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Chiropractic is a form of alternative treatment which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, especially those associated with the spine. Dr. Alex Jimenez discusses how the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations on a regular basis can greatly help both improve and eliminate many symptoms that could be causing discomfort to the individual. Chiropractors believe among the main reasons for pain and disease is the misalignment of the vertebrae in the spinal column (this is known as a chiropractic subluxation). Through the usage of manual detection (or palpation), carefully applied pressure, massage, and manual manipulation of the vertebrae and joints (called adjustments), chiropractors are able to alleviate pressure and irritation on the nerves, restore joint mobility, and help return the body’s homeostasis. From subluxations, or spinal misalignments, to sciatica, a set of symptoms along the sciatic nerve caused by nerve impingement, chiropractic care can gradually restore the individuals natural state of being. Dr. Jimenez compiles a group of concepts pertaining to chiropractic to best educate individuals on the variety of injuries and conditions affecting the human body. For more information, contact us at (915) 850-0900 or text to call Dr. Jimenez personally at (915) 540-8444.


An Overview of Fibromyalgia

An Overview of Fibromyalgia

Do you feel:

  • Afternoon fatigue?
  • Headaches with exertion or stress?
  • Can you not stay asleep?
  • Slow starter in the morning?
  • Afternoon headaches?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then you might be experiencing fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic syndrome that causes pain and mental distress in the body. It causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, and it is accompanied by fatigue, sleep memory, and mood issues to the body. The symptoms may be similar to arthritis; however, fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition and causes soft tissue pain or myofascial pain.

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The NIAMS (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) stated that around 5 million adults, ages 18 years and over in the United States had experienced fibromyalgia. Around 80 to 90 percent of fibromyalgia patients are mostly found in women who have this chronic disease, and men can have it as well.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

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There are three symptoms that fibromyalgia causes a person to have discomfort in their daily lives. They are:

  • Widespread pain: This pain is associated with fibromyalgia, and it is described as a constant dull ache that can last for at least three months. For it to be considered as widespread pain, it must occur both sides of the body, as well as above and below the waist.
  • Fatigue: Individuals with fibromyalgia often awaken tired, even though they have been sleeping for long periods. The pain that fibromyalgia causes can disrupt the person’s sleep patterns, causing them to have sleep disorders such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
  • Cognitive difficulties: This symptom is commonly known as “fibro fog.” It impairs the person’s ability to focus, pay attention, and concentrate on mental tasks.

Other symptoms can include:

  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Stiff joints and muscles in the morning
  • Headaches
  • Problems with vision
  • Nausea
  • Pelvic and urinary problems
  • Depression and anxiety

In the past, studies have shown that patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia had 11 out of 18 specific trigger points all around their bodies. Healthcare providers would check their patients and document how many of these points were painful to their patients by firmly, but gently, pressing their bodies to get a diagnosis.

The typical trigger points include:

  • The back of the head
  • The tops of the shoulders
  • The upper chest
  • The hips
  • The knees
  • The outer elbows

Nowadays, in a 2016 revised diagnostic criteria, healthcare providers can diagnose patients with fibromyalgia if the patient has pain in 4 out of 5 areas of the body that is causing them pain. The protocol when diagnosing patients is referred to as “multisite pain.”

Fibromyalgia Affecting the Endocrine System

When it comes to fibromyalgia, the symptoms are associated with the endocrine system. Research shows that fibromyalgia-like symptoms such as muscle pain and tenderness, exhaustion, reduced exercise capacity, and cold intolerance can resemble symptoms that are associated with the endocrine dysfunction like hypothyroidism and adrenal or growth hormone insufficiency.

More research has stated that fibromyalgia causes a person to develop chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome causes the body to have a deficiency of serotonergic activity and the hypofunction of sympathetic nervous system function that could contribute to the abnormalities of the central components of the HPA axis. It can distort the body’s hormonal pattern that is being attributed to the hyperactivity of the CRH neurons. The hyperactivity caused by the CRH neurons can be driven and sustained by stress being exerted by chronic pain that has originated in the musculoskeletal system or the alternation of the central nervous system mechanism of nociception.

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Researchers believe that repeated nerve stimulation causes the brains of patients with fibromyalgia to change. The change causes an abnormal increase level of certain chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain that signals pain. In addition, the brain’s pain receptors will develop a sort of memory of the pain that is causing problems to the patient’s body and causing them to be more sensitive since the signals are overreacting.

Treating Fibromyalgia

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Even though fibromyalgia pain can be uncomfortable and consistent enough to interfere with a person’s daily routine. There are ways to relieve the pain and inflammation that fibromyalgia causes the body. Pain medication can bring down the inflammation and help a person sleep a little better. Other safe treatments that can help manage fibromyalgia pain are:

  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a Chinese medical system that uses needles to cause changes in the blood flow and the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain and spinal cord.
  • Therapy: A variety of different therapies can help a person reduce the effects that fibromyalgia has caused.
  • Yoga and tai chi: These practices combine meditation, slow movements, deep breathing, and relaxation — both help control fibromyalgia symptoms.
  • Reducing stress: Developing a plan to avoid or limit overexertion and emotional stress is useful when dealing with fibromyalgia. Learning to meditate and trying stress management techniques can help a person feel calm and recharged for the rest of the day.
  • Getting enough sleep: Since fatigue is one of the main characteristics of fibromyalgia, getting enough sleep is essential. Practicing good sleep habits and going to bed and getting up at the same time each day can lessen the effects of fatigue.
  • Exercising regularly: At first, exercising may increase the pain, but doing it gradually and regularly over time can decrease the symptoms. This can be walking, swimming, biking, and water aerobics can be beneficial to the body.
  • Pacing yourself: Keeping track of activities is beneficial for people with fibromyalgia. Moderation of daily activities on the good days can help a person overcome the symptoms when they flare-up.
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle: Eating healthy food that has anti-inflammatory properties can be useful for the body, and finding enjoyable hobbies can be beneficial as well.

Conclusion

Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that causes pain and inflammation that affects the soft tissue in the body. The symptoms can resemble joint inflammation and causes people to have fatigue and discomfort all over their body. When these symptoms flare up, it can cause body damage. Treatments can help a person reduce the effects of fibromyalgia and be beneficial. Some products are formulated to counter the effects of temporary stress and offer support in the gastrointestinal system and the body’s metabolism.

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


References:

Felman, Adam. “Fibromyalgia: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 5 Jan. 2018, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/147083.php.

Geenen, Rinie, et al. “Evaluation and Management of Endocrine Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia.” Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America, U.S. National Library of Medicine, May 2002, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12122926.

Neeck, G, and L J Crofford. “Neuroendocrine Perturbations in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Nov. 2000, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11084955.

Staff, Mayo Clinic. “Fibromyalgia.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 11 Aug. 2017, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/symptoms-causes/syc-20354780.

Staff, Mayo Clinic. “Fibromyalgia.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 11 Aug. 2017, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354785.

Unknown, Unknown. “Fibromyalgia.” National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 30 Sept. 2019, www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/fibromyalgia.

Wolfe, Frederick, et al. “2016 Revisions to the 2010/2011 Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria.” Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, W.B. Saunders, 30 Aug. 2016, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0049017216302086?via%3Dihub.

 

 

Health Coaching in El Paso: Part 2

Health Coaching in El Paso: Part 2

Health Coaching is a recent position that is being utilized by doctor offices around the country. Many doctors have realized that their patients are needing more one on one guidance but they are unable to provide this due to their hectic schedule. This is where they have created and utilized health coaches.

Health coaching is extremely beneficial for patients and can help them achieve their health goals. For more information about health coaches and a general overview of the essential role they play in the healthcare field, please see last week’s article linked here.

Health coaches use many different techniques depending on the patient they are working with, but the core values of their methods remain the same. These core values can be broken down into 6 different steps, with each individual step having smaller more detailed steps of their own. These steps can be identified as:

Identifying values and vision

Determining goals

Building a plan for action

Tracking progress

Visualizing one’s best self

Creating a plan for resiliency

 

Step 1: Identify Values

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With this step being the first, it is one of the most crucial. When a patient comes to a physician or a health coach, it is usually because they have been recently diagnosed or are unhappy with their current health status. However, this does not mean that the patient is fully ready to accept their condition or understands it fully.

The patient will be asked to write down inventory in the categories of physical, emotional, spiritual, social, recreational, intellectual, and environmental. The purpose of this is so the patient is able to search and reflect on where they’re currently at and where they would like to be.

From here, there are different techniques and models that a coach may use. One being the transtheoretical model, in which the patient will use stages to move through a behavior change.

At this point, the conversation is less about treatment and more about obtaining an awareness of their health risks, experience with a current illness or any symptoms they’re experiencing. The patient is welcome and encouraged to express their emotions openly. The health coach will move through these next 6 steps to help outline the patient’s treatment and see what stage they are at.

1. Precontemplation: the patient does not intend to take action in the foreseeable future

2. Contemplation: intending to start introducing healthy behaviors within the next 6 months

3. Preparation: patients are ready to take action in the next 30 days

4. Action: the patient has recently changed their behavior and intends to keep moving forward

5. Maintenance: the patient has sustained their behavior change for 6 months and intends to maintain the behavior change for more than six months

6. Termination: the patient has grown and is now self-aware of their behaviors and has no desire to return to their previously unhealthy behaviors

As we all know, values are formed starting in early childhood. These values are then later consciously re-evaluated and may change. It is important for the patient to work with the health coach so they properly understand their personal values. This allows the patient to get clarity and build self-awareness to make intelligent decisions and keep a balance in life.

Actually sitting down identifying values might be difficult, as many individuals do not think about them often. If this is the case, the health coach might help by asking questions like:

What is more important in your life: Beyond basic human needs, what must you have in your life to experience fulfillment?

Take this time and consider a meaningful moment: What was happening to you and what values were you honoring?

Consider a time when you were angry or upset: What were you feeling and, if you flip those feelings around, what value is being suppressed?

These questions aid in triggering times that the patient might not have been connecting to values. After the patient has identifies values, the health coach will work with the patient to select between 5-10 of their core values and then rank them in order of importance. From here, the patient is able to evaluate their values and proceed to determining goals.

Step 2: Determine Goals

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Once a patient has identified their values, the health coach will shift their focus and have them brainstorm what they would like to focus on in their healing plan. This step is important because it will determine what they specifically want to change or improve. Some patients may feel unsure or are apprehensive, but allowing the patient time to journal or write out everything they want to accomplish, big or small, as well as the known steps or tasks, will help the patient get there.

When determining goals, the health coach will encourage the patient to create goals for multiple areas in their life. Some of these areas may include, health, family, relationships, and recreation. The health coach will encourage the patient’s goals by having them consider the following questions:

What do I want to achieve?

How will I achieve this goal?

Why do I want to reach this goal?

Who will I need to work with to achieve this goal?

What are the conditions and limitations to achieving this goal?

Based on the core areas and goals, the health coach will work with the patient to determine SMART goals. A SMART goal is a goal-setting technique that brings structure and trackability to goals. SMART goals stand for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. These create a verifiable trajectory towards a specific objective with clear milestones. By determining SMART goals, it clarifies how and when the goal will be achieved, rather than just stating a desire.

A health coach will help patients turn “I want to lose weight” into ” I want to lose 20 pounds to have more energy to play with my grandchildren. I will do so by exercising four times a week and eating less processed foods, and more fruits and vegetables. I will lose an average of two pounds every week for 10 weeks.”

By doing this, the health coach is working on a goal that immediately interests the patient and puts it into a way that is more attainable. The health coach can help the patient stay encouraged and motivated as they work together to achieve small successes, eventually leading to the patient being more willing to take on bigger challenges.

Using health coaching can be more beneficial than one might originally think. As one can see, they really go deep into one’s life and can help them in ways they might not have planned on originally. In the next article, the steps of building a plan for action and tracking progress and results will be discussed in great detail.

 

Changing your lifestyle can be difficult and does not happen overnight. Those who work with a coach to reach their goals are more successful and less likely to give up when things get difficult. Coaches are amazing for accountability, advice, health help, goal setting, and organizing expectations in a realistic timeline. Look at it this way: People use a wedding coordinator to help them oragnize food, timelines, expectations, etc. and that is for an event that lasts 1 day. So why are you not using a health coach to help you organize all of these same things for something that will last a lifetime? In addition you’re getting to help decide your future and gain a deeper undestanding of what lies ahead. Investing in yourself is one of the best things you can do for yourself. – Kenna Vaughn, Senior Health Coach

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

The information from this article was found in an article written by Integrative Practioner. The sources can be found listed below.
Resources:
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.” Integrative Practitioner.Com, 2019.
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/
Functional Neurology: How Curcumin Helps Reduce Inflammation

Functional Neurology: How Curcumin Helps Reduce Inflammation

How often do you feel more susceptible to pain, discomfort, and inflammation? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects about 0.5 to 1.0 percent of the adult population throughout the world. Evidence suggests that the autonomic nervous system (ANS) plays a fundamental role in the management of an abnormal immune response and inhibition of inflammation. The ANS regulates cytokine production through the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway, including the efferent vagus nerve, the neurotransmitter ACh, and its receptors (α7 nicotinic ACh receptor, α7 nAChR).  

 

Turmeric, or curcumin, has historically been utilized as a spice and a medicinal herb in India and China. Evidence suggests that curcumin affects diverse bioactivities. In recent years, a variety of research studies have shown that consuming curcumin considerably ameliorated collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). A clinical trial has shown that curcumin is a safe and effective natural remedy for RA patients. However, pharmacokinetic research studies have shown that its bioavailability can be very poor which raises the question, how does curcumin, or turmeric, produce an anti-inflammatory effect?  

 

Curcumin, the Gut-Brain Axis, and Inflammation

Researchers believe that they have found how curcumin, or the natural phenol compounds found in turmeric, can ultimately help reduce inflammation. Curcumin-containing turmeric is commonly given to horses by their owners due to its perceived anti-inflammatory properties. As a matter of fact, researchers have shown the ability of curcuminoids to reduce inflammation in aging horses. In one research study, researchers writing in the Journal of Neuroinflammation described their findings with rats that had collagen-induced arthritis to learn more about the performance of curcumin. The research team stated that several research studies had shown that taking curcumin by mouth reduced collagen-induced arthritis.  

 

During another clinical trial, the findings had shown that curcumin was safe and effective for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. However, the research study had also shown that its bioavailability was poor, which raised questions about how curcumin produced its anti-inflammatory effect. They then evaluated whether the gut-brain axis was involved in its therapeutic action. The researchers found that curcumin reduced collagen-induced arthritis through the gut-brain axis by controlling the function of the cholinergic system. The cholinergic system consists of nerve cells that utilize the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It is associated with cognition, memory, selective attention, and emotional processing.  

 

The research study team believes that targeting the gut cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway could be a promising treatment approach for rheumatoid arthritis patients as well as with other inflammatory disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, characterized by an imbalanced autonomic nervous system. Previous research studies also suggested that curcumin activated its effects in a gut-dependent way. The gut is a sensory organ, which sends signals from the lumen to the central nervous system, which in turn sends signals to peripheral tissues or organs. Surprisingly, recent research studies ultimately show that curcumin has regulatory effects on the gut microbiota in several circumstances and that the gut microbiota is involved in the development of arthritis. “It is possible that curcumin affects the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway through the gut-brain axis via modulation of the gut microbiota”, stated the research study team.  

 

How Turmeric Changes the Gut Microbiome

Further research studies are still required to continue to explain the turmeric paradox: efficacy despite poor bioavailability. One possible hypothesis as to how curcumin and turmeric change the gut microbiome, according to the first human clinical research study evaluating its effects, is that the gastrointestinal effects of the spice may have wider-reaching systemic effects. Previous research studies show that curcumin can considerably alter gut microbiota where these alterations of the composition and/ or metabolic activity of gut bacteria may in part explain the therapeutic benefits of curcumin.  

 

To demonstrate how curcumin alters gut bacteria in humans, a research study involved a group of people taking turmeric (3000 mg turmeric root plus 3.75 mg black pepper–derived extract of piperine alkaloid [BioPerine]), curcumin (3000 mg of curcumin [Curcumin C3 Complex] plus 3.75 mg BioPerine) or placebo, twice daily for 8-weeks. Utilizing gut microbial DNA sequencing it was found that both turmeric and curcumin changed the gut microbiota in a highly similar manner, with the research study team suggesting that curcumin may drive the majority of changes observed in turmeric-treated subjects.  

 

Overall, turmeric and curcumin increased bacterial species richness. Surprisingly, although the gut microbiota response was highly individual, there were several concordances in response to turmeric/ curcumin. “Responsive” subjects had a similar microbial signature involving uniform increases in species of polysaccharide-degrading and hydrogen-consuming bacteria.  

 

“This research study in healthy subjects has potentially raised more intriguing questions than it has fully answered and emphasizes the complexity of human intervention research studies intending to evaluate the effects of these potentially powerful herbal medicines,” stated the research study investigators. One hypothesis they suggest is that individual variations in turmeric absorption may result in the observed variations in prebiotic-like effects. “Future research studies that include a larger human cohort will clarify whether the responsive microbiota we identified here is representative and whether less prevalent response signatures in our data may be clearly defined with additional participants,” they concluded.  

 

If there is definitely a fundamental role of the gut microbiome in regulating individual responses to turmeric and/ or curcumin more research studies in this field could help support the understanding of its health benefits in the context of personalized nutrition, especially for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, among patients with inflammatory health issues.  

 

El Paso Chiropractor Staff and Doctor

Turmeric, or curcumin, is a powerful, natural remedy which has been demonstrated to have many health benefits, especially for brain health. According to many research studies, turmeric or curcumin can help reduce inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), among that of other inflammatory diseases. Although further research studies are still required to establish this as a fact, the current findings suggest that curcumin, or turmeric, is a safe and effective treatment for chronic inflammation. – 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.  

 


 

In honor of Governor Abbott’s proclamation, October is Chiropractic Health Month. Learn more about the proposal.  

 

How often do you feel more susceptible to pain, discomfort, and inflammation? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects about 0.5 to 1.0 percent of the adult population throughout the world. Evidence suggests that the autonomic nervous system (ANS) plays a fundamental role in the management of an abnormal immune response and inhibition of inflammation. The ANS regulates cytokine production through the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway, including the efferent vagus nerve, the neurotransmitter ACh, and its receptors (α7 nicotinic ACh receptor, α7 nAChR).  

 

Turmeric, or curcumin, has historically been utilized as a spice and a medicinal herb in India and China. Evidence suggests that curcumin affects diverse bioactivities. In recent years, a variety of research studies have shown that consuming curcumin considerably ameliorated collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). A clinical trial has shown that curcumin is a safe and effective natural remedy for RA patients. While research studies show that its bioavailability can be very poor,  curcumin or turmeric produces an anti-inflammatory effect by ultimately affecting the gut-brain axis and changing the gut microbiome.  

 

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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .  

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez  

 


 

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.  

 

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Can Aerobic Exercise Help With Low Back Pain El Paso, TX?

Can Aerobic Exercise Help With Low Back Pain El Paso, TX?

Q: Dr. Jimenez, I read one of your articles about physical therapy and spinal stenosis exercises that focus on stretches for relieving pain. I was wondering if it was also possible to do aerobic exercise with a spinal condition and can you recommend a safe cardiovascular program?

I’m a 65-year-old with spinal stenosis, and I want to stay in shape. I try to ride a stationary bike for 20 minutes at least 2 times a week, but with my low back pain, I don’t always finish the workout.

 

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How else can I stay in shape

A: I do recommend aerobic exercise for everyone, but especially for people with spinal conditions.

Aerobic exercise increases the blood flow to the body’s tissues, and people with high levels of cardiovascular fitness generally do better dealing with spinal problems.

However, before anyone with a spine condition or any medical condition for that matter, starts a wellness and fitness program, they should check with their primary caregiver, to clear the individual as fit to exercise.

Example: Someone with cardiovascular (heart problems) can have restrictions when it comes to certain types of exercise.

A physical exam will make sure your body is ready for exercise.

 

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Physiotherapist assisting a senior woman with exercise ball at a chiropractic rehabilitation clinic

 

Low-impact aerobic exercise is recommended 

  • Walking
  • Swimming

These are excellent examples of low-impact aerobic exercise. They increase heart rate and are easy on the body.

  • Riding a stationary bike is another recommended form of low-impact aerobic exercise.

It can be tiring, but if recommended by a caregiver/therapist, then realize they did so for a reason/s to get you healthy.

By biking, you are building up endurance, and that is exactly what you want, as it speeds up recovery.

  • Walking is a great exercise for spinal conditions. It is low-impact, and you can control the pace to fit your needs.  
  • Daily walks after lunch or after getting home are a great way to exercise.

If exercise does begin to increase back pain or another type of pain, tell your caregiver or physical therapist right away.

The phrase, no pain, no gain does not apply when there are spinal conditions. So do not try to push through the pain or think that the hurt is good.

Also, do not try to do take on too much right away. Even if you feel good, follow the fitness plan.

But if you want to mix it up, discuss with your chiropractor/physical therapist if adding walking and swimming to the plan will be beneficial, as well.

It can be tempting to not exercise with a spinal condition. But remember that if there is no movement at all, you could make the pain worse. Knowing what your body can handle and sticking to a workable schedule, these healthy steps will relieve you and help with your low back pain.


 

Chiropractic Care Sports Injury Rehabilitation El Paso, TX

 

Daniel Alvarado, the owner of Push-as-RX Fitness, discusses how he carries out his PUSHasRx Functional Fitness Workouts personal injury rehabilitation and athletic training program as a part of Dr. Alex Jimenez’s chiropractic rehabilitation plan.

Physical therapy (PT), also referred to as physiotherapy, is one of the allied health professions which, by utilizing mechanical force and motions (bio-mechanics or kinesiology), manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy, remediates impairments and promotes mobility and purpose.

Physical therapy is used to enhance a patient’s quality of life through:

  • Examination
  • Diagnosis
  • Prognosis
  • Physical intervention

 

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Exercise is an essential part of good health. It can help with weight loss and plays a crucial role in preventing many chronic health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Regular exercise has also been shown to help with depression and anxiety. It is what nature intended; as humans, we are supposed to be active. The more active you are, the better you will look and feel – and the healthier you will be.

 

Functional Neurology: Benefits of Turmeric for Brain Health

Functional Neurology: Benefits of Turmeric for Brain Health

How often do you get fatigued after meals? How often do you have difficulty falling into deep, restful sleep? How often do you feel more susceptible to pain? Chronic brain inflammation can cause numerous symptoms which are commonly associated with a wide variety of neurological diseases. Fortunately, researchers and healthcare professionals have found a natural remedy that can help improve chronic brain inflammation and it can provide many more health benefits: turmeric.  

 

For centuries, researchers and healthcare professionals alike have been studying the many health benefits of turmeric. In recent decades, however, research studies are attempting to verify the claims of our ancestors by testing turmeric in numerous clinical trials. Curcumin has been shown to have a wide variety of healing properties and practical uses. However, can turmeric improve chronic brain inflammation? In this article, we will discuss the benefits of turmeric for brain health.  

 

Turmeric and Brain Health

 

Turmeric, or curcumin, supplements have shown tremendous potential towards the safe and effective treatment of a variety of health issues. Research studies show that turmeric can help relieve arthritis and joint pain, lower blood pressure, and even enhance skincare. Turmeric may also ultimately help improve allergy symptoms and it may also help promote weight loss.  

 

New evidence from several research studies also suggests that turmeric may provide considerable health benefits for overall brain health, including the prevention of neurological diseases. Curcumin contains neuroprotective properties that can help preserve mental acuity. Therefore, turmeric may have the ability to boost memory function, reduce brain fog, and enhance overall cognition. Before we evaluate the research studies, we will discuss memory and brain fog in a bit more detail.  

 

Understanding Memory and Brain Fog

 

The lack of mental clarity is commonly associated with the inability to focus, poor levels of concentration, and memory problems. Best known as brain fog, or mental fatigue, this is a collection of symptoms related to reduced brain function rather than a single health issue. The brain is an extremely complex organ. The extent with which turmeric can help depends on the cause of your brain fog, which we will discuss shortly. First, let’s review several core functions of the human brain.  

 

  • Cognition is the mental process of knowledge acquisition and understanding it through experience, senses, and thought. Cognition encompasses several aspects of intellectual function, including memory, reasoning, judgment, problem-solving, decision making, computation, and evaluation.
  • Memory is our brain’s ability to encode, store, retain, and recall experiences or information. It’s the total sum of this data built up over time with a set of encoded neural connections in the brain. Think of it as the information processing system composed of short-term (working) memory, long-term memory, and sensory processing.
  • Learning, although similar, is not the same as a memory. This process involves information acquisition, which causes neurons to activate together in specific patterns, increasing the likelihood of them triggering together for future retrieval. Learning also includes modifying existing knowledge, skills, or behavior.
  • Neuroplasticity, commonly referred to as brain plasticity, is the aptitude for the brain to change continuously during an individual’s life. This process involves the strengthening or weakening of synapses, optimization of neural networks, and one’s capacity to learn and memorize new information.

 

Turmeric and Brain Health: Benefits of Curcumin

 

One research study evaluated the effects of turmeric, or curcumin, on cognition and mood in a group of healthy, elderly individuals. The clinical trial included 60 subjects ranging between the ages of 60 and 85 years old, which consumed a 400 mg dose of curcumin. The research study was a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, and randomized clinical trial.  

 

One hour post-administration, researchers found considerable performance improvements in working memory tasks and sustained attention span compared to the placebo group. After four additional weeks of treatment, the turmeric, or curcumin, group experienced reduced psychological stress-induced fatigue, enhanced mood, and a better sense of calmness.  

 

Finally, the research study showed improvements in overall alertness and contentedness. Turmeric ultimately appears that it can also help enhance memory, focus, and concentration as well as cognition in elderly populations, among others.  

 

There are several mechanisms of action that turmeric takes on the human body to help prevent cognitive impairment. Turmeric reduces chronic low-grade systemic inflammation, enhances antioxidant activity, and reduces oxidative stress.  

 

By fighting free radicals in the human body, turmeric has also shown the potential to preserve neuronal integrity, which can inhibit the progression of cognitive decline. Furthermore, these processes demonstrate an innate ability to slow down brain aging and reduce brain fog symptomology caused by aging and disease, decreasing the risk or neurological diseases.  

 

Turmeric may also improve DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, synthesis. DHA is the fatty acid most closely associated with brain health, brain development, and neuroprotection. If you have a DHA deficiency, you leave yourself at risk of developing several cognitive disorders, including anxiety, memory problems, inability to focus, etc. Researchers have found that turmeric increases multiple enzymes responsible for the synthesis of DHA from its precursor, alpha-lipoic acid, or ALA.  

 

According to research studies, another way in which curcumin can help improve brain health is by reducing the neurotoxicity caused by fluoride. It’s well-known that fluoride may have adverse effects on mental health and other core biological functions. Researchers performed a clinical trial testing curcumin’s neuroprotective health benefits on a group of mice.  

 

The results of the research study showed that fluoride increased lipid peroxidation, or LPO, a major cause of damage to cell membranes. In addition, fluoride also increased the number of neurodegenerative cells present in the hippocampus. With 30 days of curcumin administration from the research study, there was a considerable decrease in neurodegeneration and LPO.  

 

A second animal research study utilized curcumin to evaluate its effects on cognition and neurogenesis in a group of aged rats. Neurogenesis refers to the process of developing new neurons in the brain. Following the 12-week treatment period, researchers in the research study were ultimately able to demonstrate increased cognition and neurogenesis in the rats.  

 

The treated group also experienced enhanced spatial and non-spatial memory. These results suggest that turmeric may affect neuronal development, neurotransmission, synaptic plasticity, and signal transduction, among other brain functions.  

 

Additionally, another fundamental protein for cognition is the brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, which promotes the growth and maturation of brain cells or, neurons. According to research studies, turmeric has shown that it can considerably help improve BDNF levels in people with premenstrual syndrome or PMS, diabetes, and obesity.  

 

The last research study we will look at further supports the hypothesis of utilizing turmeric to improve memory and reduce brain fog. A group of chronically stressed rats were given turmeric throughout a 20-day treatment period.  

 

Following turmeric administration, there was a notable reversal of impaired hippocampal neurogenesis, followed by increases in serotonin receptors and BDNF. The results of the research study ultimately suggest that turmeric, or curcumin, may overcome stress-induced abnormalities in the brain that can inhibit cognitive function, among other brain functions.  

 

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Turmeric, or curcumin, is a powerful, natural remedy which has been demonstrated to have many health benefits, especially for brain health. Regarded as an antioxidant with anti-cancer, antidepressant, and anti-aging properties, turmeric can do much more than improve memory and brain fog. According to many research studies, turmeric or curcumin can help reduce brain inflammation or neuroinflammation by blocking the production of proinflammatory cytokines. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 


 

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How often do you get fatigued after meals? How often do you have difficulty falling into deep, restful sleep? How often do you feel more susceptible to pain? Chronic brain inflammation can cause numerous symptoms which are commonly associated with a wide variety of neurological diseases. Fortunately, researchers and healthcare professionals have found a natural remedy that can help improve chronic brain inflammation and it can provide many more health benefits: turmeric.  

 

For centuries, researchers and healthcare professionals alike have been studying the many health benefits of turmeric. In recent decades, however, research studies are attempting to verify the claims of our ancestors by testing turmeric in numerous clinical trials. Curcumin has been shown to have a wide variety of healing properties and practical uses. However, can turmeric improve chronic brain inflammation? In this article, we will discuss the benefits of turmeric for brain health.  

 

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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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Functional Neurology: Curcumin for Brain Inflammation

Functional Neurology: Curcumin for Brain Inflammation

How often do you feel agitated, easily upset, and nervous between meals? How often do you depend on coffee to keep yourself going? How often do you have difficulty concentrating before eating? Inflammation is an essential reaction of the human body. It’s triggered by the immune system to protect us from injury, infection, and/or illness. However, what happens if there is too much inflammation in the human body? And, what happens if there is too much inflammation in the brain?   Neuroinflammation can cause a variety of health issues, such as anxiety, stress, depression, brain fog, fatigue, and even lethargy, among other well-known symptoms. Fortunately, there is one natural remedy that can help tremendously reduce inflammation and improve brain function. According to research studies, curcumin can help combat neuroinflammation. The purpose of the article below is to discuss the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin in microglia, brain health, and wellness.  

Anti-inflammatory Effects of Curcumin in Microglial Cells

 

Abstract

Lipoteichoic acid (LTA) induces neuroinflammatory molecules, contributing to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, suppression of neuroinflammatory molecules could be developed as a therapeutic method. Although previous data supports an immune-modulating effect of curcumin, the underlying signaling pathways are largely unidentified. Here, we investigated curcumin’s anti-neuroinflammatory properties in LTA-stimulated BV-2 microglial cells. Inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor-α [TNF-α, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), and Nitric Oxide (NO] secretion in LTA-induced microglial cells were inhibited by curcumin. Curcumin also inhibited LTA-induced inducible NO synthases (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression. Subsequently, our mechanistic studies revealed that curcumin inhibited LTA-induced phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) including ERK, p38, Akt, and translocation of NF-κB. Furthermore, curcumin induced hemeoxygenase (HO)-1HO-1 and nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf-2) expression in microglial cells. Inhibition of HO-1 reversed the inhibition effect of HO-1 on inflammatory mediators released in LTA-stimulated microglial cells. Taken together, our results suggest that curcumin could be a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders via suppressing neuroinflammatory responses.   Keywords: curcumin, neuroinflammation, TLR2, HO-1, microglial cells  

Introduction

Chronic neuroinflammation plays an important role in various neurodegenerative diseases, including AD, Parkinson’s disease (PD), Huntington’s disease (HD), stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and multiple sclerosis (MS) (Spangenberg and Green, 2017). Neuroinflammation is interceded by the activation of microglia, the prime effector cells and resident immune cells of the CNS (Nakagawa and Chiba, 2015). Microglial cells can be activated in response to neuronal death or neuronal damage induced by neuroinflammatory responses or by extracellular toxins, such as bacteria and pathogens (Larochelle et al., 2015). In neuroinflammation, activated microglia releases various kinds of cytokines, chemokines, reactive oxygen species, and reactive nitrogen species for the development and maintenance of inflammatory responses (Moss and Bates, 2001). Excessive production of these inflammatory mediators could cause neuronal damage and death. Accumulated evidence suggests that control of microglial activation could attenuate the severity of neurodegenerative disease (Perry et al., 2010). Therefore, the development of anti-neuro-inflammatory agents for the inhibition of microglial activation could be beneficial for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.   Microglia express pattern recognition receptors (PRR) that can bind to pattern-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) and damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and lipoteichoic acid (LTA), respectively (Jack et al., 2005). TLRs, a major class of PRRs, play a crucial role in host defense by inducing innate immune responses. Increasingly, studies have indicated that TLR2 agonist LTA is involved in the pathogenesis of CNS infectious diseases and can induce neuronal damage (Neher et al., 2011). Inhibition of TLR2 activation attenuates microglial cell activation and amyloid β accumulation in the brain (McDonald et al., 2016; Hossain et al., 2017). Signal transduction via TLR2 is mediated by different adaptor proteins, including MyD88, which promotes downstream signaling via MAPK and NF-κB activation leading to the expression of inflammatory mediators (Larochelle et al., 2015).   Inflammatory and oxidative molecules are very potent activators of Keap-Nrf2 (NF-E2-related factor 2), which induces the expression of Phase II detoxification enzymes to adapt to the oxidative stress condition (Rojo et al., 2010). Usually, Nrf2 acts in an inactive form. Upon stimulation, Nrf2 separates from Keap1 and translocates into the nucleus, where it binds to the antioxidant response element (ARE) to activate the transcription of antioxidant genes for cytoprotection (Ma, 2013; Cho et al., 2015). One of the Nrf2-regulated genes is heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), which has an ARE sequence in its promoter region. Recently, HO-1 has been reported to be a predominant factor in controlling oxidative stress and inflammatory responses in neurodegenerative diseases (Schipper et al., 2009). HO-1 is the first inducible rate-limiting enzyme in the degradation of heme into by-products. HO-1 may provide neuroprotection or neurotoxic effect because of the balance between the beneficial and toxic effects of heme and heme products (Mancuso et al., 2010). One by-product of HO-1, Bilirubin, has been demonstrated to protect neurons from oxidative stress in vivo and in vitro. Bilirubin can be oxidized to biliverdin by scavenging peroxyl radicals (Chen, 2014). It has been suggested that HO-1, biliverdin, and CO have anti-inflammatory properties (Jazwa and Cuadrado, 2010). Another study has suggested that mice lacking HO-1 were vulnerable to pro-inflammatory stimuli and developed chronic inflammation due to reduced iron levels (Chora et al., 2007). Furthermore, a recent study suggested that the up-regulation of the Nrf2 and HO-1 pathways significantly inhibited the inflammatory reaction in activated microglia (Kim et al., 2016). Nrf2 inhibited microglial hyperactivation by suppressing p38 MAPK and the NF-κB signaling pathway (Kim B.W. et al., 2013). Knockdown of Nrf2 in mice was shown to be hypersensitive to neuroinflammation, as indicated by an increase in the inflammatory markers iNOS, IL-6, and TNF-α (Rojo et al., 2010). Consequently, Nrf2 and HO-1 have been considered as important therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative diseases (Koh et al., 2011; Zhang et al., 2014).   Curcumin, the main curcuminoid isolated from Curcuma longa L. (turmeric) has been used for centuries in Southeast Asia both as a medicinal remedy and as food (Kunnumakkara et al., 2017). Curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin, ar-turmerone, α-turmerone, and β-turmerone are the major bioactive compounds found in C. longa. In modern pharmacological studies, C. longa constituents, particularly curcumin, have shown promising pharmacological activities due to its anti-neuroinflammatory, neuroprotective, chemopreventive, immunomodulatory, and potentially chemotherapeutic effects (Garcia-Alloza et al., 2007; Zhou et al., 2017). A previous study showed that curcumin inhibited LPS-induced inflammatory responses in RAW264.7 macrophages, suggesting a potential role of curcumin in anti-Gram-negative bacterial infection (Zhou et al., 2017) and both in vivo and in vitro research have shown that curcumin exhibits anti-inflammatory effects (Garcia-Alloza et al., 2007; Prakobwong et al., 2011; Parada et al., 2015; Li et al., 2016). Furthermore, curcumin has also been reported to promote the development of the M2 microglial phenotype in an HO-1-dependent manner and reduce iNOS induction, protecting microglial cells against oxidative stress (Parada et al., 2015). In the present study, we investigated whether curcumin could affect LTA-induced microglial activation. The TLR2 ligand LTA is a major constituent of the cell wall of Gram-positive bacteria. We show that curcumin exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in LTA-stimulated BV2 microglia through activation of HO-1/Nrf2/ARE cytoprotective mechanisms.  

Materials and Methods

Materials

Curcumin and other reagents were purchased from Sigma (C7727, >80%, St. Louis, MO, United States). Protoporphyrin IX (SnPP) and antibodies directed against HO-1 (sc-390991) – Nrf2 (sc-722), TATA-binding protein (TBP; sc-74595), α-tubulin (sc-134237), and β-actin (sc-130065) – were purchased from Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc., (Dallas, TX, United States). Antibodies directed against iNOS (13120) – phosphorylated (p)-MAPK (9910s), MAPK (9926), protein kinase B (Akt; 4685), p-Akt (13038), and an NF-κB pathway kit (9936) – were purchased from Cell Signaling Technology, Inc., (Danvers, MA, United States). LTA was obtained from InvivoGen (tlrl-pslta,Toulouse, France). Additionally, JNK inhibitor (JNK inhibitor II; 420119), Akt inhibitor (wortmannin; 12-338), ERK inhibitor (PD98059, 513000), and p38 inhibitor (SB230580, 559395) were purchased from EMD Millipore (Billerica, MA, United States). The cell culture medium, DMEM, and fetal bovine serum (FBS) were purchased from Gibco BRL (now Invitrogen Corporation, Carlsbad, CA, United States).  

Cell Culture

Mouse BV-2 microglial cells were purchased from ATCC. Cells were cultured in DMEM supplemented with 10% heat-inactivated FBS and 0.1% penicillin-streptomycin (BioSource International, Camarillo, CA, United States) at 37°C in a humidified atmosphere of 5% CO2 and 95% air.  

Cell Viability Assay

The cytotoxicity of curcumin was assessed using a microculture [3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide] (MTT)-based colorimetric assay. Cells were incubated in 24-well plates at a density of 5 × 105 cells per well. The MTT solution (5 ml of 5 mg/ml) was added to each well (final concentration 62.5 mg/ml). After incubation for 3 h at 37°C in 5% CO2, the supernatant was removed and the formazan crystals produced in viable cells were solubilized with 150 ml of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). The absorbance of each well was then read at 570 nm using a microplate reader (Wallac 1420; PerkinElmer, Inc., Boston, MA, United States).  

Measurement of Nitrite Concentration

NO synthesis in cell cultures was measured by the Griess method with microplate. To measure nitrite, 100-μl aliquots were removed from the conditioned medium and incubated with an equal volume of the Griess reagent [1% sulfanilamide/0.1%N-(1-naphthyl)-ethylenediaminedihydrochloride/2.5% H3PO4] at room temperature for 10 min. The nitrite concentration was determined by measuring the absorbance at 540 nm with a Vmax 96-well microplate spectrophotometer (Molecular Devices, Menlo Park, CA, United States). Sodium nitrite was used as a standard.  

Measurement of TNF-α and PGE2 Concentration

The cells were incubated first with various concentrations of curcumin for 1 h and then with LTA for 16 h. Following 24 h incubation, TNF-α and PGE2 levels were quantified in the culture media using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit (R&D Systems, Minneapolis, MN, United States) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  

Preparation of Nuclear Extract

BV-2 microglial cells were washed three times with cold PBS and collected in 3000 μl PBS using centrifugation at 800 ×g for 5 min (4°C). The cell pellets were suspended in buffer A [10 mM HEPES-KOH (pH 7.9); 1.5 mM MgCl2; 10 mM KCl; 0.5 mM dithiothreitol (DTT); 0.2 mM protease inhibitor (PI)] and incubated for 5 min on ice. Buffer B [10 mM HEPES-KOH (pH 7.9); 1.5 mM MgCl2; 420 mM NaCl; 0.2 mM EDTA; glycerol 25% v/v; 0.1 mM DTT; 0.2 mM PI] was added to the cell extract and was incubated on ice for 5 min prior to centrifugation at 11,000 ×g for 1 min at 4°C. Nuclear proteins were extracted with the addition of complete lysis buffer B [10 mM HEPES-KOH (pH 7.9); 1.5 mM MgCl2; 10 mM KCl; 0.5 mM DTT; 0.2 mM PI; 25% (w/v) glycerin; 420 mM NaCl; 0.2 mM EDTA] for 30 min at 4°C with occasional vortexing. Following centrifugation at 11,000 ×g for 5 min at 4°C, the supernatants were collected and stored at -70°C.  

Western Blot Analysis

BV-2 cells were harvested in an ice-cold lysis buffer (1% Triton X-100; 1% deoxycholate; 0.1% sodium dodecyl sulfate). The protein content of the cell lysates was subsequently determined using Bradford reagent (Bio-Rad Protein Assay Kit I5000001; Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., Hercules, CA, United States). Total proteins in each sample (50 μg) were separated by 7.5% SDS-PAGE and transferred to polyvinylidene difluoride membranes. Following blocking of the non-specific binding sites with 5% non-fat milk at room temperature for 30 min, the membranes were incubated with primary antibodies directed against iNOS (1:500), p-Akt (1:1,000), p-MAPK (1:1,000), MAPK (1:1,000), p-p65, p65 (1:500), p-IκBα, IκBα (1:1,000), HO-1 (1:1,000), Nrf2 (1:1,000), TBP (1:3,000), α (1:1,000), HO-1 (1:1.0), and actin (1:3,000) for 16 h at 4°C. This was followed by incubation with horseradish peroxidase-conjugated anti-rabbit (sc-2768; 1:5,000) or anti-mouse (sc-2371; 1:5,000) secondary antibodies (Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc.) at room temperature for 1 h. Tubulin was used as the loading control for each lane. The proteins were visualized using an enhanced chemiluminescence detection kit (GE Healthcare, Chicago, IL, United States). Following washing with PBS with Tween-20, the protein bands were visualized using the Gel Docsed as the loading control for each lane. The proteins were visualized using a Quant 350 analyzer (GE Healthcare).  

Real-Time RT-PCR

Total RNA was isolated from cells using an RNA spin miniRNA isolation kit (GE Healthcare, Uppsala, Sweden) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. cDNA was synthesized from 1 μg of total RNA using Maxime RT PreMix (Takara, Gyeonggi-do, Japan) and anchored oligo-dT15-primers. Real-time PCR was performed using a Chromo4TM instrument (Bio-Rad) and SYBR Green Master Mix (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, United States). Relative amounts of target mRNA were determined using the comparative threshold (Ct) method by normalizing target mRNA Ct values to those for β-actin (Ct). Prime sequences used in the study were shown in Table ​1.   Table 1 Name and Sequence of Primers | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

Statistical Analysis

Data are expressed as the mean (standard deviation, SD). Each experiment was repeated at least three times. Statistical analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for GraphPad Prism software (version 16.0) to determine significant differences. We used either Student’s t-test or one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by Dunn’s post hoc tests for analyses. P-values < 0.05 were considered statistically significant.  

Results

Curcumin Did Not Affect Cell Viability

Cell viability experiments were carried out to determine whether concentrations of curcumin used in this study affected the viability of BV2 microglia. Figure ​1 shows that curcumin at the concentration range of 5–20 μM, together with or without 5 μg/ml LTA, did not produce cytotoxicity in BV2 microglia. Therefore, we used these concentrations of curcumin for further study.   Figure 1 Effect of Curcumin on Microglial Cell Viability | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

Curcumin Prevented the Production of Neuroinflammatory Molecules in LTA-Activated BV2 Microglia

To investigate the effects of curcumin on the secretion of inflammatory cytokines, BV2 cells were treated with LTA in the presence and absence of curcumin for 24 h. Curcumin was not removed before LTA addition. Release of NO, PGE2, and TNF-α were significantly and dose-dependently reduced by curcumin (Figures 2A–C). Furthermore, LTA increased the mRNA expression of iNOS and COX-2. Incubation with curcumin suppressed the mRNA expression of COX-2 and iNOS in BV2 microglial cells stimulated by LTA in a concentration-dependent manner (Figures 2D, E).   Figure 2 Curcumin Inhibited Neuroinflammatory Mediators | El Paso, TX Chiropractors

Curcumin Suppressed LTA-Induced Activation of NF-κB in BV-2 Microglial Cells

The genes encoding inflammatory protein expression in response to microglial activation were under the transcription control of NF-κB. Therefore, we examined the effect of curcumin on the activation of NF-κB in LTA-stimulated microglial cells. The results showed that LTA induced a characteristic increase in the phosphorylation of IκBα. Following pre-treatment with curcumin, levels of p-IκBα were significantly reduced in a concentration-dependent manner (Figure ​3 and Supplementary Figure S1). Consistently, the nuclear translocation of the NF-κB p65 subunit induced by LTA was also attenuated by pre-treatment with curcumin. Taken together, curcumin likely attenuates the expression of neuroinflammatory molecules by suppressing the nuclear translocation and activation of NF-κB. Quantification with statistical analysis was provided as supporting data.   Figure 3 Inhibitory Effects of Curcumin | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

Curcumin Inhibited LTA-Induced Activation of p38, and ERK MAPK in BV-2 Microglial Cells

Apart from NF-κB, MAPKs are also upstream modulators of neuroinflammatory molecules in microglial cells. Previous studies showed that curcumin antagonized LPS-induced MAPKs phosphorylation in microphage (Yang et al., 2008; Kunnumakkara et al., 2017). To investigate whether curcumin inhibits neuroinflammation through regulating MAPKs, we examined its effects on LTA-induced MAPK phosphorylation. BV-2 microglial cells were pre-treated with different concentrations of curcumin for 3 h and were then stimulated with LTA for 1 h. As shown in Figure ​4A and Supplementary Figure S2, curcumin inhibited LTA-induced ERK, p38, and Akt phosphorylation. However, up to 20 μM curcumin did not affect LTA-induced JNK phosphorylation. MAPKs pathway has been reported to mediate the production of cytokines, chemokine, and other neuroinflammatory molecules. Therefore, we next investigated the role of ERK, p38, JNK, and Akt in BV2 cells’ neuroinflammatory molecule production using the ERK, p38, JNK, and Akt inhibitors. However, only the p38 inhibitor SB203580 significantly decreased LTA-induced release of NO and mRNA expression levels of iNOS (Figures 4B, C). Although phosphorylation of JNK was not inhibited by curcumin, the JNK inhibitor II significantly inhibited LTA-induced NO release (Figure ​4B). The results suggest that MAPKs’ signaling pathways are involved in curcumin’s anti-neuroinflammatory effects in LTA-stimulated microglial. Quantification with statistical analysis is provided as supporting data.   Figure 4 Curcumin Inhibited LTA-Induced Phosphorylation | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

Inhibition of HO-1 Signaling Abolished Curcumin’s Inhibitory Effect on Neuroinflammatory Responses

HO-1 acts as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant modulator in microglia (Schipper et al., 2009). Western blot and RT-PCR analyses showed that curcumin upregulated HO-1 expression at the protein and mRNA levels, as shown in Figures 5A–D and Supplementary Figure S3. The expression of HO-1 mRNA and protein was maximally increased in BV-2 microglial cells treated with 20μM curcumin for 4 h and 8 h respectively. Furthermore, curcumin increased Nrf2 nuclear translocation within 1 h and prolonged its nuclear translocation state to 2 h (Figures 5E, F and Supplementary Figure S3). Next, we investigated whether curcumin-induced HO-1 mediated an anti-neuroinflammatory response in LTA-stimulated BV-2 microglial cells. We treated cells with the HO-1 inhibitor SnPP. We then evaluated curcumin’s effect on LTA-induced NO and TNF-α release. Treatment with SnPP significantly suppressed curcumin-mediated inhibition of NO and TNF-a release (Figures 5G, H). Taken together, these results reveal that curcumin-dependent HO-1 and Nrf-2 signal activation plays a crucial role in downregulating neuroinflammatory responses. Quantification with statistical analysis is provided as supporting data.   Figure 5 Effects of HO-1 | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

Discussion

Microglia, the major resident macrophages of the CNS, has been reported to be the main effector cells in mediating neuroinflammation and selective neuronal death (Perry et al., 2010). Microglial cells increase the production of neuroinflammatory molecules after exposure to activators such as LPS and LTA via their surface receptors, TLR4 and TLR2, respectively (Perry and Holmes, 2014; Hossain et al., 2017). Increased expression and activation of TLR2 is associated with the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, such as PD and dementia (Dzamko et al., 2017). For example, activation of TLR2 could upregulate α-synuclein in PD brains and play important roles in the pathogenesis of PD brains (Roodveldt et al., 2013). In addition, Kim C. et al. (2013) also showed that neurodegeneration was attenuated by either knockout or knockdown of TLR2 in rodent PD models. Thus, controlling TLR2-mediated microglia activation and neurotoxicity has been suggested as an important therapeutic approach to treating neurodegenerative diseases. A potential agent in this process could be curcumin, which has been shown to exert neuro-protective and anti-inflammatory effects in various experiment models (Parada et al., 2015; Li et al., 2016). Curcumin is a highly lipophilic natural compound. A previous study has well demonstrated that curcumin is able to cross the blood–brain barrier and that it is mainly concentrated in the hippocampus in the brain (Tsai et al., 2011). Some studies reported that curcumin inhibited HIV-1 gp120-induced neuronal damage and provided anti-neuroinflammatory effects in LPS-induced microglia (Gong et al., 2012). This protective effect of curcumin seems to be dependent on its anti-inflammatory actions. Curcumin could protect neurons against microglia-mediated neurotoxicity while becoming inefficient under microglia-depleted conditions (Park et al., 2001; Yang et al., 2008; Parada et al., 2015). Similar studies in peripheral cells also showed the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin. Using RAW 264.7 murine macrophages, studies have shown that curcumin inhibited PGE2, NO, and TNF-α release following LPS stimulation (Pae et al., 2008). However, the effects of curcumin on TLR2-induced neuroinflammation in microglial cells are not fully understood.   Regulation of the signaling pathways in activated microglia is important in maintaining CNS homeostasis because deregulated neuroinflammatory responses can result in the death of adjacent neurons through the release of inflammatory molecules, such as cytokines, chemokines, NO, and ROS (Perry and Holmes, 2014; Spangenberg and Green, 2017). For example, excessive NO synthesis under endotoxins results in the formation of reactive nitrogen species and neuronal cell death (Perry et al., 2010). PGE2 has also been shown to contribute to neuronal death through activation of the MAPK/ERK pathway in microglia (Xia et al., 2015). In this present study, we showed that curcumin inhibited the secretion of inflammatory mediators TNF-α, NO, and PGE2, and expression of iNOS and COX-2 in BV2 microglia stimulated with LTA. We further showed that curcumin attenuated these effects of LTA without altering cell survival, suggesting that curcumin is safe and could be considered as a potential therapeutic agent in neuroinflammation.   NF-κB is the main transcription factor which plays critical roles in regulating redox homeostasis. NF-κB is considered the master regulator of microglial inflammatory responses to neuronal injury (Acharyya et al., 2007). Recent studies showed that NF-κB activation controlled the expression of inflammatory molecules, such as NO, PGE2, and TNF-α, and IL-1b production (Acharyya et al., 2007). Therefore, modulation of NF-κB activation is considered a critical way to control microglial activation. The activation of the NF-κB signaling pathway is mediated by the IκB protein. The phosphorylation of IκB results in NF-κB dissociation, which leads to the induction of inflammatory mediators. In this study, it was shown that curcumin produced dual inhibition of phosphorylation and degradation of IκBα, as well as nuclear translocation of p65, suggesting that this agent could stabilize NF-κB in the microglial cytoplasm following stimulation with LTA in BV-2 microglial cells.   In mammalian cells, MAPKs signaling pathways, including ERK, JNK, and p38, contribute to the production of a wide variety of neuroinflammatory mediators (Chantong et al., 2014). In this present study, pre-treatment with curcumin decreased the phosphorylation of p38 and ERK. Furthermore, the p38 inhibitor SB203580 significantly reduced the secretion of NO and the mRNA expression of the key pro-inflammatory gene, iNOS. These results suggested that curcumin initiated the anti-neuroinflammatory effects in LTA-stimulated BV-2 microglial cells, partially through inhibition of p38 MAPK activation. The PI3K/Akt-dependent signaling pathway promotes inflammatory responses in microglia. The involvement of the Akt pathway has been shown in the expression of inflammatory mediators in microglia through the activation of NF-κB in microglia (Lo et al., 2015). Curcumin suppressed the phosphorylated Akt, the downstream target of PI3K. However, the PI3K inhibitor wortmannin did not show any inhibitory effect on the secretion of NO or the mRNA expression of iNOS. Taken together, these data suggest that the anti-neuroinflammatory effect of curcumin occurs mainly through inhibiting the NF-κB and MAPKs signaling.   We also identified the intracellular pathway that negatively regulates the inflammatory-molecule expression in microglial cells. Nrf2 is a redox-sensitive transcription factor that regulates microglial inflammatory responses to brain infections. The effect of Nrf2 has been described in different in vivo models where knockdown of Nrf2 in mice enhanced vulnerability to asthma or emphysema (Ma, 2013). Moreover, the TLR2/TLR4 agonist promoted inflammatory responses in Nrf2 KO mice compared to WT mice (Kong et al., 2011). In the current study, we showed that curcumin increased the expression of Nrf2 and its downstream protein HO-1. HO-1 is a key signaling molecule implicated in the regulation of inflammatory and oxidative responses. The HO-1 gene has an ARE sequence in its promoter region, which is a binding site for the transcription factor Nrf2. Several studies have proposed that NF-κB interrupts the Nrf-2-ARE signaling pathway because many compounds that induced HO-1 and Nrf2 signaling incidentally repressed NF-κB activation (Li et al., 2016). HO-1 expression was essential for the microglial specific cytoprotective effect (Parada et al., 2015). Several studies have also shown an inverse correlation between HO-1 and inflammatory mediator secretion (Chora et al., 2007; Parada et al., 2015). In agreement, we observed that curcumin alone induced the expression of HO-1 in microglial cells. Furthermore, the HO-1 inhibitor abrogated curcumin anti-inflammatory effect in BV-2 microglial cells.  

Conclusion

This study demonstrated that curcumin had anti-inflammatory activity in LTA-stimulated microglial cells that may through inhibiting NF-κB and p38 MAPK activation, and may induce the expression of Nrf2 and HO-1 (Figure ​6). Furthermore, curcumin does not have cytotoxic effects in BV-2 microglial cells at its anti-inflammatory dose. Curcumin may have therapeutic potential for some neuroinflammation-associated disorders caused by Gram-positive bacteria.   Figure 6 Anti-inflammatory Mechanism of Curcumin | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   El Paso Chiropractor Staff and Doctor
Curcumin, or turmeric, is a powerful anti-inflammatory which has been demonstrated to have many health benefits. Regarded as an antioxidant with anti-cancer, antidepressant, and anti-aging properties, curcumin can do much more than heal wounds and enhance memory. According to research studies, curcumin or turmeric can help reduce neuroinflammation or brain inflammation. This powerful anti-inflammatory can block the production of proinflammatory cytokines and promote overall well-being. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight
 
 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

[wp-embedder-pack width=”100%” height=”1050px” download=”all” download-text=”” attachment_id=”72741″ /]   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.  
  In honor of Governor Abbott’s proclamation, October is Chiropractic Health Month. Learn more about the proposal.   How often do you feel agitated, easily upset, and nervous between meals? How often do you depend on coffee to keep yourself going? How often do you have difficulty concentrating before eating? Inflammation is an important response of the human body. It’s activated by the immune system to guard us against injury, infection, and/or illness. However, what happens if there is too much inflammation in the human body? And, what happens if there is too much inflammation in the brain?   Brain inflammation can cause a variety of health issues, such as anxiety, stress, depression, brain fog, fatigue, and even lethargy, among other common symptoms. Fortunately, there is one natural remedy that can help greatly reduce neuroinflammation and improve brain function. According to research studies, curcumin can combat brain inflammation. The purpose of the article above was to discuss the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin in microglia and brain well-being   The following article has been referenced from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). 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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .   Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez  
 

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.  

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX  

XYMOGEN’s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900. xymogen el paso, tx   For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download   * All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.  
 
Functional Neurology: Brain Fog and Anxiety

Functional Neurology: Brain Fog and Anxiety

How high is your stress level? How often do you feel overwhelmed? Anxiety is a well-known health issue that is, unfortunately, often misunderstood, especially when it manifests other misunderstood symptoms like brain fog.   Brain fog is commonly associated with reduced thinking and processing while anxiety is frequently associated with racing thoughts that can make people overly cautious as well as worries that can keep people awake, wired, and restless. How does anxiety cause brain fog? The purpose of the following article is to understand brain fog associated with anxiety.  

 

How Does Brain Fog with Anxiety Happen?

Brain fog is a symptom rather than a single health issue. It’s described as the sensation that your brain isn’t functioning properly. Anxiety involves symptoms of overthinking, excessive worrying, imagining negative outcomes, and fear.   Brain fog and anxiety happens because the symptoms of one health issue can ultimately cause the symptoms of the other health issue and vice versa. This can also worsen both conditions. Brain fog and anxiety can cause an infinite loop.  

 

  1. Anxiety involves “what-ifs,” ruminations, and negative thinking
  2. This can then lead to mental exhaustion or fatigue
  3. Fatigue can also develop brain fog
  4. Brain fog can in turn increase anxiety because it feels frightening, worrisome
  5. Increased anxiety causes this cycle to repeat, seemingly endlessly

 

Brain fog associated with anxiety may vary from person to person. Several people will experience it often while others will experience it less frequently. It can also come and go quickly, or it can ultimately last for days, weeks, and even months.   Evaluating the symptoms and the causes of brain fog and anxiety will provide insights that can be used for treatment.  

 

Symptoms of Brain Fog with Anxiety

Brain fog and anxiety share a common symptom, frequently referred to as fatigue or tiredness. Brain fog, anxiety, and fatigue are well-known symptoms that are often connected. However, fatigue is believed to be at the heart of brain fog and anxiety.   Anxiety appears to take control of our entire brain and aggravates thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Living in a state of constant anxiety is exhausting. Moreover, anxiety can cause sleeping problems. Fatigue can lead directly to brain fog.   Common symptoms of brain fog, anxiety, and fatigue can ultimately include:  

 

  • Difficulty concentrating and focusing
  • Muddled, unclear thoughts
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Difficulty reasoning logically
  • Trouble processing, storing, and retrieving information
  • Living in a fog that makes grasping comments, instructions, and conversations challenging
  • The vague sense that you just feel “off” but can’t do anything about it

 

Causes of Brain Fog with Anxiety

The brain fog that occurs with anxiety can have several causes, including:  

 

  • The symptoms of anxiety, as previously discussed above
  • The brain’s mental, physical, and emotional response to anxiety
  • Stress as well as stress hormones and other substances or chemicals.

 

Understanding the cause of brain fog with anxiety can increase awareness of why these health issues can develop.   The brain’s own reaction to anxiety can also make it feel tired and foggy. The fight-or-flight response is an automatic fear response. The brain reacts in response to an extreme stressor to prepare to either stay and fight or run away to safety.  

 

  • Activity in the cortex, the area of rational thinking, decreases, which leads to the inability to think properly
  • Activity in the hippocampus, the area responsible for learning and memory, is suppressed, causing confusion
  • Activity in the amygdala accelerates to keep you hypervigilant and ready to leap before you look

 

The brain also controls the production of hormones in reaction to stress and anxiety. Cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine travel through the brain and the body to keep you alert and ready for action but when these hormones are triggered for too long or in quantities that are too high, they overwhelm and exhaust the brain, causing brain fog.  

 

Treatment for Brain Fog and Anxiety

The best treatment for brain fog associated with anxiety is to treat it at its source. It’s essential to understand the symptoms of both brain fog and anxiety as well as take steps to reduce other symptoms like fatigue. Furthermore, know what is causing your symptoms so you can ultimately make positive changes to reduce them or even eliminate them, including:  

 

  • Develop stress management strategies
  • Take measures to increase the amount and quality of sleep
  • Address your anxiety, either with a therapist or other qualified healthcare professional
  • Listen to your body and brain; participate and engage in exercise, yoga, mindfulness, and meditation

 

  Brain fog and anxiety can be difficult. But by actively working on them, you can reduce both and promote overall well-being.  

 

El Paso Chiropractor Staff and Doctor

Anxiety can commonly cause a variety of symptoms, including brain fog. Although it may seem like brain fog and anxiety are two separate as well as different health issues, they are frequently connected. Both anxiety and brain fog can cause concentration, focus, and memory problems, and stress is considered to be one of the most well-known causes of brain fog associated with anxiety. Treatment for anxiety and brain fog often involves treating the underlying source of the health issues. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 


 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form AE260 (1)

 

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.  

 


 

In honor of Governor Abbott’s proclamation, October is Chiropractic Health Month. Learn more about the proposal.  

 

How high is your stress level? How often do you feel overwhelmed? Anxiety is a well-known health issue that is, unfortunately, often misunderstood, especially when it manifests other misunderstood symptoms like brain fog.   Brain fog is commonly associated with reduced thinking and processing while anxiety is frequently associated with racing thoughts that can make people overly cautious as well as worries that can keep people awake, wired, and restless. How does anxiety cause brain fog? The purpose of the following article is to understand brain fog associated with anxiety.  

 

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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .  

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez  

 


 

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.  

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

XYMOGEN’s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

 

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download  

 

* All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

 

Functional Neurology: Understanding Brain Fog and Head Pain

Functional Neurology: Understanding Brain Fog and Head Pain

How often do you feel you have something that must be done? How often do you have difficulty concentrating before eating? Do you suffer from headaches and/or migraines? Head pain is commonly characterized by a variety of symptoms, including pain and discomfort, photophobia or light sensitivity, dizziness, lethargy, and mood changes. However, one of the most common symptoms of head pain is brain fog, which also causes its own variety of symptoms. In the following article, we will discuss brain fog associated with head pain and pressure as well as the common cause of brain fog and headache/migraine.  
 
 
Many patients will commonly visit healthcare professionals reporting mild or moderate head pain and pressure as well as a variety of other symptoms, such as brain fog, fatigue, and even vision problems, among others.  The patients frequently experience a “constant cloud” over their brain and they generally never have a clear head or mental clarity. Many patients will commonly report numerous other symptoms, including poor short-term memory, detachment from reality, sharp pain and discomfort in the head, and ringing in the ears. Many others report anxiety, caused or worsened by the symptoms.  
 
 

Brain Fog and Head Pain

The first approach towards characterizing brain fog associated with head pain is to make sure it’s not caused by a secondary headache or a headache with an identifiable cause. Several types of head pain are more severe than others, such as giant cell arteritis or inflammation of the arteries that run along the temples, raised blood pressure or hypertension, brain hemorrhage, brain infections like encephalitis, increased pressure in the fluid of the brain or raised intracranial pressure, and brain tumors. Less severe types of head pain include carbon monoxide poisoning, taking too many painkillers or medication-overuse headache, disorders of the joints of the jaw or temporomandibular joint disorders, dental problems, and sinus infections or sinusitis. Below, we will discuss several of the most common causes of brain fog associated with head pain.

 

Causes of Brain Fog and Head Pain

Researchers and healthcare professionals have offered their own hypotheses for why brain fog occurs with head pain, based on their own knowledge and experiences. They believe that brain fog and head pain occur due to epilepsy, overactive parathyroid glands or hyperparathyroidism, overactive thyroid gland or thyrotoxicosis, and brain circulation problems. Researchers and healthcare professionals also suggest it could be due to a vitamin B12 deficiency. Fortunately, the utilization of CT and MRI brain scans, heart tracing, EEG and blood tests, can be utilized to rule out many of these health issues.

 

Moreover, several health issues require specific tests and evaluations. These include tests for lupus or an inflammatory disorder, magnesium deficiency, zinc deficiency, Lyme disease or an infection resulting from a tick bite, and postural tachycardia syndrome or an increase in heart rate on standing. Many researchers and healthcare professionals also recommend a detailed examination and investigation of a misalignment or subluxation of the neck or cervical spine.  

 

If all these tests and evaluations return as normal, then the next approach towards characterizing brain fog associated with head pain is to make sure it’s not caused by a primary headache or a headache without an underlying secondary cause. Primary headaches are diagnosed in 9 out of 10 cases of head pain and pressure. The most common types of primary headaches include tension-type headache, migraine, and daily persistent headache. Diagnosis depends on the pattern of symptoms as well as examinations and investigations to rule out underlying causes. Although there are specific treatment options for several primary headaches like migraines, in many instances, treatment is frequently a matter of trial and error.  

 

Furthermore, despite the best efforts of researchers and healthcare professionals as well as comprehensive examinations and investigations, many people who suffer from brain fog associated with head pain and pressure are still left without any explanation for their symptoms. Researchers and healthcare professionals have a name even for this type of brain fog-related head pain known as medically unexplained symptoms or MUS. This ultimately means exactly what reads as: no one is denying that the person has the symptoms, but doctors have been unable to find a medical condition to explain them.  

 

Several people with MUS undoubtedly do have stress, anxiety, and even depression whether as a result of the symptoms or as a cause of the symptoms. Researchers and healthcare professionals recommend continuing to pursue psychological support if you have brain fog and head pain, as this may help to relieve a potential cause as well as helping to cope with the symptoms. Cognitive-behavioral therapy would be ideal for this purpose, as would mindful awareness, a technique that would arm people with a way of deflecting their mind away from their troubling symptoms, improving overall well-being.  

 

El Paso Chiropractor Staff and Doctor

Brain fog can make people feel as if they’re not able to focus or concentrate accordingly and it’s commonly accompanied by head pain, fatigue and even vision problems. While brain fog is a symptom rather than a single health issue, it can be a cause or be caused by other underlying health issues. Head pain and pressure can have a variety of symptoms on its own but head pain-related brain fog has a whole different variety of symptoms. Understanding brain fog associated with head pain and pressure as well as what you can do about the symptoms can help manage brain fog symptoms and promote overall brain health and wellness. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 


 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form AE260 (1)

 

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.  

 


 

In honor of Governor Abbott’s proclamation, October is Chiropractic Health Month. Learn more about the proposal.  

 

How often do you feel you have something that must be done? How often do you have difficulty concentrating before eating? Do you suffer from headaches and/or migraines? Head pain is commonly characterized by a variety of symptoms, including pain and discomfort, photophobia or light sensitivity, dizziness, lethargy, and mood changes. However, one of the most common symptoms of head pain is brain fog, which also causes its own variety of symptoms. In the following article, we will discuss brain fog associated with head pain and pressure as well as the common cause of brain fog and headache/migraine.  

 

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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .  

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez  

 


 

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.  

 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

XYMOGEN’s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

 

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download  

 

* All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

 

Functional Neurology: Migraine and Brain Fog

Functional Neurology: Migraine and Brain Fog

How often do you feel you have something that must be done? How often do you have difficulty concentrating before eating? Do you suffer from migraines and/or headaches? A migraine headache is commonly characterized by a variety of symptoms, including pain and discomfort, photophobia or light sensitivity, dizziness, lethargy, and mood changes. However, one of the most common symptoms of migraine headaches is brain fog, which also causes its own variety of symptoms. In the following article, we will discuss brain fog associated with migraines and offer several simple tips to help manage migraine brain fog.  

 

What is Migraine Brain Fog?

Several people experience migraine-associated brain fog before the severe headaches occur, although it most commonly occurs after the migraines have passed. As a matter of fact, a research study demonstrated that almost 70 percent of people with migraines experience brain fog, which can last from a few hours to several days or more. This percentage may be even higher as symptoms of confusion and difficulty focusing or concentrating are also frequently reported, all of which can suggest the presence of post-migraine brain fog. According to researchers, migraine brain fog can include symptoms such as:  

 

  • forgetfulness or short-term memory loss
  • loss of sense of direction
  • inability to complete everyday tasks and activities
  • a brain that feels as if it “doesn’t function properly”
  • feeling as though you’re having to think through a fog

 

Migraine headache brain fog can make it difficult to participate and engage in daily tasks and activities. Cooking, which requires focus and concentration as well as multiple steps, may feel nearly impossible to do with this health issue. People who suffer from migraines may also feel that driving is downright dangerous, especially if their brain fog is accompanied by a lack of sense of direction. To others, people experiencing migraine brain fog may ultimately appear to be half-asleep.  

 

What Does Brain Fog Really Feel Like?

Many people have experienced moments where they walk into a room only to find out that they can no longer remember why they even walked into the room. Migraine patients, however, experience these symptoms much more frequently and much more severely. They may often find themselves forgetting what they are doing or where they are going, they become easily distracted, or completely lose track of their purpose. Migraine patients have described migraine-associated brain fog as a feeling of disconnection, trouble making complete sentences or thoughts, or simply as a heaviness or numbing of the mind.   Several people have characterized it as “feeling dumb.” However, the simple fact is that even the most intelligent individual can feel as though their brain has been reduced to little more than mush with migraine brain fog. This can ultimately also cause feelings of guilt over the lack of productivity and it is often aggravated due to challenges accurately explaining the symptoms of the post-migraine brain fog. It is fundamental for both healthcare professionals and patients to be able to recognize that these symptoms are still associated with migraine headaches, even though the pain may have subsided.  

 

Tips for Managing Migraine Brain Fog

Following a migraine headache, it may be necessary to return to everyday tasks and activities, in spite of the brain fog, including going to school or back to work, taking care of one’s family. The tips below will help ease migraine brain fog.  

 

Write Things Down

Keep a planner, utilize a smartphone, or stick post-its in relevant areas so that you’ll be able to see them later. Lists to track tasks or activities will help give you the confidence you need to know that you are not missing any important to-do items.  

 

Be as Organized as Possible

When your environment is organized, it becomes easier for you to find the things that you are looking for to keep moving forward with regular tasks and activities. Several specific organization strategies can include the following, such as:  

 

  • Utilizing clearly labeled basket organizers on your desk
  • Utilizing a filing system that is easy for both you and others to understand
  • Writing checklists of what you need to accomplish, including grabbing your keys, phone, and wallet, if necessary
  • Placing medicines into boxes with times and dates so that you will know whether or not you have taken them

 

Ask for Help if Needed

This is one of the most vital parts of managing migraine brain fog. You can’t always do everything yourself. If you need help, don’t be afraid to seek help from a healthcare professional. Be honest about your needs to achieve migraine brain fog relief.  

 

El Paso Chiropractor Staff and Doctor

Brain fog can make people feel as if they’re not able to focus or concentrate accordingly and it’s commonly accompanied by fatigue and even migraine headaches. While brain fog is a symptoms rather than a single health issue, it can also have a variety of causes. Migraine headaches can have a variety of symptoms on their own but migraine-associated brain have has a whole different variety of symptoms. Understanding migraine brain fog and what you can do about the symptoms can help manage migraine brain fog symptoms and promote overall brain health and wellness. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 


 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form AE260 (1)

 

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.  

 


 

In honor of Governor Abbott’s proclamation, October is Chiropractic Health Month. Learn more about the proposal.  

 

How often do you feel you have something that must be done? How often do you have difficulty concentrating before eating? Do you suffer from migraines and/or headaches? A migraine headache is commonly characterized by a variety of symptoms, including pain and discomfort, photophobia or light sensitivity, dizziness, lethargy, and mood changes. However, one of the most common symptoms of migraine headaches is brain fog, which also causes its own variety of symptoms. In the article above, we discussed brain fog associated with migraines and offered several simple tips to help manage migraine brain fog.   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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .  

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez  

 


 

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.  

 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

XYMOGEN’s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

  For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download  

 

* All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

 

Health Coaching in El Paso: Part 1

Health Coaching in El Paso: Part 1

Let’s be honest, making a change to your lifestyle is hard. Whether that is due to lack of time, motivation, or not knowing where to begin, there is one thing that makes it easier: accountability. This is where health coaching comes into play. Going through the process with someone and having another individual to talk about it with,  makes the change seem more achievable. The bottom line is that people need support. When it comes to changing one’s lifestyle and adapting new healthy behaviors, individuals who have support are more successful.

 

What Is A Health Coach? 

 

A health coach can be defined by The Institute for Integrative Nutrition as, ” a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments.”

Health coaches are becoming more and more essential as modern medicine continues to improve. Now more than ever, the medical field is advancing at high rate speeds and practitioners do not always have the available time some patients need. Here is where health coaches come into play. Essentially, the position of a health coach was created to fill the void in many doctor offices.  Many doctors contribute but do not have the time or resources to help each patient build healthy habits on a day to day basis. However, health coaches are available to be a supportive mentor who help and guide patients in making healthy lifestyle changes.

 

 

 

What Does A Health Coach Do? 

Health coaches play a vital role in modern medicine. Health coaches can work in multiple settings including for a doctor, a spa, a gym, wellness centers, or even have their own private practice. Health coaches help individuals make lasting changes and keep patients on track to feel their best. In addition to this, health coaches motivate, push, encourage, and create plans with patients to optimize energy and decrease stress and fatigue.

Health coaches are not just for diet and exercise help, but for other aspects of life as well. Health coaches are able to help with stress, sleep, relationships, habits, and even one’s career.

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Health coaches work with individuals to go through the problem areas in their life and give them tools to improve their lifestyles. By working with a health coach, the individual begins to learn and create habits that will affect and improve their lives while also giving them the essential life skills they can use for a lifetime.  One of the main things that coaches do is aid patients in setting goals. For many, goals are set but are not attainable, healthy, nor realistic. Health coaches work to break down these goals with patients into smaller, more reachable goals. This helps patients push themselves and not get discouraged because they are hitting these smaller marks along the way.

Aside from setting goals, health coaches also prepare the patient for the emotional fallout that can occur. As mentioned earlier, lifestyle changes are not easy and do not occur overnight. This being said, it is normal to have negative emotions regarding the subject along the way. Health coaches are prepared for this and will help you to not only work through them but learn to adapt to these situations and how to overcome the barriers.

 

How Can You Benefit? 

 

In the United States, over half of the adult population is affected by at least one chronic disease, many having to do with joint inflammation (Pecoraro, 2019).  Integrative health coaching allows patients to visualize their goals and work with their health coach to properly identify their values and create action steps to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

People can utilize health coaches at any moment in time. However, many people choose to have a health coach help them after they receive a diagnosis or are overall unhappy in their health and lifestyle choices.

Health coaches are respectful of the personal knowledge one has of their own life and body. Thus, letting the patient have a say in their plan and protocol. This is beneficial because if a patient is included in the creation of their health plan, they are more likely to comply and make it attainable. Not only does this build trust in the professional relationship, but it allows a health coach to consider all areas in the patient’s life.

Individuals can benefit by learning to lessen health issues, problem solve, and gain a new perspective on their life.

A health coach can do a lot more than just aid in diet and exercise. As one can see, health coaches are helpful in many different aspects of one’s life. The qualifications for a health coach can vary. Personally, I have a bachelors degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Health Education from Grand Canyon University. In addition to this, I gained my Exercise Physiologist Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). With this background, I am knowledgeable in the pillars of health and how to successfully guide an individual. Almost every person can benefit from a health coach in at least one way. – Kenna Vaughn, Senior Health Coach

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

Functional Neurology: How to Naturally Improve Brain Fog

Do you have difficulty concentrating before eating a meal? Do you experience fatigue after meals? Do you feel as if you’re not getting enough rest or sleep? Do you have noticeable variations in mental speed? If so, you may have brain fog.  

 

What is Brain Fog?

 

Brain fog is a health issue that can occur due to a variety of factors. You may struggle to focus on everyday tasks, conversations, or even on the words you’re currently reading. You may also have difficulty making choices where minimal decisions can be overwhelming, you may need coffee to concentrate or snacks to stay awake and even alcohol at night to temporarily relieve the brain fog. In severe instances, you may also have headaches, vision problems, and nausea.  

 

What Causes Brain Fog?

 

Brain fog is a symptom rather than a single health issue. It can occur due to nutrient deficiency, bacterial overgrowth from consuming too much sugar, sleep disorder, depression, or even due to thyroid problems. Other common causes of brain fog can ultimately include eating too much and too often, lack of exercise or physical activity, not getting enough rest or sleep, chronic stress, and a poor diet. Below, we will discuss several of the most common causes of brain fog and brain health issues.  

 

Hormonal Changes

 

Hormonal changes, frequently caused when our body is producing too much or too little of a specific hormone, is a well-known cause of brain fog. Hormone imbalances due to thyroid health issues are associated with brain fog. This is especially true with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the thyroid as well as causes inflammation and affects the production of enough thyroid hormones. Low thyroid hormone production or hypothyroidism can cause decreased cognitive function and low blood sugar or glucose levels that can ultimately lead to brain fog.  

 

Lack of Rest or Sleep

 

Poor sleeping hygiene, such as an irregular sleep and wake time, getting less than seven to eight hours of sleep a night, or blue light exposure before bed, can interrupt our natural circadian rhythm or our internal body clock. This can cause brain fog in a variety of ways. In the instance of blue light exposure close to bedtime, the blue wavelengths can decrease the production of the hormone melatonin, which is essential for deep REM sleep. Both REM and non-REM sleep is necessary for optimal brain function. From 10 pm to 2 am, our body and brain detoxify the most, therefore, staying in an active state throughout this time period can ultimately interrupt our body and brain’s natural detoxification process, which can also cause brain fog.  

 

Nutritional Deficiencies and Food Sensitivities

 

Vitamin B12 contributes to the production of red blood cells as well as the maintenance of the central nervous system. A vitamin B12 deficiency can affect your energy levels and cause an overall feeling of fatigue. A vitamin D deficiency can also cause brain fog as decreased vitamin D levels are associated with impaired cognitive function. An unidentified food sensitivity can also contribute to brain fog. By way of instance, gluten sensitivities can ultimately lead to cognitive dysfunction through inflammatory pathways. Advanced blood work that analyzes nutrient levels, as well as an elimination diet or a food allergy/sensitivity test, can help determine if any of these could be contributing to your brain fog.  

 

How to Naturally Improve Brain Fog

 

Do Intermittent Fasting

 

Intermittent fasting can help improve brain fog. Not only can it help you lose weight, calorie restriction and going long periods of time between meals can also help promote brain health and reduce the risk of neurological diseases. Start by trying to extend the time between the last meal of the day and the first meal of the next day. Ideally, intermittent fasting requires you go 12 hours between eating the last meal of the day and the first meal of the next day. This promotes a process called ketogenesis, which can stimulate brain regeneration.  Intermittent fasting should ultimately be practiced after following the guidance of a healthcare professional, such as a health coach, who understands intermittent fasting.  

 

Participate in Exercise or Physical Activity

 

Neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and even moderate cognitive dysfunction, are more common in sedentary populations. Increased activity levels have been associated with sharper mental acuity, better memory, and positive mood changes. Exercise and physical activity cause the release of substances known as cytokines as well as chemicals known as endorphins. These substances and chemicals ultimately improve brain health and function. Try to engage in exercise or physical activity every day. Walking, running, or even dancing can help improve brain fog and boost your mood.  

 

Rest More and Sleep Better

 

The most common mistake people make, whether it involves dealing with school, work, or whatever looming project deadline, is that they try to maximize their time by staying up late and/or getting up early. However, this generally backfires because cognitive abilities decrease with sleep deprivation. Rest and sleep at least seven hours a night, preferably eight or even nine if possible. Your efficiency will increase while the time it takes to create quality work will likely decrease.  

 

Reduce Stress

 

Stress can cause a variety of symptoms, including brain fog. To reduce stress, you also need to learn how to flex your parasympathetic nervous system, which is engaged during rest and relaxation as well as helps to calm your body and your mind. You can help reduce stress by incorporating more meditation and yoga into your daily workout routine.  

 

Feed your Brain

 

The human brain is made up of a lot of fat and protein. Too much sugar and frozen as well as fried or processed foods are not ideally nourishing for our brain. You can follow a plant-based Paleo diet, consisting mostly of vegetables, protein, and good fats. Also, make sure to get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, for their anti-inflammatory powers, lots of antioxidants and coenzyme Q10, essential for energy, and boost your body’s energy and regeneration with essential vitamins and minerals.  

 

El Paso Chiropractor Staff and Doctor

Brain fog can make people feel as if they’re not able to focus or concentrate accordingly and it’s often accompanied by fatigue and other well-known symptoms. While brain fog is a symptoms rather than a single health issue, it can have a variety of causes, from hormonal changes to lack of rest and sleep to nutritional deficiencies or food sensitivities. Fortunately, there are several steps to help naturally improve brain fog symptoms and promote overall brain health and wellness. – 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.  

 


 

In honor of Governor Abbott’s proclamation, October is Chiropractic Health Month. Learn more about the proposal.  

 

Do you have difficulty concentrating? Do you experience fatigue after meals? Do you feel as if you’re not getting enough rest or sleep? Do you have noticeable variations in mental speed? As previously mentioned above, you may have brain fog.   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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .  

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez  

 


 

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.  

 

Formulas for Methylation Support

 

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

XYMOGEN’s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

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For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download  

 

* All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

 

Dental Care and Its Importance In Chronic Pain Mangagement El Paso

Dental Care and Its Importance In Chronic Pain Mangagement El Paso

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

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Legs
  • Feet

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

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

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

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

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Dental

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

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

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

Ask about specific tools to help minimize and control pain:

  • Before
  • During
  • After treatment

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

 

Dry Mouth

People with chronic pain usually have to use various medications.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Periodontal Disease

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

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

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

If left untreated the:

  • Bones
  • Gums
  • Tissue

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

 

Tooth Extraction

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

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

Unfortunately, the result is tooth removal.

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

  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Aspirin
  • Methadone

Best Defense Strong Offense

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

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

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

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

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

Eat soft food during recovery and avoid:

  • Meats
  • Popcorn
  • Hard candy

These can become lodged in the teeth.

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

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


 

*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.

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


 

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

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

 

Functional Neurology: Understanding Menopause Brain Fog

Functional Neurology: Understanding Menopause Brain Fog

Do you have low brain endurance when it comes to focus and concentration? Do you often feel like you must drink coffee or exercise to improve brain function? Have you been experiencing noticeable variation in your mental speed? How often do you pick up your smartphone and forget why? Many women commonly struggle to remember everyday tasks throughout their 40’s and 50’s. Research studies have determined that menopause is a prevalent cause of brain fog in women.  

 

What is Menopause Brain Fog?

 

Many women between the ages of 40 and 50 may be going through menopause or the end of their menstrual cycles.  Symptoms may vary for every woman and these can range from thinning hair to weight gain to night sweats. Many other women may also have general forgetfulness or “brain fog” which can ultimately make it hard for them to concentrate.  

 

During one research study, healthcare professionals found that about 60 percent of middle-aged women had trouble focusing or concentrating and other health issues associated with cognitive problems. These health issues increased in women going through perimenopause. Perimenopause is the stage before the menstrual cycle stops entirely.  

 

The women in the research study also reported experiencing subtle changes in memory but researchers believe that a “negative effect” may have worsened these symptoms. The researchers also found that women going through menopause generally experience negative changes in mood and other memory problems. Moreover, the research study found that brain fog may also be associated with sleep issues and other vascular symptoms associated with menopause like hot flashes.  

 

Another research study also found that women in the early stages of menopause may experience more noticeable cognition problems. Women during the first year of their last menstrual period scored the lowest on tests evaluating:  

 

  • attention
  • memory
  • verbal learning
  • working memory tasks
  • motor function

 

Memory for the women improved over time, which is the opposite of what the researchers had initially hypothesized.   Furthermore, healthcare professionals believe that midlife brain fog in women may be associated with hormonal changes.  

 

Estrogen, progesterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone, are all responsible for different processes in the human body, including brain function. Perimenopause lasts an average of 4 years, during which time the hormone levels may ultimately fluctuate wildly and cause a variety of symptoms as the mind and the body adjust to these hormonal changes.  

Brain Fog and Alzheimer’s Disease in Women

 

Memory problems during menopause can be completely normal. You may forget where you placed your smartphone or you may have trouble remembering an old coworker’s name. However, if your cognitive problems begin to negatively affect your everyday life, it may be best for you to see your healthcare professional immediately to receive a proper diagnosis.  

 

Dementia is another well-known health issue that may also cause brain fog. Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent cause of dementia in older women. It generally starts with trouble remembering things as well as difficulty organizing thoughts. Unlike the brain fog associated with menopause, Alzheimer’s disease is a health issue that progressively worsens over time.  

 

Other common symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia include:  

 

  • trouble finding the right words to identify different objects
  • repeating questions or statements over and over
  • difficulty making decisions
  • difficulty performing daily tasks
  • changes in mood, personality, or behavior
  • getting lost, even in familiar places

 

Menopause Brain Fog Treatment

 

Menopause brain fog may be moderate and may go away on its own over time. Severe memory health issues may cause you to neglect your personal hygiene, forget the name of familiar objects, or even have difficulty following directions.  

 

Once your healthcare professional has ruled out other health issues like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, you may explore menopausal hormone therapy (MHT). This treatment involves taking low-dose estrogen or a combination of estrogen and progestin. These hormones may help with other symptoms you may experience during menopause, not just memory loss.  

 

According to healthcare professionals, however, long-term use of estrogen may increase the risk of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other health issues. Speak with your doctor to see if this type of treatment is right for you.  

 

Menopause Brain Fog Prevention

 

While you may not be able to prevent the brain fog associated with menopause, there are several lifestyle modifications you can do to help you ease into your symptoms as well as to help improve your memory and overall health and wellness.  

 

Eat a Balanced Diet

 

A balanced diet that’s rich in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and fat may be bad for both your brain and your heart. Instead, try a balanced diet that’s rich in whole foods and healthy fats. The Mediterranean diet, by way of instance, may help with brain health because it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other unsaturated fats. Good food choices include:  

 

  • fresh fruits and vegetables
  • whole grains
  • beans and nuts
  • olive oil
  • fish

 

Exercise the Body

 

Getting regular exercise and/or physical activity is recommended for all people, including women going through menopause. Researchers and healthcare professionals believe that exercise may even help with brain fog and other memory problems.  

 

Get Enough Sleep

 

Your quality of sleep may affect brain fog. With sleep problems high on the list of symptoms associated with menopause, getting enough sleep can be a tall order. As a matter of fact, 61 percent of postmenopausal women report having insomnia.  

 

El Paso Chiropractor Staff and Doctor

According to research studies, hormonal changes in women going through menopause can cause brain fog and other memory health issues. However, these memory as well as cognition problems associated with hormonal changes and menopause, may ultimately improve on their own over time. Several treatment and prevention options can help ease menopause brain fog. If brain fog symptoms become worse, a doctor can help rule out other health issues like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, among others. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 


 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form AE260 (1)

 

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.  

 


 

In honor of Governor Abbott’s proclamation, October is Chiropractic Health Month. Learn more about the proposal.  

 

Do you have low brain endurance when it comes to focus and concentration? Do you often feel like you must drink coffee or exercise to improve brain function? Have you been experiencing noticeable variation in your mental speed? How often do you pick up your smartphone and forget why? Many women commonly struggle to remember everyday tasks throughout their 40’s and 50’s. Research studies have determined that menopause is a prevalent cause of brain fog in women.  

 

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. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .  

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez  

 


 

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.  

 

Formulas for Methylation Support

 

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

XYMOGEN’s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

 

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download  

 

* All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

 

Silver the Antibacterial Agent

Silver the Antibacterial Agent

Do you feel:

  • Stomach pains, burning, or aching 1-4 hours after eating?
  • Excessive belching, burping, or bloating?
  • Do digestive problems subside with relaxation?
  • Abdominal distention after certain probiotics?
  • Frequent use of medication?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then you might be experiencing some bacterial problems in the immune system that can be lowered with the antimicrobial agent: silver.

Silver the Antimicrobial Agent

It is known for being an antimicrobial agent in the form of cream ointment for second and third-degree burns on individuals. Silver has been longed used as a cationic polymer to produce bactericidal materials and has been applied to biosensors, drug delivery systems, and medical devices that require antimicrobial properties.

The full antimicrobial potential of oral silver has yet to be capitalized upon despite the research that has a large amount of promising of the usage of silver. The research stated that silver had been known for addressing contemporary problems in infection control like multi-drug resistance, which is causing a rising number of dangerous hospital and community-acquired infections in individuals.

fTo maximize the antimicrobial efficacy of silver in the body, it must be enhanced through the absorption and has to interact with cell membranes in the body. Silver has to be reduced to the size between 1 and 100 nanometers (nm), which is classifies the therapeutical effect of the “silver nanoparticle.”

Silver Nanoparticles

The silver nanoparticles are active antibacterial agents in the body. The crucial factors of silver nanoparticles are that they can affect the bactericidal activity due to their size, shape, surface function, and stability. The antibacterial properties of silver nanoparticles are found to increase with a decrease in their diameter, and the direct interaction of silver nanoparticles with bacteria mainly occurs when the diameters are around 1-10 nm.

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Once the silver nanoparticles are absorbed into the bloodstream, it then adheres and accumulates on the bacterial cell walls. Once they attach to the bacterial cell walls, then they can elicit irreversible damage by causing structural changes and deforms in the walls of the bacterial cell by creating gaps and increasing permeability. The smaller the size of silver nanoparticles is, the higher the ability it has to penetrate and increase the types of bacteria, which silver nanoparticles can kill.

Several studies have been shown that silver nanoparticles activity is strongly dependent on size. For example, silver nanoparticles that are less than 30 nm are effective against Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae. The silver bactericidal not only is weakening the cell walls of the bacteria (like the mechanisms of action in common antibiotics in the penicillin and cephalosporin categories), but once they are inside, they can exert the bactericidal activities by damaging protein and DNA through denaturation and blocking the transcription/translation. Finally, the silver nanoparticles can release ROS (reactive oxygen species), which enhances the former bactericidal activities.

Silver Nanoparticles as Antibiotics

In many ways, silver nanoparticles can function like traditional antibiotics; however, unlike pharmaceuticals, silver nanoparticles are effective against the broad-spectrum of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Silver nanoparticles are more effective against Gram-negative bacteria, and unlike traditional antibiotics, they are effective when they destroy viruses and fungus. A 2019 study stated that silver nanoparticles between 10 and 20nm were shown to possess a significant amount of antibacterial action against bacteria like Bacillus cereus, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas putida when it is analyzed by well diffusion assay.

Another 2019 study showed that silver nanoparticles are effective in eradicating Gram-negative Helicobacter pylori, which colonizes the gastric epithelium and can be a causative agent in various gastrointestinal diseases like peptic ulcers, gastritis, mucosa-associated lymphoid lymphoma, and adenocarcinoma.

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Since multi-drug resistance is a growing problem in the treatment of infectious diseases and the widespread use of broad-spectrum antibiotics has been produced as antibiotic resistance to protect the bacteria species from antibiotic penetration. Luckily though, silver nanoparticles have been shown to prevent glycocalyx formation that is necessary for biofilm production, and silver nanoparticles have been able to breakthrough he biofilms at concentrations lower than 50 µg/mL.

A highlight of silver nanoparticles as antibacterial agents is their effectiveness at minimal concentrations. One study stated that since silver is widely used in industrial applications because of its metallic properties and its antibacterial activities are against various organisms. Like the growth of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus, Providencia, Serratia, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are inhibited by the presence of silver at doses of approximately 1 µg/mL.

Since the safety of silver nanoparticles is favorable according to the present research since cytotoxicity is noted in some cell lines and this action is dose-dependent, and the toxicity is low as well as safe for concentrations that are less than 10 µg/mL. The only possible way that toxicity is in the body is the overproduction of ROS. An excessive quantity of ROS can cause oxidative stress in DNA, lipids, and proteins in the body.

Conclusion

In an era where bacterial infections are running rampant and growing to resist antibiotics. Alternative antimicrobial agents like silver nanoparticles must be vital for the body to heal itself. Even though silver nanoparticles are not new agents, they deserve to be given the credit they deserve for addressing this contemporary issue that is infecting the body. Along with silver nanoparticles, some products are known to help the immune system and offer hypoallergic nutrients, metabolic support for enzymes in the body, phytonutrients, target amino acids, and offer gastrointestinal support to make the body function properly.

October is Chiropractic Health Month. To learn more about it, check out Governor Abbott’s declaration on our website to get full details on this historic moment.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or chronic disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 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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Ergonomic Tips To Help Manage Sciatica At Work El Paso, TX.

Ergonomic Tips To Help Manage Sciatica At Work El Paso, TX.

Ergonomics involves the study and engineering of improving work tools/products to help employees and improve the physical demands of their jobs.

How does sciatica fit into this?

People that have to sit or stand for long periods in their jobs can develop back/hip conditions that can lead to:

  • Back
  • Buttock
  • Leg
  • Foot pain

And this can make working painfully difficult if not impossible contributing to lost workdays.

Check out these tips and apply ergonomic principles to everyday activities like:

  • Using a sit-to-stand up desk
  • Adjust sitting posture
  • Adjusting standing posture
  • Proper movement

These tips can help get you through the workday and the workweek with less pain.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Ergonomic Tips To Help Manage Sciatica At Work El Paso, TX.

 

Have a Seat

Sitting for long periods is not good for the spine or sciatic pain.

  • Try to stand up every 20 minutes and walk around the workspace.
  • Choose a well-designed ergonomic chair.
  • Add low back support with a lumbar pillow or even a rolled-up towel at the base of the chair.

Added tips to reduce sciatica while sitting:

  • Do not cross your legs
  • Keep feet flat on the floor
  • Keep hips and knees bent at a 45-degree angle

If the chair has wheels, roll around and make it an exercise, instead of twisting/turning the body in an awkward position that can exacerbate the pain.  Use the chair to move as a single unit.

 

Stand Up

Changing up posture is a wise way to exercise the spine on the job.

Mix it up when it comes to sitting and standing.

Sitting all day is connected to a variety of health problems that go beyond back pain. These include:

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes

There are great benefits when you can sit and stand at work. This can help the work routine immensely.

  1. Standing lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes: Studies have shown people that sit for long periods at work had higher levels of fasting blood sugar.
  2. Standing lowers the risk of cardiovascular problems: Research has linked people who spend even just two hours a day sitting have an increased risk for cardiovascular health problems by one-hundred percent.
  3. Standing helps burn extra calories: A study found regular use of sit-stand desks at work can help burn calories and prevent weight gain when combined with proper diet and exercise.

An easy way is to use a sit-stand desk or sit-to-stand desk.

A sit-stand desk allows adjusting desk height to work seamlessly from sitting to standing.

Before purchasing this type of equipment, research the different styles and types to find the right model for you.

Although standing is important, don’t stand in one place or position for an extended time. Move around and stretch out.

If the job requires standing, rest one foot on a box or stool. and alternate every 10 to 15 minutes.

When standing with sciatica:

Take care when getting up from sitting to a standing position.

  • When getting up try not to bend at the waist, as this can stretch and aggravate the nerve.
  • Slide to the front of the seat and stand up by straightening the legs.

 

Keep Work Within Arms Reach

Keep your work close to avoid bending forward, as this also aggravates the nerve.

Keep your shoulders relaxed, and rest the elbows and arms on the desk or chair arms.

 

Computer Ergonomics

Create a sciatica-friendly workstation.

  • Position the monitor at eye level
  • Keep the keyboard and mouse close
  • Avoid reaching too far
  • Choose a proper ergonomic chair
  • Avoid leaning or slumping forward

 

Muscle Smarts

Don’t move or lift objects that require great muscular force, like pushing a sofa or picking up a table.

Carrying a:

  • Purse
  • Briefcase
  • Groceries
  • Luggage

It can be challenging, so carry an equal amount of weight to keep the body balanced.

Anything you don’t need, leave at home. You don’t need the extra weight.

 

Sleeping On The Proper Mattress Matters

After a long day, get off your feet and rest.

However, if the mattress you sleep on does not support your spine, then sciatica can become a permanent condition.

A soft and lumpy mattress does not properly support the spine, which leads to muscle fatigue and restless sleep.

If these measures:

  • Time
  • Ice
  • Heat
  • Over-the-counter medications

Don’t help reduce the back and leg pain, definitely call a doctor or chiropractor.

They can determine what is causing sciatica and will create a custom treatment plan to get you working at your best in the shortest amount of time possible.


 

El Paso, TX Best Sciatica Chiropractor Treatment

 

 

Sandra Rubio discusses how Dr. Alex Jimenez and his staff can help relieve your sciatica symptoms. Chiropractic care can improve pain and discomfort as well as reduce irritation and inflammation caused by sciatica. In addition, a chiropractor like Dr. Jimenez can also provide nutritional and fitness advice for sciatic nerve pain. Other treatment methods, like deep-tissue massage, can help relieve sciatica symptoms. Dr. Jimenez is the homeopathic, non-surgical choice for sciatic nerve pain and its associated symptoms.


 

NCBI Resources

You may be suffering from sciatica if you have ever experienced a shooting, nerve-like pain down one of your legs. The sciatic nerve can be impacted by a number of different things, including injury and degenerative diseases, that can lead to sciatica. Fortunately, chiropractic can be extremely effective for the treatment of sciatica.

A car accident can easily damage the spine and soft tissues. An auto accident may cause a misalignment of the spine, a herniated disc, or other injuries that cause symptoms of sciatica.

Many sufferers of sciatica do not realize that their workplace activities – including repetitive motions and sitting in one position for long periods of time – can lead to sciatica.