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Cervicogenic Headaches Underlying Triggers

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Cervicogenic headaches can be easily confused with migraine headaches. They can have various underlying triggers/causes that require different treatment approaches for pain management and recovery.

  • These types of headaches are related to excessive neck stress
  • It could be the result of cervical osteoarthritis (spondylosis)
  • Damaged disc/s
  • Injury
  • Whiplash
  • Type of movement that irritates or compresses a cervical nerve

Headaches

A cervicogenic headache is regarded as a secondary headache brought on by an underlying trigger. They start in the neck and back of the head. Individuals usually describe the feeling primarily as muscle tension. This tension causes pain in the back of the skull that radiates/spreads up and outward to the front of the head. It is common for individuals to only notice the headache pain and not realize the underlying trigger in the neck. Symptoms associated with this type of headache include:

  • Stiffness in the neck limiting movement
  • Neck pain presents by certain movements or positioning
  • Tenderness in the shoulders, neck, and back of the skull
  • Pain around the eyes, neck
  • Pain on one side of the head
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light
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Causes

A common underlying trigger is a structural problem with the cervical spine/neck. This can cause:

  • Poor nerve flow
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Connective tissue strain
  • All can generate upper neck stiffness

Structural issues can come from:

  • A previous neck injury
  • Work occupation that strains the neck and back
  • Prolonged sitting, combined with poor posture work
  • Manual labor
  • Hairstylists
  • Automobile accidents, sports injuries causing whiplash are the primary causes for this type of pain.
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Getting Chiropractic Treatment

A typical treatment from traditional medicine is pain medication/s. However, this will not alleviate the underlying neck issues that are causing the pain that can lead to chronic pain. Restoring alignment of the cervical spine is essential to bring back balance and optimal nerve health to the entire body. This will reduce symptoms and increase long-term healing. A highly recommended treatment option for spinal re-alignment is chiropractic care. Chiropractors are expertly trained to use science-based treatment techniques that are highly effective and bring positive results. Individuals are able to recover and educated on how to manage headaches/pain. As spinal alignment is achieved a chiropractor will make recommendations on natural pain management, stretching, exercise, posture, diet, and more.

Body Composition

Lean Body Mass vs Muscle Mass

Lean Body Mass is also known as lean mass is the total weight of the body minus all the weight due to fat mass.

Lean Body Mass LBM = Total Weight – Fat Mass

Lean Body Mass includes weight of the:

  • Bones
  • Skin
  • Organs
  • Body Water
  • Muscle Mass

Lean Body Mass correctly describes the entire weight of the body minus the fat. Because Lean Body Mass comprises many areas, any change in weight can be recorded as changes in Lean Body Mass. Remember that the weight of the organs will not change significantly. Bone density decreases over time, but it will not significantly affect the weight of Lean Body Mass. Two major areas to focus on are body water and muscle mass. When discussing gaining muscle by consuming more protein or muscle-building exercise/workouts, what they are talking about is gaining or building Skeletal Muscle Mass. The three major muscle types include:

  • Cardiac
  • Smooth
  • Skeletal muscle mass is the only type of muscle that can actively grow and develop through exercise and nutrition.

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

Fredriksen, Torbjørn A et al. “Cervicogenic headache: too important to be left un-diagnosed.” The journal of headache and pain vol. 16 (2015): 6. doi:10.1186/1129-2377-16-6

Chaibi, Aleksander, and Michael Bjørn Russell. “Manual therapies for cervicogenic headache: a systematic review.” The journal of headache and pain vol. 13,5 (2012): 351-9. doi:10.1007/s10194-012-0436-7

Rubio-Ochoa, J et al. “Physical examination tests for screening and diagnosis of cervicogenic headache: A systematic review.” Manual therapy vol. 21 (2016): 35-40. doi:10.1016/j.math.2015.09.008

Reverse The Effects Of Sedentary Lifestyle Through Chiropractic

Man using smartphone sitting hunched down having scoliosis in the office of therapist at the clinic

Many of us spend a great deal of work time sitting at a desk/station every day. The damage that is occurring to the spine and body can turn into a chronic condition. Chiropractic can reverse the sedentary effects of too much sitting and not enough moving. Between work and relaxation time, an individual can spend from 8 to 16 hours a day sitting, often with poor posture. The body needs to stay active to maintain health and high quality of life.

Sitting Too Much

Being sedentary can affect the body’s total health. Some of these effects include:

  • Heightened increase in the risk of chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes
  • Chronic pain
  • Poor flexibility
  • Spinal misalignment
  • Lower metabolism
  • Weight Gain can lead to obesity straining the organs and joints
  • Bone health diminishment increasing the risk of osteoporosis
  • Increased risk of mental health issues like anxiety and depression
  • Increased risk of certain cancers, specifically colon and breast
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Chiropractic

Chiropractors are experts in spine health. The spine’s integrity is at an increased risk when most of the day is spent sitting and slumping. When the body gets tired from being in one position too long poor posture and awkward positioning begin to develop. When posture is affected the body’s health is also affected. This includes chronic spine misalignment that can cause chronic pain conditions. Spine misalignments brought on from too much sitting can be subtle and hard to detect without the help of a professional. Through chiropractic, the body’s own healing potential is released and increased.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Reverse The Effects Of Sedentary Lifestyle Through Chiropractic

Proper Spine Alignment Reverse Sedentary Effects

Once spinal alignment is restored, a chiropractor will guide the individual through the next steps to reverse the sedentary effects. They will make recommendations based on each individual’s specific lifestyle needs. In addition to the chiropractic care the treatment plan can include:

  • Massage
  • Exercise
  • Stretches
  • Health coaching
  • Nutritionist counseling

The objective is to reverse the sedentary effects and re-establish an individual’s optimal health. Individuals will feel more energized and motivated to begin incorporating more activity and movement into their regular daily routine.

Body Composition

Maintaining Muscle Mass With Age Healthy Benefits

  • Muscle loss is associated with a reduced metabolic rate.
  • This means gaining body fat because there is less muscle mass to burn the calories.
  • Increased body fat can plague individuals as they age.
  • Loss of skeletal muscle mass is associated with increased insulin resistance. A known precursor of diabetes.

It’s quite common for older folks to rely on cardio workouts like running instead of strength training to help build and maintain muscle mass. Cardio has its own benefits. However, the greatest benefits result from going out of the body’s comfort zone. Strength training has no age limit. Adding regular strength training twice a week can be all that an individual needs to reap the anti-aging benefits.

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

Biswas A, Oh PI, Faulkner GE, et al. Sedentary Time and Its Association With Risk for Disease Incidence, Mortality, and Hospitalization in Adults. Ann Intern Med. 2015;162:123-132. doi:10.7326/M14-1651. Accessed January 7, 2017.

Corliss J. Too much sitting linked to heart disease, diabetes, premature death. Harvard Health Blog. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/much-sitting-linked-heart-disease-diabetes-premature-death-201501227618. Published January 22, 2015. Accessed January 7, 2017.

Florido R, Michos E. Sitting Disease: Moving Your Way to a Healthier Heart. U.S. News & World Report. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/09/14/sitting-disease-moving-your-way-to-a-healthier-heart. Published September 14, 2015. Accessed January 7, 2017.

O’Connor B. Sitting Disease: The New Health Epidemic. The Chopra Center Web site. http://www.chopra.com/articles/sitting-disease-the-new-health-epidemic. Accessed January 7, 2017.

The Body’s Joints and Protection From Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is said to affect around 1.5 million individuals. Recognized as an autoimmune condition that presents with chronic pain in the body’s joints. It commonly affects regularly used joints like the shoulders, hands, and feet. The condition can begin to present in individuals in their 30s. Concerns that come with a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis are the condition’s effect on the spinal facet joints. These joints are susceptible to attack from a dysfunctional immune system, leaving them prone to weakness, inflammation, and nerve compression. Chiropractors understand the manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis. They can pinpoint at-risk facet joints and provide corrective relief before more dangerous symptoms begin to present.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 The Body's Joints and Protection From Rheumatoid Arthritis

Facet joint risks

There are two facet joints that connect each vertebra to the one above and below. Their objective is to stabilize the spine, whether in a neutral position or engaged in flexion/extension movement. When targeted by the body’s immune system, the joints begin to weaken. The body attacks the synovial fluid that lubricates the joints. This creates friction that generates inflammation. Over time the joints break down leading to everything from loss of mobility to bone spurs. When left untreated the facet joints begin to deteriorate, causing nerve compression that can lead to permanent nerve damage. When the joints are not working properly the spine has to work around them.

  • Subluxations
  • Disc herniation
  • Ruptured discs
  • Sciatica all are possible with facet joint dysfunction.

Treatment

Currently, rheumatoid arthritis cannot be cured but symptoms can go into remission when treatment begins early. Chiropractic is an effective treatment at disrupting the symptoms of joint deterioration that stops the progression.

  • It has the ability to increase and maintain an individual’s range of motion, from a condition that causes loss of mobility.
  • It helps to bring rapid pain relief and helps with postural improvements.
  • It maintains positive spinal health and homeostasis.
  • Prevents problems with compression and subluxations.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises are incorporated to preserve an individual’s spinal integrity.
  • Diet and nutrition are also adjusted to mitigate the effects, helping with inflammation prevention.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 The Body's Joints and Protection From Rheumatoid Arthritis

The spinal focus

As rheumatoid arthritis affects the body’s joints, it is vital to protect the facet joints. These joints can experience degenerative damage that can cause long-term problems. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic provide individuals with the tools necessary to combat rheumatoid arthritis that medications by themselves might not be able to.

Body Composition

Muscle Mass Fitness for Long-Term Health

Muscle building is not just for bodybuilders and athletes. Everyone benefits from building muscle for long-term health. Monitoring the changes in Lean Body Mass can be accomplished by having body composition measured. Body composition analysis can divide an individual’s weight into various components. These include:

  • Fat Mass
  • Lean Body Mass
  • Basal Metabolic Rate will give a clearer picture of overall fitness and health.

Building Lean Body Mass is an investment for maintaining health long-term. The more Lean Body Mass that is built the more is in storage/reserve when the body really needs it. Before adding protein shakes and resistance workouts to the daily regimen, a plan needs to be developed. The first step to building a healthy level of lean body mass is to measure how much there is with a body composition analysis.

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

Pope JE, Cheng J. Facet (Zygapophyseal) Intraarticular Joint Injections: Cervical, Lumbar, and Thoracic. Injections for Back Pain. 129-135. ClinicalKey.com. Accessed July 16, 2019.

Brummett CM, Cohen SP. Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Zygapophyseal (Facet) Joint Pain. 816-844. ClinicalKey.com. Accessed July 16, 2019.

Chiropractic Treatment or Physical Therapy: What Are My Options?

Patient has a rehabilitation in physiotherapy clinic. Doctor in a uniform.

Chiropractic treatment and physical therapy are treatment methods/approaches that are conservative, non-invasive, and are both practical options. Both address health concerns, like various types of pain, automobile, work, sports, and personal injuries. Both are focused on helping individuals achieve long-term results and maintain health.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Treatment or Physical Therapy: What Are My Options?

Chiropractic and physical therapy are usually done in combination, as they complement one another. There are benefits and similarities between the two treatment options. Here are some general guidelines to decide which treatment option is best for your needs.

Primary symptoms

Chiropractors are known for the ability to provide quick relief to individuals dealing with pain and stiffness in the joints, particularly the spine. They are experts in spinal realignment and proper posture. If flexibility is limited or the joints are locking up, a chiropractor is the recommended choice.

Physical therapists or PTs are the experts in body biomechanics and soft tissue injuries. If an individual finds themselves moving differently because of pain or injury, training and exercise will help movement and maximum recovery.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Treatment or Physical Therapy: What Are My Options?

Treatment style

Chiropractors follow a meticulous expert-based protocol for achieving the best results. They provide a hands-on approach to treatment that requires regular follow-ups and maintenance. This is an approach that some individuals prefer. Physical therapy treatment/rehabilitation programs are typically short-term. The average treatment usually lasts only 12 weeks. A physical therapist’s primary objective is to provide a fundamental understanding of how to move properly and self-manage symptoms for the long term. This usually includes a balanced exercise program.

Insurance coverage

Insurance plans vary in what is covered. The first step is to see what an individual’s insurance will cover. Benefits can be found online or by calling a representative to see how to get the care/treatment needed. Most plans cover some form of physical therapy. Chiropractic is also usually covered by insurance providers. Skipping the insurance can also be done with chiropractic clinics providing affordable options.

Options

There is no clear-cut answer as to which to see. A physical therapist or chiropractor. Individuals should follow a doctor’s recommendations as to which treatment type would benefit them. If no recommendations have been given then take a look at a clinic’s website to see what they are about. Fortunately, many chiropractic clinics include physical therapists as part of their medical team. Both chiropractic and physical therapists provide dynamic benefits for increasing and maintaining overall health.

Body Composition

Hydration Guidelines

Drink according to thirst

The body knows when it needs water. Therefore drink when you are thirsty, not before. An adequate fluid intake should be timed according to feelings of thirst.

Estimate hourly sweat loss

Those that exercise or engage in regular physical activities for prolonged periods should weigh themselves before engaging in the exercise/activity. Then drink according to thirst as the event goes on, then weigh yourself after the activity. The goal is to maintain the same weight or be slightly less. If an individual weighs more than what they drank, then they drank too much.

Excess water consumption

If an individual is not thirsty, the recommendation is to not drink water in excess. Nausea and even vomiting could ensue. A simple indicator to determine if enough water is being consumed is to check urine color. If it is colorless or slightly yellow then an individual is drinking enough water.

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

American Association of Physical Therapists. www.apta.org

Cherkin, D C et al. “A comparison of physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, and provision of an educational booklet for the treatment of patients with low back pain.” The New England journal of medicine vol. 339,15 (1998): 1021-9. doi:10.1056/NEJM199810083391502

Fritz, Julie M. “Physical therapy in a value-based healthcare world.” The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy vol. 42,1 (2012): 1-2. doi:10.2519/jospt.2012.0101

Shrier I. Does stretching help prevent injuries? Evidence-based Sports Medicine. Williston, VT: BMJ Books; 2002.

The Benefits of Regular Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments

Young woman with sport bar exercising on background of man

Individuals tend to think of chiropractic treatment for pain relief, injury recovery, and help with poor posture. This is correct, but regular chiropractic spinal adjustments can provide numerous benefits to feel your absolute best and improve an individual’s quality of life. Doctors of chiropractic/DCs perform a thorough physical and neurological evaluation of the individual to diagnose the root cause of spine pain. The proper diagnosis is essential to the individual’s customized treatment plan.

Benefits of Regular Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments

Chiropractic spinal adjustments address a variety of health-related issues. A chiropractor will work with the individual to determine the most beneficial treatment possible. This includes posture training, exercise, stretching, massage therapy, and more. Below are a few of the benefits of chiropractic spinal adjustments:

Better joint health and mobility

  • Enhances physical and athletic abilities
  • Restores muscle balance which is secondary to alignment and loosens/releases tight muscles and resets loose/misaligned muscles
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Risk of spine and other conditions is reduced

  • The body’s natural healing potential is increased along with blood and nerve circulation
  • Organ function is improved
  • Sense of well-being increases through:
  • Symptom management of depression, anxiety, and hyperactivity symptoms

Overall Energy is increased

  • Sleep improves from the realignment and tension release
  • Brain fog clears up along with improved concentration
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Body’s immune response increases

  • From the reset blood and nerve circulation, the immune system’s response time improves
  • This helps prevents the onset of disease and illness
  • Symptoms of pain are alleviated
  • Chronic pain conditions are avoided

Highly beneficial for prenatal care

  • Reduces body discomfort
  • Helps maintain a healthy posture
  • Prepares the body for labor

Doctors of Chiropractic

Chiropractors are trained in musculoskeletal treatment and dedicated to providing the best possible. Spinal misalignment is often at the root of body dysfunction and poor health. Contact Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic today with your health goals and see how we can help achieve them.

Body Composition

Complex Carbs Help Build Muscle

Carbs help regulate muscle glycogen repletion. Glycogen is a form of glucose that gets stored for later use. When the body needs energy, the glycogen activates and is ready as a fuel source. Carbohydrates are stored as glycogen. When the body’s carbohydrates are low, glycogen stores are low. When carbohydrates are taken in the glycogen stores are refilled. Because glycogen is used for energy the replenishment of those stores is important. This is why it is recommended to take in carbs immediately after exercising/physical activity. This replenishes glycogen stores for later.

Carbohydrates prevent muscle degradation

Low-carb diets and muscle loss. A study compared a low-carb diet to other diets and found the restriction of carbs resulted in protein loss. Restricting carbohydrates causes an increase in the amount of nitrogen that gets excreted. Nitrogen is a component of amino acids that forms muscle proteins. Loss of nitrogen indicates the muscles are breaking down.

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

Dubinsky RM, Miyasaki J.Assessment: Efficacy of transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation in the treatment of pain in neurologic disorders (an evidence-based review). Report of the Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2010;74:173-176.

Fritz JM, Lindsay W, Matheson JW, Brennan GP, Hunter SJ, Moffit SD, et al. Is there a subgroup of patients with low back pain likely to benefit from mechanical traction? Results of a randomized clinical trial and subgrouping analysis. Spine. 2007 Dec 15;32(26):E793-800.

Supporting A Spouse, Partner With Chronic Pain

Senior couple performing stretching exercise at home

For individuals that have a partner or spouse with chronic back pain, life can feel like it revolves around the pain. For the individuals going through the pain, it does. The pain can be debilitating to the body, emotional and mentally. The physical and emotional exhaustion of chronic pain can affect a partnership. But with the right support, treatment can be enhanced making the couple’s life a lot better.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Supporting A Spouse, Partner With Chronic Pain

Partners and spouses with chronic Pain

Individuals unhealthily deal with chronic pain communication in two ways.

  • The first is, the individual dealing with the pain talks frequently about it. This can be viewed as constant complaining, resulting in their spouse or partner becoming irritated, cold, resentful, and frustrated by not knowing or being able to help.
  • The second way is, again the individual dealing with the pain wants to avoid sounding needy, never talk about the pain. This means instead they deal with the pain in silence. However, this wears the individual down physically and mentally.

This can turn to self-medicating bringing its own host of consequences. Regardless of how a spouse or partner communicates or not, the objective is to find healthier ways to work through the pain, work as a team, and support one another.

Practical Support

When it comes to normal daily activities, a common concern is the limitation of activities. This can be anything from exercising, standing, or walking. For the spouse or partner, it’s the same but instead is on the support/aiding side. The key is to clearly express the type of support they do and don’t feel benefits their pain management. For the spouse/partner, expressing the desire and willingness to provide assistance and empathy provides tremendous encouragement and opens the door to team-based healing.

Exercises and Stretches

Exercise and stretching are an integral part of treatment. There are a variety of exercises that can be done right at home. The addition of a second person is an added benefit. Recommended are easy stretches of the:

  • Lower back
  • Hamstrings
  • Buttocks
  • Calves
  • These can ease the muscle spasms that usually happen during an episode.

Start with straight leg raises or knee-to-chest stretches while lying on the back. The spouse/partner can help by adding pressure and support to the legs. Additional stretches can be added to the regimen, but the objective when stretching with a partner is communication. This means verbalizing each other’s needs and keeping an eye on one another’s faces for signs of distress.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Supporting A Spouse, Partner With Chronic Pain

Exercising as a pair has the added benefit of support and motivation. Non-impact core strengthening exercises are recommended. This includes yoga and pilates. With all exercise and physical activities, choose courses that are age/ability appropriate. With classes, partners and spouses should inform the instructor of the back pain so they can modify the workout accordingly.

Spousal Partner Massage

A highly beneficial treatment/therapy from a spouse or partner is massage. Professional therapeutic massages provide the greatest relief. However, when not available, having a spouse/partner work out regular short massages around the affected areas provides immense relief. Massaging the body keeps acute conditions from becoming chronic, reducing pain and increasing mobility. This is recommended to fill the gaps in professional chiropractic treatment. Some basic techniques and tips:

  • Use broad sweeping strokes with steady pressure across the muscle/s
  • Use the heel of the hand to work out the areas
  • Use the thumb or knuckle to apply deeper pressure to the area by rubbing in circles or holding down in place
  • Use pain cream/ointment and/or massage oil to ease friction and increase blood flow

Daily Tasks

Basic lifestyle adjustments can also help. Breaking up household chores based on those that cause pain flare-ups, and those that don’t can prevent episodes and make life healthier. For example,

  • An individual with a disc injury might not be able to flex forward
  • An individual with facet syndrome or osteoarthritis could have problems extending upright

Treatment and Recovery

Finding the root cause of the pain and seeking the most effective treatment possible is the goal. Treatment could involve a combination of several approaches.

  • Chiropractic
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Core-strengthening yoga
  • All have been shown to have positive results.

Spousal/partner support through the pain, exercises, stretches, massage, and emotion will go a long way in expediting a healthy treatment plan.

Body Composition

Muscle mass and body health

Many think that muscle gain is only for highly active individuals and athletes. Not everyone wants to be muscular but everybody needs to be able to fight off infection. Protein is an important macronutrient that the body needs to function properly. Muscle is made up of water and protein. When the body enters a stressed state like getting sick, the body’s protein demands go up to four times the amount normally required.

If the body does not obtain the necessary protein it needs from an individual’s diet, it will turn to the muscles treating them as protein reserves. When this happens the muscles begin to break down. If the muscles are underdeveloped they have a reduced ability and strength to fight off infections and become more susceptible. Focusing on muscle gain will help with recovery, strength, and function. Focusing on muscle gain will help with recovery, strength, and function.

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

Massage therapy for back pain: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. “Case Study: The Use of Massage Therapy to Relieve Chronic Low-Back Pain.” doi:10.3822/ijtmb.v9i3.267

Prevalence of back pain: Georgetown University: Health Policy Institute. “Chronic Back Pain.” https://hpi.georgetown.edu/backpain/#:~:text=Nearly%2065%20million%20Americans%20report,condition%20in%20the%20United%20States.

Yoga for back pain: National Institutes of Health. (October 31, 2011) “Yoga or Stretching Eases Low Back Pain.” https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/yoga-or-stretching-eases-low-back-pain#:~:text=A%20new%20study%20reports%20that,months%20after%20the%20classes%20ended.

Diabetic Back Pain: Ways To Bring Relief

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The diabetic disease processes can be a contributor to chronic back pain. Diabetes can damage the human body from the eyes to the feet if left untreated, and the spine/back is a prime target. Data from 11 studies consisted of individuals over 18 years of age diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The results showed individuals with diabetes had a 35% increased risk of experiencing lower back pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 34 million people were found to have diabetes in 2021. Diabetes primarily impacts blood sugar/glucose levels. However, the disease can affect several of the body’s systems. It is a state of chronic inflammation.

Diabetic Back Pain Connection

The connection between diabetes and back pain include:

Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy happens when constant high glucose levels damage/injure the nerves. The result is symptoms like pain, tingling, and numbness. It affects up to 50% of individuals with diabetes and can lead to severe chronic back pain. High sugar levels damage various organ systems including the nervous system that results in neuropathy that causes pain/discomfort.

Bone Health

A complication that diabetes can cause is compromised bone health. High glucose levels can damage the collagen that makes up bone. This creates an increased risk of vertebral and other types of fractures. The high-risk compounds fractures that do not heal properly or correctly. Diabetics have an increased risk of fracture because of the accumulation increase of advanced glycation products. This substance forms when proteins or lipids combine with sugar. With time these products can cause damage to various tissues that include bone.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Diabetic Back Pain: Ways To Bring Relief

Obesity

Obesity contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes and is also a complication that results from incorrect glucose level management. Regardless of which came first, the added weight is a major contributor to back pain because of the added pressure/load on the spine. Excess weight and physical inactivity can result in serious issues of the musculoskeletal system.

Additional Factors

Poorly controlled diabetes also reduces muscle blood flow and increases cartilage inflammation. Other types of tissue damage can occur like degeneration of intervertebral discs and spinal canal stenosis. Disc degeneration and spinal stenosis are common causes of back and neck pain. Diabetics are prone to infection/s. This can cause back pain if it is in the bone known as osteomyelitis.

Diabetic Back Pain Management

There are steps that can help ease pain and discomfort.

Getting Involved In Physical Activity

Exercising/physical activity is a must. The body needs to move to get all the systems flowing improving diabetes and back pain. A sedentary lifestyle can take back pain to new levels with time. Even though when pain presents the first instinct is to stop and rest. Simple ways to get moving include:

  • Walks
  • Stretches
  • Gentle laps in a pool
  • All can help with:
  • Improved blood flow
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Recommended for both conditions
  • Exercising releases endorphins, which are the pain relief chemicals that the body produces naturally.

Reducing Stress

Reducing stress will help manage back pain. A few ways to decompress and reduce stress include:

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Diabetic Back Pain: Ways To Bring Relief

Quitting Bad Habits

Smokers have a significantly higher risk for low back pain compared to non-smokers. Nicotine can alleviate pain short term, but over time the nerves become more sensitive and can increase the pain. Alcohol use can help numb the pain short term, but it can cause muscle spasms and dehydration intensifying the pain. Complications can arise if taking pain medication. The most important thing is managing diabetes effectively. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic will help the individual feel better, move better, and keep back pain away.

Body Composition

Vitamin D and Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

Vitamin D benefits muscle health, muscle mass, and blood sugar. Insulin is the hormone that lets blood sugar into the muscles. Individuals with adequate blood vitamin D levels significantly lower the risk of hyperglycemia than those with below-recommended levels. Research shows daily vitamin D supplements used in combination with calcium decelerate the gradual rise in blood sugar in those with prediabetes. Adequate vitamin D levels can prevent the progression of hyperglycemia. Supplementation is beneficial for individuals going through a deficiency. Adults should aim for a dietary intake of 600 – 800 IU per day. However, supplements are never a substitute for a healthy and diverse diet.

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

Pozzobon, Daniel, et al. “Is There an Association between Diabetes and Neck and Back Pain? A Systematic Review with Meta-Analyses.” PLOS ONE, vol. 14, no. 2, 2019, doi:10.1371/journal.pone .0212030.

“Diabetic Neuropathy.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 3 Mar. 2020, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-neuropathy/symptoms-causes/syc-20371580 .

Murray, Cliodhna E, and Cynthia M Coleman. “Impact of Diabetes Mellitus on Bone Health.” International Journal of Molecular Sciences, MDPI, 30 Sept. 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6801685/

Groen BBL, Hamer HM, Snijders T, van Kranenburg J, Frijns D, Vink H, et al. Skeletal muscle capillary density and microvascular function are compromised with aging and type 2 diabetes. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2014;116(8):998–1005. pmid:24577061

Eivazi M, Abadi L. Low Back Pain in Diabetes Mellitus and Importance of Preventive Approach. Health Promotion Perspectives. 2012;2(1):80–8. pmid:24688921

Pelvic Pain and Chiropractic Relief

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The pelvis is designed to bear and distribute the weight of the body along with regular everyday movement. It is built to properly distribute weight between the upper and lower body that utilizes the core muscles, ligaments, and joints creating a complex pelvic girdle that helps the body function properly. The bones of the pelvis house and protect organs like the:

  • Reproductive system
  • Bladder
  • Below the digestive tract

When pain in the pelvis presents, daily physical activities can become difficult to get through. Chiropractic treatment combined with lifestyle adjustments can bring pain relief and strengthen the pelvis muscles/bones to maintain optimal function.

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Causes of Pelvic Pain

When pain presents there can be a variety of underlying causes contributing to it. Certain causes are more serious than others. This is why seeking professional medical guidance is highly recommended for the best outcomes. Possible causes include:

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Pelvic Pain and Chiropractic Relief

These are a few causes that can contribute to mechanical changes and imbalances within the pelvis anatomy. If the pain is thought to be caused by an internal organ issue with nausea, fever, vomiting, or severe pain contact a healthcare provider immediately.

Chiropractic Relief

The pelvis can be thought of as a direct continuation of the spine. The lowest fused five vertebrae are known as the sacrum and are part of the pelvic girdle complex. Individuals dealing with pelvic pain typically experience the sensation within the joints themselves. These are the pubic symphysis and/or sacroiliac joints. These joints interact with the entire skeletal system. Learning how they operate can help bring relief and recovery. This is where a chiropractor can help.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Pelvic Pain and Chiropractic Relief

Chiropractors are experts in total body alignment, restoring balance to the pelvis and spine. Plus through the treatment, they help increase the body’s natural ability to heal itself. When the lower back or pelvis is out of alignment the entire body along with its systems can be thrown off balance causing dysfunction. Chiropractic promotes and increases balance with pelvic adjustments and diverse therapies that include:

  • Manual adjustments
  • Mobilization
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Physical activity/exercise training
  • Neutral spine training
  • Health coaching
  • Nutrition
  • Body Composition Analysis

Restoring Pelvic Balance

A professional chiropractor is one of the best options for the management and alleviation of pelvis pain. Pelvis misalignment can impede nerve energy and adequate blood flow. Chiropractic restoration strengthens and maintains optimal long-lasting results. Whether the pelvic pain comes from an injury, pregnancy, or pelvic shift/imbalance, a chiropractic provider can help address and alleviate the pain.

Body Composition

Lifestyle Adjustments for Optimal Kidney Health

The kidneys are small organs that work twenty-four-seven to filter blood and flush waste. In one day the kidneys pump more than 400 gallons of recycled blood throughout the body. When the kidneys do not function properly the body can be engulfed with waste. This is why it is vital to keep them healthy. Individuals usually don’t realize how an unhealthy lifestyle can harm/injure the kidneys. Chronic kidney disease slowly progresses over years, and it is not reversible. Incorporating some basic healthy lifestyle adjustments can lower the risk of developing kidney-related diseases. Here are a few lifestyle adjustments that can keep the kidneys healthy.

Drinking plenty of water

An adequate supply of water in the kidneys flushes out sodium, urea, and toxins helping avoid kidney stones. The goal is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Everyone’s water levels are different but body composition analysis can calculate what a normal level should be.

Healthy foods maintain a healthy body

Poor diet and visceral fat gain have been linked to chronic kidney disease. Reducing visceral fat can be achieved by eating a restricted caloric diet of vegetables, fruit, and lean protein, as well as cutting back on processed foods.

Be cautious consuming supplements, antibiotics, and over the counter medications

Regular use of common medications and supplements can cause kidney damage and disease. Consult with a doctor before taking medications and supplements if there is kidney function impairment.

Fitness and activity

Individuals need to participate in regular cardiovascular and weight-resistance physical activity/exercise. High blood sugar levels have been shown to stress the kidneys. Building adequate muscle mass helps control blood sugar.

Smoking and kidney health issues

Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the kidneys. This reduces proper blood flow and accelerates kidney malfunction.

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

Harvard University. (07/2013)  
“Fight Kidney Disease with a Better Diet, weight loss and smoking cessation.” https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/fight-kidney-disease-with-a-better-diet-weight-loss-and-smoking-cessation

Kim DH, Cho D, Dickman CA, Kim I, et al. Surgical Anatomy & Techniques to the Spine. 2nd Ed. Saunders, Elsevier, Inc. Philadelphia, PA.

Lirette LS, Chaiban G, Tolba R, Eissa H. Coccydynia: An Overview of the Anatomy, Etiology, and Treatment of Coccyx Pain. Ochsner J. 2014 Spring;14(1): 84-87.

Mayo Clinic, 10.12.20, “Kidney Infection” (08/2020)  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/kidney-infection/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353393

The University of Michigan Medicine. (06/2019) “ Upper and Middle Back Pain” https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/aba5320#:~:text=In%20most%20cases%2C%20upper%20and,muscle%20or%20group%20of%20muscles

Lifestyle Adjustments and Chiropractic Enhancements

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Individuals are realizing the enhancements that chiropractic produces along with lifestyle adjustments. Chiropractic is about total body health. This includes:

  • Alleviating pain from injuries and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Reversing low energy levels
  • Healthy lifestyle adjustment support
  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Herniated Disc/s
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Injuries

Healthy living and regular chiropractic adjustments will elevate the body’s health to new levels.

Chiropractic unlocks the body’s potential

Getting to the root cause of any symptoms that are presenting and addressing them is essential before the body can be at its optimum. A common root cause of pain, low energy, and various general health complaints is spinal misalignment. Poor spinal alignment leads to poor nerve energy flow and poor blood circulation. When the body and nervous system function incorrectly, there is interference with the body’s ability to process normal functions that leads to various forms of dysfunction. A chiropractor can recognize the smallest of changes in the spine that could be affecting the body’s health.

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Good Health to Optimal Health

Restoring spinal alignment is the first step in improving body health. If condition/s are present, first the pain will need to be reduced and under management, then the energy can be increased. A chiropractor will recommend lifestyle adjustments to start building a routine to take good health to optimal health. Recommendations include:

Physical Activity/Exercise

Regular physical activity/exercise for weight management, building muscle and maintaining balance. Specific exercises could be recommended for spinal alignment and core strength reinforcement.

Health Coaching/Diet

The nutrients consumed can have positive and negative effects on the body’s ability to function and heal. A health coach and nutritionist can recommend a nutrition plan that will elevate the body’s health to new levels, increasing energy and helping with weight loss if it is necessary.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Lifestyle Adjustments and Chiropractic Enhancements

Stress management techniques

Stress is a major player when it comes to poor health. Chiropractic can help develop techniques and strategies to manage stress and reduce the strain on the body’s systems. This could include sleep hygiene, mindfulness, and more.

Neutral spine training

Healthy posture is highly neglected during daily activities, especially when sitting or lying down. A chiropractor will educate the individual on how to hold the spine and posture optimally to reduce awkward positions and unnecessary strain.

Consult a Chiropractic Provider

When making lifestyle changes, a vital component is learning how to incorporate the new adjustments consistently. This encourages the adjustment into becoming a healthy habit that can maintain optimal body health.

Body Composition

Reducing stress levels

There are various techniques that support relaxation, and help turn off the stress response. Here are a few science-backed options:

  1. Free-range eggs
  2. Nuts
  3. Seeds
  4. Shellfish
  5. Parsley
  6. Garlic

Stress-related eating is associated with an increased craving for calorie-dense and highly palatable/tasty usually unhealthy foods. When stress rises, food cravings rise triggering fat gain.

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

Hawk, Cheryl et al. “Best Practices for Chiropractic Management of Patients with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline.” Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.) vol. 26,10 (2020): 884-901. doi:10.1089/acm.2020.0181

Walsh, Roger. “Lifestyle and mental health.” The American psychologist vol. 66,7 (2011): 579-92. doi:10.1037/a0021769

Stonerock, Gregory L, and James A Blumenthal. “Role of Counseling to Promote Adherence in Healthy Lifestyle Medicine: Strategies to Improve Exercise Adherence and Enhance Physical Activity.” Progress in cardiovascular diseases vol. 59,5 (2017): 455-462. doi:10.1016/j.pcad.2016.09.003

Ways Chiropractic Treats Whiplash Effectively and Successfully

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A whiplash injury can cause pain for months, even years after the accident/incident. It can cause persistent pain in the neck, shoulders, back, as well as, headaches, and sleep problems. Waiting to see if it will go away is not recommended. Chiropractic treatment can effectively and successfully expedite the healing process getting back to normal life as quickly as possible. Chiropractors treat whiplash successfully using a combination of techniques, approaches, and exercises for pain relief, recovery, and long-term spinal health. The extent and severity of the whiplash injury determine what type of chiropractic treatment will be implemented.

The Severity of a Whiplash Injury

Whiplash injuries are often the result of:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Work injuries
  • Sports
  • Amusement park rides

It is primarily an injury of the neck muscles and ligaments, but can also damage the vertebral discs. It is not considered a serious or life-threatening injury, but it can cause long-term complications and severe chronic pain. The biggest risk comes from the delayed presentation of symptoms. It can take days and sometimes weeks for the effects of the injury to present. Individuals that are older or those with arthritis are more likely to have severe and long-term issues.

Other Symptoms

Typical symptoms like neck pain, blurry vision, stiffness, and dizziness are well known. These can range from mild to severe, and last for a few days, weeks, or, in severe cases, years. However, there are some symptoms that most don’t know about and include:

  • Consistent pain in the shoulder and upper back
  • Delayed-onset headaches
  • Trouble sleeping even without pain
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble with memory
  • Irritability
  • Excitability
  • Fatigue/low-energy

Emergency Care

Individuals should be alert for signs/symptoms that the injury requires immediate medical attention. If any of the following are experienced seek immediate care.

  • The arms, shoulders, or legs are numb, tingling, and/or weak
  • The neck pain and stiffness return after going away
  • Bowel or bladder problems could indicate nerve damage
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Chiropractic

Chiropractic treatment depends on the individual case. A doctor of chiropractic will determine the right treatment plan by the:

  • The severity of the pain
  • Location of the injury
  • Accompanying symptoms
  • Medical history

X-rays will be taken of the affected area to rule out any other trauma or injury. The chiropractor will evaluate the entire spine. This is based on how one part of the body influences other areas with the objective being to get the whole body functioning successfully at optimal levels.

Treatment Options

Some of the more common treatments for whiplash include:

Initial

Visiting a chiropractor a short time after the injury means the neck will be inflamed. The doctor will utilize gentle, anti-inflammatory options like:

  • Cold therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Stretching
  • Electrical therapy
  • Laser therapy

Spinal Manipulation

There are different types of spinal manipulation, these include:

Specific Manipulation

This type involves a gentle but firm thrusting, usually done with the hands to the soft tissue areas. It stimulates the nervous system to realign subluxations, and restore mobility/flexibility of the spinal joints and vertebrae.

Flexion Distraction Technique

This is also a hands-on technique that treats slipped and bulging discs. This type of treatment utilizes a pumping motion on the disc/s and not the spine itself.

Instrument Assistance

This treatment is used for patients with degenerative disc disease. Special instrument assistance is often used in combination with hands-on care.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Ways Chiropractic Treats Whiplash Effectively and Successfully

Massage

Massage promotes healing, reduces pain, and improves blood circulation in and around the affected area. It helps relieve tension/stress in the shoulder and neck.

Stretching and Trigger Point Therapy

The muscles and tendons can become tight. A chiropractor will gently stretch the area to relieve pain, ease tension, and reduce tension headaches. Trigger point therapy uses persistent pressure by the chiropractor’s fingers. It relaxes and releases the tight areas.

McKenzie Exercises

McKenzie exercises help reduce disc tears common to these types of injuries. The chiropractor will show how to perform these simple movements at home as part of the recovery.

What to do outside of the clinic

A chiropractor will offer tips and guidance on how to successfully avoid worsening the injury or create new injury/s. Stretches and exercises will be recommended to strengthen and maintain flexibility. Depending on an individual’s:

  • Overall health
  • Posture
  • Work/Occupation
  • Lifestyle factors
  • They will offer recommendations to avoid long-term issues.

Body Composition

Successfully regaining fitness after an injury

It is difficult to predict how long it will take to regain a previous level of fitness after an injury. Retraining to peak condition depends on the injury and how much damage was done. A key factor is to not adopt a sedentary lifestyle. Muscle memory can help as the muscles have special cells in the fibers that can recollect previous movements. This means when back to working out after an extended layoff, the body is able to regain the lost muscle. Some tips to help get back into shape:

  • Ease back into working out to avoid/worsen the injury
  • Wait a month before starting a less-intense version of a regular workout
  • Join a group/fitness class or a health exercise group

Patience and persistence are essential to regaining fitness successfully.

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

Dagenais, Simon, and Scott Haldeman. “Chiropractic.” Primary care vol. 29,2 (2002): 419-37. doi:10.1016/s0095-4543(01)00005-7

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0020138396000964

Ritchie, Carrie et al. “Medical and allied health service use during acute and chronic post-injury periods in whiplash injured individuals.” BMC health services research vol. 20,1 260. 30 Mar. 2020, doi:10.1186/s12913-020-05146-0

Ferrari, Robert, and Anthony Science Russell. “Survey of general practitioner, family physician, and chiropractor’s beliefs regarding the management of acute whiplash patients.” Spine vol. 29,19 (2004): 2173-7. doi:10.1097/01.brs.0000141184.86744.37

Belly Fat Can Cause Back Pain and Injury

Side view of Asian female nurse helping senior Caucasian male patient for back pain at retirement home

Belly fat is a gateway to back pain/spinal issues that can lead to various health problems. The bulging belly population has grown a bit since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 37% of individuals have gained weight since it began, according to a global Ipsos survey. If back pain is presenting and there is excess weight around the abdomen known as abdominal obesity, this could be a contributing factor.

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Belly fat and posture

When the natural curves of the spine are normal, the core is stable and well-supported. Excessive weight, including a large abdomen, shifts these curves out of correct alignment. Excessive abdominal fat has been associated with lordosis, which is an excessive inward curve of the spine toward the lower back. One study found that severely obese individuals had pain and changes in posture. This was especially visible in the spine, knees, and feet.

Front-loading shift

The back pain felt from a bulging belly can be caused by a shift in posture and body mechanics. Studies show these can have a negative impact on back pain and body positioning. All or most of the weight is placed on the lower back.

Overloaded discs

Abdominal obesity can damage/injure the discs/shock absorbers of the spine. This leads to:

And a bulging belly can flatten the height of the intervertebral discs.

Fat pollutants in the blood

Fat can accumulate and secrete toxins that contribute to swelling and inflammation that can be painful. Over time, these toxins wear down components of the skeletal system. A study found potential links between obesity and degenerative disc disease. Scientists found a connection in obese men, but not obese women. This is believed to be because men tend to store fat in their bellies, and women tend to store fat in the buttocks and thighs.

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Damage to the musculoskeletal system

The bones constantly renew themselves, but when there is excess body fat it can interfere with the process. This has the potential to turn into osteoporosis over time. Studies associate visceral fat with lower bone mineral density, and an increase in the risk of fractures.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Belly Fat Can Cause Back Pain and Injury

Ankylosing spondylitis treatment and fat interference

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that causes chronic back pain and can cause the vertebrae to fuse. The back can be extremely stiff, and the condition can lead to a permanently hunched posture. There are medications to improve symptoms and slow the disease. However, being overweight reduces the drugs’ effectiveness. This is because belly fat can cause medication absorption problems.

Rare spinal condition linked to obesity

Obesity along with a high Body Mass Index increases the risk of a rare condition called spinal epidural lipomatosis or SEL. This is an overgrowth of body fat in the spinal canal. Spinal epidural lipomatosis can cause various types of back pain. This is why it is recommended to have a doctor examine and evaluate any aches or pains.

Body Composition

Kombucha beneficial for gut bacteria

Kombucha contains a wide variety of bacteria and fungi that helps ferment the sugar in kombucha drinks. It is able to affect the existing microbes in the gut by inhibiting the growth of various gut-dwelling pathogens. These include:

  1. It is a probiotic drink made from fermenting green or black tea
  2. It is made up of healthy bacteria that produce acetic acid that is beneficial for blood sugar, insulin levels, and body composition
  3. It helps the body process food by lowering insulin levels after a meal
  4. It contains polyphenols that reduce oxidative stress, to help fight disease risks
  5. It destroys unhealthy bacteria in the gut
  6. It helps increase healthy bacteria

Kombucha can be thought of as a natural antibiotic. However, it does not come with the weight-gain side effect. Improving the health of the gut through fermented foods like kombucha help reduce the risk for weight gain/obesity, as well as restore gut health for those trying to lose weight by creating a healthy gut environment.

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

Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives. (2016) “Influence of Obesity on Postural Stability in Young Adults.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5194219/

Obesity Surgery. (2005) “Postural changes in morbidly obese patients.” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16105399/

Arthritis Research & Therapy. (2017) “Fat mass and fat distribution are associated with low back pain intensity and disability: results from a cohort study.” https://arthritis-research.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13075-017-1242-z

Clinical and Investigative Medicine. (2014) “Visceral fat reflects disease activity in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24895992/

European Spine Journal. (2012). “Rapid progression of spinal epidural lipomatosis.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3369035/

ATV Accidents, Injuries, and Chiropractic Treatment/Rehabilitation

Summer offroad adventure on atv in sand quarry. Male rider in helmet on quad bike in sandpit

Many individuals enjoy riding all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs. It is a fun pastime and it gets individuals outdoors. However, when driving/riding any type of motor vehicle there is potential for crashes and accidents that can result in severe injuries. Unfortunately, many individuals get on an ATV without properly understanding how the vehicle operates, safety measures, and what to do in an emergency. Several facts about ATV accidents, provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • 130,000+ individuals are injured every year from ATV accidents
  • Over 700 individuals are killed in these accidents every year
  • Around one-third of the individuals killed are under the age of 16.
  • Many of the accidents could have been prevented if proper safety protocols were followed
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Many of these accidents are based on negligence or recklessness of the driver or other individual/s doing the same in close proximity. The causes range from:

  • Speeding recklessly
  • Steep hill-climbing
  • Rollovers
  • Drunk driving
  • Exceeding capacity

Many of these vehicles are designed to hold one passenger only. When a second or third passenger is on the vehicle, the accidents are usually of the secondary passengers falling or getting thrown off. In other cases, the passenger is not able to shift their weight with the driver, resulting in throwing the entire vehicle off-balance.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 ATV Accidents, Injuries, and Chiropractic Treatment/Rehabilitation

ATV

Today ATVs are used for various jobs including border patrol, construction, emergency medical response, snow plowing, and maintaining farmland. They can be fun, but they can also be extremely dangerous if not properly ridden. Every year faster, and more powerful ATVs arrive on the market for purchase. The first ATVs had around 7-horsepower, an 89 cc engine, and weighed about 200 pounds. Today, some have engines that are 600 ccs, with 50 horsepower, weigh over 400 pounds, and can go up to 100 miles per hour. These are powerful machines that can cause severe injuries.

  • Injuries typically happen to men around 18 to 30 years of age
  • 80 percent of injuries impact the driver and not the passenger
  • The most common injury cause is associated with flips and/or rolls
  • When this happens, both the driver and passenger can get thrown and in some cases, pinned underneath.

Symptoms and Injuries

Common ATV injuries include:

  • All around body pain
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Fractures
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocation/s
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Concussion
  • Neurologic injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Chronic pain
  • Blurred Vision

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy

Just like automobile accident injuries, there can be delayed symptoms that begin to present over days or weeks. Seeking the proper treatment as soon as possible is important to decrease inflammation and swelling before the injury/s worsens, or leads to other debilitating conditions. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can help restore mobility and flexibility after an ATV accident. A combination of physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and massage will help with:

  • Accelerated recovery
  • Decrease in chronic symptoms
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Further injury/damage prevention
  • Maintaining a level of improved function
  • Acute and chronic pain alleviation
  • Range of motion increase
  • Overall health and wellness
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Operation Safety Tips

  • Always wear a DOT-approved helmet, proper footwear, and safety gear
  • Make sure that all drivers are educated and understand how to operate the ATV
  • Read the operating manual, watch safety videos
  • Know the vehicle’s limitations
  • Know the terrain where it will be driven
  • Check and know local and state regulations
  • Never let young children operate the vehicle
  • Never drive under the influence
  • Keep a phone or other communication device in case of an emergency

Body Composition

Phase Angle values can determine what’s going on in the body

It can help identify health risks, address underlying health issues, and track the progress of lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. For many individuals phase angle analysis has helped them make data-driven health and wellness decisions. Many medical practices are using it to personalize a patient’s treatment plan. Lifestyle factors that are likely to impact phase angle include:

  • Injuries
  • Eating highly processed meals
  • Lack of quality sleep
  • Stress – physical, mental, and emotional
  • Lack of regular physical activity
  • Excess caffeine, alcohol, and refined sugars
  • Toxicity exposure

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

Spine Trauma. The Anand Spine Group Web site. http://www.infospine.net/condition-spine-trauma.html. Accessed October 18, 2018.

Wilberger JE, Mao G. Spinal Trauma. Merck Manual Professional Version. https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/injuries-poisoning/spinal-trauma/spinal-trauma. Last reviewed November 2017. Accessed October 18, 2018.

Pelvic Fracture. Cedars-Sinai Web site. https://www.cedars-sinai.org/health-library/diseases-and-conditions/p/pelvic-fracture.html. Accessed October 18, 2018.

Sciatica Pain and Symptoms Improvement

Lower back treatment with massage gun. Physical therapist massaging man’s lower back

Determining if sciatica pain and symptoms are showing improvement can be as simple as the pain significantly reducing or it could be a bit more complex, depending on the severity of the condition. Chiropractic treatment keeps track of the location and movement of the pain as a reliable indicator that complete relief is getting closer. When the pain retreats up the leg, it is a sign of improvement even with back and buttock aches/pain that feel like it’s worsening.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica Pain and Symptoms Improvement

Various Symptoms

The most common symptoms include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Sharp pain
  • Dull pain
  • Radiating/spreading pain
  • A feeling like insects crawling or water trickling down the leg
  • Changing sensations in the buttock, back, leg, or foot

Does It Get Worse Before Getting Better?

Sciatica can get worse before it gets better. This is known as centralization where the pain moves or retreats back towards the midline of the spine after repeated movements or guided/chiropractic positioning and adjusting. It can be misleading, making the individual think the sciatica is worsening, or that something has caused a sciatica flare-up. However, healing is taking place. The furthest location away from the low back is the area to pay attention to. It’s different for individuals. It could be the:

  • Foot
  • Calf
  • Back of the thigh

No matter where the pain is pay attention to that particular area. If it feels like the sciatica is getting worse, take a moment to determine where the pain is presenting. If the pain has retreated and there is no pain in the foot, calf, or leg, the sciatica is getting better. What happens is the retreating pain going up the spine increases the pain in the back and buttocks. This means there is an improvement.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica Pain and Symptoms Improvement

Sciatica Getting Worse

How to tell if it’s getting worse? An increase in pain could indicate that it is getting worse. But, the key is to pay attention to the location and movement of the pain. When it gets worse the pain is advancing, for example, if there was pain only in the back and buttock yesterday, and today the pain is radiating down the back of the leg into the calf, then the sciatica is getting worse.

Length of Time Sciatic Nerve Pain Lasts

For most individuals, sciatic nerve pain lasts from two to six weeks.

  • The acute pain lasts around 1 to 2 weeks, with lingering discomfort as the condition heals
  • There are factors that can cause sciatica to remain longer, or increase the chances of returning This includes:
  • Tight hamstrings
  • Weight gain
  • Pregnancy
  • Poor posture
  • Improper lifting

Sciatica that lasts more than six weeks is considered chronic. Medical intervention should be sought out if it lasts this long. Non-invasive treatment like chiropractic or physical therapy is recommended to help speed the healing process and reduce pain.

Permanent Cure

Most sciatica cases are caused by a spinal disc disorder in the lower back. Around 85% of sciatica cases are disc-related. There is a chance that sciatica can return. For most individuals, it only takes a small amount of work to keep sciatica at bay. Staying healthy and flexible are two ways to prevent sciatica from returning. This can be done through:

  • Healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Staying active with 2 ½ hours of physical activity/exercise a week
  • Maintain proper posture
  • Regular stretching
  • Quitting smoking

If overweight it is highly recommended to lose weight. One study showed that obesity increased the risk of hospitalization by 36%. Other factors that increase the potential for sciatica are frequent intense physical activity levels in sports, exercise, DIY projects, etc.

Chiropractic Improvement

Whether dealing with sciatica during pregnancy, from tight hamstrings, or piriformis syndrome, chiropractic can help. A chiropractor can bring relief through:

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica Pain and Symptoms Improvement

Once the pain is manageable, the chiropractor will get to the root cause. They will utilize:

  • Spinal manipulation to relieve pressure
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Stretches to release tight muscles
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Nutrition/health coaching
  • Lifestyle adjustments

Surgery is rarely needed and only as a last resort. Chiropractic care will generate improvement and will educate the individual on what to do to prevent sciatica from flaring up.

Body Composition Improvement

Essential Fat vs Storage Fat

There is essential fat in the body. It has a significant role in overall health and is essential for survival. Essential fat is present in the:

  • Organs
  • Bone marrow
  • Nerve cells
  • Brain

Essential fat helps with:

Non-essential/storage fat is adipose tissue that accumulates as an energy reserve. Storage fat affects body shape and appearance.

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

National Institutes of Health. (2019.) “Sciatica.” medlineplus.gov/sciatica.html.

North American Spine Society. (2012.) “Clinical Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation with Radiculopathy.” www.spine.org/Portals/0/assets/downloads/ResearchClinicalCare/Guidelines/LumbarDiscHerniation.pdf

StatPearls [Internet]. (2020) “Anatomy, Sciatic Nerve.” www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK482431/

StatPearls [Internet]. (2020) “Sciatica.” www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507908/

Sleep Apnea and Back Pain

Woman is getting physical therapy from a professional doctor

A good portion of the population deals with night back pain. But there is another group that can attribute their back pain to sleep apnea. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that 26% of adults between 30 and 70 have this disorder. Sleep apnea back pain can turn into a vicious cycle. Unrestful sleep caused by sleep apnea can make an individual more susceptible to pain. Back pain can cause sleep problems, and the cycle begins again.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder in adults in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Symptoms include:

  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Snoring
  • Abrupt waking during sleep

Risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Narrow airway
  • History of sleep apnea in family

There is ongoing research on risk factors.

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The Sleep Apnea and Back Pain Connection

Back pain could be a symptom of a vertebral fracture. Sleep apnea has been found to be associated with a higher risk of vertebral fractures. Research has found a connection between obstructive sleep apnea and vertebral fractures in women. The study found that women with a history of obstructive sleep apnea had an increased risk of vertebral fracture compared to individuals with no history of sleep apnea. Research is looking into how sleep apnea impacts bone health, specifically in the vertebrae. Doctors believe there are multiple ways in which sleep apnea can affect bone health like:

  • Low oxygen levels
  • Acidosis or a build-up of acid in the blood after intermittent hypoxia or a lack of oxygen in the tissues
  • Increased inflammation
  • Modulation/variation of sex hormones
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Lifestyle Adjustments and Treatment

There are treatments that include lifestyle changes that can help to lessen the effects and alleviate back pain.

  • Around 70% of individuals with sleep apnea are obese. This is according to the Obesity Medicine Association.
  • Smoking can increase the severity by lowering the functionality of the airway causing inflammation.
  • CPAP machines or continuous positive airway pressure, have proven to be beneficial.

Treatment options need to be discussed with a healthcare provider if diagnosed with this condition. Treatment is important because if left untreated it can lead to serious health issues increasing the risk for:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Post-surgery complications
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Better Sleep

If experiencing sleep apnea neck or back pain, make an appointment to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. A treatment plan that works for the individual will be developed to ease symptoms, resulting in back pain alleviation and better sleep.

Body Composition

Proper Sleep and Fat Loss

Losing fat mass is strongly linked to proper sleep. For the body to lose fat the body needs to be in a caloric deficit, which means more energy gets used than the amount of energy the body takes in. This can be accomplished by restricting calories through diet and burning more calories through exercise. This can be referred to as calories in/calories out.

Losing sleep can sabotage fat loss goals significantly altering the body’s hormonal profile. This includes hormones that regulate appetite. Ghrelin is associated with hunger, and leptin is associated with feeling full. Ghrelin spikes right before a meal prompting an individual to eat. Losing sleep interferes with the body’s ghrelin/leptin balance. This results in an increase in ghrelin and a reduction in leptin levels.

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

Intro: Rheumatology International. (May 2013) “Prevalence and severity of insomnia in chronic low back pain patients” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23124732/

How Sleep Apnea and Back Pain are Related: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. (September 2020) “Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Risk for Incident Vertebral and Hip Fracture in Women” https://asbmr.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/jbmr.4127

Sleep Apnea Treatments: Obesity Medicine Association. (2021) “Obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea” https://obesitymedicine.org/obesity-and-sleep-apnea/

Injury Related Stress And Anxiety Addressed With Chiropractic Care

Going through traumatic accidents that result in injuries can cause injury-related stress and anxiety for individuals. It is understandable that stress and anxiety are high as individuals figure out how to navigate through the situation. Therefore, it is very important to find ways to manage stress and anxiety because if they go unchecked it could become chronic leading to poor health and quality of life.

Stress/Anxiety Affects Health

Injury related stress and anxiety can be exacerbated through different factors. These can include:

  • Medical bills
  • Employment
  • Relationships
  • Independence

The causes/reasons can vary however, the physical response the body goes through is the same. A stress-inducing situation can leave an individual feeling threatened and generate a physical stress response. The body responds to stress by releasing hormones that shift the body into survival mode. This requires a lot of energy placing massive strain on the body. This is an important mechanism for healthy living. However, if it begins to present on a regular basis it can lead to negative health issues that include:

  • Depression
  • Chronic anxiety
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Personality disorder
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The body needs time every day to recover and rejuvenate. This is not possible when the body is constantly entering a heightened state of stress. Traditional treatment can lead to the over-prescription of medications that come with their own side effects. Effective injury-related stress treatment addresses issues like:

Health problems

Injury-related stress and anxiety affect mental health and can lead to physical symptoms and disease. These include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Obesity
  • Asthma and breathing problems
  • Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory loss
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Chiropractic Treatment and Care

A healthy brain and spinal cord are vital to the body’s optimal health. When nerve energy and blood flow get blocked it can worsen injury-related stress and anxiety. Chiropractic delivers results helping to better manage mental health by addressing underlying issues with spinal misalignment. When the spine is properly aligned neural health is optimized for everyday functions. This increases vitality and an overall sense of well-being. With brain function improved adjusting to the injury and its effects no longer cause intense stress. Individuals cannot remove all the stressors and anxiety-inducing events from their lives, but proper spinal alignment can help build resilience for whatever situations life throws.

Body Composition

Recovery and Swelling

Recovery is an essential part of maintaining optimal body health. This goes for regular work, working out, athlete’s training, and just participating in physical activity. A significant sign that the body has gone through intense physical exertion and needs recovery time is swelling. Swelling presents for different reasons. It is the body’s response to tiny, microscopic tears in the muscle that happens from constant and intense use. Running or lifting heavy objects are two examples that cause swelling. Swelling can be seen in body composition analysis results. An increase in Lean Body Mass reflects an increase in water. Recovery is about giving the body a chance to:

  • Relax
  • Recuperate
  • Recover from the swelling with the end goal of resuming physical activities

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

Pickar, Joel G. “Neurophysiological effects of spinal manipulation.” The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society vol. 2,5 (2002): 357-71. doi:10.1016/s1529-9430(02)00400-x

Coleman, Brian C et al. “Factors Associated With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Veterans of Recent Wars Receiving Veterans Affairs Chiropractic Care.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 43,8 (2020): 753-759. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2019.10.016

Jamison, J R. “Stress management: an exploratory study of chiropractic patients.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 23,1 (2000): 32-6. doi:10.1016/s0161-4754(00)90111-8

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