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Muscle Strength Chiropractic Fitness and Optimal Health

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Muscle Strength Chiropractic Fitness and Optimal Health
Young woman working out using a barbell at the gym
Muscle strength can mean different things to different people. But in general, the body’s muscles need to be strong and agile enough to endure work, sports, and regular physical daily activities. Exercise and chiropractic fitness complement each other with strong evidence supporting exercise as being as effective as other non-surgical treatments for low back pain.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Muscle Strength Chiropractic Fitness and Optimal Health
 
A chiropractic fitness treatment program is highly effective for increasing core muscle strength and reducing acute lower back pain. This combined with light aerobic exercise helps with digestion, keeps the muscles toned, and promotes better circulation. An acute and chronic low back pain treatment/management plan could include:
  • Chiropractic manipulation/balancing
  • Massage therapy to keep muscles loose and circulation moving
  • Core strengthening with an exercise regimen – Example could be walking around the neighborhood, core strengthening, yoga, and more.
  • Stretching regimen
  • Injury prevention guidelines
  • Health coaching includes diet, supplements, weight-loss, stress management, and more.
 
Individuals experiencing chronic soreness and/or fatigue could be presenting something more serious. There are several factors that measure the strength of the muscles other than just physical force.

Factors that Affect Strength

There are different ways to measure muscle strength. There are variables like endurance, muscle coordination, and maximum force are some of the ways to assess the health and strength of the muscles. Factors that can influence strength include:
  • Functional neural signal sending and the response of the muscle/s
  • The number and size of the muscle cells
  • The ability of the muscle/s to generate appropriate force
  • The way the spinal cord responds to stimulation
  • Being able to sense the joints moving in space
  • The ability of the nervous system to coordinate proper movement and generate muscle force
 

Spinal Alignment

Muscle strength involves the nervous system. Muscle health is important, but the input and output of each muscle transmitting from the nervous system is the control center for proper movement and strength. When the connection is healthy and strong, the nervous system and brain can effectively generate movement and regulate the right amount of muscle strength. When increasing strength, the focus should be on proper nerve circulation, which starts with spinal alignment. It enhances the effectiveness of strength training. Even small changes/disruptions can lead to the spine shifting out of alignment. These changes over time begin to affect the signals being sent between the spinal cord, brain, and muscles.  
 
Once alignment is addressed, then the body can heal and strengthen itself naturally and the exercise regimen can be reevaluated by the chiropractor. It is important for a chiropractor to reevaluate a patient’s exercise program following the initial therapy to determine the effectiveness. Measuring the spinal range of motion and the effectiveness of the exercises is one way to make a determination. Then the exercise regimen could be advanced or intensified for optimal health. Options can include:
  • Increasing the intensity of the workout
  • Exercising more
  • Lifting heavier
  • Increasing reps
  • Boosting endurance
With time, there should be less fatigue and more energy for daily physical tasks.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Muscle Strength Chiropractic Fitness and Optimal Health
 
Proper spine care is handled best through chiropractors that specialize in sports physical fitness therapy/rehabilitation and preventive care. They follow specific protocols that focus on the root cause of spinal misalignment. The key factor is to get adjusted, get moving, and improve body health.
 

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Gudavalli, Maruti Ram et al. “A randomized clinical trial and subgroup analysis to compare flexion-distraction with active exercise for chronic low back pain.” European spine journal: official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society vol. 15,7 (2006): 1070-82. doi:10.1007/s00586-005-0021-8

Myofascial Chains, Body Instability, and Chiropractic Manipulation

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Myofascial Chains, Body Instability, and Chiropractic Manipulation
Tensed male worker standing with back pain in factory
The body is made up of muscles and fascia that can be thought of as myofascial chains or linked muscular tissue systems. When the fascia is healthy it is smooth and flexible. The fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue that envelopes and holds each:
  • Organ
  • Blood vessel
  • Bone
  • Nerve fiber
  • Muscle
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Myofascial Chains, Body Instability, and Chiropractic Manipulation
 
The tissue provides and supports the body’s internal structure. However, the fascia is also made up of nerves that can be as sensitive as the skin. Stress, injury, strain, overuse, etc can cause it to tighten up. The fascia can appear as a large sheet of tissue. But it is made up of multiple layers with hyaluronan fluid that lubricates and increases the elasticity of the surfaces. It is made to stretch with movement. It can dehydrate, tighten around the muscles, limiting mobility, and causing painful knots to develop.  
 

Symptoms

Symptoms can be felt throughout the body’s myofascial chains, but are often intensified in the lower back and neck. They include:
  • Aching muscle pain
  • Pain that does not stop or worsens and does not ease up
  • Tender knots felt around the muscles
  • Excessive pressure on muscles or joints that present pain
  • Sleep issues from the pain or discomfort
  • Sciatica
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Myofascial Chains, Body Instability, and Chiropractic Manipulation
 

Factors

Factors that can cause the fascia to go through adhesion or become sticky/gluey, and wrinkled include:
  • A sedentary lifestyle with limited or no physical activity
  • Overuse/Repetitive movements that overwork a certain area of the body
  • Trauma – automobile accident, work/personal injury
  • Surgery
 
Overuse, underuse, or acute injury can cause adhesion in:
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Nerves
It is like having sticky glue in the muscles, causing a reduction in the range of motion and flexibility.

Causes

Pain can be generated from the skeletal muscle or connective tissues being held down by tight or tightening fascia. The pain can also come from damaged myofascial tissue. This can happen where muscle fibers contract causing restriction, specifically at a trigger point. Or a muscle contraction can block proper blood flow to the structures, which keep the contraction process going until the area is treated. Tissue tightness that restricts movement or pulls the body out of alignment. This will cause an individual to favor the side of the body that is not hurting. An example is individuals with low back pain or sciatica will lean to one side. However, now they are overusing that hip creating a set up for more injuries.

Myofascial Chains

Myofascial chains include the front/anterior, and back/posterior chain. The back connects the following structures:

Back

 
Force can be transmitted along the chain between the lat, the lumbar fascia, and the glute max. For example, tight lats can limit shoulder motion and cause impingement.

Chiropractic Treatment

A chiropractor can use a variety of examination and treatment techniques for myofascial pain. A chiropractor trained in differential diagnosis is especially helpful if the pain is felt in one place, but the actual root cause is in another area, specifically going along the myofascial chain. Treatments can include:
  • Massage targeting the affected muscle with the intent of loosening up the tissues to alleviate pain.
  • Myofascial release therapy releases muscle tightness and shortness.
  • Stretches can help lengthen the muscles and relieve tension.
Everybody experiences muscle pain now and again after a hard workout or from work involving movements the body is not used to. The muscles need time to heal for the pain to go away. This is usually a few days. However, in some cases, the muscles never stop hurting and can start to hurt more intensely. Individuals initially think this is normal, especially if continuing to work out or engage in strenuous movements while the muscles are healing. This pain is not normal and could be a sign that the body is experiencing myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain can lead to chronic pain and can cause an individual’s quality of life to decline. Fortunately, chiropractic manipulation can help with instability relieving low back pain symptoms and improving lumbar function.

Chronic Pain Chiropractic Care


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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Xiao, Qing-Ming et al. Zhongguo gu shang = China journal of orthopaedics and traumatology vol. 33,10 (2020): 928-32. doi:10.12200/j.issn.1003-0034.2020.10.008

Chiropractic Alignment Can Help With Acid Reflux and Digestive Problems

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Alignment Can Help With Acid Reflux and Digestive Problems
Osteopath doing a hip evaluation in his clinic checking the mobility and function of the joint on a young female patient on a couch

Acid reflux is a common digestive problem. It happens when the stomach acid flows back into the esophagus or food pipe and irritates the lining. Sensations of burning discomfort in the abdomen and chest are also known as heartburn. Other digestive problems include:

  • Heartburn that can be chronic or short-term
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Alignment Can Help With Acid Reflux and Digestive Problems
 

If there are two or more episodes a week, it can be diagnosed as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease/GERD. Symptoms usually present after eating. And symptoms can be especially pronounced if an individual lies down soon after. Additional symptoms can include:

  • Feeling that the throat is blocked
  • Acidic taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Pressure in the upper abdomen
  • Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Inability to swallow – if trouble with swallowing and choking persists or becomes severe, seek medical attention immediately
 

A chiropractor can help restore the body’s spinal balance and alignment. This can promote proper digestion without acid reflux symptoms. Realigning the spine back to a healthy shape, strengthens the back muscles, reducing the mechanical pressure on the internal organs. It also circulates the nerve energy to flow freely restoring normal function to the stomach and other organs.

 

Acid Reflux Causes

The most common causes of acid reflux are:

  • Poor posture
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy from the pressure placed on the stomach
  • High acidic diet – tomatoes, soda, coffee both regular/decaf, alcohol, and chocolate are common heartburn triggers
  • Hypersensitivity to certain foods
  • Nerve interference from the spine to the organs
  • Prescription medication/s
  • Smoking
  • Hiatal hernia

It has to do with something altering the body’s ability to generate digestive enzymes, acid, or a structural misalignment issue that can lead to disrupted digestion and acid reflux symptoms. When the body is out of alignment it can lead to aching hips, sore back, neck, and shoulders.

A misaligned spine can cause improper digestion and movement of food from the stomach to the intestines. Proper posture is a lot more than just keeping the body straight. Incorrect posture can lead to kyphosis, the spinal column rounding, which can cause the spine to push on areas where there is normally, no pressure. Two are the gastric and stomach areas.  

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Alignment Can Help With Acid Reflux and Digestive Problems
 

Digestion

Common treatment options for acid reflux include:

  • Diet adjustments
  • Learning to eat less food at a slower pace
  • Weight loss
  • Quitting smoking
  • Posture education
  • Adopting a standing posture after eating allowing for optimal digestion

Medications can also be utilized like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and anti-depressants. However, they may need to be modified as they can affect the efficiency of the esophageal sphincter.

A chiropractor will address the spinal misalignment that is affecting the body’s nerve flow for proper digestion. Once the body is in balance the physical process of proper digestion is restored. Along with synapses from the autonomic system, which is where digestion is controlled will be able to fire without interference. Additional chiropractic treatments that can benefit include:

  • Health coaching
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Core strengthening for stomach pressure alleviation

Talk with a chiropractor to go through treatment options. Everyone is different, and so each treatment plan is unique to the individual’s needs and condition. Poor digestion and acid reflux affect the proper absorption of nutrients and minerals that can affect normal bodily processes. Chiropractic can get an individual back to normal digestive regulation.


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

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

References

Angus, Katherine et al. “What effect does chiropractic treatment have on gastrointestinal (GI) disorders: a narrative review of the literature.” The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association vol. 59,2 (2015): 122-33.

Smoking Destroys The Spine and Can Cause Chronic Back Pain

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Smoking Destroys The Spine and Can Cause Chronic Back Pain
Doctor examining a female patients back in the hospital
Smoking negatively impacts an individual’s health, as most know about its effect on the lungs. However, it can cause chronic back pain, and affect spinal health, as well. Research has discovered that having a history of smoking, hypertension/high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease are all risk factors for atherosclerosis and have a significant connection with low back pain development.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Smoking Destroys The Spine and Can Cause Chronic Back Pain
 
Despite all the anti-smoking ads created by The American Lung Association or American Cancer Society showing longtime smokers with tracheotomies, oxygen tanks, etc, individuals continue to smoke.

Risks associated with smoking

  • High increase for many cancers
  • Increased risk for heart disease
  • Injury/s, wound/s take longer to heal
  • Increased risk of infection after surgery
  • Aggravating pre-existing health conditions like asthma
  • Chronic back pain

Chronic pain and blood vessels

Smoking can generate general body pain that can overwhelm the vascular system. These are the blood vessels that include:
  • Arteries
  • Capillaries
  • Veins
 
Smoking’s primary impact is on blood flow and circulation. The blood becomes thick and sticky, which makes the heart have to work harder to circulate the blood. This thickening and lack of proper circulation can cause blood clots, as well as, damage muscles, tendons, and the other spinal structures, like the discs. Individuals that smoke have issues with healing properly from injuries/wounds, as well. This means if a disc or nerve gets injured it takes longer to heal or does not heal properly/completely.
  • Smoking contributes to continued inflammation, which can increase pain
  • It can interfere with prescribed medications for pain management/other conditions
  • Proper absorption of minerals, nutrients, chemicals, medications, is disrupted
  • Damage to the spinal discs and facet joints
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Smoking Destroys The Spine and Can Cause Chronic Back Pain
 
The pain can come from the neuron stimulation from the nicotine, as well as the other chemicals and toxins in the smoke itself.

Back Pain Worsened

There are spinal conditions like dried out/desiccated discs, or osteoporosis, that could’ve been caused or worsened through smoking.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Smoking is connected to the development of this disease, also known as disc dehydration. Smoke toxins, as well as, nicotine contributes to dehydrated discs and the cellular damage done to the vascular system.

Osteoporosis

It is associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis/thin bones, which can lead to an increased risk for spinal fractures.

Fibromyalgia

Individuals that smoke and have fibromyalgia report intensified symptoms, quality of life is worse, and an increase in anxiety compared to non-smokers with fibromyalgia.

Spinal Fusion

Smoking can delay or prevent proper healing/fusion when trying to permanently connect the vertebrae. The negative impacts can lead to worse surgical outcomes.

Sleep and Mood

It can also negatively influence mood and sleep quality. It is a vicious cycle for individuals that are depressed, have pain, or anxiety. Because of the tendency to smoke more in order to cope. However, this is very unhealthy and only leads to worse pain and other health issues.  
 

Quitting

It can absolutely be done with the right resources. Various therapies can help an individual to quit smoking.
  • Medications
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic for spinal alignment and blood circulation
Quitting improves an individual’s lifespan, quality of life, reduces the chances of chronic disease, and alleviates pain. Talk with a primary care physician about a treatment plan that can include nicotine replacement therapy, counseling, and support.

Depression and Chronic Pain

 
 

Dr. Alex Jimenez’s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Green, Bart N, et al. “Association Between Smoking and Back Pain in a Cross-Section of Adult Americans.” Cureus vol. 8,9 e806. 26 Sep. 2016, doi:10.7759/cureus.806

Chiropractic and High-Blood Pressure Management

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

High blood pressure

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

Heart conditions

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

Risk factors

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

Lifestyle

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

Chiropractic

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

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Win, Ni Ni et al. “Effects of Upper and Lower Cervical Spinal Manipulative Therapy on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Variability in Volunteers and Patients With Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled, Cross-Over, Preliminary Study.” Journal of chiropractic medicine vol. 14,1 (2015): 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.jcm.2014.12.005

Sciatica Fitness and Chiropractic A Win-Win!

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica Fitness and Chiropractic A Win-Win!
Shot of physiotherapist helping patient to do exercise on fitness ball in physio room.
Because sciatica is an inflammatory condition, with the sciatic nerve specifically being the target, sciatica fitness and exercise is one of the first recommendations from chiropractors. Sciatica is a series of symptoms from a variety of underlying medical causes and condition/s. This could be:
  • Too much sitting, which most of us are doing these days
  • Work injuries
  • Automobile accident injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Awkward movements/motions that pulled the sciatic nerve in the wrong direction
  • Twisted sciatic nerve with other muscles
  • Back and leg muscle spasms
  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Hernia
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica Fitness and Chiropractic A Win-Win!
 

A Proper/Correct Diagnosis Is Essential

A correct diagnosis of the cause is essential to help the chiropractor formulate a customized optimal treatment plan. Individuals can experience the same symptoms across the board, however, despite the similarities, sciatica requires a careful, customized precision approach to treatment. An ideal treatment plan often requires a very specific exercise regimen and chiropractic adjustment schedule. Therefore, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Sciatica can be treated effectively with the right chiropractic approach with a high success rate for alleviated symptoms. Effectively treating sciatica requires direct treatment to the specific cause, rather than using techniques that only mask the pain. Example: If a herniated disc is the root cause, sciatica can be relieved by reducing the bulge of the disc, thus bringing down the irritation/inflammation and compression of the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica treatment/s depends on the cause

A stretching regimen for sciatica caused by a low back herniated disc will be different than stretches for treating low back spinal stenosis. Understanding how sciatica is the key to unlocking a treatment plan that will work to minimize pain and inflammation.  
 

Exercise Can Help

Exercising and sciatica fitness will help relieve sciatic pain in various ways. These include:
  • Alleviates the pressure on the sciatic nerve
  • Helps reduce inflammation
  • An increase in cortisol produced during exercise can reduce inflammation
  • Improves the range of motion, which reduces stress on the spine
  • Higher activity levels generate adrenaline and endorphins, to help combat the pain
Specific exercises/stretches need to be done that target the sciatic nerve and the root cause. Working with a chiropractor will bring an understanding of specifically how the body should be worked out, the intensity of the workout, and where on the body the focus should be. For example, if the nerve is irritated from a pelvic tilt and low back compression, a chiropractor could recommend a minimal cardio workout with combined strength exercises for the hamstrings, glutes, and lower body. A strength and conditioning regimen will increase stability in the lower body, prevent pelvic tilt, and reinforce the chiropractic adjustments/alignment.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica Fitness and Chiropractic A Win-Win!
 

Chiropractic Benefits

However, sciatica fitness and exercise on its own is not the complete solution for dealing with chronic sciatic pain. Chiropractic adjustments along with chiropractic prevention are necessary to restore the stability and integrity of the spine. When used in combination with exercise, the re-alignment and corrections can take effect sooner and maintain optimal spinal health. When individuals condition and strengthen their body, The musculature that supports the spine gets massive reinforcement. This minimizes the chances of a reoccurring pelvic tilt from weakened core muscles. The long-term effects of sciatica fitness/exercise and chiropractic spinal/hip manipulation work together to form a perfect combination.

Sciatica Fitness

For truly long-term effects of pain relief and a better quality of life, a chiropractic treatment plan is highly recommended. Specific targeted adjustments and re-alignment with a sciatica fitness program will promote optimal health and wellness.

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Beavers, Kristen M et al. “Effect of exercise training on chronic inflammation.” Clinica chimica acta; international journal of clinical chemistry vol. 411,11-12 (2010): 785-93. doi:10.1016/j.cca.2010.02.069 Coulombe, Brian J et al. “Core Stability Exercise Versus General Exercise for Chronic Low Back Pain.” Journal of athletic training vol. 52,1 (2017): 71-72. doi:10.4085/1062-6050-51.11.16

Chiropractic Hip Realignment for Imbalanced Hips

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Hip Realignment for Imbalanced Hips
Mature muscular man doing squats with large barbell with heavy weight plates
The number of individuals experiencing hip along with back pain is increasing and could benefit from chiropractic hip realignment. Chiropractic treatment is the recommended first-line option for hip pain and other issues related to misaligned hips. It is non-invasive and allows the body to heal naturally.  
 

Shifted Hips

Hips that fall out of proper alignment have the potential to cause a variety of health issues in the body. The hips support a great deal of the body’s weight and facilitate substantial movement. The hips need to be properly balanced to allow for optimal mobility without compensation from the lower back and legs. A shift in the hips can occur from:
  • A sedentary lifestyle can cause anterior pelvic shifts
  • Repetitive/Overuse injury/s
  • Sports injury/s
  • Work/Personal injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pinched nerve/s
  • Trauma
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Hip Realignment for Imbalanced Hips
 
Shifted hips can cause pain in the low back, hips, and legs. This occurs from an altered gait and range of motion in this region. However, the hip joints, pelvic bones, muscles, and ligaments can all contribute to hip shifting and pain. Hip issues can also cause sciatica.

Hip Function

The hips do not receive as much attention until aches and pain start to present. Our hips are involved in nearly everything we do, providing numerous functions. It is no wonder they can cause tremendous pain when they’re out of alignment. The hips:
  • Keep the body upright
  • Bear the body’s weight
  • Allow for smooth:
  1. Walking
  2. Kicking
  3. Running
  4. Jumping
  5. Sitting
hips
 

Hip Adjustment

How to know if a hip adjustment is necessary? If there is any type of discomfort, soreness, and especially pain, a chiropractor is the best medical professional to perform an examination and recommend if an adjustment is necessary or could just need ice/heat and rest. However, if the source is being caused by another condition or injury the chiropractor will recommend the proper health care professional/specialist that can treat the issue. Hip pain can also be brought on from a different part of the body having its own issues. One of the most common types of hip pain is actually from a hernia or sciatica.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Hip Realignment for Imbalanced Hips
 

Chiropractic Hip Realignment

Chiropractic techniques focus on rebalancing the body, especially when realigning the hips. Manual manipulation and mobilization treatment techniques can improve flexibility, strength, and positioning to promote optimal balance and hip realignment. A combination of adjustment techniques can be performed on the hip and spinal joints. Massage treatment can be incorporated into the treatment plan to loosen tight muscles, as the hips are realigned and are able to move freely. The holistic nature of chiropractic doesn’t just treat just the symptoms but identifies and treats the root cause. If the pain continues or worsens then the possibility for hip surgery could be recommended.

Complex Treatment

 
 
Working on imbalanced hips is not as straightforward as adjusting the low back. This is because there are a variety of arteries, nerves, joints, muscles, and other tissue structures that need to be considered during hip realignment. A chiropractor will use a careful combination of techniques when treating an imbalanced hip due to the complex nature of the area. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors will suggest ways to improve hip mobility at home. This includes:
  • Stretches
  • Posture work
  • Exercises
These will help prevent the hips from shifting out of alignment. Treating pain at its source is what chiropractors do. Chiropractic hip realignment along with the realignment of the spine will allow the body to move freely, maintain balance and strength.
 

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Okuzu, Yaichiro et al. “Hip-Spine Syndrome: Acetabular Anteversion Angle Is Associated with Anterior Pelvic Tilt and Lumbar Hyperlordosis in Patients with Acetabular Dysplasia: A Retrospective Study.” JB & JS open access vol. 4,1 e0025. 29 Jan. 2019, doi:10.2106/JBJS.OA.18.00025

Seasonal Affective Disorder Depression, and Back Pain

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Seasonal Affective Disorder Depression, and Back Pain
Woman pain neck head and back home sitting sofa. Studio shot.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that has to do with the changing of the seasons, specifically when fall begins. It affects around 10 million Americans during the fall and winter seasons. Back pain can be a symptom of the disorder. For most individuals, the condition follows a pattern:

  • It starts with lethargy or lack of energy
  • Craving carbohydrates
  • Heavy low mood

These are typical symptoms for many dealing with the condition. The individual can experience aches and pains throughout the body, but especially the back. Recent studies have shown how various forms of depression, like Seasonal Affective Disorder, can present with pain, specifically back/spinal pain. Many individuals play it off as the blues, but research has found, depression can have a much more significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. The exact cause is still unknown. But research is finding a connection related to the level of sunlight an individual receives throughout the day.  

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Seasonal Affective Disorder Depression, and Back Pain
 

Research has shown there could be a biochemical imbalance in the brain when there is less daylight during fall and winter. As the seasons change from summer to fall individuals can experience a shift in circadian rhythms that can cause them to disrupt their regular daily routine. However, Seasonal Affective Disorder is more common for individuals living where the daylight lessens and has been shown to affect women more than men and young adults.

 

Depression and Back Pain Connection

Depression can present with pain symptoms and the pain can enhance the depression. Headaches, Body aches, and especially backaches are common symptoms of depression. Research has shown that individuals with severe depression can actually feel a more intense level of pain.

Physical symptoms like back pain or headaches can be the only or the beginning symptom/s of seasonal affective depression. As research continues to grow as to how the nervous system interacts with the body, pain symptoms have been found to be connected to biological mechanisms connected with stress, anxiety, and depression.

Living a sedentary lifestyle, with little or no physical activity and regular exercise can be another cause for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Depression itself can cause fatigue that restrains individuals from exercising and working the core muscles for optimal spinal strength and health.  

 

This added stress on the spine’s discs, joints, and ligaments, makes the body more susceptible to low back pain, muscle strains, illness, and injuries. Pain can wear an individual down impacting mood and overall health.

 

Symptoms

The difference between Seasonal Affective Disorder and chronic depression is that Seasonal Affective Disorder is limited to the same time of the year during the time of less light, and winter months. Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder can be the same as those associated with depression. They are:

  • Feeling Low/Depressed
  • Weight gain
  • Increased appetite
  • Craving sugar and carbohydrates
  • Sleeping all-day
  • Consistent drowsiness
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in enjoyed activities

Symptoms can also be related to low levels of Vitamin D, which is associated with anxiety and depression for individuals with fibromyalgia. Seasonal Affective Disorder can be related to chronic pain conditions the way depression can. Some individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome can also present with symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  

 

Treatment

Diagnosis for Seasonal Affective Disorder requires an individual to experience at least two years of symptoms that become worse at a specific time of the year. And the depressive episodes have to significantly be worse than the non-seasonal episodes of depression. There are four types of treatments, that can be used individually or in combination. They are:

 

Medication

Medications used to treat the disorder are known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs.

 

Psychotherapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy/CBT is a form of psychotherapy that is effective for the disorder, as well as other conditions. It relies on techniques that identify negative thoughts and work on ways to not dwell on the negative and focus more on positive things and thoughts.

 

Lightbox Therapy

Diminished sunlight when fall and winter arrive can be replaced with regular exposure to a bright, artificial lightbox. Individuals sit or stand in front of the lightbox when they get up on a daily basis. This is done when fall begins and goes on until spring. The lightbox filters out ultraviolet rays and requires around 20 to 60 minutes of exposure to 10,000 lux of cool-white fluorescent light.

 

Vitamin D

Low levels of vitamin D were found in individuals with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Talk to a doctor about the proper level of vitamin D that should be taken through supplements.

 

The Pain and Backaches

Understanding how pain and depression are interconnected treating both conditions as part of an integrative treatment plan can include:

  • Chiropractic care for releasing muscle tension
  • Psychological counseling
  • Relaxation therapy
  • A light aerobic exercise program that stimulates serotonin levels and releases endorphins to relieve depression and pain.
  • Low-dose antidepressants can reduce depression symptoms and back pain. They work to inhibit the reuptake of neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine that is associated with a person’s mood and the way they perceive pain.
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Seasonal Affective Disorder Depression, and Back Pain
 

What Works

Everyone is unique, which means that different treatment plans and combinations of treatment plans may have to be tried out before finding the optimal one. A significant factor is not settling with the pain and just accepting it. Healing can be a unique and complex experience. The objective is for the individual and doctor to work collaboratively.


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References
Robertson, David et al. “Associations between low back pain and depression and somatization in a Canadian emerging adult population.” The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association vol. 61,2 (2017): 96-105.

Sciatica or Osteonecrosis of Femoral Head? A Common Misdiagnosis

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica or Osteonecrosis of Femoral Head? A Common Misdiagnosis
Mixed-race man suffering from low back pain after training in gym
Osteonecrosis is a condition that causes the death of bone tissue from temporary or permanent loss of blood supply to the affected area. It is commonly known as Avascular necrosis and can lead to miniature/tiny breaks in the bone and the bone/s eventually collapsing. Specifically, it affects the upper part of the femur or femoral head and surrounding joints.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica or Osteonecrosis of Femoral Head? A Common Misdiagnosis
 
It can occur in any bone however, osteonecrosis typically affects the hip/s. Pain associated with osteonecrosis of the hip can be localized to the center of the groin, thigh, or buttock. Because of the hip joint’s close proximity to the sciatic nerve, misdiagnosis for sciatica is common.  
 

Mimicking Sciatica Symptoms

Unfortunately, many health care providers can misdiagnose osteonecrosis hip pain as sciatica. Whatever the cause of the hip injury, most individuals with hip pathology report pain in the groin, upper thigh, and buttocks. That is why a trained medical professional that knows the differences in the symptoms of each condition can make all the difference in making a proper diagnosis. And a proper diagnosis leads to proper and complete treatment of whichever condition it may be. With osteonecrosis, misdiagnosis often delays the proper treatment and continues to progress. Common symptoms of sciatica:
  • Leg pain is the primary symptom can be mild to severe
  • Low back pain is secondary can be mild to severe
  • Nerve-related symptoms
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Shooting pain
  • Pins-and-needles sensation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Hip pain especially flexion and internal rotation of the hip.
  • Leg or foot weakness
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica or Osteonecrosis of Femoral Head? A Common Misdiagnosis
 

Osteonecrosis Symptoms and Similarities

For many, there are no symptoms in the early stages of osteonecrosis. As the condition worsens, the affected joint could present pain symptoms only when weight is placed on it. Eventually, individuals begin to feel the pain even when lying down. Pain can be mild to severe with a gradual development. Other symptoms that mimick sciatica:

Walking Inability

Walking gait is complicated with both conditions which is a major cause behind the misdiagnosis.

Limping

Individuals often limp with osteonecrosis of the hip and spinal disc problems. This is another reason that the condition is misdiagnosed as a spinal disc problem or nerve root compression of the sciatic nerve.

Hip Pain

The tributaries/veins of the sciatic nerve also supply the hip area and often cause confusion between the two conditions.  
 

Differences

Despite all of the similarities. There are differences in both conditions.

Nature of The Pain

  • With sciatica, the pain is related to the nervous system. Movement can complicate the pain. While rest helps to reduce the pain.
  • With Osteonecrosis the pain is geared toward the muscular. Rest does not help reduce the pain. In fact, the pain increases at night.

Location

  • Sciatica pain can radiate through the whole leg from the low back to the toe.
  • Osteonecrosis pain is confined to the hip joint, groin, and radiates to the knee joint only. Osteonecrosis pain does not radiate below the knee joint.

Restricted Movement

  • Osteonecrosis of the hip joint, means the movements involving the hip joint are restricted. Individuals cannot rotate the leg to the right and left. Individuals cannot bend or fold from the hip.
  • With sciatica, the rotation of the leg is not affected. Movements involving stretching the sciatic nerve can cause relief or pain.

Walking Gait Differences

Gait is the way an individual stands and walks.
  • Osteonecrosis of the hip joint causes individuals to not be able to open the hip joint properly or to step properly.
  • With sciatica, an individual tends to lean on their side to relax the compression on the nerve.

Risk Factors

More than 20,000 people enter hospitals for the treatment of osteonecrosis of the hip yearly. Other than the hip, areas of the body likely to be affected are the shoulder, knee, hand, and foot. The condition can occur for a variety of reasons. A few of these include:
  • Fracture – a broken bone can interrupt the blood flow to other sections of the bone.
  • Dislocation of bone or joint/s
  • Alcoholism
  • Trauma
  • Radiation damage
  • Steroid use
Some individuals can have more than one condition or injury that contributes to hip flexor pain. An example is that it is possible to have both hip osteoarthritis and hip impingement. Without proper treatment, the condition can worsen, causing joint or hip pain from the degradation of the bone.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica or Osteonecrosis of Femoral Head? A Common Misdiagnosis
 
Anyone can be affected, but osteonecrosis is most common in individuals aged 30 to 50. Treatment options include a total replacement of the hip known as arthroplasty. And if it is sciatica then chiropractic treatment is a first-line treatment protocol. However, a chiropractor can make the distinction between the two and treat the sciatica or refer the patient to the proper specialist.
 

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Li, Wen-Long et al. “Exploring the Risk Factors for the Misdiagnosis of Osteonecrosis of Femoral Head: A Case-Control Study.” Orthopaedic surgery, 10.1111/os.12821. 16 Oct. 2020, doi:10.1111/os.12821

Chiropractic Spinal Mobilization Manipulation Techniques and Sciatica

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Spinal Mobilization Manipulation Techniques and Sciatica
Male osteopath during sacral loin treatment procedure, massaging his woman client on a couch
Chiropractic spinal mobilization techniques involve the slow and steady movements of the spine’s joints reestablishing their range of motion. Because it is a slower treatment style the techniques are done with the hands. However, a chiropractor can use various instruments/tools as well. Spinal mobilization treatment has the same focus as spinal manipulation. To get the body back to optimal health and allow the body to heal itself naturally. However, there can be a variety of reasons for utilizing spinal stabilization, with treatment depending on the patient’s needs, if there are underlying conditions, or previous injury/s, and individual preference. Some prefer mobilization because it is gentler and does not generate the pops or cracking sounds. And the chiropractor’s style/specialization comes into play. Some work in the firm manipulation high-velocity style, while others utilize the softer mobilization style and others work in combination.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Spinal Mobilization Manipulation Techniques and Sciatica
 

Manipulation High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Techniques

This adjustment re-alignment utilizes the necessary force to release the joint out of its restricted motion to improve mobility and reduce pain. There are various types of high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation approaches. These are the more common manipulation techniques:

Diversified Technique

 
  This high-velocity low-amplitude technique is the one that is commonly associated with chiropractic manual adjustments. The chiropractor applies a short – low-amplitude, quick high-velocity thrust of the restricted joints. This is done one at a time with the objective to restore the normal range of motion. The patient is positioned in various positions to optimize the adjustment/alignment.

Gonstead Adjustment

 
 
The Gonstead technique is another high-velocity low amplitude adjustment. It is similar to the diversified technique. The difference is the evaluation performed to specifically locate the painful joint and positioning of the body as the treatment is performed. Chiropractic or physical therapy chairs and tables can be used to position the patient for optimal treatment, like a cervical chair or a chest-knee table.  
 

Thompson Terminal Point Drop Technique

Here specialized treatment tables with sections that drop down during a high-velocity low-amplitude thrust. The idea is that as the table drops the piece dropped allows for easier movement of the joint. A cracking sound can sometimes be heard. It depends on the patient and their condition. This type of manipulation can also be done in a gentle fashion making it a form of spinal mobilization.  
 

Spinal mobilization

Slow steady motion/movements are performed to mobilize the joint. Spinal mobilization can be recommended for certain individuals for different reasons like:
  • Individual preference for spinal mobilization over spinal manipulation
  • Individuals with a sensitive nervous system can benefit from the gentle technique. This can keep the body from experiencing a negative reaction that can cause muscle spasms or other issues.
  • Individuals with certain conditions could be given a recommendation for spinal mobilization. This could be:
  1. Advanced osteoporosis
  2. Bone pathology
  3. Spinal deformity
  4. Types of inflammatory arthritis
  • Individuals in the acute stage of their condition and experiencing severe pain
  • Obesity can be a factor as the positioning and the manipulation procedures can be a challenge for the provider and the patient requiring a low force approach.

Mobilization Approaches

The more common spinal mobilization approaches include:

Activator Technique

 
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Spinal Mobilization Manipulation Techniques and Sciatica
 
The Activator is a hand-held, spring-loaded tool that generates a low-force impulse. A patient lies face down on the adjustment table, while the chiropractor:
  • Examines leg length
  • Performs muscle testing
  • Adjusts the spine and/or extremity joints

Cox Flexion-Distraction Technique

 
 
Here a gentle adjustment is designed to adjust the vertebrae by gently stretching the lower spine. This is usually performed in a series of repetitive slow movements like a steady rocking motion.

Toggle Drop

 
chiropractic toggle drop technique
 
Here gravity is utilized to apply the adjustment. The chiropractors’ hands are crossed and on top of each other. Then the chiropractor presses down quickly and firmly on the area of the spine while a section of the table drops. The table sections can be raised and dropped according to the localization of the spinal adjustment.  
 

McKenzie Technique

 
 
This technique incorporates active patient involvement, empowerment, and self-care as part of the treatment.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Spinal Mobilization Manipulation Techniques and Sciatica
 

Spinal Release

The chiropractor separates the misaligned vertebrae by applying gentle pressure using the fingertips, with the objective to restore the spine back to a natural position.  
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Sacro-Occipital Technique – SOT

This technique utilizes wedges/blocks under the pelvis. This allows gravity with added low-force to assist the chiropractor to realign the pelvis.  
 

Sciatica Alleviation

All of these techniques can be utilized by a chiropractor for sciatic nerve pain alleviation or can discover other conditions that could be mimicking sciatica.
Nerve mobilization techniques have been recently used as a method to adjust radiating pain related to disc disease, and in particular, mobilization techniques for the sciatic nerves improve mobility of the sciatic nerves, decrease mechanosensitivity of the nervous system, and heighten compliance of nerve tissues, relieving low back pain. Jeong, Ui-Cheol et al. “The effects of self-mobilization techniques for the sciatic nerves on physical functions and health of low back pain patients with lower limb radiating pain.” Journal of physical therapy science vol. 28,1 (2016): 46-50. doi:10.1589/jpts.28.46

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Chiropractic Techniques: Spinal Manipulation

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Techniques: Spinal Manipulation
Massage doctor. The man is undergoing rehabilitation
There is a multitude of chiropractic techniques for spinal alignment. They are used by chiropractors all over the world. All chiropractors have their favorite and specific techniques that they utilize. Depending on how long they have been practicing they can have five to ten different approaches or more refined techniques from years of experience. The focus of these chiropractic techniques is to get the body back to optimal health and allow the body to heal itself naturally. As the body gets restored joint function is enhanced, muscle tension is released, and inflammation and pain are alleviated.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Techniques: Spinal Manipulation
 
Various approaches use a form of force, hence the manipulation of the spine. The chiropractic adjustment technique that is the most common is spinal manipulation. It can also be called the diversified technique or HVLA – high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust. However, chiropractic techniques are continually evolving. This comes from creating variations on existing techniques, a combination of techniques, or the chiropractor needs to adjust/tweak their own specific technique/s because they begin to suffer overuse injury/s from the constant adjusting, pushing, thrusting motions. Most techniques are named after the chiropractor that developed the method. These are the most common spinal manipulation techniques currently in use.  

Manipulation Techniques

Chiropractic adapts to the condition/s and specific needs of each individual. Treatment plans can involve a forceful approach and a gentler force technique. This could happen during the same visit or the treatment plan could be half forceful adjustments, that could range from 6 to 10 visits, with the final visits using the gentle approach.

Spinal Manipulation

This is the High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Thrust technique. The most frequently used chiropractic technique. This is the manipulation that most are familiar with because of the audible pop that results. This is from the chiropractor’s hands applying a controlled quick forceful thrust to the spine while the body is positioned in a specific way.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Techniques: Spinal Manipulation
 

Spinal Mobilization

This is the Low-Force/Gentle Chiropractic Technique. These techniques are for individuals that require a gentler approach. The technique is known as spinal mobilization. This approach could be utilized due to:
  • Underlying conditions like Osteoporosis for example
  • Pathology
  • Size of the patient – a baby or child for example
  • Patient’s comfort
  • The patient prefers the gentle approach
Some chiropractors prefer and/or specialize in mild spinal mobilization techniques. These are techniques that do not involve twisting the body or using forceful thrusts. Along with spinal mobilization, chiropractors often employ complementary therapy, as part of an overall treatment plan. This could be:
  • Ice
  • Heat
  • Physical therapy
  • Electric stimulation
  • Ultrasound
 
Individuals need to discuss symptoms and preferences with the chiropractor. It is their role to perform a thorough examination to determine the most optimal treatment plan satisfactory to the patient. Chiropractors are not the only health care providers who utilize spinal manipulation for back pain. Osteopathic physicians can also provide types of spinal adjustments. Physical and massage therapists often work with chiropractors with continued treatment. They are fully trained in providing spinal therapy as well.
 

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Belly Dancing Can Help Ease and Reduce Back Pain

Back Pain. Young fit woman rubbing muscles of her lower back, suffering from acute ache during workout outdoors, copy space

Belly dancing has been found to be an effective way to help individuals managing low back pain. It could be utilized as a part of a chiropractic treatment plan. The dancing is beneficial for improving posture and allows an individual to improve their fitness with a light form of aerobic exercise.  

 

Regular physical activity/exercise and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand. For individuals with spinal issues, the right stretches and exercises can make a difference in their quality of life. It increases:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Helps with pain management
  • Improves posture
  • Maintains spinal alignment

Belly dancing can help with injury recovery, as well as overall health. For most the trouble with exercising regularly is that it becomes routine and boring. Individuals want to live healthily, but it can be a challenge to maintain interest and motivation. An alternative form of physical activity that qualifies as exercise could be the answer.

Dancing has grown in popularity because of its fitness, flexibility, and spinal benefits. This form of belly dancing exercise does not require any special outfit or plenty of space. This utilizes the movements as a form of stretching and keeping the body moving in an aerobic fashion. They can be done at home with video instruction or an online class. Although the majority are women, men can and do belly dance.

 

Belly Dance

Information on the history of belly dancing. The dance has gone through various transformations since its inception. It was once considered burlesque entertainment, is now recognized as an important cultural expression, and today has been found to be a respected form of dance exercise.  

 

Exercise

Belly dancing as physical exercise involves:

Isometric exercises are contract specific muscles or groups of muscles. These types of exercise help with strength and stability enhancement. Both are vital for individuals recovering from back injuries or back pain management.

 

Posture

Dance posture is different than normal standing or sitting posture. Dance posture refers to the way an individual prepares/maintains their body to perform specific movements so that the motions are fluid, graceful, and with no presentation of pain. Belly dance posture maintains proper spinal alignment, which encourages reduced stress/pressure on the joints. This is beneficial for individuals managing back problems. The keys to spinal success are:

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Belly Dancing Can Help Ease and Reduce Back Pain
 

When the abdominal and back muscles maintain/support a straight spine, this alleviates stress on the low back. Lower back issues have shown a positive response to a belly dance exercise therapy program. A study looked at the effects of belly dancing on pain and function in women with chronic lower back pain. The study found that belly dancing made movements of the trunk and pelvis that are known to influence low back pain much easier.

A belly dance program in conjunction with a chiropractic or physical therapy treatment plan can help alleviate pain and improve function. A 45-minute belly dance routine/session promotes aerobic benefits, improves flexibility and core strength.

 

Core Strength

These are movements that train the muscles in the:

  • Pelvis
  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Low back

They help build strength, generate stability, protect against back pain, poor posture, and muscle injuries. Having core strength is crucial for individuals with back issues, as it increases the stabilization of the spine. Core strengthening is highly recommended and often prescribed for individuals recovering from lumbar issues.  

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Belly Dancing Can Help Ease and Reduce Back Pain
 

Depression/Anxiety Improvement

Individuals with back pain also tend to experience psychological issues like depression and anxiety. Back pain can affect:

  • Mood
  • Tiredness
  • Sleep problems
  • Self-esteem problems

Belly dancing as part of a treatment/therapy program can help an individual experience benefits that improve mental health and well-being. These include:

  • Regaining mobility
  • Having a positive body image
  • Social interaction is enhanced

 

For All Ages

Belly dancing is a fantastic creative outlet and a great way to exercise. Anyone that is able can participate. Children, seniors, and everyone in between can get into belly dancing. It enhances health and strengthens the body and mind. When the body is in the proper position/posture there are no joint issues or pain. In-person classes, at home with online instruction, DVDs, or video meeting apps can benefit the body and especially the spine.


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Sciatica or Aneurysm, A Deadly Mistake!

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica or Aneurysm, A Deadly Mistake!
Sciatica or Aneurysm? Knowing how a missed diagnosis could be potentially fatal if not diagnosed accurately could be a deadly mistake! Doctors must not fall for a sciatica diagnosis when a possibly fatal iliac artery aneurysm lies looming and progressing.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica or Aneurysm, A Deadly Mistake!
 

Sciatica or Aneurysm

An example is a patient who visited an emergency clinic after a few weeks for a non-painful pulsing mass on the buttock. There was no:
  • Trauma
  • Injury
  • Back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Prior presentations of pain or sciatica issues
A physical examination found a small pulsing mass on the right buttock. Palpation around the site found no issues with the sensory and motor nerves.  
 
An ultrasound scan of the affected area revealed a developing aneurysm. This was followed by a CT scan of the abdomen along with the pelvis using a contrast dye found the aneurysm developing from the left internal iliac artery. If the mass was not present a doctor could easily diagnose sciatica or persistent sciatic artery. If the iliac artery presents with pulsating lesions is a tip-off that a vascular issue could be impinging on the sciatic nerve. Vascular surgery was discussed with the patient. Surgery was necessary, and the patient underwent sciatic aneurysm repair. The patient was discharged without any complications.  

Persistent Sciatic Artery

This is a very rare congenital vascular condition. The sciatic artery runs along the sciatic nerve and functions as the major blood supply to the lower extremities. During human embryo development, the femoral artery begins to form while the sciatic arteries start to return to a less developed state. The process continues until the femoral artery takes over as the major blood supply, with only bits of the sciatic artery left. Persistent sciatic artery can happen either from the sciatic artery not returning to its original size or during normal development the femoral artery developing properly. Most cases of persistent sciatic artery go unknown and are usually detected from another examination for another ailment. Aneurysms often develop based on the arteries/vessel’s tendency for minor trauma/injury when sitting or some form of pressure is applied on the site. Complications include: A vascular surgeon should be consulted. Treatment options include:
  • Surgical exclusion of the aneurysm
  • Surgical excision of the aneurysm
  • Endovascular stenting
  • Endovascular coiling
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica or Aneurysm, A Deadly Mistake!
 

Vascular Conditions In The Leg/s That Can Present As Sciatica

The legs’ blood vessels can get infected, bulged, ruptured, or blocked. This can cause sciatica symptoms, like leg pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness. Severe cases could require medical emergency surgery to save the affected limb.

Acute Limb Ischemia

This condition occurs from a decrease or loss of blood supply to the legs. If there is leg pain, it could feel similar to sciatica pain. However, symptoms can progress rapidly and become severe. That’s when it is not sciatica. Acute limb ischemia present one or more of the following symptoms:
  • Pain and/or numbness in the leg while walking and when resting
  • Severe pain at night
  • Sleep problems
  • Pain relief when sitting on a chair with the feet hanging down
  • Feet and ankles become swollen
  • A pale color and lowered skin temperature over the toes and feet when compared to the legs
Acute limb ischemia can develop from an aneurysm, blood clot, or from the thickening of the vessel walls. Treatment should be prompt in order to preserve leg function. Differentiation diagnosis between vascular and other causes like spinal problems that can cause leg pain. A doctor may perform an Ankle/Brachial Index which is a comparison of blood flow in the arms versus the legs. This can be critical in determining if there is vascular insufficiency.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica or Aneurysm, A Deadly Mistake!
 

Acute Compartment Syndrome

This places increased pressure in the muscle tissues of the leg. It can lead to loss of blood supply in and around the affected area. The sciatic nerve can also get compressed from the increased pressure in the buttock, thigh, or leg. The condition can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the buttock, thigh, and leg. Individuals have also reported an unusual/altered sensation in the web of the great toe. This is similar to sciatica, as well as one or both legs can be affected. Differentiating symptoms include:
  • Leg becomes swollen
  • Pain and tenderness present when touching the leg
  • A pale color and lowered skin temperature over the leg
 
Acute compartment syndrome is a serious condition that is considered a medical emergency. It is possible for the condition to cause complete dysfunction of the limb if not addressed in time. There are risk factors that increase the chances of developing limb ischemia or compartment syndrome. These are:
  • Diabetes
  • Heart conditions
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • History of having the condition can also cause a recurrence. This can be from an injury or poor health.
Kidney stones, renal failure, or cysts in the kidney can also cause back and leg pain. Other symptoms can include blood in the urine or difficulty urinating. Any sign of distressing symptoms that present with sciatica can indicate the need for medical attention. This is to check for the possibility of a serious underlying condition or medical emergency. Medical emergencies that are treated in time can help preserve the tissue/s, restore function, and save an individual’s life. It is essential for a chiropractor or physical therapist to be familiar with diagnosing in a way that will help identify sciatica or aneurysm in individuals presenting with musculoskeletal issues/problems. Knowledge of these risk factors, understanding how to screen for non-musculoskeletal symptoms, basic competence in palpation, and how to interpret findings will help discover sciatica or aneurysm if it is there and begin timely treatment. And if it is not there then a sciatica treatment plan can be developed before it worsens.

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
  1. Javdanfar A, Celentano C. Sciatic artery aneurysm. West J Emerg Med. 2010;11(5):516-517.

Underlying Causes Of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Sciatica Risks

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Underlying Causes Of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Sciatica Risks
side view of senior man suffering from strong back pain
Underlying causes for an abdominal aortic aneurysm can be challenging to diagnose and identify. Combined with sciatica symptoms, doctors could misdiagnose the ailment and prescribe the wrong treatment protocol. Then an individual has to deal with two conditions that were not properly diagnosed, continue to develop, and worsen. This is why finding the right sciatica specialist that can also identify an abdominal aneurysm is so crucial to developing the right treatment plan. There can be a variety of factors that can lead to the development of an abdominal aneurysm. They include:
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Underlying Causes Of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Sciatica Risks
 

Abdominal Aneurysm Contributing Health Conditions

Health conditions associated with an increased risk for an abdominal aneurysm include:

Atherosclerosis

This condition occurs when there is a buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other substances that create plaque buildup in the bloodstream. This causes vessels to harden and narrow. Atherosclerosis can develop during the young adult stage and becomes an issue later in life.  
 

High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-type substance that is found in all the cells in the body. The body needs some cholesterol for the production of hormones, vitamin D, and substances to help digest foods. The body makes all the cholesterol it needs. Too much can build up in the blood vessels, which narrows the bloodstream and hardens the arterial walls.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Underlying Causes Of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Sciatica Risks
 

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension refers to a sustained increased force of blood moving through the aorta that can weaken artery walls. It is a common condition that is widespread among individuals that are older, those that smoke, and those that are overweight. There is an estimated 60-70% of individuals over 60 that are diagnosed with high blood pressure.  
 

Inflamed Arteries

When the arteries become inflamed, it can cause blood flow constriction and cause the arterial walls to weaken. This increases the risk of an aneurysm. Arteries can get inflamed through:
  • Genetics
  • High cholesterol
  • Trauma/injury to the abdomen
  • Arterial Disease/s like:
  1. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  2. Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  3. Peripheral Arterial Disease
  4. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  5. Vasculitis
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Connective Tissue Disorders

There are hereditary conditions that can weaken the body’s connective tissues. This can lead to degeneration of the aortic walls and raise an individual’s risk for an aneurysm. Two of the most common connective tissue disorders are Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which affects collagen production, and Marfan Syndrome. This condition increases the production of fibrillin, which is a protein that helps to build the elastic fibers in connective tissue.  
 

Other Risk Factors

Additional health factors can strain the cardiovascular system. This increases the risk of weakening or damaging blood vessels. This significantly raises the chances of developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Risk factors include:

Smoking and Tobacco

All types of tobacco use can contribute to diminished cardiovascular health. Individuals that smoke or use some tobacco product pose a significantly higher risk of developing an abdominal aneurysm.

Age

Aneurysms occur most often in older adults. This is because they are more likely to have cardiovascular issues and are more likely to have higher levels of plaque buildup.

Genetics and Family History

Immediate relatives of an individual with an abdominal aneurysm often have a 12-19% chance of developing the condition.

Lack of Physical Activity

Not getting adequate physical activity puts an individual at a higher risk for heart and cardiovascular disease. Aerobic activity done on a regular basis increases the heart rate and blood flow through the body. This keeps the tissues and blood vessels strong and flowing properly.

Gender

Both men and women can develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm. However, the majority of those that do develop the condition are men. This is because men are more likely to go through heart and cardiovascular issues.  

Diagnosis

Underlying conditions that can cause sciatic pain can vary or be a combination of several conditions. The most important action to take is to consult a doctor or chiropractic sciatica specialist for a clinical diagnosis. While rare, sciatica-type pain could be caused by medical conditions like:
  • Spinal tumor
  • Spinal infection
  • Cauda equina syndrome
These factors can contribute to an increased chance of developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm. However, individuals can have unknown risk factors and still develop the condition. Treatments may range from regular monitoring, lifestyle changes, and physical therapy/chiropractic to urgent or emergency surgery. If you feel symptoms of pain in the buttocks, leg, numbness, tingling, or other neurological symptoms in the back and/or leg, it is very important to see a doctor or chiropractor for clinical diagnosis that identifies the cause of the symptoms.

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

Sciatica Chiropractic Diagnosis Specialist and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica Chiropractic Diagnosis Specialist and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Finding the right sciatica chiropractic specialist to diagnose the cause especially, when it is an abdominal aortic aneurysm can be a challenge. There can cause diagnostic confusion with the root cause never being discovered or identified. Fortunately, Dr. Jimenez is a sciatica specialist with over 30 years of experience in differential sciatica diagnosis, and treatment.

Sciatica Chiropractic Specialist Diagnosis

 

Diagnostic Tools

Abdominal aneurysms are usually discovered for another ailment like a hernia or for routine tests like an ultrasound of the heart or stomach. Diagnosis of an abdominal aneurysm depends on the condition, medical and family history, and the physical examination. If a doctor or sciatica chiropractic specialist suspects an aortic aneurysm, then specialized tests will help with a confirmation.  
 
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica Chiropractic Diagnosis Specialist and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
 

Ultrasonography

The simplest and most used diagnostic test is ultrasonography. It utilizes sound waves for diagnostic purposes that send the recorded images to a monitor. It gives an accurate assessment of the size and location of the aneurysm. The patient will lie on a table while a technician moves a wand around the abdomen.  
 

Computed tomography CT scan

This test is often used in conjunction with ultrasonography if more data/info is needed. Usually, this is to determine the exact location of the aneurysm in relation to the visceral or renal arteries. It provides cross-sectional detail with clear images of the aorta and can detect the size and shape. The patient lies on a table inside a machine. A contrast dye could be injected into the blood vessels to make the arteries more visible on the images known as CT angiography.  
 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI uses a magnetic field and radio wave energy pulses to record images of the body. The patient lies on a table that slides into the imaging compartment. Contrast dye can also be injected into the blood vessels to make the images more visible known as magnetic resonance angiography.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica Chiropractic Diagnosis Specialist and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
 

Emergency Symptoms

Certain symptoms can indicate an emergency. The conditions are rare, but it is very important to seek medical attention should any of these symptoms present with back pain:
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Fever out of nowhere
  • Bowel and/or bladder incontinence
  • Loss of or an unusual sensation in the groin, as well as the legs and possibly into the foot
  • If back pain presents after an injury medical care is recommended to check for damage/injury to the spine.

Abdominal Aneurysm Symptoms

Abdominal aneurysms often don’t present any symptoms, which is why individuals go through their days unaware, and when back pain does present a doctor may only focus on the back pain symptoms and not the cause, leaving the aneurysm to continue to develop and worsen. Aneurysms do occur in women but are more common in men and those ages 65 and older. The main cause is atherosclerosis which is a hardening of the arteries. But injury and infection can also cause an aneurysm. Those with symptoms can include:
  • Throbbing pain around the back or side
  • Deep pain in the back or side
  • Pain in the buttocks, groin, or legs
  • Sciatica symptoms

The Sciatic Connection

A diagnosis of the root cause of the sciatica is crucial for developing an effective treatment plan to alleviate the sciatic pain. If an aneurysm is present then referring the individual to the proper aortic aneurysm repair specialist is a top priority. If sciatica is suspected, a doctor or chiropractor will review medical history and perform a physical examination. Medical imaging tests and diagnostic nerve blocks could be used if necessary. Sciatica pain usually follows the dermatome or areas of the skin that is supplied by the sciatic nerve. The pain can also include deeper tissues called dynatomes.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Sciatica Chiropractic Diagnosis Specialist and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
 
 

Physical examination

During a physical examination, the sciatica chiropractic specialist will look for various responses when:
  • Straightening the leg with movements that elongate the nerve
  • Gently pressing the toes or calf area
  • Seeing if there is any type of pain associated with these movements in the low back, buttock, thigh, leg, and foot

Sciatica Clinical Tests

Two examples of clinical tests for sciatica include:

Straight leg raise – SLR

The patient lies on their back and the chiropractor lifts one leg at a time with the other leg remaining flat or bent at the knee. If pain presents while lifting the affected leg this is usually an indication of sciatica.  
 

Slump

The patient sits upright with their hands behind their back. The patient then bends/slumps forward at the hips. The neck bends down with the chin touching the chest and one knee is extended as far as possible. If pain occurs in this position, sciatica could be present.  
 
These tests could possibly be positive only when the nerve is mechanically compressed. Other causes like inflammation or chemical irritation of the nerve might not cause pain when performing these tests. This test could also help reveal a possible abdominal aneurysm as abdominal pain could present.  

Chiropractic Sciatica Treatment

Manual manipulation improves the alignment of the spine. This technique helps address the underlying condition/s that can cause sciatic nerve pain, like herniated discs or spinal stenosis. Manual manipulation also creates an optimal healing environment. An aortic aneurysm specialist could work with a sciatica chiropractic specialist to help with spinal realignment if the aneurysm caused any kind of shifting or slipping of the discs along with releasing the sciatic nerve if it is compressed.  

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy like deep tissue massage can also have benefits. Massage:
  • Improves blood circulation, which also creates an optimal healing response in the body
  • Releases toxins in the low back muscles that spasmed or knotted up
  • Relaxes tight muscles that could be contributing to the pain
  • Releases endorphins or the hormones that function as the body’s natural pain relievers

 

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Dr. Alex Jimenez’s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
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