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Stretching Objective: El Paso's Chiropractic and Functional Wellness Clinic

  The body needs to be flexible to maintain a full range of motion. Stretching keeps the muscles supple, strong, and healthy; without it, the muscles shorten and become stiff and tight. Then, when the muscles are needed, they are weak and unable to extend fully. This increases the risk of joint pain, strains, injuries, and muscle damage. For example, sitting in a chair for a long time results in tight glute muscles and hamstrings, which leads to back discomfort symptoms and inhibits walking. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can help individuals develop a personalized stretching program to maintain smooth mobility, flexibility, and function. Stretching Objective Benefits The body needs to be flexible to maintain mobility, balance, and independence. The benefits of regularly stretching include: Muscles function at optimal levels. Maintains muscle length. Maintains muscle strength. Increased blood circulation. Endorphin release. Parasympathetic activation . Reli

Leg Adjustments: El Paso's Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic

  The legs are important for standing and motion. Various problems can affect any part, including the bones, tendons, joints, blood vessels, and connective tissues of the entire leg, foot, ankle, knee, or hip. Common problems include unbalanced/unevenness, muscle sprains and strains, joint dislocations, nerve compression, and fractures. These issues can benefit from chiropractic leg adjustments to relieve the symptoms, realign the body, restore mobility, strengthen the muscles, and prevent further complications . Leg Adjustments The legs are composed of two major sections: upper and lower . The ball-and-socket hip joint connects the upper portion, with only one bone comprising the upper leg, the femur, the largest bone in the body. The lower leg goes from the knee to the ankle and is composed of two bones, the fibula, and the tibia. The tibia makes up the knee together with the base of the femur. The fibula starts from the knee joint and is connected to the tibia. Muscles The leg muscl

Cold Fingers Causes: El Paso's Chiropractic Functional Medicine Clinic

  In cold weather, it's normal to experience cold hands and fingers. But if there is a coldness in only one finger while the rest of the hand is normal, changes to skin color, numbness, tingling, or pain symptoms could be a sign of poor circulation or an underlying medical condition. Cold fingers could indicate various problems, including overuse injuries, vitamin deficiencies, Raynaud's syndrome, hypothyroidism, anemia, arterial disease, or an autoimmune condition . Chiropractic care and massage therapy can increase circulation, release compressed nerves, relax the muscles, and restore mobility and function. Cold Fingers Blood circulates throughout, nourishing and maintaining body warmth. When compression, obstructions, or narrowing paths inhibit blood flow, the body cannot achieve proper circulation. Unhealthy circulation can cause several symptoms, including: Pins and needles sensations along the shoulder, arm, hand, and fingers. Weakened arm and hand muscles. Numbness. Cold

Jaw Clenching: El Paso's Chiropractic Functional Medicine Team

  Bruxism is an abnormal jaw clenching or grinding of the teeth, either while awake or during sleep. This can cause neck and shoulder tension caused by excess pressure on the neck and jaw muscles. Individuals may not realize they have bruxism until a dentist notices excess wear and tear or a chiropractor examines their symptoms. Bruxism can play a role in temporomandibular disorders. Doctors and dentists agree that factors like stress increase the likelihood of jaw clenching. Dentists usually recommend a mouth guard to prevent grinding. Chiropractic care, massage, and decompression therapy can relieve symptoms, release and relax the muscles, realign the spine, and restore function. Bruxism There is awake bruxism and sleep bruxism . A tight jaw generates tension extending to the neck, shoulder, and upper back muscles. Over time, that excess strain irritates the joints, causing inflammation. Jaw clenching and teeth grinding can lead to health issues like damaged teeth, neck, shoulder,

Trapped Sciatic Nerve In or Around Hamstrings: El Paso's Chiropractic Team

  Hamstring syndrome is a condition where the sciatic nerve gets pinched between the hamstring muscles and the pelvic bone or by the tissue bands that connect the hamstring muscles causing compression on and around the nerve. It is seen in individuals that play sports that involve running, kicking, or jumping, in middle-aged individuals engaged in daily activities that have suffered falls, and in individuals that sit for many hours. Chiropractic care, massage, and decompression therapy can relieve the symptoms, release the trapped nerve, relax and stretch the muscles, and restore function.  Hamstring Muscles Trapped Sciatic Nerve Three muscles make up the hamstrings in the back of the thigh. The sciatic nerve runs from the low back down the leg into the foot. A trapped sciatic nerve can cause various symptoms and sensations in the back of the leg, hip, buttock, and foot. It may hurt to sit down or stretch the legs out, and there is usually tightness in and/or around the buttock and bac

Weakened Immune System and Sickness: El Paso's Chiropractic Functional Medicine Team

  There are various reasons for getting sick, but stress is one of the most common. Stress from family, work, school, traveling, etc., wreaks havoc on the body and mind. Working odd or different hours and staying up late disrupts routines and schedules and can generate significant stress. Trying to keep on top of everything and still trying to manage the usual responsibilities and duties can result in a weakened immune system that contributes to persistent illnesses. Chiropractic care combined with functional medicine can strengthen the immune system and restore optimal function. Weakened Immune System The immune system is a network of organs, white blood cells, proteins/antibodies, and chemicals. It protects the body from bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi that cause infection, illness, and disease. It's normal for healthy adults to get sick a few times a year, but constantly being sick signals a weakened immune system. Individuals with weak immune systems also experience d

Slouching Causes: El Paso's Chiropractic Functional Medicine Team

  Unhealthy posture and slouching incorrectly position the body unnaturally, adding chronic strain on the muscles and ligaments. For example, when sitting or standing at a workstation, individuals start to relax by slumping forward because it feels comfortable; however, they don't realize that their shoulders are hunching over, and their neck is in an awkward forward position. For every inch the head moves forward, its weight on the neck and upper back muscles increases by 10 pounds. Individuals that stay in this position for a long time often experience neck soreness, tension in the shoulder muscles, and low back discomfort. Chiropractic care, massage, and decompression therapy can realign the spine to its natural position and train individuals to maintain a healthy posture. Slouching Posture is the body's position in space, the relationship of the body's parts, head, torso, and limbs to each other . Maintaining the natural lumbar curve in the low back is essential to pr

Iliopsoas Muscle Injury: El Paso's Chiropractic Functional Medicine Team

  The iliopsoas muscle is a primary hip flexor that assists in the femur's external rotation and maintains the hip joint's strength and integrity. It also helps to stabilize the lumbar spine and pelvis. Athletes often overuse these muscles with all the sprinting, jumping, kicking, and changing directions when running, causing strains and/or tears. Repetitive hip flexion can result in chronic degenerative tendon changes. Chiropractic care and physical therapy can assist in the early phases of healing, safely transitioning to rehabilitation, and returning to physical activities. Iliopsoas Muscle The hip flexors are the group of muscles, including the iliacus and psoas major muscles/iliopsoas and the rectus femoris/quadriceps. One of the largest and thickest muscles in the body, the psoas, extends from the lumbar vertebrae, crosses in front of each hip, and attaches to the inside top of the thigh bone. The muscle works by flexing the hip joint and lifting the upper leg towards the

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