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Staying Active With Sciatica: Chiropractic Team

  Sciatica is one of the most common injuries, with as many as 40% of individuals experiencing the condition, and it becomes more frequent as the body ages. The pain originates with the sciatic nerves and can go on for several weeks, months, or years. Staying active is a major recommendation to relieve the pain and prevent future flare-ups. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can decompress and release the nerve and educate individuals on an anti-inflammatory diet and staying active to expedite healing. Staying Active Sciatica is most commonly caused by a slipped disc, which puts pressure or irritates the sciatic nerve, and causes discomfort and painful sensations. The most common factors for developing sciatica include the following: As the body ages, the spinal discs wear out and break down, leading to the spine shifting out of alignment. Job occupations that place added strain on the back, like sitting or standing for extended periods, repetitive heavy lifting

Headache Chiropractic Functional Medicine Team

  Headaches are a common condition that most experience and can differ greatly regarding type, severity, location, and frequency. Headaches range from mild discomfort to constant dull or sharp pressure and severe throbbing pain. A headache chiropractor, through therapeutic massage, decompression, and adjustments, alleviates the headaches, whether tension, migraine, or cluster, releasing the tension and restoring normal function. Headache Chiropractor  Ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches caused by overactivity, muscle tension, or problems with pain-sensitive structures in the head. These are not a symptom of an underlying disease and include tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. The other 5 percent of headaches are secondary and are caused by an underlying condition, infection, or physical issue. Headaches have various causes or triggers. These include: Long hours driving Stress Insomnia Blood sugar changes Foods Smells Noises Lights Excessive exercise or physical

Fermented Foods and Gut Health: Chiropractic Functional Medicine Clinic

  Fermentation is a process where bacteria and yeast are used to break down foods. The fermentation process has been around for centuries and was initially produced to preserve foods, improve flavor and eliminate toxins. Research has found that eating fermented foods can also increase the beneficial bacteria/probiotics in the gut. Functional medicine practitioners recommend these foods for their health benefits, including improved digestion, increased immunity, and weight loss and maintenance. Fermented Foods Fermented foods and beverages undergo controlled microbial growth and fermentation in which microorganisms like yeast and bacteria break down food elements like sugars/glucose into other products like organic acids, gases, or alcohol. The process gives fermented foods unique taste, aroma, texture, and appearance. There are many different types of fermented foods, including: Wine Kombucha Yogurt Cultured milk Cider Sauerkraut Fermented sausage Kimchi Miso Whole foods like vegetabl

Spondylitis Types Injury Medical Chiropractic Team

  Spondyloarthritis is a group of inflammatory, immune-mediated diseases that cause chronic low back pain, inflammation, irritating aches, and pains. The conditions mostly affect the spine but can affect joints in the arms, legs, hips, skin, eyes, and intestines. Spondylitis types can significantly affect daily function, physical activity and compromise bone health. Spondylitis Types The main types include: Ankylosing spondylitis Psoriatic arthritis Enteropathic arthritis Reactive arthritis Juvenile spondylitis Undifferentiated spondylitis Axial Spondylitis vs. Peripheral Spondylitis Types Spondylitis conditions are classified as   axial - axSpA  or peripheral - pSpA . Axial means relating to the body's central region, as in the trunk and head. Axial spondyloarthritis is arthritis and inflammation in the hips and spine. The condition starts before age 45. The pain typically starts in the low back but can begin in the neck or other regions. Characterized by back pain, usually in th

Nerve Damage Symptoms Chiropractic Team

  Nerve damage is also known as peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral nerves transmit information to and from the brain through the spinal cord to the rest of the body. Nerve damage symptoms are common in the neck, arms, hands, low back, legs, and feet. Communication becomes weakened, interrupted, or no longer transmits sensation signals. Nerve damage can be a complication from conditions like diabetes or present after an injury. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic recognize the symptoms and can treat the injuries rehabilitating the nerves back to functional health. Nerve Damage Symptoms Nerve damage symptoms can happen to a single nerve or a group of nerves that can affect the rest of the body. Damage depends on the severity of the condition or injury. Partially damaged nerves can heal on their own with minimal treatment to ensure they heal correctly.  Nerves are made up of fibers called axons . The fibers are covered with tissues that are a type of insulation. Som

Tendons and Ligaments Injuries Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Team

  Tendons and Ligaments: A tendon is a fibrous flexible, strong tissue similar to a rope that attaches the muscles to the bones. Tendons allow for the movement of the body's limbs and help prevent muscle injury by absorbing muscles' impact when running, jumping, or performing other actions. Ligaments are bands of solid elastic tissue that connect bone to bone, hold structures together and keep them stable, support the joints and limit their movement. Tendons and Ligaments Tendons are strong and non-flexible. Ligaments are flexible and elastic. Both comprise collagen and living cells, essential in joints and bones and integral to locomotion. Tendons allow body movement by transmitting force from muscle to bone, allowing the body to stand, walk, and jump. Ligaments work by allowing for the full range of motion.   Ligaments are around the knees, ankles, elbows, shoulders, and other joints. Connective Tissue The collagen connective tissue that makes up tendons and ligaments is t

Working With A Nutritionist: Chiropractic Functional Team

  Nutritionists are medical professionals in food and nutrition and  work one-on-one to develop an optimal nutrition plan for their body type, age, and health conditions. They explain the right foods to eat, how different foods impact the body, and what foods to avoid. Individuals can benefit from working with a nutritionist to help achieve a healthier lifestyle through education and healthy choices. Working With A Nutritionist Nutritionists work with individuals to enhance their knowledge about general nutrition, food, and health. Their focus is on food behavior , which includes developing and implementing meal plans to improve the individual's or family's nutrition. Nutritionists work in: Clinical settings - hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, fitness and health, and chiropractic clinics. Government - local health departments. School districts -  regarding school nutrition standards. Private business - independent work in combination with other medical pr

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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*