensuring the medicine gets delivered to the proper area.

 

2 Types

The needle enters the space through a transforaminal approach or interlaminar approach. Words like epidural just refer to where the needle goes. These injections also called nerve root blocks, are performed by entering the epidural space through the opening where the nerve roots branch out. This space is known as the intervertebral foramen.

When it is called a selective nerve root block, this is for cases where multiple nerve roots are being compressed and the injection is being used in a diagnostic purpose to identify which nerve is the pain generator. The needle in an interlaminar epidural injection goes through the opening that exists between two adjacent vertebrae.

 

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Candidates

Cervical epidural steroid injections may be appropriate for someone who has severe neck pain with:

  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Altered sensation in the arm, shoulder, or between the shoulder blades

Cervical epidural steroid injections are reserved as a second-line treatment for individuals that have neck pain that does not stop for more than 4 weeks despite conservative treatment like physical therapy, chiropractic, or medical pain management using NSAIDs or acetaminophen.

The source of the pain is usually what determines if injections are appropriate.

With a patient�s:

  • Past medical and surgical history
  • Pain history
  • Physical exam findings
  • Imaging Results like CT computed tomography scan, MRI magnetic resonance imaging or a nerve test like an EMG�electromyography test all can help in finding the source of the pain.

If a spine specialist thinks the nerve compression was brought on by a disc herniation, spondylolisthesis or the shifting of vertebral levels, scarring, or arthritic conditions is causing the pain, then an injection may be appropriate. If the pain comes from an infection or cancer, then this treatment is unlikely to be recommended.

 

Potential Benefits

The effects of injections are different for everyone, because of the variables:

  • The Duration of symptoms
  • The Cause of symptoms
  • Any Additional treatment

More than 50% will have at least 50% improvement in their pain for around 4 weeks. Then there are individuals that experience relief, up to 6 months. There are no significant differences in outcomes between the transforaminal and interlaminar approaches.

Overall alleviation from the pain is enhanced/improved when the injections are combined with a full-on treatment plan that includes physical therapy/chiropractic and pain medications.

 

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Possible Risks

Common complications associated with injections are usually minor and temporary. These are:

  • Headache/s
  • Facial flushes
  • Light Headedness
  • Rash
  • Pain increase
  • Extended Numbness

Major complications are rare, but they can happen. These include�infection, paralysis, stroke, and death. However, this happens in less than 1% of individuals undergoing this treatment. These complications are thought to happen from direct spinal cord penetration of the needle, bleeding into the spinal canal, or the medicine inadvertently getting injected into the blood vessels. Surgical groups and facilities have strict guidelines to limit these complications.

This treatment is commonly used, and when done correctly can be a powerful tool in the treatment of persistent, severe neck pain. Everyone is different so if you are considering a cervical epidural spinal injection find a qualified spine specialist or consult with a chiropractor to find out if injections are necessary.


 

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Reduce Stress and Reduce Neck and Back Pain El Paso, TX.

Reduce Stress and Reduce Neck and Back Pain El Paso, TX.

Reduce stress, reduce pain. Life creates stress, and while some stress can be good, too much causes health problems. Everyone experiences stress. However, now it is becoming a new normal in today�s hectic, fast-paced, high-pressure society. Most individuals equate stress with high blood pressure, heart attacks, or stroke. However, neck and back pain, insomnia, and weight gain can be stress-related, as well. And a lot of stress can make already-existing back/neck pain worse.

73% of individuals report experiencing stress-related psychological symptoms including anxiety and depression. These are not accurate numbers because most do not seek help for their stress issues. Stress symptoms should not be taken lightly. It is important to address the symptoms and find ways to reduce stress. Chiropractic is an effective stress reliever.

 

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Stress

Financial pressures, kids, long work weeks, and medical problems are common anxieties. Prolonged stress can become chronic, which results in muscle tension that can feel stiff, achy and uncomfortable. Stress can develop into neck or back pain.

Stress is the state of:

  • Emotional
  • Mental
  • Pressure
  • Tension

That results from difficulties, adverse situations, or extremely demanding circumstances. The very nature of stress by definition makes it very subjective. A “stressful” situation for one person might not phase another. This makes it difficult to pin down a precise definition.

More often, the term stress is more often used to describe the set of symptoms that are caused by stress and those symptoms can be as varied as the people who experience them.

Symptoms

Stress symptoms can affect the entire body physically and mentally. Common symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Chest pain
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Irritability
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle tension
  • Overeating
  • Headache
  • Restlessness
  • Sleep problems
  • Unable to focus
  • Undereating

Health

Technically, stress itself does not have a negative impact on health. Some individuals deal with situations that others would consider to be stressful, yet they never exhibit symptoms. This speaks to the subjective nature of stress. Different people experience different symptoms and are a combination of stress symptoms, how the person handles those symptoms that adversely affect health.

Ultimately, stress symptoms can lead to some very serious conditions including:

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cancer/s

Psychologically, it can lead to social withdrawal and social phobias and is directly linked to alcohol and drug abuse.

Tips

These can help you reduce stress, and reduce pain.

Vital Signs

  • Get a medical checkup if possible through Telemedicine and talk to a doctor/therapist about your stress, along with medical history. Side effects from medications (prescription or over-the-counter), herbal products, or other supplements can cause restlessness, insomnia, and anxiety.
  • Physical therapy combines pain-relieving non-invasive treatments with therapeutic exercise, posture correction, and preventive body mechanics.
  • Consider conversational therapy with a stress counselor, psychologist, or support group online.

 

Get Moving

  • Yoga and relaxation movements help reduce stress and stretch muscles. Viniyoga blends breathing and movement together to quiet body and mind. These movements are less precise and adapted to a person’s physical condition. Talk to a doctor about trying yoga or other stretches.
  • Swimming combined with a sauna or steam bathing can relieve stress-induced pain.
  • Take frequent stretch breaks to loosen up tight neck or back muscles.
  • Go for short walks at break or lunchtime to get the circulation going.

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Learn to Relax

  • Kick back, put your feet up, and empty your mind of everything.
  • Wrap an ice pack and hot pack (or hot water bottle) individually in towels. Apply the ice pack for 10 minutes and then the hot pack for 5 minutes. Alternate several times.
  • Massage, aromatherapy and spa treatments you can do at home.
  • Aromatic massage oils containing eucalyptus can help ease muscle pain.
  • Meditation or visualization therapy combines meditation practices that focus on breathing and calming the mind.
  • Visualization techniques combine imagery with breathing exercises.

 

Take Control of the Little Things

  • Break up problems into smaller manageable pieces and work on resolving the easier parts first.
  • Learn your limits, how to delegate responsibility and not take the entire load on your shoulders so as not to get overwhelmed.
  • Allow yourself to fail, we all have to fail in order to learn in order to apply what was learned.

 

Eat and Drink for Life

  • Make mealtime less stressful. Pick nourishing foods, eat slowly, and savor each other’s company.
  • Caffeinated coffee, soda, and other drinks do not help reduce stress or promote restful sleep.
  • Avoid drinking at night because it can make falling and staying asleep a challenge.
  • Proper sleep or naps can help relieve stress.

Dealing with Stress Is Good for Your Back

We may not be able to control life’s stressors, but don’t let everyday demands interfere with your health. Incorporate exercise, relaxation techniques, and healthy foods to reduce stress and pain and promote stress prevention.

 

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Reduce stress reduce pain with chiropractic

Chiropractic cannot get rid of stress, but it can help relieve stress symptoms. The more stress the body endures, the more sensitive it becomes to pain and physical imbalances. Chiropractic helps by bringing the body back into balance, aligning the spine, and relieving pain.

The simple act of aligning the spine helps relieve stress in the body that you may not even be aware of. The physical stress of a misaligned spine can exacerbate symptoms and make a person more susceptible to stressful stimuli in their environment. Chiropractic helps to improve circulation which is essential in relieving muscle tension and helps shuts down the fight or flight response allowing the body to rest and heal.


 

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Medical Chiropractic and Pain Management Clinic El Paso, TX.

Medical Chiropractic and Pain Management Clinic El Paso, TX.

Pain Specialists

A pain specialist is a medical or osteopathic doctor that treats pain caused by disease, disorder, and trauma. Also known as interventional pain management specialists, these doctors are often anesthesiologists or physiatrists.

Pain medicine involves multi-disciplines and team effort with a patient’s primary physician, other doctors, and specialists in radiology, psychiatry, oncology, nursing, chiropractic/physical therapy, alternative medicine, etc.

 

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Education and Training

Upon completion of medical school and a one-year internship, the specialist enters a residency program in anesthesiology, physical medicine or other fields like neurology. Upon residency completion, the doctor completes a one-year fellowship for advanced training in pain medicine.

Pain medicine specialists continue medical training and education throughout their careers.

 

Pain Management Goals

Pain medicine is aimed at managing acute or chronic pain through pain frequency and intensity reduction and ultimately alleviation.

Multidisciplinary treatment programs are utilized to address functional goals and normal day to day chores and activities.

A pain treatment plan’s goal is to regain well-being, increasing your level of activities like returning to work, school, etc and eliminate medication dependency.

 

Pain Types & Treatment

Specialists treat all types of pain.

  • Acute pain is severe/sharp and can signal something is wrong.

Touching a hot stove or slamming a finger in a door are examples of acute pain.

  • Chronic pain lasts 6 months or longer.

This type varies from mild to severe and is constant.

Spinal arthritis (spondylosis) is an example of chronic pain.

It can be difficult to manage, but combining a variety of treatments can show positive results. The pain types include:

  • Degenerative disease
  • Facet joint pain
  • Sciatica
  • Cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Vertebral compression fracture
  • Whiplash

 

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An appointment consists of

These are like most medical visits. The focus is on the pain, the cause, what factors are contributing, and creating an optimal treatment management plan.

  • A physical examination
  • Neurological examination
  • Review of medical history particularly pain history.

Questions can include:

  1. From zero to 10, 10 being the worst, where’s your pain at?
  2. When did it start?
  3. What were you doing when it started?
  4. Does it spread or radiate out other areas of the body?
  5. Is the intensity constant?
  6. Is it worse at different times of the day or night?
  7. What helps relieve the pain?
  8. What worsens the pain?
  9. What types of treatments have you tried?
  10. Did it work and to what degree?
  11. Do you take and what types of, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements?
  12. Do you take prescription medications?

A drawing of the body could be used to mark where the pain is felt, as well as indicate pain spread and type.

 

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Diagnosis

Diagnosing the cause of pain is paramount to creating the proper management treatment plan. If the wrong diagnosis is made and the wrong treatment is initiated it might exacerbate the condition and/or create new injuries.

This can mean getting:

  • X-ray’s
  • CT scan
  • MRI

These imaging types help confirm the origin of the pain. When treating spine pain, arm, leg and foot symptoms may also be present. Therefore the correct diagnosis is essential to a successful treatment plan.

Spinal disorder pain treatment usually involves other specialists, like a primary care physician, neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon, radiologists, oncologists, nurses, chiropractors, physical therapists, and alternative medicine practitioners.

We focus on what works for you. We also strive to create fitness and better the body through researched methods and total wellness programs. These programs are natural and use the body�s own ability to achieve goals of improvement, rather than introducing harmful chemicals, controversial hormone replacement, surgery, or addictive drugs.

We want you to live a life that is fulfilled with more energy, a positive attitude, better sleep, less pain, proper body weight and educated on how to maintain this way of life. I have made a life of taking care of every one of my patients.

I assure you, I will only accept the best for you�


 

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If you have low back pain�or have had it, you are not alone. Experts estimate that around�80% of people�will experience some type of back problem at some point in their lives.�The Global Burden of Disease 2010�lists low back pain as the number one cause of disability worldwide. The good news is the majority of back pain is mechanical in origin or is not organic.

 

Dental Care and Its Importance In Chronic Pain Mangagement El Paso

Dental Care and Its Importance In Chronic Pain Mangagement El Paso

Back pain can affect every part of the body, including the:

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Legs
  • Feet

Dental complications are common for people using medications for acute and chronic back pain. Therefore, regular dental care is necessary to spot these problems before they become serious.

Pain medications can at times be the root cause of some dental decay issues.

Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) requires the highest level of specialized dental care because of the highly sensitive nature of the condition.

I asked a local dentist that specializes in treating patients with chronic pain conditions why dental care is important?

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Dental

Regular dental visits are as important as general check-ups with a primary doctor.

Any issues will have time to grow and become more complicated to treat once diagnosed.

Locate a dentist who treats patients with chronic pain issues, specifically in the upper body, and understands the special needs.

Ask about specific tools to help minimize and control pain:

  • Before
  • During
  • After treatment

Call your primary or pain management physician to ask if there are any specific treatment that the dentist needs to know about.

 

Dry Mouth

People with chronic pain usually have to use various medications.

These medications can cause dry mouth that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Dry mouth condition is called xerostomia and can cause major issues like:

  • Normal swallowing
  • Taste problems
  • Speech problems
  • Oral tissue integrity
  • Chronic mouth irritation
  • Inflammation
  • Dental decay
  • Erosion

Stay hydrated by keeping water around throughout the day, and chew sugarless gum or keep sugarless hard candy around to keep saliva flow.

There is also moisturizing mouth spray, that a dentist can provide.

 

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is when over time, gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that can get infected.

The body�s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque�grows and begins to spread out.

Bacterial toxins and the body�s natural fight response to the infection begin to break down bone and the connective tissue that holds the teeth in place.

If left untreated the:

  • Bones
  • Gums
  • Tissue

That support the teeth are destroyed,� which means that the infected tooth has to be pulled.

 

Tooth Extraction

People with chronic pain try there best to avoid potential pain triggers, which include dental exams.

Tooth or gum pain/sensitivity usually presents in the later stages of decay when the tooth cannot be saved.

Unfortunately, the result is tooth removal.

There are medications that are known to contribute or cause tooth decay:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Aspirin
  • Methadone

Best Defense Strong Offense

So brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss. Although we’ve all heard this throughout our lives, it is true. Just remember brushing and flossing can go a long way in dealing and managing chronic pain issues.

Give the tongue a good brushing to remove bacteria that can lead to plaque and chronic bad breath.

Tooth cleanings and exams are necessary to prevent any issues before they become serious and require major surgery.

Talk with your primary caregiver before visiting the dentist to figure out any special protocol or medication requirements needed.

After dental treatment, allow plenty of time to rest and recover.

Eat soft food during recovery and avoid:

  • Meats
  • Popcorn
  • Hard candy

These can become lodged in the teeth.

Prevention of dental disease will definitely pay off in the end and allow your immune system to perform at its optimal level.

It is worth the effort, I want all my patients to be in top health and proper oral hygiene can prevent so many diseases and is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.


 

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Living with chronic pain symptoms can tremendously affect an individual’s quality of life. Neck and back pain caused by a variety of health issues, such as herniated discs and/or automobile accident injuries, can cause persistent symptoms which may last weeks, months, even years if left untreated.

Dr. Alex Jimenez is a chiropractor in El Paso, TX, who has helped his patients with chronic neck and back pain find the treatment they deserve. Patients describe how Dr. Alex Jimenez has helped them find pain relief and achieve overall health and wellness.


 

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Dental visits help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. Gum disease and poor dental health have been linked to a variety of health issues, including heart disease. Researchers have drawn a direct line between tooth loss and heart disease. What�s more, regular oral exams and teeth cleaning can lead to the detection of early-stage medical conditions, some of which can be life-threatening which include:

  • Leukemia
  • Heart disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Pancreatic cancer

 

Texas Governor: Proclaims Chiropractic Health Month El Paso, TX.

Texas Governor: Proclaims Chiropractic Health Month El Paso, TX.

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As far too many Americans and Texans know, chronic pain remains a huge public health problem and one of the most prevalent reasons why people seek medical care. Chronic pain negatively impacts many aspects of a person�s life as well as the lives of their families, friends, and caregivers. It is essential that patients understand all treatment options for various types of pain.

Chiropractors are highly skilled professionals who are dedicated to providing safe and effective physician-level health care to patients suffering from back pain. Chiropractic care focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system as well as promotes a hands-on, non-drug approach to pain management and healthy lifestyles. Their expertise in the prevention, care, and rehabilitation of back, neck, joint, and head pain is critical for treating patients with various pains and disorders and can save the public from the physical and financial tolls of other treatment options. As a first line of defense against pain, chiropractors� services can help individuals heal naturally without the need for drugs or surgery.

At this time, I encourage all Texans to learn more about the vital role that chiropractors play in the health care field and how chiropractic services can benefit their lives. I commend Texas chiropractors for their commitment and efforts to improve the quality of life for all Texans by promoting effective pain management and healthy lifestyles.

Therefore, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim October 2019, to be

 

Chiropractic Health Month

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in Texas, and urge the appropriate recognition whereof.

In official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this the 18th day of September 2019.

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Do you have back, shoulder, neck, leg pain, headaches, or stress? Pain medications work for only so long and don�t fix the problem. A chiropractor can help your symptoms. A chiropractic adjustment means that a chiropractor physically/manually adjusts the vertebrae in the spine. This procedure creates positive effects without the stress or invasiveness of surgery. A chiropractic adjustment�can be a great way to improve multiple areas of the body, along with improving overall health with non-invasive treatment.

 

Acute Injury Management: What Does the Acronym PRICE Stand For?

Acute Injury Management: What Does the Acronym PRICE Stand For?

When dealing with a sports injury or a similar type of injury, many people are familiar with the R.I.C.E. protocol for injury care. R.I.C.E. stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation and has long been used when treating everything from sprained ankles to banged up knees. With acute injury patients, experts recommend adding �P� for protection because of the protection of the area is vital in the healing process. It is crucial that this is implemented as soon after the injury as possible and it should be maintained for anywhere from 24 hours to 72 hours afterward. Of course, this depends on the severity of the injury.

P is for Protection: Injuries hurt and pain can be a good thing because it prevents you from further injuring that area. It encourages you to protect it.

It is essential to listen to your body and protect the injured area through full or partial immobilization and restricted use. The way you do this depends on the body part.

An arm or shoulder injury can be protected with the use of a sling. An ankle injury may require a brace or splint, and you may have to avoid or limit weight bearing for a while. This means using crutches a walker, or a cane.

R is for Rest: The body needs rest to heal. This could mean complete rest, but in many cases, it means what is known as �relative rest.� This means that it allows for enough rest to heal but is not entirely restrictive which could slow or inhibit recovery.

This means avoiding activities that are stressful to the area to the point that they cause pain or that they might compromise healing. Many times, though, some movement is a good thing, even beneficial. Some gentle movements can speed recovery.

Isometric contractions of the muscles and joints that surround the injury and even some range of motion exercises can help. The key is to keep the movements gentle and to listen to your body for guidance on how much and how far to push.

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I is for Ice: Cryotherapy or cold treatments can come in the form of actual ice, or there can be other types such as a cold soak. When treating acute injuries at home, the best known, and probably most straightforward way is to put some crushed ice in a freezer bag with a zip lock closure and wrap it in a small towel to keep the pack from directly touching the skin.

Frozen vegetables, like green beans, peas, or edamame work well too � remember to use the towel as a barrier between the skin and the pack. You should not use the pack more than 10 to 15 minutes as a time. The recommended cycle is 10 to 15 minutes on and 1 to 2 hours off.

In some cases, you may not be able to apply ice directly to the site. In those cases, you can use the pack at the joint above the affected area. For instance, a tightly wrapped ankle can still benefit from ice, you just apply the ice pack to the back on the knee on the same leg.

C is for Compression: A compression wrap can offer mild support and reduce swelling. Typically, an elastic bandage is used to compress or apply pressure to the injured tissue.

When applying a compression bandage, start it several inches below the area that is injured. It should be applied directly to your skin.

Use some tension as you wrap, but not to the point that it cuts off circulation (characterized by tingling or numbness and the soft tissue should not change color). Wrap the bandage in a figure eight configuration or spiral, depending on the area, stopping a few inches above the injury.

E is for Elevation: When an injured joint or extremity is not elevated, fluid can pool in the area and swelling can occur. This can lead to increased pain and limited range of motion. Elevation helps prevent these things from happening and can even help to speed up recovery.

The key to elevation is positioning the injured area at a level that is above the heart. The most effective way to accomplish this is to keep the area elevated as much as possible while awake and prop it up with pillows while sleeping for at least the first 24 to 48 hours. Some injuries may require more time though, so listen to your body.

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Rectus Femoris Strain Management

Rectus Femoris Strain Management

The rectus femoris muscle attaches to the pelvis and just below the knee as it is one of four muscles found at the front part of the thigh. It functions by extending the knee and flexing the hip. The rectus femoris muscle is made up of�fibers which adapt to quick action. Rectus femoris muscle strain is caused by forceful movements, such as kicking a ball or when beginning to sprint, and it is particularly vulnerable to stress and pressure.

Painful symptoms generally manifest at the top of the thigh after the rectus femoris muscle suffers a strain or tear. In severe cases, the health issue may even become noticeable if the tissue is completely ruptured. Fortunately, complete tears are rare. Healthcare professionals will commonly use an MRI scan to diagnose the extent of the sports injury. Proper diagnosis and treatment�are�essential. A rectus femoris muscle strain should not be rushed, as individuals who return-to-sport too soon may suffer re-injury.

Treatment for Rectus Femoris Strain

According to many healthcare professionals, when it comes to sports injuries to the rectus femoris muscle, it’s crucial to immediately apply the RICE principle (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) to the affected thigh. This treatment aims to decrease bleeding and inflammation to the muscle. Also, it will help reduce painful symptoms after the injury. Based on how much pain has been experienced, simple painkillers might be utilized, although it’s best to attempt to prevent the use of these.

Once movement is restored enough to allow the individual to walk using their regular range of motion, and once the swelling has gone down, then you will have recovered from the acute phase of the injury. It would then be an excellent time to engage in physical activity, without inflicting damage or stress to the quadriceps muscles. This can be performed on an exercise bicycle or through swimming, where the weight is kept�off the limb. Stretches and gentle resistance exercises are crucial, as this will help to align the scar tissue that has formed during the healing process.

Recovery must be monitored so that improvements can be noted and the treatment shifted to help the rehabilitation process. It is hard to measure the length of time to complete recovery. It can take from six to eight weeks or even longer, although some people will commonly recover within one to four weeks.�The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

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Back pain�is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. The spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Because of this, injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as�herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

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Arthritis Pain Management Treatment

Arthritis Pain Management Treatment

Dr. Alex Jimenez has helped me a lot. The pain is less, it’s not painful. My back is able to loosen up, I’ve started to walk better and the pain is gone, not completely but it’s on its way. It’s helped me tremendously to where I couldn’t bend at times and now I can easily bend down and stretch. The sessions that I’ve been here, every time it has helped a lot. – David Garcia

 

Arthritis is medically defined as the inflammation of the joints, where it may affect a single or multiple joints in the body. There are over 100 kinds of arthritis, each with various causes and symptoms that may require distinct treatment procedures to relieve them. Some of the most common kinds of arthritis include osteoarthritis, abbreviated as OA, and rheumatoid arthritis, abbreviated as RA.

 

The signs and symptoms of arthritis generally develop gradually over time, however, they might also appear unexpectedly. Arthritis is most frequently found in older adults, mostly over the age of 65, but it may also develop in young adults, teenagers, and children. Arthritis is more common to develop in individuals that are overweight and it has been found to be more prevalent in women than in men.

 

What are the Symptoms of Arthritis?

 

Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are the most frequent symptoms of arthritis. People with arthritis may also experience reduced range of movement as well as redness of the skin around the joint, where symptoms have been described to be worse in the daytime. In the case of RA, or rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease where the body’s own immune system attacks the joints, patients can also feel exhausted or experience a loss of appetite because of the inflammation that the immune system’s response triggers. Moreover, because RA can cause a fever, an individual’s blood cell count can drop, leading to anemia. If left untreated, deformity can be caused by severe rheumatoid arthritis.

 

What are the Causes of Arthritis?

 

Cartilage is a firm but elastic connective tissue on your joints which shields the joints from stress and pressure caused by movement. A decline in the quantity of the cartilage tissue due to age, however, can trigger some kinds of arthritis. Regular wear and tear of the joints causes OA, or osteoarthritis, among one of the most frequent types of arthritis. An injury or condition to the joints may exacerbate this breakdown of cartilage. Your risk of OA might also be greater if you’ve got a family history with the disease.

 

As mentioned above, another common type of arthritis, RA, is an autoimmune disease, which happens when your body’s own immune system attacks the body’s cells. These attacks often impact the tissues on your joints that produce a fluid which lubricates them and also nourishes the cartilage, the synovium. RA is a disease of the synovium which will greatly affect a joint. It may cause the destruction of cartilage and bone within the joint. The precise reason for the immune system’s attacks is still unknown.

 

How is Arthritis Diagnosed?

 

Visiting a qualified and experienced healthcare professional should be the first step to get an arthritis diagnosis. They will initially conduct a physical examination to test joints that are red or warm as well as evaluate the fluid around the joints and anaylyze restricted mobility. If necessary, a healthcare professional can refer you to another doctor for further diagnosis. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, you might need to visit a rheumatologist first.

 

Extracting and assessing inflammation levels in your bloodstream and joint fluids can help your doctor determine what sort of arthritis you have. Blood tests which check for particular kinds of compounds, such as anti-CCP, or anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide, RF, or rheumatoid factor, and ANA, or antinuclear antibody, can also be common diagnostic evaluations. Healthcare professionals normally utilize imaging scans like X-ray, MRI, and CT scans to check your cartilage and bones, so that they could rule out other causes of the symptoms.

 

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Arthritis is commonly referred to as a group of symptoms, rather than a single disease. From pain and discomfort to swelling and inflammation, the symptoms associated with arthritis can tremendously affect an individual’s quality of life. Fortunately, a number of different types of treatment approaches are available to help manage arthritis pain. Chiropractic care can help reduce pain and discomfort, through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations without the need for drugs and/or medications as well as surgery, by decreasing stress and pressure on the joints. A chiropractor may also recommend a series of lifestyle modifications to help promote healing.

 

What is the Treatment for Arthritis?

 

The most important goal of treatment is to lessen the quantity of pain you are experiencing and prevent further damage to the joints. A healthcare professional can find out what works best for you in terms of pain and they may also recommend a series of home remedies which could help you manage your pain at home. Many people with arthritis find heating pads and ice packs can help relieve symptoms. Others utilize a walking aid apparatus, such as walkers or canes, to take pressure of the joints. Enhancing the strength, mobility and flexibility of your joints is also significant. A healthcare professional may prescribe you with a combination of treatment approaches to attain the best outcomes.

 

By way of instance, chiropractic care and physical therapeutics can help manage painful symptoms associated with arthritis. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective, alternative treatment option which utilizes spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, among other treatment approaches, to diagnose, treat and prevent a variety of injuries and conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and nervous system, including arthritis. Spinal adjustments and manual manipulations can help reduce pain as well as decrease stress and pressure on the joints by carefully correcting any spinal misalignments, or subluxations, along the length of the spine. Furthermore, a doctor of chiropractic, or chiropractor, may recommend a series of lifestyle changes to help promote healing.

 

What Lifestyle Changes can Help People with Arthritis?

 

If you’re like the one in four older adults that suffer with arthritis symptoms, you may have already visited a healthcare professional, such as a chiropractor, to address your pain. While a doctor can help provide treatment to improve your symptoms, there are also a variety of lifestyle changes which can help promote a decrease in these often painful symptoms. Below, we will discuss several lifestyle changes which can help manage your arthritis pain at home.

 

First of all, since most arthritis symptoms are affected by obesity, weight loss is among the very best approaches to deal with these symptoms without the need for drugs and/or medications. Many chiropractors are proficient at engaging patients in weight loss or weight maintenance programs. Weight loss can help take pressure off the joints, ultimately decreasing pain from those joints which would have had to support more weight.

 

Together with weight loss, many people with arthritis, especially in the knees and feet, don’t understand how essential getting the right footwear can be for those painful symptoms. Whether it’s buying special footwear or incorporating orthotics or insoles to your shoes, this fix can help relieve the strain on the body’s joints. As an additional bonus, the footwear makes it a lot more easy to walk or engage in physical activities without pain.

 

In regards to arthritis pain itself, a lot of individuals find that a warm bath or heat package helps alleviate arthritis pains and aches. Other people have found that cold or ice packs can also alleviate pain and discomfort as well as implemented on a basis to decrease swelling at the joints. Alternating between both has been demonstrated to present cold’s properties to the relaxation of warmth. It’s important to consult a healthcare professional, however, regarding the proper procedures of these so as to prevent skin irritation from employing both cold and heat.

 

As tempting as it is to rest when you’re feeling pain and discomfort, there’s nothing better for handling arthritis symptoms than participating in exercise or physical activities on a regular basis. A lot of individuals are hesitant to start a workout program because of fear of injuring themselves or even worsening their symptoms due to arthritis. A chiropractor can show you the appropriate techniques as well as demonstrate how to utilize accessories or wraps if needed.

 

What is the Prognosis for People with Arthritis?

 

Arthritis shouldn’t keep you from living the life you deserve. The combination of appropriate treatment, such as chiropractic care or physical therapeutics, as well as the use of a weight reduction plan, proper footwear, cold and heat therapies, and the participation in exercise and physical activities, will be able to help you handle your painful symptoms.� While there is no cure for arthritis, the ideal treatment can manage your symptoms. Along with treatment, you may create numerous lifestyle changes that can improve your quality of life. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.

 

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Additional Topics: Acute Back Pain

 

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes for disability and missed days at work worldwide. As a matter of fact, back pain has been attributed as the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience some type of back pain at least once throughout their life. The spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles, among other soft tissues. Because of this, injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

 

 

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Chiropractic: A Brief History Of Its Origin

Chiropractic: A Brief History Of Its Origin

The history of chiropractic dates all the way back to 1895 when Daniel David (DD) Palmer, founder of chiropractic, did his first spinal adjustment on a janitor � restoring his hearing in the process. Palmer moved from what is now Ontario, Canada to the United States in 1865 and started practicing magnetic healing and other natural health practices in Davenport, Iowa in 1880. His interest in a more organic, less invasive approach to healing opened the door for the natural, whole body wellness that chiropractic provides.

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In 1895, Palmer encountered a janitor who claimed that he had lost his hearing when he moved and heard a �pop� in his back. Upon inspection, Palmer noted that the janitor had a vertebra out of place. He had the man lie on the floor, face down, while he manipulated the man�s spine, gently coaxing it into alignment. The next day the janitor claimed that he could hear again.

Two years later, after extensive research and development of the practice of what he called �chiropractic,� he opened the Palmer School of Cure where he began teaching others his techniques. After that first adjustment, word spread and this new, mysterious practice piqued the interest of the public, many who became students, including Palmer�s own son, Bartlett Joshua. Quite a few early students were practitioners of the healing arts of osteopathy and medicine. The school is still operational today as the Palmer School of Chiropractic.

The term was first coined by DD Palmer and is derived from two Greek words, the first cheir which means �hand� and praktos which means �done.� A literal translation is �done by hand� which is an apt moniker for this very hands on practice.

The first state to create laws licensing chiropractors was Kansas in 1913. By 1931, 39 states were on board, giving legal recognition to chiropractors. The last state was Louisiana in 1974.

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There are more than 60,000 active licenses in the U.S. alone. Several U.S. territories, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico officially recognize the practice as a legitimate health care profession. Switzerland, Japan, Australia, Great Britain, Mexico, and Canada, as well as other countries, also recognize chiropractic and have created laws to regulate it.

Over the years, chiropractic has evolved and grown beyond the sole use of spinal adjustments as treatment. Other treatments and philosophies have been developed and introduced. Research was initiated in 1975 at a conference hosted by the National Institutes of Health.

Over the years, chiropractic was not met with much acceptance by many medical associations – initially anyway. Eventually, many have come on board once that have seen chiropractic�s benefits. In 1987, the American Medical Association filed and lost an antitrust case against chiropractic. Until that time, the AMA had been boycotting the practice. That ended when they lost their case.

Chiropractic successfully changed the landscape of health care and health care practitioners. By providing a whole body approach, it has been used to treat a variety of conditions from back pain to knee injuries to colic in infants. Research backing it as a legitimate medical practice is steadily mounting. Chiropractic is proving to be beneficial for a wide variety of health ailments that extend far beyond a painful back.

As chiropractic continues to develop and grow, even more doors are opened, allowing the practice to grow and evolve. Every year researchers are finding more uses for chiropractic treatment and discovering just how beneficial it can be for a myriad of health conditions. As fast as it has grown since its discovery, it is easy to envision continued, rapid advancement in the years to come.

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Back Pain Management In El Paso, TX | Video

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Back Pain Management: Denise was involved in an auto accident which resulted in low back pain. When she realized she couldn’t sit, walk or sleep for extended periods of time without experiencing painful symptoms, Denise found chiropractic care with Dr. Alex Jimenez in El Paso, TX. Once she received treatment for her auto accident injuries, Denise experienced relief from her symptoms and she was able to perform her everyday activities once again. Thanks to the education and care Dr. Alex Jimenez provided, Denise regained her original health and wellness.

Back pain is common, with roughly nine out of ten adults experiencing it at some time in their life, and five from ten working adults developing it every year. Some estimate around 95 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some time in their lifetime. It’s by far the usual cause of chronic pain, as it is also a significant contributor of missed work and disability. In the United States alone, acute cases of lower back pain are the fifth most common reason for physician visits and causes 40 percent of missed days off work. Furthermore, it is the only leading cause of disability globally. Back pain management is possible through chiropractic treatment.�For Answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900

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