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Self-Massage Techniques

Dealing with chronic back pain along with the COVID-19 pandemic can make it difficult to find relief on a regular basis. When regular massage sessions are not available these self-massage techniques can relieve pain and loosen tense muscles. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce low back pain, specifically for short-term purposes.


There are massage therapist/s that are open with precautions in place. But there’s a good chance the massage therapist will not be able to see an individual right away when the pain presents. Back pain will not wait so here are a few tips on self-massage that individuals can do at the house.





Safety First
Consult your spine pain specialist, chiropractor, or doctor to determine the cause of the pain and if massage will be beneficial. Before starting a self-massage regimen, be sure pain levels are not severe and you are able to perform the massage techniques. Any muscle region, spine included, can benefit from massage both professionally and self. If at any…

Benefits of Kinesio Taping For Everyone

Kinesio taping is common for injuries, but can also be effective for non-sports related injuries/ailments. Kinesio taping is a rehabilitative therapeutic taping method that facilitates the body’s ability to heal naturally. The tape provides support, and stability for muscles, and joints without restricting motion. Plus there is added soft tissue support prolonging the tape's effectiveness. The technique can have added benefits when combined with chiropractic. This technique is the norm among athletes nowadays but can benefit everybody. As a chiropractic physician, I use the technique for:

Sports injuriesSprainsStrainsInjury PreventionPregnancy
The taping involves applying the tape over and around muscles stimulating them to send neuromuscular signals that optimize performance and helps injuries heal naturally. This is a versatile treatment that can benefit everyone.





Pain Relief
We all get strained, overused muscles that can cause tension and soreness. Millions suffer from neck, up…

What are the Main Detoxification Systems?

The body is capable of eliminating harmful components generated by the production of toxic metabolites and the ingestion of toxic substances. When these overwhelm the organs of detoxification and excretion, the body can store these chemicals in the connective tissues. Detoxification is essential for the restoration of the body’s regulatory mechanisms in order to improve function. In the following article, we will discuss what is detox and how each of the organs of detoxification is responsible for the proper functioning of the organism in general, among other fundamental tasks.

Liver

The liver performs a variety of fundamental tasks, including digestion and hormonal balance. It’s considered to be the body’s main detoxification system. Several functions of the liver include:

removing harmful compounds like food additives, toxic medications, and excess hormones, etc.
extracting waste material from the bloodstream and transforming them so that they can be excreted by the kidneys or intestine…

Spinal Tumors

A spinal tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue either inside the spine or outside. It is also called a neoplasm meaning a new abnormal growth. They can develop in the bone, spread to other parts of the spine, or outside the spine, like the lungs and chest. Tumor cells can multiply slowly or very rapidly. Tumors are either cancerous or non-cancerous. They can develop anywhere in the spine:

Cervical - neckThoracic - mid-backLumbar - low-backSacral - sacrum
It is not uncommon for spinal tumors to develop out of a tumor from the individual's breast, lung, kidney, prostate, or another area of the body that has spread out.





Symptoms
Whether cancerous or not, spinal tumors can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

Pain not related to an injury or physical activity.Pain in the back or neck that presents suddenly, quickly worsens, especially at night. This can be an indicator of a spinal tumor.Pain that radiates to other parts of the body, like the arms, hands, legs, and feet.The pain contin…

What is the Role of a Detox Diet?

Most detox diets are normally short-term diet and lifestyle modifications made to help eliminate toxins from your body. A common detox diet may include a period of fasting and a diet of fruits, vegetables, juices, and water. A detox diet may also include teas, supplements, and enemas or colon cleanses. According to healthcare professionals, the role of a detox diet is to rest your organs, stimulate your liver function, promote toxin elimination, improve circulation, and provide healthy nutrients. Detox diets are recommended due to possible exposure to harmful compounds like heavy metals and pollutants.

Detox diets are also believed to help improve a variety of health issues, including digestive problems, bloating, inflammation, allergies, autoimmune diseases, obesity, and chronic fatigue. However, there currently aren’t enough research studies on detox diets in humans and those that exist are considered flawed. In the following article, we will discuss the role of a detox diet on healt…

Self-Care Practice When Back Pain Flares Up

Self-care practice when back pain flares up is a way for individuals to give themselves self-therapy attention in the midst of crazy schedules. It’s never been more important than now to be able to take care of oneself when back or any type of pain presents. For a few minutes, daily physical and mental health activities can make a difference.


Self-care is the ability to self-manage pain and take care of our constantly changing needs daily. Regular self-care is essential to our families, and friends well being. Pain is emotionally and physically taxing on the body. It brings and encourages mental/emotional and physical balance, which helps, especially when there is a condition that causes pain.


There is a connection between self-care and chronic pain that is being studied currently. Studies are finding that individuals practicing self-care in addition to regular medical care have significant reductions in pain and reduction in disability. So, alleviate back pain with a few self-care t…

Spinal Hardware Removal When Broken or Infected

Different spinal surgical procedures use various types of spinal hardware to stabilize the spine. When this hardware breaks or gets infected sometimes it could have to be removed. The reason for this spinal hardware, whether from injury, disease, or a condition, that area of the spine needs added support other than the bone, collagen, ligaments, and other tissues. Surgeons utilize this hardware to:

Stabilize the spineCorrect deformitiesRegain motionHeight restorationPain reliefHelp heal another area of the spine
The hardware ranges from rods, plates, cages, wires, spacers, etc. There are many types and are employed in various operations. Many spine procedures involve some type of hardware. A surgeon relies on this spinal hardware to complete procedures involving realignment of the spine or spinal fusion.


Many patients undergo spine surgery without complications, however, some have problems with the hardware. The most common issues are the hardware loosening, breaking, or the developme…

Podcast: Dynamic Heel Regulator Genesis & What it is

PODCAST: In this podcast, Dr. Alex Jimenez, chiropractor in El Paso, presents UTEP's Engineering Program and Dr. Sarkodie's team, Juan Corona and Valeria Altamirano, to discuss the genesis of the new dynamic Foot Heel Regulator and what it is. Leg length discrepancy is a health issue characterized as a significant difference in the lengths of an individual's legs which can ultimately cause a variety of other health issues, including low back pain and sciatica, among others. Juan Corona and Valeria Altamirano describe why they started their leg length regulator product and how they're planning to bring it to the public to help people with this health issue improve the overall quality of their lives. - Podcast Insight


[00:00:02] Today, we're going to be presenting an amazing young group of individuals where we're going to be discussing really what's special in El Paso. We've got a lot of talent here in this town. And one of the things that we're gonna…

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