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Ankylosing Spondylitis and Brain Fog: Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic

  Ankylosing spondylitis, or AS, is a type of inflammatory arthritis that usually impacts the spine, causing back stiffness and pain, pain in the hips, and decreased range of motion. Brain fog can also be a symptom of AS and other chronic inflammatory conditions. Brain fog can affect memory, concentration, decision-making, learning, and problem-solving. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can educate on the causes of ankylosing spondylitis brain fog and how to reduce its effects. Brain Fog Experts do not fully understand how conditions like AS cause brain fog and how it affects the brain and central nervous system. However, they believe brain fog is linked to chronic inflammation and pain associated with the condition, along with certain factors. Chronic Inflammation Inflammation occurs when the body's immune system attacks healthy cells. This triggers the release of inflammation-causing cytokines . Cytokines can interfere with normal brain function. Ankylos

Sciatica Massage: Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Team

  A certified/licensed massage therapist performs chiropractic therapeutic massage under the direction of a chiropractor to soothe tense muscles, release pressure on the nerve/s, break up scar tissue and stimulate the release of endorphins. Studies have shown that a therapeutic chiropractic massage is as effective as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief caused by various musculoskeletal conditions, including sciatica. Although medications can work for a time, they do not deal with the underlying cause of sciatica. Sciatica Massage A sciatica massage offers several benefits that include the following: Improved and increased blood circulation. Lowered blood pressure. Release of hormones that help reduce anxiety, depression, and pain. Relieves body discomfort and soreness by decreasing the activation of pain receptors in the spine and muscles. Inflammation alleviation. Muscle stress relief. Muscle relaxation. Flare-up relief and prevention. Improves sleep. Massage T

Oblique Muscle Strengthening: El Paso's Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Team

  The oblique muscles support and aid in side-to-side movement, helping maintain back strength and healthy posture . There are two oblique muscle sets, the internal and external obliques . Maintaining a strong core is one recommended way to protect the body and spine. However, many forget to train and strengthen all of the oblique muscles. Individuals tend to focus on the superficial core muscle, or rectus abdominis , and not enough or any attention goes to the lateral stabilizers or the internal and external obliques. Chiropractic and functional medicine can restore musculoskeletal flexibility, mobility, and function. Oblique Muscles The external obliques make up a large part of the trunk area. There are two external obliques on either side of the body, located on the lateral sides of the abdominal region. These muscles have an essential role in daily movements. External External obliques help with trunk rotation and support spine rotation. They assist with pulling the chest down to

Managing Holiday Eating: Chiropractic Functional Nutrition Team

  The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and celebrate. However, it can be a time of overindulgence and overeating. Managing holiday eating habits is achievable by having options to help you make better choices so you can indulge and enjoy the festive food and drinks without overdoing it. Here are a few techniques to be successful. Managing Holiday Eating Many individuals overeat during the holidays. It's understandable as the holiday season means letting loose, relaxing with friends and family, and enjoying the moment are major factors in overeating as auto-pilot is engaged. The next thing you know, the plate is clean, and more food is being added. It's all about maintaining a healthy balance. Here are a few ways to manage holiday eating. Practice Mindful Eating Don't just start devouring the food. Try to spend a few moments tasting the food. Slow down and chew the food slowly. Savor every bite. Doing this will help to cut down on how much fo

Fatigue and Exhaustion: Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Team

  Preparing for the holidays is exciting but can generate intense stress and anxiety. This can cause individuals to feel tired constantly, which can lead to other issues like sleep problems, brain fog, digestive issues, and musculoskeletal disorders . Chiropractic care can return the body to optimal function, increasing circulation, restoring spinal alignment, re-energizing the mind and body, and preventing future fatigue and exhaustion. Exhaustion and Fatigue Primary causes of fatigue and exhaustion are stress, overworking, school work, lack of sound sleep, excessive caffeine or other energy boosters, and the holidays . Stress Reduction Stress is a leading contributor to fatigue and exhaustion. Stress causes the muscles to contract, restricting blood circulation. Chronic stress causes the musculoskeletal system to be in a state of continued constriction. Constant muscle tension can cause injury and chronic conditions that can lead to secondary disorders like tension headaches and migr

Back Discomfort After Eating: Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Team

  Back pain after eating is often the result of conditions and/or disorders in other areas of the body that radiate to the back. These problems range from unhealthy posture, digestive issues, bowel problems, ulcers, allergies, etc. This is because the nerves of the back and the abdominal area run through areas of the spine. In addition to the classic symptoms like bloating and gas, individuals can develop symptoms beyond the gut, including sleep problems, fatigue, headaches, urinating problems, muscle aches, pelvic discomfort, and back pain. Chiropractic care and functional medicine can realign the body, alleviate symptoms, and restore function. Back Discomfort Back pain after eating can be linked to the body's digestive process. Food Intolerances or Allergies Many individuals are affected by food intolerances or allergies . Individuals in this group can experience inflammation after consuming specific foods. Inflammation could worsen existing back problems. Individuals with food

WAD Whiplash Associated Disorders: Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Team

  Whiplash-associated disorders, or WAD , describe injuries sustained from sudden acceleration/deceleration movements. It is a common outcome after a motor vehicle collision but can also be caused by sports injuries, falls, or assaults. Whiplash refers to the mechanism of the injury, while WAD refers to the presence of symptoms like pain, stiffness, muscle spasm, and headaches. A WAD prognosis is unpredictable, with some cases remaining acute with a full recovery, while others progress to chronic conditions with long-term symptoms and disability. Early intervention recommendations include rest, chiropractic care and physical rehabilitation, massaging and stretching exercises, and an anti-inflammatory diet. Whiplash Associated Disorders Cervical hyperextension injuries happen to drivers and passengers of moving, slow-moving (less than 14 miles per hour), and stationary vehicles when struck from behind. The individual's body is thrown forward, but the head does not follow the body an

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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*