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A Safe Way to Avoid Back Surgery | Chiropractor in Garland

Woman who needs back surgery
“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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5 Healthy Tips for Treating Back Pain

Like many of us, you may be looking for alternative ways of treating back pain other than traditional medical solutions or pain pills.

if you’re currently treating your back pain with either over-the-counter or prescription drugs, recognize that these medications are incredibly strong, and all have a long list of side effects that may lead to more health problems.  Besides cigarettes and alcohol, pain pills, acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen are a few of the most common toxins.

Every medication we take, every thing we eat or drink is filtered through the liver. If the liver becomes toxic, you’re on very dangerous ground. Since the liver is the largest cleansing organ of the body, we must take care to protect this vital organ. Unfortunately, it is well known that even legal drugs are hard on the liver. So where does that leave you and me?

Either we need to deal with the pain, or we need to find alternative solutions to help us function better. Our chiropractic and nutrition programs can help your body heal naturally. It’s also likely you’ll feel better emotionally, which can help with depression and anxiety.

So what are these natural cures for treating back pain?

  1. Whole Food Supplements – Dr. Mixon’s customized nutrition programs can help  strengthen your body. Using Nutrition Response Testing, Dr. Mixon can determine the precise supplements that will help to decrease inflammation, rejuvenate tired ligaments and muscles and reduce pain.  Not only can our whole food supplements reduce your need for pain medications, they can also improve your overall health.
  2. Spinal Decompression Therapy – Spinal decompression is a well known therapy that has a proven track record of success in treating back pain.  Whether your pain is from sciatica, disk problems, or from excess weight this  highly effective treatment can help you. This simple procedure requires only that you lie down on the bed of the computerized spinal decompression table. The technician will program the machine with the settings the doctor has recommended and then you’re free to rest and relax. The machine will guide you through a series of stretches that will relieve pressure on the discs while encouraging healing.
  3. Chiropractic Treatment – Getting your back into proper alignment will often result in almost immediate pain relief. When small spinal misalignments are corrected, your nervous system  can communicate more effectively, resulting in faster healing.
  4. Exercise – After chiropractic treatment,  your Garland chiropractor will determine if you are physically able to add more movement into your life. If so, your chiropractor may recommend targeted exercises to help you strengthen weak joints and muscles. Here’s an added plus. Exercise helps to release natural endorphins, (much like natural opiates) to help control the pain and make you feel better.
  5. Homeopathy– Homeopathic treatments are natural and effective remedies for treating back pain. This time honored tradition of medicine is remarkably safe and affordable. The health professionals at Texas Spine & Wellness can determine the right remedies for your condition.

As a side note, proper posture will also help keep your back in better alignment. Try not to slouch while seated or stand with your shoulders hunched over.  If you spend long hours at a desk job, give your back a break by taking frequent stretch breaks or short walks to the water color.  Also remember to drink lots of water to help cleanse your body. Each good habit you adopt will positively impact your overall health.

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