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Dehydrated Spinal Discs Healed Through Rehydration and Decompression

  Dehydration affects the body physically and mentally but also affects the health of the spine's discs. Spinal discs that lack proper hydration begin to compress, collapse between vertebrae, or cannot refill correctly, causing further compression and increasing the risk of spinal injury. Dehydrated discs can cause injuries like herniated disc/s, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis . Chiropractic treatment offers spinal decompression that will restretch and realign the spine allowing the injury/s to heal and proper disc rehydration. Spine Support As crucial as the spine is within daily activities, it is vital to understand its mechanics. The spinal vertebrae discs work to absorb shock when bending, twisting, or flexing to ensure the bones do not rub together. Within each disc is the nucleus pulposus, made up of 85 percent water that provides movement when the spine rotates and moves in various directions. This high water content in the discs helps the spine function. The

Cheat Meals That Are Healthy

  Maintaining a healthy weight is challenging, especially Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and extended weekends, increasing the risk of binge eating and weight gain. This is where healthy cheat meals and snacks come into play to help individuals stick to their diet while enjoying healthy junk food . Plus, finding the proper high-calorie carb-packed meal can help optimize the body's hormones to prevent adverse effects on metabolism and hunger. Cheat Meals One way to look at a diet and still have the flexibility for sweet or savory foods is to set up the flexibility. To maintain health ,  practice portion control and eat healthy foods 80% of the time , allowing a 20% margin for the junk foods . To improve health , eat healthy foods 90% of the time, and allow a 10% margin until a health goal is reached. Cheeseburger without the Buns and Sweet Potato Fries Try lean meat and replace the regular fries with sweet potato fries . It is high in carbohydrates and calories but still contain

Cyclist Injuries Treated With Chiropractic Decompression

  Bicycling at any level is excellent healthwise, but the specific physical repetitive motions and postures can wear on a cyclist's body, causing strains and injury to the: Muscles Ligaments Tendons Nerves Spine Injuries can be caused by falls, overused muscles, joints, posture, and/or balance problems, whether riding a bicycle for fun, health, or sport. Chiropractic decompression can treat cycling-related injuries and help prevent common injuries by helping cyclists with conditioning and exercises. Chiropractic adjustments, combined with health coaching and nutrition planning, can maximize the body's overall athletic ability and increase/improve: Endurance Strength Flexibility Respiration Heart rate variability Common Cyclist Injuries Competitive cyclists, commuters, and weekend riders all experience common cycling injuries that include: Delayed onset muscle soreness Cyclist's palsy , carpal tunnel, and ulnar neuropathy Tennis elbow and/or elbow dislocation Cyclist's k

Stomach Issues Caused By A Herniated Disc Treated With Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

  The central nervous system - CNS controls body and mind functions, voluntary movements, including walking, and involuntary movements, specifically the breakdown of foods and waste removal. Studies have found associations between spinal problems and gastrointestinal-GI tract/stomach issues that include: Abdominal pain Constipation Difficulty controlling bowel movements Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Treating the underlying cause through chiropractic, non-surgical spinal decompression, and health coaching can bring pain relief, realign/heal the spine and alleviate stomach issues. Spinal Problems and Stomach Issues The spinal cord sends nerve signals throughout the body, including to and from the digestive system. Two types of nerves control the digestive system, extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic nerves Connect the digestive organs with the brain and spinal cord. Release chemicals that contract or relax the digestive system muscles. Intrinsic nerves Are a sub-nervous system of the intestin

Car, Truck, Crashes and Accidents and Spinal Disc Herniation Decompression

  When the body goes through intense trauma like a car, truck, crash, or accident, the trauma can slip, bulge, herniate, or rupture the spinal fluid-filled discs that can extrude from the disc space, causing the nucleus pulposus to tear through the annulus fibrosus and compress the nerve roots causing pain. Depending on the severity and force of the crash or accident, a herniated disc can cause the vertebrae to push into the spinal canal, where it can compress, irritate, and/or injure the spinal cord, which can lead to other health issues. Nerve impingement from a herniated disc can also cause numbness and tingling in the hands, arms, legs, and feet. A chiropractic spine disc herniation decompression treatment plan can heal the herniation, realign the spine, stretch the muscles and joints, and rehabilitate the body back to top form . Spine Disc Herniation Symptoms of Herniation Signs and symptoms depend on the spinal area and whether the disc is rubbing or compressing a nerve. Pain i

Herniated Disc: Motorized Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression El Paso, TX.

  Older and elderly individuals have an increased risk of developing a herniated disc/s. The age of the intervertebral discs/cushions causes deflation, drying out, and shifting, making it easier for discs to herniate. Muscle mass also reduces/lessens with age; specifically, the muscles parallel to the spinal column are responsible for stability. When the spine loses strength, the risk of injuries like slips and falls can damage the spine and the rest of the body. Herniated disc decompression will keep the vertebral cushions healthy, functioning, and properly aligned. Symptoms of Disc Herniation A herniated disc bulge or tear/s will press on the spinal nerves causing discomfort that can range from mild to severe pain and can last for weeks to months. The symptoms of disc herniation vary and depend on the injury angle, how much of the disc ruptured and if it is touching or has leaked out on the nerve roots . The most common symptoms include: Restricted hip and waist flexion. Continuous b

Sciatica Sleep Decompression Relief

  Sciatica Sleep : Poor sleep can leave the body feeling off and unable to function. Not getting the proper amount of sleep can decrease health, decrease work or school productivity, and cause burnout. If it becomes chronic, it can have serious side effects on the brain and body that include: Chronic Fatigue Memory problems Body discomfort, pain Exacerbation or trigger disease Sciatica Sleep When sleeping, certain positions/postures can place added pressure on the spine, irritating the nerve. The best sleeping positions maintain the spine's natural curve and are different for everybody. For example, many individuals sleep on their side. They do not start sleeping this way, but they end up on their side and wake up in pain to find their sciatica flaring up. Other individuals can turn on a specific side, and the symptoms fade or go away. Positions The best sleeping position for one individual may not be the best for another. A lot of this depends on the placement of the injury/pinch

Sciatica Prescription Medications vs. Decompression

  Prescription Medications: Sciatica is a term used to describe neuropathic/nerve pain. It is a prevalent condition known as a lumbosacral radicular syndrome . It’s discomforting, numbness, and tingling, combined with sharp shooting pain that can present anywhere from the low back where the nerve begins and down the leg into the foot. The most common cause is a bulging or herniated disc . The first medical recommendations are: Ice and Heat packs Physical therapy Chiropractic Over-the-counter pain relievers: Acetaminophen - Tylenol Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - NSAIDs: Naproxen - Aleve Ibuprofen - Advil, Motrin However, when that is not enough, the next step usually involves prescription medications to treat the nerve pain. Prescription Medications The following are a few prescription medications for sciatica: Prescription-only NSAID diclofenac Gabapentin Topiramate When it comes to prescription medications for non-specific lower back pain, medical guidelines are in agreement

Repercussions From Long Term Sciatica

  Sciatica is a radiculopathy, which is irritation of the nerve as it exits the spine and is typically caused by compression /pinching along the nerve's path. Most sciatica cases improve within a few weeks of the injury incident. Left untreated, it can become chronic sciatica and can have long-term repercussions and effects . A herniated disc is the most common cause if it bulges next to the nerve; it can pinch off the nerve or leak fluid onto the nerve, causing inflammation, swelling, pain, numbness, and weakness. Another common cause is spinal stenosis. As the body ages, the canal through which the nerve and spinal cord run can begin to narrow, placing pressure on the nerves. Then there are muscle spasms, spinal fractures, and spinal cancer. Anything that changes the curvature of the spine, including pregnancy, can cause sciatica. Repercussions From Sciatica The repercussions can vary or be a combination that includes: Chronic Pain The pain can be anywhere along the nerve; typica

Sciatic Nerve Nutrition Decompression

  Food is more than just energy. Diets have a profound effect on everything in an individual's life. Some foods can help the body heal or interfere with the recovery/healing process from injury/s and/or conditions that include sciatica. Making changes to a diet plays a significant factor in the recovery/rehabilitation phase, and adding certain foods will improve and expedite the healing process. A fully functional sciatic nerve nutrition diet plan must be personalized to each individual's needs. Sciatic Nerve Nutrition Sciatica can cause numbness, tingling, electrical shock-type pain, or a combination in the back, hip, outer side of the leg, and the foot. Clinical nutrition is a powerful tool when combating sciatica. Enzymes in certain foods can help reduce the inflammation associated with sciatica. A high percentage of individuals dealing with sciatica can enhance pain relief by adjusting their diets. Quick recommendations include: Oily fish like salmon and halibut are rich in

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