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Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

By changing the disease-centered focus of medical practice to this patient-centered approach, our physicians are able to support the healing process by viewing health and illness as part of a cycle in which all components of the human biological system interact dynamically with the environment. This process helps to seek and identify genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors that may shift a person’s health from illness to well-being.


Chiropractic Migraine Pain Treatment vs. Medication | El Paso, TX

Chiropractic Migraine Pain Treatment vs. Medication | El Paso, TX

Migraine pain is among one of the most common and debilitating conditions of the human population. As a result, many migraine cases are often misdiagnosed, leading to their improper treatment. With the proper treatment, however, a patient’s overall health and wellness as well as their quality of life may improve considerably. In addition, patient education is essential to help patients take appropriate self-care measures and for them to learn how to cope with the chronic nature of their condition. Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy and the use of medication has been previously compared to determine the effectiveness of each for migraine pain. The purpose of the following article is to demonstrate the efficacy of each migraine pain treatment.

 

A Case Series of Migraine Changes Following a Manipulative Therapy Trial

 

Abstract

 

  • Objective: To present the characteristics of four cases of migraine, who were includ
Migraine Headache Chiropractic Treatment | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

Migraine Headache Chiropractic Treatment | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

A migraine is commonly identified by a moderate to severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine headache pain can last for hours to even days and the symptoms can become so severe they may be disabling. Many doctors can treat varying intensities of head pain, however, the use of drugs and/or medications may only temporarily relieve the painful symptoms. Evidence-based research studies like the one described below, have determined that chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy may effectively improve migraine headaches. The purpose of the article is to educate patients on migraine headache chiropractic treatment.

 

A Twelve Month Clinical Trial of Chiropractic Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Migraine

 

Abstract

 

  • Objective: To assess the efficacy of Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (SMT)
Assessment and Treatment of the Infraspinatus

Assessment and Treatment of the Infraspinatus

These assessment and treatment recommendations represent a synthesis of information derived from personal clinical experience and from the numerous sources which are cited, or are based on the work of researchers, clinicians and therapists who are named (Basmajian 1974, Cailliet 1962, Dvorak & Dvorak 1984, Fryette 1954, Greenman 1989, 1996, Janda 1983, Lewit 1992, 1999, Mennell 1964, Rolf 1977, Williams 1965).

 

Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques: Infraspinatus

 

Assessment of Shortness in the Infraspinatus

 

Infraspinatus shortness test (a) The patient is asked to reach upwards, backwards and across to touch the upper border of the opposite scapula, so producing external rotation of the humeral head. If this effort is painful infraspinatus shortness should be suspected.

 

Infraspinatus shortness test (b) (see Fig. 4.37 below) Visual evidence of shortness is obtained by having the

Migraine Pain Treatment | Dr. Alex Jimenez

Migraine Pain Treatment | Dr. Alex Jimenez

A migraine is characterized as a moderate to severe headache, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Nearly 1 in 4 United States households include someone who suffers from migraine. As a matter of fact, migraine is considered to be the 3rd most prevalent condition in the world. Researchers haven’t identified a definitive cause for migraines, however, several factors are believed to trigger the complex headache pain, including a misalignment in the cervical spine. Chiropractic care is a well-known alternative treatment option used to help treat migraine headaches and improve the symptoms. The purpose of the following case study is to demonstrate the effects of chiropractic care on migraine pain management.

 

A Case of Chronic Migraine Remission After Chiropractic Care

 

Abstract

 

  • Objective: To present a case study of migraine sufferer who had a dramatic improvement after chiropractic spinal manipulative ther
Assessment and Treatment of the Levator Scapulae

Assessment and Treatment of the Levator Scapulae

These assessment and treatment recommendations represent a synthesis of information derived from personal clinical experience and from the numerous sources which are cited, or are based on the work of researchers, clinicians and therapists who are named (Basmajian 1974, Cailliet 1962, Dvorak & Dvorak 1984, Fryette 1954, Greenman 1989, 1996, Janda 1983, Lewit 1992, 1999, Mennell 1964, Rolf 1977, Williams 1965).

 

Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques: Levator Scapulae (As Seen on Fig. 4.36 Below)

 

Assessment of the Levator Scapulae

 

Levator scapula ‘springing’ test (a) The patient lies supine with the arm of the side to be tested stretched out with the supinated hand and lower arm tucked under the buttocks, to help restrain movement of the shoulder/scapula. The practitioner’s contralateral arm is passed across and under the neck to cup the shoulder of the side to be tested, with the forearm supporting the

Chronic Neck Pain | Understanding Cervical Instability

Chronic Neck Pain | Understanding Cervical Instability

Being involved in an automobile accident can cause damage or injury to the complex structures of the cervical spine which can go unnoticed for months if left untreated. Medically referred to as whiplash-associated disorders, or whiplash, symptoms resulting after an auto accident can often take days to even weeks or months to manifest. Persistent neck pain that lasts for more than 3 months then becomes chronic neck pain, an issue which can be difficult to manage if not treated accordingly. Chronic neck pain may also result due to other underlying issues. The following article demonstrates which types of treatment methods can help relieve chronic neck pain symptoms and its associated complications, including capsular ligament laxity and cervical instability.

 

Chronic Neck Pain: Making the Connection Between Capsular Ligament Laxity and Cervical Instability

 

Abstract

 

The use of conventional modalities for chronic neck pain remains debatable,

McKenzie Therapy for Acute Non-Specific Low Back Pain

McKenzie Therapy for Acute Non-Specific Low Back Pain

Have you ever experienced low back pain? If you haven’t already, there’s a high probability you will present at least one case of back pain sometime during your lifetime. Back pain is one of the most prevalent spine health issues reported among the population of the United States, affecting up to 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. Back pain is not a specific disease, rather it is a symptom which may develop as a result of a variety of injuries and/or conditions. Although most cases typically resolve on their own, the effective treatment of acute low back pain is essential towards preventing chronic low back pain.

 

Chiropractors and physical therapists frequently utilize a similar series of treatment methods, such as spinal adjustments and manual manipulations as well as massage and physical therapy, to help treat symptoms of back and low back pain. Many healthcare professionals, however, have started using the McKenzie method to manage acute back pain. T

Assessment and Treatment of Sternocleidomastoid (SCM)

Assessment and Treatment of Sternocleidomastoid (SCM)

These assessment and treatment recommendations represent a synthesis of information derived from personal clinical experience and from the numerous sources which are cited, or are based on the work of researchers, clinicians and therapists who are named (Basmajian 1974, Cailliet 1962, Dvorak & Dvorak 1984, Fryette 1954, Greenman 1989, 1996, Janda 1983, Lewit 1992, 1999, Mennell 1964, Rolf 1977, Williams 1965).

 

Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques: Sternocleidomastoid (SCM)

 

Assessment for Shortness of Sternocleidomastoid (see also Box 4.10)

 

Assessment for SCM is as for the scalenes – there is no absolute test for shortness but observation of posture (hyperlordotic neck, chin poked forward) and palpation of the degree of induration, fibrosis and trigger point activity can all alert to probable shortness of SCM. This is an accessory breathing muscle and, like the scalenes, will be shortened by inappropria

Impact of the McKenzie Method with METs for Low Back Pain

Impact of the McKenzie Method with METs for Low Back Pain

Muscular energy techniques, or METs, are considered to be some of the most valuable tools any healthcare professional can have and there are several reasons for it. METs have a wide application range and essential modifications can be made for each of them for a variety of injuries and/or conditions. Muscular energy techniques also represent an important aspect of rehabilitation. Furthermore, METs are both gentle and effective. But most importantly, METs actively involve the patient in the recovery process. Unlike other types of treatment therapies, the patient is involved in every step, contracting at the appropriate time, relaxing at the appropriate time, engaging in eye movement, and even breathing when instructed by the healthcare professional.

 

Muscular energy techniques have been used with other treatment modalities, such as the McKenzie method, to improve the outcome measures of injuries or conditions. The following research study demonstrates clinical and experiment

Assessment and Treatment of Scalenes

Assessment and Treatment of Scalenes

These assessment and treatment recommendations represent a synthesis of information derived from personal clinical experience and from the numerous sources which are cited, or are based on the work of researchers, clinicians and therapists who are named (Basmajian 1974, Cailliet 1962, Dvorak & Dvorak 1984, Fryette 1954, Greenman 1989, 1996, Janda 1983, Lewit 1992, 1999, Mennell 1964, Rolf 1977, Williams 1965).

 

Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques: Scalenes

 

Box 4.9 Notes on Scalenes

 

  • The scalenes are a controversial muscle since they seem to be both postural and phasic (Lin et al 1994), their status being modified by the type(s) of stress to which they are exposed (see Ch. 3 for discussion of this topic).
  • Janda (1988) reports that ‘spasm and/or trigger points are commonly present in the scalenes as also are weakness and/or inhibition’.
  • The attachment sites of the scalen
Evaluation of the McKenzie Method for Low Back Pain

Evaluation of the McKenzie Method for Low Back Pain

Acknowledging statistical data, low back pain can be the result of a variety of injuries and/or conditions affecting the lumbar spine and its surrounding structures. Most cases of low back pain, however, will resolve on their own in a matter of weeks. But when symptoms of low back pain become chronic, its essential for the affected individual to seek treatment from the most appropriate healthcare professional. The McKenzie method has been used by many healthcare specialists in the treatment of low back pain and its effects have been recorded widely throughout various research studies. The following two articles are being presented to evaluate the McKenzie method in the treatment of LBP in comparison to other types of treatment options.

 

Efficacy of the McKenzie Method in Patients With Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain: A Protocol of Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial

 

Presented Abstract

 

  • Background:
Pilates Chiropractor vs. McKenzie Chiropractor: Which is Better?

Pilates Chiropractor vs. McKenzie Chiropractor: Which is Better?

Low back pain, or LBP, is a very common condition which affects the lumbar spine, or the lower section of the spine. Approximately more than 3 million cases of LBP are diagnosed in the United States aline every year and about 80 percent of adults worldwide experience low back pain at some point during their lifetime. Low back pain is generally caused by injury to a muscle (strain) or ligament (sprain) or due to damage from a disease. Common causes of LBP include poor posture, lack of regular exercise, improper lifting, fracture, herniated discs and/or arthritis. Most cases of low back pain may often go away on their own, however, when LBP becomes chronic, it may be important to seek immediate medical attention. Two therapeutic methods have been utilized to improve LBP. The following article compares the effects of Pilates and McKenzie training on LBP.

 

A Comparison of the Effects of Pilates and McKenzie Training on Pain and General Health in Men with Chr

 
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