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Garland Chiropractor | Drop the Excuses and Start Exercising!

Who has time to exercise when there are only 24 hours in the day?

image of woman exercisingAs a Garland chiropractor, lack of time is the number one excuse my patients offer for not exercising. Every day busy work schedules, errands and family obligations all vie for our attention. So it’s easy to understand why so many people push exercise aside in favor of other priorities.

But when you consider all the health benefits that are linked to exercise, it’s one thing worth making time for.

According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise can:

  • Help control weight
  • Boost energy
  • Ward off diseases
  • Improve mood
  • Help you sleep better
  • Enhance your sex life

I encourage you to set an exercise goal and book the time on your weekly calendars. It will make a difference to your health!

When you have a full schedule it’s easy to find a reason not to exercise. You may be exhausted, overwhelmed and don’t feel like you can find the time. You’d probably rather head straight home, where you can make a beeline for the sofa and remote control.

But try to resist the temptation. Instead throw on your walking shoes and head out the door. If you take a brisk walk, you’ll be rewarded by lower stress levels and improved stamina. In addition, exercise can help back pain sufferers. You may find that regular exercise you may help you save a trip or two to the chiropractor! Garland residents can take advantage of many of the Dallas area’s walking trails and parks to enjoy low impact exercise in a scenic environment.

Exercise is recommended for your back health

As a Garland chiropractor, I often recommend regular exercise for my patients. When you don’t exercise, the muscles weaken and you become more susceptible to injury.

Every day I see the toll that sedentary lifestyles take on peoples body’s. Many of the aches and pains that I treat every day could be prevented by regular workouts. Strengthening exercises will help you get through your daily activities, while avoiding strains or sprains.

Beyond the health benefits to your back, exercise will sharpen your thinking and help you feel revitalized. You’ll find that exercise pays off in a mind and body that function together harmoniously,

So take a tip from your Garland Chiropractor — make your health a top priority. Carve our a niche of time, drop the excuses and start exercising!

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Garland Chiropractor | 10 Simple Tips for Arthritis Pain Relief

garland chiropractor treatment for arthritisEvery day I treat patients who struggle with the pain of arthritis. As a Garland chiropractor, I know there are many ways to reduce the effects of this painful disease. That’s why we have compiled 10 outstanding tips to help you get relief from joint stiffness and pain. These effective tips have been gathered from chiropractors and arthritis experts and can make living with arthritis a little bit easier.

Get Stretching – Stretching should become a part of your daily activities. A simple stretching routine can help you avoid injuries by warming up tendons and muscles making them more flexible and less prone to tear. Set aside at least 10 minutes every day for stretches and work out the major muscle groups.

Keep moving – You can reduce joint stiffness and pain by staying active. Exercise will also increase muscle strength and help you maintain mobility. A wonderful side benefit of exercise is the stress relief, weight control and an overall sense of well-being. You can find information about low impact classes and water exercise through the Arthritis Foundation at www.

Protect your joints – Don’t stay in same position for a prolonged period of time. Balance work and rest throughout the day. Try not to place too much strain on weaker joints.

Cool down – When you experience arthritis pain and swelling, stop your physical activity and take a break. Ideally it is best to find a shady, cool spot in which to rest. Spray or mist your joints with cold water. Alternately, wrap a cold compress or an ice pack around the affected joints.

Get a massageTherapeutic massage can relieve pain, and soothe sore muscles. Licensed massage therapists are specially trained to help reduce areas of swelling and inflammation.

Get your weight under control – Even a few extra pounds can add stress and strain to you weight-bearing joints and may add to the pain of arthritis. Recent studies have proven that just by dropping a few pounds you can lower the risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee. The advancement of arthritis can also be slowed by normalizing your body weight.

Get a proper diagnosis – If you has pain, stiffness and swelling for longer than one week you may wish to see your doctor to get a diagnosis. There are more than one hundred different types of arthritis. To better understand your condition, and to know how best to take care of yourself, it is vital to know the kind of arthritis you have.

Visit a Garland chiropractor – Fortunately, your choices are not limited to pain medications and steroid injections. There many alternative therapies that can be helpful to arthritis patients. Chiropractic treatment can help by keeping the spine and joints properly aligned and functioning well.

Consider laser therapy – Cold laser therapy has helped many people cope with the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Laser therapy can help decrease inflammation and diminish pain. Your Garland Chiropractor can discuss this treatment option with you.

Keep informed – It is helpful to keep learning about new research and advances in the treatment of arthritis. You can find a great deal of valuable information online. If you feel you would benefit from support groups, check out online forums and become a part of a group.

Click here to schedule an appointment with Garland chiropractor, Dr.James Mixon.

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5 Essential Tips for Back Pain Relief from a Garland Chiropractor

Whenever I am asked to write about back pain relief the first thing I think of is back pain prevention. Obviously there will be times, for whatever reason, that we all have back pain but if a person is truly conscientious about caring for their back, those times should be few and far between. Maintaining the spine is just as important as regular dental, eye and health check-ups, and seeing your Garland chiropractor regularly, even if you don’t have pain, is one of the best things you can do for your back and your overall health.

Now, I’ll get straight to the point.

a man suffering with back painIf you find yourself having back pain due to an accident, overwork or excess stress, there are a number of things you can do at home to help calm the pain. Of course, the first is to schedule a visit to your local Garland chiropractor. However, in the event that your schedules prevents you from making it into our office for day or two, let me offer a few tips to help ease the pain in the meantime.

First, most pain (back or otherwise) is due to inflammation in the joints and tissues. The spine itself doesn’t have any pain receptors, but the surrounding muscle tissue sure does. To relieve the inflammation (and the pain) there are first two things that we need to figure out. Is your pain ‘acute’ or is it ‘chronic’?

Acute pain is pain that has come on suddenly and chronic pain is pain that you have had for a while, usually more than a few months and sometimes years.

  1. For acute pain you need cold therapy. The easiest thing to do is take a 2 liter water or soda bottle and put it in the freezer. After it’s really cold (but not frozen solid) wrap it in a light towel (ice applied directly on bare skin is a no-no) and lie down on it with the bottle resting in the small of your back. This will chill the area, reduce the inflammation, and also help increase the low-back curve. You can do the same for the neck but with a smaller bottle.
  2. If it’s chronic pain that you have, heat will help. An easy way to safely apply heat is to soak a small towel in water, wring out the excess water, and microwave it until it’s hot. Not too hot, of course, as we don’t want to create 2nd degree burns. Roll the hot, wet towel up into a tube and do the same as above for either the low back or neck. Placing it flat on the mid back is okay too.
  3. Another home remedy that’s super easy is to first chill the pain, as above, and then take a hot shower for 10 minutes, lightly stretching the area as you do. After the hot shower, go back to the cold therapy, and then another hot shower. One more time each should be enough to calm the pain greatly and leave you feeling better. You can do each, cold therapy and hot shower, for 10 minutes at a time.
  4. Light stretching can be very helpful if you can manage it, making sure not to over-exert yourself or make a bad situation worse. Lightly stretch from side to side, back and forth, and in a twisting motion, being very careful of course. Your best bet would be to do this after the hot or cold therapy when the pain is diminished, but be careful.
  5. Most people have heard that bed-rest is good for back pain but in most cases I disagree. Getting up and walking around, if the pain isn’t too severe, is the best thing to do. It will loosen tight muscles and help lubricate the joints.

And one last bonus tip… Drinking lots of water is also essential, and there are several anti-inflammatory supplements like Tuna Oil and Boswellia that you can take too. Remember that healing takes time and that the pain may persist for a few days. Again, if you haven’t done so already, a good adjustment or two is probably needed to get you ‘back to normal’. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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How Garland Chiropractors Help Patients with Arthritis Pain

An image of arthritic handsWhen some people think of arthritis they imagine the worst case scenario, someone wracked with pain, their strength and range of movement severely limited. The truth, in most cases, is far from this extreme. The ‘average’ arthritis sufferer does have pain but it certainly isn’t crippling. In most cases it’s more annoying than anything else and painful only at certain times of the day.

Garland chiropractic care can help with most types of moderate arthritis, and can even help control the pain in severe arthritis. Although it’s not a cure for the condition, it can make living and dealing with this disorder a lot easier.

If your spine is aligned correctly and the spinal nerves have plenty of room your body’s natural ability to heal will work at optimum capacity. This will help you deal with the inflammation and swelling that arthritis can cause. Regular chiropractic adjustments can assist your body’s natural ability to stay powerful and strong and, no matter what type of arthritis you have, you will be better equipped to deal with it.

Some forms of arthritis are degenerative in nature. Osteoarthritis, for example, breaks down the cartilage that protects the surfaces of the joints, including the spine. Regular chiropractic treatments can help keep your more mobile. This occurs because chiropractic treatment helps the intervertebral discs to absorb fluid and nutrients (a process called imbibition), which can help the cartilage to stay more supple while reducing inflammation.

The most susceptible areas of the spine are the neck and the low back. The knees, hips and fingers are the other joints that suffer from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can attack a person at any time during their life but this people who have suffer multiple traumas or who have occupations that are very physical are even more vulnerable. Chiropractic adjustments of the spine and joints can help joints stay mobile and lubricated.

image of exercising seniorWhile chiropractic care alone is an excellent way to keep arthritis symptoms under control, our Garland chiropractic clinic offers additional treatment options that offer even more benefit.

Laser therapy, and electro-therapy, in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, can help reduce the joint pain caused by the swelling of arthritis. Our Garland chiropractors may also recommend massage therapy.

We can also offer nutritional advice about what types of foods to eat (and to avoid) to help reduce arthritis symptoms, as well as what supplements are the best and what exercises are helpful.

Arthritis is a difficult condition, but with regular chiropractic care you will increase your ability to handle the swelling and slow down arthritic degeneration. Your Garland chiropractor can offer other suggestions to control your symptoms naturally and, with a little luck, your arthritis will remain under control.

If you’re suffering from arthritis, contact Texas Spinal Health today to schedule an appointment.

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The Best Shoes for Back Pain

woman in high heels with hurting feetAre you one of the millions of women whose shoe shopping habits border on addiction? Do you rush to buy this year’s latest trend, whether it’s a patent leather Mary Jane, a sleek pump with 3″ stiletto heels or a casual suede mule? If so, you might be setting yourself a for a trip to your local chiropractor.

In many cases, the stylish creations that look so good on your feet may not be the best shoes for back pain.

Patients from across the Dallas Metroplex come to see our Garland chiropractor complaining of lower back pain. In most cases, Dr. Mixon can diagnose the problem on the spot — and many times footwear plays a major role.

If you think about the body in terms of mechanics, this makes perfect sense. Your feet form the foundation for your body. Some people have arches that are too high. Some have arches that are too low. Some have narrow heels and wide feet and vice versa. This alone can lead to back pain as a mechanical discrepancy already exists.

If you wear uncomfortable shoes this can aggravate the problem, leading to more pain. If your feet aren’t comfortable, it may affect your gait and the way you walk. This can lead to spinal misalignments and back pain.

High heels are in a class of their own when it comes to causing back pain. They cause immeasurable strain to the lower back, severely inhibiting wearers from walking in the correct position. Our Garland chiropractor strongly advises against heels of over an inch and a half. However if heels are required for work, be sure to switch to more supportive shoes, like sneakers, when walking longer distances.

Fip-flops are on the other end of the shoe spectrum. They cause problems because they offer no support whatsoever. Long term use can cause lead to joint and tendon problems and conditions like hammer toes For this reason, Dr. Mixon may recommend a more supportive shoe to ensure that the natural roll of the heel to toe motion is clearly defined, accommodated and comfortable.

Orthotics are another way to support the foot. Orthotics are inserts which can provide additional arch support. These inserts can be slid into any shoe that you wish to use. If you wear orthotics, bring them with you the next time you go shoe shopping. This way you can find a shoe that works well with the orthotics. Sometimes, to accommodate orthotics comfortably, the shoe that you’re shopping for might need to be a wider width than normal.

So what are the best shoes for back pain?

Most chiropractors will recommend running shoes for back pain patients, even if the patient will only use them for walking. Running shoes cushion the heel. This allows patients to relax against the cushioning without maneuvering their feet against it for comfort purposes.

They are also recommended for the rigidity of the mid-sole, which is excellent for support, even with orthotics. Some shoes, like certain styles of Aasics, have an IGS, or an Impact Guidance System, which reads the balance of your body and directs your foot straight forward upon landing, improving your gait with every step that you take.

Another beneficial feature to look for in a running shoe is a shock absorption system. This means the energy from each step is evenly distributed, taking the pressure off your feet and in turn, your lower back.

To sum up, when looking for the best shoes for back pain, look for shoes that offer well balanced support and adequate toe room and avoid excessively high heels,. Consider buying orthotics or an arch strengthening system for added protection.

For more information on how our Garland chiropractor can help overcome foot and back pain, contact Texas Spine & Wellness.

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