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Gentle Chiropractic Therapy After Spine Surgery Or Spinal Fusion

  Individuals that have undergone spine surgery or spinal fusion for extreme low back pain caused by degeneration, herniated disks, sciatica, and other injuries could benefit from gentle chiropractic therapy post-surgery. Spinal fusion surgery is one of the last options after non-invasive treatment/s aren't providing relief like: Massage Physical therapy Chiropractic Medications However, many patients still experience pain/discomfort after the surgery and wonder which rehabilitation treatment options are available to them. Is chiropractic care still an option after major spinal surgery? Doctors will warn patients about the risks of receiving chiropractic treatment after surgery. This is true with high-velocity low-amplitude spinal adjustments/manipulation. But incorporating gentle chiropractic therapy could benefit individuals still experiencing back pain after surgery. However, an individual needs to be adequately healed prior to beginning treatment . At Injury Medical Chiropra

Weight Loss Strategies That Are Evidence-Based

  The human body is a complex system, that requires consistent development in all areas. When it comes to weight loss being too strict can cause the body to rebel. Examples are individuals that have lost weight, then put it right back on, or get stuck in a plateau . The objective is to step off the weight loss rollercoaster and embrace weight-loss strategies that work. Here, we explore a few evidence-based weight loss strategies that focus on long-lasting success. Improve insulin sensitivity When consuming carbohydrates, it is broken down into sugar. The body needs a certain amount of sugar to function. However, it is a narrow safety range. If the level gets too high for too long, cellular damage happens. The role of insulin is to guide the excess sugar/glucose into the cells. However, more individuals are experiencing high blood insulin levels , called hyperinsulinemia . Possible symptoms can include: Sugar cravings Unusual weight gain Frequent hunger Excessive hunger Unable to conce

Spinal Decompression Surgery: Laminotomy and Laminectomy

  Spinal decompression surgery could be a treatment option discussion with a doctor to relieve nerve pain brought on by a spinal condition or disorder. Everything to know about the procedures straight from the experts . Spinal Decompression Surgery Types: Laminectomy or Laminotomy Both procedures involve the vertebrae’s lamina , which is an arch of bone that protects the spinal canal. In a laminectomy , the lamina is removed almost entirely . In a laminotomy, it is a partial removal. Despite the removal, the large muscles of the back provide sustained protection for the nerves below. Therefore, the spinal nerves are still safe and secure following the procedures. Which one is right depends on the situation. A laminectomy is usually performed to treat an arthritic condition of the spinal canal like spinal stenosis. Laminotomy is used almost exclusively to remove a herniated disc. A laminectomy removes more bone and sometimes the inner edge of the facet joint. Ultimately, a surgeon

Body Composition Terminology Guide

  The world of health and fitness has evolved with all kinds of technical jargon and terminology that can require a guide to get a handle on things. It can become confusing and terms like Lean Body Mass and Lean muscle can get mixed up. Body composition analysis allows an individual to understand their body in a much clearer way with insight into the body's health. Here we break down this technical terminology to get a basic understanding of how it is relevant to the body's health. Think of this as a combination glossary, and action guide . Guide to Basic Body Composition Percent Body Fat Body/Fat Percentage Percent Body Fat is a reflection of how much of the body's weight is made up of fat. It is calculated by dividing the weight of body fat mass by total weight. It helps to track progress whether trying to lose weight or gain muscle. Takeaway This percentage can be applied to set percent body fat ranges. The healthy ranges are around 10-20% percent body fat for men a

Janus Kinase Inhibitors For Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment

  Individuals with ankylosing spondylitis have a new treatment option that was previously used for rheumatoid arthritis. It is a medication that belongs to a class known as JAK inhibitors. Ankylosing spondylitis combines joint pain with reduced mobility. Ankylosing spondylitis is different because in severe cases, the bones in the spine can fuse together, literally reducing mobility. The disease typically begins with pain and stiffness in the back . This is usually after some time of inactivity. Symptoms start before the age of 45 and develop gradually. There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis but there are treatments that can improve symptoms and put the condition into remission. Ankylosing spondylitis treatment is the most successful when addressed early before irreversible damage to the joints begins . Janus Kinase Inhibitors Janus kinase inhibitors have traditionally been used to treat: Rheumatoid arthritis Psoriatic arthritis Ulcerative colitis The medication works by decreas

Golden Nutritional Recommendations and Suggestions

  Making small adjustments to achieve a healthy lifestyle is not as difficult/complex as some may think . Here are some golden nutritional recommendations for longevity, and a healthy lifestyle. Understanding these golden suggestions is a first step towards developing and maintaining sustainable changes. Our health coach and nutritionist can develop an optimal customized nutritional program that is focused on teaching individuals how to promote lifelong transformations and become more connected with mind and body. Vitamins Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables at least six+ portions every day to ensure the body absorbs essential micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals , and fiber. A golden recommendation is to count the fruit and vegetable colors instead of calories . Eating the food rainbow is an ideal way to get a variety of vitamins. Red foods These foods contain phytochemicals and help reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease . These include: Tomatoes Red pepp

Mental Strategy Exercises For Chronic Pain Relief and Improvement

  Mental strategy exercises for chronic pain relief and improvement. Living with chronic pain is difficult especially if a doctor is saying that it is all taking place in an individual's head. However, the pain is very real and happening in the brain, literally. Neuroimaging studies show that certain areas of the brain become active when chronic pain presents . This is not the only way to know the brain's role in how an individual experiences pain. What is also known is: Anxiety, depression, and pain activate similar areas of the brain. Certain psychiatric drugs used to relieve pain can also alter an individual's mental state. Chronic pain can lead to depression. Clinical depression can cause physical symptoms, including back pain. A health care provider could recommend/suggest psychological support for chronic pain. Psychological help and mental strategy exercises for chronic pain are not about how to reduce the pain, but more on how to reduce the dominance, interference

Body Composition: High-Intensity Training or Bodybuilding

  High-intensity interval training or bodybuilding ? Getting to the gym, choosing a strength-training method, and figuring out which method is right for you can be frustrating and confusing. With all of the options available, there’s just no easy way to figure out which training regimen is right. Here are two of the most popular training methods broken down . The principles behind each training method and how they influence body composition. The journey to getting healthy goes a lot smoother when knowing which training program will help reach optimal fitness goals. Not all training programs are the same Bodybuilding is about physical appearance. This means big muscles and low body fat which is accomplished by heavyweight training workouts . High-Intensity Interval Training/HIIT workouts focus on performing high-intensity exercises in large volume repetitions quickly to raise an individual's heart rate, cycling between high intensity and rest. This is accomplished by using: Light w

Chiropractic Relief From Pinched Nerves

  Pinched nerves occur when added pressure is applied to a nerve or set of nerves from surrounding tissues like bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons. The pressure affects the nerve's ability to function properly and usually causes pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness . A pinched nerve can occur at various sites in the body. Whether located in the neck, shoulder, arm, hand, back, or knees , if left untreated they can lead to other debilitating conditions/injuries and permanent nerve damage. Pinched Nerves The nerves are not actually being pinched, but are being compressed. The added pressure on or around the nerve causes painful sensations that can also include: Burning Delayed pain Electrical pain sensations Tingling Sharp pain Stabbing pain Numbness Pins and needles sensation Radiculopathy Pinched nerves are nothing to dismiss. Individuals experiencing any of the above symptoms should get a proper diagnosis from a chiropractor. Compression Goes Away By Itself A compressed nerve

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The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to contact us. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN* email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com phone: 915-850-0900 Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*