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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Three Natural Supplements to Reduce Inflammation and Pain

As a Garland chiropractor, I am always looking for new ways for our patients to control chronic pain. The first and most important method is by keeping your spine and joints aligned through gentle chiropractic adjustments. Our centrally located clinic makes this easy by offering most commercial insurance plans as well as affordable self payment rates. We also recommend a regular routine of stretching and exercise. But when that just isn’t enough, you might need a little help.

Although reaching for an over the counter drug might be temping, certain medications can cause stomach upset and long term use can create liver inflammation. Therefore it makes sense to consider a few natural options. First let’s explore what causes pain and then we’ll discuss those natural supplements.

Pain and Inflammation

An underlying cause of pain, whether in soft tissues or joints, is inflammation. Generally, inflammation occurs when the body reacts to protect itself from injury. It releases chemicals from white blood cells to fight off foreign substances in the affected area. The chemical release increases blood flow that induces warmth and redness in the injured tissue. Swelling comes from chemicals leaking fluids. All of this activity is to help the injured area, but when nerves are stimulated or pressured by that activity, you get pain.

Joints face a double whammy when an injury occurs. Along with the release of inflammatory substances, the presence of those additional cells crowded into the joint results in irritation, swelling in the lining, and, over time, cartilage can wear-down causing a loss in the bone’s natural end cushion. That causes more pain.

Obviously, is is important to reduce. But as always, we recommend this be done in a manner that’s as natural and healthy as possible. Here are three natural supplements considered to be top-of-the-line when it comes to inflammation reduction.

Turmeric

The turmeric plant, a perennial herb related to the ginger family, grows in Indonesia and India. When the dried turmeric root is ground up, it becomes the yellow spice so popular in Indian curry. It’s also used as a food coloring. Think about mustard’s nice golden color. That yellow color comes from curcuminoids, and curcumin is an important turmeric chemical. Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory, modifying immune system responses by blocking the cytokines and enzymes responsible for inflammation. This is why turmeric has been an herbal medicine in India and Asia for ages.

image of turmeric tea with ginger
Because of that anti-inflammatory property, turmeric powder is often added to smoothies, teas, or sauces when people are seeking to alleviate inflammation. However, curcumin only comprises between 2% to 5% of the turmeric, and although the dried spice is great for general health, it’s not really effective when it comes to treating specific inflammatory disorders. Medical experts recommend supplements, and they usually suggest that people take 400-600 milligrams (mg) three times a day or 1,000 mg once a day for it to be effective.

Clinical trails have proven that curcumin in supplement form works to reduce inflammation. It provides long-term easing of pain and joint function in people suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee. Other studies have shown reduced joint pain and swelling for people with rheumatoid arthritis. One of our favorite turmeric supplements is Standard Process Turmeric Forte. This powerful herbal combination is stocking at our clinic and is a patient favorite.

If you’re taking blood thinners, are pregnant or about to undergo surgery, talk to your doctor before taking turmeric.

Ginger

Ginger is a lovely, exotic-looking flowering plant that’s been a popular digestive and nausea folk remedy for centuries. The root is often used for cooking and some people enjoy its fragrant taste. Since anti-inflammatory turmeric is related to the ginger family, it makes sense that ginger, too, displays anti-inflammatory properties. Current studies show it to be beneficial in treating pain and function in both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, affecting some inflammatory activities at a basic cellular level. It actually decreased pain from osteoarthritis by 30% and reduced disability up to 22%. Its natural anti-inflammatory compounds function much as inhibitor drugs specifically developed to combat pain and inflammation function.

Ginger is also an antioxidant and has anticancer properties. With all these excellent properties, it’s believed to offer a good boost to a person’s overall immune system. The recommended dosage for daily supplements of ginger is 100 to 224 mg. However, just as with turmeric, its best to have a doctor’s approval before taking any supplement. Ginger shouldn’t be taken in conjunction with certain medications, such as blood-thinning warfarin (Coumadin).

Fish Oil (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)

How does fish oil fight inflammation? Researchers identified G protein-coupled receptors, a family of proteins that bind to different fatty acides. One specific receptor was found on immune cells involved in inflammation. This receptor not only binds to omega-3s, but it shuts down most inflammatory pathways!

image of a salmon with omega 3s
Wild fish contain higher levels of fatty acid than farm-grown fish. Those with the highest levels, ranging from 1.1% to 1.8%, are salmon, albacore tuna, sardines, herring, lake trout, and mackerel. A second group with slightly lower levels from 0.4% to 0.6% are catfish, river trout, and halibut. The first group, especially, is outstanding as an anti-inflammatory food because the fish are full of omega-3 fatty acids. How much should you eat? You’ll get the most benefit from the first group if you eat four-ounces two to three times a week. To get the same benefit from the second group requires two or three 8-12 ounce servings weekly.

Including fatty acids in your diet will help lower your potential for a number of inflammation related diseases; however, not everyone likes fish. The good news is that fish oil supplements are available. There’s no official dose recommendation for how much fish oil to take when you’re fighting arthritis inflammation. However, one study indicated 1,200 mg of omega-3s daily is just as effective for reducing pain as taking ibuprofen. Since various fish contain different amounts of omega-3s, it’s important to focus on the amount of omega-3s you consume rather than the number of fish oil capsules you take.

Because more than 3 grams of fish oil in a day could cause risks, a doctor should help determine the quantity you take.

There you have it:

Three anti-inflammation supplements that help ease your unwanted pain. There are more, to be sure, but these three are proven effective and they’re all natural. The staff at Texas Spine & Wellness can assist you in developing a regimen of diet, exercise, and the appropriate supplements to help you like moving again

Call our office at (972) 840-2520 We’re here to make your life healthier!

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 pain
If 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?

sciatica
While 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. .