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7 Simple Tips for a Healthier Neck and Back

It’s undeniable. Whether at work or at play, most of us spend a lot of time sitting. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently concluded that less than half of all American (45%) spends even 20 minutes walking each day.

There are many reasons that contribute to our sedentary lifestyle, chief among them our long work weeks (47 hours on average for full-time employees) and our fascination with technology such as computers, tablets, and electronic games.

We know that a sedentary lifestyle is a major contributor to hearth disease, obesity, hypertension, breast cancer and more. But it’s also a large contributing factor to back and neck pain.

Frequently looking down at documents, books or tablets can lead to postural changes. Even something as common as texting can, over time, lead to heads that are thrust forward and rounded shoulders. And it’s not just newer technologies that encourage bad posture. Hobbies such as beading, scrapbooking, and even sewing and quilting can add to our back and neck pain.

Our posture problems have often been present for years before we begin to feel pain.

If you find yourself slouching, sitting cross-legged, or standing while leaning on one leg, it’s time to pay attention. Also note if your chin extends past the chest while reading or when engaged in sedentary hobbies.

Simple tips to improve posture

1.  When you’re seated at your desk or at home, make sure both feet are on the floor. It’s a good idea to have the seat height adjusted so that your bent legs form a 90 degree angle. Your ankles should be in front of your knees and chair seat.
2.  Take frequent stretch breaks. Get up, and move around often.
3.  When standing, keep your feet approximately a shoulder’s width apart and balance your weight between the balls of your feet and your heels.

Helpful tips for sleeping

4.  Try to sleep on a supportive mattress. This doesn’t mean you must buy a extra firm mattress, simply that the understructure of the mattress must have provide good support.
5.  Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
6.  Side sleepers may benefit by putting a pillow between their legs. Proper pillow height is also important. A pillow that is too fluffy may raise the neck too high, while one that is too low may bend the head downward. Either extreme can throw the back out of alignment.
7. If you prefer to sleep on your back, a pillow positioned under your thighs can ease pressure on the back.

Simple exercises to perform at home or at work

  • Baby spine – This modified yoga pose is easy to perform and is most effective when done every day. Simply lie on the floor with your stomach facing downward. Next rise up on your elbows and cradle your head in your heads. Start off by holding this pose for 10 minutes each morning and night. Gradually build up to 20 or 30 minutes sessions. This is easy to do while watching television. This pose will greatly improve flexibility when done routinely.

    bay spine

    Baby Spine

  • Shoulder Squeeze – This simple exercise can be performed while seated. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and hold the position for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat often throughout the day to bring your awareness to your upper back and to keep your seated posture aligned.

    shoulder squeeze

    Shoulder Squeeze

  • Pelvic Tilts – Begin by lying on the floor with your feet flat. Next move your pelvis upward by engaging your lower abdominal muscles. Hold this position for a few seconds. Try for a set of 10 exercises. This exercise can also be performed in a chair. As your strength improves, aim for 50 to 100 repetitions per day.

    pelvic tilts

    Pelvic Tilts

Many of our patients report that simply by following these simple tips and by adding these 3 easy exercises to their daily routines, their strength and flexibility begin to return. They also report fewer episodes of serious back pain.

We encourage you to give these tips and exercises a try. Then let us know what you think!

For acute or chronic problems, our medically directed chiropractic clinic in Garland, TX offers a wide range of services including chiropractic care, exercise rehab and therapeutic massage. We also specialize in joint pain treatment including osteoarthritis of the knees.

Over the last decade Dr. James Mixon has successfully treated thousands of patients suffering from back pain, neck pain and stiff, achy joints. If you’d like more information on our treatment options, please contact us at (972) 840-2520.

Chiropractic Treatment and Your Immune System -Natural Ways to treat Allergies and Sinus Problems

Sinus problems and allergies are often treated with medicines, antihistamines and cold remedies, but surprisingly, chiropractic treatment may also play a role in improving allergies. It may sound strange, but recently it’s been learned that there is a direct link between the immune system and the nervous system. If your body is performing at its optimum level then your immune system will be stronger and therefore can prevent infections and disease more easily.

image of a man with sinus problemWhether you have sinus problems, are allergic to pet dander, foods, or are unable to successfully fight off infections, an improved immune system will help. By making strategic adjustments to your neck and spine, our Garland chiropractor can reduce the stresses on your body and help the nervous system operate more effectively.

Although many allergy sufferers rely on over the counter medicines to treat their symptoms, this may not always be the best choice for your body. Over time, traditional medicines can create inflammation within the liver. In addition to fine tuning your body with chiropractic treatment, there are a number of other natural ways you can help your body fight off allergies and sinus congestion.

  • Saline Rinse – Occasional use of a neti pot or a nasal irrigation bottle using a saline rinse can be helpful for many people to thin mucous secretions and aid drainage. We recommend using boiled water to make the saline solution, as it will help prevent contamination from potentially harmful bacteria that might be found in tap water. Please don’t ignore this recommendation as a few net pots users have suffered a fatal brain infection linked to the parasitic amoeba, Naegleria fowleri. You can follow this link for a demonstration on how to use a neti pot.
  • Homeopathy – This system of medicine has been around for more than 200 years. Developed in Germany, homeopathy is based upon a system of like treats like. To give you an simple example, if you were suffering from sleeplessness due to an overactive mind, a couple of cups of coffee drunk late at night might add to your distress. However, a homeopathic remedy, called coffea cruda, which uses infinitesimal doses of the original ingredient, can be used to calm and soothe the mind and promote peace, tranquility and rest. Although traditional science may dispute Homeopathy’s claims of success, we have found remedies to produce wonderful results for many of our patients. We stock several fine homeopathic remedies for both sinus and allergy conditions.
  • Herbal Supplements – Many herbs can be used to tone down or alleviate typical hay fever symptoms, such as stinging nettle, milk thistle, and yarrow. Our office stock products by Allergy research group, Standard process, Douglas Labs and NutraBiogeneis that combine natural ingredients with advanced science to deliver products that can help you get through allergy season with barely a sneeze!

2-A-DAYIn addition, it’s important to check your diet. Be sure you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Five to seven serving per days is ideal. This will help ensure you’re receiving a rich source of vitamins and mineral through your food. We also recommend supplementing your diet with a professional grade multivitamin, which can be found here.

To sum up, the Health Care professionals at Texas Spine and Wellness are more than just “back doctors”. In addition, to providing chiropractic treatment, our team of health care practitioners which includes an MD and nurse practitioner, can help your body get back on track in other ways. We also offer nutritional advice and recommendations on supplements to help your body work in a more harmonic way to fight disease, infections and allergies. Our doctors are always available to assist you when you need them.

Having a properly balanced and healthy lifestyle, in conjunction with regular chiropractic treatment, helps the body heal naturally and become aligned quicker and more easily.

Contact us today if you’re ready to start feeling your best.

5 Ways Chiropractic Care Can Help You Feel Your Best

Bad posture is one of the unfortunate results of a modern lifestyle. We sit working for hours at our computer screens, hunch over our cell phones and sit watching endless TV programs. Eventually, most of us will suffer from some sort of problem as the bones in our back and neck become misaligned after long periods spent in unhealthy positions. These bones are called vertebrae and one of their functions is to protect the nerves that run through them. When the vertebrae go out of alignment they put pressure on these nerves and reduce their ability to function properly. One of the first signs of a misaligned back is neck or back pain. Other joints in your body can also suffer from similar problems.

image of chiropractic careThe main role of a chiropractor is to keep your vertebrae in healthy alignment and reduce the problems that can occur. There are many ways that a chiropractor can help your well being, but I want to focus here on 5 important ways a chiropractor can help you feel your best.

1. Chiropractic care can alleviate pain quickly. It helps free up and relax muscles and joints that have become frozen and unable to function properly. Nerves that have become pinched in these misaligned joints can then relax, allowing for significant pain reduction.

2. Chiropractic treatment can improve the function of your immune system. Your body interacts in a complex way. Whenever any part of your body is not functioning well, the rest of your body is also affected. When nerves in your spine are under pressure, the function that they control in your body is impaired as well. Your immune system is connected intimately with your nervous system and it benefits your spine is correctly aligned. Your chiropractor can help.

3. Chiropractic care has been shown to result in more satisfied customers than those treated in hospitals. A three-year study in 1995 reported by the British Medical Journal, studied 741 people with low back pain. These people sought treatment from either a chiropractor or from hospital outpatient treatment. Their ages ranged from 18 to 64 years and it involved both men and women. At the end of the three-year study, it was found that those who received regular chiropractic treatment found more benefit in their treatment and were more satisfied with the outcome than those patients who attended the hospital outpatient clinics.

Chiropractic care can also reduce your need for pain relief medication. This allows you to reduce the chance of any unpleasant side effects that these medications can give.

4. Chiropractic treatment can help reduce stress and depression. When you’re in pain and unable to move freely it can quickly become stressful and get in the way of your ability to function at school or work. It can also get in the way of personal relationships as you become more irritable. Compound this with difficulty sleeping due to discomfort, and your ability to cope is further lowered. As soon as you’re able to start a regimen of chiropractic care, you should see a reduction in stress levels and an improvement in your ability to function as a whole.

5. Chiropractic treatment is non-invasive and can treat both old and recent problems. Chiropractic care aims to help your body heal itself naturally. It does not rely on medication or surgical intervention to achieve this goal. While it is helpful to seek treatment as early as possible, treatment can be very helpful for long standing problems as well. Most people benefit from “maintenance” to deal with the general ‘wear and tear’ their bodies face over time. Regular appointments will also keep your boss happy as you’ll be less like to miss work days!

What to expect when you see our garland chiropractor for the first time

Texas Spine and Wellness is an integrated clinic where our team of health professionals work together as a team. Within our Garland chiropractic clinic, you’ll have access to the finest care with services ranging from exercise rehab and therapeutic massage to advanced solutions for knee and shoulder pain. Our team includes a medical doctor, chiropractors, a nurse practitioner, exercise physiologists and licensed massage therapists.

In short, our staff is fully equipped to help you regain strength, and range of motion while decreasing any pain you’re having. If you would like to learn about the many ways the staff at Texas Spine & Wellness can help you feel your best, contact our office at (972) 840-2520.

How to Sleep with Lower Back Pain

Working in a chiropractor’s office, I have learned that at some point in their lives, almost everyone will experience back pain. If you’re lucky, your back pain will be short-lived. But for some, it impacts their daily routine – and their ability to get a good night’s sleep. When you can’t get enough rest, besides feeling tired, you’re more likely to feel depressed and feel pain more acutely. It can seem like an endless cycle.

Image of a man trying to sleep with back painHowever, there are ways to deal with back pain that can help minimize its effect both during sleep itself and during the day. Here are a few strategies to integrate into your routine that will help you sleep with lower back pain:

Sleeping Position and Posture

When you have back pain, your sleep can be interrupted due to sore muscles and joints. To remedy this, make sure your mattress is appropriate for your back. Typically, a firm mattress helps minimize any spine curvature, which can add to your discomfort. Or if you prefer a pillow top matress, be sure your bed has good underlying springs or support. Our Garland chiropractor can offer professional advice about your mattress and how to sleep with lower back pain.

Next, try sleeping on your side with a pillow. This keeps your hips from jutting forward and twisting your back. Try not to sleep on your stomach as it places too much stress on your spine. Additionally, consider purchasing a neck pillow or place a rolled bath towel under your neck to align the top section of your spine properly. Make sure it rests naturally under the middle of your neck.

Exercise Can Bring Relief

Despite your first inclination, resting is not the recommended way to deal with back pain. First, the pain will probably prevent you from getting the rest you need, and second, with inactivity your muscle strength decreases. Gentle exercise can help alleviate these symptoms by increasing blood flow, improving range of motion and strengthening muscles.

Yoga, pilates, light stretching, and water therapy are good examples of exercises to try. If possible, also try a slow walk. However, don’t overdo it; take it slow and easy, so that you don’t aggravate your symptoms. Contact your chiropractor or other medical professional for advice on an exercise routine that will promote back relief and help you learn how to sleep with lower back pain.

Weight Management

Many of us carry a few extra pounds, but when you have back pain, those few extra pounds can take a toll The extra weight pulls down on your back, creating even more pain, affecting your ability to get a good night’s rest. Losing weight can lessen your pain.

If you decide to lose weight, begin with simple changes. If you’re a soda addict trying limiting yourself to one soda per day. Add in an extra serving of vegetables and fruit and try to cut down on processed snacks such as chips and crackers. If this feels like the right path for you, we’re here to help. Our nutritional counseling and Science Based Nutrition programs can get you started.

Supplements for pain

Sometimes you have to fight back pain from the inside. Certain supplements such as magnesium citrate, help to relax muscles and nerves, helping you to get deeper rest. In addition to maintaining healthy teeth and bones, calcium magnesium can improve insomnia conditions and aid in healthy functioning of muscles and nerves.

Painkillers

When back pain strikes, sometimes you want immediate relief. Certain over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, can alleviate pain and relax tightened muscles. Always talk to a medical professional for advice about recommended dosage and any potential side effects.

Chiropractic Treatment

Professional help when dealing with back pain is critical. Garland chiropractor, Dr. James Mixon can assess your condition and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment which may include a combination of chiropractic treatment, massage, and exercise rehab.

During a chiropractic treatment, small spinal misalignments can be “adjusted”, gently and safely. This treatment can help the body’s nerves communicate more effectively, assisting the healing process.

Within our Garland chiropractic clinic, we also offer the services of our Medical Director, Dr. Mandy Thompson and our nurse practitioner. If you need to step it up a notch, both our MD and Nurse practioner are here to provide advice, treatment and when necessary to prescribe muscle relaxers or pain medication. Joint and trigger point injections are also available.

Our physical therapy aassistant delivers more help by assisting with neck, shoulder, low back and hip exercises that will increase your range of motion, strength and flexibility. Our licensed massage therapists perform relaxing chair massages or 30 minute complete sessions to round out your treatment.

No “One Size Fits All” Solution

Everyone is different and so is their back pain. What works well for one person may not be the best solution for you. However, the techniques listed above are a great start and are likely to increase your overall health, so that every moment – both sleeping and awake – is less painful, and much more enjoyable!

Please give us a call today to see if we can help.

Has Alternative Medicine in Garland TX Gone Mainstream?

Not sure you know what alternative medicine is? It’s more prevalent than you might think, and now has a firm place in the world. Certain therapies previously considered alternative, now are used commonly to treat ailments ranging from headaches to high blood pressure — quite often with endorsements from the traditional medical community.

Here’s a list of few “alternative” treatments you might recognize:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Massage Therapy
  • Meditation
  • Homeopathy
  • Herbal Medicines
  • Aromatherapy
  • Nutritional Medicine

image representing alternative medicine in garland txPeople all over the world use these therapies not only to treat many common health problems, but also to achieve a higher state of health and balance. We’ll address 4 of the most popular therapies in the article below.

For thousands of years, the treatments now deemed alternative, were standard practice. In today’s world, more people are turning to these optional therapies when they are in a health crisis, or when they haven’t found help through traditional medicine.

Chiropractic medicine – Safe, gentle and proven effective

Chiropractic medicine is a form of medicine relied upon by many people who suffer from joint and back pain. In chiropractic medicine, a doctor makes minor adjustments to the spine. These treatments are safe and gentle, and serve to correct minor misalignments. When these misalignments are corrected, the spine and nerves can communicate more effectively.

Some chiropractors, like Dr. James Mixon in Garland Texas, provide chiropractic treatment in an integrated medical setting. In Dr Mixon’s chiropractic clinic, alternative therapies such as chiropractic care, therapeutic massage, laser therapy, spinal decompression and nutritional medicine are offered along side more traditional options such as physical rehab.

The services of an MD and Nurse Practitioner are also available, allowing patients to choose more traditional options when necessary. Combining these services allow his staff to deliver the most up-to-date and scientifically sound treatment protocols.

Vitamins and supplements as medicine

For the ever increasing groups of people who prefer the natural effects of alternative medicines and therapies over synthetic drugs when they are looking to cure or prevent illness, nutritional medicine may be any ideal choice.

Nutritional Medicine is a term used to identify treatments that center around vitamins and herbal supplements. With nutritional medicine, the goal is to address the root cause of the illness. This differs from pharmaceutical or allopathic medicine, where often medications treat only the symptoms.

Additionally herbal medications and natural vitamin supplements have the benefit of being completely organic, or from the earth, and deliver results that often compare favorably to prescription drugs.

Practitioners of nutritional medicine has found that common nutrition deficiencies can lead to a host of diseases and health conditions. In many cases, correcting the deficiencies with a balanced diet and vitamin supplements and herbs, can correct or reduce many health conditions.

Two ancient practices that treat modern day problems

Meditation is another form of alternative medicine that has become an integral part of many people’s daily lives. With roots steeped in ancient spiritual tradition, meditation provides a release for stress and anxiety while helping a person retain strength and mobility.

Similarly, acupuncture, with its roots based in traditional Chinese Medicine has been in practice for over 2000 years,. With Acupuncture, the goal is to correct imbalances in the life force, which the Chinese call “qi”. This is done by precise insertion of very thin needles into acupuncture points that are connected by channels called meridians. In theory these needles stimulate these acupuncture points to help make the corrections.

Many people claim that acupuncture treatments can significantly reduce joint pain. control headaches, and diffuse anxiety,.

Alternative medicine provides a viable option to traditional medicine which helps people face everyday challenges while maintaining their well-being. If you’re looking for a new way to treat a health problem or deal with stress or anxiety, consider one of the options listed above.

Didn’t think you could find alternative medicine in Garland, TX? Now, you can. If you’d like more information about the many services offered by Texas Spinal Health, please contact Dr. Mixon’s Garland, TX clinic by calling (972) 840-2520. His staff members are ready to help.

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