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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 Spinal Health 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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How Your Chiropractic Treatment is Helped by Proper Nutrition

Few aspects of health are more important than proper nutrition.  Eating the right foods and drinking plenty of water are vital to staying fit, healthy and living longer.

If you’re suffering from back pain or other health problems, a proper diet supplies your body with the building blocks it needs to repair and heal itself.

There are many reasons that nutrition is important for the spine, but one of the most important facts that you should know is that proper nutrition will help you ‘hold’ your Chiropractic treatment longer and keep your your spine stronger.

The explanation for this is simple; your spine is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae and these bones need calcium, magnesium and a number of other minerals and vitamins to stay healthy.  These minerals and vitamins are best found in whole foods, like fresh, raw vegetables, lean meats, nuts and legumes and some dairy products. Whole food based supplements can help you round out your nutritional requirements. Eat these foods and your vertebrae will stay healthy and strong.  Eat a diet filled with fatty, salty, sugary junk food and over time, your spine (and your health) will suffer.

Water is another critical aspect of proper nutrition and plays a vitally important role in keeping your spine healthy. The inter-vertebral discs of the spine are composed of more than 80% water.  These discs act like shock absorbers, taking the stress from accidents, falls, and exercise.  If you don’t drink enough water they will slowly shrink and degenerate, causing a range of problems for the spine and for your overall health.

Thinking of the discs like sponges makes it easier to understand why water is so important.  Let’s use a kitchen sponge as an example.  If you leave the sponge sitting on the kitchen counter for a few days it dries up and become hard and brittle.  Soak it in water and in an instant it regains its pliability.  The discs are very similar.  If they have enough water they will remain pliable and flexible, able to absorb shocks and protect the vertebrae.  If not, they will shrink, dry out and become very fragile, like the sponge after a few days on the countertop.

Give your chiropractic treatment a boost

Your spine is supported and  held in place by a vast array of muscles,  ligaments and tendons and, just like the bones, they need minerals and vitamins to stay healthy and strong. 

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If they’re weak, it won’t take long for your back to go out of alignment following chiropractic treatment.  But if they’re strong and healthy your adjustment will ‘hold’ longer and you will get better faster.

Proper nutrition is also important for those of us who carry a little extra weight.  Excess weight can put an enormous amount of strain on the spine, especially the final 5 bones of the spine called the lumbar vertebrae. Eating a healthy diet will help you to lose those extra pounds and give your lumbar bones a rest, allowing them to heal.

Just like regular exercise, and healthy sleep patterns, proper nutrition plays a vital role in your overall health and the health of the spine.  Avoiding low quality pre-processed foods will help you stay strong and fit.  Drinking plenty of pure, filtered water will keep the discs, muscles, ligaments and tendons pliable, flexible and healthy.

Make a commitment to your health and make good nutrition a top priority.  You’ll feel better and have more energy and vitality!