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Approaching Holidays Don’t Get Stressed Out El Paso, TX.

Approaching Holidays Don’t Get Stressed Out El Paso, TX.

The holiday decorations are out, possibly still in the box or boxes, you’re browsing all the deals and recipes. Family is coming in ready to spend quality family time and catch up on everything. All the while juggling bedding, seating arrangements, whose gluten-free, etc.

Chronic pain is exhausting all on its own. Add the approaching holidays to the mix and there is a set up for a perfect storm of pain and possibly more injuries. And just a reminder the holidays aren’t even here yet! But like most of us, we are already getting into holiday mode, which equals stress, stress, and more stress.

Everyone needs to take a breath/break in order to manage the pain. Here are some positive ways to de-stress to take the pressure off, and be in a  frame of mind to enjoy the celebration.

 

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Know Your Limitations

Living with chronic pain means that you may not be able to do everything you’re planning. Sometimes, traditions need to change.

  • Do not beat yourself up if it doesn’t all come together. Don’t worry, everyone will survive.
  • View it as an opportunity to bond with the family and non-family members and show them how to carry on traditions.

Make Sure You Exercise

  • When the body gets moving and the heart pumping, the brain releases endorphins, and these relieve stress and keep you in a better mood.
  • Exercise helps to burn off the day’s worries, empties out the mind and stretches the muscles keeping them from tightening up. Better yet exercise will help you sleep way better at night. However, check with a doctor or chiropractor before starting an exercise program.

 

Make Sure To Get Time For Yourself

 

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Allow plenty of time for yourself every day. Your body and mind need it. Relax and enjoy yourself with whatever calms you down and makes you happy. It could be jamming a musical instrument, sewing, playing a favorite video game, watching your favorite show/movie, etc. Whatever it is, take the time to unwind and really enjoy the beginning of the holiday season.

 

Don’t Get On the Holiday Rollercoaster

 

 

Chronic pain during the holidays can bring elevated levels of pain. Making preparations for company, buying, cleaning up and readying the home for friends and family is all good. But don’t immerse yourself in the process. It does not have to be perfect, allow it to be what it is! Family, friends coming together, enjoying the atmosphere and being thankful for everything.

For those with chronic back pain or other diseases affecting the spine, the holidays can take its toll on the body and mind and take you out of the game.

Three Important Things:

  • Enlist help: Don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for help. Family members, neighbors, and friends can make the occasion so much more enjoyable and safer. The jobs get done quicker, more efficiently and can be fun with everybody participating, so it doesn’t feel like work.
  • Take a seat: Don’t forget to breathe and breathe deeply, drink some tea or water to stay hydrated.
  • Go to bed earlier: During the holiday’s serious rest is a must. This means allowing yourself to sleep late or take full naps because your body is telling you it needs it.

Doing these three things can lessen the pain and increase the joy! When your body is truly healthy, you will arrive at your optimal fitness level proper physiological fitness state.  We want to help you live a new and improved lifestyle. Over the last two decades, while researching and testing methods with thousands of patients, we have learned what works effectively at decreasing pain while increasing human vitality.


 

*CHRONIC* pain Chiropractic Relief | El Paso, Tx

 

 

Living with chronic pain symptoms can tremendously affect an individual’s quality of life. Neck and back pain caused by a variety of health issues, such as herniated discs and/or automobile accident injuries, can cause persistent symptoms which may last weeks, months, even years if left untreated. Patients describe how their chronic neck and back pain has ultimately affected their ability to engage and participate in their everyday physical activities.

Dr. Alex Jimenez has helped patients with chronic neck and back pain find the treatment they deserve. Patients describe how Dr.  Jimenez has helped them find pain relief and achieve overall health and wellness. The patients highly recommend Dr. Jimenez and his staff as the non-surgical choice for a chronic neck and back pain, among other chronic health issues.


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Ultimately, stress symptoms can lead to some very serious conditions including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and even certain cancers. Psychologically, it can lead to social withdrawal and social phobias. Everyone experiences stress at some point in their life. In fact, it is becoming a sort of new normal in today’s hectic, fast-paced, high-pressure society. Chiropractic treatment can help relieve stress symptoms and achieve optimal health!

 

Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy for Neck Pain El Paso, TX.

Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy for Neck Pain El Paso, TX.

Q: My neck pain comes and goes, depending on the weather, and has for a few years. I have found certain exercises that help and others that make the pain worse. A co-worker told me about Mechanical diagnosis therapy. What is it and can it help?
— El Paso, TX.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy for Neck Pain El Paso, TX.

 

A: Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy also known as the McKenzie Method is a spinal technique that teaches how to safely and effectively reduce neck pain and improve neck function.

The goal of mechanical diagnosis therapy is to:

  • Assess
  • Treat
  • Prevent back and neck pain

This puts you in a position to control the pain. This technique can also help with joint problems that cause

  • Shoulder
  • Hip
  • Knee pain

Exercises that help reduce neck pain are highly beneficial, especially combined with chiropractic, physical therapy, rehabilitation treatment plan. But, mechanical diagnosis therapy definitely would be worth trying out for relief and prevention of neck pain. This method finds a key exercise that you can do to control the pain, which can be more effective than other exercises.

This is known as the directional preference of movement and can hold the key to reducing pain.

The best results have been demonstrated with patients who work with chiropractors and physical therapists who have completed training and passed a standardized examination by the McKenzie Institute.

 

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Chiropractic/Physical Therapy session that incorporates Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy:

  • A physical therapist or chiropractor will perform a detailed assessment. Your health history, neck pain, and other symptoms.
  • The therapist instructs the patient on how to perform specific, structured exercises.
  • This helps determine what movements or positions cause the neck pain and which positions and movements are more comfortable, and help reduce symptoms.
  • Patients often show signs of centralization. This is when the original pain in the neck is felt in other parts of the body like the arm or hand and radiates toward the spine from specific positions or movements.
  • The chiropractor/therapist will create a customized exercise plan that the patient will do at work/home to reduce neck pain and other symptoms.
  • Every patient’s plan is different and completely individualized to treat your specific neck pain.

After the first appointment, the patient will perform the exercises themselves. But depending on the treatment plan, chiropractic exams could be implemented for 3 to 4 weeks to monitor progress. As these appointments are fulfilled the chiropractor could add or alter the exercises as the pain and symptoms reduce and range of motion increases.

Doing these exercises regularly will help reduce neck pain and prevent it from worsening.

The exercises can be performed quickly and easily so they become a part of the patient’s regular routine. A chiropractor/therapist will work with the patient to design a simple but effective exercise plan that fits into their schedule. The chiropractor will also teach ways to prevent aggravating neck pain by avoiding positions and other activities not thought about.

Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy can create tools to help reduce and prevent neck pain along with other symptoms. Most of the time, a few sessions are all that is needed to see benefits. Results happen rather quickly, especially as the patients are managing their neck pain between visits with their chiropractor.

As El Paso’s Chiropractic Rehabilitation Clinic & Integrated Medicine Clinic, we passionately are focused on treating patients after frustrating injuries and chronic pain syndromes. We focus on improving your ability through flexibility, mobility and agility programs tailored for all age groups and disabilities.


 

El Paso, TX Chiropractic Neck Pain Treatment

 

 

Shane Scott was involved in an automobile accident when he heard about Dr. Alex Jimenez from a friend. After experiencing headache, neck and low back pain, several days after the incident, Shane’s quality of life, was tremendously affected. Thankfully, treatment with Dr. Jimenez helped Shane return to his normal life. Shane recommends Dr. Jimenez as the non-surgical choice for neck pain treatment.

Neck pain (or cervicalgia) is a common problem, where two-thirds of individuals will experience neck pain some time in their lives. Neck pain can be brought on by numerous other spinal issues. It can arise from muscle tightness in either the neck and upper spine or pinching of the nerves in the cervical vertebrae.


 

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A chiropractor evaluates the spine as a whole because other regions of the neck (cervical), mid-back (thoracic) and low back (lumbar) can be affected as well. Along with treating the spine as a whole, chiropractic treatment is geared toward the entire body and not just symptom/s. Chiropractors will also educate on nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle goals in addition to treating neck pain.

 

Functional Neurology: The Brain and the Gut Microbiome Connection

Functional Neurology: The Brain and the Gut Microbiome Connection

Approximately 100 trillion bacteria are found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or gut, including Bacteroides, Bifidobacterium, Faecalibacterium, and Ruminococcus, among many others. These microscopic organisms, known as the microbiome, help digest food, process nutrients, and produce immune molecules which helps heal injuries and fight inflammation. Surprisingly, however, the gut microbiome plays a much more fundamental role in the brain.  

 

Although the brain and the gastrointestinal tract seem to be two independent parts of the human body, they are actually connected through a series of biochemical communications between nerve cells and immune pathways, known as the gut-brain axis. Bacteria create neuroactive compounds in the gut, including up to 90 percent of all of our neurotransmitter serotonin, which ultimately helps control our mood. Moreover, the brain also sends signals to the digestive system, by way of instance, to stimulate or suppress digestion. In the article below, we will discuss the brain and the gut microbiome connection.  

 

The Role of the Gut Microbiome in Brain Health

A healthy microbiome consists of a diverse variety of species that protects against having one specific community from dominating and causing trouble in our gut and brain. Changes in the microbiome are believed to be associated with inflammatory bowel disease, autism, and cancer. Researchers have demonstrated that an altered microbiome may also contribute to the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, among other health issues.  

 

“The role of the gut microbiome in brain health and neurological diseases is an exciting area at the forefront of science, however, the field is in its infancy,” stated Dr. William Depaolo, a UW Medicine gastroenterologist and director of the UW Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutics. “I think about the gut microbiome like a biologist thinks about the deep sea. We know there’s something down there but we finally have the technology to help us see who’s actually there and how they are influencing our bodies and brains.” Furthermore, advanced technologies allow researchers to identify species in the gut as well as analyze the bacterial genes and protein products that affect brain health, among a variety of other fundamental systems throughout the human body.  

 

Recently, NIH-funded research studies conducted at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center evaluated the microbiomes of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The team of researchers, led by Barbara Bendlin, Ph.D., and Frederico Rey, Ph.D., collected stool samples from participants and utilized genetic sequencing technology to identify the bacterial species present as well as determine the microbial richness and diversity.   The researchers found that people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have a much different and less diverse community of gut microorganisms than participants without neurological disease. Additionally, the microbiomes of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia showed increases and decreases in common gut bacteria, especially reduced Bifidobacterium species, an essential inhabitant of a healthy gut. The researchers also found a connection between the abnormal levels of these microbe families and the amount of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia proteins in the participants’ spinal fluid.  

 

The authors of the research study suggest that the unique, gut microbiome of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia could be contributing to the progression of the neurological disease through the gut-brain axis. Clinical trial findings in human and mouse models ultimately help demonstrate the hypothesis that restoring healthy gut bacteria composition could perhaps prevent or slow down Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in at-risk populations.  

 

“We understand that diet can profoundly affect the microbiome,” stated Dr. Depaolo, whose UW lab analyzes the effects of the gut microbiome on overall health and wellness. “We also know that bacterial cells are more sensitive to medicine than human cells, so we can target them without affecting human cells. There is a lot of excitement in utilizing multi-omics technology to identify microorganisms that we could promote in specific people or find strategies to manipulate the microbiome.” However, as with all attempts to create precise, targeted therapeutics for neurological diseases, it often involves genetics.  

 

How Genes Affect the Gut-Brain Axis

The composition of every person’s gut microbiome is unique, created in early life by diet and environmental factors over an extended period of time. However, it is our genetic background which promotes the effects that bacteria have in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Moreover, it is the bacteria themselves which express a variety of different genes to make proteins that may ultimately predispose certain individuals to gut inflammation or other health issues.   By way of instance, in a recent NIH-funded research study conducted by researchers in the NeuroGenetics Research Consortium, the researchers suggested that Corynebacterium actually promotes the development of Parkinson’s disease but only in specific types of people with a specific type of genotype.  

 

The research study focused on looking at the gene SNCA rs356219, a well-known genetic risk factor for Parkinson’s disease. According to evidence, however, it’s not strong enough to cause the neurological disease by itself. But researchers have suspected a possible trigger for many years. In the research study led by Dr. Zachary Wallen, Ph.D., and Dr. Haydeh Payami, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama, researchers utilized blood samples from 197 middle-aged patients with Parkinson’s disease as well as 115 age-matched controls and determined the “genotype,” or version, of SNCA rs356219. (Humans have one of three genotypes of SNCA rs356219: including AA, GA, or GG.) Furthermore, the researchers also extracted DNA from stool samples to see what type of gut bacteria they had and then they looked for interactions between the SNCA rs356219 genotype, gut microbiome, and Parkinson’s disease risk.  

 

The team of researchers found that people with the GG genotype had the most amount of Corynebacterium. Every person who had the GG genotype and Corynebacterium in their digestive system also had Parkinson’s disease. “Could there be something about the GG genotype that affects or jumpstarts this bacterium’s production of disease proteins in the gut?” the researchers asked. Corynebacterium is a common bacterium found on human skin and researchers don’t know how it enters the gut, why several people have more of it than others, or if it could be a target for an antibiotic. The clinical trial findings were presented at the 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association. Further research studies are still ultimately required.  

 

Although the research study needs to be replicated in a much larger population, the clinical trial findings demonstrate how fundamental it is to consider a patient’s genetic factors in gut microbiome research studies. “The issue of genetic influence cannot be ignored in this field,” says Dr. Depaolo. “We don’t yet know how genetics influence the microbiome, or how genes in bacteria are regulated. Before we start giving bacteria, antibiotics, or fecal transplants to people, we need to address the very basic question of how different genetic backgrounds can affect the microbiome as well as overall health and wellness.”

 

Probiotics for Gut and Brain Health

Although we can’t change our genes, we can change our environmental factors and diet to support our microbiome as we age. Consuming fermented foods has several benefits in gut and brain health, especially for people on antibiotic medicines. These include foods that are rich in healthy probiotic bacteria, such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimchi. Common foods that then feed the healthy gut bacteria include garlic, onions, Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, asparagus, bananas, barley, oats, apples, cocoa, wheat bran, burdock root, and flaxseeds, among several other prebiotics or prebiotic foods.  

 

“To get your microbiome into the best composition you can, I think it’s reasonable to make sure you get enough fiber into your diet,” stated Dr. Angela Hanson, MD, research scientist and geriatrician at UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center. “Consider eating yogurt with active cultures, or any other foods rich in healthy probiotics, and talking to your doctor about the possibility of taking probiotic supplements if you need to be on antibiotics for an infection.”  

 

There’s an entire list of questions to answer before diet advice can get more specific than simply consuming yogurt: How does diet affect the microbiome long-term? How long does it take to permanently change the gut microbiome? Can healthy bacteria in fermented foods actually establish long-lasting communities in the gut? There have been fewer research studies on the effects of fermented foods or probiotic supplements that aren’t FDA approved.  

 

Consuming healthy bacteria can have a lot of health benefits. “Probiotics do stimulate immune and epithelial cells and produce anti-inflammatory short-chain fatty acids in the digestive system, which can help keep gut inflammation from getting out of control,” stated Dr. Depaolo. “However, simply taking just any probiotic won’t replace a community of Lactobacillus after you’ve lost it. You would have to take a probiotic that’s best for your individual needs.”  

 

Individualized probiotics don’t exist yet, however, the microbiome is starting to be considered in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research studies, mainly through the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Metabolomics Consortium. In addition, NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers around the country are collecting microbiome samples of research study participants, in support of efforts to finally map the microbiome gut-brain communication axis in people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Our microbiome has kept us alive for many years and the 100 trillion microorganisms still need a little more help.  

 

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Brain health issues and neurological diseases can happen due to a variety of factors. However, recent research studies have shown that the gut microbiome can ultimately affect overall brain well-being. The gut-brain axis is the physical and chemical connection between the gut and brain. Millions of neurons are found throughout the brain and gut where neurotransmitters and other chemicals created in the gut can also affect brain health and wellness. However, by changing the types of bacteria in the gut, it may be possible to improve overall brain well-being. A naturopathic doctor or chiropractor can help assess the source of a patient’s symptoms and determine the best course of treatment for the neurological diseases. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 


 

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Approximately 100 trillion bacteria are found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or gut, including Bacteroides, Bifidobacterium, Faecalibacterium, and Ruminococcus, among many others. These microscopic organisms, known as the microbiome, help digest food, process nutrients, and produce immune molecules which helps heal injuries and fight inflammation. Surprisingly, however, the gut microbiome plays a much more fundamental role in the brain.   Although the brain and the gastrointestinal tract seem to be two independent parts of the human body, they are actually connected through a series of biochemical communications between nerve cells and immune pathways, known as the gut-brain axis. Bacteria create neuroactive compounds in the gut, including up to 90 percent of all of our neurotransmitter serotonin, which ultimately helps control our mood. Moreover, the brain also sends signals to the digestive system, by way of instance, to stimulate or suppress digestion. In the article above, we discussed the brain and the gut microbiome connection.  

 

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900

 

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References:

  • DePaolo, William, and Angela Hanson. “The Gut Microbiome and Brain Health.” The Gut Microbiome and Brain Health – Memory and Brain Wellness Center, Dimensions Magazine, 4 Oct. 2018, depts.washington.edu/mbwc/news/article/the-gut-microbiome-and-brain-health.

 


 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.

 

 


 

Neural Zoomer Plus for Neurological Disease

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual’s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.  

 

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual’s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient’s specific needs.  

 

Formulas for Methylation Support

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Putting Magnesium on the Menu

Putting Magnesium on the Menu

Do you feel:

  • Crave sweets during the day?
  • Shaky, jittery, or have tremors?
  • Fatigue after meals?
  • Crave salt?
  • Afternoon headaches?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then you might have a magnesium deficiency.

Good health is one of the things to be thankful for. Unfortunately, 84 million adults in the U.S. are living with prediabetes, while another 27 to 28 million adults are affected with type 2 diabetes, so good health is not a given for everyone. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, and another 44 million have low bone density, putting them at an increased risk. From the body to the brain, psychological and mood issues like depression and anxiety plague people. There is something that may be beneficial for all of these issues and is a workhorse nutrient that does not get its share of the spotlight. It has been regulated to the shadows behind the flashier and more buzzworthy compounds that get recognition than this nutrient. Magnesium is the critically essential, time-tested, go-to reliable nutrient that everybody needs.

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The human body contains about 25 grams of magnesium, which is needed for over 300 enzymes to react. The data from the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) indicated that the majority of Americans from all ages consume less that than their respective EARs (estimated average requirements) on magnesium. It is a massive problem because magnesium deficiency plays a role in hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and migraine headaches.

Magnesium and Glucose Levels

Magnesium is required for several enzymes in glycolysis, which is the first process in glucose metabolism in the body, and it may explain why it is such an essential factor for blood sugar regulation in the body. Epidemiological evidence indicates that magnesium intake is inversely correlated with the risk of type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that higher magnesium intakes may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes as much as 17%, and 48% of people with type 2 diabetes may have hypomagnesemia.

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The inverse correlations have been observed between circulating magnesium levels, fasting blood glucose, and insulin level. There is even a response to an OGTT (oral glucose tolerance test) for those with type 2 diabetes. Research shows that higher magnesium intakes are also associated with reducing the risk for cardiovascular mortality, particularly in women as it is estimated that 100 mg/day increase in dietary magnesium may confer as much as 25% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular mortality. Researchers have called subclinical magnesium deficiency “principal dicer of cardiovascular disease and a public health crisis,” so naturopathic practitioners suggesting adding magnesium-rich foods to a person’s diet is beneficial to prevent magnesium deficiency from happening.

Magnesium and Mental Health

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In regards to mental health, evidence has suggested that magnesium deficiency may play a role in the etiology of depression and that high-dose supplementation of magnesium may improve this condition. Studies found that other issues that have responded favorably to magnesium supplementation include irritability, insomnia, postpartum depression, and substance abuse in the body. There is some suggestive but inconclusive evidence that indicates that magnesium supplementation may be beneficial for individuals with mild anxiety and possibly owing to its role as a natural relaxing agent.

Magnesium and Osteoporosis

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For osteoporosis, calcium gets all the attention when it comes to bone mineral density; however, magnesium is an essential component for the physical structure of bone density as well. There is about 60% of the body’s magnesium stored in the bones, and considering the high prevalence of suboptimal magnesium intake in North America, the concurrent high prevalence of osteoporosis is unsurprising. Concerning bone health, low magnesium status may interfere with the efficacy of vitamin D supplementation. In the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, a review was covered in which researchers affirmed that vitamin D could not be metabolized without the sufficient levels of magnesium.

Adding Magnesium-rich Food To Your Feast

With Thanksgiving coming around the corner, there is a way to bring magnesium to the holiday table. The good news is that this crucial mineral fits perfectly into Thanksgiving entertainment. People can serve mixed nuts as part of appetizers or hors d’oeuvres while their guests are socializing. Mixed nuts can provide a substantial amount of magnesium. They can be an excellent addition to turkey stuffing/dressing or a whole grain salad, which can provide even more magnesium that the body needs. Serving leafy greens like chard and spinach are reliable sources of magnesium, as well as certain beans like black beans and kidney beans are filled with magnesium.

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Since nuts, seeds, and beans are high in phytic acid, which is a compound that binds to the minerals. So in order to increase the bioavailability of magnesium in these foods, soaking nuts, seeds, and beans is a traditional preparation method to neutralize some of this problematic molecule.

For dessert, adding chocolate is an excellent way to get magnesium in the body. Since the cocoa powder is a rich source of magnesium, research has been speculating that the chocolate cravings might be the body’s way of crying for magnesium. Not to mention, when foods are much higher in magnesium, they are not the usual subjects for intense cravings like chocolate.

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“So for Thanksgiving, adding magnesium-rich foods can help cut back the sodium and carb intake of the holiday feast can be beneficial to your body to function correctly and good for your health.”-Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

Conclusion

Magnesium is an excellent and beneficial nutrient for anyone to add to their Thanksgiving dinner. The nutrient plays many roles in the body like regulating blood sugar, improving mental health as a natural relaxing agent, and preventing osteoporosis from occurring. Adding this nutrient and some products can help the body metabolize and stable the blood sugar levels to their normal range for beneficial results.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.


References:

Boyle, Neil Bernard, et al. “The Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Subjective Anxiety and Stress-A Systematic Review.” Nutrients, MDPI, 26 Apr. 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5452159/.

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Castiglioni, Sara, et al. “Magnesium and Osteoporosis: Current State of Knowledge and Future Research Directions.” Nutrients, MDPI, 31 July 2013, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3775240/.

DiNicolantonio, James J, et al. “Subclinical Magnesium Deficiency: a Principal Driver of Cardiovascular Disease and a Public Health Crisis.” Open Heart, BMJ Publishing Group, 13 Jan. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5786912/.

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Fang, Xin, et al. “Dose-Response Relationship between Dietary Magnesium Intake and Cardiovascular Mortality: A Systematic Review and Dose-Based Meta-Regression Analysis of Prospective Studies.” Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology: Organ of the Society for Minerals and Trace Elements (GMS), U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dec. 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27053099.

Fang, Xin, et al. “Dose-Response Relationship between Dietary Magnesium Intake and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review and Meta-Regression Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies.” Nutrients, MDPI, 19 Nov. 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5133122/.

Higdon, Jane. “Magnesium.” Linus Pauling Institute, 14 Oct. 2019, lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/minerals/magnesium#structural-roles.

Serefko, Anna, et al. “Magnesium and Depression.” Magnesium Research, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 Mar. 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27910808.

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Functional Neurology: What is the Gut-Brain Axis?

Functional Neurology: What is the Gut-Brain Axis?

How often do you get irritable, shaky, or have light-headedness between meals? How often do you have difficulty concentrating before eating? How often do you feel agitated, easily upset, and nervous between meals? Many researchers and healthcare professionals believe that your brain and gut are connected. Moreover, recent research studies have demonstrated that the brain can affect gut health and the gut can affect brain health. The communication system between your brain and gut is known as the gut-brain axis. In the following article, we will discuss the gut-brain axis.  

 

Understanding the Gut-Brain Axis

The gut-brain axis is the communication network that connects your gut and brain. These two fundamental organs are both physically and biochemically connected in a variety of different ways. The neurons and the vagus nerve are essential for the brain and central nervous system (CNS). There are approximately 100 billion neurons in the human brain. The gut itself also contains about 500 million neurons, all of which are connected to the brain through nerves found in the nervous system. The vagus nerve is one of the largest nerves connecting the gut and brain. It sends signals in both directions.  

 

By way of instance, in several animal research studies, stress can ultimately affect the signals sent through the vagus nerve and it can also cause gastrointestinal health issues. Another research study conducted on humans found that people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or Crohn’s disease had decreased vagal tone which suggests the decreased function of the vagus nerve. One research study in mice found that feeding them a probiotic reduced the amount of stress hormone in their blood. According to the research study, however, when the vagus nerve was cut, the probiotic had no effect.  

 

The brain and gut are also ultimately connected through chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters created in the brain help regulate mood, including feelings and emotions. Furthermore, the neurotransmitter known as serotonin can help manage happiness and it also helps control the circadian rhythm or the human body’s internal clock. Surprisingly, many of these neurotransmitters are also created by the cells and the trillions of microbes living in the gut. A large amount of serotonin is developed in the gut. Gut microbes also produce a neurotransmitter known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which helps regulate feelings of fear and anxiety. Research studies in mice found that probiotics increase GABA and decrease anxiety and depression.  

 

Brain, Gut Microbes, and Other Chemicals

The trillions of microbes that live in your gut can also make a variety of other different chemicals that may ultimately affect your brain function. Gut microbes create many short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), including butyrate, propionate, and acetate. Furthermore, these can ultimately make SCFA by digesting fiber. SCFA can also affect overall brain function in a variety of different ways, such as by reducing appetite. One research study found that consuming propionate can help reduce food intake and reduce activity in the brain associated with the reward of high-energy food. Butyrate, another SCFA, and the microbes that develop it are also fundamental for producing the protective shield between the brain and the blood, known as the blood-brain barrier.  

 

Gut microbes can also help metabolize bile acids and amino acids to create a variety of other different chemicals that affect brain function. Bile acids are chemicals produced by the liver which is generally associated with the absorption of dietary fats. However, these may also ultimately affect the brain. Two research studies in mice found that stress and several health issues decreased the production of bile acids by gut bacteria and these can also change the genes involved in their production. According to researchers and healthcare professionals, the gut-brain axis may also be affected by chronic inflammation.  

 

Gut-Brain Axis and Inflammation

According to several research studies, the gut-brain axis is also connected to the immune system. Evidence found in clinical trials demonstrated that the gut and gut microbes play an essential role in the immune system and inflammation by regulating and managing what passes through the human body as well as what is excreted from the human body. If the immune system continues to stay activated for an extended period of time, it can lead to inflammation, which is associated with a variety of different brain health issues, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is an inflammatory toxin created by several types of bacteria. It can ultimately cause inflammation if too much of it passes from the gut into the blood. This can happen when the gut becomes leaky, which allows bacteria and LPS to enter into the blood. Inflammation and high LPS have been associated with brain health issues, such as severe depression, dementia, and schizophrenia. Leaky gut can affect the blood-brain barrier and change the gut-brain axis.  

 

Gut bacteria can ultimately affect overall brain health and wellness, therefore, changing your gut bacteria may improve brain well-being. Probiotics are live bacteria that provide many health benefits. However, not all probiotics are the same. Probiotics that affect the brain are generally known as “psychobiotics”. Several probiotics have been demonstrated to help improve symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. One small research study conducted on people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression found that taking a probiotic called Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 for six weeks considerably helped improve their symptoms. Prebiotics, or fibers fermented by gut bacteria, may also affect brain health. One research study found that taking a prebiotic called galactooligosaccharides for three weeks considerably reduced stress hormones in the human body, known as cortisol.  

 

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Brain health issues and neurological diseases can happen due to a variety of factors. However, recent research studies have shown that leaky gut can ultimately affect overall brain health and wellness. The gut-brain axis is the physical and chemical connection between the gut and brain. Millions of neurons are found throughout the brain and gut where the neurotransmitters and other chemicals created in the gut can also affect the brain. However, by altering the types of bacteria in the gut, it may be possible to improve overall brain health and wellness. A naturopathic doctor or chiropractor can help assess the source of a patient’s symptoms and determine the best course of treatment for the health issue or medical condition. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 


 

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How often do you get irritable, shaky, or have light-headedness between meals? How often do you have difficulty concentrating before eating? How often do you feel agitated, easily upset, and nervous between meals? Many researchers and healthcare professionals believe that your brain and gut are connected. Moreover, recent research studies have demonstrated that the brain can affect gut health and the gut can affect brain health. The communication system between your brain and gut is known as the gut-brain axis. In the article above, we discussed the gut-brain axis.  

 

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900

 

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References:

  • Robertson, Ruairi. “The Gut-Brain Connection: How It Works and the Role of Nutrition.” Healthline, 27 June 2018, www.healthline.com/nutrition/gut-brain-connection.

 


 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.

 

 


 

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Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual’s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.  

 

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Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual’s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient’s specific needs.  

 

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The Benefits of HIIT

The Benefits of HIIT

Do you feel:

  • Weight gain?
  • Difficulty losing weight?
  • Does eating relieve fatigue?
  • A sense of fullness during and after meals?
  • Agitated, easily upset, or nervous?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, why not try a HIIT workout to relieve these symptoms.

Everyone can agree that they do not have enough time to exercise. When asked why people will not work out, one of the reasons is that due to their hectic lifestyle, the lack of time comes out on top of it all. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults should get between 150 and 300 minutes per of moderate-intensity. There is a way to cut that time commitment in half by opting for high-intensity workouts instead. With high-intensity interval training or HIIT, it is one of the proven ways to reap all the benefits of exercise in less time. Research shows that spending less time doing HIIT may even be better than spending more time doing less intense exercises for individuals.

What is HIIT?

High-intensity interval training or HIIT alternates explosive bursts of full-throttle efforts with periods of recovery. It can either be rest or a lower-intensity exercise. In many fitness centers and gyms, HIIT workouts often include both cardio and resistance training; however, HIIT workouts can be done as a strictly cardio routine.

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During intense burst in a HIIT workout, a person is working out at around 80 percent of their max heart rate for 15 seconds to a few minutes. Between each of those periods, a person is either slowing down or resting completely to let their heart rate come back down to around 50 percent.

A person can calculate different target heart rates by using an online calculator. During a workout, a person can wear a heart rate monitor to keep track on much they are exerting themselves. For a lower-tech option, Denver-based certified personal trainer Lindsay Kelly recommends the “talk test.” The way the “talk test” is when a person is doing their target intensity heart rate like sprinting; for example, it should be hard to speak more than two words without taking a breath. Then when they are in the recovery period, the reverse factor is real.

Why HIIT Works

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HIIT is so effective because it allows a person to exercise at a higher intensity for such a short period. The exertion gets the heart working and the blood pumping better than any moderate-intensity exercise can bring with their prolonged periods of rest.

The Importance of Rest

While a person might not realize it, the rest periods are built into the HIIT workout and are a critical part of the routine. They force the body to adjust to a very different state of activity, which is excellent for cardiovascular conditioning.

Feel The Afterburn

Another benefit of a HIIT workout is that even after a person is finished with their HIIT workout, it keeps on working for them. Research shows that when individuals keep on burning calories after their HIIT workout at a higher than they would after a continuous exertion workout. It is commonly known as the “afterburn effect,” and it helps people extend the benefits of their efforts.

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The Benefits of HIIT

Researchers have been studying HIIT extensively, and the results are precise: HIIT workouts are better than continuous exercise when it comes to improving health in a variety of ways. One of the health benefits of a HIIT workout is that it improves cardiorespiratory fitness, which is the health of the heart and breathing. This matters to a person who is trying to get in as much exercise as possible with little time because cardiorespiratory fitness is a primary factor in the risk of diseases and death. Studies have shown that HIIT workouts can increase cardiorespiratory fitness at twice the rate of continuous exercises.

The health benefits of HIIT does not stop there, as other research studies have shown that HIIT can help with the following areas of the body.

Endurance

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By improving cardiorespiratory fitness, HIIT can improve a person’s stamina. What it does is that it enhances the body’s ability to consume and use oxygen. One study has compared a regular endurance training to HIIT by looking at how they affect maximal oxygen consumption known as VO2max. The research found out that HIIT was superior to endurance training by improving VO2max in healthy young to middle-aged adults. Once a person starts to build their endurance, they can increase the length or the intensity of the HIIT working periods and enjoy the significant health benefits it provides.

Heart Health

One of the significant contributors to cardiovascular disease and death is high blood pressure, and one of the best ways to keep it in check is through regular exercise. The traditional recommendation for blood pressure modulating has been to exercise at moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes on most or all day so that way high blood pressure will not transform into hypertension. Several studies have suggested that HIIT may be an even better option, and one study shows that while both continuous exercise and HIIT helps with blood pressure control, HIIT is the only workout to help reduce arterial stiffness. Arterial stiffness is a predictor of cardiovascular disease in people with high blood pressure.

Brain Function

When a person feels that that mental clarity after a good workout, it is not their imagination. The brain and mental health benefits of exercise are well documented. Research shows that HIIT helps explicitly improve the cognitive function, including short-term memory, verbal memory, attention, and processing speed in the brain. HIIT also increases the amount of oxygen that the brain gets from the blood.

Diabetes Management

Since exercise is an essential part of diabetes management, research shows that HIIT may be a wise exercise choice for anyone who has type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that HIIT workouts can improve endothelial function, insulin sensitivity, glucose control, and other health effects of diabetes that are better than continuous exercise.

Conclusion

HIIT workouts are perfect for anyone who does not have enough time out of their busy schedule. With the alternating burst of exercises and periods of recovery, HIIT workouts are beneficial to anyone with a short amount of time to complete them. HIIT includes both cardio and resistance training and works with the entire body. Some products are excellent in countering the metabolic effects of temporary stress and supporting the body’s system.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.


References:

Chobanian, Aram V., et al. “Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.” AHA Journals, 1 Dec. 2003, www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/01.hyp.0000107251.49515.c2.

Council on Sports, HHS Office. “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.” HHS.gov, US Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Feb. 2019, www.hhs.gov/fitness/be-active/physical-activity-guidelines-for-americans/index.html.

Dupuy, Oliver, et al. “Effect of Interval Training on Cognitive Functioning and Cerebral Oxygenation in Obese Patients: A Pilot Study.” Latest TOC RSS, Medical Journals Limited, 1 Nov. 2014, www.ingentaconnect.com/content/mjl/sreh/2014/00000046/00000010/art00016.

Francois, Monique E, and Jonathan P Little. “Effectiveness and Safety of High-Intensity Interval Training in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes.” Diabetes Spectrum: a Publication of the American Diabetes Association, American Diabetes Association, Jan. 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4334091/.

Gillen, Jenna B., and Martin J. Gibala. “Is High-Intensity Interval Training a Time-Efficient Exercise Strategy to Improve Health and Fitness?” Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 27 Sept. 2013, www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/10.1139/apnm-2013-0187#.XdQT5y2ZP1J.

Guimarães, Guilherme Veiga, et al. “Effects of Continuous vs. Interval Exercise Training on Blood Pressure and Arterial Stiffness in Treated Hypertension.” Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension, U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2010, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20379194.

Milanović, Zoran, et al. “Effectiveness of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIT) and Continuous Endurance Training for VO2max Improvements: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Controlled Trials.” SpringerLink, Springer International Publishing, 5 Aug. 2015, link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40279-015-0365-0.

Pescatello, Linda S, et al. “American College of Sports Medicine Position Stand. Exercise and Hypertension.” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Mar. 2004, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15076798.

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Sciatica and Nerve Related Back and Leg Pain El Paso, TX.

Sciatica and Nerve Related Back and Leg Pain El Paso, TX.

Do you have lower back pain or pain literally in the rear that runs down into one thigh or below the knee into the leg and even the foot? A doctor may diagnose these symptoms as sciatica, which describes compression of the sciatic nerve.

Sensations include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Pins and needles
  • Electric like shock running through the leg

Depending on the nerve that is affected pain could radiate only into the buttock or all the way down to the foot. A common cause is a lumbar disc herniation or bone spur that presses down on the spinal nerve. Sciatic pain radiates along the nerve, usually from the low back, down the buttocks, into the thigh and leg, below the knee and sometimes into the foot and big toe.

Sciatica usually affects one side of the body.

 

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Radicular Pain

A doctor may use the terms radicular pain or radiculopathy when talking about sciatica. Radiculopathy is pain/adverse sensation that travels along a nerve. When a spinal nerve root is compressed, pinched or injured, it becomes inflamed. Low back conditions that can contribute to this type of problem are spinal stenosis, foraminal stenosis or herniated disc.

Proper Diagnosis & Proper Treatment

The doctor will ask about your symptoms:

  • When did the pain begin?
  • Where is the pain most intense?
  • What activities worsen the pain?
  • What activities reduce pain?
  • Does the pain go all the way down the leg or stops at the knee?
  • Do you feel weakness or tingling in your legs or feet?

A doctor might perform a straight-leg test to see if there is an inflamed nerve. This is a simple exam where you lie on your back and the doctor lifts each leg. If this causes or produces pain and sensations, it can indicate there is a bulging/slipped or ruptured disc.

The compression of the nerve can also cause muscle weakness in the foot. Another exam may be to walk like you normally do, then on your heels and finally on your toes. This checks your balance and lower-body strength.

 

A doctor will:

  • Check your posture
  • Range of motion
  • Movements that cause pain
  • Check the curvature and alignment of your spine
  • Check for muscle spasms
  • Note your sensations
  • Test your reflexes and muscle strength

A doctor may order x-rays, CT scan or MRI.

The CT scan or MRI provides doctors with various images of your spine which can help in diagnosing whatever is causing your symptoms. These tests are then compared to what the doctor took note of during your medical history interview and the physical and neurological examinations. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in figuring out the best treatment plan.

 

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Could something else be causing the nerve pain?

Only a doctor can tell if your symptoms are sciatica. There are other structures in the spine that can cause similar types of pain.

  • The sacroiliac joint between the pelvis and sacrum is the lowest part of the spine can cause sciatic pain.
  • The facet joint which connects the joints in the back of the spine gets sprained, it can also cause sciatica-like pain.
  • A tear in a spinal disc can cause pain down into the leg.
  • The hip joint can also cause pain in the thigh, that can radiate outward.

Sciatica Nerve Treatment

Sciatica can be treated non-surgically with:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • 24 to 48 hours of bed rest
  • Over the counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen

Patients with sciatica feel better with time, usually a few weeks. If pain continues, other treatment modalities can be discussed. Muscle spasms can accompany sciatica symptoms and can be treated with heat or ice therapy. A doctor may advise light exercise like short walks and once recovery is established they may give you exercises to strengthen your back and core.

Please contact our chiropractic team today to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica. We are ready to help you feel better and get back on your feet again.


 

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A study cited by the health magazine Prevention found that sixty percent of sciatica sufferers who failed to get relief from other treatments found their symptoms improved after chiropractic care. In fact, they got the same level of relief as those who went through surgery – without any of the serious side effects that so often come with surgical procedures.

Chiropractic is effective for treating sciatica because it gets to the source of the problem – relieving pressure on the sciatic nerve.

 

Why Do I Need an X-ray or MRI for Lower Back Pain El Paso, TX?

Why Do I Need an X-ray or MRI for Lower Back Pain El Paso, TX?

Low back pain is one of the most common ailments for people visiting a doctor or an urgent care clinic. When the back pain becomes intense it can get you thinking something is seriously wrong with your back. The doctor might offer an x-ray or MRI scan to put your concerns at ease.

Fortunately, most cases for low back pain even acute pain improve within days or a few weeks. Most cases are remedied with chiropractic, physical therapy, heat/ice therapy and rest. And a lot of these cases do not require any form of spinal imaging. However, there are those reasons when X-ray, MRI, CT scans are necessary to figure out what’s going on.

  • Strained muscle
  • Sprained ligament
  • Poor posture

These are typical causes of low back pain that can be painful and limit activities.

 

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Back Pain Lasting Longer Than 2/3 Weeks

Subacute pain lasts between 4 and 12 weeks while chronic back pain lasts 3 months or longer. These are not indications of a serious low spinal condition.

Less than 1% of people with low back pain are diagnosed with a condition that may require spine surgery like:

 

X-rays or MRI’s for Diagnosing Low Back Pain

Doctors may recommend an x-ray or MRI if the low back pain was from a traumatic injury, like a:

  • Slip
  • Fall
  • Automobile accident

Other potential causes of low back pain may warrant medical imaging immediately or later on.

The diagnostic process starts with the evaluation of the low back symptoms and how they relate to what was found during the:

  • Physical exam
  • Neurological exam
  • Medical history

A doctor utilizes these results to figure out whether the need for spinal imaging is necessary, along with the type of imaging test,  x-ray or MRI and the timing to confirm a diagnosis.

A Low Back X-Ray/MRI

X-ray spinal imaging is best at detecting bony structural problems but not so great with soft tissue injuries. There are X-ray series that may be performed to diagnose vertebral compression fractures like.

  • Anterior
  • Posterior
  • Lateral views

MRI is a radiation-free test. MRI’s create 3-D anatomical views of the spinal bones and soft tissues. A contrast dye like gadolinium is used to enhance and improve the quality of the images. The contrast is injected through an intravenous line in your hand or arm before or during the test. An MRI can evaluate neurological symptoms, like radiating pain or pain that develops after being diagnosed with cancer.

Symptoms, Co-existing Medical Diagnoses, and Conditions that may Require Spine Imaging

Neurological symptoms

  • Low back pain that radiates, fans out or downward into the buttocks, legs, and feet
  • Abnormal reflexes in the lower body can indicate nerve disruption
  • Numbness, tingling, and possibly weakness develop
  • Inability to lift your foot aka foot drop

Co-existing medical diagnoses and conditions

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Fever
  • Osteoporosis
  • Previous spinal fracture
  • Spine surgery
  • Recent infection
  • Immunosuppressant medication use
  • Corticosteroid medication
  • Weight loss

 

X-ray Radiation Exposure

When undergoing an x-ray, the radiation not absorbed by the body creates the image. The radiation dose is the same amount every time you undergo an x-ray. Radiation to your entire body is measured through the millisievert (mSv) also known as the effective dose.

The effective dose helps a doctor measure the risk for possible side effects of radiographic imaging:

  • CT scans use radiation as well
  • Certain body tissues and organs in the lower back are sensitive to radiation exposure like the reproductive organs.

 

MRI Radiation-Free Why Not Just Use This Test All The Time

MRI’s cannot be used on all patients because of its powerful magnet technology. Pregnant women or individuals that have metal inside their body like a spinal cord stimulator, heart pacemaker, etc cannot be scanned with an MRI.

MRI testing is also expensive, doctors do not want to prescribe unnecessary tests that increase costs. Or because of the fine detail that MRI’s provide, sometimes a spinal issue can look serious but is not.

Example: An MRI of the lower back reveals a herniated disc in a patient that has no back/leg pain or other symptoms.

This is why doctors bring all of their findings like the symptoms, physical exam, and medical history to confirm a diagnosis and then create the custom treatment plan.

Imaging Test Takeaways

If low back pain begins to take its toll, listen to what the doctor recommends. They might not order a lumbar x-ray or MRI immediately but remember the aforementioned issues like neurological symptoms and co-existing medical conditions. But these tests do help in discovering the cause or causes of the pain. Remember this is to help get patients to their optimal health and pain-free.


 

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Imaging diagnostics is an essential element in the evaluation of spine trauma. The rapid evolution of imaging technology has tremendously changed the assessment and treatment of spine injuries. Imaging diagnostics utilizing CT and MRI, among others, are helpful in acute and chronic settings. Spinal cord and soft-tissue injuries are best evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, whereas computed tomography scanning or CT scans, best evaluate spinal trauma or spine fracture.

 

Functional Neurology: Understanding Autoimmune Brain Disease

Functional Neurology: Understanding Autoimmune Brain Disease

How often do you feel more susceptible to pain? Autoimmune brain diseases, such as autoimmune encephalitis and central nervous system (CNS) vasculitis, can tremendously affect an individual’s overall physical and mental health. And, because many of the symptoms can vary from person to person, it can frequently be challenging to diagnose an autoimmune brain disease. Early diagnosis is fundamental for early treatment, as many of the symptoms may ultimately be reversible.  

 

What is Autoimmune Brain Disease?

Autoimmune brain disease happens when the human body’s own immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues in the brain and/or spinal cord, ultimately causing chronic pain and inflammation. Chronic pain and inflammation may then affect brain structure and function, resulting in a variety of symptoms commonly associated with autoimmune brain disease.  

 

Symptoms of Autoimmune Brain Disease

Individuals affected by autoimmune brain diseases can develop a variety of symptoms, including a decline in the participation and engagement of everyday regular tasks, seizures, loss of vision, abnormal movements, weakness in the arms or legs, loss of language, and sleeping problems. Other symptoms may include severe depression and hallucinations, as well as paranoid, obsessive, or erratic behavior. Moreover, there are several common types of autoimmune brain diseases, including:  

 

  • Autoimmune encephalitis
  • Central nervous system (CNS) vasculitis
  • Hashimoto’s encephalopathy (steroid-responsive encephalopathy)
  • Neuromyelitis optica
  • Optic neuritis
  • Autoimmune-related epilepsy
  • Neurosarcoidosis
  • Neuro-Behcet’s disease
  • Cerebral lupus

 

Common Autoimmune Brain Diseases

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune brain disease in which a persons’ own immune system attacks their brain and/or spinal cord, causing chronic pain and inflammation. MS commonly manifests in the form of relapses and remissions, however, several types of the autoimmune brain disease are progressive. It can cause a variety of neurological symptoms and it generally affects young adults. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent relapses and slow down or prevent disability.  

 

Autoimmune or Paraneoplastic Encephalitis

Autoimmune encephalitis (AIE) is an autoimmune brain disease in which certain antibodies or pathogenic immune cells attack the brain, causing confusion, seizures, movement problems, and other common symptoms. In several patients, AIE can ultimately be associated with existing or developing cancer. Diagnosis is important for the treatment of this health issue.  

 

Transverse Myelitis

Transverse myelitis is an autoimmune brain disease that causes inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, which can occur as a single, isolated event or as part of MS, neuromyelitis optica, or other autoimmune brain diseases. Isolated myelitis generally resolves or improves partially in two-thirds of the cases, however, it can also increase the risk of developing MS over time. Furthermore, healthcare professionals also recommend regular neurological monitoring for transverse myelitis.  

 

Neuromyelitis Optica

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO), or Devic’s disease, is a severe autoimmune brain disease that frequently involves the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord, causing extensive inflammation and tissue damage. It is caused by certain antibodies in the water channels of the central nervous system (CNS) and it can often lead to considerable disability if not diagnosed and treated in time. NMO is more common in African-American and Asian populations and it is not as uncommonly misdiagnosed as MS, which can lead to improper and potentially harmful treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment are important.  

 

Optic Neuritis

Optic neuritis is an autoimmune brain disease in which inflammation of the optic nerve can lead to the temporary, painful and partial loss of vision. Isolated optic neuritis increases the risk of MS and recommends regular neurological monitoring.  

 

Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis

Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is generally a single instance of severe inflammation in the brain and/or the spinal cord, following a viral infection or vaccination. Unlike MS, ADEM can cause acute mental confusion along with other well-known neurological symptoms, such as seizures, difficulty speaking, and weakness, among other symptoms.  

 

Rare Neuroimmunological Conditions

Other rare neuroimmunological conditions include neurosarcoidosis, stiff person syndrome, Susac’s syndrome, Behcet’s disease, CLIPPERS, IgG4 associated neurological disease, hypertrophic pachymeningitis, steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis (SREAT) or Hashimoto’s encephalopathy, among other autoimmune brain diseases.  

 

Spasticity

Spasticity is an abnormal increase in muscle tone secondary to any pathology affecting the motor tracts in the brain or spinal cord. It can ultimately lead to body stiffness and spasms, causing problems with motor function, comfort, ease of care, and personal hygiene. Common causes of spasticity include MS, myelitis, stroke, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, and several hereditary conditions. Spasticity can also cause pain and some discomfort for several individuals.  

 

Autoimmune Brain Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

Research studies on the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune brain diseases are still considerably new. Unfortunately, this may ultimately lead to misdiagnosis because several symptoms can frequently mimic those of many other health issues. Additionally, the range of symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, both in the types of symptoms and in the severity of symptoms. A comprehensive evaluation and ongoing therapy can help improve brain structure and function.  

 

A healthcare professional, such as a naturopathic doctor or a chiropractor, will perform a full evaluation that includes a thorough review of the patient’s medical history, a complete physical examination, blood tests, and imaging tests. This information allows healthcare professionals to assess the presence of a variety of underlying health issues and problems.  

 

Treatment for autoimmune brain diseases can vary depending on the health issue as well as the type and the severity of the symptoms. To maximize an individual’s ability to recover and decrease symptoms, it is fundamental to treat both the underlying symptoms as well as the underlying source of the health issue. Treatment may include drugs and/or medications that suppress the immune response to decrease pain and inflammation as well as treatment to reduce seizures, psychiatric symptoms, and sleeping problems. A combination of therapies can help achieve the best possible outcomes.  

 

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Autoimmune brain disease (AIBD) is a central nervous system (CNS) health issue which happens when the human body’s own immune system or antibodies attack the brain and the spinal cord. Neuroinflammation, also known as brain inflammation, plays a critical role in the development of a variety of neurological disorders, especially autoimmune brain diseases. Early diagnosis and treatment of AIBD is fundamental for overall health and wellness. A naturopathic medical doctor or doctor of chiropractic can help with the assessment of musculoskeletal and nervous system health issues. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 


 

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How often do you feel more susceptible to pain? Autoimmune brain diseases, such as autoimmune encephalitis and central nervous system (CNS) vasculitis, can tremendously affect an individual’s overall physical and mental health. And, because many of the symptoms can vary from person to person, it can frequently be challenging to diagnose an autoimmune brain disease. Early diagnosis is fundamental for early treatment, as many of the symptoms may ultimately be reversible.  

 

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References:

  • “Autoimmune Brain Diseases.” Duke Health, www.dukehealth.org/pediatric-treatments/autoimmune-brain-disorders.
  • “Autoimmune Neurological Disorders.” University Hospitals. The Science of Health. The Art of Compassion., www.uhhospitals.org/services/neurology-and-neurosurgery-services/multiple-sclerosis-and-neuroimmunology/conditions-we-treat.

 


 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.

 

 


 

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Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual’s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.  

 

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

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Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual’s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient’s specific needs.  

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What You Should Know About Histamine Intolerance and Dieting

What You Should Know About Histamine Intolerance and Dieting

Do you feel:

  • Shaky, jittery, or have tremors?
  • Stomach pain, burning, or aching 1-4 hours after eating?
  • Agitated, easily upset, nervous?
  • Lightheaded if meals are missed?
  • Digestive problems subside with rest and relaxation?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then you might be experiencing a histamine attack on your immune system.

During an allergic response, the body’s immune system starts to react by releasing various immune compounds to protect itself from foreign substances that identify as harmful. One of these immune compounds, known as histamine, is commonly present in a variety of foods. When histamine is elevated in the body, it is due to a high dietary intake or an inability to break it down, so individuals may experience allergic symptoms from a histamine reaction.

What is Histamine?

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Histamine is a compound that is formed through the metabolism of specific amino acids in the immune system. There are a variety of levels of histamine that is found naturally in the foods that people consume. It is also produced by the body where it is in specific immune cells, including mast cells and basophils. During an allergic and other immune response, histamine is released from these cells, and consuming large quantities of histamine that is over 100 mg may result in a mild adverse reaction. Studies have shown that if histamine is consumed in a higher amount that is over 1000 mg, it can lead to histamine intoxication or histamine poisoning.

What is Histamine Intolerance?

Under normal conditions, histamine is released in the body or ingested through food, and it is broken down by two enzymes: HNMT (histamine-N-methyltransferase) and DAO (diamine oxidase). High levels of histamine can occur in individuals that have reduced activity of these enzymes. When histamine levels are increased, or the ability to break down histamine is impaired, individuals may experience histamine intolerance, which will generally present itself as an allergic reaction to the immune system.

What Causes Histamine Intolerance?

Specific individuals may have an increased sensitivity to biogenic amines like histamine. Some factors have been associated with an increased risk of histamine intolerance, including:

  • Gastrointestinal conditions (Crohn’s disease, gastric and colon ulcers, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Certain health conditions (coronary heart disease, hypertension, respiratory diseases)
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Certain medications that inhibit the activity of histamine-degrading enzymes (acetylcysteine, metamizole, metoclopramide, metronidazole, verapamil)

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Mast cell conditions can increase the secretion of histamine. Since mast cells are found throughout the body, they are involved with the innate immune response as well as being the primary source of histamine in the intestines. Studies show that when specific immune receptors detect a foreign substance in the body, the mast cells secrete inflammatory compounds like histamine as a protective response. Mast cell activation is characterized by increasing plasma and urine histamine levels as well as an increased histamine metabolite in the urine. Several conditions are associated with mast cell activation, including:

  • Allergies that are mediated by IgE (immunoglobulin-E) and other hypersensitivities
  • Atopic conditions
  • Mastocytosis
  • Primary mast cell disorders

Signs and Symptoms of Histamine Intolerance

With histamine intolerance symptoms being presented as an allergic response, some of the signs and symptoms include:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Asthma
  • Diarrhea
  • Flushing
  • Headaches
  • Hypotension
  • Symptoms of rhinoconjunctivitis (nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, sneezing)
  • Pruritus (itchy skin)
  • Urticaria (hives)

Histamine-free Diet

With dietary support for histamine intolerance, it may involve a histamine-free diet. Studies have been examining the effects of four-week histamine-free diet intervention on 22 individuals that have CU (chronic urticaria). Chronic urticaria is a common skin condition that is characterized by episodes of red marks and swelling that last longer than six weeks on the body.

A study found that when it is being compared to baseline, plasma histamine levels were significantly reduced when following the diet. Additionally, USS (urticaria severity score) and (UAS), both decreased following the intervention. It means that a histamine-free diet may help improve symptoms that are associated with dietary histamine intake or histamine intolerance like chronic urticaria in the body.

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Research also shows that when individuals follow a histamine-reduced diet, it may increase the levels of the DAO enzyme. Research also demonstrated that when individuals followed the histamine-reduced diet for an average of 13 months, the increased levels of DAO were correlated with the degree of compliance to the diet. When high-histamine and histamine-liberated foods are eliminated, the individual’s tolerance levels can be determined by slowly reintroducing foods to test for potential reactions.

Certain foods may increase histamine levels by providing a dietary source or by liberating histamine in the body. Studies have found that it is essential to note that inconsistent levels of histamine are found in various foods and that the levels may fluctuate based on the maturity, storage, and processing of the food.

Here are the high-histamine foods to avoid on a histamine-free diet. They are:

  • Aged cheese (cheddar, gouda, parmesan)
  • Alcohol (beer, champagne, wine)
  • Certain produce (avocado, eggplant, spinach, tomato)
  • Cured meats (fermented sausage, salami)
  • Fermented vegetables (sauerkraut)
  • Fish products (dried anchovies, fish sauce)

Here are the histamine-liberating foods to avoid on a histamine-free diet as well. They are:

  • Certain fruits (citrus, pineapple, banana, strawberries, papaya)
  • Cocoa
  • Egg whites
  • Food additives (coloring, flavoring, preservatives, stabilizers)
  • Legumes
  • Licorice

Other Considerations

With methods surrounding food preparations that should be considered, researchers have suggested that people should consume food that is fresh as possible and boiled rather than frying or grilling food may help reduce the intake of biogenic amines like histamine. Studies have shown that spoiled foods have been found to have high levels of histamine, so it is essential to be mindful when consuming leftovers, especially leftover fish. There are some individuals with histamine intolerance that may benefit from taking antihistamine medication or a DAO supplement. There are also certain nutrients, including copper, vitamin B6, and vitamin C that can help support histamine degradation.

Conclusion

When the body is suffering from an allergic response, its’ immune system starts to react by sending out various immune compounds that attack harmful foreign substances. Histamine is one of the immune compounds that is produced and broken down to HNMT and DAO. Histamine can also trigger an asthma attack on individuals, while certain foods can contain high-histamine and histamine-liberating properties that can be harmful in the body. Some products use an advanced formula that helps support the immune system, targets amino acids, and supports antioxidant processes to make sure that the body is functioning correctly.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.


References:

Martin, San Mauro, et al. “Histamine Intolerance and Dietary Management: A Complete Review.” Adrianaduelo, 31 Aug. 2016, www.adrianaduelo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2016_Histamine-intolerance-and-dietary-management.pdf.

Chung, Bo Young, et al. “Effect of Different Cooking Methods on Histamine Levels in Selected Foods.” Annals of Dermatology, The Korean Dermatological Association; The Korean Society for Investigative Dermatology, Dec. 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5705351/.

Dougherty, Joseph M. “Allergy.” StatPearls [Internet]., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 28 July 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK545237/.

Fong, Michael. “Histology, Mast Cells.” StatPearls [Internet]., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 20 Sept. 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499904/.

Lackner, Sonja, et al. “Histamine-Reduced Diet and Increase of Serum Diamine Oxidase Correlating to Diet Compliance in Histamine Intolerance.” European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Jan. 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30022117.

Maintz, Laura, and Natalija Novak. “Histamine and Histamine Intolerance.” OUP Academic, Oxford University Press, 1 May 2007, academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/85/5/1185/4633007.

Reese, Imke, et al. “German Guideline for the Management of Adverse Reactions to Ingested Histamine: Guideline of the German Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI), the German Society for Pediatric Allergology and Environmental Medicine (GPA), the German Association of Allergologists (AeDA), and the Swiss Society for Allergology and Immunology (SGAI).” Allergo Journal International, Springer Medizin, 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5346110/.

Son, Jee Hee, et al. “A Histamine-Free Diet Is Helpful for Treatment of Adult Patients with Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria.” Annals of Dermatology, The Korean Dermatological Association; The Korean Society for Investigative Dermatology, Apr. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5839887/.

Sánchez-Pérez, Sònia, et al. “Biogenic Amines in Plant-Origin Foods: Are They Frequently Underestimated in Low-Histamine Diets?” Foods (Basel, Switzerland), MDPI, 14 Dec. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6306728/.

Unknown, Unknown. “Histamine Intolerance & Diet: What You Should Know.” Fullscript, 11 Nov. 2019, fullscript.com/blog/histamine-intolerance.

 

 

Get to Know and Understand Your Back El Paso Texas

Get to Know and Understand Your Back El Paso Texas

Understanding your spine, the way it works and moves is critical to finding the right back pain treatment when back pain or injury creeps in.

People don’t really think about their spines until back pain rears its ugly head. The spine is not one continuous structure that extends from the neck to the tailbone. It is an intricate, complex group of several structures.

Some understanding of the spine can help individuals make informed decisions before getting involved in activities that can cause a spinal injury.

 

Anatomy

The spine is made up of 24 vertebrae, these are the bones stacked on top of each other and forms the spinal column.

 

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The spinal cord passes through the vertebrae that acts as a protective frame.

The spinal column surrounds the spinal cord like an electrical cord. It protects the nerves that run from the brain, through the spinal column and out to the rest of the body.

The spinal cord is the highway of nerves that carry the brain’s signals to the rest of the body, allowing the ability to move the arms and legs, etc.

The soft, spongy shock absorbers in between the vertebrae are the intervertebral discs.

 

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They keep the vertebrae separated so smooth function and movement is possible.

Because the spine is such a complicated network of bones, discs, muscles, nerves, and ligaments, getting to the bottom of exactly what’s wrong when back pain sets in can be a complicated process. This is where having some knowledge of your spine can help a doctor or chiropractor figure out what’s going on and then developing the best treatment plan possible.

Time

Dealing with time can be a tricky issue when suffering from back pain.

When only soreness, stiffness and muscle stress occur every so often then time can be the best medicine, as rest is all that is needed for the swelling to go down.

But when the pain does not go away with rest and is getting worse, waiting for evaluation is not an option.

Imagine all of those complex structures in the spine as dominos in a row.

If one domino/disc falls or slips pressure is placed on all the other dominos/discs to work harder to support the failing structure. But they can only do this for so long until the other discs or other areas of the body begin to fail.

Left untreated will eventually cause the failure of other structures of the body.

 

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It was designed to support the entire body combined with the additional weight that we carry.

It deserves care and respect.

Unfortunately, it is not made of titanium and is susceptible to injury.

Spinal Nerve Compression

When a spinal nerve gets compressed, entrapped, or pinched it becomes inflamed and pain sets in. In the illustration of a neck spine segment, many different disorders are causing the nerve compression in this instance:

  • Herniated disc
  • Thickened ligament
  • Bone spurs called osteophytes

 

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Making sure to pay close attention to your spine will safeguard it. So spend some time to understand how your spine operates.  Looking at some basic yoga for back poses can be a great start to understand how your spine functions.

 

What is Yoga?

 

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In its purest form, it is an ascetic and spiritual discipline that comes from Hindu culture. It involves simple meditation, breath control, and performing body postures.

While an ancient practice long used for spiritual and emotional healing as well as physical wellness, yoga has been adopted in western culture and widely accepted as a form of fitness as well as a therapeutic practice used for relaxation and overall good health. It focuses on inward healing with outward results.

People who practice regularly find they are:

  • More centered
  • Handle stress better
  • More flexible
  • Have better mobility
  • Have stronger leaner bodies

 

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Kent S. Greenawalt, President, and CEO of Foot Levelers discuss how custom foot orthotics can help reduce back pain, low back pain, and sciatica. In a recent research study published by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), researchers demonstrated that Foot Levelers custom foot orthotics help considerably reduce back pain and several of its associated health issues.
The research study also demonstrated that Foot Levelers custom foot orthotics and chiropractic care help tremendously reduce low back pain and sciatica. Foot Levelers custom foot orthotics and chiropractic care helped improve the patient’s overall health and wellness. Dr. Jimenez is a chiropractor in El Paso, TX who can help provide these benefits through the utilization of chiropractic care and Foot Levelers custom foot orthotics, among other treatments.

 

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The spine is a complex structure. Understand that the spine is also surrounded by fibrous and muscular supporting structures, intervertebral discs, the spinal cord and nerve roots, and blood vessels. An injury such as a back sprain or strain caused by improperly lifting and twisting simultaneously can often be a cause for back pain. Chiropractic care is a well-known, alternative treatment option utilized to prevent, diagnose and treat a variety of injuries and conditions associated with the spine, primarily subluxations or spinal misalignments.

 

 

11 Ways To Improve Digestive Problems

11 Ways To Improve Digestive Problems

Do you feel:

  • A sense of fullness during and after meals?
  • Do digestive problems subside with rest and relaxation?
  • Diarrhea?
  • Unpredictable abdominal swelling?
  • Frequent bloating and distention after eating?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then you might be experiencing problems with your digestive tract. Here are some ways to improve your digestion problems naturally.

Different factors can impact a person’s digestion and overall gut health. There are things that people have control like how much sleep they are getting while the other things that are not in a person’s control like genetics and family history. If a person is experiencing stomach problems, then it might be the poor lifestyle choices that may be hurting their gut. Having a well-balanced diet and regularly exercising is good, but those are just two of the many ways to regulate digestive health.

Here are some of the lifestyles that may negatively impact the body’s gut health:

  • What a person is eating
  • Mindful of mindless eating
  • Exercise routine
  • Daily hydration
  • Sleep schedule
  • Stress and anxiety levels
  • Prescription and over the counter medications a person takes
  • Bad habits like late-night eating or excessive alcohol or tobacco use

These factors can do bodily harm and can cause the development of chronic illnesses.

11 Ways To Improve Digestive Health

Even though these factors can negatively affect a person’s digestion tract and overall gut health, there are 11 ways to help improve the digestive tract naturally and be beneficial to not only the gut but to the body.

Eating More Colorful, Plant-based and Fiber-Rich Foods

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Even though digestive issues can be challenging, avoiding certain foods and eating more plant-based and fiber-rich foods can help ease those uncomfortable symptoms. Quality nut and seeds, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can protect against a lot of digestive disorders and promote a regular bowel movement. To avoid discomfort on the digestive tract, try avoiding certain foods that are tough on the stomach like fried, artificially processed, or acidic foods.

If a person is suffering from an upset stomach or been diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), they might want to consider adopting an anti-inflammatory rich diet to prevent inflammation in the gut.

Consider Meal Frequency and Sizing

When a person continually snacking or tend to have three big meals a day is known as a grazer. Grazing food may not be suitable for people due to being prone to constipation. These habits can impact the person’s digestive health, and recent clinical studies have been shown that intermittent fasting can be beneficial to gut health and the whole body.

Practicing Mindful Eating

 

Sometimes overeating and eating too quickly can often lead to unpleasant indigestion symptoms such as gas and bloating. Thankfully there is an inclusive practice known as mindful eating, and it has been studied to a practical approach to reducing indigestion in the gut. Research has shown that mindful eating can reduce symptoms of IBS and ulcerative colitis.

To practice eating mindfully, keep in mind the following:

  • Turning off the tv and putting away the phones at mealtimes.
  • Taking a moment and inhale after sitting down with the plate in front of the individual. Take notice of how it smells.
  • You are taking in on how the food looks on the plate.
  • Select each bite of consciously.
  • Chew the bites of food slowly.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Take breaks, sip water, or have a quick chat in between each bite.
  • Take in the taste, texture, and temperature of every bite.
  • Take time to relax after finishing a meal.

Following these tricks and taking the time to relax and paying attention to the body before a meal may improve digestive symptoms such as indigestion and bloating.

Exercise Regularly

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Exercise can help digestion. When people move their bodies on a day to day basis can affect their digestion. Since it is mostly due to its anti-inflammatory effects, exercise can have a very positive impact on the digestive system. Studies have shown that living a sedentary lifestyle can be damaging to the gut. Working out can help a person relieve their stress, enable them to maintain a healthy weight, strengthen abdominal muscles, and stimulate food to move through the large intestines.

According to research, aerobic exercises, like dancing or high interval workout classes, are particularly great by increasing the blood flow to the GI tract. Keep in mind that it is best to avoid this type of high impact exercise right after eating. If an individual has a sensitive stomach, resting for 30 minutes in between workouts and meals is the best option.

Staying Hydrated

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Not drinking enough water is a common cause of constipation among adults and children, since lots of people often replace water with sugary alternatives. Studies have shown that people should aim to drink at least 1.5 to 2 liters of non-caffeinated beverages daily to prevent constipation, and if they exercise, they should be drinking more water.

They can also increase their water intake by eating fruits that have high water content, drinking herbal teas, and non-caffeinated beverages like flavored seltzer waters.

Trying to Get A Good Night Sleep

Not getting enough hours to sleep and poor quality sleep has been associated with several gastrointestinal diseases. Studies show that people who are sleep deprived are most likely to suffer from stomach pains, diarrhea, upset stomach, or even suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. So people need to get quality sleep as the main priority.

Practice Ways to Manage Stress

Stress can affect a person’s digestion and the gastrointestinal tract big time. When an individual is chronically stressed out, their body is continuously in a flight or fight mode. Being chronically stressed out can lead to several unpleasant digestive symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, IBS, and stomach ulcers.

There are ways to relieve stress through stress management techniques like yoga, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, and meditation. Research shows that these techniques have been shown to improve symptoms in people with IBS drastically. Even taking the time to sit quietly and practicing breathing exercises for five minutes can help alleviate stress levels.

Cutting Back on Drinking Alcohol

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Many individuals experience diarrhea and several other unpleasant symptoms after consuming alcohol. This is because alcohol can trigger some severe changes in the digestive system. Studies have mentioned that when the gastrointestinal tract comes in contact with alcohol, it becomes inflamed. This is because the intestines do not absorb water as efficiently, causing the overall digestion to speed up, and the good/harmful bacteria balance is thrown off.

Stop Smoking

Smoking can impact the entire body, including the gut. Studies have shown that smoking, chewing, and vaping tobacco has been linked to several common disorders in the digestive system, such as heartburn, peptic ulcers, and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Smoking can also worsen gastrointestinal symptoms in other conditions like Crohn’s disease. When a person quits smoking, it can quickly reverse some of the effects of smoking on the digestive system and can keep the symptom of some gastrointestinal diseases from becoming worse.

Consider Taking Supplements

Taking dietary supplements is a great way to make sure that the body is getting the nutrients it needs for proper digestion.

  • Probiotics are excellent digestive supplements to alleviate and improve symptoms of gas, to bloat, and stomach pains for people with IBS.
  • Glutamine is an amino acid that supports gut health. Studies show that glutamine can reduce leaky gut in people who are sick.
  • Zinc is a mineral that is essential for a healthy gut. When a person has a deficiency in zinc, it can lead to a variety of unpleasant digestive disorders. So taking zinc supplements can be beneficial to reducing digestive problems.

Be Aware of Medication Interactions and Their Side Effects

The medication that a person is taking can cause stomach discomfort and make them prone to diarrhea or constipation. Conventional medication such as aspirin and other pain medicine have been studied to upset the lining of the stomach, causing damage to the intestinal permeability.

Conclusion

Practicing these 11 ways can be beneficial and provide improvement to a person’s digestive tract. When disruptive factors disrupt the digestive tract, it can lead the body to have inflammation, leaky gut, and digestive problems. Some products are specialized to support the gastrointestinal tract and provide support to the body’s metabolism to make sure the body is functioning correctly.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.


References:

Ali, Tauseef, et al. “Sleep, Immunity and Inflammation in Gastrointestinal Disorders.” World Journal of Gastroenterology, Baishideng Publishing Group Co., Limited, 28 Dec. 2013, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3882397/.

Bilski, Jan, et al. “Can Exercise Affect the Course of Inflammatory Bowel Disease? Experimental and Clinical Evidence.” Pharmacological Reports: PR, US National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27255494.

Bischoff, Stephan C. “’Gut Health’: a New Objective in Medicine?” BMC Medicine, BioMed Central, 14 Mar. 2011, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3065426/.

Catterson, James H, et al. “Short-Term, Intermittent Fasting Induces Long-Lasting Gut Health and TOR-Independent Lifespan Extension.” Current Biology: CB, Cell Press, 4 June, 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5988561/.

Chiba, Mitsuro, et al. “Recommendation of Plant-Based Diets for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” Translational Pediatrics, AME Publishing Company, Jan. 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6382506/.

Didari, Tina, et al. “Effectiveness of Probiotics in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Updated Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis.” World Journal of Gastroenterology, Baishideng Publishing Group Inc, 14 Mar. 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25780308.

Konturek, Peter C, et al. “Stress and the Gut: Pathophysiology, Clinical Consequences, Diagnostic Approach, and Treatment Options.” Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: an Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society, US National Library of Medicine, Dec. 2011, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22314561.

Kristeller, Jean L, and Kevin D Jordan. “Mindful Eating: Connecting With the Wise Self, the Spiritual Self.” Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers Media SA, 14 Aug. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6102380/.

Lakatos, Peter Laszlo. “Environmental Factors Affecting Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Have We Made Progress?” Digestive Diseases (Basel, Switzerland), US National Library of Medicine, 2009, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19786744.

Miller, Carla K, et al. “Comparative Effectiveness of a Mindful Eating Intervention to a Diabetes Self-Management Intervention among Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: a Pilot Study.” Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, US National Library of Medicine, Nov. 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3485681/.

Mottaghi, Azadeh, et al. “Efficacy of Glutamine-Enriched Enteral Feeding Formulae in Critically Ill Patients: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.” Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, US National Library of Medicine, 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27440684.

Oettlé, G J. “Effect of Moderate Exercise on Bowel Habit.” Gut, US National Library of Medicine, Aug. 1991, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1885077.

Philpott, HL, et al. “Drug-Induced Gastrointestinal Disorders.” Frontline Gastroenterology, BMJ Publishing Group, Jan. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5369702/.

Popkin, Barry M, et al. “Water, Hydration, and Health.” Nutrition Reviews, US National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2010, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908954/.

Qin, Hong-Yan, et al. “Impact of Psychological Stress on Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” World Journal of Gastroenterology, Baishideng Publishing Group Inc, 21 Oct. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4202343/.

Skrovanek, Sonja, et al. “Zinc and Gastrointestinal Disease.” World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology, Baishideng Publishing Group Inc, 15 Nov. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25400994.

Unknown, Unknown. “11 Ways To Improve Digestion Problems Naturally.” Fullscript, 9 Sept. 2019, fullscript.com/blog/lifestyle-tips-for-digestive-health.

Unknown, Unknown. “Smoking and the Digestive System.” National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, US Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Sept. 2013, www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/smoking-digestive-system.

Wong, Ming-Wun, et al. “Impact of Vegan Diets on Gut Microbiota: An Update on the Clinical Implications.” Ci Ji Yi Xue Za Zhi = Tzu-Chi Medical Journal, Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd, 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6172896/.

 

 

Functional Neurology: Sugar and Brain Health

Functional Neurology: Sugar and Brain Health

Do you often feel low brain endurance for focus and concentration? Do you often crave sugar and sweets in the afternoon? Or do you feel energized after meals? Glucose, or sugar, is the main source of energy in the human body. And, because the human brain has so many nerve cells or neurons, it is one of the most energy-demanding organs, which utilizes about one-half of all the energy from glucose in the human body. Sugar is important but too much of it can also have its downsides.  

 

Brain functions, such as memory, thinking, and learning, are relatively associated with glucose levels and how efficiently the brain utilizes this essential energy fuel source. If there isn’t enough glucose, or sugar, in the brain, by way of instance, neurotransmitters, or the human brain’s chemical messengers, don’t develop properly and the communications between neurons can ultimately break down. Additionally, dysglycemia, a common health issue caused by abnormal blood glucose levels, can cause loss of energy for brain function and has also been associated with poor attention and cognitive function.  

 

“The human brain is dependent on sugar or glucose as its main energy fuel source,” stated Vera Novak, MD, Ph.D., an HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “It just simply cannot be without it.”  

 

What is Dysglycemia?

As previously mentioned, brain structure and function, such as cognition, can be affected by dysglycemia, or blood glucose abnormalities, in older adults. Researchers conducted a cross-sectional and longitudinal cohort research study, analyzing the association of dysglycemia with brain health. The researchers found that dysglycemia is associated with an increased number of brain infarcts, white matter hyperintensities volume, and decreased total white matter, gray matter, and hippocampus volume cross-sectionally. According to the research study, there was also a decrease in gray matter volume longitudinally. Dysglycemia was ultimately associated with reduced language performance, speed, and visuospatial function.  

 

“Our results suggest that dysglycemia affects brain health in elderly survivors, evidenced by higher cerebrovascular disease, lower white, and gray matter volume as well as language, visuospatial function, and cognitive speed,” stated the authors.  

 

Dysglycemia can cause changes in blood glucose levels which may cause a variety of health issues. Dysglycemia is also not necessarily defined by specific blood sugar levels. Instead, having an abnormally low, high, or unstable blood glucose levels suggests an underlying health issue that requires further investigation. Moreover, while type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the most common causes of dysglycemia, other examples of blood sugar level abnormalities can include gestational diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions as well as drug-related and genetically related abnormalities of the blood sugar levels.  

 

Furthermore, dysglycemia can be a result of hereditary or environmental factors, or it can even be a combination of both. Genes can predispose a person to ultimately develop dysglycemia over time, just as much as several lifestyle habits can, too. A poor diet high in unhealthy fats, sugars, and processed foods can commonly cause a person to develop dysglycemia. Lacking certain vitamins and minerals that enhance the human body’s sensitivity to insulin can also cause dysglycemia.  

 

Dysglycemia and Brain Health

Although the brain needs glucose or sugar, too much of this energy fuel source can also have several side-effects. A 2012 research study on animals conducted by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles demonstrated a positive relationship between the consumption of fructose, another form of sugar, and the aging of cells. A 2009 research study, also utilizing animal models and conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Montreal and Boston College, connected excess glucose consumption to memory and cognitive deficiencies. Further research studies are still required.  

 

The effects of glucose and other forms of sugar on the human brain may be the most profound in diabetes, a group of health issues in which high blood glucose levels persist over a prolonged period of time. Type 1 diabetes is a health issue in which the immune system destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, a hormone utilized by the human body to maintain and regulate blood glucose levels. Type 2 diabetes, caused by dietary and other environmental factors, is a health issue in which cells become overwhelmed by insulin and fail to properly respond and they ultimately become insulin resistant.  

 

Long-term diabetes, either type 1 or type 2, can have many consequences for the brain cells, or neurons, as well as the brain. High blood glucose levels can affect the brain’s functional connectivity which connects brain regions that share functional properties and brain matter. It can also cause the brain to atrophy or shrink and it can lead to small-vessel disease, which restricts blood flow in the brain, causing cognitive difficulties and it can cause the development of vascular dementia.  

 

In her laboratory, Novak evaluated several ways to prevent these effects in people with type 2 diabetes. One of these ways involves a nasal spray known as intranasal insulin (INI). When used, INI enters the brain and binds to receptors in its memory networks, including the hippocampus, hypothalamus, and insular cortex. As signaling within these memory networks become more efficient, cognitive functions in these areas, such as learning and visual perceptions of spatial relationships, improve.  

 

“Type 2 diabetes accelerates brain aging,” says Novak, “which, in turn, accelerates the progression of functional decline. With intranasal insulin, we’re hoping to find a new avenue for treatment to slow down these effects or prevent them altogether.”  

 

In a pilot research study, Novak and her colleagues found that a single dose of INI had a positive effect on memory, verbal learning, and spatial orientation. She is now planning the first clinical trial of INI in older adults with type 2 diabetes. The results of the clinical trial are especially relevant because of the high prevalence of dementia and significant cognitive decline among older adults with diabetes. Sugar, or glucose, is fundamental, however, it must be controlled for overall brain health.  

 

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Glucose, or sugar, is an important source of energy fuel for every cell in the human body, especially the brain. However, excess amounts of blood glucose, or sugar, levels can be more harmful than beneficial and it can ultimately cause a variety of brain health issues, including neurological diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dysglycemia, or abnormal blood glucose, or sugar, levels, is a common condition in diabetes. Managing and regulating glucose, or sugar, in patients with diabetes is essential to promote overall brain health and wellness, according to research studies. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 


 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

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The following Neurotransmitter Assessment Form can be filled out and presented to Dr. Alex Jimenez. Symptoms listed on this form are not intended to be utilized as a diagnosis of any type of disease, condition, or any other type of health issue.  

 


 

Do you often feel low brain endurance for focus and concentration? Do you often crave sugar and sweets in the afternoon? Or do you feel energized after meals? Glucose, or sugar, is the main source of energy in the human body. And, because the human brain has so many nerve cells or neurons, it is one of the most energy-demanding organs, which utilizes about one-half of all the energy from glucose in the human body. Sugar is important but too much of it can also have its downsides.  

 

Brain functions, such as memory, thinking, and learning, are relatively associated with glucose levels and how efficiently the brain utilizes this essential energy fuel source. If there isn’t enough glucose, or sugar, in the brain, by way of instance, neurotransmitters, or the human brain’s chemical messengers, don’t develop properly and the communications between neurons can ultimately break down. Additionally, dysglycemia, a common health issue caused by abnormal blood glucose levels, can cause loss of energy for brain function and has also been associated with poor attention and cognitive function.  

 

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900

 

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References:

  • Marchione, Victor. “Cognition and Brain Structure Affected by Dysglycemia in Older Adults: Study.” Bel Marra Health – Breaking Health News and Health Information, Bel Marra Health, 10 Jan. 2017, www.belmarrahealth.com/cognition-brain-structure-affected-dysglycemia-older-adults-study/.
  • Edwards, Scott. “Sugar and the Brain.” Sugar and the Brain | Department of Neurobiology, neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-mahoney-neuroscience-institute/brain-newsletter/and-brain-series/sugar-and-brain.

 


 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.

 

 


 

Neural Zoomer Plus for Neurological Disease

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Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual’s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.  

 

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual’s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient’s specific needs.  

 

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Health Coaching in El Paso: Part 3

Health Coaching in El Paso: Part 3

Health coaches are becoming more and more crucial as modern medicine continues to improve. Now more than ever, the health care field is progressing at high speeds and professionals do not always have the available time some patients desire. Here is where health coaches become involved. Basically, the position of a health coach was produced to fill the emptiness in several doctor offices. Many physicians contribute but do not have the time or resources to assist each individual and aid in constructing healthy habits on a day to day basis. However, health coaches are available to be a supportive mentor that assists and guides patients in making healthy lifestyle changes. Many patients who seek help to change their lifestyle are those suffering from some kind of chronic pain, headaches, or joint inflammation.

In the previous weeks, we have defined and explained what a health coach is and what they really do, as well as the first two steps a health coach might take with a patient. Throughout this article, the third and fourth steps will be broken down and analyzed.

Need a refresher? No problem!

Health Coaching in El Paso: Part 1 can be found by clicking here

Health Coaching in El Paso: Part 2 can be found by clicking here

 

Step 3: Building A Plan For Action

 

 

Once the health coach understands the values and goals of the patient, a plan for change can get mapped out. One thing that is unique about building a plan, is that the health coach encourages the patient to have a say in it and contribute to building the plan. The ways of medicine have changed, and this aspect is one of them. Before, many patients would sit silently as doctors instructed them on their new protocol. However, it has been shown that patients who build a plan of action with the practitioner, are more likely to comply and complete a program.

In addition to this, the perspective of the patient can help maintain expectations and keep the plan of action at a realistic timeline. The health coach will offer their suggestions during this process as well as their perspective. Often times, this will help the patient break down their overall goal, into smaller more specific goals or tasks.

As soon as the overall goals are broken down into specific tasks, the health coach will then map out the process to complete these tasks. It can be simple to overlook small steps when thinking of a bigger picture, so the health coach will provide tools to better help the patient understand.

An example of this would be for a patient who wants to lose weight. Mapping out these tasks will have an end result that looks similar to these:

• I will try a new fruit and vegetable every day this week and identify what I enjoy

• I will think of different, creative ways to work movement into my day, such as finding a walking trail in my neighborhood

• I will always keep a water bottle with me and refill it every two hours

• I will cook dinner two nights this week

• I will go for a walk after dinner every day this week

By providing the patients with these smaller tangible tasks, the patient now has “homework” in a sense to complete these throughout the week. The health coach will set a deadline with these tasks and check-in with the patient regularly to ensure they are on track.

Step 4: Tracking Progress And Results

 

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Before progress can be tracked, the health coach will take into consideration the patient’s goal and determine how often the patient will need to come in for follow-ups. For many patients, a combination of follow up techniques are used. Health coaches understand that in-person is not always the most convenient and does not always fit into the patient’s schedule. If this is the scenario, health coaches work around that to create follow-ups by using some in-person visits, some phone conversations, or other virtual check-in meetings that are HIPAA compliant.

Often times, during a lifestyle change patients may become confused or discouraged. It is important to remember that this is normal and progress is not always a straight line up, but rather includes bumps along the way. In order to better help the patient, the health coach will provide them with a helpful “where to turn” guide.

As humans, at different times we require different types of support. The where to turn guide will be a supporting reminder of things to do to counteract these feelings when they arise. Items included in this guide will be ideas such as:

• Pursuing a hobby, like dancing or playing an instrument

• Getting out in nature

• Starting a mindfulness practice

• Making art, like drawing or writing

• Joining a community, religious, or spiritual group

In addition to these activities, the health coach will determine with the patient what kind of support (internal or external) is appropriate depending on the situation.

Lastly,  progress does not always look like a dip in the number on the scale. Progress can come in many different forms. In order to help the patient appreciate and realize all the progress they are making, a health coach will ask questions like:

1. How can you appreciate your progress?

2. How would you describe the benefits of your experience?

3. What’s been good about this experience?

4. How have you grown?

As mentioned earlier, a health coach is important to have as they help one realize all the steps it truly takes to be successful and reach their health goals. There are many critical steps that are easily overlooked when the big picture is on their minds. The final two steps that a health coach will work on with a patient is to help them visualize their best self and to create a plan for resiliency. These two topics will be discussed in the next article.

 Using a health coach to complete a lifestyle change is similar to the work of going to therapy. One must be willing to accept the tools and resources they are givien, and actually do the work provided or it will not produce results. If a patient is truly serious about completing a lifestyle change, using a health coach is an extremly beneifical resource! As one can see, they work with the patients to hammer down tasks and ideas that a patient might not have orignally thought of. By utilizing a health coach, the patient has a higher chance of reaching their goals. – Kenna Vaughn, Senior Health Coach

All information and resources for this post came from an Integrative Practioner article titled, “A Six-Step Approach To Health And Wellness Coaching: A Toolkit for Practice Implementation” and can be found by clicking here; as well as listed below in the proper bibliography.

*The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

Bibliography:
American Psychological Association (2019). The Road to Resilience. Retrieved from: https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience
Jonas, W. (2019). Empowering patients with chronic diseases to live healthier through health coaching: Integrative primary care case study. Samueli Integrative Health Programs. Retrieved from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/give-yourself-a-health-self-assessment
Miller, W. and Rose, G. (1991). Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People to Change Addictive Behavior. Guilford Publications.
Pecoraro, Wendy. “A Six-Step Approach to Health and Wellness Coaching: A Toolkit for Practice Implementation.” Official Media Integrative Practitioner, 17 Oct. 2019, www.integrativepractitioner.com/resources/e-books/a-six-step-approach-to-health-and-wellness-coaching-a-toolkit-for-practice-implementation.
Trzeciak, S. and Mazzarelli, A. (2019). Compassionomics. Studer Group. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The Stages of Change.Retrieved from: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gttc/presentations/8eStagesofChange.pdf
Your Coach (2009). SMART goals.Retrieved from: https://www.yourcoach.be/en/coaching-tools/

How Can Physical Therapy Help Me El Paso, Texas

How Can Physical Therapy Help Me El Paso, Texas

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

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

  • Treatments
  • Exercises
  • Mechanics

The primary goals of physical therapy include:

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

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

 

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Aquatic Therapy

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

 

Electrical Stimulation

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

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

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 How Can Physical Therapy Help Me El Paso, Texas

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

 

Heat and Ice

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Ice decreases pain by slowing the nerve impulses.

Inflammation subsides with forms of cold therapy:

  • Cold packs
  • Ice massage
  • Iced towels

They are usually the first aid following trauma.

When treating an overworked body part ice treatment should be supervised by a physical therapist.

Hydrotherapy

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

 

Myofascial Release

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

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

 

 

Movement & Conditioning

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

 

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Physical therapist assisting woman on an exercise ball at the clinic

 

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

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

 

Couple warming up

Home Exercise

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

 

Body Mechanics & Posture

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

  • Physical fitness
  • Reduce stress
  • Apply proper body mechanics

This reduces the risk of injury.

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

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

 

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Proper Work Habits

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

 

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Lifting and Carrying Objects

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

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

 

 

Pushing versus Pulling

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

Reaching for Objects

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

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


 

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

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