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Pregnancy, Chiropractic and Nutrition – One Woman’s Story

When Sarah found out she was pregnant, she knew she wanted to make changes in her health. It was just weeks into her pregnancy and her back was already hurting. And as a former smoker, she was concerned about the impact that cigarettes might have had upon her body.

Over the years, Sarah had relied on chiropractic treatment to take care her back pain, but now she wan’t sure if the combination of pregnancy and chiropractic was a good idea. Since Sarah’s entire family had been to Dr. Mixon for chiropractic care, she knew she could trust him to offer sound, honest advice.

Pregnancy and chiropractic treatment

Dr. Mixon explained that pregnancy and chiropractic treatment can make a world of difference in a woman’s comfort levels while pregnant. Treatment is perfectly safe during pregnancy even in the earliest weeks. In fact, chiropractic treatments can improve alignment in the spine and pelvis making the birthing process.

Dr. Mixon also explained that the physical rehab offered by their Garland chiropractic clinic would help strengthen her muscles and improve her range of motion. He also said she could add in therapeutic massage after her first 12 weeks.

Massage is known to help relieve sciatica pain in pregnant women. Massage can also help:

  • Reduce edema
  • Relieve anxiety and tension
  • Improve oxygenation in the muscles and soft tissues
  • Ease joint pain
  • Improve circulation

Once Sarah understood the safety of treatment, she began to visit the clinic each week. Soon the pain was gone. But Sarah received another surprising benefit from her visits to Texas Spine & Wellness.

The doctor recommended the professional grade prenatal vitamins they stocked in the office. Although she was already taking a prenatal vitamin, she was willing to give the new brand a try. She says that’s when everything changed.

A new prenatal vitamin changed Sarah’s health and energy

“Before I took the prenatal vitamins from Frontrunners Health, my hair used to come out in handfuls. I was really worried.” says Medders. “But after beginning Baby’s Best Start, I stopped losing my hair and it started looking thicker and shinier. People kept asking me about my shampoo, but I had to explain that my hair was different because of my prenatal vitamins. Even better than the changes in my hair was the amount of energy I had.”

Now, six months after the birth of her son, Sara says, I really believe the combination of vitamins and chiropractic treatment was the reason my baby, Obee, was born so healthy.”

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Prenatal vitamins with a difference

Kerrin Kuntzman, cofounder of Frontrunners Health explains, “The ingredients in our professional grade prenatal vitamins are different from the drugstore brands. Our formulation is designed to supply nutrients in their most natural and bioavailable forms. That’s why we use folate vs. the synthetic form of the vitamin, folic acid.

Folate is the vitamin that is so vital in preventing neural tube defects in a developing baby. We also use a methylated form of vitamin B-12, which is particularly important to support energy levels. Lutein is added for baby’s eye and brain development.”

The vitamin provides other key nutrients as well. Biotin, a costly supplement that supports healthy hair and nail growth, is often omitted from lesser quality supplements because of its high cost, whereas Baby’s Best Start provides 100% of the RDA. The vitamins are also free of artificial colors, flavorings or additives. In addition, its vegetarian formula is safe for those following a gluten-free diet.

“If an expectant mother wants to take the best possible prenatal vitamin, they should consider trying Baby’s Best Start. It’s great for use both before and after pregnancy.” Dr. Mixon adds.

Medders is a believer in both chiropractic care during pregnancy and her prenatal vitamins, “Even though I’ve had my baby, I still schedule monthly appointments with Dr. Mixon. And I still take my prenatal vitamins because I feel so much better and have a lot more energy. And believe me, I need plenty of energy to take care of a six month old baby boy who requires every minute of my time!”

In addition, to being great for pregnancy, Baby’s Best Start prenatals are wonderful for women who are breast feeding. They’re great hair and nail vitamins too! If you’d like to try a bottle of Frontrunner’s prenatal vitamins for yourself, you can take advantage of a $5.00 discount coupon code on your initial order. Just enter the code B8HWFE82 upon checkout. You can find the vitamins through the Texas Spine & Wellness office, the Frontrunners Health Solutions website or at Amazon.

Chiropractor in Garland Offers Holistic Fibromyalgia Treatment

When most people think of a chiropractor, they think of a doctor who “adjusts” or manually aligns the spine or joints. While this is true, most chiropractors approach health from a holistic perspective.

James Mixon, a chiropractor in Garland, Tx, understands that health conditions such as Fibromyalgia require a multi-faceted approach. Pain relief or pain management is only one aspect.

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Fibromyalgia treatment can be difficult because of its many contributing causes, including those stemming from psychological, neuro-biological, genetic and environmental factors. Some patients also suffer from psychological conditions such as depression.

Admittedly, the main aspect of the condition is pain. Consequently, fibromyalgia treatment is usually centered around pain relief.

Prolonged pain reduces one’s ability to fight diseases, and decreases quality of life by keeping a person from doing the things they love. It can also lead to a feeling of helplessness.

Traditional treatment—not a perfect solution

However traditional pain management brings its own problems. Generally  the conventional way to treat fibromyalgia is through the use of pharmaceutical pain killers, muscle relaxers and antidepressants. Getting this combination of drugs exactly right can be a long process. In addition, long term use of many of these medications can lead to lead to side effects and the development of medical conditions such as stomach ulcers.

What is worse,  much like depression, conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome are often paired like an ‘evil twin’ with fibromyalgia. Therefore it’s important not to worsen one health condition while treating the other!

While medical science may not understand the cause of fibromyalgia, its effects are better understood. Recently there has been a major shift in treatment. More practitioners are addressing their patients’ conditions holistically. This is because many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia and the depression which is often associated with it, can be aggravated by what one eats and the chemicals they come in contact with at home or work.

Multi-faceted holistic pain management

Dr. Mixon advises his patients towards a more holistic pain management program where standard medications are only part of the solution. In the case of fibromyalgia, treatment begins at home! This is because common food additives such as monosodium glutamate and aspartame have been found to aggravate symptoms of fibromyalgia. So phasing out foods with such additives is an important first step.

There is good news for fibromyalgia patients. Herbal remedies and natural supplements can help patients take charge of their condition.

But, since the world of natural supplements is filled with grandiose claims and worthless remedies, it’s important to choose supplements wisely.

Recently the Texas Spine and Wellness team asked a top manufacturer to produce an an all-natural professional grade supplement to assist in the treatment of painful, inflamed joints.

The result is Frontrunner’s Health Solutions’ InflamEase.

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This powerful formulation contains a synergistic blend of three extracts which have been used worldwide for centuries to help with joint pain and inflammation.

The first of these extracts is Boswellia Serrata. Commonly known as Indian frankincense, it’s also called as Salai or Shallaki. The plant is found in India and Pakistan and has been used effectively for generations to reduce joint swelling and pain.

The second is Turmeric root, another plant which comes from India. Turmeric contains curcumin, a natural anti-inflammatory. This ingredient helps slow progressive damage to joints and has antioxidant properties. Studies are currently underway to test its efficacy in treating irritable bowel syndrome as well.

The third ingredient is the extract of the Harpagophytum plant of South Africa. This plant has many names, such as the grapple plant or wood spider, but is best known as the Devil’s Claw. The root extract has several medicinal benefits including the ability to aid digestion, alleviate  pain and reduce fever. The Europeans who brought this plant back to Europe also found it to be a powerful anti-inflammatory.

While the addition of natural supplement can help with pain, Dr Mixon has found it is possible to enhance their benefits by using multiple therapies.

Integrated medical clinic offers greater choice

This chiropractor in Garland has a medically supervised clinic which combines the services of an MD, nurse practitioner, exercise physiologist as well as full-time massage therapists.

Dr Mixon recommends that his fibromyalgia patients take advantage of as many of these services as possible to maximize the effect of their pain management treatment.

In particular he has found that trigger point injections, (small injections of safe, plant-based, or homeopathic medicines), can be effective in quickly reducing pain and inflammation. Most of these simple injections are covered by commercial insurance and are available three days per week. As pain is reduced, exercise rehab can be added to improve range of motion and increase flexibility.

As mentioned above, fibromyalgia treatment can be challenging. But a holistic approach of diet, nutritional supplements, decreasing exposure to toxic chemicals, and adding natural pain management therapies will exponentially improve your odds of success over this painful and frustrating condition.

If you would like more information on the many ways that Texas Spine & Wellness can help you with holistic fibromyalgia treatment call (972) 840-2520 today.

A Safe Way to Avoid Back Surgery | Chiropractor in Garland

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“You need back surgery.” With out a doubt, this is a pronouncement anyone would dread . Unfortunately most of the people who hear these words are already in considerable pain. Even so,  for most people the thought of having to go through an invasive, risky procedure is frightening.

However if back surgery were a guaranteed fix for the extreme pain, numbness and tingling that many back pain patients experience, even the most squeamish in the group might be willing to undergo surgery.” But unfortunately, low back surgery has a surprisingly low success rate. More than half of all back surgeries fail to relieve the patient’s back pain and other troublesome symptoms.

Even more disturbing is the dramatic increase in surgical procedures over the last few years.

Here is an excerpt from the well-respected British Medical Journal that outlines this situation. “It is unclear why more complex operations are increasing. It seems implausible that the number of patients with the most complex spinal pathology increased 15-fold in just 6 years. The introduction and marketing of new surgical devices and the influence of key opinion leaders may stimulate more invasive surgery, even in the absence of new indications… financial incentives to hospitals and surgeons for more complex procedures may play a role…

As you can see, there are many reasons to try alternative treatment for back pain before considering back surgery.

Begin by visiting a Garland chiropractor as soon as possible. A chiropractor in Garland can help take care of spinal disc problems at the first sign of symptoms, so that you don’t find yourself with bigger problems down the road.

Disc problems are a major factor in chronic low back pain and one of the biggest reasons that people are prescribed low back surgery. Just remember, the earlier you receive treatment and get the discs back to a healthy condition, the better off you’ll be in the long run.

f you are diagnosed with a bulging or herniated disc there’s a very effective treatment called spinal decompression therapy. This treatment is gentle, and non-invasive. It’s proven to help heal disc problems.

In conjunction with spinal decompression there’s also cold laser therapy to help reduce the inflammation and swelling. Our chiropractor in garland offers both of these advanced treatment options

Another way to avoid back surgery is to take the best possible care of your spine. This isn’t as hard as you might think, but it does involve diligence and commitment over your entire adult life and an obligation to your health. People who take care of their spine  rarely end up needing surgery.

If you slouch when walking, sitting, watching TV, reading a book or in front of your computer, your chances of someday needing surgery increase exponentially. Practicing proper posture is one of the most important things you can do to take care of your spine, Fortunately it’s relatively simple to sit up straight and keep your head positioned correctly while you’re reading, surfing the net or any other activity. Your chiropractor in Garlandt6y can show you how.

Taking care of your spine throughout your lifetime is one of the best ways to avoid back surgery. Exercise frequently (and properly), drink enough water (we can’t stress this enough), get the proper amount of rest and get to a Garland Chiropractor as often as you can, even if you don’t ‘hurt’.

If you can make a commitment to your spine and your health, and do these things, then you should never have to schedule an appointment with a back surgeon. Instead, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mixon and be well.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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