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Chiropractic Wrist and Hand Adjustments

Chiropractic Wrist and Hand Adjustments

The hands are used for all kinds of tasks/chores day and night. Using the hands requires the wrists. When wrist pain presents, it can make life unbearable, causing individuals to make all kinds of awkward and unhealthy habits that can worsen and cause further injury. Chiropractic wrist and hand adjustments are recommended for this type of injury. A majority of wrist injuries are the result of micro-stress/repetitive tearing use. Repetitive stress injuries often require a multifaceted treatment approach. This is why chiropractic is so effective, in that it treats the symptoms and the causes to get back to work, school, and normal life quickly.

Chiropractic Wrist and Hand Adjustments

Wrist Tendonitis

Wrist tendonitis happens when a tendon becomes inflamed. This is common among athletes, store workers, clerks, warehouse workers, hair stylists/barbers, etc. Individuals that are constantly using their hands, wrists, and arms have an increased risk of developing tendonitis. And without proper treatment and rest, the inflammation continues and worsens. Chiropractic wrist adjustments for wrist tendonitis include:

  • Diagnosis and assessment.
  • Swelling and pain are alleviated using ice, bracing, ultrasound, laser therapy, and other inflammation-reducing techniques.
  • Once the inflammation has been brought down, massage therapy is incorporated to keep the tendons loose and relaxed.
  • Physical therapy and manual manipulation will restore mobility and flexibility to the wrist.
  • When the pain is completely reduced and mobility is restored, chiropractic wrist adjustments will break down the scar tissue to prevent future injury.
  • The chiropractor will recommend ergonomic tips and exercises to prevent flare-ups.

Wrist Crepitus

Another common issue that can be painful is crepitus, which is a popping, clicking, and/or cracking in the wrist when moving the hand. Different causes depend on the type the popping/clicking/cracking. If it occurs without pain, more than likely, it is the gases escaping from the wrist joint. This is normal and is not something to worry about. However, a chiropractor can help if it becomes burdensome. Another cause is when a tendon extends or contracts over the bone with certain types of movements. This type of popping often results in pain and should be addressed by a professional to prevent further damage. Both issues are commonly treated with wrist adjustments.

Dislocated Wrist

A dislocated wrist needs immediate medical care from the emergency room. The wrist needs to be reset and given time to recover/heal before a chiropractor can work on it to repair any issues that the dislocation caused. There are benefits from chiropractic after a serious wrist injury that includes:

  • Pain relief
  • Function restored
  • Mobility restoration
  • Proper wrist alignment
  • Scar tissue removal
  • Strength training
  • Aching, popping, and cracking relief

Chiropractic Wrist Adjustment

Wrist adjustments depend on the injury/condition that the individual is going through. A chiropractor uses different approaches and techniques that return the joints to the proper alignment. Wrist adjustments are usually done by hand and are gentle. This is because the bones and tendons do not need major force to correct. Chiropractors focus on the wrist the same way they focus on the whole body.

  • They relieve pain and swelling first.
  • They determine what caused the injury.
  • Then focus on strengthening the joint.
  • Develop a prevention regimen to keep it from recurring.

Body Composition


Complete Body Measurement

Getting body composition tested will help progress to optimal health by the results, not the weight scale. Determining progress with metrics like this and lean body mass equips individuals with the knowledge needed to get the results faster and smarter. The quickest and easiest way to determine body composition is to use the InBody. This means focusing on body fat percentage instead of weight. The devices being used today are extremely accurate at giving reliable body fat percentage results. Get a complete readout of your body that includes:

  • Muscle mass
  • Fat mass
  • Body water
  • Body fat percentage

Getting as much information as possible using optimal tests will help with goal planning and achieving optimal health.

References

Hulbert, James R et al. “Chiropractic treatment of hand and wrist pain in older people: systematic protocol development Part 2: cohort natural-history treatment trial.” Journal of chiropractic medicine vol. 6,1 (2007): 32-41. doi:10.1016/j.jcme.2007.02.011

Prasad, Ganesh, and Mustafa J Bhalli. “Assessing wrist pain: a simple guide.” British journal of hospital medicine (London, England: 2005) vol. 81,5 (2020): 1-7. doi:10.12968/hmed.2019.0051

Sadowski, M, and D Della Santa. “Les syndromes douloureux du poignet” [Wrist pain]. Revue medicale suisse vol. 2,92 (2006): 2919-23.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0161475408002947

Chiropractic Care For Individuals Post Back Surgery or Spinal Fusion

Chiropractic Care For Individuals Post Back Surgery or Spinal Fusion

Individuals that go through severe low back pain caused by degeneration, herniated discs, vehicle, personal, work, and sports injuries, surgery, or spinal fusion is usually a last resort if non-invasive treatments fail to provide relief or not enough relief. Patients try to avoid spinal fusion because it can be an intense experience and requires a year-long recovery period. Unfortunately, individuals still experience discomfort and pain after surgery. Do individuals want to know what other treatment options are available, including chiropractic care?

Chiropractic Care For Individuals Post Back Surgery or Spinal Fusion

Doctors will inform post-op patients of the risks involved with chiropractic therapy. However, chiropractic medicine can bring natural pain relief after surgery. Chiropractic treatment requires that an individual be adequately or fully healed before beginning a personalized treatment plan. At Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic, we consult patients post-surgery about the effectiveness of rehabilitation spinal adjustments and physical therapy massage.

Wait Time After Surgery

Spinal fusion surgery involves removing the discs between two or more vertebrae and fusing the bones with metal screws and plates. The objective is to correct conditions like herniated discs and degenerative diseases by immobilizing the spine in that area. It can take at least three months for the vertebrae to fuse for a fully immobilized graft. Once the graft is complete, a few months of physical therapy are recommended to loosen/stretch and strengthen the muscles around the graft. Initial recovery combined with physical therapy typically takes a full year for a complete recovery.

It is during recovery where it can be difficult and for discomfort and pain to present. The reason is patients are recommended to avoid any twisting, bending, over-reaching motions, or the graft could break. This can make an individual take on awkward poses/postures, flexing and contracting muscles incorrectly, causing strain. The result is added discomfort and/or pain.

How Chiropractic Helps

Spinal fusion is not guaranteed to alleviate an individual’s back pain completely. But many do experience discomfort or pain post-surgery. This could be for a little while or longer, depending on their condition or injuries. Fortunately, chiropractic treatment can help bring pain relief through mobilization, manipulation, and massage techniques. Manipulations’ objective is to adjust and/or realign the bones of the spine and other areas of the body. Because of the intricacy of spinal manipulations, many who have undergone back or spinal fusion surgery are hesitant to seek chiropractic treatment. Discuss possible chiropractic care with your physician to determine if the surgical graft is strong enough to withstand spinal manipulations. If the graft is adequately/fully healed and your physician believes it can endure mild adjustments, reach out to a chiropractor to discuss a customized treatment plan.


Body Composition Testing


Poor Leg Skeletal Muscle Mass

The gluteal muscles or buttock muscles are the largest muscle group in the body. Individuals can start losing bone density by their 30s. This increases the risk of injury and further bone density loss. Bone density loss is a natural process, but the process can be accelerated for individuals with under-developed skeletal muscle mass. The health of muscles and bones are closely linked. Researchers found that individuals with less muscle mass than average for their height tended to have narrower and thinner bones. This resulted in limited lower bending strength.

Decreased muscle mass was shown to be linked to balance problems and increased risk of falls. There is a higher prevalence of sarcopenia or muscle wasting for patients with hip fractures and a reduction of leg muscle mass. The combination of:

  • Low muscle mass
  • Low bone density
  • Hip fractures
  • It can have lifelong consequences
References

Fernandez, Matthew et al. “Surgery or physical activity in the management of sciatica: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” The European spine journal: official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society vol. 25,11 (2016): 3495-3512. doi:10.1007/s00586-015-4148-y

Keller, Glenda. “The effects of massage therapy after decompression and fusion surgery of the lumbar spine: a case study.” International journal of therapeutic massage & bodywork vol. 5,4 (2012): 3-8. doi:10.3822/ijtmb.v5i4.189

O’Shaughnessy, Julie et al. “Chiropractic management of patients post-disc arthroplasty: eight case reports.” Chiropractic & osteopathy vol. 18 7. 21 Apr. 2010, doi:10.1186/1746-1340-18-7

Perrucci, Rachel M, and Christopher M Coulis. “Chiropractic management of post-spinal cord stimulator spine pain: a case report.” Chiropractic & manual therapies vol. 25 5. 6 Feb. 2017, doi:10.1186/s12998-017-0136-0

Szulc, Pawel et al. “Low skeletal muscle mass is associated with poor structural parameters of bone and impaired balance in elderly men–the MINOS study.” Journal of bone and mineral research: The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research vol. 20,5 (2005): 721-9. doi:10.1359/JBMR.041230

The Body’s Proper Spinal Alignment Achieved Through Chiropractic Repair

The Body’s Proper Spinal Alignment Achieved Through Chiropractic Repair

When a machine isn’t working correctly because the mechanism’s parts have slipped, shifted, become loose, and are on the verge of breaking down, an expert/professional is called in to repair the damaged parts. The same can be said of the spine. From all the movement at home, work, shopping, activities the spine also compresses and falls out of place becoming misaligned. That’s when individuals need to call a chiropractor to repair/realign the spine. The spine is an integral component of the body’s functionality and health. This includes:  
  • Structure
  • Support
  • Flexibility
  • Shock absorption
  • Protection of the neural tissues
 
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Healthy Spinal Alignment

  For the spine to operate at its best proper alignment is necessary. The spine is impacted by everyday activities that shift, jolt, bounce, and stress the spine. Exacerbating the regular wear and tear includes:     Spinal misalignment disrupts the essential functions that can lead to illness/disease. Some simple ways to assess individual spinal alignment.  
  • The ears, shoulders, hips, and knees should be aligned with each other. From side to side when facing straight forward
  • Spinal rotation can be assessed by bending forward and touching the toes. Have a mirror or someone to look for a rib hump that is also used in scoliosis screening
  • The head, shoulders, and spinal curves align from the side in general creating an S shape
  Every individual’s spine varies significantly. This is why a professional chiropractic examination, diagnosis, and customized treatment plan will maximize spinal alignment and overall health.  
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Chiropractors are the Expert Repair Specialists

  Chiropractors are specially trained at spotting spinal misalignment/s and repair. This is done non-invasively through manual adjustments and mobilization techniques. When the spine is in optimal alignment it will prevent and activate the body’s natural healing abilities. Once spinal alignment is achieved the chiropractor can help maintain proper alignment with exercise, health coaching, lifestyle adjustments, and nutrition to maximize individual health.

Body Composition

 

 

A partner, spouse, friend, co-worker, professional for maintaining health

  Finding someone to share the highs and lows during an individual’s health journey will significantly help relieve stress and continue to be motivated. It can be a spouse, best friend, coworker, or licensed professional. When an individual vocalizes their thoughts and feelings, they gain confidence in their ability to handle whatever comes their way. This is an individual that will help navigate the negative emotions by listening and providing advice and encouragement. Take some time every week to share successes, failures, goals, etc. Whatever comes to mind to just get it out there so it can be evaluated and broken down into manageable parts. The great thing about sharing is that it can inspire positive changes.  

Disclaimer

  The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the musculoskeletal system’s injuries or disorders. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.   Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP, CIFM, CTG* email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com phone: 915-850-0900 Licensed in Texas & New Mexico  
References
  Diebo, Bassel G et al. “Sagittal alignment of the spine: What do you need to know?.” Clinical neurology and neurosurgery vol. 139 (2015): 295-301. doi:10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.10.024   Caprara, Sebastiano et al. “Spinal sagittal alignment goals based on statistical modeling and musculoskeletal simulations.” Journal of biomechanics vol. 102 (2020): 109621. doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2020.109621   Senzon, Simon A. “The Chiropractic Vertebral Subluxation Part 10: Integrative and Critical Literature From 1996 and 1997.” Journal of chiropractic humanities vol. 25 146-168. 6 Apr. 2019, doi:10.1016/j.echu.2018.10.008
Gentle Chiropractic Therapy After Spine Surgery Or Spinal Fusion

Gentle Chiropractic Therapy After Spine Surgery Or Spinal Fusion

Individuals that have undergone spine surgery or spinal fusion for extreme low back pain caused by degeneration, herniated disks, sciatica, and other injuries could benefit from gentle chiropractic therapy post-surgery. Spinal fusion surgery is one of the last options after non-invasive treatment/s aren’t providing relief like:
  • Massage
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Medications
However, many patients still experience pain/discomfort after the surgery and wonder which rehabilitation treatment options are available to them. Is chiropractic care still an option after major spinal surgery? Doctors will warn patients about the risks of receiving chiropractic treatment after surgery. This is true with high-velocity low-amplitude spinal adjustments/manipulation.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Gentle Chiropractic Therapy After Spine Surgery Or Spinal Fusion
 
But incorporating gentle chiropractic therapy could benefit individuals still experiencing back pain after surgery. However, an individual needs to be adequately healed prior to beginning treatment. At Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Wellness Clinic, we regularly consult with patients post-surgery about the effectiveness of spinal rehabilitation therapy.  

After the surgery wait time

Spinal fusion surgery removes the discs between two or more vertebrae and fuses the bones together with screws and plates. The objective is to correct conditions like herniated discs and degenerative disc disease by immobilizing the spine in that area. It can take three months for the vertebrae to fuse together and create a complete immobilized graft. Once the graft is complete, physical therapy is brought in to strengthen the muscles around the graft. Patients are told to avoid any twisting and bending motions, or the graft could break.  
 

How gentle chiropractic therapy can help

Spinal fusion surgery is not guaranteed to cure the problem causing an individual’s back pain. Gentle chiropractic therapy can help by therapeutically massaging the area/s keeping the muscles loose and flexible. Gentle manipulations are utilized to adjust or realign bones in the spine and other areas of the body. Because chiropractic treatment can involve intricate spinal manipulations, many individuals that have undergone back surgery can be hesitant to consider chiropractic treatment.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Gentle Chiropractic Therapy After Spine Surgery Or Spinal Fusion
 
Discuss the possibility of receiving chiropractic therapy with a physician to determine whether the surgical graft is strong enough to withstand gentle spinal manipulations. A patient post-surgery is at greater risk of injury if they are not healed correctly before receiving chiropractic treatment. If the graft is adequately healed and a physician feels that the body is strong enough to endure mild spinal manipulations, reach out to a chiropractor to discuss treatment options.

Body Composition Clinic


 

Benefits of a cheat day

Cheat days can be a highly useful tool to help motivate sticking to a diet plan. Cheat days can help build a positive relationship with food. The goal is to see one’s favorite dessert/comfort food as a reward and not a coping mechanism. However, cheat days not a license to binge eat. Binge eating can lead to eating-related issues and hurt an individual’s ability to self-regulate. Binge eating does not boost the body’s metabolism, but it can have the opposite effect. After a binge, the body’s system is overloaded with a rush of calories, sugar, and fat. In addition to causing hormone and energy levels to fluctuate, the excess of calories promotes:
  • Fat storage
  • Inflammation
  • Digestive discomfort
  • Bloating
  • Constipation

Cheat day frequency

Ultimately, cheat days depend on how well an individual self-regulates and what their short and long-term goals are. However, it can become very easy for a cheat day to become a cheat weekend, to a cheat week, and so on. Next thing an individual is back to old unhealthy eating habits. The objective is to understand what helps maintain motivation and develop a sustainable, long-term plan.  

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
Perrucci, Rachel M, and Christopher M Coulis. �Chiropractic management of post-spinal cord stimulator spine pain: a case report.� Chiropractic & manual therapies�vol. 25 5. 6 Feb. 2017, doi:10.1186/s12998-017-0136-0 Fernandez, Matthew et al. �Surgery or physical activity in the management of sciatica: a systematic review and meta-analysis.� The European spine journal: official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society�vol. 25,11 (2016): 3495-3512. doi:10.1007/s00586-015-4148-y O’Shaughnessy, Julie et al. �Chiropractic management of patients post-disc arthroplasty: eight case reports.��Chiropractic & osteopathy�vol. 18 7. 21 Apr. 2010, doi:10.1186/1746-1340-18-7
Scar Tissue Break Down with Chiropractic, Mobility and Flexibility Restored

Scar Tissue Break Down with Chiropractic, Mobility and Flexibility Restored

Scar tissue if left untreated/unmanaged could lead to mobility and chronic pain issues. Individuals that are recovering from a traumatic injury often have issues brought on from scar tissue. Scar tissue build-up is part of the healing process but in some cases, the tissue build-up can create another set of health issues. Restricted mobility and range of motion and lack of flexibility can worsen over time.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Scar Tissue Break Down with Chiropractic, Mobility and Flexibility Restored
 
Chiropractors are taught to consider the presence of scar tissue when performing adjustments. This is especially true for patients recovering from a traumatic injury. If left untreated it could affect:
  • Recovery progress
  • Treatment approaches
  • The capability of the individual to handle the treatment
  • The planning and execution for a chiropractic recovery strategy

Scar Tissue Breakdown

Scar tissue can be broken up, managed, and kept loose/relaxed through various chiropractic/physical therapy techniques, stretches, exercises, and diet adjustments. Breaking up scar tissue and keeping it relaxed is necessary to restore full movement and range of motion. A certain degree of scar tissue will remain to mark the wound, but the pliability and softness of these tissues can be treated. Chiropractors can implement several techniques to break down scar tissue.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Scar Tissue Break Down with Chiropractic, Mobility and Flexibility Restored
 

Graston Technique

The Graston technique uses instrumentation for addressing scarring in soft-tissue areas like the legs, neck, and lower back. A chiropractor targets the thicker scar tissue areas gently breaking them down.

Instrument Adjustment

Using a pulsating instrument, chiropractors can target specific areas of scar tissue buildup. The instrument massages the areas to improve flexibility and reduce stress in the tissue.  
 

Assisted Manipulation

The assisted manipulation technique soothes the area before performing manual adjustments. A chiropractor could use light oil for heat, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation�to loosen tension, or numbing gel/cream to soften any sensitivity.  

Trigger point therapy

This therapy focuses on heavily scarred tissue areas, where there is substantial buildup. A chiropractor breaks down the scar tissue while continually testing the motion.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Scar Tissue Break Down with Chiropractic, Mobility and Flexibility Restored
 

Therapeutic massage

Therapeutic massage is necessary with widespread scar tissue. It improves blood flow and gently stimulates scar tissue to improve movement and alleviate pain. These techniques and how they are applied depends on the individual and the amount of tissue build-up. For example, certain techniques work better for different situations like:
  • The Graston technique could help after surgery
  • Trigger point therapy can help when muscle spasms, and knots present
  • Therapeutic massage could be best suited for soft tissue scarring, like whiplash or muscle strains

Adjustment Attention

Recent injuries that produce scar tissue can usually be felt while a chiropractor palpates the area, while radiological imaging shows scar tissue from past injuries. A chiropractor will take note of these areas when developing a treatment plan. Severe scar tissue will need special focus, which could mean a longer recovery. This is because the body could take longer to adjust to the adjustments being made. A thorough consultation and investigation will be performed/examined before any adjustments begin.

Chiropractic Massage Rehabilitation


 

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
Shin, Thuzar M, and Jeremy S Bordeaux. �The role of massage in scar management: a literature review.��Dermatologic surgery: official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]�vol. 38,3 (2012): 414-23. doi:10.1111/j.1524-4725.2011.02201.x
Massage Therapists and Spine Health

Massage Therapists and Spine Health

Massage therapists have come a long way in reducing pain and improving wellness. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek physical therapy, chiropractic care, and massage therapy. Back pain affects around three in four adults at some point in their lives. Research supports that massage is a bona fide back pain treatment option. This could be welcome news to those who prefer not to use medications or invasive approaches to managing back pain. The right massage therapists can make all the difference in achieving the benefits.  
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Massage goals

The first thing is to figure out what the goals are from the massage itself.
  • Are there acute back or neck issues that need to be addressed?
  • Looking for non-invasive therapy for long-term management of a chronic spinal condition?
  • Is the massage for performance enhancement? Could be athletic or to help perform daily activities easier.
  • Is it just wanting to relax?
Figuring out what it is to be achieved from the massage is essential to finding the right therapist.

Massage clinic, spa, health club, home

A massage can be performed in health clubs, spas, medical clinics, and at home. The location does not predict the massage type or specialty of the massage therapists, but it can be an indicator. Example: For athletic performance, a gym, or Crossfit center massage therapist is a good place to start. If massage is part of a back and neck pain management plan, look into the massage therapists at a medical clinic or a therapeutic massage clinic.

Ask for recommendations and ask questions

When searching, get recommendations, and ask plenty of questions to get all the information needed. After a few prospects have been found then ask plenty of questions before making an appointment. This can help determine if this will be a long-term therapeutic relationship or a one-time visit. If looking to manage a serious spinal condition, the recommendation would be to find a therapist with more experience.  
 
Massage education programs that are only entry-level do not provide in-depth education and practice for the many specific and complex spinal conditions. The real experience comes from years of practice along with continued education. This is how massage therapists are able to expand their clinical analysis and treatment development expertise. Get a sense of the massage therapist�s education and practice experience. This will help significantly when choosing a therapist best equipped.

Questions to ask potential therapists:

  • How long have you been practicing?
  • What�s your massage education?
  • Related education or practice experience? Many nurses or occupational therapists go on to become massage therapists. This means the information and knowledge from their nursing are now integrated into their massage practice.
  • How much-continued education have you gone through?
  • How many sessions do you offer?
  • What does the schedule look like? Think about scheduling when the therapist is more refreshed, like early in the workweek or their scheduled shift.
  • Do you have specialties with specific conditions or techniques?
  • Do you get massaged? If so, how often? Massage is a labor-intensive task. Therefore, it could be best to go to a therapist that keeps themselves healthy and balanced.
  • How long does it take for the initial appointment?
  • Do you have to book ahead?

If a therapist is booked don’t get frustrated

If a long-term therapeutic relationship for the management of a spinal condition is the goal, then it may be worth waiting for. A therapist that has a long wait time for initial appointments means they have patients that see them regularly and that�s a very good sign of quality care. One possible option for individuals waiting for their appointment is to go to a local massage school to get treated. This option is less expensive, great for body maintenance, and provides opportunities for the training therapists.  
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Professionalism

A quality indicator is the professionalism of the therapist. This includes the extent to which they model the values of a health care professional valued by the patient. This is different for everyone. Questions to consider:
  • Are they on time?
  • Does the therapist cancel appointments?
  • Are you comfortable around them?
  • Do they listen?
  • Does the patient help in the development of a treatment plan?
  • Are they comfortable and engaged in the work?
  • Are they taking their massage career seriously?
Feeling at ease during the appointment/s is very important to massage success and relief. If anything about the therapist causes hesitation, look for another.

Massage Management

Massage is an excellent back pain treatment option that has gained popularity as a complement to pain management plans and as an alternative to invasive procedures. But, massage is not a cure-all. Often the cause of the back pain does not go away entirely. This is where massage therapy comes in as a pain management tool. It’s important to consider the condition�s duration and severity when evaluating the success of a session. This helps in planning the massage schedule. When there is a complex and established spinal condition be patient, as a 1-hour massage is not going to solve a 10-year back pain battle. However, with perseverance massage can safely and effectively help reduce pain and promote a better quality of life.

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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*
Massage Therapeutics Can Improve Health and Well Being

Massage Therapeutics Can Improve Health and Well Being

Massage therapeutics is not about the candles, aromatherapy, and the spa. Although those items can be beneficial for relaxation etc, the massage part of the therapy is just that. An intense manual manipulation of the body’s tissues. Made to work out/relax tight, knotted, spasmed, and inflamed muscles, ligaments, and tendons back to a normal and relaxed function. This can be caused by injury, stress, awkward motion/s, etc. Research done by the American Massage Therapy Association shows that 50% of individuals asked for a therapeutic massage for musculoskeletal/stress issues. �

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Massage Therapeutics Can Improve Health and Well Being

More physicians, specialists, and surgeons are recognizing the health benefits that massage therapeutics can bring and are sending their patients to certified/licensed massage therapists for treatment. There is now a high demand for massage therapists with the career possibilities being one of the strongest in the health care industry. Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of muscles and soft tissues including:

  • Connective tissues
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons

This is all done with the focus of improving an individual’s health and overall well-being. Licensed certified massage therapists are highly-trained and highly-versed in anatomy and physiology. Many often work with chiropractors preparing patients for the chiropractic adjustment/s by loosening up the muscles/tissues, then after with a light massage to ease the soreness of the adjustment and if necessary with continued visits with a mild to intense massage session to keep the areas loose and mobile.

Massage therapeutics effectively treats several medical conditions, sports injuries, automobile accident injuries, personal injuries, and helps prevent health problems connected with stress. Research shows that these medical conditions can be significantly improved or even healed with massage therapeutics. �

Fitness

Top professional and weekend warrior athletes can benefit from massage therapeutics. Massage has been shown to help:

  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Improve exercise performance
  • Prevent injuries

Low Back Pain

The guidelines for treating chronic back pain. Now the suggested guidelines state that alternative treatments/therapies like massage, chiropractic, physical therapy, and acupuncture should be utilized before prescription medication, which is now the last resort, is implemented. �

Headaches

Head and neck massage reduces chronic tension headaches, along with the stress that often comes with headaches. �

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Compromised Immune System Function

Myofascial massage has been shown to improve the nervous system, which is crucial to a healthy immune system. Through massage which increases blood circulation helps to increase the activity of T cells, which recognize and destroy cells that are infected with viruses. Stress reduction has been found to be a universally recognized benefit of massage therapeutics, and can also strengthen the immune system. �

Blood Pressure

Improved blood flow with massage therapeutics can also bring blood pressure down and elevates heart health. �

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Massage Therapeutics Can Improve Health and Well Being

Fibromyalgia

Currently, there is no cure for fibromyalgia, but studies are showing a definite connection for those that receive myofascial massage therapeutics and improved quality of life. Reduced pain and anxiety, and quality sleep were has been experienced by individuals getting regular massage therapy. �

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Cancer Pain

A common symptom for individuals battling cancer is pain, which can be mild to severe. Used in conjunction with other pain management techniques recommended by doctors, massage therapeutics have been shown to reduce pain along with anxiety symptoms.

PTSD

Those with post-traumatic stress disorder can benefit from massage therapy. Massage can help reduce:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Pain associated with trauma/images/memories

Massage is often recommended as a companion for PTSD psychotherapy. Therapists are well established at many medical clinics and hospitals. With the opioid epidemic, the need for safe, natural, and effective pain therapy, then massage therapists can definitely help out. �

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A Hot Bath to Relax Back Tension, and Pain

A Hot Bath to Relax Back Tension, and Pain

Chiropractor, Dr. Alex Jimenez shares some how-to advice on taking hot baths for back tension and pain. A bath can be a wonderful and fulfilling experience in self-care for back pain. There are medical benefits from taking a hot bath, as well. A hot bath can be extremely helpful when it comes to back pain.

Dr. Jimenez helps his patients with spinal ailments and conditions that range from arthritis, degenerative disc disease to nerve compression, sciatica, auto accident injuries, sports injuries, etc. In addition to chiropractic, physical therapy, diet, and exercise, he has also seen the power of home remedies, like a hot bath.

There are scientific studies that have shown how hydrotherapy can relieve back pain. Dr. Jimenez describes a hot bath as a muscle-relaxing stimulus. It opens up the muscles, which allows more blood to flow through, which in turn helps to heal injury/s, tightness, and soreness. It helps to clean out lactic acid, which is known to cause muscle pain, fatigue, and muscle cramps.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Hot Bath to Relax Back Tension, Soreness, and Pain

 

Here is what usually happens to the spine when soreness, tightness, aching, and pain present. A spinal structure like a nerve, disc, vertebral bone, or other tissue is injured or on the verge of injury, and the muscles around it contract closely in to prevent more damage.

This is called muscle spasm. Don’t worry the body is supposed to respond this way, as it means the damaged tissue is less likely to sustain further injury. However, muscle spasms can be painful. Much like a Charley horse, a back spasm can have the same effect.

For example, someone standing or working for an extended period places the muscle/s under constant tension, which means they have a higher chance of having a spasm and developing painful symptoms. A hot bath relaxes the muscle/s and reduces/removes the aching soreness and pain. Here are some tips to help relax the back muscles.

Try Epsom Salt

Taking a bath with Epsom salt or minerals that dissolve in water can be helpful, but are not necessary. Many are fantastic skin relaxants, but if you have a hot bath with or without the salt, it�s not going to make a huge difference. What makes the bath work is the heat and the floatation. This what creates the benefits.

Soak 15-20 Minutes

It is really up to the individual, as to how long they want to stay in the tub. One question to ask is how long can you take sitting in hot water? Hot tubs are normally heated to about 102 to 103 degrees. With these types of tubs, individuals can sit for a half-hour or more. However, most of us do not have a jacuzzi, so remember that a regular bath will be warmer possibly 105 or 106 degrees. It all depends on how long you can take the heat. �

Remember not to scald yourself with a bath that is way too hot to soak in, please. It�s ok to get the water running hot, but as it fills turn the heat down and let it cool slightly before stepping in. Most individuals don�t need more than 15 to 20 minutes of soaking time maximum.

As for how often one should take a hot bath, Dr. Jimenez explains that it depends on the severity of the back pain and what type of work and activities the individual does. For most three times a week offers a balanced therapy. If an individual has a strenuous physical job like construction work, manual lifting, standing work, or doing highly repetitive work then they�ll need to do more than 3 times a week.

Strengthen the Body’s Core

A strong core can support and protect the spine, along with the rest of the body. Squeezing and contracting the back, side, and front muscles make the core strong and robust. It behaves like a steel beam supporting the spine when added protection is needed.

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Stretch Out

After a hot bath is a perfect time to stretch. Toe touches can loosen tight hamstrings that can strain the lower back. Also, try out yoga’s upward-facing dog pose. Sun salutations can help the spine go through a wide range of motion. Therefore do them slowly and hold each pose for a few breaths. A long salutation or two can feel tremendous when the spine is nice and relaxed.

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Take Care When Getting Out

Hot baths might not be a good idea or the right option for certain people. If there is instability in your spine and the vertebra move around more than they are supposed to then a hot bath might not be the best option. Instead, a hot shower with a massage setting could be equivalent to taking a hot bath.

However, if a hot bath is not helping with back pain it could be a sign of something more than muscle tightness or a muscle spasm. A spine specialist or chiropractor can give you a proper diagnosis.

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Ease Pregnancy Back Pain at Home the Smart Way

Ease Pregnancy Back Pain at Home the Smart Way

Pregnancy back pain is very common. At least 50 percent of pregnant women and up to 80 percent will experience back pain at some point during their pregnancy. This is completely natural from the added weight of the baby. However, combined with all the other issues that arise during pregnancy ranging from:

  • Mood swings
  • Morning sickness
  • Fatigue
  • Urinary issues
  • Lower back pain
 
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This can cause uncomfortable symptoms and take a serious toll on the body. Severe back pain during pregnancy is rare. We’ll look at why you could develop pregnancy back pain, along with steps and proven ways to feel better.

Back Pain Causes

Pain can occur at any trimester, but it usually arises in the later months as the baby and belly grow. Pain can be mild to severe and usually happens in the lower back. There does not have to be pre-existing back problems.

Pregnancy itself changes the body in ways that can lead to back pain. Example: As the uterus gets heavier, there is the added strain placed on the back muscles. This can alter proper posture and cause discomfort/pain. Pregnancy changes the center of gravity and accentuates the spine’s curve in the lower back. When the abdominal muscles and core are weak and not strong enough, the changes of the curvature worsen since it is these muscles that stabilize the back.

When pregnant, the body releases a hormone called relaxin that loosens ligaments, which is the tissue that connects the bones to each other inside the pelvis. The ligament loosening can affect back support and be a cause for pain. Other reasons women experience pregnancy back pain include:

  • Stress
  • Poor posture
  • Standing for too long
  • Injury
  • Trauma

 

Tips for Relief

There are ways to ease pregnancy back pain without medical intervention. Here’s how:

Pay Attention to Posture

When standing up, make sure to stand straight with the shoulders held back. If you must remain standing for a long time, elevate one foot on a box, chair, or stool to relieve the pressure on the spine. Try to avoid standing for long periods. Remember to take regular breaks and get off your feet. Maintain proper posture when sitting, as well.

Utilize an Ergonomic Chair

Both at home and at work that offers plenty of support for the back. Also, a small cushion or pillow placed behind the lower back, along with a stool or footrest for elevating the feet can be highly beneficial.

Proper Lifting

Of course, do not lift heavy objects, and avoid bending at the waist to pick up items off the floor. Instead squat, bend the knees, and lift with the legs, not with the back.

Exercise

The best time to start an exercise regiment is before conception. Regular physical activity/exercise can help prevent and ease back pain, along with all of the other benefits.

Doing simple exercises before getting pregnant can improve core strength, which can go a long way. Try to get as close as possible to a healthy weight before getting pregnant. This has the added benefit of reducing pregnancy risks and cesarean delivery.

 

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Once pregnant, mild or moderate exercise can help get a handle on back pain and prep the body for childbirth. Gentle workouts are the way to go. These will strengthen the back, core, and leg muscles. Recommended for pregnant women are:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Prenatal yoga
  • Stretches

Ask your provider which exercises, stretches are best for you. Remember movement is far better than resting too much. Also, working with a physical therapist or chiropractor in back strength will help immensely.

Exercise Clothes

Wear comfortable, spine supportive shoes. High heels should be removed altogether and take caution with flats, as these can and do often lack arch support. Shoe inserts/orthotics can help.

Maternity support belts for back pain relief can also be an added tool. Currently, there is not a great deal of scientific proof that they work. But many women swear by them when they were pregnant.

Sleep Adjustments

Try sleeping on one side with the knees bent, along with a pillow between the knees or under the abdomen. Another possibility is using a firmer mattress. This can support the back better than a soft sinking mattress. If a firm mattress is not possible, consider placing a stiff board under the mattress for added firmness.

Take naps, making sure to get the proper sleep that the body needs. This is especially true as the later weeks of pregnancy approach. This is easier said than done, but a warm bath can help the body relax before bed.

Complementary practices

Some women have found alternative medical approaches like acupuncture and prenatal massage to be quite helpful in easing pregnancy back pain. Before trying it out talk to your OB/GYN. Once discussed, you can decide if it’s a healthy choice. Make sure the masseuse or alternative practitioner has experience working with pregnant women.

Pain Meds

Pregnancy back pain is a leading cause of opioid prescriptions. When it comes to medication, a critical issue is a potential for opioid abuse. There are some over-the-counter meds that can help ease back pain.

However, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs have been linked to pregnancy complications, and most doctors recommend not using them. Instead, try acetaminophen, which is just as effective and safe during pregnancy. Using hot and cold compresses and pain relief creams/ointments can also help. Pregnant women should always speak with a healthcare provider before starting any medication.

Medical Help for Pregnancy Back Pain

During pregnancy, some back pain is normal. When there is severe pain, sudden pain, or pain that lasts longer than two weeks this could be a sign of a more serious condition. It could be an indication of preterm labor, a urinary tract infection, or kidney stones.

Call a doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Back pain that does not get better/improve
  • Back pain on one side of the body
  • Back pain along with weakness in one or both legs
  • Rhythmic back pain/s
  • Accompanied back pain with vaginal bleeding, fever, urinary burning or change in vaginal discharge
  • Suddenly unable to walk due to pain or weakness
  • Lose feeling in the back, legs, buttocks, and pelvis
  • Numbness could be the sign of a compressed nerve

Conclusion

Pregnancy back pain usually fades away once the baby is born, these steps can be taken in the meantime to ease any discomfort. Don’t forget to ask your OB/GYN for recommendations.


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Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Medicine El Paso

Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Medicine El Paso

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder affecting millions and mostly women. It is physically and emotionally distressing. Those with the condition experience widespread chronic muscle pain. Research has shown that individuals with fibromyalgia could have a lower threshold for pain. This can come from injury, emotional distress, or abnormal levels of substances/chemicals in the brain and spine linked to pain sensitivity. One of the most common treatments is chiropractic medicine.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Medicine El Paso, Texas

Common symptoms/conditions individuals report:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Irritable bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Sleep disorders
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • TMJ or Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome�-�a�rare blood vessel disorder causing the toes and hands to feel cold or numb.

Doctors are still trying to figure out the relationship between these conditions and fibromyalgia.

 

Causes

Doctors have yet to determine the exact cause, however, research is ongoing and beginning to shed light on the condition. Some possible causes include:

  • Abnormalities in the endocrine system
  • Abnormalities in the autonomic nervous system
  • Genetics
  • Muscle tissue abnormalities
  • Abnormal blood flow

 

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As research has discovered many conditions/disorders do not have one cause but rather, several factors that impact the probability of developing the condition.

 

Questions

It has become one of the most common chronic pain conditions. 1 in 50 Americans are dealing with fibromyalgia. The condition can be difficult to diagnose, and, because of its chronic nature, it can linger for months and even years. Typically it causes pain throughout the body and creates areas that become tender to the slightest touch. There are both traditional and alternative treatments available.

Traditional approaches to manage the pain:

  • Anti-inflammatory’s
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Sleep medications
  • Muscle relaxants

Fibromyalgia medications include:

  • Lyrica – pregabalin, which is a nerve pain medication
  • Cymbalta – duloxetine hydrochloride, which is an antidepressant that can also help manage pain
  • Savella – milnacipran HCI, which is an antidepressant and nerve pain medicine

The type of treatment depends on the symptoms. For example, a doctor could prescribe an antidepressant to reduce pain and depression. If stress, anxiety, and trouble sleeping are presenting,�a therapeutic exercise program could be the answer. Individuals prefer natural remedies/therapies instead of more medications like vitamin therapy, acupuncture, and meditation.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Medicine El Paso, Texas

 

Other treatment options include alternative treatments like:

A doctor will usually recommend you see a physical therapist, chiropractor, and possibly psychologist to work on the mental and emotional toll.

Chiropractic medicine benefits

Pain is reduced

The most common issue is constant and consistent pain, which can affect the entire body for weeks and even months. Individuals realize that chiropractic helps restore overall health and aids the body to heal itself. Adjustments to the spine bring alignment and balance back to the body. Also incorporated is soft tissue work that can relieve and reduce painful pressure/trigger points and decrease pain in tender spots.

 

Range of motion is increased

Chiropractic medicine also adjusts the body’s joints and helps loosen them up. This increases the range of motion and allows the individual to move more freely and easily. Depending on how long the individual has been dealing with the condition, it can take a few treatments to achieve optimal results, so it does take a commitment from the individual patient. However, in the long run, it is well worth the time.

 

Sleep is improved

The pain associated with fibromyalgia often affects an individual’s ability to sleep well. Being unable to sleep normally will leave you exhausted, foggy, unable to accomplish things and irritable to downright angry. A chiropractor’s ability to loosen the body’s joints, massage tender points, and kickstart the body’s self-healing mechanisms means individuals with this condition can enjoy deep sleep, and stay asleep.

Complements other therapies

Medicines/treatments/therapies can counteract with each other, or get mixed up and cause side effects. Chiropractic medicine can be utilized in combination with medications/treatments, either traditional or natural. Individuals diagnosed with this condition should speak to their chiropractor about the different treatments available. Customized treatment programs are created case-by-case and are tailored to the specific needs of that individual. Remember there is not a one-stop solution.

 

Empowers the individual

Individuals that have to deal with painful, chronic conditions can exhaust themselves with the varying treatment options and can feel as if they have no control over the situation. This causes stress, anxiety, and depression, which works against achieving overall wellness. With chiropractic, individuals are more in charge of their treatment plan, which leads to an optimistic outlook in their recovery.�

Chiropractic medicine treats not only the symptoms of fibromyalgia but attempts to get to the root cause to alleviate the condition or to activate the body’s self-healing response. Patients that commit will see the benefits along with reduced pain, better mobility, and sound sleep.

The best benefit is being able to take control of the circumstances and playing a vital role in the managing of an individual’s well-being. Understand that there are options available for fibromyalgia pain management. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, don�t go it alone. Dr. Alex Jimenez is passionate about helping those who are injured or struggling with a condition get relief. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

 

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Neck Pain Prevention Tips El Paso, Texas

Neck Pain Prevention Tips El Paso, Texas

Neck pain prevention can go a long way as long as you take proper care of your body, exercise, and practice healthy habits. Here are a few tips to help prevent neck pain before it begins. Neck mobility is a marvelous thing. The neck can move the head in various directions:

  • 90� of flexion forward motion
  • 90� of extension backward motion
  • 180� of rotation side to side
  • Almost 120� of tilt to each shoulder

 

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A lot of us are very familiar with a stiff neck or a crick in the neck. This stiffness prevents us from moving comfortably. A crick in the neck can cause the neck part of the spine to feel stiff, rigid and immobile. Fortunately, prevention and various treatments can help.

Prevention:

  • Standing and sitting properly maintains proper posture and keeps muscles working/healthy. If you begin to hunch over, correct it immediately as it can quickly lead to pain in the neck. Pay attention to how you stand and sit and the more you do this it will become a healthy habit.
  • Do neck and body exercises regularly and try for a 30-minute cardio workout 3-5 times week.
  • Staying within a healthy weight-range will keep your spine in top form as it carries the weight of your body, and not overstrain it, which can lead to all kinds of pain.
  • With healthy weight comes a healthy meal plan, not just for proper weight but to strengthen muscles, bones, enriching the blood and getting to optimal health.
  • Smoking can affect the bones and muscles in your cervical/neck area of the spine, as well as all the other areas of the body. Therefore it is time to quit.
  • Sleep with correct head and neck posture. Sleeping with your head in an awkward position is an easy set-up for a strain and pain.
  • Stress and tension reduction.Tense muscles in the neck and shoulder often lead to pain in the neck. A few effective ways to reduce stress can be writing, talking to friends, exercising, walking, listening/playing music, art/crafts, cooking, reading,� and turn to these when the stress begins to build.
  • Driving safely and wearing seat belts can help prevent whiplash.
  • Using the proper equipment to protect your neck while participating in sports that can lead to neck injuries like football, skateboarding, wrestling, soccer is a must.

 

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Taking care of your body is a complex process. Lifestyle changes pave the way to wellness and making these changes will benefit more than just the neck.

Don’t worry about the list and try to check everything off. Look at the things that apply to you and try to implement a few of these tips one at a time. Keep the bigger changes like quitting smoking/losing weight in the foreseeable future. It takes time, patience and commitment. With a little hard work, it will pay off, and you should have a healthier life with less neck pain episodes and remember prevention is key.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 126 Neck Pain Prevention Tips El Paso, Texas

Massage

This is a popular therapy that relieves:

  • Aches
  • Fluid retention
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle tension
  • Pain
  • Spasms
  • Stiffness

Other benefits include improved blood and lymph circulation, flexibility, range of motion, and increased tissue elasticity. While increasing circulation the muscles are warmed along with other soft tissues like tendons and ligaments.

 

Swedish

It is one of the most popular massage types in the US. Usually, therapeutic muscle lotion or oil is used to reduce friction and relax the area/muscles as the therapist performs light stroking in one direction with deep pressure in another to relax and loosen the muscles and surrounding ligaments/tissues.

This takes the blood flow and flushes lactic acid, uric acid, and other waste products from the muscles. The ligaments and tendons get stretched, which increases their soft but firm/strong feel. The nerves are stimulated and relaxed, with any stress in the muscles taken away. Relaxing the muscles is the overall goal.

 

Deep Tissue

This technique aims at chronic muscle tension. The strokes are slower, using more intense direct pressure to release the built-up stress, knots, and tightness. Depending on how deep the muscle and tissue stress maybe, the therapist will adjust their hand positions, strokes, and intensity periodically to work the tissues releasing tension.

 

Relaxing the Muscles

The therapist using their hands or tools to rhythmically knead, rub, and stroke muscles, circulation begins muscle stimulation. This blood flow brings needed oxygen and nutrients and helps the muscles eliminate waste products, like lactic acid, that can collect in the muscles brought on by spasms, which cause pain.


 

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Individuals with chronic neck pain that don�t seem to have a cause, could be trigger points. A doctor will refer you to a�physical therapist, chiropractor or another spine specialist�to conduct an examination for trigger points.

 

Gifts For Back and Neck Pain El Paso, Texas

Gifts For Back and Neck Pain El Paso, Texas

Back pain during the holidays takes the joy out of everything.�All the�activities, events, and shopping can worsen spinal injuries or cause new ones.And trying to power through the pain makes family traditions like tree-trimming, cooking, baking into a very cautionary experience.�When selecting a gift for friends or loved ones with back or neck pain they would appreciate something designed to help them feel better.

Although the massage devices and foam roller sets don�t work miracles they can ease the stress and discomfort that comes with living with pain.

There is a wealth of products that:

  • Support the back
  • Relieve muscle tension
  • Improve sleep quality

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Affordable Back/Neck Gifts

  • Epsom salts –�A warm Epsom bath reduces muscle soreness, eases stress and soothes the skin. The salts’ magnesium helps the body reduce inflammation along with improving muscle and nerve function. The sulfates help the body absorb nutrients and flush body toxins.

Along with the health benefits, a bath is a nice way to relax after a long day. Gift sets contain a bag of salts, bath bombs, bubble bath, and other goodies.

  • Back massage pads – A good massage can relieve aches and pains. Massage pads knead the muscles while you�re watching TV, riding in a car, or resting.

Massagers have various settings that focus on various areas of the back and thighs with vibration and heat. Each massager is different and they have all kinds of modes. You might have to do a little research but the great thing is that they fit in a car/truck seat, office chair, or reclining chair.

  • Lumbar (Low Back) cushions – These pillows make sitting in a car,� truck or office chair, a whole lot more comfortable with low back support.

Travel cushions are made to take with you on road trips, work commutes, and are heavy-duty to help prevent slouching and ease low back pain caused by long sitting times.

  • Foam Rollers – Rollers are great for working out muscle soreness and stiffness. There are a variety of styles that combine foam roller benefits with massage ball portability, as well as, kits that have specialized rollers in different sizes, and shapes for different parts of the body.

Roll out the hips, upper back, calves, feet, and other parts at the house or on the road.

 

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Indulgent Gifts

  • Massage as a gift – Massages help ease muscle tension, relieve aches and pains, and promote relaxation.

Gift a massage from a local chiropractor or physical therapist.

Look for licensed therapists that are specially trained in treating people with spine or neck pain.

  • Ergonomic chair – These chairs are made to support proper posture and reduce stress from long periods of sitting.

Consider a quality office chair. A good chair will have multiple adjustments so you can adjust the armrests, headrest, seat height, and depth. Ergonomic chairs provide more support than a standard office chair.

  • An infrared heat lamp – Heat is a solution that increases blood circulation and reduces muscle stiffness.

Heat lamps offer deep penetration that can be used at home for the larger areas of the body like the chest and back. A study found a group of patients that reported their pain levels decreased after six weeks of use.

  • Yoga classes – for the fitness people in your life gift a yoga class package.

The American College of Physicians Clinical guidelines recommends yoga as a first step in treating low back pain. As with any exercise program, they need to talk to their doctor before beginning yoga. Yoga Alliance and The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) are good places to find top qualified instructors.

The gift of relaxation, back support, and especially stress relief of family and friends will give you that fuzzy feeling all over, knowing that you’re helping someone out in a very real way!

We personally welcome all present and future patients to�Functional Medicine�and its modern�Functional Medicine Living Matrix�treatment approaches.


 

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Individuals who sit most of the day, like those working in a computer while sitting in an office chair, are also at high risk for non-accidental spine injury. Office ergonomics, or computer ergonomics, can help minimize the risk such as the dangers associated with prolonged sitting in an office chair, and carpal tunnel syndromes, such as lower back pain, neck strain, and leg pain.

 

How Can Physical Therapy Help Me El Paso, Texas

How Can Physical Therapy Help Me El Paso, Texas

Physical therapists (PTs) are healthcare professionals that treat patients of all ages with various ailments/conditions. A spine surgeon, physiatrist, orthopedist, primary care physician, neurosurgeon, and a chiropractor may refer patients to a physical therapist as part of a non-operative treatment plan.

An organized physical therapy plan may be an integral part of after-care following surgery. Therapists practice in a variety of settings, like hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. Physical therapists provide:

  • Treatments
  • Exercises
  • Mechanics

The primary goals�of physical therapy include:

  • Maintain practical skills
  • Improvement
  • Building endurance and strength
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Reducing pain
  • Preventing impairment

Physical therapists also instruct patients on the best way to exercise to enhance overall physical fitness, move about safely (biomechanics and ergonomics), and injury prevention. Physical therapists also help patients with long-term physical incapacity (eg, spinal cord injury).

 

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Aquatic Therapy

Patients with osteoarthritis have found�water exercise to be beneficial. With a gravity-free environment,patients can perform simple exercises without stressing the tender joints. Movement increases circulation to the affected joints and can relieve stiffness. Swimming is also a great exercise for anyone for loosening up stiff joints and strengthening muscles.

 

Electrical Stimulation

This type of therapy forces a muscle or muscle group to contract and relax. Therapists place surface patches containing electrodes on the skin over the area to be treated. The therapist programs the equipment to deliver the correct amount of stimulation for a set time.

The electrical current flows through nerve and muscle cells. The treatment is not painful. The patient feels gentle pulsating or an on/off sensation. This treatment stimulates circulation and supplies the area with oxygen and nourishment for healing. Electrical stimulation enhances healing and alleviates swelling and pain.

 

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Electrical stimulation in physical therapy. Therapist positioning electrodes onto a patient’s knee

 

Heat and Ice

Heat increases circulation, decreases stiffness, pain and muscle spasms.

Patients with early arthritis symptoms find relief by taking a warm bath or hot shower.

It is best when done in the morning to help loosen up and alleviate stiffness.

Physical therapists use moist hot packs wrapped in a towel that is laid or wrapped around the affected area.

A moist hot pack transfers moist heat that penetrates deeply into soft tissues and stimulates local circulation more than heat alone.

 

 

Ice decreases pain by slowing the nerve impulses.

Inflammation subsides with forms of cold therapy:

  • Cold packs
  • Ice massage
  • Iced towels

They are usually the first aid following trauma.

When treating an overworked body part�icetreatment should be supervised by a physical therapist.

Hydrotherapy

This is like a whirlpool bath. The water temperature and agitation loosen up joints, stimulate muscles and are controlled for maximum benefit.

 

Myofascial Release

This therapy improves circulation, decreases muscular tension and increases range of motion.

It is a type of massage that stimulates the muscles. The muscle tissue is manipulated by hand to stretch the tissue. Tight tissues become loosened using a cross friction motion with this therapy.

 

 

Movement & Conditioning

A physical therapist teaches patients how to move properly while being able to work through the pain. Therapists want patients to work as pain-free as possible. This does not mean that the exercises will be easy. More than likely they are going to be tough, but that is what you want to get back into top physical form.

 

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Physical therapist assisting woman on an exercise ball at the clinic

 

Warming-Up can be accomplished by riding a stationary bike and some light stretching. The type of warm-up that goes with the therapy is determined by the individual treatment plan.

There will be muscle soreness for 24 to 48 hours following exercise therapy. This is completely normal and should be expected. As the exercises become a normal part of the day the discomfort will gradually go away. Stretching will increase flexibility. And as the treatment goes on resistive and strength exercises could be added.

 

Couple warming up

Home Exercise

With any treatment plan, there is usually a custom home exercise program. Exercises pretty much follow clinic exercises with variations and added stretches to keep the body from stiffening staying limber. Changes can be discussed with a physician.

 

Body Mechanics & Posture

Proper body mechanics helps to prevent further injury/s from occurring. Patients willing to maintain

  • Physical fitness
  • Reduce stress
  • Apply proper body mechanics

This reduces the risk of injury.

Proper posture is defined as keeping the natural curve of the spine. Proper posture minimizes stress to the spine. This is the first lesson a physical therapist teaches a patient.

Poor posture and poor body mechanics are leading contributors to neck and back pain.

 

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Proper Work Habits

  • Do not lean over a desk for long periods.
  • Try not to sit without back support.
  • Adjust chair height so the knees are bent at a 90-degrees.
  • Bend the elbows at a 90-degree angle or they can rest on the work surface.
  • Don’t cradle the phone against the ear and shoulder as this can cause neck and shoulder issues.

 

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Lifting and Carrying Objects

  1. First, look at the object to be moved. If it looks too heavy find help.
  2. Remove obstacles from the pathway where the object will be going through.
  3. Visualize maintaining proper posture.
  4. Get as close to the object as you can.
  5. Place feet slightly apart and flat on the floor.
  6. Bend at the knees to provide stable support.
  7. Tighten the stomach muscles.
  8. Breathe deeply.
  9. Smoothly lift the object using arms and legs and not the back.
  10. Hold the object at the sides and bottom.
  11. Keep the object close to the body.
  12. Keep back straight and carry the object with elbows slightly bent.

With shopping bags or luggage split the load in two, and try to carry the same amount of weight in each hand.

 

 

Pushing versus Pulling

Pushing is the more efficient and safer method of moving objects. Keep the back straight and use the knees to push. Keep close to the object and reposition the body every so often.

Reaching for Objects

  1. Check the size, weight, and location of the object.
  2. Use a proper stool or step-ladder to get the object. Stand with both feet flat.
  3. One hand can be used for additional support.
  4. Try not to look over too much as this can cause neck strain.
  5. Think about storing regularly used items within easy reach.

Physical therapists may work directly for or with a physician, therapist, chiropractor and other healthcare providers to organize aspects of physical treatment plans. For example, a doctor may send physical therapist information of graphs, medications, analysis, and imaging results.


 

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During the first consultation, a physical therapist will talk about symptoms, analysis, and medical history.� Severity the location, type, and variables that decrease or increase pain are significant, and the PT will ask many questions regarding pain.

Physical therapists are healthcare professionals and members of your medical team. While physical therapy may be challenging or demanding at first, there are many benefits. It�s an opportunity to take charge of back or neck pain while building a stronger more resilient body.

 

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) El Paso, TX.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) El Paso, TX.

Before and after spine surgery the surgeon and medical staff prepare you for recovery. The recovery process can take a long time and be extremely challenging.

Pain after spine surgery is normal, but how to tell if it�s beyond the typical pain during recovery?

What indicates that the surgery failed?

Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez has dealt with this issue throughout his career and discusses symptoms associated with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS, also known as failed back surgery (FBS) or post-laminectomy syndrome).

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Back Pain the most common symptom

Chronic back pain is the most common symptom from failed back surgery.

With FBSS, chronic pain in one patient can be very different from pain in another.

People with FBSS can experience a range of different types of pain based on:

  • Spinal disorder
  • Spinal procedure
  • The underlying cause of failed back surgery syndrome

Types of back and neck pain people with failed back surgery may experience. Some may have one or more types.

Chronic pain:

  • Sustained pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks.
  • Chronic pain is the opposite of acute pain, which is short-term�severe pain.
  • Acute pain is expected during spine surgery recovery but should fade during the healing.

Nociceptive pain:

Localized pain that can be dull or sharp.

This is the type of pain patients may experience immediately after surgery

Example: The pain felt around where the incision was made.

When most people think of pain, nociceptive pain is the type.

Neuropathic pain (neuropathy):

Nerve-related pain is caused by damage to the nerves or spinal cord.

Neuropathic pain shoots and moves around, thus affecting large areas of the body.

Examples of this type of pain include:

  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Abnormal sensations (called paresthesia)

Radicular pain (radiculopathy):

A branch of nerve pain (neuropathy) is called radiculopathy, or radicular pain.

Radicular pain radiates from one area to another.

Examples include from the:

  • Low back
  • Down the buttocks
  • Legs
  • Feet

And then starts all over again, or goes in a different order.

Other symptoms:

The original symptoms return:

When the symptoms that put the patient in the surgery room return, then there is a definite possibility of failed back surgery.

New pain presents:

New pain, meaning pain in a different part of the spine or a different type merits a discussion with your doctor.

Mobility Reduced :

It does take time to recover and that process can affect:

  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Movement

However, if mobility or limitation is different from what was talked about with the surgeon or develops after recovery, then it should be discussed with your doctor.

Example: A limited range of motion in the neck or low back.

Headaches begin to present:

If headaches were not an original part of your medical history, this may point to a nerve problem.

Nerve Symptoms & Quality of Life

Neuropathic pain/ neuropathy or nerve-related pain is the most complex, debilitating, and difficult-to-treat.

People who experience this type of pain find it lowers their quality of life.

An online survey of 1,000-2000 patients that underwent low back surgery responded and revealed the following:

  1. 94% of respondents reported post-surgery low back pain
  2. 71.1% dull achiness
  3. 69.8% numbness
  4. 43.3% cold sensations
  5. 35.3% paresthesia (eg, burning, tingling, pricking sensations)

A separate study noted that nerve-related pain suffered by people with FBSS is more life-altering than pain caused by joint and nerve disorders.

Patients with FBSS and neuropathic pain go through higher levels of pain and have less quality of life/physical function compared with people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

FBS Symptoms Emergency Treatment

After surgery, it can be difficult to tell whether the pain is within the bounds of normal recovery pain.

At follow-up appointments ask questions about the progress of your recovery and about any concerns.

Pain after surgery is normal, but there are some signs and symptoms that merit emergency attention.

If you experience any of the red flag symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • New weakness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Electric pain in the lower body
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function

This can be a sign of a spinal nerve disorder called cauda equina syndrome.

Symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Are Different for Every Patient

  • Every patient goes through a unique surgical experience and if it fails, patients may experience unique symptoms.
  • Because failed back surgery has several possible causes, the symptoms are going to be different for each patient.
  • Before you are discharged and even before you go under, ask your surgeon questions about what to expect during the recovery process.
  • Educating yourself with possible expectations during recovery, you�ll be best positioned to know when things aren�t going as they should.

 

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Denise suffered an auto accident injury which resulted in back pain. When she realized she could not sit, walk or sleep for lengthy periods of time without having painful symptoms, Denise found chiropractic care with Dr. Alex Jimenez at El Paso, TX. Once she received therapy for her automobile accident injuries, Denise experienced relief from her symptoms and she was able to execute her regular tasks once again. Thanks to the education and maintenance Dr. Alex Jimenez supplied, Denise regained her initial health and health.

Back pain is more most common, with roughly nine out of ten adults undergoing it at some time in their lifetime, and five functioning adults developing it annually. Some quote around 95 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some time in their lifetime. It is undoubtedly the typical cause of chronic pain since it’s also a substantial contributor to missed work and handicap. In the United States alone, acute cases of lower back pain are the fifth most frequent reason for doctor visits and cause 40% of missed days off work. What’s more, it is the leading cause of disability worldwide.


 

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Aside from the obvious invasiveness of the procedure as well as recovery time and probable physical therapy that would be required as part of your aftercare. Say you have neck or back pain. How will you treat it? Many people will go to a medical doctor who will look at the symptoms, such as pain, and treat it with a prescription or over the counter medications. In some cases, they may recommend surgery to manage the pain or correct the problem.

 

Massage Therapy Rehabilitation | Video | El Paso, Tx

Massage Therapy Rehabilitation | Video | El Paso, Tx

Influenced since a young age to pursue a career in massage therapy, Brittaney always wished to offer relief to people in pain. Along with Dr. Alex Jimenez, doctor of chiropractic, Brittaney cares deeply about the attention and care she provides to every single one of her patients. Brittaney is motivated to know that she can help people find pain relief through the treatment she and Dr. Alex Jimenez give their patients. Brittaney highly recommends Dr. Alex Jimenez as the non-surgical choice for a variety of health issues, including back pain.

Massage Rehabilitation

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, tendons, and ligaments) to enhance an individual’s well-being. There are many different types of massage therapy approaches. Massage techniques are commonly applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, feet, or a device. The objective of massage therapy is to treat pain or body stress, although it may also help in treating injuries and aggravated conditions. Chiropractic care may also involve the use of massage therapy.

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