About Dr. James Mixon

Dr. James Mixon

Dr. James Mixon is a Chiropractor in Garland, Tx. Through chiropractic care, he has helped thousands of patients overcome neck and back pain, mobility problems, herniated discs, and joint pain. By using Science Based Nutrition and customized nutrition programs, he has help many people improve their health to feel their best. You can reach Dr. Mixon at (972) 840-2520.

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Aching Back? Spinal Decompression May Be the Answer

Back pain can be serious. Unfortunately, an uncomfortable back ‘tweak’ isn’t all that uncommon. It’s easy to strain yourself just doing every day activities  such as  pulling weeds, lifting children, taking out the trash, rearranging furniture, carrying grocery bags,  or climbing a ladder

man with sciatica painIf you don’t bend or stretch your body in just the right way while doing your chores, your back will suffer. There are all kinds of over-the-counter remedies that can be used for mild back pain. But when your pain is moderate or severe,  it’s not as easy to tackle!

Let’s look at options available for spine-related pain, such as Spinal Decompression and chiropractic treatment.

Causes of Serious Back Pain

A herniated or bulging disc is a tear in the outer, fibrous ring of a disc that lets the important soft, spongy spinal material protrude between the outer rings. The tear can allow inflammatory chemical transmitters to be released, and that causes acute pain. This condition can be serious enough to require back surgery.

Sciatica, which results from an irritation in the actual root of the spine’s lower lumbar region, can be debilitating. This terrible pain isn’t in the disc itself, but is often from a disc bulge which can irritate  nearby nerves. This is “nerve root pain” that tends to radiate to other areas of the body. The term Sciatica is often used to describe  the pain that runs from the lower back down the leg.

Either of these conditions can disrupt your life.

Symptoms

The  cause of pain in your lower back or your leg is tied to whether or not there is pressure on a nearby nerve. If there is no pressure from the herniated disc, you may only have a slight ache in the lower back or you may not have any symptoms at all. However, when a nerve is affected symptoms can include:

  • Numbness or a sense of pins-and-needles going down one leg from the buttock or from behind the knee to the thigh. The pain can even extend all the way to the ankle or foot.
  • A feeling of weakness in some muscles in one or possibly both legs.
  • Front thigh pain.
  • Muscle spasms or deep and severe muscle pain.
  • Pain in the lower back.
  • Pain in the buttocks or leg pain that intensifies when sitting.
  • Hip pain.
  • Difficulty moving your leg or foot due to weakness or numbness.
  • Consistent pain on one side of the buttocks.
  • Difficulty standing up because of a shooting pain.

Options

If your condition is severe enough, surgery may be required; however, if you prefer to avoid surgery, nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Therapy (SDT) is an option. It’s a safe, non-evasive treatment that is often very effective and, just as important, it’s cost-effective.

As a Garland Chiropractor, I can help determine if you have a bulging or herniated disc. Then we can decide if spinal decompression therapy is the best approach for your specific condition.

How Spinal Decompression Therapy Works

To decompress a spine means stretching it to provide a good healing environment for the affected disc. When the spine is stretched, pressure is reduced and the bulging spinal material is pulled back inside the disc. This allows healing nutrients and other substances to reach the injured area. Over time—meaning that more than one treatment is usually required–this action helps replenish fluids needed to heal the spongy spinal material in a damaged disc.

This type of therapy involves the use of a comfortable, computer-controlled traction table. The prone patient is strapped on the table below the ribcage and around the abdomen, held in place while the table initiates cycles of gentle stretching. This is all controlled by a customized, computer generated treatment plan, which means each patient’s treatment is specific to their personal physical needs.

The number of treatments needed is can vary dependent  upon the patient’s condition. Often however, it may take several treatments to begin to experience improvement. The good part is that the stretching therapy takes about 20 minutes and it can be done within the chiropractic office.

Is It For You?

sciaticaWhile Spinal Decompression Therapy is a good choice for most patients with a herniated disc or sciatica, there are some people who should not undergo this type of therapy. This includes:

  •  Expectant mothers—the baby wouldn’t appreciate it!
  • Patients with vertebrae that have been broken, those with spinal fusion, or who have any kind of spinal implants, especially an artificial disc.
  • Patients with failed back surgery.
  • Anyone who has had multiple surgeries for pain improvement without recovery (no improvement).Additionally, patients with osteoporosis, spinal infections or tumors, or who require blood-thinning medications are not good candidates for this treatment.

Summing Up

If you’re suffering back pain from a herniated disc or sciatica, consider Spinal Decompression Therapy to relieve or reduce your pain. It’s non-invasive, non-surgical, drug-free, and relatively quick!

If you’re already a patient, that our clinic has a wide variety of resources, such as chiropractic treatment, massage therapy and physical rehab, all designed to help you feel better as quickly as possible.

Contact Texas Spinal Health and let us help you to determine if you’d be a good candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy.

Natural Immune Boosters for Flu Season

The flu is a miserable virus that strikes anywhere from 5% to 20% of the U.S. population each year. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized annually. Symptom of the flu include fever, chills, fatigue, nausea, coughing, a sore throat, a runny or stuffed up nose, headaches, general body aches, and, in children, diarrhea. These symptoms can move beyond mild to debilitating, and if they grow too severe, may even cause death.image of a man with flu

When is the flu season?

You can catch the flu at any time; however, the season when the virus is most active runs from late October into early May. The peak period during that time is from December to March. Flu loves the cold!

Complications of the flu – Who’s at risk?

Most of the time, people who get the flu recover in just a few days, and two weeks is generally the maximum duration of the illness. However, complications can occur that may lead to hospitalization or death.

Because the flu is a respiratory disease, pneumonia is a definite threat, as is bronchitis. The ears and sinuses are also subject to infections.

Even someone who is healthy can get the flu or be affected by flu related problems. Those most at risk are people 65 years and over, expectant mothers, and the very young. People who have chronic health problems may find their health problems worsened by a flu infection. A person with asthma may have increased attacks, while someone with chronic congestive heart failure may suffer an intensification of their condition due to flu.

Natural immune boosters for flu prevention!

Traditionally doctors recommend the flu shot, but even under the best conditions a flu shot only delivers a 50 to 60% effectiveness rate. (This is when the flu shot is a good match for the current variety of flu.) According to the CDC, “During years when the flu vaccine is not well matched to circulating viruses, it’s possible that no benefit from flu vaccination may be observed.” For these reasons it makes sense to take natural immune boosters during flu season.

These are simple steps easy for anyone to follow:

  • Eat nutritionally rich foods and exercise regularly. If your body and systems are in good condition, even if you contract the flu you’ll be in a better position to fight it off or prevent complications.
  • Manage your stress. Your body’s resistance lowers when your emotions are out of control.
  • Don’t spread germs by coughing without covering your mouth!
  • A really important point: wash your hands. Use soap and wash vigorously for several minutes. This is considered one of the best protections against flu germs.

Additionally, there are a wide variety of vitamins and herbs that are natural immune boosters.

  • Echinacea – may help boost the immune system and fight infections. Use it when you begin to feel bad and keep taking it for seven to 10 days.
  • Zinc is believed to inhibit viruses from achieving full cell access, so it may offer flu protection. A zinc supplement is fine, but even better is to eat zinc rich foods such as wheat germ, oysters, lamb, lean beef short ribs, spinach, pumpkin seeds and cashews.
  • Garlic has anti-microbial properties, which means it can help fight certain viruses. Try it as seasoning with those short ribs or with a steaming bowl of chicken soup, which is also considered an excellent way to battle illness.
  • Take a vitamin C supplement or eat vitamin C rich foods such as strawberries, lemons, oranges, dark leafy greens, kiwi, Brussels sprouts, or chili peppers.
  • Boost your immune system by using vitamins B6 and B12.
  • Mushrooms also boost the immune system and they can be delicious alone or eaten with other foods.

One product that we like and recommend is Epimune Complex, a vegetarian immune support supplement. This remarkable supplement contains EpiCor® along with maitake and turkey tail mushrooms.

Recorded in use for medicinal purposes in Asia between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D, Maitake mushrooms are natural immune boosters. The mushrooms were made into a powder thought to ease spleen and stomach problems, as well as serve as a calming element for the nerves. Epimune Complex contains a patented extract from the maitake mushrooms called MaitakeGold404. This formula also contains turkey tail mushrooms which are often used in Asian medicine for vigor and energy. Vitamin C is incorporated for its antioxidant value.

This complex delivers strong support for the respiratory system.

The flu is an unpleasant problem to deal with at any time, at any age. To lessen your potential to get the flu, follow the suggestions above. And remember, Epimune Complex can help keep your immune system strong throughout the winter and well beyond. .

Nutrition and Your Joints: A Love Story

Life! From the very beginning it’s all about movement. You wiggle, crawl, and walk, your movements growing bolder with age. Eventually you run, jump, and leap! Movement is a marvel of energy, coordination, and strength. It’s required for everything you do, big and small, whether running a marathon or picking up a pen. But you couldn’t do anything if your limbs weren’t constructed to twist and bend and move in different directions. Even your neck and torso have to be mobile for you to live fully.

An individual bone is about density and durability; it’ll break before it bends. So Mother Nature cleverly created joints to connect those durable bones in a manner that makes them beautifully usable. The opposable thumb that put us ahead in evolution is only one example of this physical wonder that pins your skeleton together.

Joints are integral to your physicality and you need them working as they were intended to work in order to live the life you want. However, you don’t think about them until they begin to bother you. If it reaches the point that you’re aware of a problem, the issue is more difficult to address. The secret is to focus on a preventative approach so you’ll never suffer the discomfort of joint pain and/or stiffness.

Let’s learn about joints and what you can do keep them healthy. Joints are fascinating, acting much like the hinges that allow a door to open and close. However, providing care for your joints simply isn’t as easy as greasing a squeaky hinge.

Joints 101

There are 360 joints in the human body and six different types of joints. Is it any wonder an unhealthy joint makes itself known? Check out the chart below, which provides images of the types of joints you utilize every day, they’re location, and how they work.

Joint

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Each joint type allows your body to move and stabilize, so when a joint isn’t working properly, your body won’t either. Consider this–according to USA Today, the life expectancy for women is 81.2 years and, for men, 76.4 years. Diseased or injured joints aren’t likely to last as long as you normally can live! A recent article in The Examiner states, “Thankfully, uninjured human joints can last a lifetime of activities including running. It’s only once they’re injured or diseased that the surfaces become rough and the wear and tear then accelerate into arthritis. Preventing and curing arthritis can extend the life of a joint.”

With this in mind, let’s look at nutrition and how eating well helps to keep joints functioning.

Dieting for your joints

Inflammation, which causes swelling, is generally painful. That’s dangerous because pain limits movement. Less movement (Link to movement article) lowers your overall health, setting you up for obesity and heart disease. What can you do to avoid this? Eating the right foods helps decrease inflammation.

There are nine foods and ingredients that cause inflammation:

Sugar – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition warns that processed sugars trigger the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines.

Saturated Fats – Many studies show saturated fats cause adipose (fat tissue) inflammation, which worsens arthritis.

Trans Fat – Found in fast foods and other foods you don’t prepare yourself, these fats cause systematic inflammation.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids – Excess consumption of omega-6 causes the body to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals. Common sources of Omega 6 fatty acids are vegetable cooking oils, margarine, shortening, etc.

Refined Carbohydrates –They fuel the production of Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products that stimulate inflammation. Refined carbohydrates include foods such as cookies, crackers, breads and potato chips.

MSG – MSG can create pathways for chronic inflammation. In additional to Chinese food, MSG in found in many processed foods. Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, textured vegetable protein, and yeast extract are also loaded with MSG.

Gluten And Casein – These may promote inflammation, especially if you already have arthritis or a gluten allergy. Gluten is food in wheat products, while casein is found in dairy.

Aspartame – It’s a neurotoxin that affects the brain. If you’re sensitive to this chemical, your immune system attacks it and that triggers an inflammatory response. Aspartame is a sweetener found in many sugar-free products.

Alcohol – Causes dysfunction in the liver and can interrupt other organs, ultimately leading to inflammation. Avoid or use in moderation.

These foods and ingredients are everywhere so cutting them out completely is nearly impossible. However, start small and work your way to bigger changes. The more you remove these foods and ingredients from your diet, the healthier your joints become and the less inflammation you’ll suffer, even if you already have a joint disease or injury.

Besides changing your eating habits, you can proactively help your joints by taking vitamins. The appropriate vitamins!

Frontrunners Health to the rescue

Our Premium Multivitamin and Multi-mineral 2 daily,  has been developed specifically to promote overall well-being. We’ve combined very high potency vitamins, essential folate, important phytonutrients, and nature’s incredible carotenoid antioxidants into a powerful tablet that boosts your entire system!

Carotenoids are the deep red, orange, and yellow plant pigments found in many vegetables and some fruits. Even red or pinkish colored sea animals, such as salmon, lobster, shrimp and crab, contain carotenoids that they’ve absorbed from their algae diets. These extremely healthy foods all contain the carotenoid astanxanthin, and we’ve included this remarkable constituent in our multivitamin. It alone provides numerous health benefits!

The vitamins and nutrients in our 2 Daily Multivitamins support all of these important aspects of your bodily functions:

  • healthy aging (Astaxanthin)
  • energy production
  • blood cells and the nervous system
  • hormonal balance
  • protection against free radical damage (Astaxantin)
  • ocular health
  • cardiovascular health (Astaxanthin)
  • blood sugar
  • immune system (Astaxanthin)
  • cognitive and longevity support.

Image of Frontrunners Health multivitamins with AstaxanthinMost important for you and your joints, two of the vitamins found in our product (vitamins E and A), are known for anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin B6 is also included because  its lack may lead to inflammation.

A healthy diet supplemented by oral vitamins is ideal for keeping inflammation at bay or even helping to reduce it. When you take care of your body, it rewards you by allowing you to move freely without joint pain.

Be proactive! Try our Multivitamins to help your joints stay inflammation free. The rest of your body will be grateful, too! (Frontrunners Health multivitamins can be found within our office or through our website. )

For more information on the many ways we can help you stay healthy and feeling your best, contact Dr. James Mixon and his team of healthcare professionals at (972) 840-2520.